The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Invites applications and Nominations for the
2009 National Teaching Artists Grants

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival invites theatre faculty from colleges and universities to apply for professional development grants of up to $2000. Faculty and Administrators are also invited to nominate outstanding colleagues for these National Teaching Artist Grants.

Faculty in all theatre disciplines are encouraged to apply:

Arts Administration
Dramatic Criticism and Theory
Performance Studies
Theatre History

The grants are to be used to underwrite tuition, travel, meals, or costs associated with an extended professional residency in the applicants’ area of discipline.

Recent NTAG awardees used the grant funds to support a teaching residency in South Africa, attend a movement theatre conference, attend an intensive training seminar on Moving Lights, support a directing residency with Artists’ Rep in Portland Oregon, and support a one-on-one tutorial on costume rendering techniques while on sabbatical in Canada.

Other potential applications of the National Teaching Artist Grant funds might include: ATHE Pre-Conference Special Events, the KCACTF Summer Playwriting or Design Intensives, The O’Neill National Critics Institute, The Actors Center Teacher Development Workshop, USITT Symposia, Shakespeare & Company Training Intensives, Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre Summer Classes, cross-disciplinary projects, research time at the Stratford Festival Archives, etc.

We will award up to seven National Teaching Artist Grants and acknowledge the recipients in a full page ad in American Theatre Magazine.

We will award grants based on:
1-The candidates’ achievements as teaching artists
2-The candidates’ record of contribution to Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Programming.

At least two of the grants will recognize early career achievement as a teaching artist.

Deadlines and Schedule:

October 1, 2009 Regional Executive Committees’ Nominations due honoring individuals for regional achievement.

October 15, 2009 “Intent to Apply” notification to the Kennedy Center National Office due for all applicants.

October 15, 2009 All Nominations by colleague faculty or administrators due

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November 15, 2009 Application/submission deadline for all applicants and nominees.

January 15, 2010 Grant Award notification

September 1, 2010 Grant funds must be distributed by this date.

To apply, please submit the following:

1- A letter of motivation, including a description of the intended professional development opportunity.
2- A CV
3- A concise representation of the creative or scholarly work appropriate for your discipline (sample creative or scholarly writing, portfolio of 10-15 images of your design work, production photos and notes, etc. ) Applicants may refer the Selection Panel to an online portfolio.
4- All of the above- letter, CV, renderings, sketches, production photos, other creative imagery, writing samples -should be converted to and submitted as PDFs. Online portfolio imagery or content need not be reproduced in this manner.

All submissions are via e-mail attachments to:

A panel consisting of current and past members of the KCACTF National Committee and a non-academic professional will make the grant selections.

Previous recipients of the National Teaching Artist Grant, National Faculty Design Fellowship, O’Neill Critics Institute Faculty Fellowship or Actors Center Teacher Development Workshop Fellowship are not eligible to be considered for these 2009 Grants.

Current or immediate-past KCACTF Regional Chairs, National Playwriting Program Chairs or Design & Technologies Chairs are not eligible for these grants.

2008 National Teaching Artist Grants applicants and nominees are welcome to re-apply.

Please direct any questions regarding applications, nominations and the granting procedure to Gregg Henry at the e-mail address below.

Gregg Henry, Artistic Director
Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
Education Department
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington DC 20566-0001