Signature Theatre Company Receives $10 Million Donation | Playbill

News Signature Theatre Company Receives $10 Million Donation
The Signature Theatre Company has received a donation of $10 million from the Irene Diamond Fund in support of The Pershing Square Signature Center. In honor of the donation, the Center's largest theatre, the 299-seat End Stage Theatre, will be named The Irene Diamond Stage.

The Irene Diamond Stage is the current home of Edward Albee's The Lady from Dubuque. Spanning an entire city block at 42nd Street, The Pershing Square Signature Center is designed by Frank Gehry and features three intimate theatres, a studio theatre, rehearsal studio and a public cafe and bookstore. The Center has been designed to foster interaction among playwrights, artistic collaborators and the public.

"The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center will serve as a lasting legacy to the city Irene loved and to its vibrant arts community," said Jane Silver, president of the Irene Diamond Fund, in a statement. "Irene believed deeply in providing artists with the support they need to create works of art and Signature Theatre is a model for fostering creative spirit and connecting artists with the larger community."

Signature's founding artistic director, James Houghton, added, "Irene Diamond was a great visionary, making an indelible impact on the performing arts and the New York cultural community. With the naming of the Irene Diamond Stage, her legacy will be a source of inspiration to artists and audiences alike. We are deeply honored to have this beautiful new theatre bear her name."

Signature previously announced the naming of two of the three theatres at The Pershing Square Signature Center: The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre in honor of scholar and educator Alice Griffin and The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre in honor of Signature's founding playwright-in-residence, Romulus Linney, named by Signature Theatre board trustee Margot Adams, in memory of Mason Adams.

Read more about Signature's 2012 season. For more information, visit

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