Recipients - Aurand Harris Grants & Fellowships

AURAND HARRIS GRANTS - Recent Recipients
For not-for-profit small to mid-sized theatres for children and youth to support specific opportunity

2017
(Grants Average Award: $2000.)
PUPPET SHOWPLACE THEATER, Brookline, MA -- to support an after school enrichment program that supports STEM goals.

TEATRO DALLAS, Dallas, TX -- to defray costs of lighting, body miss and travel for children’s productions in the parks.

TRUSTY SIDEKICK THEATER COMPANY, New York, NY -- to subsidize the purchase of a large scale projection screen.

WORKING CLASSROOM, Albuquerque, NM -- to travel to visit working children’s theatre companies to research sustainability, training and process, etc.

2016
(Grants Average Award: $3000.)
BOXTALES THEATRE, Santa Barbara, CA -- to support the incorporation of media arts (screen projections) into their original production of Stand Up Stories! Multicultural Tales To Live By, which will tour elementary schools throughout WA and CA.

2015 (Average Award: $4500)
PEPPERCORN THEATRE at the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem, NC-To commission a NYC folk band to write and original score for a new musical, THE TOURIST.

ADVENTURE STAGE CHICAGO at the Northwestern University Settlement House, Chicago, IL-To develop a site specific immersive theatrical piece about the 125 year history of the settlement which has pioneered the development of children’s theatre in the United States.

2014 (Average Award: $3150.00)
SEVEN STAGES, Atlanta, GA-To support the development of a world premiere production for young audiences about the experience of living with the Autism Spectrum Disorder.

COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS THEATRE, New Haven, CT- To support the establishment of a New Play Lab for youth to conceive, develop and produce new plays centered on social issues affecting local young people.

FOUNDATION FOR THE OPEN EYE, Margaretville, NY-To develop and fully produce a stage adaptation of “Dulce Domum” from Kenneth Grahame’s – “The Wind in the Willows,” creating a play with music for young audiences, their families and their adult friends, with 8 public performances and student matinees.


2013 (Average Award: $4,500)
Prime Stage Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, to commission, create and produce the world premiere theatrical adaption of the Newberry Award novel, THE DEVIL’S ARITHMETIC, to be adapted by playwright Barry Kornhauser and opened at Prime Stage in 2014.

Teatro del Pueblo, St. Paul, MN, to commission and develop a new children’s play by Jose Cruz Gonzalez entitled “The Astronaut Farmworker.” This is a new commission which will provide a new script for the theatre field. (Update-project postponed until 2015.)

2012
(Average Award: $1,888.67)
Contemporary American Theatre Festival
, Shepherdstown, WV, to produce stage readings with professional actors of two nationally selected contemporary plays specifically written for the teen/youth audience and create an immersion experience for the teen/youth audience in attendance.

Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline, MA, to support a new project of creating, producing, mounting in-house, and touring a new piece of puppet theatre for family preschool and elementary school audiences, in the American folk tale tradition, focusing on Boston’s colonial and revolutionary history and incorporating elements of the era’s traditional crafts.

South Carolina Children’s Theatre, Greenville, SC, to purchase equipment for wireless microphones for touring and to purchase lighting equipment for the main stage production.

2011 (Average Award: $2,324)
Boxtales Theatre Company, Santa Barbara, CA, to support the creation and presentation of a 40-minute original play based on the POPOL VUH (the central creation myth of the Quiche Maya people) for 10,000 students in public and private elementary schools throughout CA and WA.

Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, Bethlehem, PA to support two professional actors in the regional tour of Jose Cruz Gonzales’s TOMAS AND THE LIBRARY LADY and a coordinating event with the playwright.

2010 (Average Award: $2,250)
Emerald City Theatre, Chicago, IL to support a child development expert from the Erikson Institute to consult on their new works process, the ECT PlayGround, and collaborate with the playwrights, directors, design teams and actors on developing works as well as interact with audiences. This expert would be part of the production team and would be the Eduturg.

Collective Consciousness Theatre, New Haven, CT, to conceive, create and produce an original production, study guide and student/teacher workshops for middle and high schools based on the Amistad slave revolt and trial, tentatively titled Give Us Free.

2009 (Average Award: $1,666)
T
he Eckerd Theater Company, Clearwater, FL, to support the purchase of theatre equipment necessary for touring.

Falconworks Artists Group, Brooklyn, NY: to support Off the Hook, an out-of-school program in playwriting and acting for youth ages 11-15. The project comprises an 8-wek playwriting and acting workshop followed by public performances of the participants’ plays.


Metro Theater Company, St. Louis, Mo, to partially fund a New Work Incubator for the benefit of emerging, mid-career, established and international TYA artists

2008 (Average Award: $2,666)
Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, Inc, Columbia, MD, to support the purchase of portable sound and light systems to use in outreach performances for at risk youth.

Alchemists Workshop, Henniker, NH, to commission Karen Haug to produce and write a play based on their town’s most interesting character—Ocean Born Mary. .

Stepping Stone Theatre for Youth Development, St. Paul, MN To support the world premiere of Rainbow Crow by Rhiana Yazzie, commissioned by the theatre.

2007 (Average Award: $1,700)
ASSITEJ/USA, to assist in the funding of one or more graduate students or early career professionals to attend ASSITEJ in Australia and to represent the US in the Next Generation Project.

Oregon Children’s Theatre, Portland Oregon, for script development of Lois Lowry’s youth novel, Gossamer, to be co-produced in the following year by Oregon Children’s Theatre and First Stage of Milwaukee.

