The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced today that Jill Garland has been named the new Senior Director of Development. Garland comes to The Public Theater with 15 years of experience as the Director of Development of Playwrights Horizons and most recently worked as the Vice President of Development at Nyack Hospital for the past two years.
"I am thrilled to have Jill onboard during this crucial time in The Public's history as we emerge as a Center for Culture, Arts and Ideas," said Executive Director Patrick Willingham. "Our audience and donors have been invigorated through an exciting fall and Under the Radar Festival, and we are thrilled to have Jill join us as we continue to build on this wave of excitement through the spring season, Shakespeare in the Park, and beyond."
"It's wonderful to be returning to theater and to have an opportunity to contribute to the mission of an institution that I've long admired," said Jill Garland. "Oskar Eustis, Patrick Willingham, the Trustees and Senior Management team share a unified, ambitious agenda for the future. It will be an honor and privilege to lead the Development Department and help my colleagues sustain and grow The Public's contributed income base."
JILL GARLAND was Vice President, Development of Nyack Hospital and Executive Director of its Foundation. She was part of an eight person senior management team leading the $200 million institution. Ms. Garland was responsible for running a $5 million Campaign to expand the Hospital's Emergency Department, in addition to building an annual fund for special equipment and initiatives. She was Director of Development at Playwrights Horizons from 1996-2011. During her tenure, the theater won two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama, numerous Tony awards and a designation as a Leading American Theater by the Doris Duke/Andrew W. Mellon Foundations Initiative. While at Playwrights, she spearheaded a successful $33 million campaign to erect a new building and establish an endowment while also growing a $3 million annual fund. Previously, Garland was the Managing Director of Naked Angels Theater Company, and began her career at Theatreworks/USA. She has served as a grant panelist for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, a mentor for the Kennedy Center Arts in Crisis program, and a consultant for Our Time, an arts organization devoted to children who stutter. Ms. Garland has held adjunct professor positions at New York University and Brooklyn College. She graduated from Empire State College (SUNY) with a B.A in Theater.