Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Organization Name:  Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Link to site: https://sloan.org/programs/public-understanding/theater

Organization Type: Non-Profit Grant Making Foundation 

Organization Mission: The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes grants primarily to support original research and education related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics. The Foundation believes that these fields—and the scholars and practitioners who work in them—are chief drivers of the nation’s health and prosperity. The Foundation also believes that a reasoned, systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society, when applied inventively and wisely, can lead to a better world for all. 

(Mission provided by Alfred. P Sloan Foundation)

Organization Overview (Theater): Over the past fifteen years, the Foundation has developed a nationwide theater program with participants in many regions anchored by two acclaimed New York City partners—Ensemble Studio Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club. This seminal program has backed such early Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning works as Proof and Copenhagen and is today recognized as the leading supporter of science plays in the country.

In addition to its two main partners, the Foundation recently awarded a pilot grant to the National Theatre in London and in the past has worked with New York-based Playwrights Horizons to develop and stage new works.To date the theater program has received over 2000 submissions for new plays, has commissioned more than 250 works, and has staged more than 60 plays in New York City alone, with dozens traveling to more than 30 theaters across the country and internationally.

(Overview provided by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation)

Team:

Doron Weber – Vice President, Program Director

Ali Chunovic – Program Associate, Science & the Arts

Delia DiBiasi – Senior Program, Investments Assistant

Organization History: Founded in 1934 by industrialist Alfred P. Sloan Jr., the Foundation is a not-for-profit grant making institution that supports high quality, impartial scientific research; fosters a robust, diverse scientific workforce; strengthens public understanding and engagement with science; and promotes the health of the institutions of scientific endeavor. 

(History provided by Alfred. P Sloan Foundation)

Grant Goals: 

  1. Encourage emerging and established playwrights to engage with scientific themes in their work 
  2. Promote the production of commissioned, science-themed plays in New York and in regional theaters around the country
  3. Expand public engagement with science-themed theater through panels, readings, and special events

(Goals provided by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation)

Theaters Awarded Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grants

Manhattan Theatre Club

  • Production support for the staging of Nick Payne’s science-themed Incognito 
  • Production support for science-themed Broadway play Constellations
  • For production support for science-comedy The Explorers Club 
  • Production support for The Other Place, produced at MTC’s Broadway space
  • To commission, develop, and produce science and technology plays 
  • To support the MTC/Sloan Initiative 
  • To provide production support for the staging of Bess Wohl’s science-themed play Continuity

Ensemble Studio Theatre, Inc.

  • To commission, develop, produce, and disseminate new science plays across the country
  • To extend the run of the Sloan-commissioned hit play Behind the Sheet for four weeks at EST

Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation

  • To support the Science on Screen initiative, in their transition to digital projection 
  • To support the expansion of the Science on Screen program to art house cinemas nationwide 
  • To support screenings and discussion of science films at art house theaters nationwide
  • To support the Science on Screen program and expand its reach 40 more theatres
  • To sustain and expand the Science on Screen program

American Associates of the National Theatre

  • To commission a play about Ignaz Semmelweis by playwright Stephen Brown and produced by the National Theatre 
  • To support the development of a musical about John Snow

L.A. Theatre Works

  • To record four new Sloan-commissioned for broadcast on public radio and distributed to schools, libraries, online retail partners and regional theatres
  • For development of “Relativity” apps, eBooks, and website material 
  • To record four new science plays for broadcast on public radio and distribution 
  • To develop new digital products on previous play recordings and to maximize access
  • To develop a new 12-play podcast while disseminating 20 science plays to millions of people and thousands of libraries and schools 

State Theatre Regional Arts Center at New Brunswick, Inc.

  • To support the presentation of the Music and the Mind panel event
  • To record 4 new science radio plays to complete the 17-science-play series
  • To record four new Sloan plays for public radio broadcast and online streaming

Current Theatre Partners

Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC

Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC

National Theatre, London

L.A. Theatre Works

Shows (Staged and Produced) Though the Alfred P. Sloan Foundations Major Theatre Partners

Continuity by Bess Wohl

Behind the Sheet by Charly Evon Simpson

Bump by Chiara Atik

Spill by Leigh Fondakowski

Please Continue by Frank Basloe

Boy by Anna Ziegler

Incognito by Nick Payne

Informed Consent by Deborah Zoe Laufer

Constellations by Nick Payne

Fast Company by Carla Ching

The Other Place by Sharr White

The Explorers Club by Nell Benjamin

Isaac’s Eye by Lucas Hnath

The Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen

Headstrong by Patrick Link

Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler

Lenin’s Embalmers by Vern Thiessen

End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer

Lucy by Damien Atkins

Serendib by David Zellnik

Relativity by Cassandra Medley

Luminescence Dating by Carey Perloff

Tooth and Claw by Micheal Hollinger

Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones

String Fever by Jacquelyn Reingold

The Secret Order by Bob Clyman

The Louis Slotin Sonata by Paul Mullin

Moving Bodies by Arthur Giron

Tesla’s Letters by Jeffery Stanley

Flight by Arthur Giron

An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen

Links:

https://sloan.org/grants-database

https://sloan.org/about/staff

https://socialsciences.rice.edu/alfred-p-sloan-foundation-research-grants

https://fconline.foundationcenter.org/fdo-grantmaker-profile?key=SLOA001

https://sloan.org/programs/public-understanding/theater

https://sloan.org/programs/public-understanding/theater/list

Entered by: Anna Galanides

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