How can a small professional theatre hire a director or choreographer it might not ordinarily be able to afford? If they're lucky, they might get a grant from the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation, which has, since 1990, given moeny to such venues as MN's Mixed Blood Theatre Company and NC's PlayMakers Rep.
This year, four recipients have been chosen:
* National Theatre For The Deaf, Chester, CT, for its current tour of Peer Gynt.
* Theatre of the First Amendment at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, for for a dance-theatre piece, Blues Rooms, directed & choreographed by Dianne McIntyre. The show opens March 18, 1998.
* Madison Repertory Theatre, WI, for Edward G. Smith's staging of Blues For An Alabama Sky, opening Nov. 4.
* Cornerstone Theatre Company, Santa Monica, CA, for Diane Rodriguez's staging of La Pastorela, opening Dec. 4.
Choosing this year's winners were directors Clinton Turner Davis, Gergory S. Hurst, Sue Lawless, Seret Scott, Evan Yionoulis; choreographers Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and administrators Barbara Hauptman & Sharon Jensen.
According to associate director James Graves, the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation was formed as a branch of the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers but is now a separate, though connected, organization with its own board of directors. The organization was formed to foster, promote and develop "the craft and creativity of directors and choreographers." --By David Lefkowitz