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. In 2019-2020, it received the support of the Florence Gould Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Institut français-Paris, 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 text-based 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 varied backgrounds and influences, in order to promote a multiplicity of voices and foster a rich 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.
FACE Contemporary Theater also supports curatorial trips upon decision of the steering committee of the program and within the limit of the available budget.
Applicant organizations should contact FACE Contemporary Theater representative to ensure the eligibility of the project.
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 varied backgrounds and influences, in order to promote a rich intercultural dialogue
— Projects that are an outcome of a curatorial research trip conducted during the year and supported by FACE Contemporary Theater or the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
— French companies touring the United States as long as they include a minimum of 5 performances in a minimum of 2 cities. Same for American companies touring France.
In 2020-2022, special attention is given to projects in public space with solid commitment towards communities.
Following an annual application call, FACE Contemporary Theater offers financial support in the form of grants to French or American nonprofit institutions that present or produce the artists. Projects are evaluated and selected by an independent artistic committee.
— Only non-profit organizations are eligible. 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, as well as their financial commitment to the project.
— No grants are awarded to individual artists.
— Previous FACE Contemporary Theater Grantees may reapply for the same project in subsequent years if the project has developed significantly (for example, an institution that benefited from a grant for the first phase of the development of a project, can reapply a second year for the production and tour if this is the case).
— When performed in the United States, productions including texts in French or other foreign languages must be performed with English titles or simultaneous translation.
— When performed in France, productions including texts in English must be performed with French titles or simultaneous translation.
— FACE Contemporary Theater grants support up to 50% of the expenses related to the artistic project such as artists’ fees, housing, per-diem, travel, visa expenses, equipment rentals related to the production, but cannot exceed the amount $20,000.
FACE Contemporary Theater does not cover the operating and front of the house expenses of the institution.
Prior to the deadline, applicant organizations should contact FACE Contemporary Theater representative to ensure the eligibility of the project.
NEXT APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2021 – To Be Announced.
Nicole Birmann Bloom
Program Officer, Performing Arts