10 organizations won grants of $5,000 each.

Broadway League Announces National Education and Engagement Grant Winners

Jacob Coakley

Broadway League’s twenty-first National Education and Engagement Grants awarded grants of $5,000 to 10 organizations. The recipients of the grants will support “inspiring and inventive programs for a wide range of participants to experience and understand Broadway performances as a form of artistic expression and a powerful educational tool.”

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The 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction took place Sunday, Sept. 25.

Broadway Flea Market Raises Record Amount

Jacob Coakley

Broadway fans and theatre treasure seekers flocked to the 30th annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, raising a record $782,081. The day long event took place Sunday, Sept. 25, and featured 68 tables, 73 Broadway stars, and more than 200 auction items. Fans added unique pieces to their own theatrical collections from the tables representing Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and the auction offered extravagant Broadway experiences, like a walk on role in Kinky Boots or tickets to the opening night of Hello Dolly! All proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 

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Anne Basting and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, 2016 MacArthur Fellows.

Theatre Artists Win MacArthur Grants

Jacob Coakley

The MacArthur Foundation named their 2016 Fellows and included in the group of 23 honorees were two theatre artists: Anne Basting, who uses theatre to improve the lives of elders experiencing cognitive impairment; and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, a playwright whose work explores the complicated issues around identity, family, class, and race. Both will receive an unrestricted grant worth $625,000. 

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The artists in residence from The MITTEN Lab will present works in progress at Parallel 45.

MITTEN Lab Presents Work from Inaugural Residencies

Jacob Coakley

The MITTEN Lab and its ridiculously cute acronym (Michigan Incubator for Theatre Talent Emerging Now) has announced a partnership with two theatres — Parallel 45 Theatre in Traverse City and Theatre Nova in Ann Arbor. Theatre Nova will host a panel discussion on new play development, and Parallel 45 will present works-in-progress from the inaugural MITTEN Lab artists in residence. 

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