Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept unsolicited submissions?

At this time, the Foundation only accepts nominations from our Board of Artistic Advisors. 

Are you affiliated with Bret Adams, Ltd. Agency?  Can I contact you for representation?

We are a 501(c)3 endowed with a bequest from the late Mr. Adams' estate.  We do not represent artists, and artists who are represented by other agencies are eligible for the award. For reasons relating to conflict of interest, Bret Adams, Ltd. clients are ineligible for the award.

What do you mean, "idea play"?

We encourage our commissioned works to grapple with concepts and ideas that move the world, and approach them from a new perspective. This could include, but is not limited to: science, history, philosophy, gender, race, politics, sexual orientation, technology, religion, money, global warming, or medicine. The Foundation encourages proposals which expand the boundaries of the art form and bring new subjects, ideas, and metaphors to light. During each award cycle, we will foster a forum for stimulating voices in the American theatre, nurturing bold new artists and generating an idea-driven theatrical piece that will move the cultural conversation. 

Do you grant to other nonprofits or to teams of more than one artist?

We only award to individual artists, but if the awardee chooses to use their money to collaborate with another artist or company, that is up to them.