Mellon Foundation Awards $4.1 Million to New York City Theater Groups

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced grants totaling $4.1 million to more than forty nonprofit theater organizations in New York City.

Two-year grants ranging from $10,000 to $160,000 were awarded through the foundation's New York Theater Program to support the development and presentation of works by small and midsize theater producers, presenters, development labs, and ensembles. The recipients, which serve a range of cultural communities and cover a diversity of artistic approaches, represent a mixture of well-established institutions and new theater companies, with annual budgets ranging between $75,000 and $3.5 million. Recipients include the National Black Theatre, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Harlem Stage, the National Asian Theatre Company, the Foundry Theatre, and the Women's Project Theater.

"The New York Theater Program recognizes the outsized influence of the city's small and midsize nonprofit theater organizations on the development and dissemination of new repertoire both locally and across the U.S.," said Mellon Foundation program officer Susan Feder. "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."

For a complete list of 2015 New York Theater Program grant recipients, visit the Mellon Foundation website.