Anthony Hope C’62 Endowed Fund for Playwriting at Georgetown College
As an undergraduate English major at Georgetown, Anthony Hope (C’62) wrote a musical called Show Me the Way to Go Homer for the Calliope competition of student-created plays. That experience, he would tell his daughter Miranda, was one of his favorite memories.
Hope went on to study at Harvard Law and work as a producer, accountant, and the head of the National Indian Gaming Com mission, but started writing plays again in retirement. When he died suddenly at age 63, his family, including his mother Dolores Hope, his siblings, Linda and Kelly Hope, his children Zach and Miranda Hope, his nephew Andrew Lande, and several of his close friends gave a total of over $250,000 to start the Anthony Hope C’62 Endowed Fund for Playwriting at Georgetown College.
“In my own grief I wanted to set something up in perpetuity in his name to help any playwrights coming up to feel encouraged and inspired, and to see a path for continuing their art,” says Miranda Hope.
“It was the most vulnerable I’ve ever felt in a classroom. It pushed me in ways that nothing else did when I was here as a student,” shares Edmundson.
More than 250 student-artists have benefited from workshops, classes, or projects supported by the Hope Endowment. Over 11 years, more than 2,500 patrons have seen funded performances. Every year, a play incubated at Georgetown and written by undergraduates and recent alumni has been featured in the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage New Play Festival. The fund has also brought internationally recognized playwrights, such as Karen Zacarias, to the Hilltop to teach.
After completing her senior thesis project, The Orphan Play, incubated at Georgetown and funded by the Hope Endowment, Miranda Hall (C’11) went on to the Yale School of Drama. This year, she teaches writing for two Georgetown theater classes— including the Hope Playwriting Seminar.
“I wanted to set something up in perpetuity in his name to help any playwrights coming up to feel encouraged and inspired, and to see a path for continuing their art.”
“Meeting with Karen Zacarias, who taught my class, was the first relationship I had with a working playwright. That gave me a sense that this career was possible,” shares Hall.
Program alumna Maria Edmundson (C’12) has worked for Arena Stage and for Georgetown’s Theater and Performance Studies Program. She attests that the Hope Playwriting Seminar stretched her creative boundaries.
Ms. Hope believes that the fund’s mentorship and support system for students might have changed her father’s path.
“I believe that my father would be proud to be associated with so many Georgetown students finding creativity and expression through theatre,” she says.