Innovation & Exploration Fund Past Recipients
Cardinal Stage (Bloomington, IN) to support the webinar series “Cardinal for Schools”, a program that provides professional development opportunities for teachers.
Flint Repertory Theatre (Flint, MI) to support the 2021 New Works initiatives, including the Flint Rep Lab, the Annual New Works Festival and the world premiere of Josh Wilder’s Wrong River.
La Jolla Playhouse (La Jolla, CA) to support the 2021 Relaxed Performances, which will be performed online with special accommodations for the disability audience.
New York Theatre Barn (New York, NY) to support their live virtual programming, including the theatre’s online New Works Series.
Playwrights Horizon (New York, NY) to support the Artist Financial Literacy Program, which provides artists with financial literacy assistance.
The Public Theater of San Antonio (San Antonio, TX) to support Theatre REACH, a 10-week theatre arts program for disadvantaged populations.
Seattle Rep (Seattle, WA) to support their new Sensory Friendly Program, a project they’re collaborating with the Autism and broader disability communities.
This is the fourth round of grants awarded from the Innovation & Exploration Fund in a program funded in part by the Alhadeff Charitable Foundation. The recipients were selected by a distinguished panel, moderated by NAMT Member Services Director, Adam Grosswirth. The panelists were Kenny Alhadeff, Lead Producer of Junkyard Dog Productions; Christine Burke, Head Usher at Woodminster Summer Musicals; Jane Dubin, Producer for Double Play Connections; Reynaldi Lolong, Senior Manager of Annual Giving at Sesame Workshop; Buck Mason, Chief Operating Office of IMN Creative; Anthony Rodriguez, Co-Founder/Producing Artistic Director of Aurora Theatre; and Ebony Vines, Co-Founder of Think Tank for Theatrical Innovation.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company (Colorado Springs, CO) to support the development of the Fine Arts Center’s Production Apprenticeship Program.
Fulton Theatre (Lancaster, PA) to support “Fostering the Fulton Community,” a program that will establish, cultivate and retain Fulton audiences.
The Public Theater (New York, NY) to support the implementation of Gala Pro at The Public’s free Shakespeare in the Park.
Theater Latté Da (Minneapolis, MN) to support “Program Notes Performed: A Dramaturgical Cabaret,” a lecture-concert series.
Theatre Aspen (Aspen, CO) to support audience and content development during their summer 2019 season.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (Palo Alto, CA) to support the expansion of sensory sensitive performances in their season.
This is the third round of grants awarded from the Innovation & Exploration Fund in a program funded in part by the Alhadeff Charitable Foundation. The recipients were selected by a distinguished panel, moderated by NAMT Member Services Director, Adam Grosswirth. The panelists were Lori Fineman, Executive Director of Transport Group; Melissa Huber, Founding Member and Managing Director of Prospect Theater Company; Michelle Paul, Managing Director of PatronManager; Michelle Preston, Executive Director of SITI Company; Eugenio Vargas, actor and music director; and Kyle Wright, Digital Projects Director at The Shubert Organization.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company (Colorado Springs, CO) to support the research and development of a Musical Theatre Production Apprenticeship Program.
Lyric Theatre @ Illinois (Urbana, IL) to support “Crazy for the Shim-Sham-Shimmy,” a community engagement project centered on the theatre’s production of Crazy for You.
Pittsburgh Musical Theater (Pittsburgh, PA) to support the outfitting and expansion of inclusive devices and equitable access to artistic programming in their theatre.
The Musical Stage Company (Toronto, ON) to support audience accessibility at the Heliconian Club during their upcoming production of Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life.
Theater Latté Da (Minneapolis, MN) to support Artists Intersecting with Audiences, an effort to strengthen and transform post-show discussions for future seasons.
This is the second round of grants awarded from the Innovation & Exploration Grant in a program funded by the Alhadeff Charitable Foundation. The recipients were selected by a distinguished panel, moderated by NAMT Executive Director, Betsy King Militello. The panelists were Maria Goyanes, Director of Producing and Artistic Planning at the Public Theater and NAMT Board Member; Chris Ignacio, Associate Producer at Ma-Yi Theater; Ann Marie Lonsdale, Deputy Director of A.R.T./New York; Carolyn D. Miller, Co-Founder/Owner of Creative Endeavor Office; Courtney Simms, Director of Advancement at The Muny; and Abbie Van Nostrand, Director of Corporate Communications at Samuel French.
11th Hour Theatre Company (Philadelphia, PA) to support the hiring of a marketing analyst to improve audience development efforts.
Atlantic Theater Company (New York, NY) to support the creation of a behind-the-scenes podcast for their production of This Ain’t No Disco by Stephen Trask, Peter Yanowitz and Rick Elice.
Goodspeed Musicals (East Haddam, CT) to support their new Theatre Access Across Connecticut (TAAC) education program.
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, OK) to support the integration of a Deaf performer into their production of Fun Home.
North Carolina Theatre (Raleigh, NC) to support a new outreach program, The Autism and Sensory Accessibility Project.
Playwrights Horizons (New York, NY) to support the creation of a video tour for audience members with disabilities.
This is the first year of grants awarded from the Innovation & Exploration Grant in a pilot program funded by the Alhadeff Charitable Foundation. The recipients were selected by a distinguished panel, moderated by NAMT Executive Director, Betsy King Militello. The panelists were Anika Chapin, Literary Manager of Two River Theater; Lisa E. Cooney, Director of Education of Paper Mill Playhouse; Drew Francis, Creative and Marketing Director for Red Mountain Theatre Company; Michael G. Murphy, President of Shea’s Performing Arts Center and NAMT Board member; and Lily Traub.