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14 artists named for Career Development Program.

FOURTEEN EARLY-CAREER ARTISTS HAVE been selected for the 2005 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors and Designers, developed and administered by Theatre Communications Group in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, and supported in part by the Ford Foundation. This program offers recipients an opportunity to spend six months, over a two-year period, developing their directing or design skills and expanding their knowledge of the field. Program activity may include assisting, observing, researching and traveling. Recipients are placed at leading nonprofit theatres and with established artists who serve as mentors.

$22,500 will be awarded to each of seven stage directors and seven designers. In a new feature of this program, supported by the Ford Foundation, recipients will receive up to an additional $1,000 to provide for individual ongoing life needs, such as health insurance, child care, aging parental care and more.

TCG's executive director Ben Cameron remarked, "As always, TCG is pleased to partner with the National Endowment for the Arts, and welcomes the Ford Foundation's generous support in honoring these exceptionally talented early-career artists. This year's recipients of the Career Development Program grants lend strong support to our belief that not-for-profit professional theatre is alive and flourishing, while at the same time providing faith in the long-term vitality of our field. We eagerly anticipate the exciting contributions these artists are sure to make."

Gigi Bolt, director of theatre and musical theatre at the NEA, added, "The gifted directors and designers selected to date reflect the best of the theatre field--its energy, thoughtfulness and imagination. The Endowment is pleased to support some of our finest young artists and to invest, through them, in the future of the theatre. We extend our gratitude to TCG and the Ford Foundation in recognition of their valued contribution and partnership in this important endeavor."

Roberta Uno, program officer for arts and culture at the Ford Foundation added, "We are pleased to join the NEA in supporting TCG's program. The fellowships are a vital opportunity for supporting the work of gifted artists in the American theatre. In supporting their work and connecting them to leading theatres across the country, the arts in America are also strengthened."

The Career Development Program will take a one-year hiatus and will resume in 2007; no applications will be accepted for 2006.

The following are the recipients of the 2005 director grantees:

* Nataki Garrett is the artistic director of the Los Angeles-based ensemble theatre company Blank-the-Dog. Her most recent directing credits include Trippin with No Luggage, which was invited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Machinal, both for Blank-the-Dog. She has also directed in New York. Garrett received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.

* Kristin Horton is a director and a sound designer based in Iowa City, Iowa. Recent directing credits include The Taming of the Shrew at Riverside Shake-speare Festival, The Drawer Boy at Riverside Theatre and Catalpa at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is an adjunct assistant professor of theatre arts at the University of Iowa, from which she received an MFA in directing.

* Armando Molina is a director and writer based in Los Angeles. His recent directing credits include Living Out at Palo Alto's TheatreWorks and Mass Transit at Cornerstone Theater Company. Molina was an ensemble member of Cornerstone and is also the cofounder of the Latino comedy group Latins Anonymous. He holds a B.A. from the City University of New York, York College.

* Jay Scheib is a Boston-based director. His New York credits include The Medea at La MaMa E.T.C., In This Is the End of Sleeping for the Chekhov Now Festival and Kevin Oakes's The Vomit Talk of Ghosts at the Flea Theatre. Scheib recently staged Tolstoy's The Power of Darkness in Budapest. He is assistant professor of theatre at MIT, in Cambridge, Mass., and holds an MFA from Columbia University.

* Beatrice Terry is a director based in New York City. Terry directed Marivaux's Double Infidelity at the Pearl Theatre Company and her own adaptation of Arabian Nights for Blue Wren Repertory on Long Island. She is a recipient of the 2001 Drama League/Roundabout Theatre Directing Fellowship and a founding member of Lesbian Pulp-O-Rama! Terry received her MFA in theatre from Sarah Lawrence College.

* Liesl Tommy is a New York City-based director who recently staged the world premiere of Lynn Nottage's A Stone's Throw for the Women's Project. She also directed the world premiere of Dual by Kia Corthron at Sanctuary: Playwrights Theatre. Tommy is the recipient of a fellowship in casting and directing at New York Theatre Workshop and is a member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab. She received her MFA from Trinity Repertory Conservatory.

