Jill Garland New Senior Diretor of Development at Public Theater

by Jacob Coakley

Jill Garland
Jill Garland

Jill Garland is the new senior director of development at The Public Theater in New York City. While her most recent gig was VP of development at Nyack Hospital for the past two years (where she spearheaded a $5 million campaign to expand the Hospital’s Emergency Department, and built an annual fund for special equipment and initiatives) Garland served as director of development at Playwrights Horizons for 15 years.


January 22, 2013 – 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.

About The Public Theater’s Downtown Revitalization

Completed in October 2012, the revitalization of The Public Theater’s downtown home at Astor Place physically manifests the Company’s core mission of sparking new dialogues and increasing accessibility for artists and audiences by dramatically opening up its landmark building to the street and community, and transforming the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students, and audiences. Designed by Ennead Architects and constructed by Westerman Construction, the project encompasses enhancements to the building’s interior and exterior while preserving the historic structure. Key elements of the design include infrastructure updates to the 158-year old building, as well as construction of new exterior entry stair and glass canopy; installation of ramps for improved accessibility; an expanded and refurbished lobby; the addition of a mezzanine level with a new lounge, The Library at The Public, designed by the Rockwell Group; expansion and remodeling of restroom facilities; and comprehensive exterior restoration, ensuring stability of the landmark façade.

About The Public Theater at Astor Place

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day.  Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues—including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe’s Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs.  The Public’s wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company’s dedication to making theater accessible to all, new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines for discussions that shed light on social issues explored in Public productions.  The Public Theater is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.  www.publictheater.org