Big news for future theater students! The Miranda Family Fund from Lin-Maunuel Miranda has made a 10-year $1 million commitment to provide scholarships for the National Theater Institute, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s six-semester program designed to prepare students for work in the theater industry, according to Deadline.
This will help students of color to gain access to programs that will help them start their career in the theater. The Institute's Artistic Director, Rachel Jett said this about Miranda's involvement and donation:
The Miranda family’s decade-long commitment ensures that NTI’s unique multi-disciplinary training is available to everyone. And that our ensembles — and the audiences that support their work — represent the multitude of voices that will keep this ever-evolving art form vibrant, relevant, and revolutionary.”
This 10-year commitment will ensure that the Institute will be able to diversify their program. The Miranda Family Fund is “helping to actively and permanently transform and diversify the American cultural landscape through investment in young artists and with the shared belief that the stories told and the artists who tell them should represent the diversity of the nation.”
Established in 2017, the Miranda Family Fund has so far been able to support 40 students of color at the Institute.