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Minneapolis theaters receive grants for full-time playwrights

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Two Minneapolis theaters will get full-time playwrights for three years thanks to a national grant, the Star Tribune reports.

Out of 14 theater companies, Mixed Blood Theatre and Ten Thousand Things are the only theaters outside of New York to be chosen for the Mellon Foundation grants worth roughly $175,000 to $200,000.

Qui Nguyen will write a series of pieces for Mixed Blood's main stage, touring and inclusion programs. Nguyen is the co-founder of the Obie Award-winning Vampire Cowboys Theater Company in New York.

Longtime, award-winning Minneapolis playwright Kira Obolensky will write three plays for Ten Thousand Things. Obolensky has written two pieces, "Raskol" and "Vasa Lisa," for the company. She will also assist artistic director Michelle Hensley write a book about their work.

The grant program is aimed at helping advance the work of American playwrights and evaluating the impact of having a hired playwright on staff in a theater company, MPR reports.

The grant program is aimed at helping advance the work of American playwrights, while evaluating the impact of having a playwright embedded in the staff of a working theater company.

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