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Oct. 12, 2017

TIME WARNER FOUNDATION PROUDLY ANNOUNCES NEXT ROUND OF THEATER GRANTEES,
NEW PARTNERS CONTINUE ADVANCING THE MISSION OF THE FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT INCLUSIVE STORYTELLING

New York, NY – October 12, 2017 –Time Warner Foundation proudly announces its next round of theater grantees. A total of six small and midsize theater organizations from across the country have been awarded one-year grants to support diverse and artistically excellent storytellers.

The new grantees for this round include: Cara Mía Theatre Co. (Dallas, TX), The Movement Theatre Company (New York, NY), New Georges (New York, NY), Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center (Denver, CO), Victory Gardens Theater (Chicago, IL) and Working Theater (New York, NY).

Cara Mía Theatre Co. will use their funding to support a tour of their production Deferred Action to communities across Texas with a final stop in Los Angeles (for the Encuntro de las Americas). New Georges and Su Teatro will use their grants to mount world premiere productions written by rising talents who are artists of color. Working Theater will continue its ambitious “Five Boroughs/One City” initiative of pairing diverse creative teams with communities across the five boroughs to create original work. And Victory Gardens Theater will use their funding to support the Ignition New Play Festival; entering its 10th year, the festival has become a robust pipeline for playwrights of color and has launched 37 new American plays, ten of which have been given full productions at Victory Gardens.

Lisa Garcia Quiroz, President, Time Warner Foundation shares, “These theater organizations are doing important work in their artistic communities and presenting stories that reflect our diverse America. We are grateful for meaningful impact these partners have made, and will continue to make, in the theater field.” 

About the Partners

Cara Mía Theatre Co. (CMTC) produces critically acclaimed published plays and creates new and experimental works while developing innovative youth arts programming reflective of the Latinx experience in the U.S. Through theatrical productions that speak to universal human values, CMTC seeks to give voice to communities of color. CMTC has made a commitment to a value system that supports an original aesthetic, excellence in practice, cultural authenticity, and social justice. While producing classic plays by acclaimed Latinx playwrights, CMTC understands the necessity of contributing new plays to the underrepresented Latinx canon. CMTC creates bilingual plays that are both topical and theatrically unique. Additionally, CMTC formed a resident Artistic Ensemble that began to devise new works inspired by international forms of physical theatre such as clown and mask performance, poetic movement and collectively created plays that speak to the experiences of the local Latina/o community in Dallas. www.caramiatheatre.org

The Movement Theatre Company creates an artistic social movement by developing and producing new works by artists of color. Under the leadership of David Mendizábal, Deadria Harrington, Eric Lockley, and Taylor Reynolds, our work engages a multicultural audience in a rich theatrical dialogue, enlightens communities to the important issues affecting our world, and empowers artists to celebrate the many sides of their unique voice. Founded in 2007, The Movement has established itself as an artistic staple in the Harlem community by partnering with many local businesses and creating a home for uptown artists. Past production successes include their breakout NYTimes lauded production of Bintou by Koffi Kwahulé, the recent workshop production of And She Would Stand Like This by Harrison David Rivers, choreographed by Kia LaBeija, and the touring production of Hope Speaks. Past programming successes included numerous Harlem Nights events, which have featured work by playwrights Dominique Morriseau (Pipeline, Detroit ‘67), Christina Anderson (Good Goods), and Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead, Wild With Happy), as well as actors Danielle Brooks (Orange is The New Black, The Color Purple), Xosha Roquemore (The Mindy Project), Joel Perez (Oedipus el Rey, Fun Home), Florencia Lozano (And She Would Stand Like This, Narcos). Follow The Movement on Facebook at “The Movement Theatre Company” and on Twitter and Instagram @TMTCHarlem. www.themovementtheatrecompany.org

