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AMERICAN THEATRE | En Garde Arts Launches Joan D. Firestone Commissioning Fund


NEW YORK CITY: En Garde Arts has introduced the creation of the Joan D. Firestone Commissioning Fund. Named in honor of the longtime En Garde Arts chairperson and board member, the award will acknowledge one mid-career theatre artist who’s engaged in social change by way of the humanities with an unrestricted $18,000 prize. En Garde Arts has raised a complete of $100,000 by way of a gaggle of beneficiant donors and plans to acknowledge one mid-career artist yearly for 5 years.

“I actually imagine that if it weren’t for the unbelievable philanthropic talents of Joan D. Firestone, En Garde Arts wouldn’t exist in the present day,” mentioned En Garde inventive director Anne Hamburger in a press release. “Along with her fierce dedication to assist the humanities in any method she will be able to, she is above all a rare human being and I’m honored to launch this fund in her title.”

“Joan has been a nurturing voice and unbelievable champion of artists for many years,” added two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage in a press release. “I’ve lengthy admired her generosity and real dedication to supporting theatre artists who’re making work that’s socially engaged, complicated, and endeavors to have a significant dialogue with audiences.”

En Garde Arts will maintain the primary public developmental studying of the brand new work/work-in-progress inside one 12 months to 18 months from the unique fee date. The theatre will maintain no rights to future productions of the commissioned work. The nominating committee consists of Kim Bendheim, Linda Chapman, Joan D. Firestone, David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage and Anne Hamburger. Consideration for the award is obtainable by invitation solely and the prize will probably be offered by Lynn Nottage and David Henry Hwang on the En Garde Arts Gala on Thurs. Dec. 8 at Perfect Glass Studios.

“Joan Firestone has devoted her life to supporting artists and making the humanities in America extra progressive, inclusive, and wonderful,” mentioned Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang in a press release. “She has impressed me all through my profession and this groundbreaking new Fund is a becoming tribute to her transformative impression.”

The theme for this 12 months’s gala is Artists honoring Artists. En Garde Arts is honoring
award-winning playwright, creator, essayist, and professor Sarah Ruhl together with the founder
and former inventive director of the Lark, John Clinton Eisner.

En Garde Arts is a not-for-profit theatre firm primarily based in NYC that goals to create, produce, and
current daring theatre experiences that attain throughout inventive, bodily, and social boundaries. As of 2020, En Garde Arts had an approximate price range of $545,000.

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