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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Did NEA Screw Women's Project?

Time Out's Helen Shaw reports. Interesting comments discussion, too.

I don't know the particulars. It's sad to see any company lose a grant. But it's a clear sign that theatre co's should not expect support on demand even from Rocco Landesman.

By the way, I can't help noticing the size of the unrenewed WP grant was $20,000. And on this same day we learn of the awarding of a $25,000 "Wendy Wasserstein Prize" by the private Education Foundation of America to a young Chicago writer, Marisa Wegrzyn. The Prize money is set aside annually for, "an outstanding script by a young woman who has not yet received national attention."

One of course does not cancel out the other in the big picture. But does it signal a shift away from institutional support to celebrating individuals?

1 comment:

Susan said...

The grants that the article referred to were most likely decided before Landesman came to the NEA.