The American Theater Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, recently recognized 10 nonprofit theater companies across the U.S. for their exceptional work in the performing arts. The ATF's National Theatre Company Grants are given out each year to companies that represent the "quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theatre" and this past year's crop is true to that standard and then some.
Begun in 2010, the National Theatre Company Grants are $10,000 grants that are meant for general operating support to companies that have been in continuous operation for five to fifteen years and have "articulated a distinctive mission, cultivated an audience, and nurtured a community of artists in ways that strengthen and demonstrate the quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theatre."
Before 2010, eligibility for this award was restricted to companies based in New York City, but after an extensive review by ATW's Board of Trustees, they decided to extend the program to nonprofit theater companies throughout the country. In the past 56 years of its existence, the American Theater Wing has distributed over $3 million in grants and now that their reach has widened their generosity can benefit even more theater companies in need of support.
"The ten recipients of this year's National Theatre Company Grants prove yet again that exciting theatre is being created and produced in communities large and small all across the country," explained executive director Heather Hitchens at the time of the announcement. "These companies have demonstrated tremendous courage and creativity, and are vital to the cultural and civic fabric of their communities. All of us at The Wing are proud to recognize their outstanding work."
The winners include the 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, Illinois, The Catastrophic Theatre in Houston, TX, the Constellation Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., The Cutting Ball Theatre and Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco, CA, The Hypocrites in Chicago, IL, Prospect Theater Company in New York, Theater Latté Da in Minneapolis, MN, Third Rail Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon, and True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, GA.
To learn more about the grant requirements and guidelines for this year click here.