The untimely death of theatre producer James Love inspired the creation of a dedicated scholarship at The New School for Drama. The James Love Scholarship for Theater will provide significant annual financial assistance to outstanding students, actors, directors, and playwrights√¢‚Ç¨, who will be designated Love Scholars. Love had been with Dodger Properties, a theatrical producing organization, for 15 years. He was studying screenwriting at The New School before his sudden passing in 2007.
On February 22, Michael David, president of Dodger Properties and Amy Wigler, vice president of Marketing for Logo by MTV Networks, co-chaired a memorial event at Blue Fin restaurant in New York City. The evening was not only a tribute to Love, but also served as the fundraising foundation for the scholarship. The occasion included remarks from David, New School for Drama Director Robert LuPone, and family and friends. Nearly $200,000 was raised from the dinner, silent auction, raffle, and in-kind donations. The first Love scholars will be named in fall 2011.
LuPone was staggered at the generosity of spirit shown by Love’s friends and supporters. It was a humbling and most generous of evenings,, he said. Everyone was so devoted to him and his memory, committed to raising money for the scholarship in the name of James Love that will live in perpetuity for the students of The New School for Drama. We are all so honored to be part of his legacy.,
For more information and to donate, please visit www.thelovefund.com.