- by Jacob Coakley
in Theatre Buzz
The NEA has announced the recipients of their Arts Works Grants for the March 2012 application deadline. A total of 146 theatres received grants ranging from $10,000-$100,000. Five theatre organizations received the recommendation for $100,000. Those groups are: The Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art, Ltd. (aka HERE) in New York City, to support HERE Artist Residency Program for mid-career performing and visual artists collaborating; Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, Minn., which received a $100,000 grant to support production of two new works: a play by Caridad Svich, based on Julia Alvarez’s novel In the Time of the Butterflies, and an oral history piece about veterans with disabilities created in partnership with Footprints Collective; New Dramatists, Inc. New York, NY, to support the Playwrights Lab; The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, to support Naomi Wallace’s new work, The Liquid Plain, which will be staged in the Thomas Theatre in 2013; and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company Chicago, Ill., to support the production of Head of Passes, a new play commissioned by Steppenwolf, written by ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney, and directed by ensemble member Tina Landau. A full list of all the theatres who received grants and a description of the project supported by the grant is after the jump. Congrats to every theatre who received a recommendation—whatever the amount of the grant, I’m sure the money is appreciated and will help create great theatre!
National Endowment for the Arts Awards 832 Art Works Grants Totaling $23.3 million
Plus, 40 Creative Writing Fellowships totaling $1 million awarded to poets
November 27, 2012
Washington, DC -- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the NEA will award 832 grants totaling $23.3 million through its Art Works funding category. Not-for-profit arts organizations in 47 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will receive funding. The supported projects span 13 artistic disciplines and fields and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. In addition, the NEA will award Creative Writing Fellowships to 40 outstanding poets for a total of $1 million. This grant announcement is the first of several for fiscal year 2013.
"Through a rigorous peer-review panel process, the NEA ensures that projects recommended for funding are among the most creative, the most effective, and will make a real impact," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "I am proud to announce these 832 Art Works grants and 40 Creative Writing Fellowships and I look forward to seeing the projects come to fruition for the benefit of both the grantees and their communities across the country."
Art Works is the NEA's largest funding category. These grants emerged from applications submitted to the March 2012 deadline. (Grants from the August 2012 deadline will be announced in Spring 2013.) Art Works encourages and supports the following four outcomes:
- Creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence,
- Public engagement with diverse and excellent art,
- Lifelong learning in the arts, and
- Strengthening of communities through the arts.
Funded Art Works projects include:
- 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia is recommended for a $20,000 grant to support InLight Richmond, an annual one-night community festival and public exhibition of light-based art. InLightexhibitions feature a range of light-based works including video projections, interactive environments, multimedia projects, performance, and installation.
- Calista Elders Council in Anchorage, Alaska is recommended for a $45,000 grant to help support a three-day Yup'ik dance festival in Chavak, Alaska, (population 938) featuring 24 dance groups from 23 remote villages. Families in the village will host and provide food for the 312 dancers for a weekend of dancing, ceremonials, and socializing.
- Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota is recommended for a $100,000 grant to support production of two new works: a play by Caridad Svich, based on Julia Alvarez’s novel In the Time of the Butterflies, and an oral history piece about veterans with disabilities created in partnership with Footprints Collective. Also, Mixed Blood will tour Minnecanos, an original musical about four generations of Minnesota Mexicans and The Deaf Duckling about a deaf child born to a hearing family.
- Ojai Festivals in Ojai, California, is recommended for a $15,000 grant to support the 67th annual Ojai Festival. Programming will focus on American artists and music, including the works of Lou Harrison, John Cage, Henry Cowell, Charles Ives, and John Luther Adams. Additional featured artists include Mark Morris Music Ensemble, the Mark Morris Dance Group, pianist Emanuel Ax, the American String Quartet, and jazz trio The Bad Plus with Ethan Iverson.
Art Work by the numbers Applications and Grants
- Number of eligible applications received for the March 2012 deadline: 1,509
- Number of grants recommended from pool of applications: 832
- Total dollars requested from eligible applications: $74 million
- Total dollars to be awarded for grants: $23.3 million
- Average success rate of applications to grants: 55%
- Average funding rate of amount requested in application: 50%
- Average success rate of amount requested in application in Fall 2009: 41%
- Average funding rate of amount requested in application in Fall 2009: 58%
Panels and Panelists
- Number of panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff to review applications: 28
- Number of individual panelists from those panels: 140
- Estimated review time per application in advance of a panel: 30 minutes
- Estimated number of hours a panelist spends in preparation and in panel: 40 hours
Geography and States
- Number of states represented by applicants: 50 plus DC, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands
- Number of states represented by grantees in this funding round: 47 plus DC and Puerto Rico
- Number of states represented by panelists in this funding round: 37
Of Special Note
- Among the 832 Art Works grants, 178 will have multi-state impact. This means that through touring, collaborative projects, TV and radio broadcasts, and other means, these projects extend their reach and leverage NEA support beyond the grantees' home states.
- Also, among these grants, six will support projects inspired by the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring: four grants in dance, one in music, and one in theater. Those grantees are:
◦ Ballet West, Salt Lake City, Utah
◦ Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
◦ Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois
◦ Houston Ballet, Houston, Texas
◦ Mark Morris Dance Group, New York, New York
◦ Saratoga International Theatre Institute, New York, New York
- As part of its commitment to fund organizations across the country, the NEA conducts grant workshops to help potential applicants understand the agency's grant-making process and offer tips for submitting strong proposals. Since October 2011, the NEA has held 35 grant workshops in 19 states plus the District of Columbia (using this presentation). Together with 10 training webinars offered through the NEA's website, the agency has reached more than 4,700 new and/or prospective applicants.
Creative Writing Fellowships
The NEA has awarded creative writing fellowships since 1967, providing writers with the time and freedom to pursue their writing.
Among this year's recipients are the first married couple to individually receive a fellowship at the same time, Suzanne Buffman and Srikanth Reddy. Other fellowship poets include Ken Chen (Brooklyn, NY), Sy Hoahwah (Benton, AR), Reginald L. Flood (Quaker Hill, CT), Meg Day (Salt Lake City ,UT), and Solmaz Sharif (Los Angeles, CA).
Creative Writing Fellowships by the numbers
- Number of eligible applications received for this funding round: 1,137
- Total number of pages submitted in applications: 46,200
- Number of reviewers who read through applications: 22
- Number of pages each reviewer read: 2,100
- Number of applications selected by reviewers to receive further review by a panel: 110
- Number of fellowships awarded: 40
- Average success rate for fellowships awarded: 3.5%
Please see the complete listing of poets recommended for Creative Writing fellowships.
A state-by-state listing of all the grants announced in this release is also available.
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov or at www.twitter.com/NEAarts and www.facebook.com/NationalEndowmentfortheArts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.
