Aurand Harris Grants & Fellowship Fund

These grants and fellowships are designed to benefit the field of theatre for children & youth, to provide growth opportunities for theater artists developing work for the young, support the mission and values of CTFA, and honor to the intentions of Aurand Harris.

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READ ABOUT the 5 Harris Grant Recipients and 3 Harris Fellowship Recipients for 2020 and how they are continuing their creative work.
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Aurand Harris (1916–1996)
Aurand Harris, one of this nation's most published and performed playwrights for children and youth, enormously enriched the literature of American children's theatre. Plays such as "Androcles and the Lion," translated into 10 languages, "The Arkansaw Bear," "The Toby Show," "Rags to Riches," and "To Ride a Blue Horse," are but a few of his plays that fill stages in this country and abroad. Harris's writings, informed by his studies in Kansas and at Northwestern University and by his teaching, initially in the Gary, IN school system, and, subsequently, for over thirty years at Grace School in New York, have captured the spirit and interests of children for generations. Harris had a deep concern for artists, particularly playwrights, who devoted their careers to creating quality theatre for young audiences, and for theatres who produce theatre for children.
Aurand Harris’ author royalties, from the purchase or playscripts and performance licensing, are given to support the work of American theatre artists through the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.
MORE about Aurand Harris & List of his plays
Photo: From the cover of Aurand Harris Remembered edited by Orlin Corey -Anchorage Press/Dramatic Publishing.