The Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes design enhancement Fund
Collapsible Giraffe, Dream of the Red Chamber // Photo by Joshua Higgason
2014 Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund Recipient
The Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund was created from the estate of noted designers Edith Lutyens and her husband, Norman Bel Geddes. Edith Lutyens Bel Geddes was a theatrical costume designer and producer, who also ran a costume shop in New York City. In 1954, she shared a Tony Award for the costume design of Ondine. Mrs. Bel Geddes was also the publisher of Theatre Arts magazine from 1958 through 1960. Norman Bel Geddes started his career as a scenic designer for The Metropolitan Opera. He eventually shifted his focus to industrial design and was the first person to seriously apply the concepts of aerodynamics and streamlining to that field. In 1939, he designed the General Motors Pavilion for the New York World’s Fair.
Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes created their namesake foundation to support the design and production costs of New York City-based nonprofit theatre companies. The Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund provides grants intended to augment the artistic needs of a production and allow a designer to more fully realize their artistic vision for a production. Design enhancement can impact the artists and audiences involved in a production in many ways, from formal and technological innovations to augmenting the audiences experience in the theatre. In order to have the most significant impact, these funds must supplement the current production budget and augment the original design concept. Applicants may request support for sets, lights, sound, costumes, video, projection, or multimedia design elements, with a focus on materials and equipment that will augment and enhance the design.
In essence, we ask you and your design team to dream big and answer the question: "What would you do if you had an extra $5,000 or $10,000 to spend on this production?" Examples of grant uses include: increasing materials budget for a given design element, paying for additional or more elaborate equipment, using higher quality materials than originally thought affordable, building a design element instead of renting it, or experimenting with a new technology solution.
Grantees can find information on crediting policies and language here.
Applications for the 2016 Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Fund (for productions taking place throughout 2016) are now closed.
Applications were due at 5pm on Friday, October 2, and recipients will be notified in December of 2015.
For more information about this program, please contact Ann Marie Lonsdale, Director of Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 244-6667 ext. 221.
2016 EDITH LUTYENS AND NORMAN BEL GEDDES FUND GRANT RECIPIENTS
The Assembly Theater Project // I Will Look Forward to This Later
To Enhance Designs by Nick Benacerraf, Kate Fry, Barbara Samuels, and Asa Wember
Ars Nova // Sky-Pony's The Wildness
To Enhance Designs by Adam Koch
The Barrow Group // Enemy of the People
To Enhance Designs by Edward T. Morris
Clubbed Thumb // Men On Boats
To Enhance Designs by Arnulfo Maldonado and Asta Bennie Hostetter
New York City Players // REALLY
To Enhance Designs by Michael Schmelling
Prospect Theater Company // Death for Five Voices
To Enhance Designs by Ann Bartek, Susan M. Nicholson, and Sidney Shannon
Target Margin Theater // Drunken with What?
To Enhance Designs by David Herskovits
Header: 2014 Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Grantee The Team’s production of RoosevElvis (Photo by: Sue Kessler)