Matthew A. Rosen Fund for New Play Development
With donations from the family, friends and colleagues of Matthew A. Rosen, Playwrights Horizons will establish a new program in his name that will provide direct financial support to emerging American playwrights. Our goal is to raise $250,000 which will provide $5,000 each year for twenty years directly to writers as stipends for healthcare coverage or as other supplemental financial support. This will result in $100,000 in direct support for writers. The remaining $150,000 will support Playwrights’ new play development activities, including the New Works Lab and the Free Script Review Program, which directly benefit writers.
In recognition of the support for writers provided by the Rosen Fund, the North Rehearsal Room on the 5th floor of the Playwrights Uptown building at 416 West 42nd Street will be named the Matthew A. Rosen Rehearsal Room.
Playwrights is a writer's theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists, and to the production of their new work.
Matthew A. Rosen
Matthew was known in legal and business circles for his brilliant analytic mind, his ability to solve complex legal problems and to deconstruct complicated tax analysis. He took immense joy in his work, but he also had an abiding passion for books, music, film and art. He was particularly committed to bringing great theater to all audiences through his service on the Playwrights Board of Trustees. He enjoyed the full range of development for American playwrights that Playwrights so strikingly and originally does, running the gamut from brand new plays developed during workshops and readings to full productions. He particularly liked new works because of how fresh the work and writers are in so many ways. Personally, he loved theater for its richness of thought and for the added dimensions it brought to his life. It was through Playwrights that he met his beloved Mariana, sharing with her a too brief but beautiful life.
"Matthew's appetite for the arts—all disciplines, genres, perspectives, media—was insatiable, but particularly when it came to new playwriting. He literally never missed a chance to attend an event in our New Works Lab, and his curious, generous spirit as a patron and audience participant, and as a pal, elevated our work for the years we were lucky enough to share it with him. I'll never stop being grateful."
—Adam Greenfield, Associate Artistic Director
"Matt was one of the kindest, smartest, and most curious people I have ever met. My friendship with him started over a few glasses of wine at a Playwrights Horizons gala and quickly escalated into a deep bond formed over countless evenings at the theater. Those evenings were always followed with a lively post-show discussion over dinner and drinks. I will always remember and cherish those conversations with Matt. He was a true lover of art, an avid student of the human condition, and a generous and compassionate sage. My life and work is much, much richer for having known him.
I can’t think of a better tribute to Matt’s memory than helping more artists create the kind of challenging, illuminating work he loved (and most especially loved to share with others). The kind of art that unlikely friends can wonder about over dinner, that allows them to learn unexpected things about the world, one another, themselves—the kind of art that inspires those friends to laugh, and think, and cry, and grin, long into the night."
—Dan LeFranc, Playwright
The Big Meal and Rancho Viejo at Playwrights Horizons
If you have questions about making a donation to the Matthew A. Rosen Fund for New Play Development, please contact Liz Culp, Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212 564 1235 x3140.