A Mentorship Program Reborn

The Wendy Wasserstein Project
(formerly called Open Doors)

She opened doors and minds to the theatre.
Let’s keep them open for generations to come!

Twenty years ago, Wendy Wasserstein conceived one of the longest standing education programs for high school students, Open Doors. It all started when Wendy asked one simple question “What would happen if you brought eight NYC high school kids to the theatre and sat down afterwards over pizza and soda and talked about what they had seen?”

To date, 56 mentors have lit the spark in the lives of 2,680 teens by taking them to the theatre. Through performances and discussions, these young people have shared differing opinions, and emotional responses. Absorbed lessons of resilience. Have had their assumptions challenged. And, thanks to the power of the live experience, have realized the infinite possibilities that the world can hold.

 

Your Part in Wendy’s Promise


To ensure Open Doors is around for the next fifty years, TDF has established an endowment to make sure the program will exist in perpetuity. We aim to raise $4 million by the end of 2018 to ensure that a minimum of ten groups of students PER YEAR will be able to attend the theatre for decades to come.

This endowment is critical for the future of this program, which works to guarantee that students, regardless of their means or background, can believe that they belong in the theatre; and that the theatre belongs to them.





PROGRAM MENTORS


Adam Bock
2008-2017

Mark Brokaw
2005-2006, 2011-2012, 2013-2017

Kathleen Chalfant
2006-2017

Rachel Chanoff

2008-2017

Dawn Chiang

2014-2017

Kirsten Childs

2000-2017

Kia Corthron

2004-2005

Graciela Daniele

2001-2014

Alex Dinelaris

2013-2017

Joe DiPietro

2012-2017

Alan Eisenberg

2008-2017

Scott Ellis

1999-2017

Bill Finn

1999-2011

Peter Friedman

2012-2017

Stephen Graham

2004-2006
  
Miguel Gutierrez
2006-2015
  
Anne Hamburger
2016-2017
  
Roy Harris
1998-2002
  
David Henry Hwang
2007-2014

Natasha Katz

2014-2017
  
Robert LaFosse
2010-2011
  
Scott Landis
2012-2017
  
James Lapine
2001-2017
  
Kenny Leon
2006-2007, 2014-2016
  
Bobby Longbottom
2003-2017

Lar Lubovitch
2003-2011
  
Aubrey Lynch
2011-2017
  
Joe Mantello
2010-2015
  
Kathleen Marshall
2004-2017

Michael Mayer
2002-2015

Derek McLane
2002-2017
  
Dominique Morisseau
2013-2015
  
Lynn Nottage
2011-2012
  
Caitlin O'Connell
2012-2017
  
Tere O'Connor
2005-2008
  
Marc Platt
2004-2017
  
Hal Prince
2001-2004
  
Clint Ramos
2016-2017
  
Theresa Rebeck
2008-2010
  
Frank Rich
2000-2012

Mo Rocca
2004-2011
  
Dick Scanlon
2015-2016

Tom Schumacher
2006-2015

Rachel Sheinkin
2007-2012

Leigh Silverman
2014-2017
  
Keith R. Smith
2010-2011, 2012-2017
  
Rebecca Stenn
2015-2017
  
Lucy Thurber
2015-2016

Jack Viertel
2002-2010
  
Linda Viertel
2002-2010
  
Wendy Wasserstein
1998-2002, 2004-2005
  
Tracey S. Wilson
2010-2012
  
Alex Witchel
2000-2012
  
David Zippel
2006-2017



a student in awe




“The theatrical experience didn’t just unite us, it inspired us to deep thought. We were set on fire with new things to discover ”

- Open Doors Student







 To make a gift contact: 

Tory Bailey

Executive Director
toryb@tdf.org

Anne Trites

Director of Development
annet@tdf.org


 Or call 212.912.9770





“How wonderful theatre is… no matter what size, shape or color, or sex you are, theatre is always open to everyone with open arms and is a very safe place to be”

- Open Doors Teacher