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   Date: 12/8/08

Memorial Funds for Leah Ryan AC’93

Two new funds have been created in Leah Ryan’s name:

1. The Leah Ryan FEWW (Fund for Emerging Women Writers) has two missions: to encourage brilliant and unrecognized women playwrights with an annual prize and to provide financial support to women writers afflicted with a serious illness. Both the prize and support recognize the work and honor the memory of Leah Ryan (1964-2008), a truly remarkable woman of letters.

Contributions may be sent to:
Leah Ryan Emerging Writers Fund
c/o Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College
Box 225 Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

You may make checks payable to the Community Foundation of Dutchess County with “Leah Ryan Emerging Writers Fund” in the memo line. For questions please call Ed Cheetham at: (845) 437-5902 or email him at

2. The Leah Ryan Memorial Fund at Smith College

In establishing this Memorial Fund at Smith, Leah’s family and friends honor Leah by supporting Smith students in a variety of artistic fields, who plan to use their talents to create work that illuminates issues of social justice and continues Leah Ryan’s creative legacy.

Annual income from this fund will be used with preference for financial assistance for students who major in Theatre and or English, and who wish to apply for Praxis Internships that would sustain play writing, creative writing, or theater work.

Contributions may be sent to:
Marea Wexler
Smith College Development Office
Stoddard Hall, Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

You may make checks payable to Smith College, with “The Leah Ryan Memorial Fund” in the memo line.




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