Shubert Foundation Awards Record $32 Million to Theatres Around the Country | Playbill

Industry News Shubert Foundation Awards Record $32 Million to Theatres Around the Country Over 500 not-for-profit performing arts organizations received grants, including 95 in New York.

The Shubert Foundation has awarded a record $32 million to a total 556 not-for-profit performing arts organizations across the U.S. Ranging from $10,000 to $325,000, the grants benefit a broad spectrum of arts organizations, from large to small companies, covering a wide range of locations, to academic institutions like Brown University, Yale, NYU, and the California Institute for the Arts.

Six and a half million went towards organizations in the New York region, including large grants (between $325,000 and $200,000) to Off-Broadway institutions like MTC, Signature, BAM, Atlantic, LCT, NYTW, Roundabout, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, and The Public.

Among the 95 New York-based non-profits to also receive funding include WP Theater, Soho Rep., the HERE Arts Center, MCC, Keen Company, Ma-Yi, Irish Rep., The Playwrights Realm, Pan Asian Rep., Primary Stages, Rattlestick, Red Bull Theater, Repertorio Espanol, St. Ann's Warehouse, Clubbed Thumb, The Bushwick Starr, Geva Center, The Lark, Bedlam, the Vineyard, PlayCo, SITI Company, SPACE on Ryder Farm, New Georges, Wooster Group, and The Tank.

Regional theatres were also among the recipients of the larger grants ($200,000 and upwards), including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage in Washington D.C., Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, and Yale Rep. in Connecticut, The Guthrie and Minneapolis' Children's Theatre Company, Chicago's Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, and A.R.T in Cambridge, along with West Coast-based theatres Center Theatre Group, South Coast Rep., Berkeley Rep., La Jolla Playhouse, and the Old Globe. A total of 48 California not-for-profits received grants, coming to $2,755,000.

Throughout the country, grants were awarded to D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth and Studio Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center and the Alley Theatre, The Cleveland Playhouse and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Kansas City Rep., Williamstown Theatre Festival, Shakespeare & Company, Victory Gardens, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Goodspeed, San Francisco's Magic Theater, Deaf West, and Baltimore's Center Stage, among many more.

“Every organization receiving a 2019 Foundation grant has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the performing arts,” said Foundation Chairman, Philip J. Smith. “We want to help lift some of the financial burden so that the companies we support are able to focus on producing thought-provoking, relevant work for the widest possible audience.”

The round of donations marks the 37th consecutive year that the Foundation has increased its giving. For more information visit


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