2013 Grant Awards: Art Works
[ March 8, 2012 deadline ]
Artists Communities | Arts Education | Dance | Folk & Traditional Arts | Literature | Local Arts Agencies | Media Arts | Museums | Music | Opera | Presenting | Theater and Musical Theater | Visual Arts
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
Theater and Musical Theater
About Face Theatre Collective Chicago, IL $20,000 To support selected activities in the 2013 XYZ Festival of New Works. Supported activities will include workshop performances of Billy and Billie by Paul Oakley Stovall and When Last We Flew by Harrison David Rivers, a commission of playwright Tarell McCraney to adapt a story from Randall Kenan's book Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, and classes for youth in the art of solo performance and playwriting taught by Artistic Associate Arturo Soria.
Actors Theatre Of Louisville, Inc. Louisville, KY $50,000 To support the 37th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays, a showcase of new theatrical work featuring American playwrights. Actors Theatre will fully produce seven full-length plays, multiple 10-minute plays, and an anthology project to be performed by its Acting Apprentice Company.
Alley Theatre Houston, TX $50,000 To support a production of Warrior Class by Kenneth Lin. Set in Baltimore and New York City, the political drama portrays the life of a son of Chinese immigrants who is a decorated war veteran and Asian American politician whose bid for Congress is threatened when a secret from the past emerges.
Alternative Theater Ensemble (aka AlterTheater) San Rafael, CA $10,000 To support the commission, development, and production of a new play by Larissa Fasthorse. As part of the theater's commissioning and playwrights-in-residence program, Fasthorse will collaborate with Alter Theater to develop a play that addresses challenging issues facing the San Rafael local community.
Amas Musical Theatre, Inc. New York, NY $10,000 To support the Amas Musical Theatre Lab and Workshop Development Series. The project will support the theater's mission of celebrating diversity and minority perspectives and the development of new musicals covering a broad range of subject matter and styles.
American Conservatory Theatre Foundation (aka American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)) San Francisco, CA $40,000 To support the premiere of Stuck Elevator by Aaron Jafferis. Based on the true story of an undocumented immigrant who survived 81 hours in a Bronx elevator, the Chinese American hip-hop opera portrays a Chinese food deliveryman struggling for freedom from debt, human smugglers, and untrustworthy coworkers, and his attempts to escape his physical and existential fate.
American Repertory Theatre Cambridge, MA $25,000 To support a re-imagining of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie directed by John Tiffany. Re-investigated and re-interpreted by Tiffany and actress Cherry Jones, the play will portray a contemporary single mother separated from her husband raising two children, one of whom is physically and emotionally handicapped, and who are both now grown but still living at home.
Arden Theatre Company Philadelphia, PA $15,000 To support a playwright residency program The Writers' Room. The residencies will include workshops of plays in development and the mounting of a full but smaller scale production.
Ars Nova Theater I, Inc. (aka Ars Nova) New York, NY $25,000 To support the Ars Nova Play Group Program. A collective of emerging playwrights will experience readings, workshops, writing retreats, and gather twice a month for two years to share and develop new work, receive feedback, provide peer support, and form collaborative relationships.
Atlantic Theater Company New York, NY $30,000 To support the world premiere of 3 Kinds of Exile by Tony Award-winning playwright John Guare with direction by Artistic Director Neil Pepe. The play follows the stories of three Eastern European exiles who were forced from their homes during the 20th century to immigrate to the United States.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre (aka Berkeley Rep) Berkeley, CA $20,000 To support the world premiere of Dan LeFranc's Troublemaker, or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright, directed by OBIE Award-winning director Anne Kauffmann. Commissioned and developed at Berkeley Rep, the play is both an epic adventure and a tale of personal discovery with fast-paced storytelling and inventive language to portray a modern boy's imagination as he struggles with changes in his relationships.
Borderlands Theater Teatro Fronterizo, Inc. Tucson, AZ $10,000 To support the commission, development, and production of two plays: Two Frontiers by Arizona playwright Kara Hartzler and Dos Fronteras by Mexican playwright Medardo Travino. The plays represent the second and final phase of a bi-national project to commission and produce a trilogy of plays exploring the socioeconomic, political, cultural forces endemic to migration across the Mexico-Arizona border.
Cape Fear Regional Theatre at Fayetteville Inc. (aka Cape Fear Regional Theatre) Fayetteville, NC $20,000 To support a production of The Parchman Hour by Mike Wiley. The play recounts the Freedom Riders of America's civil rights movement, many of whom were arrested and imprisoned in Mississippi's notorious Parchman Farm Penitentiary where they invented a live variety show The Parchman Hour with characters such as Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy.
Center Stage Associates, Inc. Baltimore, MD $55,000 To support Bruce Norris's Pulitzer-winning drama Clybourne Park, presented in repertory with the premiere of Beneatha's Place by Kwame Kwei-Armah as part of The Raisin Cycle. As a response to Lorraine Hansberry's landmark masterpiece A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park raises questions about urban gentrification; Beneatha's Place follows a woman's journey to academia, where questions and expectations of affirmative action, identity, and identity politics could manifest.
Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles (aka Center Theatre Group) Los Angeles, CA $20,000 To support the world premiere of Jennifer Haley's The Nether. Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Hayley will challenge our increasing dependence on the Internet and how the time spent online is changing the way people see themselves, interact with society, and draw the lines of morality.
Cherry Lane Alternative Inc. (aka Cherry Lane Theatre) New York, NY $10,000 To support the 13th annual OBIE Award-winning Mentor Project. The program partners established dramatists with emerging writers in a hands-on, season-long new play development program that includes readings, one-on-one workshops, and master classes; and culminates with a 12 performance Showcase Production.
Chicago Theatre Group, Inc. (aka Goodman Theatre) Chicago, IL $90,000 To support the world premiere of The Happiest Song Plays Last by Quiara Alegria Hudes with direction by Teatro Vista's Artistic Director Edward Torres. The play chronicles a year in the life of two Puerto Rican Americans---an Iraqi War veteran in an ancient Jordanian town struggling to overcome the traumas of combat and his cousin's struggles and romance in North Philadelphia.
Children's Theatre Company and School (aka Children's Theatre Company) Minneapolis, MN $10,000 To support the world premiere adaptation of Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio by Director Greg Banks and the development of The Hockey Musical by The Civilians in New York. Banks will re-imagine the classic text as a highly theatrical movement piece with a small cast. The Civilians' new musical will be inspired by founder Steve Cosson's interviews with young hockey players, parents, and coaches in both the Twin Cities metropolitan area and in Duluth.
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Cincinnati, OH $10,000 To support the world premiere production of Abigail/1702 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The play draws inspiration from Arthur Miller's character Abigail Williams in The Crucible and the history and folk tales of Puritan New England as it traces her journey of faith and redemption.
