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.

Announcing the 20-Minute Grant

For the past few months, we’ve been talking with area theater artists and supporters, reevaluating our granting processes and goals, and exploring ways to better serve the needs of the Triangle theater community. As a first experiment, we’re now taking applications for The 20-Minute Grant–a small, easy-to-apply-for grant designed to help theater-makers pay artists. Click here, see what it’s about, and spend twenty minutes completing your application.

Past Grants

  • 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
  • 2022-23 Theater Project Grants – awarded to 18 Triangle theater artists and organizations for the 2022-23 season. Total Awarded: $44,000. [More]