"The Wolves" by Sarah DeLappe, at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., through March 18. Pictured: Sara Turner, Chrissy Rose, Gabby Beans, and Merissa Czyz. (Photo by Teresa Wood)

National Endowment of the Arts Announces Grant Recipients

Of $25 million in NEA grants this round, more than $2 million goes to 123 theatres across the U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The National Endowment of the Arts has announced the recipients of its first of two major grant rounds of the 2018 fiscal year. More than $25 million will be awarded across all artistic disciplines to support specific projects, exhibitions, performances, arts education programs, festivals, and more. A total of $2,905,000 has been given to 123 theatre organizations across the country.

“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States,” said chairman Jane Chu in a statement. “These NEA-supported projects are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives. At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities, and connections the arts bring.”

The following is a list of grants to theatres:

Actors Express, Atlanta$10,000 to support a production of Angels in America by Tony Kushner
Actors Theatre of Louisville, $50,000 to support the 42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays
Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, Ala., $10,000 to support the 2018 Southern Writers’ Project
Alley Theatre, Houston, $75,000 to support the Alley All New Festival of new plays
American Conservatory Theatre Foundation, San Francisco, $50,000 to support a production of Vietgone by Qui Nguyen
Arca Images, Coral Gables, Fla., $10,000 to support a production of Neva by Guillermo Calderón
Arkansas Repertory Theatre Company, Little Rock, Ark., $10,000 to support a production of The Call by Tanya Barfield
Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland, Ore., $10,000 to support the premiere of Magellanica: A New and Accurate Map of the World by EM Lewis
Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, $15,000 to support Native Voices at the Autry
Bedlam, New York City, $10,000 to support a production of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion
Berkeley Repertory Theatre, $50,000 to support the creation and development of new work in the Ground Floor Center program
Blair Thomas & Company,
Chicago, $15,000 to support the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival
Borderlands Theater Teatro Fronterizo,Tucson, Ariz., to support the development and premiere of Sanctuary by Milta Ortiz
Center Stage, Baltimore, $50,000 to support the development and production of a new musical by artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah
Cherry Lane, New York City, $15,000 to support revival productions of First Love by Charles Mee and The Man Who Had Three Arms by Edward Albee
Chicago Children’s Theatre, $10,000 to support the premiere of Extra-Sensory Theatre
Children’s Theater Company and School, $75,000 to support development and production of three new theater works for young audiences
Childsplay, Tempe, Ariz., $10,000 to support the premeire of Maddi’s Fridge
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, $15,000 to support the premiere of Be Here Now by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, $15,000 to support the arts education and community initiative PROJECT38
City Theatre Company, Pittsburgh, $15,000 to support the premiere of Citizen’s Market by Cori Thomas
The Civilians, Brooklyn, $10,000 to support the development and premiere of School Project by Ethan Lipton and directed by Steve Cosson
Classical Theatre of Harlem, New York City, $20,000 to support  the annual Uptown Shakespeare in the Park performances
Cleveland Public Theatre, $10,000 to support the premiere of The Mask of Flight
Clubbed Thumb, New York City, $15,000 to support the annual festival of new plays Summerworks 2018
Collaboraction Theatre Company, Inc., Chicago, $10,000 to support  the production of the Peacebook festival
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston Park, Mass., $10,000 to support a production of Richard III in the 2018 Free Shakespeare on the Common
Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Shepherdstown, W. Va., $20,000 to support the production of the House On The Hill by Amy E. Witting
Cornerstone Theater Company, Los Angeles, $30,000 to support the Jordan Downs Residency
Creative Ammo Inc., New York City, $10,000 to  support the Theater @ Downtown Urban Arts Festival
Cultural Odyssey, San Francisco, $10,000 to support Cultural Odyssey: Beyond 40 Years!, a new audience development and marketing initiative
Dallas Theater Center, $20,000 to support the premiere of The Trials of Sam Houston by Aaron Loeb
Denver Center for the Performing Arts, $20,000 to support the world premiere of American Mariachi by Jose Cruz Gonzales
En Garde Arts, Hasting on Hudson, N.Y., $15,000 to support the development and tour of Road Trip
Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, $10,000 to support a production of Against the Hillside by Sylvia Khoury
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Conn., $55,000 to support the National Playwrights Conference and the National Music Theater Conference
Firehouse Theatre Project Inc., Richmond, Va., $10,000 to support the premiere of To Damascus by Walter Braxton
First Stage Milwaukee, $10,000 to support the premiere of Antarctica, Wisconsin by Finegan Kruckemeyer
