AMERICAN THEATER | National Theater Project Awards grants to 11 works

Kealoha Kelekolio, Moses Goods, Lelea’e Wong and Kapano Na’ili’ili in “Kinolau” at the Honolulu Theater for Youth in 2018. (Photo by Brad Goda)

BOSTON: The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has announced 11 recipients of the National Theater Project Creation and Touring and Artist Development Awards, totaling nearly $ 1.3 million.

The National Theater Project promotes artist-directed, ensemble and designed theatrical works. Inspired by NEFA’s national dance project, The National Theater Project provides full funding, as well as an informed and interactive network of theater production, presenters and ensembles.

Since the first round of grants in 2010, NEFA has contributed $ 9.69 million to the field under the program. To date, 86 new theatrical works have been funded by grants and tours have reached 43 different states. NEFA’s National Theater Project is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

“National Theater Project advisors have worked rigorously to determine the recipients through difficult conversations about fairness, the needs of the field and the uncertainty surrounding performance as the world changes so rapidly,” said Quita Sullivan, Director principal of theater programs at NEFA, in a report. “I am very grateful to the advisors, the National Theater Project team and of course the artists for this thoughtful work and process.”

“These artists and their projects are raising a much needed voice and vision that reflects where we are – and where we want to be – as a culture,” NEFA Executive Director Cathy Edwards said in a statement. “We are grateful for the strong partnership with our funders who trust our process and our people to move the field forward. “

This year, grants ranged from $ 92,000 to $ 100,000. Some supported the creation and development of the new work, and the remainder went to artist-led allocations to presenters in support of artist fees through the National Theater Project Presentation Grant. Each beneficiary also receives an additional $ 7,500 for capacity building for the project tour. The 11 beneficiaries of grants and projects are:

  • a todo dar productions, Cedar Park, Texas, Ride the currents of the wild wind
  • Honolulu Youth Theater, Honolulu, Hawaii, I Lala Mauliola (Working title)
  • Kingorama, Brooklyn, Song of the North
  • Nia Witherspoon, Brooklyn, Twerk Priestess
  • PearlDamour, New Orleans, FILIBUSTER OCEAN
  • PULLproject set, Gardena, California, Tales of clamor
  • Safe Harbors NYC, North Arlington, NJ, Ghost parties
  • Teo Castellanos D-Projects, Miami, F. Punk Junkies
  • Mitu Theater, Brooklyn, Utopian hotline
  • Souzou Unit, Portland, Oregon, Cconstant state of otherness
  • Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding, Greenville, SC, Iphigenia

Organizations interested in presenting one of these works – or works from previous grant cycles – can apply for a National Theater Project Presentation Grant after contacting a project’s tour coordinator, found in the directory. . The National Theater Project also provides travel assistance for art presenters interested in seeing projects.

All National Theater Project finalists receive $ 2,500 at the start of the process. Artists who do not receive the Creation and Touring Grant receive an additional Artist Development Grant of $ 7,500. These recipients are:

  • All My Relations collective, Brooklyn, Gizhibaa Giizhig | Rotating sky
  • Amy Ruhl, Brooklyn, The pink foam deposit
  • Critical Mass Performance Group, Los Angeles, Mariology
  • DNAWORKS, Fort Worth, Texas, The secret sharer
  • Ebony Noelle Golden, New York City, On behalf of…
  • José Torres-Tama & ArteFuturo Productions, New Orleans, United States of Amnesia: From the Fugitive Slave Act to the Zero Tolerance Policy
  • Minor Theater, Providence, RI, Marie it’s time
  • Pick Up Performance Co., New York, “The relics and their humans” (working title)
  • Remember2019, New York City, Black Cypress: Evening Listening Tour
  • Road Theater / Appalshop, Whitesburg, Ky., New work from the Roadside Theater
  • The She Chronicles, Austin, Texas, “She came home”Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, New York City, PURPLE, a ritual in nine spells
  • Grand Order, Philadelphia, Tpipe with 2 clocks
  • Wonderlust Productions, St. Paul, Minn., Lost found
  • Written and performed by Whitney White and Peter Mark Kendall; Directed by Taibi Magar and Tyler Dobrowsky, Providence, RI, Capsule

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