City Theatre Company, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA $10,000 To support a production of Abigail/1702 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The play portrays Abigail Williams, a character depicted in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, who after the Salem Witch Trials, flees Salem and lives in hiding while helping the poor and diseased, repenting in seclusion, and is forced to face her past and honor a secret pact she made long ago.
Civilians, Inc. (aka The Civilians) Brooklyn, NY $12,000 To support the development of new plays through The Civilians' R&D Group. Selected artists with experience in playwriting, directing, and acting will investigate social topics through interviews, travel, and community residencies followed by a reading of their plays.
Classical Theatre of Harlem, Inc. New York, NY $20,000 To support a production series of classic plays and works by contemporary artists of color to engage diverse audiences. Works will include Maximilian Gaspard's Breathin' & Hopin', the true story of 14-year-old George J. Stinney, Jr., a victim of Jim Crow justice and the youngest person to be executed in the United States in the 20th century; Detroit '67 by Dominique Morrisseau, which portrays the era of the 1967 Detroit riots and is a co-production with the Public Theatre; and a free outdoor production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in partnership with City Parks Summerstage.
Cleveland Public Theatre, Inc. Cleveland, OH $10,000 To support the ensemble creation and production of Earth, one of four plays in The Elements Cycle. The plays explore issues of sustainability and the relationship between humanity and the environment, with source material drawn from myths, literature, science, sociology, and ecology to provide a backdrop for the imagery, poetry, and music in the plays.
Clubbed Thumb, Inc. New York, NY $10,000 To support the 18th annual festival of new plays, Summerworks '13. The festival will include an opening night event of short, thematically linked pieces on the theme "NYC Block Party" and three fully produced new plays: Cleopatra Or The Arab Spring by Sylvan Oswald, Disquietude by Aimee Gonzalez, and Sui Generis by Gregory Moss.
Connecticut Players Foundation, Inc. (aka Long Wharf Theatre) New Haven, CT $10,000 To support the premiere production of January Joiner by Laura Jacqmin. Directed by Associate Artistic Director Eric Ting, January Joiner is set in an imagined weight-loss boot camp in coastal Florida and follows Myrtle and her sister Terry as they embark upon their shared goal of losing weight.
Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Inc. Shepherdstown, WV $25,000 To support the commissioning and world premiere of Scott And Hem In The Garden Of Allah by Mark St. Germain. Set in the famed Hollywood resort (The Garden of Allah), the play will explore the relationship between writers F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway as it imagines their final meeting when they debate and discuss their respective positions and personal relationship at an important crossroad in their careers.
Cornerstone Theater Company, Inc. Los Angeles, CA $30,000 To support the development and production of the Hunger Cycle: School Food Project by Peter Howard. The play will explore how school food connects to success in learning and the universal hunger for a healthy and productive adulthood, examining cafeterias as microcosms of the larger school community.
Court Theatre Fund (aka Court Theatre) Chicago, IL $10,000 To support productions of Molière's celebrated comedies The Misanthrope and Tartuffe directed by Artistic Director Charles Newell. Highlighting sociopolitical themes and connecting the characters' struggles to modern-day society, The Misanthrope will be presented in period dress and Tartuffe will be set in modern-day Chicago.
Crowded Fire Theater Company (aka Crowded Fire Theater (CFT)) San Francisco, CA $10,000 To support the development and world premiere production of The Taming by Lauren Gunderson. Based on Shakespeare's The Taming of The Shrew, the comedic play will portray the female voice in American politics and explore potent elements of female characters within the Bard's work.
Curious Theatre Company Denver, CO $15,000 To support the regional premiere of Tarell McCraney's The Brothers Size. This playful drama swirls together the Louisiana bayou and West African mythology in a tale about two brothers who walk the line between law and liberty and the fierce tug-of-war for their own souls.
Cygnet Theatre Company San Diego, CA $10,000 To support Gem of the Ocean: The Cycle Begins, the first production of the August Wilson Cycle Plays, and a presentation of Walking in the Shadows---August Wilson by Antonio Johnson. Gem of the Ocean lays the foundation for Wilson's epic exploration of the cultural and spiritual journey made by 20th-century African Americans; Johnson's one-man performance will focus on themes of faith, hope, and tradition, and the relationship between Wilson's life and the Century Cycle stories.
Dallas Theater Center Dallas, TX $70,000 To support the development and world premiere musical production of Stagger Lee by Will Power and Justin Ellington. Known for energetic hip-hop interpretation of stories that speak to young urban audiences, Power's story is based on African American folk tales and portrays the history of African American music.
Denver Center for the Performing Arts Denver, CO $10,000 To support the premiere of Lauren Feldman's Grace or The Art of Climbing. Rock climbing is both metaphor and action in this tale of a young woman in her mid-20s suffering from depression after a break-up with her boyfriend and her father's stroke, who decides to take up climbing to achieve mastery over her life.
District of Columbia Jewish Community Center (on behalf of Theater J) Washington, DC $10,000 To support Voices from a Changing Middle East: Dialogues in the Desert, a festival exploring culture and conflict in the Middle East that will include the English language premiere of Boged: An Enemy of the People by Israeli playwrights Boaz Gaon and Nir Erez. The project will explore the Negev Desert, known for its industrial resources and growing population of Jewish and Arab Bedouin communities, and include a modern adaptation of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People that speaks to contemporary Israeli social, political, and environmental issues.
East-West Players, Inc. (aka EWP) Los Angeles, CA $40,000 To support the world premiere of Christmas In Hanoi by Eddie Borey. The play explores the Asian Pacific American biracial experience as two siblings travel with their Irish Catholic father and their Vietnamese maternal grandfather to visit their late mother's ancestral home in Vietnam.
Emerson College Boston, MA $50,000 To support ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage Theater Development Residencies. The project will foster the creation of new work by offering residencies, rehearsal space, production facilities and support, and performance space on the campus of Emerson College in Boston.
Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Center, Inc. Waterford, CT $50,000 To support the creation and development of new plays and musical theater works by emerging and mid-career artists at the National Playwrights Conference and the National Music Theater Conference. Approximately 1,600 manuscripts are received through an open-submission process that culminates in the selection of seven to ten plays and two to four musicals, that receive a rehearsal period and staged readings that are open to the public.
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC $15,000 To support the premiere of And Then Came Tomorrow... by Walter Allen Bennett, Jr. The play portrays an African American family's legacy that spans five decades from Rosa Parks to President Barack Obama and will be directed by visiting professor Bennett with professional actors.
Fiji Theater Company, Inc. (aka Ping Chong & Company) New York, NY $40,000 To support the Undesirable Elements Projects: Secret Survivors with accompanying education and outreach activities. Oral history theater works will explore issues of identity and culture in Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Oregon.
Foundry Theatre, Inc. New York, NY $15,000 To support a new adaptation and production of Bertolt Brecht's Good Person of Szechwan. Drawing from a mix of theatrical styles in history including Japanese Noh, commedia dell'arte, and musical theater, director Lear deBessonet and multidisciplinary artist Taylor Mac will create an adaptation of Brecht's masterpiece that portrays a young prostitute who later becomes a small business owner and attempts to solve world poverty.