Jeanne Klein, Lawrence Kansas, to support research and writing of a book explaining how children formulate aesthetic judgments about theatre from early-middle childhood.

Here Arts Center of New York, to support an international festival featuring Dutch and French productions for young audiences.

2006 (Average Award: $1,900)
T
he Open Eye Theatre, Margaretville, New York to produce a series of four Bear Bones workshop productions of new plays for young audiences and families - plays calling for young actors and adults in the cast.

The Marsh Youth Theatre, San Francisco, California to commission and perform an original musical piece entitled Siddhartha, The Bright Path. Siddhartha will be set with Indian music and dance by artists with cultural experience.

2005 (Average award: $1,042)
Metro Theatre Company to help support the production and local/regional tour of Stix and Stonz, a new play by Nicholas Kryah that explores the exercise of power and the dynamics of prejudice.

Prime Stage Theatre to support a program integrating theatre and literature, “Connect Kids to Classics.”

Youth Theatre at the University of Salt Lake toward travel costs and related expenses to bring playwright Sandra Asher to Utah for development workshops and rehearsal/performance of a new play.

Theatre del Pueblo of St. Paul toward commission and production expenses for a new play dealing with current Latino issues to be used as the capstone of their bi-lingual Literacy Through Theater residencies.

2004 (Average award: $3,000)
The Children’s Theatre Company of Sioux Falls, SD for partial support of playwright Wesley Middleton to participate in rehearsals and performance of “Emperor Incorporated.”

Edgefest, Los Angeles, toward expenses to develop and produce a program to assist Los Angeles based theatre companies develop original one-act plays targeted to children ages 5-15 and their families.

Theatre Building of Chicago in support of “The One-Acts Project” involving the creation and production of two original musicals for children ages 3-6.
AURAND HARRIS FELLOWSHIPS - Recent Recipients
To assist individual theatre artists in the development of their own artistic excellence or artistic growth

2017
(Fellowship Average Award: $2000.)
RICK AVERILL, Evanston, IL -- To commission a new musical.

CAROL NORTH, St. Louis, MO -- To travel to Australia to participate in a 2 week devising process to create a new piece for audiences of babies.

2016
(Fellowship Average Award: $2000.)
GLORIA BOND CLUNIE, LAWRENCE, KS -- To growing as an artist through the development of Blu-The Musical, via a new play workshop, a reading, audience discussion and the recording of selected songs to be shared with the TYA community

2015
(Award:$3000)
Jonathan Mirin, Shelburne, MA-To work with an internationally renowned clown to increase his clowning skills and principles of eccentric performing.


2014
(Fellowship was not awarded)

2013
(Fellowship was not awarded)

2012
(Fellowship was not awarded)

2011
(Award: $2,000)
Khamara Pettus, San Francisco, CA to provide a four week run of live performances in collaboration with the Brava Theater in San Francisco to bring the essence of Grimm’s fairytales to displaced neighborhoods in the Mission District giving them “an opportunity to encounter positive role models; and, to experience these tales in a fashion that is reflective of and respectful to their culture and surroundings.”

2010 (Average Award: $1,000)

Nichole Pearce, Young Artist’s Theatre Company, Omak, WA, to begin a one year trial project called Young Artists Theatre Company, teaching theatre classes and producing original scenes from Brother’s Grimm Tales and A Christmas Carol, the Musical, in an area where there are no theatre opportunities, in order to further her artistic experience in youth theatre and fill the need in the community.

Eric Schmiedl, Cleveland Hts., OH, to develop a non traditional play for family audiences in partnership with the Cleveland Public Theatre – My Hemisphere and Your Hemisphere Live Across the Street

2009 (Average Award: $1,000)
Janis Astor del Valle, New Haven, CT, to support the development and performance of Joaquin, a one-woman play for teen audiences that explores a transgendered Latino’s struggle for acceptance from his family and himself.

Kamuel DeMoville, Hemet, CA, to support the writing and development of three plays which deal with the causes and repercussions of violence and aggression occurring in schools. The plays will emphasize both quality of theatrical aesthetics and entertainments that serve to highlight the themes rather than approach the ideas of school violence and aggression heavy handedly.

Fran Sillau, Council Bluffs, IA, to support the writing and development of a new, two-person play, The Brass Ring, designed for touring that explores issues of disability.

2008 (Harris Fellowship was not awarded)

2007 (Award: $1,000)
Larissa Fasthorse, To complete development of a new play, Teaching Disco Square Dancing To Our Elders: A Class Presentation, with a 2 day choreography workshop to develop movement language.

2006 (Average Award: $1,000)
Dan Fenton to support research and the writing of a play based on the exploitation of the Amazon Rainforest.

Jon Klein and Laura Shamas, to support the writing and development of a contemporary holiday play for the whole family.

2005 (Average Award: $750)
Ric Averill, Lawrence KS, in support of his work on two new plays

Christopher Browne Malik, Eutaw, AL, in support of the creation of an interactive Rap and verse play for teens about a school conflict that ends in violence, after which the teen audience, improvising with actors, is challenged to reconstruct a non-violent outcome.

Alisa Weinstein, Williamsville, NY in support of a ten month long residency in New Delhi, India with the National School of Drama’s Theatre-in-Education Company, Sanskaar Rang Toli, a professional adult repertory performing plays and conducting workshops for children.

2004 (Award: $3,000)
Max Bush to support artistic development through work on plays designed for high school age audiences.