Ensemble Studio Theatre, Inc.

To commission, develop, produce and disseminate new science plays in New York and across the country

  • Amount $1,920,000
  • City New York, NY
  • Investigator William Carden
  • Year 2019
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Theater

This grant continues support for a suite of programs by New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) to develop, produce, and disseminate new science plays. Each season, EST commissions between 15 and 20 new science-themed scripts from emerging and established playwrights; hosts its annual First Light festival, which celebrates science-themed plays with staged readings, workshops, and other events; sponsors events to bring the theater and scientific community together; makes seed grants to regional theaters around the country to develop science-themed plays with local writers; and produces a mainstage production of one play addressing scientific or technical themes or featuring a scientist, engineer, or mathematician as a major character. Grant funds provide support for these activities for three years.

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