Elon, NC -- Don and Ellen Scott made a $750,000 gift to Elon University as the lead contribution for expanding the Department of Performing Arts with new theatrical and recital space in the Gerald L. Francis Center.
Don and Ellen are the parents of Teddy Scott '10, an alumnus of Elon's nationally acclaimed music theatre program.
"The Department of Performing Arts is one of the jewels of Elon University," Don Scott said. "Ellen and I were pleased to learn of the acquisition of the space on Haggard Avenue and hope our contribution will help Elon achieve complete funding for the studios."
According to Elon University, student and facutly use McCrary Theatre and Yeager Recital Hall for rehearsals and live performances. Both venues regularly host major campus events throughtout the academic year, limiting the time performing arts students can use those facilities.
"This expansion is going to take performing arts at Elon to the next level in the complexity of shows we can do, as well as enhance the outstanding performances we are already doing," says Fred Rubeck, chair of the department of performing arts. "It will allow us to model for our students the professional theatre and dance experience and enable them to remain competitive on the national stage."
The Scotts' gift is the first significant commitment for the project to be named the Scott Studios. The nearly 13,000-square-foot expansion will serve students in the acting, dance, music theatre, theatre studies, and theatrical design and production programs.
For more details, visit Elon's Website.