National Endowment of the Arts Awards Over $3 Million in Grants to 149 U.S. Theatres

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The grants support a range of theatrical projects, including new musicals in development and programs dedicated to work by women and transgender artists.

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced the first round of 2018 grants, which will support a wide range of individual projects and initiatives at 936 non-profit arts organizations across the U.S. More than $24 million will be awarded in total, with just over $3 million of that earmarked for theatrical endeavors.

Awarded through the NEA’s Art Works project, the $3 million will be divided among 149 theatres that will receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Grants for “theatre” and “musical theatre” were categorized separately, with $2.9 million earmarked for works under the "theatre" umbrella, and $465,000 for new musicals.

Each grant will support a specific production, initiative, festival, or education program.

The selected projects include a new musical about the birth of Memphis-based soul music label Staxx Records at Baltimore Center Stage; as well as Collaboration Theatre Company’s city-wide Peacebook festival dedicated to addressing racism and racial healing in Chicago; Mixed Blood Theatre Company’s play series dedicated to trans theatre works; as well as Deaf West Theatre’s new production of the Tony-winning musical The Light in the Piazza.

Click here for the complete list divided by category.

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