Barrington Stage Company Presents $2,500 Spark Grants to Daniel K. Isaac, Keelay Gipson, Camille A. Brown, Joe Calarco, Sara Cooper, Jenny Giering, Donja R. Love, Grace McLean, Jeffrey Page,Joël René Scoville and Niko Tsakalakos

Barrington Stage Company is presenting the first round of Spark Grants of $2,500 each to eleven artists with whom Barrington Stage Company has either collaborated with on past work or looks forward to collaborating with in the future. Each recipient was awarded the grant under the single condition that the money be used to spark the artist’s creativity.

Keelay Gipson and Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang

“In these uncertain times, we know that many artists are struggling not only financially but also artistically,” commented Ms. Boyd. “We are addressing both of these challenges by awarding these grants to artists to spark their creativity, either for a new project or to continue working on an existing one.”

Tony nominee Camille A. Brown attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards. Photo by Lia Chang

The following artists have received Spark Grants:
Director/Choreographer Camille A. Brown (Upcoming – BSC: Ain’t Misbehavin’; Broadway: Choir Boy, Once on This Island; Off-Broadway: For Colored Girls…; Film: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)
Playwright Joe Calarco (BSC: Ragtime, Breaking the Code; Published work: In the Absence of Spring, Walter Cronkite is Dead)
Playwright-Lyricist Sara Cooper (BSC: The Memory Show; NY: Elevator Heart, Fault Lines)
Composer Jenny Giering (BSC: Gertrude and Claudius; Regional: Saint-Ex, Alice Bliss)
Activist, Professor and Playwright Keelay Gipson (NY & Regional: The Red and the Black, imagine sisyphus happy, #NEWSLAVES, Mary/Stuart)
Actor, Writer and Art-ivist Daniel K. Isaac (BSC: The Chinese Lady; NY & Regional: The Hope Project, Quiet Love, Fullerton, Once Upon A (korean) Time)
Playwright Donja R. Love (Off-Broadway: soft, one in two, Fireflies, Sugar in Our Wounds)
Actor, Singer, Writer and Composer Grace McLean (BSC: Mr Finn’s Cabaret; Broadway: Natasha, Pierre…; Off-Broadway: In the Green; Tour: Grace McLean & Them Apples)
Director and Choreographer Jeffrey Page (BSC: Company, Broadway Bounty Hunter; Broadway: Violet; Upcoming: 1776)
Composer, Actor and Writer Joël René Scoville (2&1, The Long Way Home; Webseries: “Crazy with a K!”)
Singer-songwriter Niko Tsakalakos (BSC: Fall Springs, Pool Boy; Regional: Off the Map)

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness andWhen the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The CactusThe Language LessonThe Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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