The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation registered in New York State, was founded in 1994 by the late playwright/filmmaker Arch Brown in memory of his life-partner of 28 years, Bruce Allen Brown. For 24 years, the foundation offered grants to production companies to offset expenses in producing LGBTQ-themed plays, films, videos, and other performing-arts works based on history. From 1996 until 2017, the foundation also sponsored an annual literary (later, playwriting) competition.
Effective May 9, 2018, the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation is suspending its production grants program. All grant proposals received before May 9 will be reviewed according to our usual process, and the organizations making those proposals may expect to hear back from the foundation over the coming weeks. We anticipate that we will again offer a limited grants program in 2019 and 2020. For details, please check this website after January 1, 2019.
The officers and advisory board of the foundation deeply regret this decision, made for the simple reason that, after 24 years, our resources have dwindled to the point that we can no longer fund the grants program. We are extremely proud of our work over the past two and a half decades, during which we have assisted more than 150 not-for-profit organizations in producing almost 200 individual works, including plays, musicals, performance works, fiction and nonfiction films and videos, operas, choral works, and other performing-arts events. We are equally proud of our grantees, who over the past quarter-century have so creatively mined LGBTQ history to fashion works that have informed and entertained LGBTQ audiences and the wider arts community.
For more information on the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, contact us.
The foundation is pleased to announce three new production grants for May 2018:
- A grant to Enigma Theater Company, Monroe Township, N.J., to assist in the proposed production of The File on J. Edgar Hoover, by Steve Gold, at the Winterfest Festival in Manhattan in 2019. The play is a dark comedy based on the life of Hoover, the longtime FBI director, and his relationship with his associate Clyde Tolson.
- A grant to (re)discover theatre, Chicago, Ill., to help support the production of its immersive theater piece Les Innocents/The Innocents. Described as an “epic queer romance,” Les Innocents/The Innocents is set in the Paris catacombs in the late nineteenth century. Performances will run from October 10 through November 4, 2018, at the Preston Bradley Center in Chicago. For more about (re)discover theatre, visit the company’s website.
- A grant to SF Film, San Francisco, Calif., acting as fiscal agent, to help support Frankly Speaking Films’ production of a promotional video for its forthcoming documentary film Ahead of the Curve. The documentary focuses on the career of Franco Stevens, the woman who in 1990 founded the lesbian magazine Deneuve (later Curve).