New Georges, founded in 1992, is a strategically small theater company with a national reputation as a productive home and launchpad for exuberantly theatrical women artists -- individually, as collaborators, and as a community. We cultivate our boundary-pushing aesthetic in a nimble, artist-driven production environment: committing to projects early on, equipping them with processes rooted in strong collaborations, and providing steady artistic support. We serve and sustain the largest ongoing working community of women theater artists in New York City -- more than 200 playwrights, directors, actors and designers - with premiere productions; play and artist development programs (such as the New Georges Jam and the Audrey Residencies); and The Room, our permanent workspace and the year-round hub of our activities. Our 23-year commitment to providing our artists with free or low-cost workspace in The Room is unique among small theaters and has incubated thousands of new plays.  Honors for New Georges, our plays and our people include 3 Obie Awards, the Lilly Award, and the Susan Smith Blackburn and Kesselring Prizes. The influx of New Georges artists into the field over the last 25 years has had marked impact on the representation of women nationwide in theater, film, television and arts education.​ www.newgeorges.org

 

Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center is one of the few  original companies from the Chicano Theater Movement, the artistic arm of the Mexican-American civil rights struggle that continues to actively produce work: the movement has radically changed the language and narrative of theater in the United States. Since 1971, Su Teatro has created 50 new plays - 20 with music - articulating the stories and experiences of Chicanos/Latinx in the United States, but especially Colorado. Since 1989, Su Teatro has produced 27 consecutive full seasons of multidisciplinary artistic work (including theater, film, music, spoken word and literary events) and toured nationwide to venues such as Joseph Papp’s Public Theater, Pregones Puerto Rican Theater, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Plaza de la Raza, and the Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theater Center, among others. www.suteatro.org

Victory Gardens Theater, awarded the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, is distinguished for dedication to supporting American playwrights and producing almost exclusively new American plays.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew—one of only five Artistic Directors of color at a major American non-profit theater company—Victory Gardens is nationally renowned as an inclusive and diverse Chicago theater for audiences with passionate interest in plays that speak to social justice, social change and the evolving definition of our citizenship and humanity. In our 43-year history, we have produced world premieres of more than 200 plays. Recent plays that were first produced and developed at Victory Gardens include Pulitzer Prize finalist Kristopher Diaz’s THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY (Second Stage, 2010; Dallas Theater Center, 2012; and many others); Branden Jacob-Jenkins’ Obie Award-wining APPROPRIATE (Signature Theatre, 2014; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 2013; Center Theater Group, 2015; and many others); Michael Golamco’s YEAR ZERO (Second Stage, 2010; Merrimack Theatre Company, 2014; Colony Theatre, 2011); Jackie Sibblies-Drury’s Obie Award-winning WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION… (Soho Rep, 2012; Bush Theatre in London, 2014; Woolly Mammoth, 2014; and many others); Luis Alfaro’s Jeff and Ovation Award-winning MOJADA (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2017; Portland Center Stage, 2017); Marcus Gardley’s THE GOSPEL OF LOVINGKINDNESS (Mosaic Theatre Company, 2015; Pillsbury House Theatre, 2015; Ubuntu Theatre Project; 2016); Lucas Hnath’s HILLARY AND CLINTON (Philadelphia Theater Company, 2016); Karen Hartman’s ROZ AND RAY (Seattle Rep, 2016; San Diego Rep, 2017); Philip Dawkins’ FAILURE: A LOVE STORY (Center Theatre Group, 2017; Marin Theatre Company, 2014; Illinois Shakespeare Festival, 2013; and many others); and Lauren Yee’s SAMSARA (Chance Theatre, 2015; Single Carrot, 2017), to name a few. These plays have since been nationally and internationally produced. www.victorygardens.org

