Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics
Ensemble Studio Theatre
With Foundation support, the Ensemble Studio Theater (EST) has established a major program focused on science and technology plays including a national competition for new dramatic works exploring the worlds of science and technology. The annual EST/Sloan First Light Festival, a month-long festival focused on new science and technology plays, features a mainstage production and a series of staged readings, workshops, cabarets and satellite events in New York. Plays originally commissioned by the EST/Sloan project have been produced at major venues around the country, including the Black Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, The Empty Space Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Since 1998, over 100 writers, composers, choreographers, and theater companies have received EST/Sloan commissions with the resulting work presented in developmental readings and workshops engaging over a thousand artists.