Tony Beowulf Boritt award-winning set designer founded The 1/52 Project, a financial grant program providing $ 15,000 in grants to early-career theater designers.
Project 1/52, funded by currently active Broadway designers who are encouraged to donate a week of royalties each year, hopes to encourage those from historically excluded groups in an effort to diversify and strengthen the design community. of Broadway.
Among the first to donate is Tony winner John Lee Beatty (Chicago), Tony Nevin Steinberg winner (Hamilton, Hadestown), Tony winner Jennifer Tipton (Kill a mockingbird), Jeff Sugg, candidate Tony (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), Tony Meola (Bad), and Tony winner Jeff Croiter (Supreme Love Freestyle).
Candidates will be chosen on the basis of talent, creativity, innovation and potential for future excellence, with demonstrated financial need being a determining factor. Applications, available mid-January, will be accepted until May 15. The finalists will be notified on July 1 and will be interviewed by the selection committee in August. Grant recipients will be announced on Labor Day. For more information visit OneEveryFiftyTwo.org.
The grant criteria have been created and will be evaluated by a committee of professional BIPOC designers: Tony Dede Ayite nominated costume designer, projection designer David Bengali, set designer Wilson Chin, lighting designer Allan Edwards, the Tony Kai Harada award-winning sound designer, stage designer Kimie Nishikawa, Tony-winner costume designer Paul Tazewell, costume designer Alejo Vietti and costume designer Anita Yavich.
Boritt says, “I always understood how lucky I was to work on Broadway, how difficult it was to get that opportunity. But the last few years have made me realize what probably should have already been obvious, that part of my “good luck” was being born to a white boy. This simple fact opened doors for me. I hope this project can help support the careers of a more diverse group of designers a bit.
Project 1/52 has partnered with TheFrontOffice Foundation, established by director Wendy C. Goldberg in 2020 to support the theater community during the industry shutdown through artist relief, commissions and grants.
The project is primarily funded by donations from working professional designers, but others are encouraged to make a tax-deductible contribution. by clicking here.