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Beyond the First Act

The transformation of a historic temple into a state-of-the-art performance space in 2015 gave music students exceptional opportunities to showcase their talents.

Now, thanks to Roe Green’s $10 million commitment to help complete Phase II of the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at the Temple – Tifereth Israel, theater and dance students will be able to join them—on stage and behind the curtain.

When finished in winter 2021, the center will include rehearsal studios, a costume and scene shop, and a black box theater named in honor of donors Walter and Jean Kalberer. It also will provide Case Western Reserve its first major theater space: the 250-seat Roe Green Proscenium Theater.

“Arts education can shape young people in such powerful ways,” Green said when announcing her gift. “My hope is to provide Case Western Reserve students a home where they can grow and kindle their imaginations.”

And collaborate with classmates on unforgettable performances.

A Round of Applause

Nine months after Green’s big announcement, the university’s theater department made news of its own: a No. 12 global ranking from The Hollywood Reporter for its Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program with the Cleveland Play House.

The MFA program—whose alumni include Tony nominee Elizabeth Davis and Mad Men star Rich Sommer— made a six-slot jump over the previous year, besting offerings from London, Los Angeles and New York City.