GableStage, Inc. Coral Gables, FL $10,000 To support a production of Shakespeare's Hamlet, adapted and directed by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. Commissioned by the English Royal Shakespeare Company, McCraney's adaptation transports the play's themes of madness, revenge, family, and mortality into a modern, multi-cultural context to explore the heart of Shakespeare's tragic tale.
Geva Theatre Center, Inc. Rochester, NY $10,000 To support a production of The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez with direction by Tim Ocel. Set in the end of the Civil War, a Jewish Confederate soldier returns to his family's abandoned plantation in Virginia and forms new relationships with two of the family's former slaves who were both raised in Judaism.
Gilloury Institute (aka Silk Road Rising (formerly Silk Road Theatre Project)) Chicago, IL $20,000 To support the world premiere of Rajiv Joseph's The Lake Effect. Set in a depressed Cleveland neighborhood, an estranged Indian American brother and sister are reunited by the death of their father, but a complicated web of relationships and plot twists occur when their late father's gambling bookie enters their lives.
Golden Thread Productions San Francisco, CA $10,000 To support the development and premiere of Urge for Going by Mona Mansour with direction by Evren Odcikin. The story centers on Jamila, a young refugee girl preparing for her university exams---her ticket out of the refugee camp.
HartBeat Ensemble Hartford, CT $10,000 To support Project Turnpike by Cindy Martinez and Debra Walsh with direction by Co-Artistic Director Steven Ginsburg. Inspired by Raymond Bechard's 2011 book The Berlin Turnpike: A True Story of Human Trafficking in America and based on interviews with people impacted by sex trafficking in Connecticut, the play portrays a prostitute who re-examines the control and violence behind her life and work.
Hartford Stage Company, Inc. (aka Hartford Stage) Hartford, CT $35,000 To support the premiere of Breath & Imagination -- The Story of Roland Hayes by Daniel Beaty. Employing spirituals and classical music, the play chronicles the life of Roland, who was born the son of a slave in Georgia, discovered his voice singing spirituals in church, and became a world-renowned classical vocalist who later sang before kings and queens in Europe.
Hippodrome State Theatre, Inc. (aka Hippodrome Theatre) Gainesville, FL $30,000 To support the development and production of Leveling Up by Deborah Zoe Laufer. The blurring of reality and virtual reality is explored when a young gamer is recruited to use gaming as a weapon for modern warfare.
Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art, Ltd. (aka HERE) New York, NY $100,000 To support HERE Artist Residency Program for mid-career performing and visual artists collaborating and experimenting with new approaches to expand the parameters of performance work. The development of participating artists' work is nurtured through cross-disciplinary exchange, workshops, panel discussions, artist retreats, career development services, and productions.
Honolulu Theatre for Youth Honolulu, HI $50,000 To support the development of an adaptation of the Newbery Award-winning novel Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry. The 1940s novel is set in ancient Polynesia, prior to Western contact. The production will incorporate traditional Polynesian chant, dance, musical instrumentation, and physical materials authentic to the region and time period to tell the story.
Huntington Theatre Company, Inc. Boston, MA $10,000 To support the Breaking Ground/HPF Play Lab. The project will provide a three-week writing and performance retreat for four playwrights and eighteen actors to collaborate on artist-driven play development.
Idris Ackamoor & Cultural Odyssey (aka Cultural Odyssey) San Francisco, CA $30,000 To support Fully Awake & Facing Seventy: The End of Time Has Begun!, written and performed by Rhodessa Jones. In a solo piece with live music, Jones as a new senior citizen shares her "homegrown" wisdom regarding family, community, memory and spirit, and offers a treatise on the Baby Boom Generation confronting their last years with style, humor, and yoga.
Imagination Stage, Inc. (aka Imagination Stage) Bethesda, MD $30,000 To support the east coast premiere of Anime Momotaro, co-created by Alvin Chan and Eric Johnson, artistic director of the Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Johnson will direct the re-telling of Japan's folktale about a boy who sprang from a peach and will draw inspiration from the visually rich world of Japanese anime to teach powerful lessons about inner strength and one's ability to stand up against bullying.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre Minneapolis, MN $25,000 To support the development of a new work by puppetry artists in the Sampo Box Program. The program will establish a yearly opportunity for the creation of new works for puppet and mask performance by professional tenured artists in residence at the theater and compliment existing intensive training opportunities offered by the company for beginning and emerging professional puppetry artists.
InterAct, Inc. (aka InterAct Theatre Company) Philadelphia, PA $18,000 To support a world premiere of Some Other Kind Of Person by Eric Pfeffinger. The commissioned play explores the global crisis surrounding human trafficking.
Intersection San Francisco, CA $30,000 To support the 2013 Triangle Lab. A partnership with the California Shakespeare Theater, the new program will place artists, arts organizations, and communities as equal partners in a "triangulated" relationship to create new theater works and will seek new development models for the field.
Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Inc. Kansas City, MO $35,000 To support the premiere of Waiting for You (On the Corner of...), created by Theatre of the Emerging American Moment and Sojourn Theatre. The commissioned play portrays six characters who live and work in Kansas City and examines the ways in which people listen to each other, what values are shared between communities, and how local individuals participate in the national discourse of today's polarized political climate.
Kitchen Dog Theater Company (aka Kitchen Dog) Dallas, TX $10,000 To support the 15th annual New Works Festival. The festival will feature as many as six staged readings picked from more than 350 scripts submitted nationwide; Playwrights Under Progress Fest, which consists of five staged readings of short plays written by local high school students; and a fully produced play chosen from those that were submitted in the past year.
Lark Theatre Company, Inc. (aka Lark Play Development Center) New York, NY $25,000 To support the Open Access Program, a play scouting initiative that provides support for new play development. Designed to support unheard voices of all cultures, the program will include a review of new scripts, developmental readings, networking opportunities, a forum for playwrights to develop and publicly present new work as well as build professional and creative relationships, and advancement of selected works in workshops and public readings.
Latino Theater Company Los Angeles, CA $50,000 To support the National Latino Theater Festival and Conference. The project will include the commissioning of six Latino theater companies across the nation to develop new works to be presented at the festival and a conference focusing on the present and future state of U.S. Latino theater practices.
Lookingglass Theatre Company Chicago, IL $15,000 To support the commission, development, and world premiere of Yuri Kochiyama by J. Nicole Brooks. Brooks will explore the chronicles of civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama's quest for social justice from when she organized for interred Japanese across the nation through her later career in Harlem as a social activist.
Ma-Yi Filipino Theatre Ensemble, Inc. (aka Ma-Yi Theater Company) New York, NY $30,000 To support the world premiere of Happy End of the World by Lloyd Suh. The science-fiction adventure story features a young brother-sister duo who become immersed in intergalactic identity politics and who question how individual superpowers could ultimately be the key to saving the universe.
