Residency program dishes coin to theater

Seattle, Chi, Denver, other legit venues to receive $975K

Seven U.S. theater companies will receive grants totaling $975,000 from the National Theatre Artist Residency Program, which was jointly developed in 1992 by the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

This year’s recipients were announced Wednesday by TCG executive director Ben Cameron, who said the grants were to foster collaboration between creative artists and resident professional theaters. Past recipients include Paul Vogel, who developed “How I Learned to Drive” at the Perseverance Theater in Douglas, Ark.; and Julie Taymor, who developed “The Green Bird” at Theater for a New Audience in New York.

Making the cut

This year, new grants were awarded to the following theater-artist partnerships: Seattle’s A Contemporary Theatre with writer David Shiner; Chicago’s About Face Theatre with playwright Jim Grimsley; Blue Lake, Calif.’s Dell’Arte Players Co. with scenographer Giulio Cesare Perrone; Denver Center Theater Co. with playwright Gary Leon Hill; Amherst, Mass.’ New World Theater with director Steven Sapp and writer Mildred Ruiz; the Ashland-based Oregon Shakespeare Festival with playwright Octavio Solis; and the Portland (Maine) Stage Co. with playwright Shelley Berc.

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