NEW AWARD FOR LONG WHARF THEATRE’S ARTISTIC COLLECTIVE

SUPPORT FOR UNIVERSES TO DEVELOP NEW WORK IN NEW HAVEN 

(NEW HAVEN, CT—May 4, 2020) Long Wharf Theatre has received an award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of UNIVERSES, the New York-based ensemble of multidisciplinary writers and performers of color who fuse theatre, poetry, dance, jazz, hip hop, politics, down home blues, and Spanish boleros to create moving, challenging, and entertaining works for the stage. The award will support the multidimensional involvement of UNIVERSES founders as participants in Long Wharf Theatre’s inaugural commissioned artistic collective. This collective will fulfill a years-long commitment to commission and develop new plays that represent the kaleidoscope of the human experience, building a new American theatre repertoire that vigorously includes the voices of artists of color.  

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program has awarded Long Wharf Theatre $492,500 to support the residency and artistic development of Steven Sapp and Mildred Ruiz-Sapp—founders and artistic directors of UNIVERSES. The support will be used to add Steven and Mildred to the LWT staff, where they will work closely with artistic director Jacob G. Padrón to develop creative projects for and with members of the Greater New Haven community. During their three-year residency, Steven and Mildred will produce an original work that will premiere at Long Wharf Theatre. 

ABOUT LONG WHARF THEATRE 

Established in 1965 at the start of the regional theatre movement, Long Wharf Theatre was born on the notion that New Haven deserves an active arts culture that is locally created. Our founders shared the dream of starting a professional theatre company in Connecticut, built with the aid of community leaders and patrons of the arts. We are a theatre of international renown, recognized for a historic commitment to commissioning, developing, and producing new work. Many of these works have become part of the modern American canon with more than thirty Long Wharf Theatre productions transferred to Broadway or Off-Broadway runs, three of which—WitThe Shadow Box, and The Gin Game—won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. We were among the earliest recipients of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre (1978), and our productions have earned numerous accolades, including Tony, New York Drama Critics Circle, and Obie Awards; a Margo Jones Award; and Connecticut Critics Circle Awards in nearly every category.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION, 

VISIT LONGWHARF.ORG OR CALL (203) 787-4282 

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