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January 2016

Funding Opportunity: 2017 U.S./Japan Creative Artists’ Program

The National Endowment for the Arts cooperates with the U.S. Japan Friendship Commission in the implementation of this program. The U.S/Japan Creative Artists’ Program provides support for up to five outstanding contemporary or traditional artists from the United States to spend a three to five month residency in Japan. Eligible applicants are architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, visual artists, or solo theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, storytellers and performance artists). Multidisciplinary artists and artistic directors of theater or dance companies are also eligible.

The next deadline for this program is February 1, 2016 for residencies in 2017.

The U.S/Japan Creative Artists’ Program is extremely competitive; applicants should have regional or national recognition and anticipate a highly rigorous review of their work. Artists should also present compelling reasons for wanting to work in Japan.

Selected artists will receive:

  • A grant award in the amount of up to $24,000 to cover housing, living, and professional expenses for either 1 artist or a collaborative team.
  • Up to $2,000 for round trip transportation for the artist.

Additional information, including guidelines and the application, can be found at

NOTICE: The application process has changed to electronic submission. There are two deadlines: February 1 for submission of writeable PDF cover sheet application form emailed to JUSFC.creativeartist ; February 15 for attachment of narrative application and electronic submission of work samples.

Stars of the Stage and Page: Call for ATHE 2016 Award Nominations

Who do you consider a “star” artist, teacher, or scholar? Whose work do you seek out and admire, whether on stage or in scholarship? Whose achievements most inspire you to “reach for the stars” and strive for excellence in your own work? Here is your opportunity to honor that individual’s accomplishments.

ATHE gives four prestigious awards recognizing the outstanding lifetime or career achievements of individuals whose excellent work has made a sustained and meaningful impact on the fields of educational and professional theatre:

Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education
Career Achievement in Higher Education
Ellen Stewart Award for Career Achievement in Professional Theatre
Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement

To nominate a “superstar” for one of these awards, write an impassioned letter of nomination and solicit up to ten letters of support. More information on criteria and the details of each award is located on the ATHE website. The deadline for submissions is 15 February 2016.

ATHE awards excellence in scholarly projects published in the last year:

Outstanding Book
Outstanding Article in a Scholarly Journal

The deadline for submissions for Outstanding Book was 31 December 2015 and the deadline for submissions for Outstanding Article is 15 February 2016.

ATHE recognizes excellence in editing of an individual project, or in sustained excellence for a lifetime body of work. These categories are awarded every other year, with publications from the previous two years eligible. In 2016 we will be honoring excellence in an individual project:

Excellence in Editing

The deadline for submissions for Excellence in Editing is 15 February 2016.

ATHE honors excellence in Playwriting via two awards:

Jane Chambers
ATHE Excellence in Playwriting

The deadline for submissions for the ATHE Excellence in Playwriting Award is 1 November 2015. The deadline the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award is 15 February 2016.

In 2016, ATHE and ASTR will begin to jointly honor excellence in digital scholarship with the inaugural presentation of the award:

Excellence in Digital Scholarship

The deadline for submissions for Excellence in Digital Scholarship is 15 February 2016.

More information on nomination processes for all awards can be found on the ATHE website.

Against the Grain Theater Festival Seeking Submissions

Against the Grain Theater Festival is seeking submissions for its 2016 high school and college playwriting competitions. Submissions will be accepted from high school and college students from around the world. Graduate students are eligible for the college competition. The winning playwrights will receive a workshop in Buffalo, New York, where they will get to work on their plays with local actors, directors, and designers. The workshop will culminate with a public reading. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2016. For more details, go to:

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