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Entries in USA (15)
Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, MN, now in its 47th season, is the world’s leading creator and producer of theatre for young people in the English language. Established in 1965, Children’s Theatre has served more than 10,000,000+ young people and their families to date. CTC is notably the only Theatre for Young Audiences to win the Regional Tony Award (2003) and has been nominated for 3 additional Tony awards for its work in New York. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Peter Brosius and Managing Director Tim Jennings, CTC’s new play laboratory, THRESHOLD, works with leading playwrights to create world premiere productions: Nilo Cruz, Greg Banks, Jeffrey Hatcher, Kia Corthrun, Naomi Iizuka and Cheryl West to name a few
Deaf West Theatre, Inc., was founded in 1991 to directly improve and enrich the cultural lives of deaf and hard of hearing individuals who live in the Los Angeles area.
Deaf West Theatre consistently sets the standard of innovation for inclusive theatrical experiences of the highest quality for deaf and hearing audiences. Productions feature deaf and hearing actors working together to tell stories in a seamless ballet of movement, American Sign Language and spoken - or sung - English.
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FRANCES McGARRY, Ph.D. has been teaching theater for more than twenty-five years. The Young Playwrights Festival in New York City became the subject of her doctoral dissertation in the Program of Educational Theater at New York University. She has presented Young Playwrights Inc.’s Write A Play! Curriculum at local, regional, and national conferences. Her new website www.francesmcgarry.com offers discussions on how practitioners are utilizing the arts to make our world a richer, deeper better place to live.
Formerly known as The PlayGround Theatre, the Miami Theater Center programs include MTCplayground, which produces theater, camps, and programs for children; MTCperformance, innovative theater, dance and music; MTCtraining, professional training for all aspects of the performing arts and MTCfilm, cinema that contextualizes live performances along with art house and independent films in partnership with O Cinema. MTC is under the artistic leadership of Stephanie Ansin.
The National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country’s leading alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production and continued life of new plays. NNPN strives to pioneer, implement and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights. Since its founding in 1998, NNPN has paid nearly a half million dollars to theaters and playwrights, providing employment for hundreds of artists across the country where NNPN’s 26 member theaters are located and beyond.
Native Voices at the Autry is the country’s only Equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to producing new works by Native American playwrights. The company has been hailed by critics as “a virtual Who’s Who of American Indian theatre artists,” “a hotbed for contemporary Native theatre,” “deeply compelling,” and “a powerful and eloquent voice.”
New Dramatists is dedicated to the playwright, and pursues a singular mission: to find gifted playwrights and give them the time, space, and tools to develop their craft, so that they may fulfill their potential and make lasting contributions to the theatre. Regarded as a national leader in playwright support and advocacy, New Dramatists has remained a pioneer in the field of new play development since their inception in 1949.
Now in its fourteenth season, the New Plays for Young Audiences (NPYA) play reading series focuses more specifically on the development of scripts for child and young people's audiences. The creative vision of the Program in Educational Theatre's co-founders, Lowell and Nancy Swortzell, was to establish a program to encourage the development of plays for youth written by both NYU students and noted authors in the U.S. and abroad.
Taking place every two years, New Visions/New Voices is a week-long residency at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for playwrights and theatres to stimulate and support the creation of new plays and musicals for young audiences and families, culminating in a weekend showcase of staged readings and discussions with professionals in the field from around the country. Since 2006 it has programmed international works and instituted an International Observership Program.
SCT is the premier commisioner and creative producer of new work in the USA, with over 108 new works brought to stage in its 36 year history.
Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT) is the second largest resident theatre for young audiences in North America. Their programs empower young people to make new discoveries about themselves and the world around them while building a lifelong interest in the arts. The mission of Seattle Children's Theatre is to provide children of all ages access to professional theatre, with a focus on new works, and theatre education.
The Dramatists Guild of America was established over eighty years ago, and is the only professional association which advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage. The Guild has over 6,000 members nationwide, from beginning writers to the most prominent authors represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters.
Founded in 1982, The Growing Stage is a thriving center for the performing arts that engages a community of professional Equity actors and artists, community players, students, teachers and families. We are a not for profit professional member theatre of the Association of Actor’s Equity whose mission it is to nurture the development of the performing arts through education, and to create, produce, and perform works that engage the entire family.
The Growing Stage is housed in the historic Palace Theatre in Netcong, New Jersey. In 1995, when we purchased the theatre, the facility was in a desperate state of disrepair. On March 1, 2011, we celebrated the 15th anniversary of our re-opening of the Palace.
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