San Diego Rep, NYTW Among Participants in New Generations Grant Initiative; Recipients Announced

News   San Diego Rep, NYTW Among Participants in New Generations Grant Initiative; Recipients Announced
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Theatre Communications Group have announced the 11th round of recipients for the New Generations Program, a grant initiative originally designed by both organizations in collaboration with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Five theatres and five individuals were awarded over $700,000 this round, with more than $13.5 million in grants awarded to over 220 theatres and individuals in eleven rounds of this program.

"The Future Leaders grants nurture exceptionally talented young leaders through mentorship, giving them the tools to be successful in the theatre field," said Teresa Eyring, executive director of TCG, in a statement. "The Future Audiences grants help theatres explore new technologies as a means of engaging diverse audiences."

In Future Leaders, emerging leaders in all areas of theatre are mentored by accomplished theatre professionals at a host theatre. In Future Audiences, theatres with a successful track record of reaching age-specific, culturally specific and/or underserved communities receive grants to support the development or expansion of technology focused initiatives aimed at cultivating a diverse audience.

The five recipients in Round 11 of the Future Leaders objective are:

Cornerstone Theater Company's (Los Angeles, CA) artistic director Michael Garcés will mentor Ashley Walden while she serves as associate producer. New York Theatre Workshop's (New York, NY) production manager Brian Garber and technical director Paul Bradley will mentor Jason Goedken, a former intern and freelance technician.

Roadside Theater's (Norton, VA) managing director Donna Porterfield will mentor Mark Kidd, a young professional.

San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego, CA) will mentor Herbert Siguenza, through residency, to prepare him to serve as an artistic leader or co-leader at a major regional theatre.

Underground Railway Theater's (Cambridge, MA) artistic director Debra Wise will mentor Megan Sandberg-Zakian. Ms. Sandberg-Zakian will work as associate artistic director and help create a Public Conversations Initiative during a time of transition for Underground Railway Theater.

The five recipients in Round 11 of the Future Audiences objective are:

The Foundry Theatre (New York, NY) will develop and utilize new media in an innovative program that deepens their community building with the low-income families of NYC's social justice sector.

New Paradise Laboratories (Philadelphia, PA) will construct a fully-realized, sustainable online performance platform that engages their audiences — both live and online — through audience-interactive performance, discussion and artistic discovery.

The Theater Offensive (Boston, MA) will increase and diversify the use of technology and social media to engage LGBT audiences ages 14-29 from three target Boston neighborhoods.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, DC) will technologically enhance their lobby in order to connect with, cultivate, and, ultimately, build the next generation of theatre audiences.

Youth Speaks (San Francisco, CA) will explore how to better utilize the online and mobile world as an artistic classroom and as a stage for theatre work and the spoken word.


The New Generations Program is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and is administered by Theatre Communications Group.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child abuse, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, exists to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre. For more information visit

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