Theatre Forward has announced the inaugural recipients of its Advancing Strong Theatre grant program, an initiative focused on funding and promoting greater access and opportunity in the American theater. Advancing Strong Theatre seeks to accelerate change in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion by providing the resources for recipients to explore, initiate, or deepen collaborative relationships with those from a group currently underrepresented in the activities of the theater as audience members or participants in other programs.
Theatre Forward has awarded Dallas Theater Center, the Guthrie Theater, the Old Globe, and Seattle Repertory Theatre grants of $50,000 each for artistic projects that advance each theater’s holistic plans for achieving equity, diversity, and inclusion. Recipients were chosen from among the 19 eligible Theatre Forward member theaters.
Funding for Advancing Strong Theatre is provided by Lynne and James Turley, Stephanie Scott and the Schloss Family Foundation, Citi, Bank of America, Steve and Joy Bunson, Patti and Rusty Rueff Foundation, and the Theatre Forward Board.