Theater

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Kirsten Bush plays Rosalind Franklin in the MTC production of Photograph 51, Anna Ziegler’s play about scientist Rosalind Franklin’s unrecognized contributions to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.

Program Goal

Encourage leading playwrights to explore scientific or technological themes and write plays featuring scientists, mathematicians, and engineers as characters; support theaters that commission, develop, and produce plays with dramatically engaging high-quality science content.

About

Over the past fifteen years, the Foundation has developed a nationwide theater program with participants in many regions anchored by two acclaimed New York City partners—Ensemble Studio Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club. This seminal program has backed such early Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning works as Proof and Copenhagen and is today recognized as the leading supporter of science plays in the country.

In addition to its two main partners, the Foundation recently awarded a pilot grant to the National Theatre in London and in the past has worked with New York-based Playwrights Horizons to develop and stage new works.To date the theater program has received over 2000 submissions for new plays, has commissioned more than 250 works, and has staged more than 60 plays in New York City alone, with dozens travelling to more than 30 theaters across the country and internationally.

Strategy

Grantmaking focuses on forging strategic partnerships with theaters that aim to

  • Encourage emerging and established playwrights to engage with scientific themes in their work;
  • Promote the production of commissioned, science-themed plays in New York and in regional theaters around the country;
  • Expand public engagement with science-themed theater through panels, readings, and special events.

To enhance the reach of the program, a partnership with LA Theatre Works supports recording the best Sloan-supported plays with A-list actors, broadcasting them on public radio, and distributing them to schools and libraries.​

Catalog of Supported Theater

A list of mainstage productions supported by Sloan and produced by our Theater partners.

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​The Foundation does not accept unsolicited plays, treatments or pitch letters.  For consideration of your script or treatment, contact the individual organizations whose programs we support directly.