A grant was awarded to KATY CHEVIGNY in support of The Class of 72, a documentary film that explores the lives of inmates who were released from Death Row after the Furman vs. Georgia Supreme Court decision in 1972, which found capital punishment to be unconstitutional.
The Jerome Foundation renewed its membership in and provided general support for the programs of the COUNCIL ON FOUNDATIONS, Washington, D.C.; the MINNESOTA COUNCIL ON FOUNDATIONS, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and GRANTMAKERS IN THE ARTS, Seattle, Washington. A total of $32,170 was authorized for three service organizations important to the fields of philanthropy and the arts.
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.
REBECCA FEIG, received funding for STOLEN: The Lost Treasures of Isabella Stewart Gardner, an hour-long documentary film about the largest art heist in American history, which took place at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The film also pays homage to Isabella Gardner. By including both the past and the present, the film will illuminate the clash of worlds involved in this story, where a living piece of 19th Century Boston is paid a very unwelcome 20th Century visit.
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.