Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grants $4.1 Million to 41 Theater Programs

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Courtesy of The Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded 41 organizations in its New York Theater Program with grants totaling $4.1 million. Ranging from $10,000 to $160,000, the grants will be used toward operating support over the next two years.

“The New York Theater Program recognizes the out-sized influence of the city’s small and mid-sized nonprofit theater organizations on the development and dissemination of new repertoire both locally and across the U.S.,” Mellon Foundation program officer Susan Feder said in a statement. “They develop and produce a broadly diverse array of new plays, cultivate playwrights and other theater makers, experiment with new technologies and multidisciplinary forms, present important revivals and translations and are risk takers in the extremely competitive environment of theater in New York City.”

The organizations were chosen from more than 100 New York City nonprofit theater groups in 2014. Each has an annual budget between $75,000 and $3.5 million. Women lead about half of the organizations, while 25% have leaders of color. Fourteen of the orgs focus primarily on social justice, or on artists and communities of color, women and people with disabilities.

Below are the 41 selected organizations:

3-Legged Dog
600 Highwaymen
Ars Nova
Big Dance Theater
Billie Holiday Theatre
Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Chocolate Factory Theater
Clubbed Thumb
Dixon Place
Elevator Repair Service
Ensemble Studio Theatre
Harlem Stage
HERE Arts Center
La Mama Experimental Theatre Club
Lark Play Development Center
Ma-Yi Filipino Theater Ensemble
Mint Theater Company
National Asian-American Theatre Company
National Black Theatre
New Georges
New York City Players
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Performance Space 122
Ping Chong + Company
Play Company
Pregones Touring Puerto Rican Theatre Collection
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Repertorio Español
SITI Company
Soho Repertory Theatre
Target Margin Theater
The Bushwick Starr
The Civilians
The Debate Society
The Foundry Theatre
Theater Breaking Through Barriers
Vineyard Theatre
Women’s Project Theater
Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company

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