Performing Arts


Fabiola Decius // Teens WRITE: Ten-Minute Play Festival

Last month, Creative City grantee Fabiola Decius directed the Teens WRITE: Ten-Minute Play Festival, at Riverside Theatre Works in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood.Read more »


Creative City Grantee Events: August 2018

It's August! Here's what Creative City artists are up to this month: Read more »


Mother & Father Wit: Life Lessons

Throughout the spring, long-time legendary jazz singer, story-teller, and Creative City grantee Valerie Stephens worked with Boston-area seniors for her live story-telling project, Mother & Father Wit: Life LessonsRead more »


Travel Grants for Presenters & Dance Grantees

NEFA offers three travel grant opportunities for cultural and nonprofit organizations to see work that they may be interested in presenting. One of the opportunities, National Dance Project Travel Fund, also supports current National Dance Project Production grantees. The deadlines for these opportunities are rolling throughout our fiscal year, which begins anew June 1. Now is a great time to apply for upcoming fall and winter showcases and conferences!Read more »


Dance and Movement for All

Last month, Creative City grantee Wendy Jehlen led a group of seven Deaf movement artists in a series of public pop-up performances throughout Boston, called Project Listen. The troupe, raising awareness that dance/movement is for both the hearing community and the Deaf, too, performed their unique, wordless piece.Read more »


Announcing National Theater Project Finalists

Each year, the National Theater Project (NTP) advisors meet in the spring to decide which projects will be invited to complete a final application for the NTP Creation and Touring Grant. The goal of the meeting is not only to choose the finalists but also to provide feedback for applicants who are not selected. The hope is that if unsuccessful applicants apply for funding in the next round, they will have a stronger proposal. The NTP advisors take the decision and feedback process very seriously; it's never easy to deny proposals, and, as the applications get better each year, the decisions get that much harder. The discussions are always lively and informative, and result in a very strong list of final applicants.Read more »


Project Listen: Pop-Up Movement Performances by the Deaf Community

The month of May is ripe with public events within NEFA’s Creative City Program. The first is Project Listen, a series of outdoor public pop-up movement performances by the Deaf community, choreographed by Wendy Jehlen of ANIKAYA Dance Theater. The performances, free and open to the public, will take place hourly on Saturday, May 5, 2018, throughout Boston.Read more »


Building Knowledge and Networks for Performing Artists

On April 4 and 5, Amy Smith, Co-Director of Headlong in Philadelphia and Seth Lepore, Co-Founder of Mass Collaborative in Easthampton, Massachusetts, led an intensive two-day workshop titled “The Nuts & Bolts of Being a Performing Artist,” co-hosted by NEFA, the Boston Foundation, and MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program, and held at the office of the Boston Foundation.Read more »


Creative City Q&A with Maia Dolphin-Krute and Jesse Erin Posner

Maia Dolphin-Krute and Jesse Erin Posner’s Creative City-supported The Way We Live Now (2018) is a multimedia, performance-based collaborative project centered on the Susan Sontag short story The Way We Live Now (1987). This project updates the story, originally set during the AIDS epidemic, to reflect our current opioid epidemic and uses this updated script to facilitate the public processing of what too often remain private and painful experiences. This project uses the model of Susan Sontag’s short story to ask: What does it mean to live within an epidemic? How do we continue living?Read more »


Seven CreativeGround Profiles We Love: April 2018

CreativeGround is brimming with compelling profiles for artists, creative businesses, and cultural nonprofits, and we are excited to announce our newest iteration of featured profiles. Now posted on the CreativeGround homepage and about page, this cohort features NEFA award winners, newcomers to the site, and longtime cultural partners. Read a brief blurb on these engaging profiles below, and click on the profile name or image to view the profiles to get the full experience!

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