Lortel Foundation Grants Announced for Small and Mid-Sized NYC Theatres

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The Lucille Lortel Foundation, continuing its mission "to respond to the needs of small to midsize not-for-profit theatre companies," has "accelerated the timing" of its 2005 General Operating Support grant program, it was announced Jan. 24.

The Foundation "hopes that this change will provide greater funding certainty to its grantees, which in the past had to wait until April, the end of the season for many of the companies, before receiving the funds."

Foundation president James J. Ross said, "The companies we serve have small staffs which are very busy in the late fall and early spring creating theatre. By rescheduling our grant program, we hope to better serve these organizations at a less busy time of year. We also hope that the earlier receipt of a grant will relieve stress and provide for better planning since a recipient will not have to wait until the end of its season before knowing how much funding it will receive for the following season."

Ross announced the recipients, ranging from $2500 to $25,000:

52nd Street Project
Abingdon Theatre Co.
The Acting Company
AMAS Musical Theatre
Aquila Theatre Company
ArtsPower National Touring Theatre
Atlantic Theater
The Builders Association
Cherry Lane Theatre
The Directors Co
Dixon Place
Drama Department
Epic Theatre Center
Flea Theatre
Inside Broadway
Irish Repertory Theatre
Jean Cocteau Repertory
La MaMa, E.T.C.
LAByrinth Theatre Co.
Mabou Mines
Ma-Yi Filipino Theatre
Manhattan Class Company
Manhattan Ensemble Theater
Mint Theater
New Federal Theatre
Pan Asian Rep
Pearl Theatre Co.
Pick Up Performance Co.
Ping Chong
The Play Production Co.
Primary Stages
PS 122
Rattlestick Productions
St. Ann’s Warehouse
Signature Theatre
Soho Rep
Repertorio Español
Target Margin
Teatro Pregones
Thalia Spanish Theatre
Theatre by the Blind
Theatre For the New City
Urban Stages
Vineyard Theatre
Women's Project & Productions
The Wooster Group
Working Theater Company
Young Playwrights
York Theatre

The Foundation was established by and named for the legendary producer, theatre-owner, and philanthropist who died in 1999. Since 2002, the Foundation has distributed over $1,500,000 in general operating support grants. Sixty-three theatre companies applied for grants. Eligible applicants must have been in operation as a professional, not-for-profit, theatre producing organization in New York City for at least three years, with revenues of $200,000 to $2.5 million in the most recently completed fiscal year. (Dance and opera companies are not eligible.) More information is available on the Foundation’s website www.lortel.org.

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