KC Rep was awarded $3 million — the largest gift in its fifty-year history — in support of renovations to the lobby of the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center, home of the Spencer Theatre. Work is expected to begin next year and wrap up in time for the company's production of A Christmas Carol during the 2015 holiday season. In addition, the University of Missouri-Kansas City was awarded $2 million for scholarships to enable theater students to attend its graduate-level theater, which trains a select group of talented actors, designers, stage managers, and dramaturges for careers in the performing arts. The foundation also awarded $600,000 in support of KC Rep’s programming efforts.
"What this is really all about is creating the next generation of world-class artists right here in Kansas City," said UMKC chancellor Leo E. Morton "UMKC can continue to be an artistic resource for the entire community. The Spencer Theatre can now continue to host a rich array of UMKC student performances for the benefit of our students, alumni, and the entire community we serve."