Companies across the country receive coin

A comedy-focused theater in Philadelphia and a company that spotlights works about Boston’s urban communities are among the first orgs outside New York City to receive grants from the American Theater Wing.

The wing’s grants program will now assist not-for-profit theater companies across the nation. In the past eligibility was restricted to companies in Gotham.

Grants are $10,000 each. Those joining Philadelphia’s 1812 Prods. and Boston’s Company One on the winners’ list include the Silk Road Theater Project in Chicago, the Boise Contemporary Theater and the Curious Theater Company in Denver.

Recipients, which were required to have been in operation for between five and 15 years, were selected based on their ability to cultivate an audience and nurture a community of artists.

The grants are among ATW’s continued efforts to support the theater world, including the annual Tony Awards, media programs “Downstage Center” and “Working in the Theater” and educational initiatives.

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