Austin theater artist Shawn Sides wins $275,000 Doris Duke Artist Award

Austin theater artist Shawn Sides — a co-founder of the Rude Mechs theater collective — has been awarded a $275,000 Doris Duke Artist Award officials with Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced today. Sides-Headshot

Sides is one of 20 performing artists to receive $275,000 in flexible, multi-year funding that includes an unrestricted, multi-year cash grant of $225,000, plus as much as $25,000 in targeted support for audience development and as much as $25,000 for personal retirement.

Sides is is a co-producing artistic director of the ensemble-based Rude Mechs, one of five artists who co-founded the group in 1995.

Individually, Sides has received accolades for her roles as a director and performer for several Rude Mechs shows, most recently including Stop Hitting Yourself (2014), a commission from LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater. Other notable works with Rude Mechs include Now Now Oh Now (2012) and The Method Gun (2007).

Also receiving a 2015 Duke Artist Award is part-time Austinite Daniel Alexander Jones whose musical “Bright Now Beyond” premiered at the Salvage Vanguard Theater last year.

Duke Artist Awards program is one of two awards offered by the Duke Charitable Foundation, part of $50 million, 10-year effort to make substantial awards to already established performing artists.

To qualify for a Duke Artists Award, recipients must have won grants, prizes or awards on a national level for at least three different projects over the past 10 years.

In turn, Duke Artists can nominate artists who inspire them for an $80,000 Doris Duke Impact Award.

A complete list of the 2015 Duke Artist Award recipients

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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