Atlanta’s Synchronicity Theatre is one of 10 recipients of a prestigious $10,000 National Theatre Company Grant from the American Theatre Wing. To qualify, grantees must have been in operation at least five years but not more than 15, 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. The winners were chosen from among 70 applicants.
“We are honored by this incredible award, and are proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these other fine theatres,” said Synchronicity Producing Artistic Director Rachel May. “We commend the vision of the American Theatre Wing for recognizing companies like Synchronicity who may be smaller or lesser-known, but are nevertheless changing the face of American theatre.” May helped found the company in 1997, along with three like-minded friends. She and Synchronicity Resources Director Jamina Cole D’Amico will travel to New York to accept the grant at a celebratory luncheon Oct. 24. Synchronicity’s administrative offices are in downtown Atlanta. It does not have its own theatre space, and this season will work at Horizon Theatre and 7 Stages in Little Five Points and the Balzer Theater at Herren’s downtown. The company has three full-time and four part-time employees, as well as a number of actors, technicians, playwrights, directors and movement specialists who serve as artistic associates.
Synchronicity opens its 14th season Oct. 28 with Sarah Ruhl’s period comedy In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play. The company produces five shows annually, a mix that includes contemporary theatre for adults and musicals or plays for the entire family. It also is home to the groundbreaking Playmaking for Girls outreach program that uses theatre to empower girls before, during and after they’ve been part of the juvenile justice system.
“For the second year in a row, our national grants committee was astounded by the breadth and depth of the work being done by nonprofit theatre companies around this country,” said Lucie Arnaz, chair of the Wing’s grants committee. “It’s thrilling to me to prove, once again, that great theatre isn’t just on Broadway between 40th and 50th streets, but that Broadway is a road that is 3,000 miles long.”
Theatres selected were chosen for their uniqueness, courage, creativity and inspiring programs that develop new work, outreach and education, according to the Wing. Other companies receiving Wing grants are Buntport Theater Company in Denver, FUSION in Albuquerque, NM; Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego; Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia; Rude Mechanicals in Austin, Texas; TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, Ark.; TimeLine Theatre in Chicago; Transport Group in New York; and Watts Village Theater Company in Los Angeles.
Synchronicity’s season’s lineup includes the joint world premiere of Feet First in the Water With a Baby in My Teeth, written and performed by Megan Gogerty (Dec. 2-18); a reprise of the family show The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Dec. 11-Jan. 1); Petite Rouge, a family musical with a Cajun Little Red Riding Hood and a zydeco score; and Brilliant Traces, a two-character drama in which a woman running toward life, and a man running away from it, collide in a remote Alaskan cabin.
Synchronicity activates communities toward social change through powerful, transformative theatrical experiences. In collaboration, we support women artists, forge effective long-term community partnerships and develop new work. For more information, please go to www.synchrotheatre.com.