The 1/52 Project, a financial grant program founded by Tony-winning set designer Beowulf Boritt, has announced the inaugural early-career designer recipients to benefit from $100,000 in grants.
Seven applicants were chosen based on talent, creativity, innovation, and potential for future excellence in the professional theatrical field, and each of the inaugural recipients will receive grants up to $15,000.
The 2022 recipients are Brittany Bland, projection designer; Everett Elton Bradman, sound designer; Stefania Bulbarella, projection designer; Jessica Alexandra Cancino, set designer; Frank Cazares, costume designer; Jordan McCree, sound designer; and Jingyi Johanna Pan, costume designer.
The grant criteria were created and adjudicated by a committee of BIPOC professional designers, including Tony-nominated costume designer Dede Ayite; projection designer David Bengali; set designer Wilson Chin; lighting designer Alan C. Edwards; Tony-winning sound designer Kai Harada; set designer Kimie Nishikawa; Tony-winning costume designer Paul Tazewell; costume designer Alejo Vietti; and costume designer Anita Yavich.
The 1/52 Project is primarily funded by designers, with shows running on Broadway, who are encouraged to donate one week of their yearly royalties to this fund. The project hopes to encourage early career designers from historically excluded groups with the aim of diversifying and strengthening the Broadway design community.
For more information, visit OneEveryFiftyTwo.org.