Kevin Spacey Foundation
The Kevin Spacey Foundation was set up in 2010 to support young actors, writers, directors and producers with the passion and potential to succeed in the competitive worlds of film and theater. In its first solid year of work the foundation saw the inauguration of the project Richard’s Rampage alongside the ambitious production and tour of Shakespeare’s “Richard lll.”
The foundation is a homage of sorts to my own mentor, Jack Lemmon. Lemmon had a philosophy: "if you have done well, then you're obligated to send the elevator back down." This roughly translates to the idea that you have been helped to where you are by the people that preceded you, so you are obliged to help others who are starting out once you have reached the top. Lemmon was my helping hand, so I want to offer mine to the next generation of actors.
In February 2011, I held a press conference in Dubai announcing plans to start a traveling theater arts academy in the Middle East. The Academy is a joint venture of both the Kevin Spacey Foundation and Badr Jafar, who is the executive director of Crescent Investments.