Drew University receives $500K grant to support theater & dance internships

Madison-based Drew University received a $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corp. of New York to support the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Internship Fund and underwrite summer internships for college students enrolled in the Theatre Arts and Dance programs.

The grant was awarded in honor of Kean’s 30-plus years of service to the philanthropic foundation’s board of trustees, which began in 1991 while he was serving as president of Drew University. His 15-year presidential tenure left a significant impact on the institution, which is still felt today.

In total, Kean served on the Carnegie Corp.’s board of trustees for 34 years, including 22 as chair, and is now an honorary trustee of the organization.

“This gift from the Carnegie Corp. honoring Gov. Kean’s legacy at both of our institutions will have a significant impact on the lives of our students in the Theatre Arts and Dance programs,” Drew President Hilary Link said. “This generous funding supports Drew’s commitment to all students participating in immersive experiences such as internships. We are grateful to the corporation for including Drew University in their recognition of Gov. Kean’s service.”

The Theatre Arts and Dance programs at Drew train students in the full range of disciplines while providing mentorship, support and professional development opportunities. Through Drew’s New York Theatre semester, students are immersed in the city’s theater scene through coursework, internships and networking opportunities with theater professionals.

“I am thankful to the corporation for providing this grant to support student internships in the Theatre Arts and Dance program at Drew University in my honor,” Gov. Kean said. “Providing students with meaningful internships in the arts helps in building connections for future career successes. It has been a privilege to serve both institutions during my career.”