Theatre – Individual Artists

Creative Capital

Offers grants to individuals in the Performing & Visual Arts, Film/Video, Literature, and Emerging Fields. Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $40,000, for a total commitment of up to $90,000 per project.

Creative Capital
65 Bleecker Street,7th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 598-9900
Fax: (212) 598-4934

Theatre Communications Group

  • NEA/TCGCareer Development Programs for Directors and Designers Exceptionally talented early-career artists travel, research, observe, assist and/or direct or design under the guidance of one or more designated mentors.
  • Fox Foundation Actor FellowshipsTwo-year pilot program established to support both emerging and established actors.Observership Program -Key staff at TCG’s member theatres apply to observe the administration and artistic work of other theatres and meet with colleagues. TCG/ITI Travel Grants ProgramThe Theatre Communications Group/InternationalTheatre Institute Travel Grants support cultural exchange and artistic partnerships between professionals in the United States and their counterparts in Russia and Eastern and Central Europe.
  • Alan Schneider Director AwardFor talented mid-career, freelance directors nominated by artistic leaders of TCG theatres. $7,500 award may be used for travel, research, or other professional development opportunities.
  • American Theatre Affiliated Writers ProgramDesigned to stimulate high quality cultural reporting, feature writing, and theatre criticism that breaks past its own boundaries.For residents of New York City and Minnesota only.
Theatre Communications Group
520 Eighth Ave., 24th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 609-5900
Fax: (212) 609-5901

The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP)

Online resource for women playwrights that runs two funds for members (membership ranges from free to $25 per year, depending on level).

ICWP Professional Development Grants
Funds to help women playwrights attend conferences and professional development workshops abroad and in the U.S. NOTE: These grants were suspended for 2010. Check back.
International Women’s Day Grants
Funds for women theatre artists doing readings or performances of member work and work by women for International Women’s Day.

The Puffin Foundation

Grants up to $2,500; average grant is approximately $1,250. Applications will be available September 1, 2013, for the 2014 grant cycle for artists in music, photography, theater, and public interest.  Application deadline is December 27, 2013.

The Puffin Foundation
20 Puffin Way
Teaneck, NJ  07666
Phone: (201) 836-3400
Executive Director: Gladys Miller-Rosenstein
No email — contact forms are available here.

Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art

Awards grants up to $10,000 to performance artists, allowing them to produce major works anywhere in the State of New York. Artists from all over the world are invited to apply.

Franklin Furnace Archive
80 Arts – The James E. Davis Arts Building
80 Hanson Place, #301
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1506
Phone: (718) 398-7255
Fax: (718) 398-7256

Ella Lyman Cabot Trust

Grants to individuals for projects (sometimes involving a departure from one’s usual vocation or a creative extension of it) with a promise of good to others. Awards are usually made on a one-year basis and are not renewed.

Administrator: Michelle Jenney
The Ella Lyman Cabot Trust
c/o GMA Foundations
77 Summer Street, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-391-3087
Email: (email contact preferred)

The American Theatre Wing

Administers programs of the former Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation. Provides encouragement and financial assistance to composers, lyricists and bookwriters as well as nonprofit producing companies with a commitment to supporting the work of new musical theatre projects and musical theatre artists.

The American Theatre Wing
570 Seventh Ave. Suite 501
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 765-0606
Fax: (212) 307-1910

Princess Grace Awards for Theater Artists and Playwrights

Dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging young artists in theater to realize their career goals through scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships. Awards are based primarily on the artistic quality of the artist’s past work, his/her potential for future excellence, and the appropriateness of the activities to the individual’s artistic growth.

Princess Grace Awards
150 East 58th Street, 25th Floor
New York, NY 10155
Phone: (212) 317-1470
Fax: (212) 317-1473

National YoungArts Foundation (formerly National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts)

The foundation aims to identify and support the next generation of artists, and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts.  YoungArts provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding emerging artists are encouraged to pursue careers in the arts.

National YoungArts Foundation
2100 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137
Phone: 1-800-970-ARTS (1-800-970-2787)

Sundance Theatre Laboratory

A three-week long workshop offering playwrights, directors, choreographers, composers, solo performers, and ensembles the time, space and support to develop new plays and musicals or to explore new approaches to existing scripts.

