Playwriting Competition Submission Period Has Ended

The submission period for the foundation’s 2017 playwriting competition has now ended. Submissions received after midnight on May 31, 2017, will not be accepted. Many thanks to all those participating in this year’s competition. Winners will be announced in November.

AABBF Announces Two Grants for June

The foundation is pleased to announce the following production grants for June 2017:

  • An award to About Face Theatre of Chicago, Ill., to help support the production of Brave Like Them, devised, written, and performed by the About Face Youth Theatre ensemble. This play (with original music) concerns the rise of the underground feminist “riot grrrl” movement in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1990s. The riot grrrls combined feminist consciousness with punk rock, giving birth to a subculture of female-produced (and often lesbian-focused) art, music, and literature. Brave Like Them will run for eight performances, from July 27 through August 6, 2017, at the Buena Theater at Chicago’s new Pride Arts Center. To learn more, visit About Face’s website.
  • An award to Plan-B Theatre Company of Salt Lake City, Utah, to help support its world premiere production of The Ice Front, by Utah playwright Eric Samuelsen. The play offers a glimpse into the complexities of navigating survival as a gay man during the Nazi occupation of Norway during World War II. The Ice Front will be performed at the Studio Theatre at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City from November 9 through 19, 2017. For more information, visit Plan-B’s website.

About Face and Plan-B are both two-time recipients of AABBF production grants. We applaud the companies for their ongoing outstanding and innovative work in LGBTQ theater.

Foundation Announces Gift, Grants for May

This month, the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation is pleased to announce two new production grants and a gift:

  • A gift to support the work of Iron Crow Theatre, of Baltimore, Md. Founded in 2009 Iron Crow is Baltimore’s only professional queer theater company. For information on Iron Crow, visit the company’s website.
  • A grant to the Movement Theatre Company, of New York City, to help support the production of And She Would Stand Like This, by Harrison David Rivers. The play, a theatrical retelling of Euripides’ The Trojan Women fused with the world of underground LGBTQ ball culture, will have its world premiere in July of this year. For more information about the company, visit its website.
  • A grant to Truth Aid, of Port Ewen, N.Y., to help support the production of the feature-length documentary film Who Is Reno Martin? The film investigates a trove of letters found in a storage unit belonging to the late Hollywood agent Ed Limato. The letters, all written by New York City drag queens and addressed to someone named Reno Martin, open a fascinating window into LGBTQ life in New York during the 1950s and 1960s. Truth Aid is acting as fiscal sponsor for the film’s production. A rough cut of the film’s trailer can be viewed here.

Foundation Announces Three New Grants for April

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation is pleased to announce the following three grants:

  • A grant to Diversionary Theatre, San Diego, Calif., to help support the production of a new musical, The Loneliest Girl in the World, by Gordon Leary and Julia Meinwald. Using the historical rise to fame of Anita Bryant, the musical outlines the trajectory of the LGBT civil rights movement by fictionalizing the personal journey of two activists on either side of the political spectrum. Diversionary Theatre will present the world premiere of Loneliest Girl in spring 2018. For more information on the company, visit its website.
  • A grant to Human Resources LA, Inc., Los Angeles, Calif., to help support the production of a catalogue accompanying Tyler Matthew Oyer’s new video interpretation of Charles Ludlam’s The Conquest of the Universe, or When Queens Collide, first presented by Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company in 1967. Oyer’s four-channel video installation, featuring 21 actors, will premiere at Human Resources LA in July of this year.
  • A grant to Participant, Inc., New York City, to help support the production of filmmaker Conrad Ventur’s as yet untitled feature-length documentary film about 1960s–1970s drag performer Mario Montez.

MacDowell Colony Names Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas As New Arch and Bruce Brown Fellow

The MacDowell Colony has announced that playwright Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, of New York City, has been chosen as the recipient of the third Arch and Bruce Brown Fellowship. During his 2016 residency at MacDowell, Mr. Cortiñas began work on a new play examining the AIDS epidemic. His previous work includes the play Blind Mouth Singing, which recently completed runs at Chicago’s Teatro Vista and the New York–based National Asian American Theatre Company. For more on Mr. Cortiñas and his work, visit his page on the New Dramatists website. The Arch and Bruce Brown Fellowship helps underwrite MacDowell Colony residencies for artists working on historically inspired, LGBT-themed performing-arts works. The foundation extends congratulations to Mr. Cortiñas on the award.

2017 Playwriting Competition


The submission period for the foundation’s 2017 playwriting competition has begun. It ends at midnight on April 30. Only the first 150 entries will be accepted. Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting, as the rules have changed.

Two New Grants Announced for March

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation is pleased to announce these two new grants for March 2017:

  • A grant to Allied Media Projects, Detroit, Mich., to help support the marketing campaign for D-town Sound, a documentary video series by the film collective Raising Voices! Combining past and present, the series uses archival footage, contemporary performances, and personal stories to highlight the contributions of LGBTQI musicians of color to the musical legacy of Detroit.
  • A grant to Film London, London, U.K., to help fund the production of the short live-action film Wren Boys, by Try Hard Productions. Directed by Harry Lighton, the film is set on the first St. Stephen’s Day (Dec. 26) after the 2015 Irish referendum legalizing same-sex marriage. Following a small-town priest who conducts a marriage ceremony for his gay nephew and a prison inmate, the film juxtaposes the new, progressive attitude toward marriage with the cruel, now-illegal St. Stephen’s Day tradition known as The Hunting of the Wren.

AABBF Announces Three New Grants for February

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation is pleased to announce three new production grants for February 2017:

  • A grant to St Paul’s Arts Centre, London, to help support the world premiere production of Christopher Bryant’s play The Mutant Man. The play, which won an honorable mention in the foundation’s 2015 playwriting competition, is based on the true story of Australian transgender man Harry Crawford, who in 1920 was arrested for the murder of his wife, Annie Birkett. Crawford’s biological sex was discovered after his arrest, and he received an unfair trial focused more on questions of gender than on his guilt or innocence. The production will run for 12 performances, from March 28 through April 8, 2017, at The Space Arts Centre in London. For details, visit The Space’s website.
  • A grant to Krazy Kat Theatre, Brighton, UK, to underwrite actor-writer Kinny Gardner’s development of a new solo theatrical experience based on a queer reading of T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Krazy Kat Theatre frequently tours the UK with productions created for children and young adults who are deaf and hearing impaired. For more information on Krazy Kat’s work, go to its website.
  • A grant to Grand Canyon Performing Arts, Phoenix, Ariz., to help support the Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus’s staging of the choral work Two Boys Kissing, by David Leviathan. Loosely based on the successful 2010 attempt by two gay college students to break the Guinness World Record for a continuous kiss, Two Boys Kissing tells the stories of LGBT youth discovering LGBT history. Performances will take place at the Phoenix Center for the Arts on March 24, 25, and 26, 2017.

2017 Playwriting Competition Guidelines Are Now Posted

Submission Rules Have Changed

Final Year for Competition

Guidelines for submitting work to the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation’s 2017 Playwriting Competition have been posted.  Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting, as the rules have changed. The 2017 competition will be the foundation’s final playwriting contest.