Play Development

In June 2010 Nightwood was the proud recipient of a Strategic Initiatives Grant from the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation. This grant spanned three years and was designed to re-envision our model for play creation. The initiative included new funding for commissions, building strategic partnerships with like-minded companies, enhanced artist training through master classes, workshops, and provocative audience engagement through panels and open forums.

Our story is about impact and we feel the breadth and vision of the Strategic Initiative took us to a new level with a much greater capacity to support our community of artists. We believe it has influenced play development practices and programming choices across the country, enabling more independent companies to have greater profile and larger companies to develop and produce more work by women. Most importantly we feel it raised the calibre of the work that ultimately reaches our mainstage. We are grateful for the Metcalf Foundation’s guidance and leadership in affording companies the opportunity to think big and use innovation to confront challenges inherent to mid sized organizations. We are thrilled to have partnered with Metcalf to deliver this ambitious plan.

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