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

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Fifth year of grantmaking brings support to date to $4.3M

2015 NTP Grant Recipient Junebug Productions. Photo: Melisa Cardona

2015 NTP Grant Recipient Junebug Productions. Photo: Melisa Cardona

We are proud to be supporting these ambitious, inspiring, and deeply relevant theater projects with creation and touring support

The New England Foundation for the Arts announces $630,000 in six new grants during the fifth year of the National Theater Project. NTP supports the development and touring of new theater works.

The National Theater Project (NTP) promotes the development and touring of artist-led, ensemble, and devised theater works. Modeled on NEFA’s National Dance Project, NTP functions as a full system of support for devised theater, which in addition to funding animates an informed, interactive network of producing theaters, presenters, and ensembles.

Since the first round of NTP grants in 2010, NEFA has infused over $4.3 million into the field through the program. To date, 37 new theater works have been supported; touring of those works will reach 29 different states across the U.S. NTP projects have toured to large and small arts presenters, military bases, universities, regional theaters, and festivals. Leadership support for NEFA’s National Theater Project is generously provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“We are proud to be supporting these ambitious, inspiring, and deeply relevant theater projects with creation and touring support,” said NFEA executive director Cathy Edwards. “We give special thanks to The Andrew Mellon Foundation for their visionary commitment to ensuring that artists and ensembles working in complex forms and with diverse aesthetics are resourced to make new work and to bring that work to communities across the U.S.”

Grants for this sixth round ranged from $85,000-$115,000. In addition to the Creation and Touring grant, each recipient will also receive $10,000 towards capacity building for touring the project. The six grant recipients are:
» Andrew Ondrejcak and the Office of the Interior (Brookyn, NY) for Elijah Green
» Junebug Productions (New Orleans, LA) for Gomela/to return: Movement of our Mother Tongue
» Marc Bamuthi Joseph (San Francisco, CA) for /peh-LO-tah/
» Martha Redbone/Blackfeet Productions (Brooklyn, NY) for BONE HILL
» Stein | Holum Projects (San Diego, CA) for The Wholehearted
» Taylor Mac/Nature’s Darlings (NY, NY) for A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

Organizations interested in presenting any of these works – or works from previous grant rounds – may apply for an NTP Presentation Grant after contacting its tour coordinator; learn about all of the projects with NTP touring support available on a searchable directory on http://www.nefa.org. 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 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 nonprofit that operates in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the New England state arts agencies, with additional funding from foundations, corporations, individuals and other government agencies.

NEFA’s work is accomplished through grantmaking, services, and initiatives which strengthen and advance the national arts infrastructure. For more information, please visit http://www.nefa.org or call 617.951.0010.

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