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    Scratchpad Series opens The Realm’s doors to early-career playwrights from around the country. Participants will spend a week in New York City for a developmental reading of their play with top-notch professional collaborators—director, cast, and The Realm’s artistic staff. If the playwright is based outside of New York, The Realm will provide travel and housing or per diem.
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    The Playwrights Realm is devoted to supporting early-career playwrights along the journey of playwriting, helping them to hone their craft, fully realize their vision, and build meaningful artistic careers. The International Theatermakers Award recognizes the critical contribution of theatermakers from around the world to the American theater in spite of the barriers they face to work in the United States, and seeks to expand the participation of international theatermakers who are underrepresented in the American theater industry.
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    Our $500 Emerging Playwright Award (coupled with press coverage) is given to playwrights who show excellence and dedication throughout this process from development to the stage.
  • #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence is a new campaign of theatre activism on a mission to provide middle and high school students with the platform to spark critical conversations about gun violence across the country. The project enables teens to express themselves through storytelling, foster open dialogue in their communities, take on leadership roles, and inspire creative action. To all the young writers out there - or those with a voice who don’t know that they are writers, yet -we need you in this moment. We need you to channel your fear and frustration, your anxiety and anger, and,...
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    The Fred Ebb Foundation, established in 2005 under the terms of Fred Ebb’s will, has twin purposes. First, it bestows an annual award (with a $60,000 stipend) to an aspiring musical theatre songwriter or songwriting team that has not yet achieved significant commercial success. Second, it makes an annual contribution to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Since its first contribution in 2005, the Ebb Foundation has donated more than ten million dollars to Broadway Cares.
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    The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theatre, is the largest annual cash prize in American theatre awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play. Winners will receive, in addition to a $45,000 prize, publishing options through Dramatists Play Service, a weeklong residency, and exposure through a national play reading series.
  • New Victory LabWorks is committed to fostering an inclusive program where every artist feels welcome. We encourage creators who are diverse in identity, perspective, ability and experience to apply. We believe it is important for young audience members from all communities to see themselves represented on stage with stories that are relevant to their lives.
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    New York Stage and Film is a non-profit company dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of theater and film. Since 1985, we’ve been a vital incubator for artists and their work, a catalyst for stories that start with us and continue across the country and around the world. The Founders' Award Recipient receives a one-month residency during the Powerhouse Theater Season, where they work with the rich community of artists, and New York Stage and Film's artistic staff. They receive a professional reading of their latest play at the end of the...
  • Co-production is time-tested strategy to leverage the resources of several opera companies around the presentation of a single opera. It distributes production expenses across partner companies and ensures the work will have audiences in multiple cities. Nevertheless, not all companies have the financial strength or liquidity to make advance payments on a production that won’t be presented for several seasons. The Co-Production Loan Fund offers more companies the financial flexibility to take advantage of the benefits of co-producing. The Co-Production Loan Fund is made possible by the...
  • Opera Grants for Women Composers: Commissioning Grants support Professional Company Members in commissioning new operatic works by women composers to produce as part of their upcoming seasons. OPERA America believes that American audiences benefit from the creative perspectives, experiences, and stories of women presented on stages nationwide. Commissioning Grants advance gender parity in the field by incentivizing opera companies to program new works by women composers in their seasons. Opera Grants for Women Composers are supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.