Thursday, February 29, 2024

AMERICAN THEATRE | Fichandler Award, Blackburn Finalists, Ma-Yi Writers, and Extra


NEW YORK CITY: The Stage Administrators and Choreographers Basis (SDCF) has introduced that Raymond O. Caldwell, producing creative director of D.C.’s Theater Alliance, will obtain the 2023 Zelda Fichandler Award. Named for the founding creative director of Area Stage, the annual award acknowledges administrators and choreographers who’ve demonstrated nice accomplishments up to now with singular creativity and deep funding in a specific group or area. Caldwell will obtain an unrestricted award of $5,000. The award focuses on a special area annually, with this 12 months’s nominees coming from the Japanese United States. Might Adrales and Tinashe Kajese-Bolden had been chosen as finalists. These artists can be acknowledged in a digital ceremony in spring 2024.

Raymond O. Caldwell.

Born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and raised everywhere in the world, Raymond O. Caldwell is an award-winning director and producer who has served as the manufacturing creative director of Theater Alliance since 2018. He has directed for Signature Theatre, Spherical Home, Creativeness Stage, Mosaic Theater, the Kennedy Heart, Nationwide Gamers/OTC, Solas Nua, CulturalDC, African Continuum, and the Hegira. Previous to main Theater Alliance, he was a school member and resident director in Howard College’s Division of Theatre Arts for six years, and spent six seasons because the group engagement partnership supervisor at Area Stage. In partnership with the U.S. Division of State and Contact Base, he developed a play in 2022 with artists and activists from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, and the U.S. exploring the which means of I.D.E.A on the worldwide stage. He has achieved related work all through the U.S., India, Ukraine, and Croatia.

The Stage Administrators and Choreographers Basis celebrates, develops, and helps skilled stage administrators and choreographers all through each section of their careers.


POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.: The Leah Ryan Fund has introduced that playwright Tammy Ryan would be the inaugural recipient of The Increase, a brand new fee awarded to a lady, trans, or non-binary playwright over forty. The winner will obtain a money award to write down a play in dialog with Leah Ryan’s play The Wire.

Ryan plans to develop the proposed play Tutankhamun or the Final Pharaoh in Queens (working title). Set in New York Metropolis in 1978 and within the current, the play will heart on the transportation of the King Tut exhibit to the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork. This new work is slated to have a public studying in spring 2025.

Tammy Ryan.

Tammy Ryan’s performs have been carried out, commissioned and developed at theatres throughout the USA and internationally, together with the Alliance Theater, Metropolis Theater, Florida Stage, Marin Theater Firm, Folks’s Gentle, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Portland Stage Firm, and Theatre Lab amongst others. She acquired the American Theater Critics Affiliation’s Francesca Primus Prize for Misplaced Boy Present in Complete Meals and the American Alliance of Theater in Schooling’s Distinguished New Play Award for The Music Lesson. Ryan was additionally named a 2020 Haas fellow for her play Take My Hand And Wave Goodbye. Her different works embrace Seven Cousins For A HorseThe WakeMolly’s HammerSoldier’s Coronary heart, and Child’s Blues.

The Leah Ryan Fund was established in 2008 to honor the reminiscence of Leah Ryan, a lady of letters who wrote performs, poetry, essays, lyrics, diversifications, and collaborated with efficiency artists. In 2010 the Fund started giving out its annual prize, The Leah, to encourage and assist the work of girls, trans, and non-binary playwrights.


Lisa Sanaye Dring, Ankita Raturi, Minghao Tu, Maureen Sebastian, Ren Dara Santiago, Liqing Xu, Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin, Mia Chung, Katelynn Kenney and Naveen Bahar Choudhury.

NEW YORK CITY: Ma-Yi Theater Firm has introduced that Lisa Sanaye Dring has been awarded a 2024 Tow Basis Playwright Residency. This year-long residency gives a full-time wage and well being advantages. Throughout her residency, Dring will work with producing creative director Ralph B. Peña to refine her play SUMO, which had its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in a co-production with Ma-Yi in October 2023, and is slated for its New York premiere in 2024.

SUMO received an Edgerton Basis New Play Award and was lately nominated for Excellent New Play by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. In 2024, Dring’s work can be produced by East West Gamers, the Modern American Theatre Competition, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Rogue Artists Ensemble, and the LGBTQ Heart of Los Angeles.

Ma-Yi additionally introduced the members of the 2024 Writers Lab cohort. Six new individuals—Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin, Katelynn Kenney, Ankita Raturi, Ren Dara Santiago, Minghao Tu, and Liqing Xu—will be part of legacy members Naveen Bahar Choudhury, Mia Chung, and Maureen Sebastian. This skilled peer-based workshop is the most important collective of AANHPI playwrights within the nation. The theatre gives lab members with rehearsal amenities and improvement assist for workshops and readings.

