Center Stage received the grant as part of the NEA’s Art Works program.
Center Stage received the grant as part of the NEA’s Art Works program.

Center Stage Receives $50,000 from NEA

Jacob Coakley

BALTIMORE—Center Stage received a Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $50,000 grant will support the world premiere of Jazz, a new play written by Nambi E. Kelley, based on the novel by Toni Morrison. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Add a comment

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 ITheatrics will host their first Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento
ITheatrics will host their first Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento

ITheatrics Sets Festivals for Atlanta, Sacramento

Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK –ITheatrics has confirmed top-level talent for its 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival Atlanta,  happening January 13-15, 2017. The iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival Atlanta is the world’s largest festival for student-driven musical theatre programs. Following JTF Atlanta, iTheatrics and the Educational Theatre Association will debut the Junior Theater Festival West February 10-12, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif.

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Two Chicago Orgs Win Joyce Awards

Jacob Coakley

CHICAGO—Two collaborations between artists of color and cultural organizations in Chicago have each won $50,000 from The Joyce Foundation's annual Joyce Awards competition.The Free Street Theater will commission a new play, Meet Juan(ito) Doe, from playwright Ricardo Gamboa, and Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music will commission Quantum Music/Englewood from celebrated saxophonist and composer, Ernest Dawkins, and accomplished percussionist and sitar player, Rahul Sharma. Add a comment

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Broadway’s best spread messages of unity, hope and resilience through satire, song and dance December 5 and 6, 2016, at the 28th annual Gypsy of the Year competition, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Broadway’s best spread messages of unity, hope and resilience through satire, song and dance December 5 and 6, 2016, at the 28th annual Gypsy of the Year competition, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Gypsy of the Year Raises $4,492,636

Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK — The 28th annual Gypsy of the Year competition (#GypsyOfTheYear) — which celebrated six weeks of dedicated fundraising from 55 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies — raised $4,492,636 for Broadway Cares. The grand total was announced Tuesday by Tony Award winners Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and Jessie Mueller (Waitress) and Hamilton star Javier Muñoz following two incredible days of performances. Erivo, Mueller and Muñoz also presented the awards to the top fundraisers and best performances across the two afternoons. Add a comment

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Robert Hurwitt accepting one of TBA’s 2017 Legacy Honor Awards
Robert Hurwitt accepting one of TBA’s 2017 Legacy Honor Awards

Theatre Bay Area Announces 2016 TBA Awards Recipients

Jacob Coakley

SAN FRANCISCO — Theatre Bay Area celebrated theatre and its practitioners at the 2016 TBA Awards Monday, Dec. 5  at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater. This year, 75 awards were given to recipients out of a pool of over 372 finalists, generated by over 300 adjudicators who cast ballots for over 281 productions at 96 companies across three tiers based on operating budget and use of Actors’ Equity Association (union) talent. Complete list of the winners is after the jump.  Add a comment

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Peter Sargent, 2017 Thomas DeGaetani Award honoree
Peter Sargent, 2017 Thomas DeGaetani Award honoree

Peter Sargent to Receive 2017 DeGaetani Award

Jacob Coakley

SYRACUSE, NY — USITT chose Peter Sargent, founding Dean of Webster University’s Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts and its Lighting Design and Stage Management programs to receive their 2017 Thomas DeGaetani Award. Sargent is celebrating his 49th season with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis as a resident lighting designer. Add a comment

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will move into the Lyric Theatre in 2018
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will move into the Lyric Theatre in 2018

Ambassador Theatre Group Closes Lyric to Prepare for Potter

Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK — The Ambassador Theatre Group will close their Lyric Theatre on West 42nd Street for renovations that will make it a better home for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. ATG announced the closure, and Deadline.com confirmed that the renovations would be in service of making it a home for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in 2018. The theatre’s current production — “Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour” — will close in April. The plan currently is that “Paramour” will move into another theatre. Add a comment

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 Tarell Alvin McCraney was also named a playwright in residence at Yale Rep.
Tarell Alvin McCraney was also named a playwright in residence at Yale Rep.

Yale Names Tarell Alvin McCraney Head of Playwriting

Jacob Coakley

NEW HAVEN, CT — Yale tapped Tarell Alvin McCraney as the chair of the Department of Playwriting at Yale School of Drama, effective July 1, 2017, for a three-year term. McCraney will begin his work part-time this winter in order to admit the incoming class of playwrights. The application deadline for the Playwriting Department will be extended to January 1, 2017, to accommodate this transition. Add a comment

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Arena Stage commissions 25 playwrights for the Power Plays Initiative, including Nathan Alan Davis, Eve Ensler, Rajiv Joseph,Jacqueline Lawton, Mary Kathryn Nagle, Aaron Posner, Sarah Ruhl and John Strand
Arena Stage commissions 25 playwrights for the Power Plays Initiative, including Nathan Alan Davis, Eve Ensler, Rajiv Joseph,Jacqueline Lawton, Mary Kathryn Nagle, Aaron Posner, Sarah Ruhl and John Strand

Arena Stage Commissions 25 New Plays as Part of Power Plays Initiative

Jacob Coakley

WASHINGTON, DC — Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater launched Power Plays, an initiative commissioning and developing 25 new plays and musicals from 25 writers over the course of the next 10 years. With Power Plays, Arena Stage focuses Washington, D.C.’s unique theatrical voice on politics and power, amplifying the theatre’s role as a national center dedicated to American voices and artists, located in the heart of the nation’s capital. Seven commissioned projects are already in development. Add a comment

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