Shull Foundation

Grant Recipients


City Center Encores!

From its very beginning, City Center Encores! has brought classic American musicals back into the spotlight with concert productions that remain true to each show’s era and style. For seven performances only, these gems are polished up for a modern audience after just 10 days of rehearsal.

In 2018, The Shull Foundation for the Arts supported the 25th Season, including Hey Look Me Over!  In 2019, The Shull Foundation supported the revival of High Button Shoes in 2019, including education programs related to the production for high school students. Starting in 2020, the Foundation will support the revival of Mack and Mabel and the filming for archive purposes of all productions for the next three years.


Culture For One

Culture For One organizes and takes a small group of children or a single child living in foster care to experience a theatrical, music, or dance performance or to visit a museum or a company involved in culture. We also provide arts scholarships, workshops, career connections, and creative projects, as well as individual encouragement and support. 

In 2018, The Shull Foundation for the Arts supported Culture For One by sponsoring evenings at the theatre for foster care children in Culture For One's programs. In 2019, Culture For One honored Shull Foundation President and CEO Arthur Pober for this support and leadership.


The Drama League of New York

The Drama League of New York, one of the United States' oldest artist development organizations, is dedicated to creating transformative moments that secure the path of professional theatre artists, their work and their careers.

In 2017, The Shull Foundation for the Arts supported the entire season program of The Drama League's award-winning Directors Project, which includes fellowships, residencies, and exchanges for early-career directors, and pre-collegiate education for underserved students interested in the field.  It included, among other initiatives, the Leo Shull New Musicals Directing Fellowship, New Visions/New Voices, and DirectorFest, the annual festival of new artists in New York City.  In 2018-19, the Foundation continued its support of the organization, including an expansion of the fellowship experience for musical theatre directors.


Kaufman Music Center

The Kaufman Music Center stimulates appreciation of and participation in music through music performance and education in ways that awaken creativity, advance innovation and create a sense of wonder among performers, students, teachers and the public at large.  At Kaufman Music Center, music lovers - from curious fans to renowned performers - come together to explore their musical passions. 

In 2018, The Shull Foundation for the Arts supported the Summer Musical Theatre Program for Children at Kaufman Music Center, and will continue its support in 2019-2020.


National Dance Institute

Each year, National Dance Institute transforms the lives of thousands of New York City public school children and their communities. Under the artistic direction of Ellen Weinstein and a staff of professional teaching artists, NDI uses dance and music to instill in students a love of the arts, a passion for learning, and a desire to strive for their personal best.

In 2018, The Shull Foundation for the Arts subsidized classes for elementary school students at National Dance Institute.


The New York Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center

The New York Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center houses one of the world's most extensive combinations of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. These materials are available free of charge, along with a wide range of special programs, including exhibitions, seminars, and performances.

In 2017, The Shull Foundation for the Arts supported retrospective exhibitions and archival presentations of the life and work of Leonard Bernstein (2018), Jerome Robbins (2019) and Harold Prince (2020). In 2019, they will also support the filming of the Lincoln Center revival of My Fair Lady for future audiences to enjoy.


Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College

Internationally renowned director Christopher Alden revealed a darker side to J. M. Barrie’s fantasy of childhood and the inner child in a psychologically gripping new production, by turns whimsical and sinister, transfigured with a joyous and shimmering score by Leonard Bernstein. Originally composed for a 1950 Broadway production, Bernstein’s Peter Pan songs have long lain like secret jewels, waiting to be rediscovered. Now Alden (revered for his New York City Opera production of Bernstein’s A Quiet Place) restores them to thrilling life in an intimate, contemporary staging, specially commissioned for the worldwide celebration of Bernstein’s centenary year.  

In 2018, The Shull Foundation for the Arts supported the revival of Bernstein's Peter Pan at the Fisher Center.


Ripe Time

Ripe Time is an Obie-winning theater company led by director and deviser Rachel Dickstein that develops ensemble-based theatre with rich language, visual power, and physical rigor. Inspired by the most searing writing and cinema of the past, Ripe Time creates original events for the 21st century celebrating women’s dreams and awakenings.

In 2017, The Shull Foundation for the Arts supported Ripe Time's production of SLEEP, written by Haruki Murakami and adapted by Naomi Iizuka, and its premiere performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in October 2017. (New York Times Review)