Mabou Mines Development Foundation, Inc. (aka Mabou Mines) New York, NY $30,000 To support the creation of an adaptation of Molière's The Imaginary Invalid by Valeria Vasilevski. In the adaptation, to be titled Imagining the Imaginary Invalid, Vasilevski will deconstruct the three-act comédie-ballet and intercut it with historical references to the evolution of American medicine from the healing arts to present-day practices.
Mad River Theater Works Zanesfield, OH $10,000 To support the development of a new play with music which will explore the history of food production and family farms in rural sectors of Ohio. The play will be created through a collaborative outreach process involving families, small farms, food agencies, and industrial growers.
Manhattan Theatre Club, Inc. New York, NY $50,000 To support the development of new work and playwrights in the Stage II Project. The project will support writers in various stages of their careers and will include two full productions, four commissions of new plays, and two, two-week developmental workshops.
Metro Theater Company St. Louis, MO $30,000 To support the production of Jackie and Me by Steven Dietz. Adapted from the book by Dan Gutman, the play follows a young boy as he travels back in time to 1947 where he witnesses the courage and dignity of renowned baseball player Jackie Robinson who broke the color barrier in major league baseball.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Inc. (aka The Rep) Milwaukee, WI $30,000 To support sequential productions of Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris and A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. The contemporary comedy Clybourne Park is a response to Hansberry's landmark masterpiece, A Raisin in the Sun. Both plays explore issues related to race, class, economics, and cultural identity.
Mint Theater Company New York, NY $40,000 To support the American production of Katie Roche by Irish playwright Teresa Deevy (1894-1963). Outreach activities will include staged readings of Deevy's one acts and the publication of her complete plays, most of which have never been in print.
Miracle Theatre Group Portland, OR $25,000 To support the development and premiere of Dance for a Dollar. The original dance/theater play, co-created by writer Mariana Carreno King and director/choreographer Daniel Jaquez, explores the contemporary urban immigrant experience through story, movement, and dance from traditional to folkloric styles, and centers on the culture of social dance as a shared experience that transcends immigrant alienation.
Mixed Blood Theatre Company Minneapolis, MN $100,000 To support the production of two new works and the tour of two commissioned works. The two new works include a play by Caridad Svich about the Mirabal sisters fighting despotism in the Dominican Republic, and a devised piece written by Anton Jones and directed by Leah Cooper about veterans with disabilities. The two commissioned works are Minnecanos, an original musical about Mexican Americans from Minnesota by Joe Minjares, and Aditi Kapil's The Deaf Duckling about a deaf child born to a hearing family.
Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company San Diego, CA $25,000 To support a production of Extraordinary Chambers by David Wiener. The play portrays an American couple who travel to Cambodia for a business trip and become entangled with Khmer Rouge survivors and alleged perpetrators of war crimes. The play aims to raise the awareness of the Khmer Rouge's history and explore American intersections within their history.
National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Inc. New York, NY $70,000 To support the 25th annual Festival of New Musicals and the Fall Conference. These activities bring together musical theater writers and industry professionals for staged readings, a songwriter showcase, and panels.
National Music Theatre Network, Inc. (aka New York Musical Theatre Festival) New York, NY $35,000 To support the Next Link Project, a writer development program. Offered in conjunction with the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the program provides emerging writing teams with marketing and creative support and a subsidized performance slot in the annual festival.
National New Play Network, Ltd. (aka NNPN) Washington, DC $40,000 To support a residency program. Targeted to early-career playwrights and producers at mid-size theaters across the country, the residency program will allow the participants an opportunity to develop new work.
New 42nd Street, Inc. (aka New Victory Theater) New York, NY $70,000 To support the presentation of theater works for young audiences by international and national companies accompanied by arts education programs and outreach activities. The project will feature four works: The Mark of Zorro by Visible Fictions (Scotland); Grug by Windmill Theatre (Australia); The Intergalactic Nemesis by The Robot Planet (Austin, TX); and The Firework Maker's Daughter by The Opera Group (London).
New Dramatists, Inc. New York, NY $100,000 To support the Playwrights Lab. The project is a writer-driven series of new play development readings, week-long workshops, and two week-long retreats for composers and librettists.
New Federal Theatre, Inc. New York, NY $50,000 To support the production of two works by playwright Ed Bullins. Performances of The Fabulous Miss Marie, directed by Woodie King, Jr., and In the Wine Time, directed by Mansoor Najee-ullah will take place at the Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Arts Center. Scheduled audience discussions will explore the ideology, philosophy, and politics of the 1960s and ’70s, and Ed Bullins’ contributions to the American theater.
New Group, Inc. (aka The New Group) Manhattan, NY $25,000 To support the world premiere production of Bunty Berman Presents, a new musical by Ayub Khan-Din, directed by Scott Elliott. The musical tells the story of a failing movie studio in Bollywood during the 1950s.
New Harmony Project, Inc. Indianapolis, IN $20,000 To support two-week residencies for playwrights in New Harmony, Indiana, to develop new work with dramaturgical and production support. The program culminates in public readings and discussions and is augmented by educational components involving local high school and college students as well as a partnership with Butler University's playwriting program.
New Paradise Laboratories Theatre, Inc. (aka New Paradise Laboratories) Philadelphia, PA $25,000 To support the continued development and performances of 27, with a series of audience engagement activities. This new ensemble work about rock and blues musicians who died in their 27th year, will be augmented by activities including a convening and retreat for college-aged artists, performers, musicians, and audience members that will include seminars in the techniques and practices of the company and the development of new works for its online performances space.
New York Stage and Film Company, Inc New York, NY $30,000 To support Powerhouse Season 2013, an eight-week residency on Vassar College's campus. Professional theater artists will live and work together to develop new plays and musicals. During the residency, they will present up to 20 new works in various stages of development, from readings to fully-realized main stage productions.
New York Theatre Workshop, Inc. New York, NY $50,000 To support a production of Amy Herzog's Belleville. This new play directed by Anne Kauffman is about an ex-pat married couple living in the Parisian suburb of Belleville in an isolated fantasy world.
New York University (on behalf of Skirball Center for the Performing Arts) New York, NY $30,000 To support the presentation of the U.S. premiere of Israel's Nalaga'at Theater's Deaf-Blind Acting Ensemble in Not By Bread Alone, with a three-week residency featuring performances and educational workshops. The piece is performed over the course of 90 minutes by a cast of 11 actors who are deaf and blind. The actors tell stories while they bake bread, using the act of baking bread as a metaphor for the universal longing for a home.
Ojai Playwrights Conference Ojai, CA $15,000 To support the Ojai Playwrights Conference, an annual two-week residential retreat and new works festival dedicated to the development of new dramatic literature for the American stage. The project consists of the New Works Festival, a Young Professionals Initiative that mentors and trains college-level interns, and a Youth Workshop that features the creation of original works by teenagers.
