NEW YORK CITY: American Theatre Wing has announced the recipients of its 2018 National Theatre Company Grants. The organization awarded Initial Support grants, with $10,000 to support general operating expenses, and also awarded Second-Time Support grants. The 10 theatres will be presented with the grants at a private event on Nov. 12 in New York City.
“The American Theatre Wing is so proud to be supporting these 10 exceptional theatre companies,” said Heather Hitchens, president of the American Theatre Wing, in a statement. “They are creating outstanding theatrical work in diverse communities large and small all across the country. Through this work they continue the theatre’s long tradition of creating dialogue, provoking thought, educating, and bringing people together.”
The grants are given to theatre companies that have been in operation at least five years, but not more than 15 years. The companies must have a mission, an audience, and a community of artists that strengthen and demonstrate the quality and diversity of the American theatre field.
The Initial Grant recipients include Cardinal Stage in Bloomington, Ind.; Flint Repertory Theatre in Flint, Mich.; Local Theater Company in Boulder, Colo.; and the Wilbury Theatre Group in Providence, R.I.
The Second-Time Support grants, now in their third cycle, are given to companies that have already received the National Theatre Company Grant in grant cycles occurring between 2010 and 2017. This year’s recipients include Boise Contemporary Theater in Boise, Idaho; Boston Court Pasadena in Pasadena, Calif.; New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, N.J.; North Carolina Stage Company in Asheville, N.C.; Red Bull Theater in New York City; and Silk Road Rising in Chicago.
“The quality of work these 10 companies have exhibited is deeply inspiring,” said Marva Smalls, chair of the National Theatre Company Grants committee, in a statement. “From Asheville to Pasadena, and everywhere in between, they have demonstrated that arts matter in local communities, expanding the dialogue between our neighbors and connecting us to one another.”