In addition to the New York companies awarded grants, this year’s recipients also included: Amphibian Stage Productions (Fort Worth, Texas), Forum Theatre (Silver Spring, Maryland), PlayGround (San Francisco, California), Rogue Machine Theatre (Los Angeles, California), The House Theatre of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois), Theater Wit (Chicago, Illinois), Theatre B (Fargo, North Dakota) and Williamston Theatre (Williamston, Michigan).
This year, the number of recipients has been increased to twelve companies and the amount of each grant has been increased by 20 percent.
According to press notes, "Grants for the 2014 cycle in the amount of $12,000 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. As was previously announced, the funding for these grants has been increased due to the success of this year’s American Theatre Wing Gala, which took in more than $750,000 on Monday, Sept. 15, besting all previous records."
The American Theatre Wing is best known for being the founders of the Tony Awards, however, their theatre company grants program has extensive reach, especially since 2010 when eligibility for grant funding became open to companies outside of New York. Over the past 55 years, the American Theatre Wing has distributed approximately three million dollars worth of grant money, " to invest in the growth and evolution of American Theatre."