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Snipes Academy of Arts & Design Receives Recognition from the
American Theatre Wing and $16,000 Grant
Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative to Support Theatre Education Grant Award

New Hanover County Schools is pleased to announce that the American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards, is awarding the Snipes Academy of Arts and Design with a $16,000 Classroom Resource Grant from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative. Snipes was one of nearly 200 applicants and one of 14 award winners of the prestigious grant received across 40 states.

Snipes will use the $16,000 Classroom Resource Grant to purchase equipment for their theater program. Support from the Initiative will allow for expansion of the theater program to produce work in a fully equipped space with working microphones, light, sound and expanded set design. The students will be able to perform quality shows with costumes while building their skills in theatrical design and performance.

“This recognition from the American Theatre Wing is a tremendous honor for our school,” said Rachel Manning, principal of Snipes Academy of Arts and Design. “We are extremely excited about the opportunities this will afford our students, as it will provide them with all the necessary materials to completely produce high-quality theatrical productions.”

With the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation’s help, the American Theatre Wing is investing in public schools to help drama teachers get more of the resources they need to provide quality drama instruction in their schools. Through this Classroom Resource grant-giving program, funding is provided directly to under-resourced public schools to provide instruments, dance floors, lighting grids, and other necessary materials to help create new and enhance existing theater programs.

“Arts education, and making theater available to all young persons, is vital to the growth of our culture and society. The grant proposals received this year have shown the widespread need for arts funding in primary and secondary schools across America. I am proud that we are now entering the second year of this program, and am excited for the years to come,” said Andrew Lloyd Webber.

For more information about the Snipes Academy of Arts and Design theatre program contact Principal Rachel Manning at 910-251-6175, or visit their website at

The American Theatre Wing, Heather Hitchens, President and CEO) is dedicated to advancing artistic excellence and nurturing theatre’s next generation: on the stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience. For a century, the Wing has pursued this mission with programs that span the nation to invest in the growth and evolution of American Theatre Traditionally, the Wing has encouraged members of the theatre community to share their off-stage time and talent directly with the theatre audience at large--whether it was singing for the troops in the Stage Door Canteen of the 1940s, or sharing their stories on a podcast today. As the founders of The Tony Awards®, the American Theatre Wing has developed the foremost national platform for the recognition of theatrical achievement on Broadway. Yet the Wing's reach extends beyond Broadway and beyond New York. The Wing develops the next generation of theatre professionals through the SpringboardNYC and Theatre Intern Network programs, incubates innovative theatre across the country through the National Theatre Company Grants, fosters the song of American theatre through the Jonathan Larson Grants, honors the best in New York theatrical design with the Henry Hewes Design Award, and illuminates the creative process through the “Working in the Theatre” program and media archive.

More information about the ALW Classroom Resource Grants can be found at For more information on the Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative and the American Theatre Wing, visit and and follow @TheWing on Instagram and Twitter.

Photos from the 2017 Snipes Holiday Performance
Photos from the 2017 Snipes Holiday Performance

Posted: 01/02/18