The American Theatre Wing has announced the recipients of its 2016 National Theatre Company Grants. This year’s seven initial support recipients are: American Blues Theater (Chicago, IL), Bedlam (New York, NY), Chance Theater (Anaheim, CA), Classical Theatre Company (Houston, TX), Cygnet Theatre Company (San Diego, CA), South of Broadway Theatre Company (Charleston, SC), and Yellow Tree Theatre (Osseo, MN). The inaugural second time support grant recipients are the following five companies: 16th Street Theater (Berwyn, IL), 1812 Productions (Philadelphia, PA), Golden Thread Productions (San Francisco, CA), Portland Playhouse (Portland, OR), and Synchronicity Theatre (Atlanta, GA). The prestigious grants totaling $120,000 will be presented on Monday, October 17th at a private event.
Initial Support grants for the 2016 cycle in the amount of $10,000 each will be distributed for general operating support to these companies which, according to grant guidelines, have been in operation at least five, but not more than fifteen years; have articulated a distinctive mission; cultivated an audience; and nurtured a community of artists in ways that strengthen and demonstrate the quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theatre.
This year marked the implementation of new guidelines, creating Second-Time Support grants. These grants for the 2016 cycle in the amount of $10,000 each will be distributed for general operating support to companies who have already received the National Theatre Company Grant in grant cycles occurring between 2010 and 2015. It is the American Theatre Wing’s hope to provide additional support for companies who plan to advance their work in a significant way and have a strategic goal to build the organization’s capacity to continue to innovate and create a more dynamic American Theatre and have described an actionable plan to achieve that goal.
The ATW Grants have distributed over $3 million dollars over the past 60 years. For more information on the ATW’s National Theatre Company Grants, visit here. The application period for 2017 grants will open in the spring of next year.