Rachel Sussman, who produced the Obie-winning The Woodsman, has been named the seventh recipient of the Geraldine Stutz T. Fellow.
The one‐year program, designed to educate and empower new producers, includes a stipend of $10,000 with a $20,000 budget for the development of a new theatrical production. Sussman will also have access to courses in Columbia’s MFA Theatre Management & Producing Program.
“Rachel Sussman is as talented a potential producer as she is wise, creative, energetic, and has boundless enthusiasm. She has a future as a creative producer,” said mentor and founder Harold Prince. Sussman is currently developing a new musical about the American women's suffrage movement by Shaina Taub.
The T. Fellowship mentors also include Sue Frost, Margo Lion, Tom Schumacher, Jeffrey Seller, and David Stone. The program is managed by Columbia University School of the Arts. Other advisors and staff include Co-Director Orin Wolf, Co‐Director Steven Chaikelson, Co-Director Aaron Glick, Victoria Bailey, Gregory Mosher, Assistant Director Hannah Rosenthal, Co‐Founder Ed Wilson, and Allen Greenberg.
The T. Fellowship was established to honor the legacy of Broadway producer T. Edward Hambleton. When Geraldine Stutz first met Hambleton, her instinct told her that a collaboration with him would be an exciting adventure. A few years later, the adventure became a reality when the Fellowship for Creative Producing was hatched in her living room with Hambleton, Prince, and Wilson.
Orin Wolf and John Pinkard were awarded the first two T. Fellowships in 2006. Aaron Glick (2013), Jen Hoguet (2015), Christopher Maring (2016), and Allison Bressi (2017) are past recipients of the T. Fellowship.