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2016 Wuchien Michael Than Fund Grants Announced

Toronto, September 21, 2016 - The Ontario Arts Foundation and the Wuchien Michael Than Foundation are pleased to announce the 2016 grants from the Wuchien Michael Than Fund for the following new Asian-Canadian works:

Production Grant
The Enchanted Loom by Suvendrini Lena
Cahoots Theatre Projects

acquiesce  by David Yee
Factory Theatre Lab 

Zik Zeon Tin Haa by Jovanni Sy, translated by Derek Chan
Playwrights Theatre Centre

Development Grant

Hilot Means Healer  by Jo Simalaya Alcampo
Cahoots Theatre Projects

Little Pretty and the Exceptional  by Anusree Roy
Factory Theatre Lab

Consent  by Meiko Ouchi
Concrete Theatre

Midnight Son by Tetsuro Shigematsu
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre  

The Femme Playlist by Catherine Hernandez | Photo by: Alex Felipe

Production and development grants from the Wuchien Michael Than Fund are available for the development of new works by an Asian-Canadian playwright which are either in production or in the pre-production phase and are projected to be ready for a full public production within one or two seasons.

The Wuchien Michael Than Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation by Michael Than in 2012 and launched in 2013 to support the development and nurturing of theatre arts in Canada, with a particular emphasis on new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights, and the development of emerging talent in the Asian-Canadian theatre community.

Phase one development grant applications can be made at any time.  Visit the Wuchien Michael Than website for details.

List of Past Grant Recipients


For more information, please contact:

The Wuchien Michael Than Fund
c/o Ontario Arts Foundation
121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M4W 3M5


Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2015-2016, the OAF paid out over $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

The Wuchien Michael Than Foundation was established to support the development and nurturing of theatre arts in Canada, with particular emphasis on the creation, development and production of new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights.

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