Aurand Harris Grant

Dear Ms. Wilkins:

Your proposal has been evaluated and has received a high ranking among applications for the CTFA Aurand Harris Grant.  We are able to fund your proposal and award you $400.00 toward your application to purchase a pipe and drape stage setting. We hope this amount and the endorsement of the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America will be useful in raising the remainder of the funds necessary to this most promising project.
We congratulate you on this outstanding project and your successful application.

Mina Halliday Casmir, Vice President for Grants
Children’s Theatre Foundation of America

Aurand Harris Grants and Fellowships are made possible through an endowment established by the late Aurand Harris and administered by the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.  Aurand Harris, one of this nation’s most published and performed playwrights for children and youth, enormously enriched the literature of American children’s theatre.  Plays such as “Androcles and the Lion,” translated into 10 languages, “The Arkansaw Bear.” “The Toby Show.” “Rags to Riches.” and “To Ride a Blue Horse.” are but a few of his plays that fill stages in this country and abroad.  Harris’s writings, informed by his studies in Kansas and at Northwestern University and by his teaching initially, in the Gary, IN school system, and subsequently, for over thirty years at Grace School in New York, have captured the spirit and interests of children for generations.

Harris had a deep concern for artists particularly playwrights who devote their careers to creating quality theatre for young audiences, and for theatres who produce theatre for children.  Through his foresight and generosity, the Children’s Theatre Foundation of American has been able to establish Aurand Harris Fellowships for artists serving young people and grants for small and mid-sized theatres throughout America. 

We congratulate Stages Performing Arts Youth Academy for being an Aurand Harris 2019- 2020 Grant recipient.

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