A.R.T./New York provides a variety of financial resources to help theatres realize their creative potential.

The Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes design enhancement Fund

New Georges, (NOT) WATER, photo by Marina McClure
2017 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.


The application for the 2018  Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund (for productions taking place throughout 2018)  opened on August 28, 2017 and closed on October 2, 2017 at 5:00pm.





Please review the guidelines in full before applying.




For more information about this program, please contact Corinne Woods, Programs Manager, at or (212) 244-6667 ext. 241.



Ars Nova
 // The Lucky Ones
To enhance designs by Rachel Hauck, Ásta Bennie Hostetter, Amith Chandrashaker, and Nick Kourtides

Blessed Unrest // This Is Modern Art
To enhance designs by Matt Opatrny

Buran Theatre // some higher glimmer in our landscape of flat
To enhance designs by Carolyn Mraz and Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew

General Mischief Dance Theatre // Universal Language
To enhance designs by Olga Ferreira and Kevin Reese

HERE // Soundstage
To enhance designs by Rob Roth

NAATCO // Henry VI
To enhance designs by Kimie Nishikawa and Gina Scherr

New Light Theater Project // Hal & Bee
To enhance designs by Brian Dudkiewicz

The New York Neo-Futurists // Windup Variations
To enhance designs by Justin W. Cornell, Sarah Snider, Carl Riehl, and Lauren Parrish

Object Collection // It's All True
To enhance designs by Peter Ksande



Header: 2017 Nancy Quinn Fund, Creative Space Grant, Creative Opportunity Fund, and Rental Subsidy Fund recipient Broken Box Mime Theater's prduction of SEE REVERSE //  Photo: Bjorn Bolinder @findthelightphotography