The New Theater Guild enables, through scholarships and grants, the education of theater arts students in both Kansas and Missouri to enhance the quality of theater in the Greater Kansas City Area. Organized for charitable and educational purposes, The New Theatre Guild extends and promotes the dynamics of live theatre in the community. The Guild is a non-profit organization, registered in the state of Kansas, and governed by the board of directors and executive officers.
Organized for charitable and educational purposes, The New Theatre Guild extends and promotes the dynamics of live theatre in the community. The Guild enables, through scholarships and grants, the education of theatre arts professionals in both Kansas and Missouri. The goal is to enhance the quality of theatre in the Greater Kansas City area by support the actors of tomorrow through financial assistance at the university level. Through the Guild's fund-raising efforts and generous donations and gifts, over $500,000 has been raised to date. The New Theatre Guild Scholarship Foundation is managed thorough a partnership with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.
The New Theatre Guild was formed in 1994 by Kansas City actress Dodie Brown to promote and encourage the growth of live theater in the Greater Kansas City area. Her love of theatre and the related arts is expressed through her profession and ongoing support for the artistic community. The idea was born when Dodie was asked to use some of her friends as extras in "The Sound of Music". They had so much fun during the production that it became a regular habit. This is when Dodie decided it was time to bring professional arts and arts supporters together by forming a Guild that uniquely blends the two! The Guild enjoys the support and encouragement of The New Theatre Restaurant of Overland Park, Kansas and its owners, Dennis D. Hennessy and Richard Carrothers.
Theatre arts scholarships are the Guild's philanthropic focus. The beneficiaries are area universities who maintain outstanding theatre arts departments. Currently, the Guild funds scholarships at the University of Central Missouri, the University of Kansas, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The Guild is proud to have awarded scholarships for 9 of its 14 year history.
An endowment, managed by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, was initially created by a donation from The New Theatre Restaurant, Mr. Carrothers and Mr. Hennessy (made in memory of Dr. Patricia McIlrath, founder of the Kansas City Repertory Theater).
Three additional funds were established:
The McDowell Family Fund
The Don Knotts Fund
The Dodie Brown Scholarship Fund
The New Theatre Guild has the only theatre arts scholarship fund at the university level that is managed by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.
Through its scholarship programs, the Guild helps insure the long-term growth of quality theatre in the community.
OUR GUILD MEETINGS
The Annual Meeting is to be held either on the first or second Monday in March with due notice prior to the meeting. Monthly Board Meetings are to be held every second Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in the Marquee Room located in the New Theatre unless otherwise designated.
SOME GUILD MEMBER EXCLUSIVES
Prior to the opening night of each New Theatre Restaurant production, the 365 guild members and their guests are invited to meet with the director and cast members, who give the history, dramaturgy and directing footnotes of the play. Guild members may also attend dress rehearsals. These “behind the scenes” experiences help build audiences not only at the New Theater, but at theatre arts performances in other venues.