L.A. Theatre Works

To record four new science-themed Sloan plays for public radio broadcast and online streaming, to develop new digital products based on previous play recordings and to maximize visibility and access to all science plays for the public, for libraries and for schools

  • Amount $500,000
  • City Venice, CA
  • Investigator Susan Loewenberg
  • Year 2014
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Theater

This grant provides renewed support to L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) for its ongoing efforts to record and disseminate high-quality science plays nationally and internationally.  The LATW features leading actors reading well-produced versions of new and established science-themed plays, including many originally commissioned and produced through the Foundation’s Theater program. Sixteen Foundation-supported plays have been broadcast on public radio and streamed online, with supplementary educational material provided, and then have been disseminated widely to schools and libraries. The current grant will support the recording and dissemination of an additional four Sloan-supported plays.  Each will be broadcast nationally on public radio and streamed online along with previous titles. Individual titles will also be licensed via the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), reaching an estimated 2.5 million people during the grant period.  Additional grant funds will support the expansion of LATW’s mobile app to further engage younger listeners.

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