Arts & Culture

Alley Theatre building to be renamed after anonymous $25 million matching grant

The change to the Meredith J. Long Theatre Center is in honor of the theater’s longtime chairman, who served on the Alley’s board for 31 years before passing away in June 2020.

Courtesy of the Alley Theatre

The Alley Theatre Building will be renamed after receiving a $25 million matching grant from an anonymous donor — the largest gift in the 75-year history of the Alley.

The new name, the Meredith J. Long Theatre Center, is in honor of the theater’s chairman who served on the Alley’s board for 31 years before passing away on June 3, 2020.

“Meredith Long has had a great history with the Theatre,” said Dean Gladden, the Alley’s Managing Director. “He was probably our most influential board member that we’ve had in the history of the organization’s 75 years.”

While on the Alley’s board, Long co-chaired two of the largest fundraising campaigns in the theater’s history at the time, raising more than $80 million for the organization to support reconstruction after Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 and for renovations of the Alley Theatre Building.

The $25 million gift will help support the Alley's endowment, artistic initiatives and building repairs after Hurricane Harvey, while also providing reserve funds for the Alley as part of it’s $80 million Alley Vision for the Future Campaign.

"This benevolent gift allows the Alley to flourish for decades to come," said Alley Theatre Board President Kenneth P. Kades.

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