LMDA Announces 2017 Bly Grant Recipients

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas has selected three dramaturgical projects to fund.

DENVER: Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) announced the recipients of the Bly Fellowships and Grants at the 2017 Denver Center Colorado New Play Summit. The three winners will receive funds to implement dramaturgical projects and research.

“This year’s applicants proposed nearly $330,000 in dramaturgical projects, and we continue to be impressed by the depth of ideas and initiatives from across North America,” said LMDA president Ken Cerniglia in a statement.

Phaedra Scott.

Phaedra Scott of Black Theatre Commons (BTC) is the recipient of a LMDA Bly Grant. The $10,000 award will go toward building a national online community to unite black theatres with artists, with a focus on artistic resource sharing through dramaturgy.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Amrita Ramanan and Alison Carey received a $7,500 LMDA Bly Grant to support the “Sustainability in Dialogue: Greenturgy in Action” project. They will use the funds to explore how the environment is a constant, substantive through-line in the dramatic canon. OSF will also host a Greenturgy Boot Camp for dramaturgs at the conclusion of the 2017 LMDA conference.

Kate Bredeson is the recipient of a $5,000 LMDA Bly Grant for her project “Portland in Motion: Dance Dramaturgy in PDX.” With the grant, she will explore how dance dramaturgy can spark a conversation in Portland about what dramaturgy is and can be. The project will inaugurate institutional dance dramaturgy at contemporary dance space FLOCK, will bring longtime dramaturg Katherine Profeta to Portland, and will host public conversations and workshops about dramaturgy throughout the city.

The grants are funded by LMDA Lessing Award winner and former board chair Mark Bly, who has pledged $100,000 to the organization to support artists.

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