Omaha Theater Company (aka The Rose Theater) Omaha, NE $10,000 To support the commissioning of playwright Y York to adapt Kate DiCamillo's novel The Tiger Rising into a play for young audiences through readings, workshops, and a subsequent full production. The play tells the story of a young boy dealing with the recent loss of his mother and being bullied at a new school, who finds a caged tiger in the woods.
Oregon Children's Theatre Company Portland, OR $40,000 To support the commissioning of Eric Coble to create Gathering Blue, an adaptation of Lois Lowry's novel for young audiences. The play takes place in a futuristic society controlled by secretive, ruthless authorities, and is designed to spark discussions and critical thinking among middle school aged audiences.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Association Ashland, OR $100,000 To support the world premiere production of The Liquid Plain by Naomi Wallace, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. The play tells the story of a 1791 slave ship murder and was commissioned by the theater as part of American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle, a series of commissions inspired by times of transformation, innovation, challenge, or conflict in American history.
Pangea World Theater Minneapolis, MN $30,000 To support the Latino/Asian Fusion Series, a festival of new work commissioned and developed in collaboration with Teatro del Pueblo. The festival will showcase new works by Luis Alfaro, Marlina Gonzalez, and Enrique Adyanthaya that fuse Latino and Asian theatrical traditions.
Paul Mesner Puppets, Inc. Kansas City, MO $35,000 To support a production of Charlie Parker, from Ragtime to Bebop: The Story of Kansas City Jazz, a new company-developed puppet play celebrating early Kansas City jazz. Told from the viewpoint of a young Charlie Parker, the play will explore how Kansas City's jazz scene evolved from ragtime to bebop, and the historical and social events that allowed the music scene to flourish in the "Paris of the Plains."
People's Light & Theatre Company Malvern, PA $30,000 To support a production of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. Directed by Scottish director Guy Hollands, with set and costume design by British designer Philip Witcomb, the production will be a fast-paced, highly physical rendition of the work, featuring music, movement, and inventive storytelling.
Perseverance Theatre, Inc. Douglas, AK $20,000 To support the world premiere of The Defenders of Alaska Native Country, a new play by Tlingit/Inupiaq playwright Ishmael Hope. The play will focus on the story of William Paul, an Alaska Native lawyer who for over five decades was instrumental in the fight for civil rights and land claims in Alaska.
Philadelphia Theatre Company Philadelphia, PA $30,000 To support the development and production of Unvarnished, a new play by Bill Cain. The play will explore the life and trials of American painter Thomas Eakins whose realistic paintings and photographs provide an in-depth view of Philadelphia and its inhabitants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Pig Iron Theatre Company Philadelphia, PA $20,000 To support I Promised Myself to Live Faster, a new play conceived by Co-Artistic Director Dito van Reigersberg. Inspired by the cinematic melodramas of the 1950s, the play will use the life of Charles Ludlam, the founder of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company, as a springboard, employing the Hollywood starlets and forbidden loves that peopled Ludlam's life and work, and the intensity of emotion that is characteristic of melodrama.
Plan-B Theater Company Salt Lake City, UT $10,000 To support the world premiere of Eric(a). A new play by Matthew Ivan Bennett and directed by Jerry Rapier, Eric(a) tells the story of a transgender man who falls for a woman for the first time.
Play Production Company, Inc. (aka The Play Company) New York, NY $30,000 To support the New Work/New World program, which features Off-Broadway productions of new plays from both the U.S. and abroad. The project will include a production of Working on a Special Day, adapted by Laura Almela and Daniel Giménez Cacho; the American premiere of The Sonic Life of Giant Tortoises by Japanese playwright Toshiki Okdada; and the development of Ludic Proxy by Aya Ogawa, which explores the ubiquitous culture of gaming, video simulation, and technology.
PlayPenn, Inc. Philadelphia, PA $15,000 To support the 2013 Conference, a new play retreat and conference through which invited playwrights will work with a director, dramaturg, designer, and actors to develop new plays. As many as six plays will be chosen through a competitive selection process and will receive 29-hour workshops that culminate in public readings.
Playwrights Foundation, Inc. San Francisco, CA $30,000 To support the 36th anniversary presentation of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, a new play development event that serves as a laboratory and showcase for Bay Area playwrights. The festival includes a week of studio work and two weekends of staged readings of eight new plays.
Playwrights Horizons, Inc. New York, NY $45,000 To support the world premiere production of The Call by Tanya Barfield and directed by Leigh Silverman. The play tells the story of a white American couple unable to have a child of their own who are struggling with their decision to adopt a child from Africa.
Playwrights' Center, Inc. Minneapolis, MN $30,000 To support the activities of the Ruth Easton Lab for new play development. Focusing on developing and promoting the scripts and careers of the center's Core Writers, the lab's activities include developmental workshops with full artistic teams for scripts-in-progress as well as providing resources for producing theaters to move new work toward production.
Portland Center Stage Portland, OR $20,000 To support the 15th annual JAW (Just Add Water): Playwrights Festival. The two-week festival, which supports playwrights in new work development to enhance the repertoire of the American theater, brings four playwrights to Portland where their work with theater professionals culminates in formal main stage readings.
Portland Playhouse Portland, OR $10,000 To support The Left Hand of Darkness, a new play adapted from Ursula K. Le Guin's 1969 science fiction novel. Co-produced with Hand2Mouth Theatre (H2M), a Portland-based ensemble, and directed by H2M Artistic Director Jonathan Walters, the play will use the conventions of science fiction to explore bigotry and ask universal questions about tolerance.
Portland Stage Company, Inc. Portland, ME $10,000 To support the world premiere production of Love/Sick, a new play by John Cariani. The play consists of 10 comedic vignettes depicting atypical love stories set in slightly alternative suburban realities.
Present Theatre Company, Inc. (aka The Present Company) New York, NY $25,000 To support The New York International Fringe Festival. The festival will present 200 productions from around the world in 1,200 performances taking place over 16 days in 20 venues.
Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc. (on behalf of Alliance Theatre) Atlanta, GA $40,000 To support the world premiere production of Bike America by Mike Lew, the winning play of the Alliance Theatre's National Graduate Playwriting Competition, and a staged reading series for the finalists' work in Atlanta and New York. The play tells the story of an unlikely athlete's journey by bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
San Diego Repertory Theatre (aka San Diego Rep) San Diego, CA $40,000 To support the world premiere production of The Federal Jazz Project, written by Richard Montoya with original jazz music by Gilbert Castellanos and directed by Sam Woodhouse. Set in the jazz clubs and speakeasies of downtown San Diego and Tijuana from the end of Prohibition to the present day, the play will explore the rich, but little known history of jazz music and musicians on both sides of the San Diego/Tijuana international border.
