With the September 27 announcement that the drama MFA program will become tuition-free starting with the 2024-25 school year, Juilliard has added to its growing list of tuition-free programs. This milestone furthers the school’s ambition to remove financial barriers and expand access to all who qualify to study at Juilliard.
It had been a goal since the 2012 establishment of the drama MFA program that it be fully funded. The ability to achieve that dream has been the result of combining existing scholarship funding that had been previously raised with a matching challenge grant from theater producer and Juilliard trustee Stephanie P. McClelland and her husband, Carter McClelland. The McClellands’ matching challenge was met through a major gift from producer John 戈尔 as well as by gifts from the Jacques and Margot W. 科恩基金会和几家地产公司.
“We are grateful to Stephanie and Carter for their vision and generosity in crafting this challenge, 感谢约翰送他的结婚礼物, and to all who have contributed to this important step for graduate education in drama at Juilliard,茱莉亚学院院长说, 达米恩·沃策尔, 在宣布礼物时. Noting that “talent has always been greater than opportunity,” he added that this and other existing and future tuition-free programs further the school’s commitment to “attacking barriers of access to the highest level of artistic education in drama, 跳舞, 和音乐.”
“The impact of these gifts on our students’ futures—and the field—cannot be overstated,埃文·约奥利斯说, the Richard Rodgers dean and director of the 戏剧 Division. “Entering the profession without additional debt will allow these gifted artists the opportunity to take the kind of work, 尤其是在剧院里, that will allow them to develop their craft and provide a stable foundation for a lifelong career.”
This funding brings to eight the number of College Division programs that are either tuition-free or fully funded by scholarships. The others are the 艺术家文凭 programs in jazz, 音乐表演, 歌剧研究, 剧本创作, and string quartet studies; the 音乐艺术博士 program; and the 历史性能 program. 另外, 音乐进步计划(MAP), which serves students ages 8-17 from the tristate area and is part of the 准备部门, 学费是免费的吗?. 有了这个新发展, more than one quarter of the school’s students will pay no tuition to attend. 整体, more than 90 percent of Juilliard College Division students receive financial assistance through scholarships.
“有了这份非凡的礼物, Juilliard’s mission of creating great artists to thrive within and serve the arts at large has taken an enormous step forward,” said board vice chair Laura Linney (Group 19), who also expressed her gratitude to the McClellands, 戈尔, 和科恩基金会. “They have changed the lives of generations of artists to come, and I know those artists will enrich our culture and nourish our existence with an artistic astuteness and vigor we all need and deserve.”
Juilliard’s drama MFA program, the only four-year program of its kind in the U.S., was founded in 2012 by then-Richard Rodgers Director of the 戏剧 Division James Houghton (1958-2016) with the aim of broadening employment opportunities for students, 尤其是作为教育工作者和艺术领袖. The fourth and final year of the MFA in acting program has been tuition free since the program’s inception, and fourth-year MFA students will continue to be provided with a living stipend.
“Under Jim Houghton’s inspirational leadership, the MFA in acting degree was established; it was also his wish for this extraordinary program to become tuition-free,斯蒂芬妮·P. 麦克勒兰德说. “通过创建这个挑战基金, Carter and I hoped to honor Jim’s legacy by achieving this goal for the MFA actors. We could not be more thrilled that our challenge was both embraced and met by Juilliard, leading to this beautiful result that will support these talented students for years to come.”
“Potential should never be curtailed by access to education,戈尔说。, the chairman and CEO of the John 戈尔 器官ization. “我很激动，通过百老汇.com [which is part of the 戈尔 器官ization], I can help provide a pathway for generations of promising talent to gain the training they need to flourish and make an impact through the theater. I was not able to finish my drama school training due to a lack of funds after the death of my father, so I am proud and happy to be helping to ensure the same situation can never happen for any MFA drama student at Juilliard.”
在一个 article about the announcement of the tuition-free MFA in acting program in the 纽约时报, Woetzel表示, “My aim is to make the school tuition-free—the ultimate artistic education deserves that access. 那不是很了不起吗?”