The Black Seed Project Awards Grants to Nearly 100 Theatre Companies


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The Black Seed Project Awards Grants to Nearly 100 Theatre Companies

Black National Theatre, Negro Ensemble Company, and AUDELCO are just a few of the recipients.

Nearly 100 Black theatre institutions have been selected to receive grants, running from $10,000 to $150,000 over one to two years, as part of the Black Seed Project. Among the recipients are 651 Arts, AUDELCO, Black National Theatre, Harlem Stage, Negro Ensemble Company, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company, and Tuskegee Repertory Theater.

Led by The Billie Holiday Theatre in collaboration with The CRAFT Institute, Plowshares Theatre Company, and WACO Theatre Center, The Black Seed serves as a financial boon to create equality within the arts and culture industry.

As previously announced, the program was kickstarted by a $5 million gift from a coalition of benefactors, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and The New York Community Trust.

“I look at The Black Seed as The North Star,” said Donja Love, playwright and Black Seed panel reviewer. “It’s guiding Black theatre toward liberation. Never has an initiative come that holds such mighty space for Blackness. The Black Seed is saying all Black people matter. Black women, the Black queer and trans community, Black youth and elders, Black disabled folx. We all matter and we are all worthy.”

Also serving on the review panel were Lisa Arrindell, Sandi Haynes, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Hollis King, Rama Orleans-Lindsay, Dafina McMillan, Wendell Pierce, Carl Hancock Rux, and Michele Shay.

Check out a full list of grantees below.

651 Arts

African American Museum of Perf Arts

African American Shakespeare Co.

Afrikan Poetry Theatre

Akiba Abaka Arts

American Slavery Project

Anthony Bean Comm Theater & Acting School

Art City Institute and Foundation

Art Forms and Theatre Concepts


Ashe Cultural Arts Center

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival


August Wilson Society

Black Arts MKE

Black Experimental theatre dba Riant theatre

Black Liberation Art Center

Black Lives; Black Words

Black Rebirth Collective

Black Repertory Theater of Kansas City

Black Spatial Relics

Black Spectrum Theater Company

Black Theater Troupe

Black Theatre Network

Blackberry Projections

Blues City Cultural Center

Caribbean American Repertory Theater

City College Center for the Arts

Classical Theater of Harlem


Crossroads Theatre Company

DC Theatre Arts Collaborative dba Anacostia Playhouse

Definition Theater Company

Driven Theatre Company

Dunbar Repertory

Dynamite Productions

Ebony Repertory Theater

Essential Theater

Fehinty African Theater Ensemble

Frank Silvera Writers Workshop (1/4)

Freedom Workshop Theater

Friends of the Douglass Theater Complex

Front Porch Arts Collective

Girl Be Heard

Harlem 9 Inc

Harlem Stage

Hatiloo Theater

Honey Pot Performance

Illuminate Theater

JAG Productions

Jonathan Williams Center for the Performing Arts

Junebug Productions

Karamu House

KC Melting Pot

Legacy 166 Inc.

Liberation Theatre Company

Lower Depth Theatre

Maroon Arts and Culture


MOJOAA Performing Arts Company

Movement Theater Company

National Black Theatre

Negro Ensemble Company

New Black Fest

New Federal Theater

New Heritage Theater

New Professional Theater

North Carolina Black Rep Comp

Pirate Jenny Theater

Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company

Plowshares Theater Company

Quick Silver Theater Company

Restoration Stage

Robey Theatre Company

SEW Productions Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Sidewalk Detroit

St. Louis Black Rep

Stage Aurora Theatrical Company

Star Center Theatre

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Techmoja Dance & Theater Company

The Black Academy of Arts & Letters

The Black Creators Collective

The Black Repertory Group

The Craft Institute

The Ensemble Theater

The Fire This Time Festival

The Floyd McCree Theater

The Heritage Ensemble Company

Theater Alliance of DC

Theater in the X

Towne Street Theater

TriArc CDC

Tuskegee Repertory Theater

Ujima Theater Company

ViBe Theater Experience

WACO Theater Center

Yendoor Theater Company

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