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AMERICAN THEATRE | 7 Early Profession Designers Obtain 1/52 Undertaking Grants


Brittany Bland, Everett Elton Bradman, Stefania Bulbarella, Jessica Alexandra Cancino, Frank Cazares, Jordan McCree, and Jingyi Johanna Pan.

NEW YORK CITY: The 1/52 Undertaking has chosen the primary seven early-career designers to obtain a complete of $100,000 in grants. This 12 months’s inaugural recipients embody projection designer Brittany Bland, sound designer Everett Elton Bradman, projection designer Stefania Bulbarella, set designer Jessica Alexandra Cancino, costume designer Frank Cazares, sound designer Jordan McCree, and costume designer Jingyi Johanna Pan. Every of the recipients will obtain grants as much as $15,000, and a few recipients may even obtain a 12 months’s subscription to Vectorworks or Lightwright, relying on their space of specialization. 

Based by Tony-winning set designer Beowulf Boritt and partnered with the TheFrontOffice Basis, the 1/52 Undertaking was created to assist rising designers from traditionally excluded teams with the intention of diversifying and strengthening the Broadway design group. Launched in January, the venture is primarily funded by designers with exhibits operating on Broadway who’re inspired to donate one week yearly of their weekly royalties to this fund, therefore “1 out of 52.”

“I do know I’m terribly fortunate to have the ability to make a residing as a theatre designer, a lot much less to have the chance to do it on Broadway,” mentioned Boritt in an announcement. “A part of that luck was being born a middle-class white boy. The objective of the 1/52 Undertaking is to offer slightly encouragement to a proficient group of early profession designers for whom doorways might open much less simply. In supporting them, we hope to strengthen and diversify the career. I’m immensely grateful for the generosity of the Broadway group for funding the concept and the onerous work of the 1/52 Grant Committee for the inconceivable job of selecting from a big group of very proficient candidates.”

Candidates had been chosen based mostly on expertise, creativity, innovation, and potential for future excellence within the skilled theatrical discipline. The grant standards had been created and adjudicated by a committee of BIPOC skilled designers, together with Tony-nominated costume designer Dede Ayite, projection designer David Bengali, set designer Wilson Chin, lighting designer Alan C. Edwards, Tony-winning sound designer Kai Harada, set designer Kimie Nishikawa, Tony-winning costume designer Paul Tazewell, costume designer Alejo Vietti, and costume designer Anita Yavich. Designers Simon Harding, Jeff Croiter, Elaine J. McCarthy, Nevin Steinberg, and Jeff Sugg additionally helped handle and set up the 1/52 Undertaking.

The recipients can be honored at a reception on Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. on the West Financial institution Café-Beechman Theatre, sponsored by Hudson Scenic Studio.

Purposes will open once more in January 2023 for subsequent 12 months’s early profession designer grants. Candidates of various backgrounds representing the total spectrum of theatrical exercise, together with those that have labored in non-traditional venues, are inspired to use to this program. Anybody is welcome to make a tax-deductible contribution to the 1/52 Undertaking right here.

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