National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman Announces $100,000 in NEA Distinguished New Play Development Project Grants
Grants will support the development of outstanding new American plays
September 2, 2010
Washington, DC – Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, today announced the 2010 NEA New Play Development Program's Distinguished New Play grants. Five theaters will each receive a grant of $20,000 to support the early stages of development for a new play with strong potential to merit a full production:
Working in close collaboration with the playwrights, each theater will use this funding for development activities, such as dramaturgy, design workshops and consultations, read-throughs, public readings, workshop productions, and open rehearsals.
"In order for the American theater to remain vibrant and vital, we need to invest in new work," said Chairman Landesman. "I am proud and honored that the NEA is investing in the development of new plays by five of this country's most exciting playwrights."
The National Endowment for the Arts created the NEA New Play Development Program to advance the American not-for-profit theater's ability to provide meaningful support for new work. The program provides financial support for playwrights and institutions developing outstanding new American plays, advances the field's ability to support the development process for new work, and disseminates information on effective models for developing outstanding new American plays.
This fall, the NEA will announce two projects selected as 2010 NEA Outstanding New American Plays through the NEA New Play Development Program.
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