Sundance Institute Theatre Program
180 Varick St, Suite 1330
New York, NY 10014
Phone: (310) 360-1981

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Director/Choreographer Observerships

Offers young, early-career directors and choreographers the opportunity to observe the work of master directors and choreographers as they create new productions on Broadway, off-Broadway and at leading regional theatres, primarily in New York, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Observers often have access to the entire rehearsal process, from first rehearsal to opening night, and receive stipends of $250-$1,000.
(The foundation has other programs as well. The link below will take you to a comprehensive list.)

SDC Foundation
1501 Broadway, Suite 1701
New York, NY 10036
Phone:(212) 391-1070 x 252
Fax: (212) 302-6195

United States Institute for Theatre Technology

USITT is dedicated to actively promoting the advancement of the knowledge and skills of its members. Member grants and fellowships are available in performing arts design and technology.

315 South Crouse Ave., Ste. 200
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: (800) 938-7488  or (315) 463-6463
Fax: (866) 398-7488

CEC ArtsLink Inc.

ArtsLink Projects provide support to US artists, curators, presenters, and arts organizations undertaking projects in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltic countries, Russia, Western Asia, Mongolia, and Egypt.  Applicants must be working with an artist or organization in that region and projects should be designed to benefit participants and audiences in both the US and the host country. CEC ArtsLink can assist interested applicants in identifying contacts in the region. Funds are also available for artists from the region to pursue projects in the US.

CEC ArtsLink Inc.
291 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 643-1985
Fax: (212) 643-1996

U.S./Japan Creative Artists’ Program

A partnership of the NEA and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), allows American artists to live and work in Japan for five months.  Architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, visual artists and solo theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, storytellers and performance artists) are encouraged to apply.  Artists who create original work in a multidisciplinary form are also eligible.

Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
1201 15th St. NW, Suite 330
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 653-9800
Fax: (202) 653-9802

U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture

Supports outstanding projects that foster cooperation and exchange between artists and intellectuals of Mexico and the U.S.  Annual open round of applications starts Mid-January and deadline is Mid-April.

US/Mexico Fund for Culture
Berlin 18, Colonia Juarez, 06600
Mexico DF, Mexico
Phone: (52-55) 5535-6735 and (52-55) 5592-5386
Fax: (52-55) 5566-8071

Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship Program, Arena Stage, Washington, DC

Established to increase participation of people of color in professional theater. Fellowships require a 40-44 week commitment and are available to work with seasoned professionals in the areas of artistic and technical production, arts administration and Community Engagement. Arena Stage provides a modest stipend and may assist in locating housing.

Fellows and Interns Program Coordinator
Arena Stage
1101 Sixth Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: (202) 554-9066
Fax: (202) 488-4056

National Alliance for Musical Theatre’ National Fund for New Musicals

Through the National Fund for New Musicals, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) supports collaborations between member theatres and musical theatre writers. Through a competitive submission process, NAMT’s National Fund provides grants to support new musicals at all stages of development, at theatres of all sizes, with the goal of bringing quality new musicals to audiences across the country. The National Fund for New Musicals provides grants to NAMT’s U.S. not-for-profit theatre members in three categories, which together reflect a musical’s trajectory from early development to full production: Writers Residency Grant, Project Development Grant, and Production Grant.

National Alliance for Musical Theatre
520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 301
New York, NY 10018
Phone:( 212) 714-6668
Fax: (212) 714-0469

The Kleban Foundation

In honor of Edward Kleban, this award is given annually to both a librettist and a lyricist. The award will be in the amount of $100,000 to each recipient and will be payable in two annual installments of $50,000.

The Kleban Foundation
c/o New Dramatists
424 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 757-6960, ext. 19

Jim Henson Foundation

Awards grants each year for the creation and development of innovative works of puppet theater. Project grants of $5,000 are awarded for the development of new works, and seed grants of $2,000 are made for pieces in the earliest stages of creation. Family Grants of $3,000 fund the development of new and innovative work specifically for children, families, and teenagers.

Jim Henson Foundation
Attn: Lindsey “Z.” Briggs, Foundation Manager
37-18 Northern Blvd., Ste. 400
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: (212) 439-7504
Fax: (212) 439-7452

Puppeteers of America Endowment Fund

Members are eligible to apply for small projects grants. Awards range from $100-$1,000 and are made every two years.

Puppeteers of America Endowment Fund
Chair: Randel McGee
PO Box 1723
Hanford, CA 93232
Phone: (559) 585-5307