New Jersey's Two River Theater recently received a $40,000 grant from the Doris Duke Foundation through its Building Demand for the Arts program. This inevitably raises the following question: What exactly about the Theater's mission and programming helps to "build demand" for the arts that made the foundation cut them a check?
Bob Dylan, ever the master of reinvention, once said, "He not busy being born is busy dying." And the same can be said for nonprofit theater organizations. Constant reinvention is needed in an ever-competitive arts landscape. Fortunately, they're getting a huge boost from the Doris Duke Foundation, who allocated $800,000 for the Audience (R)Evolution grant program, designed and administered by the Theatre Communications Group (TCG). The goal? Nothing less than revolutionizing modern theater.