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Spiderwoman Theater performing “Material Witness” at Trent University's First Peoples Performance Space in Peterborough, Ont., in 2019. Pictured: Henu Josephine Tarrant, Cherish Violet Blood, Penny Couchie, Donna Couteau Nozhem. First Peoples Performance Space, Trent University, Peterborough, ON 2019. (Photo by Wayne Eardley)

New England Arts Grants to Get Shows on the Road

A total of $970,000 has been awarded to artists and organizations to support the development and touring of 8 theatre projects.

BOSTON: The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has announced the recipients of its National Theater Project (NTP) Creation and Touring grants, an initiative that supports the development and touring of eight new theatre works. Established in 2010, NTP has awarded more than $7.36 million with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

“The projects supported by the National Theater Project are reflective of the varied ways theatre is being made today,” said Maurine Knighton, program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in a statement. “These new works will create multiple points of entry to contemporary theatre. At the same time, they offer the potential for new connections among artists, audiences, and broader communities across the country. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is proud to partner with the National Theater Project and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help bring these projects to life.”

Grants for this round ranged from $80,000 to $130,000. In addition to the Creation and Touring funds, each recipient is given $10,000 to support capacity building for touring the project. The eight awardees are:

In addition, NTP has awarded a total of $50,000 in Finalist Development grants to support further development of five applicant projects. Those recipients are:

  • Revolving Sky, All My Relations; Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Exiled in America, Mark-n-Sparks; Los Angeles
  • La Bestia, Nouveau Sud Project; Charlotte, N.C.
  • Sunrise Prayer, the Sunrise Prayer Project; Los Angeles
  • Constant State of Otherness, Unit Souzou; Portland, Ore.

“With these new theatre projects, including works by Indigenous elders, queer youth, and artists hailing from Appalachia and Latinx communities, this cohort highlights the diversity of the fabric of America and of their stories, which are not often heard,” said Quita Sullivan, program director for theatre at NEFA, in a statement.

Founded in 1976 with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, NEFA provides grants to artists and organizations to support the creation and presentation of work. NEFA fosters equitable access to the arts to enrich the cultural landscape in New England and across the country.

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