A grant of $18,000 was awarded to IN THE HEART OF THE BEAST PUPPET AND MASK THEATRE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in support of a commissioning program for emerging puppet and mask artists. Since 1973, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre has delivered original puppet work to audiences in the Twin Cities and on tour throughout the country. One of the Theatres goals is to nurture the artistic development of local puppet and mask artists, and to provide them with opportunities to present their works to the public. In the Heart of the Beast will produce a mini-festival of original short pieces by emerging artists. The process begins with developmental activities under the direction of Sandy Spieler and Beth Peterson.
ZENON DANCE COMPANY AND SCHOOL, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received $25,000 in support of the commissioning and performance of new dance works by three emerging choreographers. The mission of Zenon is to sustain an artistically excellent, professional dance company by presenting the commissioned works of emerging and locally, nationally, and internationally recognized modern and jazz choreographers to the broadest and most diverse audiences and communities possible. It accomplishes this through performance, education, and outreach. To date, with Jerome support, it's commissioned and worked with over 30 emerging choreographers. Zenon chooses to work with emerging choreographers because they bring a certain excitement and risk to their work. There is often close collaboration between the Zenon dancers and the commissioned choreographers.
NEW YORK CITY PLAYERS, New York City, received a grant of $10,000 in support of the production of a new work in its 2002 season. New York City Players is dedicated to bringing innovation in theater and performance to the public through productions written and directed by Artistic Director Richard Maxwell. Funding will be used for Maxwells new play, Joe, the story of one man told through six actors, portraying him at different stages of his life. Joe will premiere this fall in New York City.
Funding was awarded to Alexandria based artist KEITH HOLMES to spend six weeks in Croatia and Bosnia where he will collect materials and continue his study of the disintegration of Yugoslavia, and its current, fragile peace. His interdisciplinary work incorporates photographs, bricks, found objects, field recordings and interviews, flowers, historical photographs, and sculptural forms based on Yugoslav culture and iconography.
The Great American History Theatre, St. Paul, Minnesota, received an 18-month grant of $20,000 in support of emerging playwrights stipends, royalties and workshops. The History Theatre produces theatrical works which mirror the lives of the people of Minnesota and the Midwest, with a window back to other people and other times. This grant allows the History Theatre to commission new works that dramatize the history, folklore and social issues of its region.
A grant of $22,500 was authorized for MU PERFORMING ARTS, St. Paul, Minnesota, to support Phase II of the Jerome New Performance Program. Now in its 18th year, Mu Performing Arts is a Pan-Asian performing arts organization whose mission is to produce great performances born of arts, equality, and justice from the heart of the Asian American experience. In keeping with its demonstrated desire to develop new works by emerging Asian American writers and contribute to the Asian American canon, Mu initiated the first Jerome New Performance Program in 2006-07, then identifying seven artists who were commissioned to create new works. Through a series of readings and workshops, Mu eventually produced three of those works. In 2009, Jerome supported Phase I of the second New Performance Program, focusing on four emerging Asian American writers. Phase II of the program supports further development of two of their pieces, through workshops, and finally, the full production of one in the 2010-11 season.
THE NEW YORK NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE, received $7,000 to support the commissioning of a new work by composer Melinda Wagner. The mixed ensemble of six players presents an annual concert series in New York City and tours in the United States and abroad. Its repertoire is dedicated to 20th Century music, featuring a mix of classics with newly commissioned pieces. During the 20 years of the Ensembles history, it has commissioned over 60 new works.