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(Greensboro, NC) —The American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®, awarded Triad Stage a $10,000 grant, honoring the company as one of the Top 10 Most Promising Theaters to have emerged in the last 15 years across the United States.  Recipients of the inaugural National Theatre Company Grant include theatres in Arlington, Boise, Boston, Chicago, Denver, New York City, Philadelphia and Portland.

The American Theatre Wing sought theaters that, in the last fifteen years, “articulated a distinctive mission, cultivated an audience, and nurtured a community of artists in ways that strengthen the quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theatre.” In its first nine seasons, Triad Stage has produced over 60 MainStage productions, holiday shows, and special events. Selling over 300,000 tickets and gaining a loyal 3,000 Season Passholder base, Triad Stage has continued to thrive in a time where many regional theaters have closed their doors. The collapse of the textile industry, the events of September 11, 2001 (only months before the opening of the first season), and the recession of 2008, all shaped Triad Stage’s development. The desire to create theatre for the community—allowing the audience the pride of saying, “This theater is ours”—drove Triad Stage’s founders Preston Lane and Richard Whittington. “We are incredibly delighted by this recognition, but the real honor goes to our audiences, who continue to encourage and support us,” states Whittington. “Their belief in Triad Stage’s mission and work go to prove just how far an arts organization can come in such a short time when its community stands behind it.” With over 1,400 performances to date, Triad Stage continues to be a prominent fixture of Downtown Greensboro, recently recognized with the J. Edward Kitchen Leadership Award by Downtown Greensboro Inc., as well as the regional theatre community. Since the beginning, Triad Stage has consistently fostered a thriving artistic voice of its own, employing close to a thousand actors, directors, and designers in its first nine seasons.

About the American Theatre Wing
The American Theatre Wing (Theodore S. Chapin, Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Howard Sherman, Executive Director) is best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards®, which it presents annually with The Broadway League. In addition to the media programs “Downstage Center,” “In The Wings,” “Working in the Theatre,” and a host of other online resources, The Wing sponsors many activities, all dedicated to recognizing excellence and supporting education in theatre. These programs include the Theatre Intern Group, a career development program for young professionals; SpringboardNYC, a two-week college-to-career boot camp for young performers moving to NYC; and the Jonathan Larson® Grants, given annually to honor emerging composers, lyricists and book writers. Visitors to can listen to, watch or download from ATW’s extensive media collection, and learn more about all of its programming for students, aspiring and working professionals, and audiences who want to learn more about the making of theatre.

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