9:35 a.m., July 23, 2012--The Master Players Concert Series
(MPCS) and the Resident Ensemble Players (REP) have been
awarded Delaware Division of the Arts' Project Support
grants of $17,500 and $50,000, respectively, to "assist in
the growth of a vibrant cultural environment."
The grants support "increased access to high-quality arts
activities presented by community-based organizations
throughout the state," and the two University awards are
substantially greater than the average program grants,
which typically range from $2,000 to $10,000.
The $17,500 grant to the Master Players Concert Series will
fund the world premier of the Six on 6ix concert, in which
the MPCS has commissioned six-minute-long compositions by
The works will be performed by the world-class MPCS
ensemble-in-residence 6wire Project and other guest artists
at the Six on 6ix concert, which runs during the weekend of
March 15, 2013.
Meanwhile, the $50,000 grant to REP will help support the
five productions that will comprise the upcoming REP
season, particularly by offsetting some of the costs of
maintaining a resident acting company and hiring guest
directors and designers.
"That REP has received this award - the first time ever
that a professional arts organization existing within a
university has gotten funding above $20,000 - is a
testament to the high quality of professional theatre that
REP has offered and continues to offer and to its
commitment to make first class theatre productions of great
plays accessible to everyone in this region by virtue of
exceptionally low ticket prices," says Sanford Robbins,
chair of the Department of Theatre.
About the REP
The REP consists of 10 Equity actors and an Equity stage
manager, all of whom are contracted for a four-year period
of residency that commences with the beginning of each PTTP
training cycle. The company is composed of some of
America's most experienced and respected stage actors
and actresses as well as two members directly from the most
recent PTTP graduating class.
About the Master Players Concert Series
The Master Players Concert Series is a series of chamber
concerts throughout the year featuring string, vocal,
woodwind and brass literature. The series brings to campus
world-renowned musicians for professional performances and
workshops for students.
About the Delaware Division of the Arts
The Delaware Division of the Arts, a branch of the Delaware
Department of State, is dedicated to nurturing and
supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all
Delawareans. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware
State Arts Council, the division administers grants and
programs that support arts programming, educate the public,
increase awareness of the arts and integrate the arts into
all facets of Delaware life.
Project Support grants assist in the growth of a vibrant
cultural environment by supporting increased access to
high-quality arts activities presented by community-based
organizations throughout the state.