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NEFA Announces 2020 National Theater Project Awardees

This year the New England Foundation for the Arts has awarded over $1 million to support 10 new works.

BOSTON: The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has announced the recipients of the 2020 National Theater Project (NTP) creation and touring grants and artist development awards. This year, NEFA has awarded $1,017,000 to support the creation and touring of 10 new works. Additionally, NEFA has awarded $78,000 through 18 artist development awards

“The long-term support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has enabled the program to experiment, learn, and, most recently, react responsively to the field in a time of great challenge,” said NEFA executive director Cathy Edwards in a statement. “The performing arts have been acutely impacted by Covid-19. These artists and ensembles are at the forefront of creating theater that celebrates belonging, activism and community building.”

NTP supports the development and touring of artist-led, ensemble, and devised work. Since 2010, when the first round of NTP grants went out, NEFA has awarded $8.59 million through the program and supported 75 new works through creation and touring grants. Grants for this round ranged from $90,000 to $125,000, with creation and touring grant recipients receiving an additional $7,500 toward capacity building for touring their project.

“We are very proud of this year’s cohort of grantees,” said Quita Sullivan, senior program director for theater at NEFA, in a statement. “Between the excellence of every project under consideration and our need to be responsive to artist needs during this pandemic, this year may have been the hardest for the NTP advisors to make decisions about this year’s grantees. I am extremely grateful to the artists, the advisors, and the NTP team for the difficult work that went into selecting this year’s amazing group awardees.”

The 2020 NTP creation and touring grant recipients are:

The 2020 NTP artist development awardees are:

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