Ford’s Theatre, Washington, D.C., $20,000 to support the premiere of Jefferson’s Garden by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., $10,000 to support the premiere of The 272 by Tearrance Chisholm at the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics
Golden Thread Productions, San Francisco, $10,000 to support the premiere of We Swim, We Talk, We go to War! by Mona Mansour
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, $45,000 to support  the regional premiere of Familiar by Danai Gurira
History Theatre, Saint Paul, Minn., $10,000 to support the development and production of A Crack in the Sky by Harrison David Rivers and Ahmed Ismai
HERE, 
New York City, $40,000 to support the HERE Artist Residency Program for midcareer performing and visual artists
Horizon Theatre Company, Atlanta, $20,000 to support the New South Young Playwrights Festival.
Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, $30,000 to support the production of Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis, $20,000 to support the Exploring Stages education program serving young children
InterAct Theatre Company, Philadelphia, $10,000 to support the premiere of Sensitive Guys by MJ Kauffman
Kansas City Repertory Theatre, $30,000 to support KC Rep’s 2018 OriginKC: New Works Festival
Kitchen Dog Theater, Dallas, $10,000 to support the development and production of new plays in the New Works Festival 2018
The Lark, New York City, $30,000 to support the Open Access Program
Los Angeles Theatre Center, $30,000 to support the Los Angeles premiere of Luis Valdez’s and El Teatro Campesino’s Valley of the Heart
Mabou Mines, New York City, $20,000 to support the creation of the Vicksburg Project, a song cycle performance by Eve Beglarian and Karen Kandel
Magic Theatre, San Francisco, $15,000 to support the premiere of Jessica Hagedorn’s The Gangster of Love
MCC Theater, New York City, $25,000 to support the premiere of Relevance by J.C. Lee, directed by Liesl Tommy
Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, $30,000 to support the New York premiere of Eve Ensler’s In the Body of the World
Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley, Calif., $20,000 to support a production of The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe.
Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit, $20,000 to support Bridging Borders
Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebr., $30,000 to support the Great Plains Theatre Conference 2018
Milwaukee Repertory Theater, $20,000 to support the production of Thorton Wilder’s Our Town
Miracle Theatre Group (Milagro), Portland, Ore., $10,000 to support Milagro’s production of Astucias Por Heredar by Fermín de Reygadas
Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Minneapolis, $40,000 to support a play series of new trans theatre works
National New Play Network, Washington, D.C., $40,000 to support the Rolling World Premieres Program
Network of Ensemble Theaters, Portland, Ore., $15,000 to support a national gathering and symposium of ensemble artists and practitioners
New 42nd Street, Inc., New York City, $25,000 to support a series of presentations of theater for young audiences at the New Victory Theater
New Dramatists, New York City, $80,000 to support the Playwrights Lab
New Georges, New York City, $15,000 to support the Audrey Residencies, a new play and artist development program
The New Group, New York City, $10,000 to support New Group/ New Works
New York Classical Theatre, New York City, $15,000 to support a production William Shakespeare’s King Lear in public parks throughout New York City
New York Theatre Workshop, New York City, $40,000 to support the world premiere production of An Ordinary Muslim by Hammaad Chaudry, directed by Jo Bonney
Northlight Theatre, Skokie, Ill., $15,000 to support outreach and education initiatives surrounding a production of Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau
The Old Globe, San Diego, $40,000 to support the New Voices Program
Only Make Believe, New York City, $15,000 to support interactive theatre performances for children at Children’s National Medical Center
Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Ore., $70,000 to support the commissioning and development of new works in American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle
Pegasus Theatre, Chicago, $15,000 to support the Young Playwrights Festival
People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, Pa., $40,000 to support the New Play Frontiers commissions and development program
Ping Chong CompanyNew York City, $25,000 to support the development and presentation of a new work in Ping Chong + Company’s community engaged Undesirable Elements series
PlayPenn, Philadelphia, $10,000 to support a new play development conference
The Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, $30,000 to support playwright-driven new play development activities and partnerships with producing theatres
Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco, $20,000 to support education activities associated with the Bay Area Playwrights Festival
Playwrights Horizons, New York City, $45,000 to support the world premiere production of Dance Nation by Clare Barron
Portland Center Stage, Portland, Ore., $15,000 to support JAW: A Playwrights Festival
Portland Stage Company, Portland, Maine, $15,000 to support the world premiere of Babette’s Feast
Pregones Theater, New York City, $20,000 to support the development of Tito & the Cement Pagoda, and to conduct related outreach activities