Saratoga International Theatre Institute, Inc. (aka SITI ) New York, NY $25,000 To support the development and production of A Meditation on The Rite of Spring. A collaboration between SITI Artistic Director Anne Bogart and choreographer Bill T. Jones exploring Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, the project will explore the impact of this revolutionary piece of music by imagining the consequence of hearing the score played for the very first time.
Sautee Nacoochee Community Association, Inc. Sautee Nacoochee, GA $28,000 To support the commissioning, development, and production of Headwaters: Didja Hear? The project will explore the metaphor of hearing in terms of what people do not want to hear by portraying issues from the local community's recent history. The project, built from stories gathered from residents of northeast Georgia, is expected to attract 2,050 audience members to performances at the Sautee Nacoochee Center.
Seattle Children's Theatre Association, Inc. Seattle, WA $35,000 To support a production of The Edge of Peace, the third production in The Ware Trilogy, a series of plays written by Suzan Zeder set in the 1940s rural town of Ware, Illinois. The play features a host of characters awaiting news from their loved ones during World War II.
Second Stage Theatre, Inc. New York, NY $25,000 To support the world premiere of A Sufficiently Advanced Technology is Indistinguishable from Magic, a new play by Michael Golamco. The play, about a teen's unlikely relationship with a science fiction writer, explores how we form connections with others and how an unlikely relationship can become a catalyst that shakes us out of our comfort zone.
ShadowLight Productions San Francisco, CA $25,000 To support the Ainu Shadow Project. A new multidisciplinary shadow theater work created by Larry Reed in collaboration with OKI, a prominent musician from the indigenous Ainu tribe in Hokkaido, Japan, the project will explore the Ainu mythology, language, music, and history in order to introduce Bay Area audiences to the ancient culture and to provide a platform to reflect upon the effects of globalization.
Shakespeare Theatre (aka Shakespeare Theatre Company) Washington, DC $50,000 To support a production of Friedrich Schiller's Wallenstein, directed by Michael Kahn. The work will use a script adapted and translated by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky to introduce Washington audiences to one of the masterpieces of world literature, which is largely unknown to American audiences.
Signature Theatre Company (aka Signature Theatre) New York, NY $85,000 To support the world premiere production of ---- and potatoes by Regina Taylor. The play tells the story of a small publishing house that must downsize in response to the decreased demand for printed works, exploring issues of digital media's impact on the printed word, as well as personal value, race, gender, and class.
Signature Theatre, Inc. (aka Signature) Arlington, VA $15,000 To support a production of Shakespeare's R & J, adapted and directed by Associate Artistic Director Joe Calarco. Set in a present-day all-male Catholic boarding school where Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet has been banned, the piece tells the story of a group of students who unearth the play and secretly perform the text.
Soho Repertory Theatre, Inc. (aka Soho Rep) New York, NY $35,000 To support a production of Futurity: a musical by The Lisps, with book by Cesar Alvarez and Molly Rice, directed by Sarah Benson. Centered around the music of The Lisps, which blends Americana, vaudeville, and musical theater with contemporary indie-rock, the musical explores the relationship between a Civil War soldier and the mathematician daughter of Lord Byron.
South Coast Repertory, Inc. Costa Mesa, CA $50,000 To support the 16th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival. The festival will feature two world premiere productions and staged readings of five previously unproduced plays, bringing leading playwrights and emerging talents from around the country together where they will share the readings and productions of new work with theater professionals from across the nation.
Southern Rep New Orleans, LA $20,000 To support the world premiere of Mold, the third play in a trilogy by John Biguenet about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans. Set sequentially after the trilogy's first two plays, Shotgun and Rising Water, Mold tells the story of a man who decides to rebuild his mold-encrusted home a year after the disaster, even though no one else in the neighborhood has returned.
St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts, Inc. (aka St. Ann's Warehouse ) Brooklyn, NY $20,000 To support the presentation of the American premiere of Opus No. 7, the signature production of Russian auteur director Dmitry Krymov. The project combines puppetry, visuals, and contemporary classical music to juxtapose two distinct 20th-century decimations: the fate of Eastern European Jews in World War II and the fate of artists under Stalinism.
Stagebridge Oakland, CA $10,000 To support a residency for playwright Joan Holden. The residency will culminate in a workshop production of a new play to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement at the University of California at Berkeley. The residency also will include research, development, and a workshop production of the play, which will be developed through interviews, focus groups, and investigation of historical San Francisco media resources.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company Chicago, IL $100,000 To support the production of Head of Passes, a new play commissioned by Steppenwolf, written by ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney, and directed by ensemble member Tina Landau. Taking inspiration from the Biblical book of Job, the play, set in the murky swamplands at the mouth of the Mississippi, is an exploration of faith and its role in American culture and the African American community.
Studio Theatre, Inc. Washington, DC $35,000 To support the development of a new musical about Washington, DC, by Stew and Heidi Rodewald. With a focus on race and culture in the District, the artists will feature musical styles that reflect the city's diverse and unique cultures and will interview members of the community, visit landmarks, and conduct research into lesser-known histories of the city.
SU Theatre Corporation (aka Syracuse Stage) Syracuse, NY $30,000 To support a production of August Wilson's Two Trains Running, directed by Timothy Bond and complemented by an array of education and community engagement programs. An examination of race relations in Pittsburgh's Hill District, the play will have particular resonance with the theater's community of Syracuse's 15th Ward, an African-American community that was affected deeply in the 1960s by misguided urban renewal.
Sundance Children's Theatre Inc. (aka Sundance Institute Theatre Program) Park City, UT $75,000 To support the Sundance Theatre Lab for the development of new work by emerging and mid-career theater artists. Providing an environment and the resources to advance new play scripts toward full productions, the lab offers a full range of support to enable participating artists to focus on strengthening the storytelling and authentic voice of their projects.
Synetic Theatre, Inc. Arlington, VA $20,000 To support the creation and production of a 90-minute, movement-based, wordless adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest with an original score. With the script on hand, the piece will be developed primarily through improvisation by a company of actors trained in the theater's specific vocabulary of movement and choreography, while the score is developed simultaneously throughout the rehearsal process.
Thalia Spanish Theatre, Inc. Long Island City, NY $20,000 To support a world premiere of afroTANGO. A tango musical with original music by Raul Jaurena, designed and directed by Angel Gil Orrios, the project will blend Argentinean and Uruguayan tango and explore the African influences of Candombe (an African-derived rhythm from Uruguayan culture) on tango music and dance.
Theater Breaking Through Barriers Corp. (aka TBTB) New York, NY $15,000 To support a 10-Minute Play Festival of commissioned plays about disability. Featuring plays by Bekah Brunstetter, Samuel D. Hunter, David Henry Hwang, Neil LaBute, Lynn Manning, and Kate Moira Ryan, the annual event is designed to showcase the talents of actors with disabilities and the work of emerging writers.
