D.C. based theater company Woolly Mammoth launches a new three year program. They will be called the Weissberg Commissions. These commissions will offer financial support to writers, directors, designers, choreographers, and other generative artists. Therefore, the hope is that the Weissberg Commissions will support creation of new works with a connection to the D.C. area.
What Weissberg Brings to the Table
The Weissberg Foundation’s goal, as stated on their website, is to support organizations and initiatives that empower those most affected by racism. They achieve this through funding, amplification, capacity building, and collaboration in the DMV area. Thus, the foundation is fulfilling part of their mission by funding new works at Woolly.
In an article by American Theatre, Sonia Fernandez was excited to announce this news. Fernandez is Woolly Mammoth’s director of new work. In fact, this is the first formal commissioning program for the Woolly Mammoth theater company.
The American Theatre publication describes the Weissberg Commissions as consisting of full commissions, seed commissions, and finishing commissions. They will range from five thousand to twenty five thousand dollars per project.
The Fund for Diversity in Theater
Previously, the Weissberg Foundation collaborated with Woolly Mammoth through their August 2016 through August 2019 Fund for Diversity in Theater. The foundation and the Fund for Diversity in Theater have a main objective of making theater in the D.C. area more accessible to diverse audiences. To achieve this, they have allocated one million dollars to support four theater companies. Adventure Theatre MTC, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Mosaic Theater Company of DC, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company were the companies involved.
What Does Woolly Stand For
According to the Woolly Mammoth website, the mission of the theater company is as follows:
“Woolly Mammoth creates bold and inspiring new work to redefine theater as a catalyst for a fair, innovative, and involved society.”
Additionally, the Weissberg Foundation has previously supported Woolly Mammoth’s internal operations. Woolly and the Weissberg Commissions now reunite for an exciting collaboration that they can share with theater makers in the DMV area.
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