Monthly Archives: October 2015

October Production Grants Announced

The foundation is extremely pleased to announce four new awards for October 2015:

  • A grant to 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities, of Minneapolis, Minn., to help fund the production of The Naked I: 4.0. This company-and-community-created show features contributions from more than 50 transgender/gender-nonconforming artists and allies from the Twin Cities area. Performances are scheduled for February 2016.
  • A grant to Sam Rowe Theatre Ltd, of Glasgow, Scotland, to help support a touring production of Sam Rowe’s Denton and Me, a semi-autobiographical work based on the playwright’s encounter with the journals of gay English writer and painter Denton Welch. Rowe will take the play on tour in Scotland in the spring of 2016.
  • A grant to SFJAZZ (the San Francisco Jazz Organization) to help fund the production of Champion: An Opera in Jazz, by composer Terence Blanchard and librettist Michael Cristofer. Champion, which tells the story of bisexual African American prizefighter Emile Griffith, will be performed at the SFJAZZ Center in February 2016.
  • A grant to Hole in the Wall Theater, of New Britain, Conn., to support a new gender-bending and gender-blurring production of Aristophanes’ antiwar comedy Lysistrata. Performances will run from November 13 through December 5.

Congratulations to all the recipients.

Arch and Bruce Brown Fellowship Winner Receives Documentary Fund Award

Cecilia Aldarondo, whose 2014 residency at the MacDowell Colony was partly funded by an Arch and Bruce Brown Fellowship, has been named the first filmmaker to receive an award from the Roberto Guerra Documentary Fund, which was launched in 2014 to support the creation of documentary works by emerging Latin American or U.S.-based Latino/Latina filmmakers living in New York. The award will help Aldarondo complete her feature-length film Memories of a Penitent Heart, scheduled for release in 2016. Memories of a Penitent Heart has also been selected for IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Lab as well as Sundance Institute’s Edit and Story Lab. In 2015, Aldarondo was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.