Local Theater Company wins prized National Theatre Company Grant honor
from Founder of the Tony Awards

Local Theater Company is pleased to announce that the American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards, is awarding Local Theater Company with a 2018 National Theatre Company Grant.

Created by American Theatre Wing to recognize and support the most promising emerging theatre companies, the 2018 grants for Initial Support are being presented to four companies from around the country. Companies chosen to receive the grants have articulated a distinctive mission, cultivated an audience, and nurtured a community of artists in ways that strengthen and demonstrate the quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theatre.

This year marked the third year implementing new guidelines, creating Second-Time Support grants which are being presented to six companies. These grants for the 2018 cycle will be distributed for general operating support to companies who have already received the National Theatre Company Grant in grant cycles occurring between 2010 and 2017. It is the American Theatre Wing’s hope to provide additional support for companies who plan to advance their work in a significant way and have a strategic goal to build the organization’s capacity to continue to innovate and create a more dynamic American Theatre and have described an actionable plan to achieve that goal.

“The recognition from the American Theatre Wing is a tremendous honor,” said Pesha Runick, Local’s Founding Artistic Director. “We proudly share this award with the Colorado community, whose continued support has fostered and informed the development of new American voices. We are thrilled that our work - a direct result of the dialogue between our artists and our audience - is now recognized on the national stage.”

Local Theater Company’s world premiere production of PAPER CUT by Andrew Rosendrof is currently running at The Dairy Arts Center through Nov. 11th 2018. For tickets visit www.LocalTheaterCo.org.

More information about the National Theatre Company grants can be found at http://americantheatrewing.org/program/national-theatre-co-grants/.

About the American Theatre Wing:

One hundred years ago, on the eve of America’s entry into World War I, seven suffragettes—all women of the theatre—came together to form The Stage Women’s War Relief. A century later, the spirit and vision behind the founding of American Theatre Wing remains a touchstone for all we do. The Wing continues to champion bravery, with a focus on developing the next generation of brave artists. We envision an American Theatre that is as vital, multi-faceted, and diverse as the American people.

The Wing’s programs span the nation to invest in the growth and evolution of American Theatre. We provide theatre education opportunities for underserved students through the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative, develop the next generation of theatre professionals through the SpringboardNYC, Theatre Intern Network, and SwingSeats programs, incubate innovative theatre across the country through the National Theatre Company Grants, support emerging musical theatre songwriters through the Musical Theatre Songwriting Challenge (co-presented with the NEA) and the Jonathan Larson® Grants, and illuminate the creative process through the Emmy-nominated “Working in the Theatre” documentary series. In addition to founding the Tony Awards®, which are co-presented with The Broadway League, the American Theatre Wing co-presents the Obie Awards®, Off Broadway’s Highest Honor, with The Village Voice. 

Visitors to AmericanTheatreWing.org can gain inspiration and insight into the artistic process through the Wing’s extensive media collection, and learn more about its programming for students, aspiring and working professionals, and audiences. Follow the Wing on Twitter and Instagram @TheWing, and on Facebook.com/TheAmericanTheatreWing.