The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation offers grants to production companies to offset expenses in producing LGBTQ-themed plays, films, videos, and other performing-arts works based on history. Please note that the foundation is not a production company; we provide support for performing-arts productions but do not produce work ourselves. For grant submission guidelines, click here.
The 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.
The foundation is pleased to announce three new production grants:
- A grant to Diversionary Theatre, San Diego, Calif., to help support the San Diego premiere of Bull in a China Shop, by Bryna Turner. The play follows the lives and careers of Mount Holyoke College president Mary Woolley and her partner, Jeannette Marks, as the pair reform and revolutionize women’s education at the height of the suffrage movement. Inspired by letters Woolley and Marks exchanged from the 1890s through the 1930s, the play will have a four-week run in the fall of this year. For more information, consult Diversionary Theatre’s website.
- A grant to the New York Musical Festival, New York City, to assist in the production of Sonata 1962, by Patricia Loughrey (writer) and Thomas Hodges (composer). Set in 1962, the musical centers on the devastating decision of a mother to try cure her musically talented daughter of the “mental illness” of homosexuality through electroconvulsive therapy. Sonata 1962 will receive five performances (July 29–August 5) at this year’s New York Musical Festival. Visit the festival website for more information.
- A grant to the Theater for the New City, New York City, to support the production of Barbara Kahn’s new play, Verzets Amsterdam. The play recounts the true story of a lesbian and a gay man who formed a group of artists to resist the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam during World War II in order to save Dutch Jews from deportation and murder. The play runs from April 5 through April 22. For show times and tickets, visit the Theater for the New City’s website.
The MacDowell Colony has announced that theater and opera director Ted Huffman has been chosen as the recipient of the fourth, and final, Arch and Bruce Brown Fellowship. During his 2017 residency at MacDowell, Mr. Huffman worked with composer Philip Venables on a new piece based on Larry Mitchell’s 1977 underground classic The Faggots and Their Friends between Revolutions, a fanciful fable of radical queerness and communal life. Mr. Huffman and Mr. Venables’s previous work, an adaptation of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis for the Royal Opera House, London, recently won the UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Opera. For more information on Mr. Huffman’s work, visit his website. The foundation extends congratulations to Mr. Huffman on the award.