Dedicated to the advancement of theatrical, film, fine and literary arts, the Peter Glenville Foundation was established to benefit and support these endeavors through grants and operating programs. First and foremost, the Foundation seeks to promote Peter Glenville’s legacy and the types of projects that he would hold dear to his heart.
Board of Directors:
Holly M. Book, President
Dennis F. Rose, Treasurer
Leilani R. Downer, Secretary
Hollyann C. Flegal, Board member
Peter Glenville Foundation Grantees
The following list highlights some of the recent and ongoing beneficiaries of the Peter Glenville Foundation. The work that they do honors Peter’s legacy by continuing, expanding and reinventing the work he held dear to his heart.
The Peter Glenville Foundation (PGF) sponsored and supported the Angelus Triumph of the Spirit Award, Angelus Student Film Festival and the Angelus Festival at the University of Notre Dame and Milan European Film Festival. “The legacy we have is to benefit the arts, theatrically and film, and give wings to filmmakers to inspire you to keep writing and producing quality programs,” explained PGF Board President Holly Book.
Exploring the Arts
is a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 by Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto. ETA’s mission is to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education. ETA’s programs connect private funders, individual artists, and cultural institutions to Partner Schools to achieve greater equality of resources and opportunity for youth of all means and backgrounds. PGF sponsored and supported the Film and Media Arts Program at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. Peter loved his adopted city of New York, and benefitted from outstanding arts programs in his own education.
L.A. Theatre Works
is a non-profit media arts organization based in Los Angeles whose mission or over 25 years has been to present, preserve and disseminate classic and contemporary plays. PGF has sponsored the annual The Play’s the Thing series since 2004; Peter would love the idea of bringing these vital performances to new audiences.
The Old Vic
In 1944, Peter Glenville was appointed Director of The Old Vic Company, a prestigious position currently held by actor Kevin Spacey. Nearly 70 years later, The Peter Glenville Foundation is supporting the building and endowment campaign to help preserve the future of The Old Vic Theatre that Peter so dearly loved. Many of the actors that Peter directed came out of the world-famous theatre, including John Gielgud, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Peter O’Toole and Richard Burton. PGF is delighted to support The Old Vic, as its mission, in part, is to “strive to excite, inspire and engage by producing great shows, making high-quality theatre available to all, working to address poverty of aspiration among young people and mentoring the next generation of the theatre professionals.” Peter would be so proud.
Oxford University Drama Society
PGF sponsored the OUDS 125th Anniversary Celebration, and has set up the annual Peter Glenville Scholarship Award. As the youngest ever President of OUDS and a successful alumnus, Peter would be proud to support these programs and projects for students following similar dreams.
Professional Children’s School
PGF funded the creation of the Peter Glenville Theater, and sponsors the PCS Peter Glenville Theater Projects Fund. Peter directed PCS alumni, including Rita Moreno, and would have been proud to advance the dreams of talented students in New York City.
PGF has sponsored major improvements to the Academy Room Theatre and Green Room where Peter performed and his portrait now hangs. Peter loved his years from 8 to 18 at Stonyhurst, and lived by its motto: ‘Quant Je Puis’ – ‘As Much as I Can.’
PGF has helped to sponsor the Windrider Forum since 2008. It was launched at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival as an immersive experience between filmmakers and film lovers designed to facilitate thoughtful conversation, awaken compassion, and inspire change.