Theatre Forward’s Advancing Strong Theatre grant program was made so that everyone, regardless of income, EDUCATIONage, race, RELIGIONability, or gender identity, could experience theatre.

2018 Grant Recipients

Four grants of $50,000 were awarded to four Theatre Forward member theatres 

Advancing Strong Theatre is made possible by James S. and Lynne P. Turley, Stephanie Scott and the Schloss Foundation, Citi, Bank of America, Steve and Joy Bunson, Patti and Rusty Rueff Foundation and the Theatre Forward board.

Shana Wride as Virginia Butley in the Globe for All Tour of Native Gardens, written by Karen Zacarías, and directed by Edward Torres. Photo by Rich Soublet.

Dallas Theater Center, Public Works Dallas

Public Works Dallas blurs the line between professional artists and community members by conducting yearlong workshops and a final free-to-public production.

The Old Globe, Globe For All

Globe for All is both a core value and Arts Engagement program that makes theatre accessible to audiences that do not enjoy regular access to theatre in San Diego.

The Guthrie Theater, Stories from the Drum

Seeking to serve local Native communities in and around Minneapolis, Stories from the Drum creates storytelling workshops focused on celebrating and amplifying Native voices, along with a production for the public.

The Native Gardens Community Tour was the first Arts Engagement program for 60% of the Latinx audience members.

Seattle Rep, Public Works Seattle

An urgent response to the need for accessible arts in Seattle, Public Works Seattle offers regularly scheduled workshops as a tool for equity and inclusion that build theatre skills and empowers community members as artists.

Globe for All

The Old Globe


Public Works Seattle

Seattle Repertory Theatre


Stories from the Drum

Guthrie Theater


Public Works Dallas

Dallas Theater Center