In 2018 Manbites Dog completed a 31-year run as a theater production company and began a transition to a new mission. Using the proceeds from the sale of our Foster Street theater building, we established the Manbites Dog Theater Fund. We took a one-year hiatus in 2018-19 to plan and organize, then launched our new mission in 2019-20, as a funding and support organization for Triangle theater artists.

Current Grants

Announcing a new round of MDT Theater Project Grants. Manbites Dog, through its Theater Fund — will award grants to theater artists and organizations for the 2022-23 fiscal year to encourage and support theater projects in the Triangle region (Durham, Wake, Orange, and Chatham Counties). Applications begin Monday June 27, 2022. [More]

Previous Grants

Our last call for project grants was in 2019-20. After the onset of the COVID pandemic, we helped support emergency Triangle grass-roots artist relief funds, honored theater artists whose work reflected the activism of Durham social justice activist Ann Atwater, and awarded sustaining grants to artists whose ongoing initiatives strengthen the theater community.

  • 2019-20: Theater Project Grants – awarded to 24 Triangle artists and organizations. (Note: Due to the pandemic, several of these projects were either modified, postponed into 2022, or cancelled.) Total: $37,125 [More]
  • 2020: Emergency Artist Support Grants – awarded to five emergency Triangle grass-roots artist relief funds from March to December 2020. Total: $52,000 [More]
  • 2020: Ann Atwater Theater Awards – awarded to six Triangle theater artists and organizations whose work has reflected and honored Durham icon Ann Atwater’s lifelong commitment to activism for social justice. Total: $24,000 [More
  • 2021 and 2022: Sustaining Grants – awarded to eleven local artists and organizations for ongoing initiatives that strengthen the Triangle theater community.Total: $75,000 [More