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DALLAS, Texas — June 20, 2013. TACA has announced the grantees of the 2013 TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund to support the development of new works in the area of performing arts. The 2013 recipients of $100,000 in award money are Second Thought Theatre, Undermain Theatre and Voices of Change.

Fourteen nationally recognized peer review panelists reviewed thirteen applications to select the three beneficiaries. For the second year in a row, TACA sought input from an impressive collection of national arts practitioners, who judged each of the submissions based on level of innovation, impact on the discipline and impact on the originator of the work.

"We are proud to announce this year's three beneficiaries, and we're excited to see their innovative work come to life and have an impact on a national level," said TACA's President and Executive Director Rebecca Young. "We also applaud and sincerely thank Donna Wilhelm and all of the fund's supporters for their contributions to support the creation and development of new work in the Dallas community."

TACA grants will support the following:

Second Thought Theatre will receive $40,000 for the development and performance of "This Present Tyranny" by creators Steven Walters and Erik Archilla. The show portrays a biography of John Wilkes Booth and the highly controversial events leading up to and following the assassination of President Lincoln. Developing the work of Dallas playwrights is a core value for Second Thought Theatre.

Undermain Theatre will also receive $40,000 for "Abraham Zobell's Home Movie: Final Reel" by playwright Len Jenkin. The work is about an elderly, bedridden man who escapes from his wife's care to embark on a final journey, looking back on his life and 70 years of the American century. The production will feature a film made by a local artist, and a jazz and blues score.

Voices of Change, the Southwest's premier classical music ensemble, will receive a $20,000 grant for "Tibet Fantasia" by creator Xi Wang. In three movements, the 30-minute piece explores the mysterious land of Tibet, music folklores, distinguished culture and exotic landscapes. The piece will utilize six musicians, projections, dancers and audience participation.

Donna Wilhelm, in whose family's name the fund is established, remarked "Our hope with these New Works grants is to provide support for a transformational project, one that will serve as a catalyst for the organization to take the next step in their journey of artistic excellence."