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Sunday, February 1, 2015

First Acts: Funding Opportunities for Playwrights

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Wed, February 4, 2015, 5:00 pm

Are you a playwright developing a new performance piece and in need of financial and technical resources? Read more for an exciting opportunity from Kupferberg Center for the Arts in Queens NYC.

The “First Acts: New Plays in Development” series supports theater artists who are in the early stages of developing new performance pieces. “First Acts,” which is a project of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at the exceptionally diverse Queens College, aims to amplify the voices of playwrights who are writing from minority or immigrant perspectives, in other words, voices that are not often heard in mainstream theater. By offering financial as well as technical resources for new play development, this program helps playwrights work through the question “what does my play need now?” “First Acts” supports the Queens College campus and community by providing relevant artistic programming and allowing for inter-disciplinary conversations and interactions on a wide range of topics. It also offers its audiences the rare opportunity to connect directly with art makers, and to be active participants in their processes. All performances are free and
open to the public.


Funding is made possible through the generosity of the Natalie Bailey and Herbert J. Kirshner Foundation. Awards range from $1000 to $2500, depending on the scope of the project. The award is given directly to the grantee, and can be used at the grantee’s discretion for such expenses as actor, playwright and director stipends, extra rehearsal space, props, costumes pieces, etc. A detailed projected budget should accompany the application.


In addition, the grantee will receive in-kind support from the Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts:
  • Use of Colden Auditorium. Generally, “First Acts” performances are offered with the audience seated onstage (approximately 125 seats.) Grantees will be given two rehearsals in the space, along with one performance. Opportunities for further performances in other Flushing spaces can be arranged.
  • Access to technical staff for minimal lighting and sound cues if needed (25-30 cues.)
  • Promotion via Kupferberg Center for the Arts
  • Printing and distribution of fliers and programs.
  • Access to highly diverse Queens College campus community
Rehearsal March 11th, Tech Rehearsal and Performance March 12th
Rehearsal March 23rd , Tech Rehearsal and Performance March 24th
Rehearsal April 21st , Tech Rehearsal and Performance April 22nd
Rehearsal May 4th, Tech Rehearsal and Performance May 5th

All performances are in Colden Auditorium with audience seated onstage. They commence at 7pm.


Please send the following to Sophia McGee at sophia.mcgee@qc.cuny.edu
A one paged description of the proposed project
A synopsis of your piece
A proposed budget
Your first and second choice of dates


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