National Endowment for the Arts and Arena Stage Announce Application Period Now Open for NEA New Play Development Program
June 5, 2008
Washington, DC -- The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced that the application period is now open for the NEA New Play Development Program (NPDP), which is being hosted by Arena Stage. To help the nation's nonprofit theaters bring more new plays to full production, NEA NPDP will support the development of seven new plays at theaters from across the country. Support will be given for projects taking place between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2010. The application and guidelines are available at www.arenastage.org/npdp. The Intent to Apply deadline is June 20, 2008. Applications have a postmark deadline of July 31, 2008.
Two projects chosen as NEA Outstanding New American Plays will each receive $90,000 to support the final stages of development and a world premiere of the selected play. Five NEA Distinguished New Play Development Projects will each receive $20,000 to support the early stages of development of a new play. Each of the selected projects will involve close collaboration with the playwrights.
The NEA New Play Development Program is open to nonprofit, professional organizations, or a consortium of organizations, who apply in collaboration with a playwright. Applications will be reviewed by a peer panel of experts and judged on artistic excellence and artistic merit.
The NEA and Arena Stage expect to announce the inaugural round of projects in fall 2008.
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established, bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. For more information, please visit www.arts.gov.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith, Arena Stage has become the largest theater in the country dedicated to American plays and playwrights. Founded in 1950 by Zelda Fichandler, Thomas Fichandler and Edward Mangum, Arena Stage was one of the nation's original resident theaters, and has a distinguished record of leadership and innovation in the field. With the opening of the new Mead Center for American Theater in 2010, Arena Stage will have emerged as a leading center for the production, development and study of the American theater. Now in its sixth decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 200,000. Arena Stage -- Where American Theater Lives.
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