Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A-ha!: Share the Process

The first round of A-ha! recipients’ projects are building up steam, and TCG is proud to share their process with the field as they move their projects from lightbulb-above-the-head to reality.

To bring everyone up to speed, the MetLife/TCG Ah-ha! Program: Think It, Do It was created to encourage and foster creative thinking and action among TCG member theatres. A-ha! has two components: Think It grants (up to $25,000) give theatre professionals the time and space for research and development, and Do It grants (up to $50,000) support the implementation and testing of new ideas. 150 TCG Member Theatres submitted proposals for the first round of grants, and the following four theatres were awarded grants:

Think It!

Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company will research and develop a tool to measure the environmental impact of theatre, helping the industry to make choices that do not damage our communities.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will send its staff on 1-2 week sabbaticals to shadow professionals working in analogous jobs or fields to help provoke new thinking about their work at the theatre.

Do It!

Theater Grottesco will create a state-of-the-art intimate performance venue for smaller, not for profit organizations by inviting partners to invest in downtown Santa Fe property through a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC).

The Playwrights’ Center will take its cue from the film industry. PWC will create a professionally produced web trailer series, available by free download in an audio-visual gallery on its website.

Over the coming months, this blog will fill up with images, text, video, quotes – anything we can think of that might help the field learn from these projects. We want to share what’s working and what isn’t working.

Feel free to comment, email or interact with us any way you can think of! This blog is for you, the field!

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