The following is an official announcement from the Society of Properties Artisan Managers (S*P*A*M), of which I am a member:
S*P*A*M has decided to temporarily suspend the awarding of the Jenn Trieloff and Edie Whitsett Memorial Grants. Many producing organizations operating on a Summer schedule have suspended operations due to the uncertainty created by the global pandemic and its economic fallout. Theatres that normally begin producing in the late summer and early fall are in a state of flux and unsure of when – or even if – they will be undertaking their 2020-21 seasons. It is for these reasons that the Society of Properties Artisan Managers has reluctantly reached the decision to postpone the deadline for and presentation of the Jen Trieloff and Edie Whitsett Memorial Grants. The new deadline and presentation date will be announced as soon as possible. All current applications will remain active and we encourage the submission of new applications. Because of the uncertainty surrounding employment opportunities, we will be adding an additional requirement to the application process. In addition to providing a cover letter, résumé and link to a portfolio, before the grant is awarded we will ask for confirmation of the internship or apprenticeship from the applicant’s employer. We believe that it is not only possible but vitally necessary for theatre professionals at all levels to remain strong and hopeful and to support one another as we navigate these uncertain territories. S*P*A*M regrets any confusion or inconvenience caused by this change in plans. Stay safe, be kind to one another and Prop On.