THRIVE! Uplifting Theatres of Color - Intended Recipients

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This grant program is being offered with generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child abuse, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. For more information, you can visit

Who is THRIVE! for?

Priority for RESPOND grants will be given to BITOC with the highest demonstrated need, economic and otherwise, and who have demonstrated valued service for their chosen communities. RECOGNIZE grants will serve to strengthen theatres with visionary leadership and impactful programming, as well as a record of valued service for their chosen communities.

Successful applicants will present a clear commitment to their chosen community and care deeply about all facets of their community’s day-to-day experience. They profoundly engage their community, maintain mutually beneficial partnerships with them and regularly practice deep inquiry about the quality of the community’s interaction with them. Not only will the applicant show how the community has been affected by their experience with the theatre, but also how the theatre’s staff, operations and programming have been affected by their interaction with the community.

TCG is inspired by the writings of W.E.B Du Bois and defines BITOC as organizations that have been founded by, for, about, with, and near BIPOC communities. THRIVE! recognizes that communities of color often disperse beyond one geographic area. Also, during this pandemic time, we recognize the difficulty of being in physical proximity to community members. For these reasons, we are defining “near” and “with” broadly to include digital and cultural proximity. In addition to these elements, BITOC are led by BIPOC.

Theatre organizations not originally founded by BIPOC, but which have undergone significant reimagining of their mission, vision, values, leadership and staff to self-identify as a BITOC, and which have publicly stated in word and practice that they are BIPOC-centered will be considered.

With the above exception, predominantly white theatre organizations, even if helmed by BIPOC leaders, are not eligible. However, TCG believes these BIPOC leaders and their theatres need support in order to succeed and addresses these needs through TCG programs and services separate from THRIVE! which include affinity spaces throughout the year and at the National Conference. 

*BITOC and BIPOC are terms used here for solidarity purposes representing a multiplicity of racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. We acknowledge that the terms 'BITOC' and 'BIPOC' are imperfect, not universally embraced by many who identify as People of Color and/or People of the Global Majority, and that language is in a constant state of reimagination and redefinition. For reference, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color represent over 80% of the global population. It is possible that during the program period, the language may shift again.