Philadelphia Theatre Initiative

The Philadelphia Theatre Initiative awards grants to innovative productions that expand the range of high quality theatrical programming. The Philadelphia Theatre Initiative’s investments have contributed to Philadelphia’s emerging reputation as one of the country’s leading theatre centers.

The initiative is part of the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and is administered by the University of the Arts.

The Philadelphia Theatre Initiative began 1995, succeeding earlier initiatives in the 1980s and early 1990s. Since then, the initiative has invested in the artistic development of the region’s professional theatre through project grants and sponsored professional opportunities for study, research, mentor projects, and artistic consultancies.

Examples of Philadelphia Theatre Initiative-funded productions include a world premiere of a new work by renowned movement artist Bill Irwin at the Philadelphia Theatre Company and the creation of a new work by Pig Iron Theatre Company. 

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are selected by a distinguished national panel of experts. The Philadelphia Theatre Initiative seeks to expand the range of cultural programming available to a wide range of audiences, and to develop a sense of community in the Philadelphia theatre through the exchange of ideas, information and resources.

To learn more, visit the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative Web site.

Photo by JJ Tiziou of the Pig Iron Theatre Company’s production of “Shut Eye.”


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