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Two Playwrights Awarded Santa Monica Artist Fellowships
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
By Jorge Casuso
August 27, 2019 -- Two playwrights who chronicle the plights of Native Americans and Laotian refuges are the recipients of $20,000 artist fellowships from the City of Santa Monica.The fellowship program, now in its tenth year, is among the largest, public-sector individual artist programs in the United States, officials said.
Fasthorse has been awarded the prestigious PEN/USA Literary Award for Drama, the NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant and numerous Ford and NEA Grants, among other awards.
Chan -- an award winning performance artist, actor, playwright and director -- is the founding artistic director of TeAda Production and co-creator of "Refugee Nation," the first nationally touring play about Laotian refugees in the U.S.
Commissioned by a Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund and a NPN Creation Fund, "Refugee Nation" is a multi-disciplinary performance based on the stories of Laotian refugees and their descendants from around the country.
Leilani received the 2009 Rainbow Award from the Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival.
In addition to the two major fellowships, the program awarded $4,200 Project Fellowships to three other local artists.
This year's recipients are choreographer Melissa Barak, photographer Anthony Friedkin and visual artist Elena Siff.
The City's artist fellowship program supports "the vital creative output and world-class visions of some of the most talented artists based in Santa Monica and all of California," officials said.
It "reinforces Santa Monica’s rich diversity and the community’s high regard for innovation and the fine arts."A panel of five arts professionals recommended the awardees to the City of Santa Monica’s Arts Commission, program officials said.
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