South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa will receive $117,500, the third-largest grant to be given in California by the National Endowment for the Arts during the current quarter. NEA grants were also announced for the Laguna Art Museum ($50,000) and the Newport Harbor Art Museum ($22,500).
The largest grant in the state this quarter, $230,000, goes to the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles; the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego came in second with $177,500.
SCR's grant for the previous quarter also had been the third-largest in the state, $115,000. The current grant, of unrestricted operating funds to support the company's 1992-93 season, is only $2,500 more but nevertheless is a "significant signal of encouragement," according to Ben Cameron, director of the NEA theater program. Because of budget constraints and greater competition for funds, even grants equal in amount actually represent an increase, Cameron said.
SCR's is the 19th-largest theater grant nationwide, said NEA spokesman Josh Dare. The largest, $267,605, goes to the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. This round, the NEA awarded a total of $62 million in 1,107 grants nationwide.