NEW DRAMATISTS, New York City, received $36,000, $24,750 in support of its Playwrights Lab and $11,250 in support of the Composer-Librettist Studio. New Dramatists is dedicated to the playwright, and pursues a singular mission to find gifted playwrights and give them the time, space, and tools to develop their craft so that they may fulfill their potential and make lasting contributions to the theatre. New Dramatists has remained a pioneer in the field of new play development since its inception in 1949. The Playwrights Lab is a constellation of programs through which New Dramatists resident playwrights develop their work. The organizations seven-year commitment to writers ensures that they can develop work over time and access a wide variety of resources according to needs of any given project. New Dramatists provides free rehearsal space, stage managers, and professional collaborators, hiring over 450 actors, directors, and dramaturgs each season. The Composer-Librettist Studio is a two-week session conducted in partnership with Nautilus Music Theater of St. Paul, Minnesota. The Studio focuses simultaneously on music-theater development and the principles of collaboration, teaming five New Dramatists writers with five composers and five performers to develop new musical theatre works.
JULIE ELHARD, is a string musician and teacher who received funding to spend two weeks in Seattle, Washington, studying early music performance on the vielle and viola da gamba with Margret Tindeman. Elhard performs medieval and renaissance music on these instruments and plans to create a professional da gamba consort.
The SITI COMPANY, New York City, received $12,000 to support the Associates Program. Led by Artistic Director Anne Bogart, SITI is an ensemble-based company comprised of 20 actors, designers, administrators and technical staff. Its mission is to create new works for the theater, to perform and tour those productions, to provide ongoing training for young theater professionals, and to foster opportunities for cultural exchange. Piloted in 2001, the Associates Program was designed by Bogart to nurture emerging artists in their growth as creators of their own work, designers, performers and teachers. This is a year-round apprenticeship for three to five artists. Each associate is given rehearsal time in the Company's studio, professional support from the SITI staff, mentoring from Bogart and company members, and stipends for the creation of new work. They're also engaged in performance opportunities to build their aesthetic understanding.
MABOU MINES, New York City, received a two-year grant of $60,000 in support of the Suite Resident Artist Program. Jerome support is directed to the participation of emerging New York City-based artists in this program. Mabou Mines is an artist-driven experimental theater collective generating original works and re-imagined adaptations of classic plays through multidisciplinary, technologically innovative collaborations among its members and a wide world of contemporary artists. Established in 1991, the Suite Resident Artist Program is a laboratory for artists to experiment with performance ideas. Suite is open to small companies and individual artists in all fields, any artist with a compelling performance idea in need of investigation. The first year of the program begins with nine artists or artist teams, selected via an open call and company review, as Resident Artists. The Program strives to develop a lively and artistically fertile community while offering guidance to the artists as they explore their individual projects. Mabou Mines' Artistic Directors and Associate Artists serve as mentors. In the second year, four Alumni Resident artists are invited to return to the program to continue work on projects. These residencies are individually designed to meet specific needs. The goal is to prepare and secure fully realized productions.