Theater Mu Incorporated (aka Mu Performing Arts) Saint Paul, MN $20,000 To support a production of Asian Male Shooter, a new play by Lauren Yee. The play tells the story of two Hmong American youth in a small town in Minnesota whose father has been killed in a hunting accident as they come to terms with the loss of their father and how to move forward with their lives.
Theatre for a New Audience, Inc. New York, NY $50,000 To support The Wallace Shawn Project, which will include productions of The Designated Mourner and the American premiere of Grasses of a Thousand Colors. The productions will be co-produced by The Public Theater and directed by Shawn's longtime collaborator Andre Gregory.
Theatre Latte-Da Minneapolis, MN $10,000 To support the development and premiere of Bessie's Birthday, a new musical by composer Jeff Tang and lyricist/librettist Katie Baldwin Eng. Directed by Peter Rothstein, the piece tells the story of a family gathering to celebrate the 30th birthday of a daughter with a mental disability.
Theatre of Yugen, Incorporated San Francisco, CA $10,000 To support the creation of The Noh Oratorio of Emmett Till, a new theater project. Developed by poet and composer Kevin Simmonds and artist-in-residence Judy Halebsky, the piece will blend traditional Japanese theater forms with Western sensibility and will feature poetry set to music, characters, a chorus, and an instrumental ensemble.
Theatre Squared, Inc. (aka TheatreSquared) Fayetteville, AR $20,000 To support the 2013 Arkansas New Play Festival, a professional laboratory for the development of new plays. The festival will feature a staged workshop production of one commissioned piece, as well as three staged readings of other new plays.
TheatreWorks Palo Alto, CA $30,000 To support the New Works Initiative for the development of new plays and musicals. Through readings, workshops, a writer's retreat, an annual New Works Festival, and full productions of world premieres, the program supports the artistry of musical theater composers and writers and enables them to explore and create new forms of musical theater.
Transport Group New York, NY $10,000 To support the New York premiere of The Memory Show, a new musical with libretto and book by Sara Cooper and music by Zach Redler, directed by Joe Calarco. The musical is a two-person comic tragedy about the troubled relationship of a woman who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and her estranged daughter, who moves back home to care for her.
Triad Stage, Inc. Greensboro, NC $20,000 To support the development and production of the world premiere of Preston Lane and Laurelyn Dossett's Radiunt Abundunt. The new play about Tassie Laidlaw, a self-taught, Appalachian outsider artist will use projections and music to bring to life the artist's paintings and the voices that drove her to create.
Trinity Repertory Company Providence, RI $25,000 To support the development and world premiere of Social Creatures, a new play written by Jackie Sibblies Drury and directed by Curt Columbus. The play examines ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, using dark humor and extreme circumstances to examine the extent to which humans are defined by their environment and social connections.
True Colors Theatre Company, Inc. Atlanta, GA $25,000 To support a production of Two Trains Running by August Wilson. The play explores the social and psychological manifestations of changing attitudes toward race from the perspective of urban blacks.
Underground Railway Puppets & Actors, Inc. Cambridge, MA $10,000 To support the development and production of a new play from author/physicist Alan Lightman's Mr g: A Novel about the Creation, adapted and directed by Wesley Savick. As part of Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, an ongoing science theater partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the theater will develop this new work through dialogue between scientists, artists, audiences, and community organizations.
Victory Gardens Theater Chicago, IL $25,000 To support the development and production of the American premiere of Disconnect, written by Anupama Chandrasekhar and directed by Ann Filmer. The work explores identity in a globalized world, featuring an all-Indian cast.
Village Theatre Issaquah, WA $20,000 To support Village Originals, a program of new musical development that will include readings, workshops, and a production of the new musical Trails by Jeff Thomson, Jordan Mann, and Christy Hall. Trails follows two friends hiking the Appalachian Trail, celebrating nature's beauty while exploring undying love, unfulfilled dreams, and the consequences that arise from holding on too tightly to the past.
Vineyard Theatre & Workshop Center, Inc. (aka Vineyard Theatre) New York, NY $20,000 To support the world premiere of Somewhere Fun. Written by Jenny Schwartz and directed by Anne Kauffman, the play explores the human experience through the prism of an aging woman facing mortality.
Washington Drama Society, Inc. (aka Arena Stage) Washington, DC $40,000 To support a production of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, directed by Robert O'Hara. This play re-imagines the last night of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outreach activities include post-performance discussions, expert panels, cafe talks, and online conversations.
Watts Village Theater Los Angeles, CA $20,000 To support the development and performances of Riot/Rebellion, an original work by Donald Jolly, directed by Larissa Kokernot. Inspired by the events surrounding the 1965 Watts Riots, the play draws from eyewitness testimony from the Los Angeles Riots of 2002 and the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943, relating the stories in a comprehensive way to a new generation of Latinos and the surrounding community.
William Inge Festival Foundation (aka William Inge Center for the Arts) Independence, KS $50,000 To support the William Inge Theatre Festival. The festival is a celebration of playwriting that takes place annually in Inge's hometown of Independence, Kansas, and will include professional development workshops, presentations of new work, open master classes, site-specific performances, and high school student matinees.
Wilma Theater, Inc. Philadelphia, PA $20,000 To support the U.S. premiere production of Under the Whaleback by British playwright Richard Bean, directed by Artistic Director Blanka Zizka. Set aboard three different ships, the play explores themes of relationships between fathers and sons, generational responsibility, and pride in work.
Women's Project & Productions (aka Women's Project) New York, NY $25,000 To support the activities of the WP Lab. A two-year artistic residency for early to mid-career women playwrights, directors, and producers, project plans include commissioning five plays from five playwrights.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Washington, DC $60,000 To support a production of Danai Gurira's The Convert, a new play with related audience engagement opportunities. The play explores the cultural collision between British colonialism and tribal Africa by telling the story of a young girl who is saved from a forced polygamous marriage by an African Catholic catechist, becoming his protege, and embracing colonial Britain and Christianity.
Yale University (on behalf of Yale Repertory Theatre) New Haven, CT $30,000 To support the world premiere production of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1978 film In a Year with 13 Moons, adapted for the stage by Robert Woodruff and Bill Camp and directed by Robert Woodruff. Woodruff and Camp will be in residence at the theater throughout the rehearsal process and will collaborate with the theater's artistic and dramaturgical staff in the ongoing refinement of the text and exploration of the physical world of the production.
Zachary Scott Theater Center (aka ZACH Theatre) Austin, TX $30,000 To support the world premiere of Mad Beat Hip & Gone, a new play directed by Steven Dietz with live music. Inspired by the famed literary journey of Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, the play is a coming-of-age tale and a tribute to American wanderlust, exploring the story of two 1950s youth who, unlike Kerouac and Cassady, did not become famous while trying to be hip members of the beat generation.