$1 million in Pew arts grants awarded

Posted: July 06, 2011

Ten area theaters, presenters, and individual artists have been awarded $1 million in grants by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Pew reported Tuesday.

1812 Productions received $138,000 for The Women and Comedy Project, a production combining storytelling, music, and clowning.

First Person Arts was awarded $20,000 to commission San Francisco playwright-performer Dan Hoyle to develop a new work about the news.

The Painted Bride Arts Center received $187,000 to commission Ain Gordon to create a new play that unearths a "forgotten" story from Philadelphia's past.

People's Light & Theatre Company received $150,000 to produce the world premiere of Fallow by Kenneth Lin.

Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe Company received $150,000 to present the U.S. premiere of Food Court, a production by Back to Back Theatre from Geelong, Australia.

Pig Iron Theatre Company was awarded $90,000 for collaboration on a new work, tentatively titled Zero Cost House, with Japanese playwright, director, and choreographer Toshi Okada.

The Wilma Theater received $150,000 to produce the U.S. premiere of Our Class by Polish playwright Tadeusz Slobdzianek, to be directed by Wilma artistic director Blanka Zizka.

Theater artist Charlotte Ford received $18,000 for a stage project that wonders if a woman can be funny and sexy onstage at the same time.

Director Thaddeus Phillips received $60,000 to produce an original musical, Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, about the final days of Edgar Allen Poe.

Theater artist Geoff Sobelle received $50,000 to present Elephant Room, at once a real magic show and a hoax.

The grants were awarded through Pew's Philadelphia Theatre Initiative.

Contact culture writer Stephan Salisbury at 215-854-5594 or ssalisbury@phillynews.com.


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