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