* Jonathan Walters is the founding artistic director of Hand2Mouth Theatre in Portland, Ore. His directing credits at Hand2Mouth include The Wild Child (II) and Jimmy Blue. Walters is part of an ongoing collaboration with Poland-based Teatr Stacja Szamocin, for which he directed a production of Blue. In addition, he has worked with Portland's Sojourn Theatre and is a visiting guest artist at the University of Oregon. Walters holds a B.S. in theatre arts from the University of Oregon.

Director recipients were chosen by a national independent selection panel that included Daniel Banks, instructor of theatre studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York City; David Hammond, artistic director, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Wier Harman, director, New York City; Jerome H. Meyer, board chair, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Conn.; Diane Rodriguez, associate producer of new play development, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles; and Janine Trevens, executive and artistic director, TADA!, New York City.

The following are the 2005 designer grant recipients:

* Juliet Chia is a New York City-based lighting designer. Her recent work includes Boozy at the Ohio Theatre, Orpheus at HERE Arts Center, Rounding Third at Merrimack Repertory Theatre and The Rape of Lucretia at Philadelphia's Prince Music Theater. Chia holds an MFA in lighting design from the University of Washington.

* Leah Gelpe is a sound designer who lives in Somerville, Mass. Her theatrical designs have been seen in New York at La MaMa E.T.C., Theatre for a New Audience, the Chekhov Now Festival and the Flea Theatre. Production credits include The Medea, Saved, In This Is the End of Sleeping, The Lady from the Sea and The Vomit Talk of Ghosts. In addition to sound design, Gelpe has also done theatrical video design. She received her MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts.

* Timothy E. Gray is a sound designer and composer based in Eureka, Calif. Since 1997, Gray has been a resident composer and sound designer for the Dell'Arte Company in Blue Lake, Calif. His recent credits with the company include Shadow of Giants 2.0, Paradise Lost: Sacred Land and The Golden State. Gray also composes and records music for theatre, film and television. He attended Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.

* Fred Kinney is a scenic designer who lives in Tucson, Ariz. His recent work includes Bus Stop at Triad Stage in Greensboro, N.C., Ghosts at Luna Stage in Montclair, N.J., and the American premiere of Peter and Wendy at Philadelphia's Prince Music Theater. Upcoming projects include Mixed Messages at Borderlands Theater in Tucson and Gibson Girl at Moxie Theatre in San Diego, Calif. Kinney received his MFA in scenic design from the Yale School of Drama.

* Peter Ksander, a New York City-based lighting and scenic designer, is a founding member of a group of performing visual artists called TENT. His recent lighting designs include Arms and the Man at Intiman Theatre in Seattle, The Misanthrope at Portland Stage Company in Maine and Major Barbara for Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf in New York City. Ksander is also a puppet designer and dramaturg. He received his MFA in theatrical design from the California Institute of the Arts.

* Jane Shaw is a New York City-based sound designer whose designs with Big Dance Theater have toured around the world, and include Plan B, Antigone and Shunkin. Shaw has also designed in New York for the Mint, the Pearl Theatre Company, Susan Marshall and Company and Urban Stages. She received her MFA in sound design and sound engineering from the Yale School of Drama and hails from Lawrence, Kans.

* Sibyl Wickersheimer is a scenic designer based in Los Angeles. Her Los Angeles credits include Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said at the Evidence Room and Tartuffe at the Actors' Gang. She has also designed at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, Colo. Wickersheimer is a sculptor and installation artist whose work has been presented in several Los Angeles galleries, including Gallery 825 and the Andrew Shire Gallery. She received her MFA from the University of California-Los Angeles.

Designer recipients were chosen by a national independent selection panel that included Carol Bailey, costume designer, New York City; Todd Barton, composer and music director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland; Robert Johnson, New York City; Kathy Anne Perkins, lighting designer, Champaign, Ill.; Les Waters, associate artistic director, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California; and Anita Yavich, costume designer, New York City.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, offers a wide array of services in line with our mission: to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre. Through our artistic, management and international programs, advocacy activities and publications, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of our member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field, and promote a larger public understanding of and appreciation for the theatre field.
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Title Annotation:National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Theatre Communications Group plans for Career Development Program
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Date:Oct 1, 2005
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