The Black Seed Project Awards Grants to Nearly 100 Theatre Companies | Playbill

Black Lives Matter 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.
The cast of Twelve Angry Men... and Women, presented by the Billie Holiday Theater in Brooklyn. Hollis King

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
Support Black Theater
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
Yendor Theatre Company

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