Epic partners with individuals and organizations that share a vision of creating bold, collaborative and transformational work.
The National Endowment for the Arts has supported our work since our first season. With particular focus on our Education programs, the NEA is and has been an invaluable partner in the growth of Epic and our programs.
Epic is supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Since 2004, the council has been partnering with Epic to support our professional seasons and our work in arts education. Additionally, they played a vital role in our commissioning Nilaja Sun’s one-woman-show, Pike Street (currently part of the Blueprint New Play Development) and Keith Josef Adkins’ “The People Before the Park.”
The Department of Cultural Affairs has been a critical funder of Epic’s programs for nearly our entire existence. DCA’s support has come through the Cultural Development Fund, supporting our professional production and In-School programs, and now also through the Cultural After School Adventures program supporting Shakespeare Remix. DCA is and has been an invaluable partner in the growth of Epic and our programs.
Bloomberg LP is a generous supporter of the Shakespeare Remix program as well as Epic’s internal organizational advancement, particularly in the areas of strategic planning and capacity building.
In 2011, when the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation invited us to apply for and Impact grant, the mandate was clear: dream big: what can you do that is new to you that could impact young people’s lives in a significant way. We did dream big, and thanks to them, we are now approaching our third year of Epic Next: Developing Young Actors, Thinkers and Leaders.
The Leon Lowenstein foundation is a long-time supporter of Epic’s arts education programming, specifically our work at Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts, while also supporting our strategic planning initiatives and technological capabilities.
One of our longest and most consistent and most generous funding partners, the Meringoff Family Foundation has long and continues to support Shakespeare Remix, as well as other Epic in-school programs.
In 2013 Epic received a grant in the first year of their Doris Duke Artist Residencies to Build Demand for the Arts. The program is designed to build primary demand for the arts- in Epic’s case, theatre. Through this program, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is supporting our work with playwright/actor and Epic core Ensemble member Heather Raffo in reaching NYC’s Arab-American community through a series of workshops in story-sharing, playwriting and adaptation of a classic with relevant themes of Identity, Home and Place.
Exploring the Arts (ETA)’ mission is to strengthen the role of the arts in public high school education. ETA’s programs connect private funders, individual artists, and cultural institutions to Partner Schools to achieve greater equality of resources and opportunity for youth of all means and backgrounds. They have been a generous supporter of Epic’s In-School work at Urban Assembly School for Performing Arts. Additionally, through ETA’s apprentice program, we’ve been able to host students as interns, learning in depth about the organization and business behind art-making.
Epic is pleased to be continuing our partnership with the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding at Queens College. As part of the “Doris Duke Artist Residencies to Build Demand for the Arts” Epic is working with playwright/actor and Epic core Ensemble member Heather Raffo in reaching NYC’s Arab-American community, through CERRU and other organizations, with a series of workshops in story-sharing, playwriting and adaptation of a classic with relevant themes of Identity, Home and Place.
We’re pleased to be working with Queens College through the Kupferberg Center and the Center for Ethnic, Religious and Racial Understanding As part of the ‘Doris Duke Artist Residencies to Build Demand for the Arts.’ As the center of this program, Epic is working with playwright/actor and Epic core Ensemble member Heather Raffo in reaching NYC’s Arab-American community with a series of workshops in story-sharing, playwriting and adaptation of a classic with relevant themes of Identity, Home and Place.
Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts is one of three schools to partner with Epic on all three components of youth development: in-school residencies, Shakespeare Remix, and Epic NEXT. Learn more about these programs.
In 2012 when we began our Spotlight: Human Rights initiative, we paired playwrights with Human Rights organizations to partner in the development of plays about the experiences and challenges faced by the front line workers in the human rights community. Playwright Dominique Morisseau worked with Sanctuary for Families on the development of her play Mend. Our partnership with Sanctuary now continues as we work to create a professional development program for Sanctuary and ultimately other human rights organizations, with a production of Mend as the kick-off for the program.