NEFA Awards $630,000 to Support New Ensemble & Devised Theater Works

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Fourth Round of Funding Supports Both Development and Touring

NEFA grantee Elevator Repair Service

NEFA grantee Elevator Repair Service

exciting, original theater in the making

The New England Foundation for the Arts has awarded $630,000 through the National Theater Project to support the development and touring of six new theater projects.

The National Theater Project (NTP) promotes the development and touring of artist-led collaborative, ensemble, and devised theater works. Modeled on NEFA’s National Dance Project, NTP functions as a full system of support for devised theater, which not only provides funding but animates an informed, interactive network of producing theaters, presenters, and ensembles. Leadership support for NEFA’s National Theater Project is generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“We are delighted to announce these selections—exciting, original theater in the making that will tour to connect with a range of audiences across the U.S.,” said NEFA executive director Rebecca Blunk. “We are eternally thankful for the Mellon’s leadership and support.”

Grants for this round ranged from $85,000-$120,000. The six grant recipients are:

    Aion Productions, LLC (Durham, NC) for "The Clothesline Muse"
    Cloud Eye Control (Los Angeles, CA) for "Half Life"
    Complex Movements (Detroit, MI) for "Beware of the Dandelions"
    Elevator Repair Service (NY, NY) for "Arguendo"
    En Garde Productions/Ed Bilous (NY, NY) for "BASETRACK"
    Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental (Philadelphia, PA) for "RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE"

Organizations interested in presenting any of these works – or works from previous grant rounds – may apply on a rolling basis for support; NTP also provides travel support for arts presenters interested in seeing projects. Contact program manager Quita Sullivan at qsullivan(at)nefa(dot)org or 617.951.0010 x531 or visit http://www.nefa.org to learn more.

About NEFA
NEFA builds connections among artists, arts organizations, and funders, powering the arts to energize communities in New England, the nation, and the world. NEFA is a 501 (c) (3) that operates with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England state arts agencies, and from corporations, foundations and individuals.

NEFA currently administers grant-making programs of regional, national, and international scope that support the performing arts, public art, and Native American artists. NEFA also leads projects and initiatives that range from the analysis of the impact of the creative economy to the creation of online tools which link and advance the cultural community. For more information on NEFA’s grant programs and services, please visit http://www.nefa.org or call 617.951.0010.

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