Tennessee Repertory Theatre Changes Name to Nashville Repertory Theatre

Jacob Coakley

Tennessee Repertory Theatre will start its 30th anniversary season with a name change. The theatre will now be known as Nashville Repertory Theatre. The name change is meant to celebrate “the theatre’s deep commitment to working with local, professional, actors, artisans, and artists as well as its commitment to fostering the city’s theatre ecology.”

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Dad’s Garage Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Finance New Home

Jacob Coakley

Dad’s Garage launched a “Help Build the House of Dad’s” Kickstarter campaign to finance their new home at 569 Ezzard St. in the Old Fourth Ward of Atlanta. The full cost of the building is roughly $2 million, and after a successful capital campaign, Dad’s Garage is turning to Kickstarter to raise $100,000 in the next two months to put them over the top so they can close on the property in December.

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American Theatre Wing Raises $750,000, Increases Grants to Theatres

Jacob Coakley

On Monday, Sept. 15, the American Theatre Wing held their annual gala, honoring Dame Angela Lansbury, for her lifetime of contributions to the theatre. The gala raised a record $750,000 for the Wing’s education and outreach programs. Heather Hitchens, president of the Wing, announced that the event’s success enabled the Wing to increase their National Theatre Company Grants by 20%, to $12,000 for each theatre. This year’s recipients were: Amphibian Stage Productions (Fort Worth, Texas), Ars Nova (New York, New York), Forum Theatre (Silver Spring, Maryland), Keen Company (New York, New York), PlayGround (San Francisco, California) , Red Bull Theater (New York, NY), Rogue Machine Theatre (Los Angeles, California), The House Theatre of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois), the TEAM (Brooklyn, New York), Theater Wit (Chicago, Illinois), Theatre B (Fargo, North Dakota), and Williamston Theatre (Williamston, Michigan).

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Samuel D. Hunter and Alison Bechdel Among the 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Grant Recipients

Jacob Coakley

The MacArthur Foundation today announced 21 MacArthur Fellows for 2014, and included in the list were playwright Samuel D. Hunter and graphic artist/novelist Alison Bechdel, whose graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006) was the basis for the musical Fun Home, which after a lauded Off-Broadway run last fall is headed to Broadway. Hunter is the author of several plays, including The Whale which tells the story of Charlie, an expository writing instructor who has been driven by grief to a state of morbid obesity. Each will receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000 with no stipulations or reporting requirements, allowing recipients maximum freedom to follow their own creative visions.

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