The Episcopal Actors' Guild's Scholarships Program was established in 1968 to recognize excellence in those studying the performing arts. In 2004, the program was named in honor of EAG member, benefactor and actor Mr. Thomas Barbour.
Currently, EAG awards six annual scholarships. Five of these are given to students at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. The sixth, The George C. Scott Memorial Scholarship, is presented to a student studying Theatre Arts at the University of Missouri. Additionally, The Claire Strakosch Scholarship, currently endowed by the Margaret G. Plumb Irrevocable Trust, is given periodically to students in theatre programs.
The Barbour Award was created in 2007 to celebrate new work for the theatre. Each year, EAG partners with a local theatre company, collective, or playwriting program to present staged readings of three new plays, with one writer being awarded a prize of $500.
EAG's partner for the 14th Annual Thomas Barbour Playwrights Award was Leviathan Lab. After three virtual staged readings of three new plays by innovative emerging AAPI playwrights, the judges selected Garrett David Kim’s Are You There Truman? as our 2021 winner.
On behalf of the staff and board of Leviathan Lab, we were honored to partner with EAG for the Barbour Award. EAG's partnership helped us further Leviathan's mission to advance Asian and Asian American voices in theatre and film to new audiences. The plays of all three playwrights in the series, including Cherry Lou Sy and Gaven Trinidad along with Garrett, examined the toll racism, sexism, and colonialism exacts on the hearts, minds, and bodies of Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States and the world.
Past Barbour Playwrights Award Winners
2008 - Jack Frankel, Human Voices (Polaris North)
2009 - Alisha Silver, Golden (Hunter College)
2010 - (tie) Lynn Rosen, Apple Cove, and
Laura Eason, 40 Days (Women’s Project)
2011 - Ian August, Donna Orbits the Moon (NJ Rep)
2012 - Aaron Jafferis, How to Break (HERE)
2013 - Bill Cosgriff, Rio Rita (ARTC)
2014 - Mark Karafin, Man in the Moon (Oberon Theatre Ensemble)
2015 - Dara O’Brien, Early Sunday Morning (Resonance Ensemble)
2016 - Perry Guzzi, Across the Way (HB Studios)
2017 - Andrea J. Fulton, A Punk or A Gentleman (Theater for a New City)
2018 - Alexis Roblan, The Andrew Play (New Perspectives Theatre Company)
2019 - Reynaldo Piniella, Black Doves (Quick Silver Theater Company)
2020 - Due to COVID-19, the award was split between all three finalists
2021 - Garrett David Kim, Are You There Truman? (Leviathan Lab)
EAG takes pride in our ongoing effort to find new ways to support New York’s performing arts community. Understanding how challenging it is for emerging theatre companies to find affordable space for creating work, we are proud to offer the Open Stage Grant.
Through this program, an active and emerging theatre company is chosen to receive six weeks (eight hours per week) of free time in our historic theatre space. With this time, the recipient will be able to rehearse and present a work of their choosing. The grant will end with 4-8 performances, all of which will be ticketed and open to the public, with proceeds being split evenly between the grant recipient and the charitable programs of EAG.
Past Open Stage Recipients
Winter 2017 - Project Y Theatre Company, Landmarks & TRANSformations
Winter 2018 - Athena Theatre Company, Tragic Greek Sitcom
Summer 2018 - Quick Silver Theater Company, Albino Deer
Winter 2019 - Theater in Asylum, Totally Wholesome Foods
Summer 2019 - Ripple Effect Artists, 2071: The World We'll Leave Our Grandchildren
Winter 2020 - Resolve Productions, Marrow
COMING SOON! Winter 2022 - Katharine Petit Creative, Untitled Girl Narrative