What Is “Venturous”?

Venturous Theater Fund supports ambitious new work for the stage and the writers who create it. We make grants to fund the production of audacious, irreverent new plays that are “venturous”—ambitious in scale, epic in scope, challenging in form, controversial in subject matter, experimental in concept, and/or unabashed in their theatricality.

We also fund artist-driven initiatives that embrace agency for playwrights at all stages of their careers, and that champion creative growth and financial security for dramatists.

“What act yet mightier yet imagineth
Thy venturous spirit?”

The Odyssey, Book IX (tr. Chapman)

Upcoming Deadlines

LOIs for our next Venturous Capital Grant cycle are due on December 2, 2024. Submissions open in November.

What We Do

We support ambitious new work for the stage and the playwrights who create it.

Venturous Capital Grants

Support for extraordinary production expenses for new plays at small and medium-sized theaters.

Finishing Commissions

Funding for theaters to offer writers finishing commissions for venturous plays plus support for production-oriented play development.


Playwright Fellowships

Production subsidy grants and playwright fellowships offered in partnership with the Playwrights’ Center.

Health Insurance

We support initiatives that provide resources for theater writers at all stages of their careers to access health insurance and healthcare.