Thursday, April 30, 2009

2009 Grants from NEA to Rude Mechs, Rupert Reyes, EmilyAnn,

Austin theatre arts are supported by four 2009 grants just announced by the National Endowment for the Arts.

- - $10,000 under the category Access to Artistic Excellence to Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas, for the production of Rupert Reyes ' piece Petra's Sueño (first done here last year by Teatro Vivo). To support the Bilingual Theatre Festival and the production of Petra's Sueño by Rupert Reyes. Contributors from the Latino and Chicano theater community and members of the National Association of Latino Artists will participate in the project.

- - $15,000 under the category Learning in the Arts to EmilyAnn Theatre in Wimberley. To support Shakespeare Under the Stars, a summer youth theater program. High school students will learn all aspects of performance and technical theater through this hands-on program.

- - $20,000 under the category Access to Artistic Excellence to the Rude Mechanicals. To support a national tour of The Method Gun, an original, company-developed work. The piece will explore the life, ethos, and techniques of a fictional actor-training guru as recounted through the eyes of her students.

Grants also go to the Austin Classical Guitar Society ($40,000 for lessons for the disadvantaged and support for school curricula) and to Conspirare ($30,000 to support a compact disc recording of a new choral-orchestral work by composer Eric Whitacre. The concert-length oratorio will merge classical, jazz, and rock idioms).

Click here for a complete list of grants newly announced for Texas organizations.

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