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
Catherine Genovese, Treasurer
Leilani R. Downer, Secretary
B. Mitchell Book, Board member
JoBeth Braddy, 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.
San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus
Founded in 1992 as a youth education project of the Angeles Chorale. SFVYC became its own 501c3 in 1999. In it’s 27th year of providing choral opportunities to youth who, for the most part do not have these programs in their schools, the SFVYC reaches 150 young people annually ages 4 -18, in its Choir, Kinder-Choir and summer song & arts camps.
John Paul The Great, Catholic University
JPCatholic serves students from all across the US, particularly students interested in the Creative Arts & Business Innovation with the intent to impact culture. The University’s Acting degree program will perform “Guys & Dolls” in the winter of 2019.
Women Make Movies
The mission for Moving Stories was to document the work of the Battery Dance Company’s “ Dancing to Connect” program as we follow six dancers who break through culture and language barriers to inspire at-risk youth across the world. PGF is pleased to be part of the uplifting power of theatrical storytelling and movement. The Documentary provides audiences an intimate view of the project through the eyes of teachers and students.
West Coast Jewish Theatre
Founded in 1993, the WCJT’s mission is to portray Jewish history, Philosophy and culture through theatrical productions dealing with Jewish life in days past, present and future, serving in the greater Los Angeles area. The diversity of our city is reflected in many differing cultures that live side by side, where all nationalities, creeds, religions and orientations are represented.
Autry Museum, Native Voices, the Autry’s resident theater company and the only Equity theatre company in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to producing new works by Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations playwrights.
Boston Court Pasadena
Founded in 2003, Boston Court Pasadena is dedicated to creating and presenting works that are innovative, diverse, vital and adventurous in an intimate setting. It is the only purpose-built intimate performing arts center in the L.A. area. We meld the artistry, comfort, and amenities of a larger organization with the intimacy and vitality of a smaller organization.
Artist for Community Transformation, Hollywood
A non-profit arts, education and community development organization established to empower, educate, equip, mobilize and are for artistic, creative and entrepreneurial leadership to reductively serve their communities. Creative efforts toward embracing a lifestyle of service to others, their community, their culture and the world.
The Fountain Theatre is a non-profit producing organization established in 1990 by co-Artistic Directors Deborah Lawlor and Stephen Sachs dedicated to providing a nurturing, creative home for multi-ethnic theatre and dance artists.The Fountain Theatre‘s activities include a year-round season of fully produced new and established plays (30 world premieres and 38 U.S., West Coast, Southern California or Los Angeles premieres in 25 years. PGF is pleased to be part of The Fountain Theatre’s 2018, Cost of Living production.View Website
A Noise Within
A Noise Within was named “one of the nation’s premier classical repertory companies” by The Huffington Post, and is a leading regional producer based in Pasadena, CA. ANW’s award-winning resident company practices a rotating repertory model at their state-of-the-art, 283-seat performing space. In addition to producing world-class performances of classical theatre, the organization runs robust education programs committed to inspiring diverse audiences of all ages. The Peter Glenville Foundation helped to fund the artistic compensation for all the artists and performances of A Noise Within’s production of the Man of La Mancha.
AFI, a non-profit educational organization. Honors film and television artists and their work by hosting a variety of annual programs and special events, including the AFI Life Achievement Award and AFI AWARDS. The AFI Life Achievement Award has remained the highest honor for a career in film and demonstrates the enormous power and the art of film. The multi-year Digital Preservation Project of American Film Institute including a selection of interviews with filmmakers who worked with the legendary director Peter Glenville. In addition, this grant will enable the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, the institute’s online scholarly resource for the first century of American film, to enhance the records of Peter Glenville’s films with complete historic notes.
Established in 1962 Theatre West is an internationally acclaimed non-profit
Arts organization and the oldest continually running theatre company in Los Angelas. Our production have toured both sides of the Atlantic, including the Edinburg and Dublin Festivals, New York City, Atlanta, South Carolina, Seattle, San Francisco, and throughout California. Our threefold mission statement is to conduct workshops to further our member’s artistic growth, present performances grown from those workshops and to do outreach to the greater community. Peter Glenville Foundation is delighted to have sponsored Shakespeare In The Park 2018.
Committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience, Bedlam creates works of theatre that reinvigorate traditional forms in a flexible, raw space, collapsing aesthetic distance and bringing its viewers into direct contact with the dangers and delicacies of life. In this new, fresh, active environment storytelling becomes paramount and the result is a kinetic experience of shared empathy. Bedlam was founded in 2012, presenting George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan on a shoestring budget with only four actors playing over 25 characters. PGF helped to sponsor and celebrate Bedlam’s 5th Anniversary Season in presenting George Bernard Shaw’s Classic play, Saint Joan.View Website
Housed at The Historic Dock Street Theatre On February 12, 1736 the Dock Street Theatre opened with a performance of The Recruiting Officer. Built on the corner of Church Street and Dock Street (now known as Queen Street), the Historic Dock Street Theatre was the first building in America built exclusively to be used for theatrical performances. Flora, the first opera performance in America, took place at the Historic Dock Street Theatre and produces over 100 performances each season and plays. Charleston Stage has one of the oldest and largest arts education programs for young people in the region. Charleston Stage is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and a constituent member of the Theatre Communication Group (TCG), the national organization for the American Theatre. The Peter Glenville Foundation sponsored and supported the Associate Sponsorship for A Christmas Carol produced by Charleston Stage Company. “The legacy we have is to benefit the arts, theatrically and film.View Website
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.View Website
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.View Website
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.View Website
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.View Website
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.View Website
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.’View Website
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.View Website
The home of Peter Glenville and Bill Smith, as designed by famed interior decorator Geoffrey Bennison in 1960 and restored by him 25 years later, for The World of Interiors, May 1985