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Overview

FACE Contemporary Theater fosters innovative artistic collaborations and co-productions in theater, and contributes to a dynamic intercultural dialogue between France and the United States. It aims to encourage projects that push aesthetic boundaries and reflect the cultural and artistic diversity seen in theater today.

Created in 1999, the program is developed by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and FACE Foundation, with the support of the Florence Gould Foundation, Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors.

FACE Contemporary Theater supports:

— The productions of contemporary playwrights,
— The residencies of directors and performers,
— The presentation and touring of French productions in the United States and American productions in France.

These projects include multidisciplinary and devised theater, young audience theater productions, contemporary circus, puppetry, and street theater.

The program has expanded beyond artists based in France and the United States to include projects by artists from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East performing in the United States, as long as their work is co-produced by French cultural institutions. In this age of global mobility, the goal is to support artists with multifaceted backgrounds and influences, in order to promote a multiplicity of voices and foster a more varied intercultural dialogue. Each project is intended to reach a wide audience and to engage communities as well as act as a launching pad for the featured artists.

Read carefully the section PRIORITIES and GUIDELINES

Applicant organizations should contact FACE Contemporary Theater representative to ensure the eligibility of the artist or company for whom they wish to apply.

 


Priorities & Guidelines

GRANTS FOR ARTISTIC PROJECTS

FACE Contemporary Theater seeks to support French-American artistic collaborations and co-productions that help build productive partnerships between cultural organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. It also supports projects that explore aesthetic boundaries and reflect the cultural and artistic diversity of the French and American contemporary scenes.

Special attention is given to:

— Projects involving artists whose work has rarely been seen in the partner country

— French projects that are part of major festivals in the United States or in conjunction with important performing arts platforms such as APAP

— Projects involving artists with multifaceted backgrounds and influences, in order to promote a more varied intercultural dialogue

— Projects with significant community engagement

— Regarding tours, priority is given to tours that include a minimum of 5 performances in a minimum of 2 cities.

 


Eligibility

FACE Contemporary Theater offers financial support in the form of grants to French or American nonprofit institutions that present or produce the artists.

ONLY NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE.

Deadline date for Applications:
February 28, 2018

— American organizations must demonstrate their 501(c)(3) status granted by the IRS. French organizations must provide proof of equivalent nonprofit status for eligibility.

— American organizations must present a project that involves French or France-based artists, or a project by artists from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East as long as their work is co-produced by French cultural institutions.

— French institutions must present a project that involves at least one American theater artist or U.S based artist.

— The organization (presenter, festival, university…) must show a clear financial and artistic commitment towards the project.

— Productions of classical French repertory theater are not eligible through this program.

— FACE Contemporary Theater doesn’t support publications.

— In case of a company or an artist touring the partner country with several stops, each cultural organization presenting the artist/company can apply individually. If more than 3 organizations are concerned, contact the Program Officer

— Companies and ensembles may submit applications to FACE Contemporary Theater only if they have identified one or several presenting partners who have indicated in writing their willingness to participate in the collaboration.

— No grants are awarded to individual artists.

— Applicants may reapply to FACE Contemporary Theater for the same project in subsequent years only if the project has developed significantly since the last application.

— When performed in the United States, productions including texts must be performed either in English or in French with titles or simultaneous translation.

— When performed in France, productions including texts in English must be performed with French titles or simultaneous translation.

— Only projects whose presentation begins after June 1, 2018 will be eligible.

— FACE Contemporary Theater grants support up to 40% of the artists’ fees, including housing, perdiem, travel, and visa expenses, but cannot exceed the amount $25,000.

Prior to the deadline, applicant organizations should contact FACE Contemporary Theater representative to ensure the eligibility of the artist or company for whom they wish to apply.

 

Calendar / Application

Download:

Application Form [PDF]

Budget Template [XLS]

Send completed Application Form and all attachments by email to: performingarts@face-foundation.org

Deadline date for Applications:
February 28, 2018

 


Brochure

Our new Brochure is available [PDF]

 

 


Contact

Nicole Birmann Bloom
Program Officer
Tel: 212 439 1444
nicole.birmann@diplomatie.gouv.fr

 

 

 

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