Theater Steppenwolf Receives $1 Million Grant
posted by October 16 at 12:01 PMon
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is to receive $1.075 million over five years from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to create programs aimed at younger audiences and foster more partnerships with other stage troupes.
The rest of the winners are:
Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation (New York, NY), to explore a new model of online patron engagement for its celebration of African-American heritage through modern dance.
Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles, CA), to explore new subscription and producing models resonant with young audiences.
Cunningham Dance Foundation (New York, NY), to transition to a post-founder legacy period as it furthers the work of legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance (Becket, MA), to extend its impact as the longest-running dance festival in the United States by using technology to become a national resource and model.
Misnomer Dance Theater (New York, NY), to develop new relationships between technology and dance that build on its work as a pioneer in online expression and marketing.
National Black Arts Festival (Atlanta, GA), a year-round cultural celebration of the contributions of artists of African descent, to expand the audience online for the art and performance work of education pertaining to Africa and the African Diaspora.
Ping Chong & Company (New York, NY), to explore a new financial model by franchising a community-organizing experimental theatre project.
SITI Company (New York, NY), to establish this ensemble-based theater company as a resident New York City organization with relevant partnerships and support.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company, (Chicago, IL), to explore new modes of producing and engaging young audiences, including partnerships with other arts groups and universities.
The Wooster Group (New York, NY), to explore a new producing model, pursue partnerships, and take on a new educational role in contemporary theatre.
Those are mostly great choices: this city’s best choreographers have been to Jacob’s Pillow, Center Theater Group produced the world premiere of my beloved Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, the Wooster Group is a great root for companies like Elevator Repair Service, Merce Cunningham is a Seattle dance hero, etc.
(SITI company is played. But I’ve got beef with the legacy of Anne Bogart—she’s very pleasant, very intelligent, very talented. But Viewpoints is her Frankenstein’s monster, and it’s been the shield and excuse for a mountain of bad theater.)
Anyway: Congratulations, everyone. And three cheers for crazy, rich, dead Doris Duke (who accidentally killed her interior decorator and legally adopted an adult Hare Krishna, believing she was the biological reincarnation of her dead infant).