What act yet mightier yet imagineth
Thy venturous spirit?

The Odyssey, Book IX
(tr. Chapman)

Venturous Theater Fund


Venturous Theater Fund supports  innovative approaches to theatrical production by encouraging playwrights and other theater-makers to take risks in the creation of new work for the stage.


News and Deadlines

Spring 2017 Grants Announced

Next LOI Deadline: June, 2017


Our Mission


We seek to fund ambitious and challenging work by creating room for experimentation and risk in new play production. Our goal is to help writers achieve the freedom to write the plays they fear would otherwise go unproduced; and to enable producing organizations to say “yes” instead of “no” to worthy but challenging projects.  We are particularly interested in seeding productions that involve controversial subject matter, large casts, or other perceived obstacles.


Because VTF is committed to offering direct support, financial and otherwise, to artists who create new work, we aim to create grant programs that put money into artists’ hands.  This may come about by funding projects that directly benefit playwrights, as well as those that promote the employment of directors, designers, and actors. In particular, we value developmental processes to the extent that they culminate in production.

Who We Support

VTF supports ambitious new work for the stage and the artists who create it.  Application is by invitation only.  VTF supports the production of plays (text-based work only; we do not fund musicals). Organizations receiving support must be tax-exempt, or must demonstrate fiscal sponsorship by a tax-exempt organization. At this time, VTF cannot offer grants to individual artists. All grants will be made by the Tides Foundation at VTF’s recommendation.

Twice a year we accept Letters of Inquiry for our Venturous Capital Grants program, which supports production of new plays at small and medium-sized theaters by underwriting extraordinary production expenses—specific costs that a theater might otherwise be unable to incur.  Application is by invitation only.  

Who We Are


Venturous Theater Fund was established by a private foundation in 2012. Our grants are disbursed via a donor-advised fund at the Tides Foundation on the recommendation of the VTF trustees.  View our grant history.

Staff

Program Director
Ben Pesner


Artistic Consultant
Peter Richards


Supporting Risk-Taking, Experimentation, and Ambition in the Theater