The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) and the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770, both at Harvard University, jointly announced today the establishment of the Hasty Pudding Fellowship at the A.R.T.

The recipient of the first Hasty Pudding Fellowship is Harvard alum Ben Nelson. Nelson recently did work for Des McAnuff at LaJolla Playhouse and Stratford Festival in Canada.

In creating the position and the fellowship, the A.R.T and the Hasty Pudding aim to cultivate the next generation of theater professionals through total immersion in the art and business of the theater. The fellowship will be invaluable for those seeking careers in administration, production, and management and will provide opportunities for the Hasty Pudding Fellows to serve and participate in virtually every department of the A.R.T. while being mentored by senior members of the Artistic Office.
 Diane Paulus, artistic director of the A.R.T. and Tony Award winner, and Andrew L. Farkas, chairman and so-called “Grand Sphinx ” of The Hasty Pudding Institute, have worked together on artistic and philanthropic efforts in the past, including the creation of joint efforts between the A.R.T., Playwrights of New York (“PoNY”), and the Hasty Pudding Institute at Farkas Hall at Harvard.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled about this new collaboration with The Hasty Pudding Institute,” said Paulus. “This fellowship formalizes the intersection of the A.R.T. and the Hasty Pudding by providing an opportunity for young aspiring theater producers to be nurtured by a professional theater company.”

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