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NEA Announces Theatre Grants Totaling $3.96 Million

Arts Midwest is biggest grantee, with 132 other arts organizations in 30 states and D.C. also receiving grants for theatre projects.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The National Endowment for the Arts has announced 133 grants totaling $3.96 million to support theatre and musical theatre projects. Combined with grants in the first round of FY 2017 funding announced in December, the year-to-date total for the NEA’s investment in theatre is 279 grants and $7.465 million.

These grants don’t include millions more for Art Works and Our Town grants, some of which are for theatrical projects, like a $75,000 Our Town grant to the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock, Mo., or state and regional partnerships that fund local arts organizations and networks. For a complete list of spring grantees by category and discipline, go here; for a list by state/jurisdiction, go here.


The largest single grantee in the theatre division is Arts Midwest in Minneapolis, with $1.235 million earmarked for the Shakespeare in American Communities program. Other grants, ranked by amount, go to fund projects at the following theatres and organizations:


The Public Theater, New York City
Theatre Communications Group, New York City


Chicago Shakespeare Theater


Theatre Development Fund, New York City


Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles


L.A. Theatre Works, Venice, Calif.
North Carolina Black Repertory Company, Winston-Salem, N.C.
PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Theatre for a New Audience, New York City


Drama League of New York, New York City
Women’s Project Theater, New York City


Howlround, Boston
Paper Mill Playhouse, Milburn, N.J.
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis
Repertorio Espanol, New York City


American Theatre Wing, New York City
Elevator Repair Service, New York City
GALA Hispanic Theatre, Washington, D.C.
Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City
Network of Ensemble Theaters, Portland, Ore.
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Ten Thousand Things, Minneapolis


Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, Inc. (aka A.R.T./New York)
Dallas Theater Center
Missoula Children’s Theatre, Missoula, Mont.
New York City Center
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, New York City
Soho Rep, New York City


Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, Conn.
La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, Calif.
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Bozeman, Mont.
SDC Foundation, New York City
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
Teatro Avante, Miami
Teatro SEA, New York City
Theatre Bay Area, San Francisco
Writers’ Theatre , Glencoe, Ill.


The Actors’ Gang, Culver City, Calif.
Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, New York City
Cherry Lane Theatre, New York
Flea Theater, New York City
Freehold Theatre Lab Studio, Seattle
Girl Be Heard Institute, Brooklyn
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Cold Spring, NY
Mabou Mines, New York City
New Georges, New York City
New Harmony Project, Anderson, Ind.
Paper Bag Players, New York City
Phamaly Theatre Company, Englewood, Colo.
Queens Theatre in the Park, New York City
Roadside Theater, Whitesburg, Ky.
San Francisco Mime Troupe
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, Brooklyn
Triad Stage, Greensboro, N.C.
Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar City, Utah
Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, Conn.


Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, Md.
Elm Shakespeare Company, New Haven, Conn.
Hartford Stage, Hartford, Conn.
Independent Shakespeare Company, Los Angeles
Jungle Theatre, Minneapolis
Lied Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln, Neb.
Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Conn.
Los Angeles Poverty Department
Ojai Playwrights Conference, Ojai, Calif.
Page 73 Productions, Brooklyn
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, Pa.
Pioneer Playhouse, Danville, Ky.
Playwrights Realm, New York City
Shakespeare Theatre Association, Oxford, Ohio
Silk Road Rising, Chicago
SPACE on Ryder Farm, New York City
Teatro Prometeo, Miami
The Theater Offensive, Boston


Arts in the Armed Forces, Brooklyn
Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Oakland, Calif.
Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle
Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Brava! For Women in the Arts, San Francisco
Bricolage, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Babson Park, Mass.
Crane River Theater Company, Kearney, Neb.
dog & pony dc, Washington, D.C.
The Drama Review, New York City
Enchantment Theatre Company, Philadelphia
Great Small Works, New York City
Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Lewisburg, W.Va.
Haven, Bozeman, Mont.
HB Studio, New York City
Horse Head Theatre, Houston
IATI Theater, New York City
Keen Company, New York City
The Public Theatre, Lewiston, Me.
League of Chicago Theatres Foundation
Lexington Children’s Theatre, Lexington, Ky.
Lyric Stage, Irving, Tex.
M Ensemble, Miami
Mad River Theater Works, Zanesfield, Ohio
Magical Experiences Arts Company, Baltimore
Miami Theater Center
New York City Children’s Theater
Music Theatre Wichita, Wichita, Kans.
Nashville Repertory Theatre
New Repertory Theatre, Watertown, Mass.
North Carolina Theatre Conference, Greensboro, N.C.
PCPA Foundation, Santa Maria, Calif.
The Penguin Project, Peoria, Ill.
Perseverance Theatre, Douglas, Ak.
Pig Iron Theatre Company, Philadelphia
Plan-B Theater Company, Salt Lake City, Utah
Prospect Theater Company, New York City
Rogue Artists Ensemble, Los Angeles
Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture and the Environment, Chattahoochee Hills, Ga.
Shadowbox Live, Columbus, Ohio
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
Strindberg Laboratory, Los Angeles
Synetic Theatre, Arlington, Va.
Teatro Vision, San Jose, Calif.
Teatro del Pueblo, St. Paul, Minn.
Theatre Horizon, Norristown, Pa.
Theater Latté Da, Minneapolis
The TEAM, Brooklyn
TheatreWashington, Washington, D.C.
Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem, Pa.
University of Louisville Research Foundation, Louisville, Ky.
Voyage Theater Company, New York City
WaxFactory, New York City
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida, Sarasota, Fla.
Wingspan Arts, New York City
York Theatre Company, New York City

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