First Down

Makers Program

Makers Program

Each year, two BIPOC theater companies are granted 5 weeks in our Theater C space to rehearse and premiere a new work.  Makers Program Companies will receive our *All-Inclusive licensing package: 

  • 2-3 weeks rehearsal space in Theater C
  • 2-3 weeks for public performances (minimum of 16 performances)
  • 100% net box office receipts donated to your theater company
  • Technical consultation and use of house inventory of sound and lighting equipment
  • Marketing and PR Package valued at $10k 
  • Includes professional publicist, graphic designer, and a marketing team to create a graphics package and promotional campaign tailored specifically to your show.

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2023 Participants:

The Pool Plays (October)
The Pool is creating a sustainable model of artist-led theater production that breaks down the current processes and puts playwrights at the helm – in support of one another and making way for diverse storytellers of tomorrow.  Each cohort of The Pool produces three plays in rep; the playwrights are empowered to take matters into their own hands as they lead the production of their original work – from the page to the stage.

2022 Participants:

Noor Theatre (February)
Noor Theatre is an Obie-winning company dedicated to supporting, developing and producing the work of theatre artists of Middle Eastern and North African/South West Asian and North African (MENA/SWANA) descent. Our programming supports work at different stages of development, whether early drafts of new plays or world premiere productions. Through our commissioning program, workshops and readings, world premiere productions, and other programming, we support artists in developing their voices and we share their often unheard stories with a diverse audience.

Pictured: Peter Romano and Hend Ayoub in FIRST DOWN (2022) by SEVAN and directed by Johanna McKeon. Presented by Noor Theatre. Photo by Carol Rosegg.