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New Works Grant Recipients

TACA New Works Fund Grant Recipients

Meet our 2019 Grant Recipients

Since the launch of the New Works Fund in 2012, 28 new works have been supported with $900,000 in grants, further establishing North Texas as one of the nation’s major cultural incubators. In 2019, TACA distributed $150,000 to support the creation of new work at seven organizations. The 2019 New Works Fund was made possible by generosity of the Hersh Foundation, the Sapphire Foundation, and the Donna Wilhelm Family Fund.

Cry Havoc Theater Co. - Crossing the Line

Cry Havoc Theater Co.* – $25,000
Endlings, by Mara Richards Bim

Cry Havoc Theater Co. (CHTC) will engage 10-16 youth performers to create Endlings, a documentary-style theater work that examines the topics of human impact on the environment – particularly as it affects water systems – and the work of those attempting to mitigate the effects of climate change. With Endlings, CHTC will explore the landscape of the political debate, the urgency expressed by scientists, the impact on the lives of individuals worldwide, as well as the lives of future generations. Endlings will premiere in July/August 2020 at a location to be determined.

*First-time TACA New Works Fund Grant Recipient

Dallas Children’s Theater – $25,000
Last Stop on Market Street, by Gloria Bond Clunie, Matt de la Peña, vickie washington, M. Denise Lee, and Robyn Flatt

As part of Dallas Children’s Theater’s (DCT) season invitation for audiences to “color the world with Kindness,” DCT will develop and revise an adaptation for young audiences based on writer Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson’s New York Times’ bestseller Last Stop on Market Street. The play will encourage children to engage with their seniors as a means of better understanding the world they inhabit and where they belong in it. Last Stop on Market Street will premiere March 21 – April 5, 2020 at Dallas Children’s Theater.

Carmen Menza - Theory of Chance

Dallas Symphony Orchestra – $15,000
Negotiating Dialogues, by Carmen Menza, Mark Menza, Eric Farrar, Joel Olivas, and musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; as part of the DSO’s Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival

Negotiating Dialogues is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary performance commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for the 2020 SOLUNA in partnership with The Cedars Union and created by Carmen Menza, a Dallas-based, interdisciplinary artist. Inspired by technological advances in communication and mankind’s desire to dialogue with one another and with machines, this new work explores visual and musical dialogue in the world of generative animation and remixing. Negotiating Dialogues will premiere on April 18, 2020 at the Boedeker Building in The Cedars district.

Dallas Theater Center - The Supreme Leader

Dallas Theater Center – $20,000
The Supreme Leader, by Don X. Nguyen

Dallas Theater Center will close it’s 2019-2020 season with the world premiere of Don X. Nguyen’s The Supreme Leader, a coming-of-age story centered on Kim Jong-Un’s early days at an international school in Switzerland. This political comedy compares Eastern and Western cultures through the snow globe lens of neutral Switzerland and explores the folly of two clashing cultures as Kim Jong-Un learns what it takes to become the next Supreme Leader of North Korea. The Supreme Leader will premiere June 3 – July 14, 2020 in the Studio Theatre at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance* – $25,000
PETE: A New Dance Musical, by Joshua L. Peugh

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (DCCDUSA) will celebrate the opening of their 2019-20 Season with PETE: A New Dance Musical. Conceived and choreographed by DCCDUSA founder and choreographer Joshua L. Peugh, this original dance musical is inspired by J. M. Barrie’s iconic novel Peter Pan. PETE takes an adventurous, playful, and creative approach to explore the intersecting themes of childhood, freedom, and mortality, and reflect on issues of race, gender, sexually, and privilege. PETE: A New Dance Musical will premiere September 12-15, 2019 in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House.

*First-time TACA New Works Fund Grant Recipient

Junior Players

Junior Players* – $15,000
Junior Players Presents: The Aftermath, by Erin Burdette and Michael Federico

Building and expanding on the success of Junior Players’ broadcast journalism program, the organization will produce, for the first time ever, Junior Players Presents: The Aftermath, by playwrights Erin Burdette and Michael Federico. The Aftermath, is an exploratory piece fusing together the concepts and stories from broadcast journalism with playwriting, dancing, and acting to manifest as a live production. The final production will be a collaborative effort between digital media artists, playwrights, directors, movement specialists, and teen student actors and dancers. The Aftermath will premiere in late May 2020 at a location to be determined.

