Kevin DoyleUnited States
Grants Awarded2016 | Theater | Bangladesh
to research and creative work on a collaborative theater project exploring the experience of survivors of the Tazreen Factory fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Sponsored By Nobody present workshop showings of Parts One and Two from “THE AЯTS,” a new work of interdisciplinary theatre that investigates the history of public funding for the arts in the United States. "THE AЯTS" is a three-part work of interdisciplinary theatre under development from Sponsored By Nobody and conceived, written & directed by ACC grantee Kevin Doyle.
Part One covers the period of 1963-1965, during the formation of the National Endowment for the Arts. Part Two covers the chaotic “culture wars” period of 1989-1996, which culminated with the NEA budget being cut in half and the elimination of direct grants to individual artists.
Kevin Doyle is a playwright and director who received an ACC Fellowship for travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh for research on a collaborative theater project exploring the experience of survivors of the Tazreen Factory fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the parallels it has with the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York.
THE AЯTS is a bold new work of interdisciplinary theatre that deconstructs the history of public funding for the arts in the United States. At once documentary and interactive, this production uses choreography, live cameras, music, and text to contrast the precarious realities of arts funding today with the 1960s Congress hearings that created the National Endowment of the Arts.