Working Theater is a 33-year old off-Broadway theater company whose mission is to create and produce theater specifically for, about, and with working people.  The Theater’s constituency is made up of people working in the industrial, service, and transportation industries.  They are the executive assistants, doormen, postal workers, childcare providers, kitchen workers and bus drivers who make our country run.  The company’s work has addressed subjects ranging from the working conditions of television production crews (Rob Ackerman’s Tabletop) to the unequal distribution of wealth in America (Marty Pottenger’s Abundance) to the struggles of women working in upstate New York poultry plants (Lisa Ramirez’s To the Bone) to the shared journey of undocumented workers crossing the United States border, staged inside an actual 18-wheeler (Ed Cardona, Jr.’s La Ruta.) In recent years the Company has been immersed in a multi-year community-based theater project, the Five Boroughs/One City Initiative, in which five teams of commissioned writers and directors collaborate with working people in each of the five boroughs of New York City to devise, script, rehearse and premiere an original play firmly rooted in the cultural identity of each neighborhood.  www.theworkingtheater.org


Aug. 1, 2017

TIME WARNER FOUNDATION PROUDLY ANNOUNCES NEWEST ROUND OF FILM GRANTEES, 
ALL COMPANIES COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND THE NEXT GENERATION OF STORYTELLERS

New York, NY – August 1, 2017 – The Time Warner Foundation proudly announces its latest round of film grantees. A total of seven organizations, committed to developing and showcasing outstanding filmmakers, advance the ongoing work of the Foundation to support the next generation of storytellers for a global audience.

Lisa Garcia Quiroz, President, Time Warner Foundation shares, “For more than a decade now, the Time Warner Foundation has been committed to supporting the next generation of new and powerful storytellers who represent our changing American landscape. Our investments seek to promote a more inclusive field and provide opportunities for gifted artists doing astonishing work.”

The partners for this round of funding include: Chicken & Egg Pictures (New York, NY), Film Independent (Los Angeles, CA), Independent Filmmaker Project (New York, NY), National Association of Independent Latino Producers (Los Angeles, CA), SFFILM (San Francisco, CA), Sundance Institute (Los Angeles, CA) and Tribeca Film Institute (New York, NY).

With their growing commitment to access and inclusion, these companies join the Time Warner Foundation in creating a more racially diverse ecosystem. All partners will use their funding to expand existing programs that champion underserved voices and catalyze networks to include more women and artists of color. All partners are united in the goal to aggressively pursue a more inclusive film industry by developing content and storytellers for audiences of today and tomorrow.

“The Time Warner Foundation envisions a Hollywood that will one day reflect the kaleidoscope of our diverse communities across the country. We are committed to building a pipeline of diverse artists who believe in the transformative power of great stories. The work of creating this space is ongoing and I feel confident in our partners to stay on the journey with us. We’re in this together” says Executive Director, Cultural Investments at Time Warner, Diahann Billings-Burford.  
 

About Our Partners

Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. They envision a world in which women filmmakers, representing a range of experiences and backgrounds, are fully supported to realize their artistic goals, build sustainable careers, and achieve parity in all areas of the film industry. Chicken & Egg Pictures was founded in 2005 by Julie Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger, and Judith Helfand. Since inception, the organization has awarded over $5.4 million in grants and thousands of hours of creative mentorship to over 260 filmmakers. www.chickeneggpics.org

Film Independent is a nonprofit arts organization that champions independent visual storytelling and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Anyone passionate about film can become a Member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional or a film lover. In addition to producing the Spirit Awards, Film Independent produces the LA Film Festival, Film Independent at LACMA Film Series and over 250 annual screenings and events. Film Independent’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year- round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. www.filmindependent.org

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. IFP fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community, represents a growing network of 10,000 storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 new feature and documentary works each year. During its 38-year history, IFP has supported over 8,000 projects and offered resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers, including Debra Granik, Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater, Michael Moore, Barry Jenkins, Laura Poitras, Dee Rees, and so many others. Founded in 1979, IFP is the largest and oldest not-for-profit dedicated to independent film. www.ifp.org

