Introducing: The Samuel H. Scripps Mainstage



Theatre for a New Audience is thrilled to announce that the 299-seat Mainstage theatre in our new home in the BAM Cultural District will be named the Samuel H. Scripps Mainstage thanks to a $5 million Capital gift from the Samuel H. Scripps Foundation.   

Samuel H. “Sam” Scripps, who died in June of this year, was a treasured member of the Theatre for a New Audience Board of Directors and one of its most generous supporters. In 2005, the Theatre inaugurated, in Sam’s honor, the Samuel H. Scripps Award for Extraordinary Commitment to Promoting the Power of Language in Classical and Contemporary Theatre.√Ǭ†

“Sam was a great fan and supporter of theatre and especially the performances at Theatre for a New Audience,” said Richard Feldman, President of the Samuel H. Scripps Foundation. “The naming of the Mainstage is a tribute to a remarkable man whose legacy will continue.”√Ǭ†

Mr. Scripps played a pivotal role in supporting the work of artists in theatre and dance. In addition to his leadership support of Theatre for a New Audience, he also supported the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the American Dance Festival, and the American Society for Asian Arts. 

“Mr. Scripps’s visionary support of artists and organizations has helped to create work that will live on for generations,” said Jeffrey Horowitz, Theatre for a New Audience’s Founding Artistic Director. “It is therefore our great honor to have our Mainstage named for Sam.”