Shubert Foundation awards $1.215 million to 13 DC theater organizations

Funding is part of $40 million in grants to 653 theaters, dance companies, academic theater training programs, and related service agencies.

The Shubert Foundation has announced $1,215,000 in grants to 13 DC-based theater organizations. Awards include:

  • $325,000 to Arena Stage
  • $30,000 to Dance Place
  • $90,000 to Dance/USA
  • $30,000 to Folger Theatre
  • $85,000 to Ford’s Theatre
  • $60,000 to GALA Hispanic Theatre
  • $80,000 to Mosaic Theater Company
  • $125,000 to Shakespeare Theatre Company
  • $15,000 to The Keegan Theatre
  • $130,000 to Studio Theatre
  • $55,000 to The Washington Ballet
  • $65,000 to Theater J/DCJCC
  • $125,000 to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

This funding is part of a record $40 million in unrestricted grants by TSF to 653 not-for-profit theaters, dance companies, academic theater training programs and related service agencies across the country. As the nation’s leading provider of unrestricted funding for the performing arts, TSF provides grants that benefit a broad spectrum of theater and dance organizations—from large to small, from urban to rural. The Shubert Foundation, which is unique in opening its doors to all applicants, without requiring an invitation, has also further increased access to theater and dance companies across the country by revising requirements for those organizations with the smallest budgets.

“We are delighted to be able to increase both our funding and the number of grantees yet again this year,” said Diana Phillips, President of The Shubert Foundation. “Our unrestricted grants support not-for-profit live performing arts nationwide at a still-challenging time when support for these organizations remains crucial.”

Phillips continued, “As production costs have soared while audiences have yet to return to pre-pandemic levels, we are gratified to know that our open-door policy and the general operating funds we provide are more appreciated than ever by our growing constituency. Not only is this funding necessary for the recovery and sustainability of these organizations, but it is key to expanding their reach to new audiences as well.”

“Even as we celebrate further recovery from the shutdown, not-for-profit theater and dance companies continue to face unprecedented challenges,” said Chairman Robert E. Wankel. “By assisting with some of their financial burdens, we aim to help our grantees continue to focus on producing works that will serve, and challenge, the widest possible audience. The Shubert Foundation continues to pursue our mission of ensuring that theater and dance reach communities around the country, including those who have historically been underserved or underrepresented in these art forms.”


The Shubert Foundation was established in 1945 by Lee and J.J. Shubert, in memory of their brother Sam. Today, the Foundation is the nation’s largest funder of unrestricted aid for not-for-profit theater and dance companies. Since the establishment of The Shubert Foundation grants program in 1977, more than $653 million has been awarded to not-for-profit arts organizations throughout the United States. For more information, visit


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