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is a national membership organization that addresses the professional needs of Latino and Latina content creators. For close to 20 years, NALIP has been the premiere Latino media organization focused on advocating, promoting, and advancing for the largest, most underrepresented ethnic minority in the country. NALIP has had success holding eighteen Media Summits. During the annual Media Summit, 350 pitch meetings were organized between content creators and industry executives at the Latino Media Market™. We are now fundraising to support and expand these programs in 2017, plus solidify our organization’s infrastructure to better serve our membership and community. NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Initiative (DWIMI) seeks to empower, inspire and advance women of diverse backgrounds to influential positions in media, to improve representation on and behind the camera. As of 2015, NALIP re-branded all our programs under the Latino Lens Incubator’s umbrella initiative that focuses on accessing avenues of content creation. By working with major studios, networks, companies and supporters like the Time Warner Foundation; original content is developed and produced by outstanding NALIP members in Documentary, TV, Streaming, Tech Arts, Short and Feature films. www.nalip.org

Sundance Institute, founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, and new media to create and thrive. The Institute's signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences to artists in igniting new ideas, discovering original voices, and building a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Boyhood, Swiss Army Man, Manchester By the Sea, Brooklyn, Little Miss Sunshine, Life, Animated, Sonita, 20 Feet From Stardom, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Sin Nombre, Spring Awakening, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Fun Home. www.sundance.org

SFFILM champions the world's finest films and filmmakers through programs anchored in and inspired by the spirit and values of the San Francisco Bay Area. Presenter of the San Francisco International Film Festival, SFFILM is a year-round nonprofit organization delivering screenings and events to film lovers from across the Bay Area and around the world, and media education programs to more than 10,000 students and teachers annually. In addition to its public programs, SFFILM supports the careers of hundreds of independent filmmakers from the Bay Area and beyond with grants, residencies, fellowships, and other creative development services. www.sffilm.org

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world. Each year, TFI identifies a diverse group of exceptional filmmakers and media artists and empowers them with funding and resources to fully realize their stories and connect with audiences. Further, TFI's education programs empower students through hands-on training and exposure to socially relevant films, offering young people the media skills necessary to be creative and productive global citizens. TFI is a year-round nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001. www.tribecafilminstitute.org


Apr. 17, 2017

Looking back at the last ten years of transforming the artistic landscape, Time Warner Foundation is proud to have supported organizations that have brought some of the most prolific voices in film and theatre to the fore. One of the voices most spectacularly amplified lately is that of Lynn Nottage! The playwright, an alumnus of New Dramatists – a Foundation grantee, has been honored with the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her new play, Sweat, which is currently playing at Broadway’s Studio 54. Sweat premiered with and was commissioned by new Foundation grantee Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015. This is Nottage’s second Pulitzer win, a historic achievement that positions her in an exclusive and elite group of multiple-Pulitzer Prize winners. Nottage accepted her first Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2009 for her play Ruined. The work was commissioned by Foundation grantee, Goodman Theatre for its Foundation-supported New Stages Series.

In addition to this recent recognition for her important work, Nottage is being inducted to the famed Playwrights’ Sidewalk in front of the Lucille Lortel Theatre at this year’s 32nd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards.

Read more about Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer win in this Los Angeles Times piece.


Mar. 28, 2017

At Time Warner we believe in the transformative power of great storytelling. Stories shape our lives, catalyze dialogue, and most importantly, bring us together in community where we can celebrate our rich diversity. In short, stories have the power to change the world. At the Time Warner Foundation we believe firmly in this idea and it motivates all that we do. We are so proud of the artists and organizations we have supported in the last ten years, and we look forward to forging new and inspiring relationships for the growing storytelling ecosystem in the years ahead.


Mar. 21, 2017

Time Warner Foundation values when artists have multiple “points of entry” to find the support they need and the resources they deserve. We champion organizations who share this philosophy and actively break down barriers that may get in the way of artists fully realizing their vision. We celebrate when artists have full access to all the opportunities available to them!