The Time Warner Foundation, which supports programs that discover, nurture, and celebrate the next generation of storytellers through its New Works/New Voices program, has announced its latest group of grantees, which will collectively receive over $2 million in funding over the next two years.
The organizations reach from Southern California to London and include NY-based film programs targeted at youth, such as Reel Works and the Ghetto Film School, as well as established arts organizations like the Old Vic Theatre in London and the Goodman Theater in Chicago. Their common tie is a willingness to recruit, mentor, and develop diverse writers for stage and screen to make sure their exceptional voices and stories are heard.
Atlantic Theater Company (New York, NY) - $150,000 over two years to fund its Stage 2 program and the expansion of the Latino Mixfest, a national development program for Latino writers.
Ghetto Film School (Bronx, NY) - $200,000 over two years towards the digital expansion of its Master Class program, an advanced skills-based curriculum for youth filmmakers around the world led by industry professionals.
Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL) - $150,000 over two years towards its New Stages Amplified initiative, a crucial step in the development process allowing artists to test their work in front of live audiences.
Labyrinth Theater Company (New York, NY) - $150,000 over two years towards its Play Development Program, a comprehensive, multistep development process, and the integration of a new artist-driven component for early-career writers.
Ma-Yi Theater Company (New York, NY) - $150,000 over two years towards the development and production of works by its Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the largest resident company of Asian American playwrights.
New Dramatists (New York, NY) - $150,000 over two years towards its Playwrights Lab, including increased support for the Creativity Fund, a centralized pool of funds at the playwright's disposal for further artistic development.
American Associates of the Old Vic (London, UK) - $150,000 over two years towards the Old Vic New Voices Lab, a creative hub for emerging talent, education and community programs for the Old Vic Theatre in London.
Playwrights Horizons (New York, NY) - $150,000 over two years towards its American Voice development programs, including workshops, commissions and funds for artist-driven development.
Reel Works (Brooklyn, NY - $200,000 over two years towards institutionalizing its Master Lab and creating a year-round curriculum for its youth production company.
Second Stage Theatre (New York, NY) - $150,000 over two years towards 2ST UPTOWN, a program dedicated to the development and production of new works by diverse, emerging writers.
South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA) - $150,000 over two years towards the launch of SCR Dialogue, a major institutional initiative aimed at telling the stories of the diverse community surrounding South Coast Rep in Southern California.
Women's Project and Productions (New York, NY) - $150,000 over two years towards the WP Lab for Playwrights, Directors and Producers, a two-year residency program for women theater artists. Time Warner's support will allow the company to offer stipends to the residents for the first time.
Youth Media (New York, NY) - Three grants of $50,000 each were also awarded to well-established after-school media programs including Downtown Community Television, Educational Video Center and Global Action Project.