Rogue Artists Ensemble Receives First NEA Grant

NEA Awards More Than $82 Million Awarded for Arts Projects Nationwide

Including $10,000 awarded to Rogue Artists Ensemble

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $10,000 to Rogue Artists Ensemble to support the development and performance of the Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as Rogue Artists Ensemble, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin has been many years in development, and co-producing with East West Players is an exciting partnership with the nation’s premier Asian American theatre organization who, like the Rogues, is dedicated to the nurturing of original work and boundary pushing stories,” says Rogue Artist Ensemble's Artistic Director Sean Cawelti. “The production will feature thrilling large-scale puppetry, effects, VR, and place audiences inside these stories in a way that only an immersive, site-specific piece can do. We're so glad the NEA is as excited about the project as we are."

Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin will be an immersive, site-specific piece inspired by the Japanese ghost stories, taking place in a secret warehouse location in Mid-City, Los Angeles. It will receive its world premiere in October 2017. 

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Chelsea Sutton