*First-time TACA New Works Fund Grant Recipient

Undermain Theatre – $25,000
He’s Born, He’s Borne by David Rabe

Undermain Theatre welcomes He’s Born, He’s Borne, a new play by Tony Award-winning American playwright David Rabe. Set in a dystopian landscape that exists outside of human history, He’s Born, He’s Borne explores a primitive, medieval world whose inhabitants are agrarian in nature and all too human in their battles against suffering and death. After an intensive development process, including workshops, staged readings, technical rehearsals and post-show talkbacks, Undermain Theatre will present He’s Born, He’s Borne in Dallas in their 2020-2021 season.

If you are interested in supporting the New Works Fund, please contact us at development@taca-arts.org or 214.520.3930.

Previous New Works Fund Grant Recipients

Homeschooled (2012) │ $25,000
Jonathan Norton, Playwright
Performance Dates: September 2013

Chasing Home (2016) │ $70,000
Albert Drake, Choreographer
Joseph Thalken, Composer, Pianist, Arranger & Conductor
Performance Dates: June 2017

The Dreamers: A Bloodline (2012) │ $25,000
Cara Mía Artistic Ensemble
Performance Dates: May-June 2013

This is the Key & Song to the Moon (2018) │ $25,000
Alan Bullard, Composer
Performance Dates: April 7, 2019

Le Mozart Noir (2014) │ $25,000
In collaboration with Contemporary Ballet Dallas
Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Composer
Valerie Shelton-Tabor, Choreographer
Performance Dates: February 2016

Tribute (2016) │ $30,000
Matthew Rushing, Choreographer
Ted Rosenthal, Composer
Performance Dates: November 2016

Uncharted Territory (2017) │ $20,000
Bridget L. Moore, Choreographer
Performance Dates: November 3-5, 2017

Skippyjon Jones (2014) │ $25,000
Linda Daugherty, Playwright
Nick Martin, Composer and Librettist
Performance Dates: January – February 2015

Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet (2017) │ $25,000
A co-production with Cara Mía Theatre Company
María F. Rocha and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Authors
Héctor Martínez Morales, Composer
Evelio Flores, Choreographer
Performance Dates: March 23 – April 8, 2018

Caravan: A Revolution on the Road (2018) │ $37,500
Terence Blanchard, Rennie Harris and Andrew Scott
Performance Date: April 9, 2019

Stagger Lee (2012) │ $50,000
Will Power and Justin Ellington, Playwrights
Performance Dates: January – February 2015

Deferred Action (2015) │ $50,000
A co-production with Cara Mía Theatre Company
David Lozano and Lee Trull, Playwrights
Performance Dates: April – May 2016

Penny Candy (2017) │ $55,000
Jonathan Norton, Playwright
Performance Dates: June 5 – July 14, 2019

Universal Language (2014) │ $25,000
Margaret Barrett, Composer
Dr. David Silva, Librettist
Performance Dates: November 2014

The Thrush and the Woodpecker and
Blackberry Winter (2015) │ $50,000
Steve Yockey, Playwright
Performance Dates: May – June 2016

Booth (2013) │ $40,000
Steven Walters and Erik Archilla, Playwrights
Performance Dates: May – June 2014

Everest (2014) │ $25,000
Joby Talbot, Composer
Gene Scheer, Librettist
Performance Dates: January – February 2015

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2018) | $50,000
Joby Talbot, Composer
Gene Scheer, Librettist
Performance Dates: TBA

Abraham Zobell’s
Home Movie: Final Reel (2013) │ $40,000
Len Jenkin, Playwright
Performance Dates: January – February 2014

Tibet Fantasia (2013) │ $20,000
Xi Wang, Composer
Performance Dates: March 2015