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Miranda Family Presents $50,000 Challenge Grant to Repertorio Español

Lin-Manuel Miranda gives back to the company that staged the first reading of In the Heights.

Tony-winning Hamilton creator and Repertorio Español alum Lin-Manuel Miranda with his father Luis Miranda.
(© David Gordon)

Lin-Manuel Miranda and his parents, Luis Miranda and Luz Towns-Miranda, have presented a $50,000 challenge grant to Repertorio Español, an off-Broadway theater company now in its 50th anniversary year in New York City. This challenge gift, aimed at encouraging additional giving for a grand total of $100,000, honors the Miranda family's shared history with Repertorio, where Lin-Manuel Miranda worked as an intern years ago, and where he staged the first reading of his Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights.

"The Miranda Family, and especially Lin-Manuel, has had a long and meaningful relationship with Repertorio Español," said Luis Miranda. "Repertorio has been a place of learning and discovery, creating a strong foundation for Lin-Manuel. We want to make sure it continues to provide opportunities for many other artists of color."

Repertorio executive producer Robert Federico added, "When anyone receives a very generous challenge grant from the genius who created Hamilton, and his family, you can only be humbled, and at the same time proud that one's work has deserved such an honor. In Repertorio Español's case, we are extremely humbled and, even more, extremely proud. This gift from the Miranda Family enables us to keep making the theater we believe in for all audiences to enjoy."

This month, Repertorio debuts its newest production, the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz's Exquisita Agonía, previewing May 25 before its opening night on May 30.