Alvin Cohen Memorial Fund Grant - Recipients

CTFA's Alvin Cohen Memorial Fund, supporting projects of national significance for conference programming.
2009-The American Alliance for Theater and Education (AATE) for 2010 Conference in San Francisco, CA.
Sojourn Theatre Devising Project - Sojourn Theatre, under the artistic direction of Michael Rohd, worked with AATE conference attendees to devise site specific performances at four locations around the conference venue culminating in a final keynote presentation the last day as a closing event.

2011-The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) for 2012 AATE Conference in Lexington, KY.
Dramatic Change: An Anti-Bullying Initiative - helped fund the honorarium for the keynote speaker and supported the AATE 2012 pre-conference workshop sessions. In a first-ever joint collaboration, AATE and TYA/USA have come together to create Dramatic Change: An Anti-Bullying Initiative.

2013-The American Alliance for Theater and Education (AATE) for 2014 Conference Keynote Address in Denver, CO.
Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, an affective and cognitive neuroscientist, conducts research at the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. Her studies use fMRI brain scan technology to study the impact of emotion, social interaction and culture on human development and education. Immordino-Yang boldly concludes that education must pick up the slack in children’s development by infusing arts learning methods into mainstream education. Sponsored by CTFA and the Alvin A. Cohen Fund.

2015-TYA/USA's One Theatre World Keynote Address in Chicago, IL.
Punchdrunk Enrichment, a program of Punchdrunk Theatre, the UK’s award-winning theatre company, known for transforming disused buildings into theatrical worlds for their audiences to explore. Sponsored by CTFA and the Alvin A. Cohen Fund.

2016-The American Alliance for Theater and Education Conference Keynote Address in Boston, MA.
The dynamic visual and performance artist, Vanessa German. She is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for children in the Pittsburg neighborhood of Homewood, created to stack the deck in matters of justice, worth and healing. Sponsored by CTFA and the Alvin A. Cohen Fund.

2017-TYA/USA's One Theatre World Keynote Address in San Francisco, CA.
Sonia Manzano. For over 30 years, Sonia Manzano inspired, educated, and delighted children and families as “Maria” on Sesame Street. Named among the “25 Greatest Latino Role Models Ever” by Latina Magazine. Whether speaking out for literacy, diversity, or addressing the issues children face in our media-saturated life, she is a familiar, engaging voice that brings new light to her roles and to our lives. Supported, in part, by CTFA and the Alvin A. Cohen Fund.

2018-AATE Conference Keynote Address in Atlanta, GA.
Sarah Bellamy. This year the Cohen money is being used to provide a keynote speaker, Sarah Bellamy, Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre, at the AATE Conference in Minneapolis. This keynote, followed by the presentation of the Medallion Awards, will be part of the Medallion Event. Supported, in part, by CTFA and the Alvin A. Cohen Fund.

2019-TYA/USA Conference Presentation Events in Atlanta, GA.
TYA/USA Conference Presentation Events. This year the Cohen money is being used to support the Medallion Event and joint events with TYA at the May, 2019 TYA Conference in Atlanta, GA. Supported, in part, by CTFA and the Alvin A. Cohen Fund.

2020-TYA/USA 2020 Virtual Conference Presentation Events - Online.
TYA/USA Virtual Conference: Presentation & Intent To Return Survey. $5000 is being used to help support the keynote of Wolf/Brown held at the TYA virtual conference May 14-16, 2020 and help underwrite an audience survey project, “intent to return”, monitoring the willingness for future audiences to gather following the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic closures of theatres, schools and public places. Supported in part by CTFA and the Alvin A. Cohen Fund.