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American Theatre Wing Announces 2016 National Theatre Company Grants


The American Theatre Wing has announced the recipients of the 2016 National Theatre Company Grants including current MFA student, Jessica Lind Peterson, who was awarded a grant for her theatre company—Yellow Tree Theatre. 

The National Theatre Company, which founded the Tony Awards, is honoring Yellow Tree Theatre with a $10,000 grant. The 120 seat theater is one of only 7 in the country to get the award.

“The quality of work that these remarkable theatre companies produce is nothing short of inspiring,” said Marva Smalls, chair of the National Theatre Company Grants committee, in a statement. “They further the conversations of issues important to their local communities.”

View a short interview with Jessica and Jason, the wife/husband team behind Yellow Tree Theatre. 


ABOUT the Grant

ATW invites applications from companies or organizations that have been in continued existence for at least five years but not longer than fifteen years, during which time they have 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. 

ATW will distribute a number of first-time grants for the 2016 cycle in the amount of $10,000 each for general operating support. In addition, ATW will distribute a number of grants for the 2016 cycle in the amount of $10,000 each for general operating support to companies who have already received the National Theatre Company Grant in grant cycles occurring between 2010 and 2015.


About Yellow Tree Theatre

Yellow Tree Theatre (Osseo, MN) brings stories to life that ignite passion, inspire laughter and awaken possibility while exploring and celebrating the great complexities of the human spirit. We strive to be a welcoming artistic venue where people of all ages and walks of life can gather to experience authentic community, and to produce high-quality professional productions in the heart of the Northwest suburbs of Minneapolis, making live theatre more accessible to the community.

Yellow Tree Theatre was founded in 2008 by theatre artists and husband/wife team Jason Peterson and Jessica Lind Peterson in response to a need for the arts in the Osseo/Maple Grove area. Yellow Tree was born with the goal of creating a welcoming artistic venue, with live theater as its backbone, which would also serve as a vibrant artistic hub for the community.