Thursday, June 5, 2008

National Endowment For The Arts And Arena Stage Announce Application Period Now Open For NEA New Play Development Program

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced that the application period is now open for the NEA New Play Development Program (NPDP), which is being hosted by Arena Stage. To help the nation's nonprofit theaters bring more new plays to full production, NEA NPDP will support the development of seven new plays at theaters from across the country. Support will be given for projects taking place between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2010. The application and guidelines are available at www.arenastage.org/npdp. The Intent to Apply deadline is June 20, 2008. Applications have a postmark deadline of July 31, 2008.

Two projects chosen as NEA Outstanding New American Plays will each receive $90,000 to support the final stages of development and a world premiere of the selected play.

Five NEA Distinguished New Play Development Projects will each receive $20,000 to support the early stages of development of a new play. Each of the selected projects will involve close collaboration with the playwrights..

The NEA New Play Development Program is open to nonprofit, professional organizations, or a consortium of organizations, who apply in collaboration with a playwright. Applications will be reviewed by a peer panel of experts and judged on artistic excellence and artistic merit.

The NEA and Arena Stage expect to announce the inaugural round of projects in fall 2008.

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