Venturous Theater Fund (VTF) supports ambitious new work for the stage and the artists 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. We seek to advance creative growth and financial security for dramatists, including healthcare. We embrace programs that center artists in decisions about how grant money flows through the theater ecosystem.
Our goals include helping writers achieve the freedom to write the plays they fear would otherwise go unproduced, and enabling producing organizations to say “yes” instead of “no” to worthy but challenging author-driven projects. We fund new play productions that involve large casts and other perceived obstacles. In addition, we support programs and processes that put money into writers’ hands and employ numerous artists. We seek to create opportunities for relationship-building and artist-to-artist collaboration across national boundaries.
VTF makes grants to U.S.-based 501 (c) 3 charitable organizations, as well as to organizations operating under fiscal sponsorship of a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit. We cannot offer direct grants to individual artists.
We do not accept unsolicited proposals, other than for our Venturous Capital Grants.
Venturous Theater Fund operates through The Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation.