The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./NY) awarded $42,000 in Nancy Quinn Fund grants to 40 theatres this month, bringing the cumulative total of those grants to $356,592 since 1993.
New York City theatres with budgets under $100,000 are eligible for the grants, which range from $500 to $2,000 each. Each spring, A.R.T./NY sends notices of the competitive grant process "to all our members who are eligible, plus a lot of other groups, like the Queens Arts Council and the Bronx Arts Council, so the information extends beyond our membership," according to the organization's marketing and development director, Mark Rossier. The theatres apply through a competitive grant process, identifying prospective uses for the grants. A.R.T./NY considers the requests in two separate panels "so that someone from a member theatre can serve on a panel, but not consider that theatre's application," Rossier told Back Stage.
Successful applicants were notified by Oct. 9 of their grants. All theatres received comments and feedback on their applications, whether or not they got the funding they requested, "so they—especially the newer groups—can learn about the whole grantmaking process." Rossier acknowledged that small theatre groups need to understand that process, much as actors need to understand the audition process, to survive in the current arts climate.
This year's recipients are: the 29th St. Repertory Theater, Alive Process Theatre Co., American Globe Theatre, Big Dance Theater, Blue Roses Productions, Broad Horizons Theatre Co., Chinese Theatre Workshop, Circus Amok, Clubbed Thumb, The Collapsable Giraffe, The Colleagues Theatre Co., Collision Theory Theater, Daedalus Theatre Co., Emerging Artists Theatre Co., Encompass New Opera Theatre, Gold Mountain Institute for Traditional Shadow Theatre, Golden Fleece Ltd., The Harbor Theatre, Hourglass Group, The Imua! Theatre Co., Inverse Theater Co., The Journey Co., Kings County Shakespeare Co., The Looking Glass Theatre, Mass Transit Street Theater, Metropolitan Playhouse of NY, Monster[less] Actors, National Asian American Theatre Co., New Georges, New Perspectives Theatre Co., North America Cultural Laboratory, NY Artists Unlimited, Peculiar Works, Ryan Repertory Co., The Salt & Pepper Mime Co., The Shakespeare Project, Shotgun Productions, Six Figures, Tom Cat Cohen Productions, and Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America.
In addition to the grants, the Quinn Fund provides technical assistance workshops on 25 different topics, including four sessions on fundraising, four on financial management, and three on marketing.
The Quinn Fund is named for Nancy Quinn, an A.R.T./NY board member who died the year that the group inaugurated the grants. Funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Katherine Dalglish Founda-tion, The Adolph and Ruth Schnur-macher Foundation, The Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation, The Chase Manhattan Foundation, and U.S. Trust Corporate Foundation.