Milwaukee Repertory Theater Garners $35,000 Art Works Award for “American Song” from NEA
Milwaukee Repertory Theater is thrilled to announce its inclusion in this year’s first round of funding by the National Endowment for the Arts.
(Milwaukee, WI) Milwaukee Repertory Theater is thrilled to announce its inclusion in this year’s first round of funding by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Art Works funding category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts. Part of over $27.6 million in awards announced today, this $35,000 award supports The Rep’s world-premiere production of American Song.
A Milwaukee Rep commission from award-winning Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith, American Song asks what it means to be a father, a husband, and a citizen in a complex and changing world. Milwaukee Rep will enhance its audience’s experience of this timely exploration of violence through a number of community-based initiatives meant to inspire dialogue across demographics.
“Milwaukee Rep is immensely grateful for the NEA’s support of American Song, particularly because the content is so pressingly relevant,” said Artistic Director Mark Clements. “We live in a nation where acts of violence occur on a daily basis. I am eager to put on stage a bold play that invites nuanced conversation by avoiding generalization; a play that honestly explores the impact of violence on those who are left to pick up the pieces.”
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like American Song at Milwaukee Repertory Theater offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”
About Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Milwaukee Rep is a nationally-recognized company that presents compelling dramas, powerful classics, award-winning contemporary works, full-scale musicals, housed in its three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret. The Rep
also produces an annual production of A Christmas Carol, celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2015, at the beautiful and historic Pabst Theater. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements and Managing Director Chad Bauman, Milwaukee Repertory Theater ignites positive change in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its community by creating world-class theater experiences
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