Nearly $4M Earmarked for Theatre By NEA in First Round of FY2K Grants

News   Nearly $4M Earmarked for Theatre By NEA in First Round of FY2K Grants The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released its list of grants for the fall cycle, which is the first of two annual rounds of funding in the agency's fiscal year. In this first round of grants for FY 2000, nearly $4 million has been earmarked for theatre organizations. The NEA's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 - Sept. 30.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released its list of grants for the fall cycle, which is the first of two annual rounds of funding in the agency's fiscal year. In this first round of grants for FY 2000, nearly $4 million has been earmarked for theatre organizations. The NEA's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 - Sept. 30.

According to the NEA, the total Congressional appropriation for the agency in FY 2000 is $97,627,600. From this amount, the NEA's estimated annual operating costs of $18,027,600 or 22.64 percent are deducted. After expenses, this leaves approximately $79,600,000 for actual grants in FY 2000.

In the first round of grants, some $20,000,000 will be disbursed according to NEA guidelines. The remaining $54,600,000 will be allocated in the second round of grants, which will be announced in mid-April 2000.

Altogether, the first round of theatre grants breakdown into two categories: $3,440,500 goes to theatre and $557,000 goes to musical theatre. Theatre's $3,997,400 in grants accounts for roughly 20 percent of the NEA's first round of funding.

Congress' fiscal year 2000 appropriations for the NEA ($97, 627,600) are at the lowest point since 1977, when a total of $99,872,000 was made available to the arts through the NEA. The NEA began its history in 1966 with a Congressional appropriation of $2,898,308 and reached a peak in 1992 with $175, 954,680 in funding. Total Congressional appropriations later dropped from $162,311,000 in 1995 to $99,470,000 in 1996.

Here is a sampling of the NEA grants made in the first round of FY 2000. For additional information on the NEA and its grants visit arts.endow.gov.

* Theatreworks/USA Corporation -- $50,000 to support two works for touring, The Boxcar Children and Superfudge, as well as Theatreworks' first dance theatre piece, The Odyssey: An Asian American Adventure.
* 52nd Street Project, Inc. -- $25,000 to support two programs for inner city youth and professional theatre artists; "One-on-One" and "Two-on Two."
* Alliance Of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./NY) Inc. -- $40,000 to support two initiatives aimed at helping small artist-driven companies; The Nancy Quinn Fund and The Theatre Leadership Institute.
* Classic Stage Company Repertory (CSC) -- $15,000 to support the translation and production of Ferdinand Bruckner's Race (Die Rassen).
* Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) -- $10,000 to support the annual Marathon of New One-Act Plays.
* Center Stage Associates, Inc. -- $55,000 to support the production of Peter Weiss' The Investigation.
* Japan Society -- $25,000 to support the Japanese "noh" play Taniko in connection with a Kurt Weill centenary celebration/symposium.
* Manhattan Theatre Club, Inc. -- $50,000 to support the production of Arthur Kopit's Y2K.
* National Alliance of Musical Theatre, Inc. -- $17,000 to support its spring conference and various administrative programs.
* New 42nd Street, Inc. -- $20,000 to support the "World Adventure Series" comprising The Red Balloon, Tir Na N-Og and The Doggy.
* The New York Shakespeare Festival -- $75,000 to support two new plays, Suzan-Lori Parks' In the Blood, and Nilo Criz' Two Sisters and a Piano.
* New York Theatre Workshop, Inc. -- $30,000 to support Keith Josef Adkins' Wilberforce and the Karin Coonrod adaptation of four Flannery O'Connor short stories, Everything That Rises Must Converge.
* Present Theatre Company, Inc. -- $11,000 to support the New York International Fringe Festival.
* Shadow Box Theatre, Inc. -- $5,000 to support free arts packages for inner city youth.
* Signature Theatre Company, Inc. -- $25,000 to support a world premiere by Romulus Linney.
* Chicago Theatre Group, Inc. (Goodman Theatre) -- to support artists' compensation for their involvement with All's Well That Ends Well.
* Theatre for the New Foundation, Inc. -- $12,000 to support the Emerging Playwrights Program.
* Steppenwolf Theatre Company -- $60,000 to support the world premiere production of Mike Reid and Sara Schlesinger's The Ballad of Little Jo.
* Theatre Communications Group (TCG) Inc. -- $115,000 to support professional development programs for member theatres, the enhancement of current programs, the TCG New Artistic Leader Institute and a planning process for new initiatives.
* Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Inc. --$70,000 to support a world premiere production of Contact directed by Susan Stroman.
* Women's Project and Productions, Inc. -- $17,000 to support the development and production of Carson Kreitzer's play Room 214.
* Writers Room, Inc. -- $10,000 to support emerging writers with subsidized work space and scholarships.
* Teatro Avante, Inc. -- $30,000 to support the 15th International Hispanic Theatre Festival.
* Wilma Theatre -- $22,000 to support the development and production of Tom Stoppard's new play, The Invention of Love.
*Denver Center Theatre -- $30,000 for its new play development program.
* Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company -- $28,000 to support David Lindsay Abaire's new play Wonder of the World
* New York Foundation for the Arts, Inc. -- $50,000 to support Technical Assistance 2000 (TA 2000) which provides technical assistant services to emerging and mature arts organizations.


-- By Murdoch McBride