Ma-Yi Theatre Firm is a nonprofit arts group whose major mission is to develop and produce new and revolutionary performs by Asian American writers.


Roxy Prepare dinner, April De Angelis, Justice Hehir, Rhianna Ilube, Jasmine Naziha Jones, Alex Lin, Lenelle Moïse, Hannah Moscovitch, a.ok. payne, and Ava Pickett

NEW YORK CITY and LONDON: The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has chosen 10 finalists for the celebrated playwriting award. Now in its forty sixth 12 months, the Blackburn Prize is the most important and oldest playwriting award recognizing ladies+ writers for performs of excellent high quality written for the English-speaking theatre.

Chosen from over 200 submitted performs, this 12 months’s finalists are Roxy Prepare dinner (U.Ok.-Russia), A Girl Walks Right into a Financial institution; April De Angelis (UK), The Divine Mrs S; Justice Hehir (U.S.), The Dowagers; Rhianna Ilube (U.Ok.), Samuel Takes a Break…,In Male Dungeon No. 5 After a Lengthy However Usually Profitable Day of Excursions; Jasmine Naziha Jones (U.Ok.), Baghdaddy; Alex Lin (U.S.), Chinese language Republicans; Lenelle Moïse (U.S.), Ok-I-S-S-I-N-G; Hannah Moscovitch (CAN), Crimson Like Fruit; a.ok. payne (U.S.) Love I Awethu Additional; and Ava Pickett (U.Ok.), 1536.

The winner can be introduced at a celebration at London’s Royal Court docket Theatre on March 11. The winner can be awarded $25,000 and also will obtain a signed and numbered print by famend artist Willem de Kooning, created particularly for the prize. A particular commendation of $10,000 could also be given on the discretion of the judges, and every finalist will obtain $5,000. The judges for the 2024 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize are Inua Ellams, Sarah Mantell, April Matthis, Clare Perkins, Eric Ting, and Lyndsey Turner.

The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize honors the late American actor, feminist, and author Susan Smith Blackburn who lived in London over the past 15 years of her life.  For extra details about the prize, the finalists, and every of their performs, please go to www.blackburnprize.org.


The 2024 ‘What Can We Do?’ grant recipients.

NEW YORK CITY: The Asian American Arts Alliance (A4) has introduced the recipients of What Can We Do? (WCWD?) grants. This system was created in 2022 in response to the alarming enhance in anti-Asian hate and violence in the course of the pandemic and presents $1,500 stipends to artists who use their inventive expertise to supply group care to Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) New Yorkers. Over 25 artists will current a complete of 18 initiatives in an array of disciplines to carry pleasure, care, and cultural pleasure to AAPI communities in Chinatown, Manhattan; Flushing, Queens; and Sundown Park, Brooklyn, now via early June 2024.

The 2024 recipients are Huiyi Chen with Yuanya Feng; Claire Choi; Caroline Chou with Angeli Magdaraog and Sally Kong; River 瑩瑩 Dandelion; Jody Doo in collaboration with Spellbound Theatre; Wesley Han; Banyi Huang; Anna Huang of Mott Avenue Women; Cindy Hwang of Artwork In opposition to Displacement; Dena Igusti; Nami Kagami; Linda Kuo; Cathleen Luo; Kathleen Ma with Alice Wang, Julie Chen, and Reb Ngu; Philip Poon; Tian Tang; Carrie Wang; and Rohan Zhou-Lee.

The Asian American Arts Alliance is a nonprofit group devoted to strengthening Asian American artists and cultural teams via useful resource sharing, promotion, and group constructing.


Drama Tops (efficiency duo Elby Brosch and Shane Donohue), Akoiya Harris, Ankita Sharma, Naomi Macalalad Bragin, and Amy O’Neal.

SEATTLE: Base Artwork Area has introduced that its 2023-24 Resident Artists can be Drama Tops (efficiency duo Elby Brosch and Shane Donohue), Akoiya Harris, Ankita Sharma (New York), Naomi Macalalad Bragin, and Amy O’Neal (California).

The Base Residency program is an artist-curated program that gives resident artists two weeks of 24/7 entry to Base for improvement, self-challenge, and experimentation. This 12 months’s program was curated by Nia-Amina Minor, Bennyroyce Royon, and Parmida Ziaei. The 2023-24 program helps three Washington state-based artists/collectives and two artists situated outdoors of Washington with a set of assets, together with unrestricted area; technical, advertising and marketing, and administrative assist; and a monetary stipend. Every residency wraps with an Entry Level, a free public occasion that connects the group with the resident artists. Discover out extra about this 12 months’s resident artists and their initiatives right here.

Base is a nonprofit group devoted to elevating danger and invention in dance, efficiency, and multidisciplinary artwork.

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