Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland has announced a $10 million gift from philanthropist Roe Green for the next phase of renovations at its performing arts center.
An earlier phase of renovations at the Maltz Performing Arts Center were supported by lead gifts of more than $30 million from Milton and Tamar Maltz and the Maltz Family Foundation. Since opening in 2015, the center's Silver Hall has hosted hundreds of events, including concerts, plays, lectures, and readings. Phase two of the renovation will include the creation of rehearsal studios and a costume and scene shop for students in the university's Department of Theater and Master of Fine Arts in Acting program, a collaboration with the Cleveland Play House. In honor of Green's gift, the performance space planned for the Maltz Performing Arts Center will be known as the Roe Green Proscenium Theater.
The gift builds on the family's legacy of contributions to Case Western. In 1961, Green's father, Ben C. Green, became the first School of Law alumnus to be named a federal district court judge when he was appointed to U.S. District for the Northern District of Ohio by President John F. Kennedy. After her father's passing in 1983, a gift from the family endowed a professorship in his name and led to the naming of the university's law library in his honor. Northeast Ohio is also home to the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University, where Green also created a visiting director series and earned a master's degree in theater and communications in 1980.
"Roe's generous commitment will make an enormous difference for our students and faculty in the performing arts — and for the people who come to see them," said Case Western president Barbara R. Snyder said. "The state-of-the-art Roe Green Theater will give actors, dancers, and other artists a true opportunity to shine, and we could not be more grateful to her for this support."