Primary Stages, New York City, $25,000 to support the New York premiere of Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington
Profile Theatre, Portland, Ore., $10,000 to support residency activities and the development of a community production through the Community Profile program
Ripe Time, Brooklyn, $10,000 to support a touring production of Sleep, an original theatrical work inspired by the short story by Haruki Murakami
Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, $30,000 to support the Alliance Theatre’s National Graduate Playwriting Competition
Roundabout Theatre Company, New York City, $20,000 to support the world premiere of Amy and the Orphans by Lindsey Ferrentino.
San Diego Repertory Theatre, $15,000 to support the world premiere of Beachtown by Herbert Siguenza
SITI Company, New York City, $20,000 to support SITI Work/Space, a new model for creating work as an ensemble
Seattle Children’s Theatre, $25,000 to support the world premiere of The Lamp Is the Moon  by Kirk Lynn
Seattle Repertory Theatre, $35,000 to support the world premiere of Ibsen in Chicago by David Grimm.
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, $15,000 to support a free production of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet in Forest Park
Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C., $25,000 to support a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by artistic director Michael Kahn
Signature Theatre Company, New York City, $50,000 to support a production of Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau
Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, $20,000 to support a Family Puppet Festival
South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, Calif., $50,000 to support the Pacific Playwrights Festival
Southern Rep Theatre, New Orleans, $10,000 to support the regional premiere of All the Way by Robert Schenkkan, in a community-based production featuring both professional and community actors
St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, $40,000 to support the development and production of new theatre works
Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, $50,000 to support the world premiere of The Doppelgänger (An International Farce) by Matthew-Lee Erhlbach
Studio Theatre, Washington, D.C., $35,000 to support a production of The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, related community engagement activities, and developmental support of a new play.
Sundance Institute Theatre Program, Park City, Utah, $65,000 to support the Sundance Institute Theatre Program
Theater J, Washington, D.C., $10,000 to support the world premiere production of Trayf by Lindsay Joelle
The Acting Company, New York City, $10,000 to support the commission and tour of new plays
Theater Breaking Through Barriers, 
New York City, $10,000 to support the development and a production of a new play by Bekah Brunstetter
TheatreSquared, Fayetteville, Ariz., $30,000 to support the Arkansas New Play Festival
TheatreWashington, Washington, D.C., $15,000 to support marketing and production costs for the Women’s Voices Theater Festival
TheatreWorks, Palo Alto, Calif., $20,000 to support the development of new plays and musicals through readings, workshops, and productions.
TimeLine Theatre Company, Chicago, $10,000 to support Boy by Anna Ziegler
Tricklock Company, Albuquerque, N.M., $15,000 to support the Revolutions International Theatre Festival
Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, Atlanta, $25,000 to support a production of King Hedley II by August Wilson
Trustees of Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., $10,000 to support Folger Theatre’s production of Devanant’s Macbeth, a Restoration version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth by Sir William Devanant
University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Knoxville, Tenn., $15,000 to support the Clarence Brown Theatre’s production of Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones
Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, $15,000 to support the world premiere production of Breach: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate by Antoinette Nwandu
Washington Drama Society, Washington, D.C., $45,000 to support Arena Stage’s world premiere production of Snow Child, a new musical by playwright John Strand, with music and lyrics by Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt
William Inge Center for the Arts, Independence, Kan., $15,000 support residencies for playwrights in Independence to focus on the development of original scripts
Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Mass., $15,000 to support training programs for theatre students and early career theatre professionals
The Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, $15,000 to support the world premiere production of Passage by Christopher Chen
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, D.C., $35,000 to support a production of Familiar by Danai Gurira
The Wooster Group, New York City, $20,000 to support the creation and presentation of The B-Side: Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons, a Record Album Interpretation
Writers Theatre, Glencoe, Ill., $20,000 to support the Chicago premiere of Smart People by Lydia R. Diamond, directed by Hallie Gordon
Yale University, New Haven, Conn., $25,000 to support a production of Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 by Suzan-Lori Parks at Yale Repertory Theatre