3-LEGGED DOG MEDIA AND THEATER GROUP, New York City, received a two-year concluding grant of $30,000 in support of the creation of new work. 3-Legged Dog produces original, experimental works in theater, performance, media, and hybrid forms. It explores the new narrative possibilities created by digital technology, examines the braided realities of language and structure, and provides an environment for its artists to create tools and modes of expression. Jerome funds will be used for the creation, production, and touring of two new productions, Wonton Destruction by Jill Szuchmacher and Quiver by Sophie Haviland, both company members. The first is an exploration of the frailty of existence and the tense relationship between technology and meaning; the second is a meditation on longing and spiritual transformation.
NAUTILUS MUSIC-THEATER, St. Paul, Minnesota, received a grant of $25,000 in support of the Composer-Librettist Studio and Rough Cuts. It is the mission of Nautilus to explore the dynamics of individual and communal integrity through the creation, development and production of new operas and other forms of music-theater. The Composer-Librettist Studio is a professional development program which focuses on the process of collaboration between composers and writers through exploratory assignments that deal with the challenges of writing for the music-theater form. Rough Cuts is a monthly series of works-in-progress, dialogues between artists and audiences, and investigations into the creative process.
MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MOORHEAD, Moorhead, Minnesota, received $12,000 to support the publication and distribution of three Many Voices Project books by NEW RIVERS PRESS MSUM. The Press seeks to publish the best literature it can find and to serve as a teaching press. An open call each year solicits submissions to the Many Voices Project competition for book-length unpublished manuscripts by new or emerging writers. After a thorough screening and review by guest judges and staff editors, three books by emerging writers, two of whom must live in New York City and/or Minnesota, are selected. The Many Voices Project publishes first and second books by emerging writers.
Arts Administrator LISA FIRST received funding to travel to Prague, Czechoslovakia, to research and document Czech contemporary dance forms, which will inform her work as the organizer of an international dance festival.
GRAYWOLF PRESS, St. Paul, Minnesota received a two-year grant of $40,000 to support the publication of emerging artists titles in 1998 and 1999. For more than 21 years, Graywolf Press has been publishing creative literature by contemporary writers. It is committed to promoting promising literary authors who may be overlooked in other publishing environments. It publishes works in poetry, fiction, memoir, criticism and creative nonfiction. Now under the direction of Fiona McCrae, Graywolf published 16 titles in the 1996-97 program year; and hopes to expand that number over the next two years.
NEW DRAMATISTS, New York City, was awarded a $40,000 grant in support of the Composer-Librettist Studio and new play development programs serving emerging playwrights. Founded in 1949, New Dramatists finds and nurtures new talent by selecting playwrights for seven-year memberships. The grant covers the expenses of developing new plays and performance works. Realized through the pairing of playwrights and composers, the goals of the Studio are a greater understanding of the collaborative process of music theater creation and the seeding of potential new partnerships that may enrich the art form.
The JAMES SEWELL BALLET, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received $11,760 in support of the Ballet Works Project. Founded in 1990, the Ballet's mission is to create and perform works that connect artists with audiences and to advance contemporary ballet. One of its goals is to create and present new choreography. Since 1999, Jerome Foundation has provided support to the Ballet so that emerging choreographers within and outside of the company would have opportunities to develop new works utilizing the resources of the Ballet. This new grant will continue to support the development of new works by emerging choreographers with the aim of producing those works.