The New York Foundation for the Arts recently announced it has awarded 33 non-profit theater companies grants totaling $3.5 million through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program. The funding, administered through two-year grants that can range from $10,000 to $200,000, will help small to midsize organizations across the city bring both classic and original works to the stage.
The roots of this announcement date back to 2010 when the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation conducted an artistic review of New York City theaters. (See Andrew Mellon Foundation: Grants for Theater.) During this period, the foundation looked at each theater and its "artistic excellence, uniqueness of vision, and influence within the theater community." Following the review, Mellon formally invited theaters to submit applications for consideration. It did not accept or consider unsolicited proposals for this specific cycle of funding. (Read Performing Arts Program Officer Susan Feder's IP profile.)
As noted, the grants will be distributed by the New York Foundation of the Arts, which has been committed to funding, professional development, and online resources for artists since 1971. The actual grant amounts are based on the company's operating budget and will go to support general operations.
The final list of grant recipients is impressive in both its diversity and breadth of vision. Clubbed Thumb, for example, produces "funny, strange, and provocative new plays by living American writers," while also supporting the development of works-in-progress through its Greenhouse program. 3-Legged Dog, on the other hand, offers an artist-run production development studio for experimental artists called the Art & Technology Center. Then there's the National Asian American Theater Company, whose mission is to "assert the presence and significance of Asian-American theatre in the United States."
A full list of the grant recipients can be found here.