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Dramatists Guild Fund to Provide Relief for Theatres Affected by Sandy

The Dramatists Guild Fund (DGF) is providing more than $40,000 in emergency recovery grants to theaters affected by Superstorm Sandy. Theaters in downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey will receive grants to help them rebuild and move on with their seasons.

Due to the storm, many theaters lost power or suffered from structural damage and flooding. "As we provide funding to non-profit theaters annually, we know how fragile finances can be in the arts, especially for smaller organizations," said DGF Executive Director Rachel Routh. "We hope this can be one step towards a faster recovery within the theater community."

DGF is no stranger to helping in emergency situations. Its Kesselring EmergenCy Grant program provides funds to writers in need of temporary financial assistance due to unexpected illness or extreme hardship. In March of 2012, the Fund also joined a consortium of theater organizations for SHINSAI: Theaters for Japan, an event that raised approximately $30,000 in support of theaters and writers who suffered from the 2011 earthquake in Japan. When disaster hit home, DGF knew it needed to help.

The current round of emergenCy Grants is being contributed to area theaters who have previously received support from DGF's annual theater granting program. Each year the Dramatists Guild Fund provides $150,000 in grants to nonprofit theaters and theatrical institutions across the country that develop and/or produce contemporary American plays and musicals. Theaters receiving emergenCy Grants include:

DGF is one of many arts organizations offering assistance, and the Fund's Board President, Gretchen Cryer, feels that community support is vital. "I applaud the amazing efforts seen throughout the arts community. It's times of great need like this, that remind us why we need to pull together and support one another," said Cryer.

Current Round of EmergenCy Grants

Amas Musical Theatre

Astoria Performing Arts Center, Inc.

The Barrow Group

Blue Coyote Theater Group

Broken Watch Theatre Company

The Bushwick Starr

Cherry Lane Theatre

Civilians, Inc.

Clubbed Thumb

CSC Repertory, Ltd

Culture Project

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre

Emerging Artists Theatre Company

The Flea Theater, Inc.

Flux Theatre Ensemble

HERE Arts Center

Id Theater

International Arts Relations, Inc. (Intar)

Juneteenth Festival, Inc

Labyrinth, Inc.

Mabou Mines Development Foundation

Naked Angels, LTD

New Georges (Theater Labrador Inc.)

New Jersey Repertory Company

One Year Lease, Inc.

Open Eye Theater

Page 73 Productions

Partial Comfort Productions

Performing Artservices - Incubator Arts Project

Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey

The Public Theater

Queens Theatre in the Park, Inc.

Rabbit Hole Ensemble

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Red Bull Theater, Inc.

TACT/The Actors Company Theatre

TADA! Youth Theater

Thalia Spanish Theatre

Theater Breaking Through Barriers

Vineyard Theatre

Women's Project Productions

About the Dramatists Guild Fund

The Dramatists Guild Fund is the public charity arm of the Dramatists Guild of America. Its mission is to aid and nurture writers for the theater, to fund non-profit theaters producing contemporary American works, and to heighten appreciation of theater across the country.

For more information, visit the Dramatists Guild Fund at

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