Thursday, September 18, 2014

PlayGround Receives American Theatre Wing Honors!

PlayGround is pleased to announce that the American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards, is awarding the Company with one of the 2014 National Theatre Company grants. 

Created by American Theatre Wing to recognize and support the most promising emerging theatre companies, the 2014 grants are being presented to twelve 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.

“We’re extremely grateful for this recognition by the American Theatre Wing and honored to be in the company of so many outstanding theatres from around the country,” said PlayGround co-founder and Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann. Kleinmann will head to New York later this month to accept the award on behalf of PlayGround and to conference with representatives from the other 2014 National Theatre Company Grant winners.

This year’s recipients include: Amphibian Stage Productions (Fort Worth, Texas), Ars Nova (New York, New York), Forum Theatre (Silver Spring, Maryland), Keen Company (New York, New York), PlayGround (San Francisco, California) , Red Bull Theater (New York, NY), Rogue Machine Theatre (Los Angeles, California), The House Theatre of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois), the TEAM (Brooklyn, New York), Theater Wit (Chicago, Illinois), Theatre B (Fargo, North Dakota), and Williamston Theatre (Williamston, Michigan).

“We are particularly proud to be able to benefit twelve theater companies this year, and with larger grants,” Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, commented. “These companies have proven themselves vital to their respective communities, and we know they will put this funding to good use and continue to do great work."

More information about the National Theatre Company grants can be found at

Information about PlayGround is available at

About PlayGround:

PlayGround, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator, provides unique development opportunities for the Bay Area’s best new playwrights, including the monthly Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series, annual Best of PlayGround Festival, full-length play commissions and support for the production of new plays by local playwrights through the New Play Production Fund and, PlayGround’s newest initiative, the PlayGround Film Festival. To date, PlayGround has supported 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of nearly 700 original short plays and 50 new full-length plays, including more than a dozen that have since premiered in the Bay Area, New York and around the country. PlayGround alumni represent the who’s who of the Bay Area’s best new playwrights, including Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Aaron Loeb, Erin Bregman, Garret Jon Groenveld, Geetha Reddy, and Lauren Yee, among others. For more information, visit 

About the American Theatre Wing:

Best known for creating The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards®, the American Theatre Wing's reach extends beyond Broadway and beyond New York, with educational and media work that offers the best in theatre to people around the world. Dedicated to celebrating excellence and supporting education in the theatre, ATW has been an integral and influential part of the theatrical community for nearly 100 years. For more information about all of the American Theatre Wing programs, go to ATW can be followed on and


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