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Deadline: March 2, 2018

Children’s Theatre Foundation of America: Aurand Harris Fund

The Children’s Theatre Foundation of America (CTFA) challenges and supports theatre artists to achieve excellence in service to young people. The Foundation supports theatre artists and organizations that share the Foundation’s values working to address past and current injustices to groups that have been historically disadvantaged and socially, politically, and economically excluded. CTFA is currently committed to dismantling institutional and structural racism in the field of theatre for young audiences and will give preference to applicants who demonstrate their work toward this goal, either generally, or through the proposed project.

Funding may be used for:

  • People: playwrights, directors, designers, education directors, etc. engaged in a NEW initiative for a particular company or a new original play for children & youth
  • Equipment: light boards, curtains, lights, vehicles, whatever will bring your company to a new level of quality
  • Travel: bringing collaborative teams together, participating in a conference or workshop, taking interesting people to interesting places for interesting purposes

Aurund Harris was an American playwright who wrote 36 plays for children, estimated at the time of his death in 1996 to have been performed on over 30,000 occasions. In accordance with his wishes, applications will be evaluated on their impact in their environment and in their specific communities to promote theatre and bring the live theatre experience to children throughout the country.

Amount: Grants of up to $2,000 each will be made.


  • Not-for-profit theatres in the USA, established for at least 3 consecutive years, possessing a public record of artistic quality and with an annual operating budget of under $1 million dollars.
  • Individual professional theatre artists in the USA, working in theatre for young audiences, in the development of his/her artistic excellence. An artist does not have to be connected to a theatre to apply. This can include playwrights, scenic designers, costume designers, lighting designers, directors and/or teachers.
  • A collaboration of a theatre artist and a small or mid-sized not-for-profit theatre in the USA.

Link: http://www.childrenstheatrefoundation.org/page9/page10/

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