What Shubert’s Theater Funding Means for Chicago

We recently tipped you off about the massive $24 million commitment that the New York-based Shubert Foundation made to 488 theater groups all across the country.

Read: The Good (And Really Good) News Behind the Shubert Foundation's Recent Funding Cycle

As Mike Scutari noted, more nonprofits were able to get in on the Shubert action this year than ever before. That’s because the funder spread its resources far more broadly and more than doubled its number of grant recipients.

Fortunately for Chicago theater folks, a sizeable chunk of these funds found their way to the Windy City. Chicago groups got a combined total of $1.1 million dollars from Shubert for 2015, which was spread across 20 Chicago theater organizations.

According to the Chicago Tribune, here’s how the Chicago grant money was divvied up:

  • Goodman Theatre ($310,000)
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company ($200,000)
  • Victory Gardens Theater ($100,000)
  • Northlight Theatre ($90,000)
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater ($70,000)
  • Court Theatre ($60,000), Lookingglass Theatre Company ($60,000)
  • Writers Theatre ($45,000)
  • TimeLine Theatre Company ($30,000)
  • About Face Theatre ($15,000)
  • Chicago Children's Theatre ($15,000)
  • The House Theatre of Chicago ($15,000)
  • Remy Bumppo Theatre Company ($15,000)
  • Silk Road Rising ($15,000)
  • American Blues Theater ($10,000)
  • American Theater Company ($10,000)
  • Chicago Dramatists ($10,000)
  • Lifeline Theatre ($10,000)
  • Teatro Vista ($10,000)
  • Theater Wit ($10,000)

In Chicago and all across the country, the Shubert Foundation is committed to performing arts groups that are producing new work—74 percent to theater and 15 percent to dance. You can view a full list of recent theater grants and recent dance grants on Shubert’s website.

Shubert does a pretty good job of spreading its support outside its home base of New York City to places like Spring Green, Wisconsin, Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Boise, Idaho. Theater is a big deal in Chicago, so it makes sense that so many Chicago groups caught Shubert’s attention. Shubert has stayed pretty consistent with its funding in Chicago, as about 20 Chicago theaters received grants in 2014 too. Just for comparison, New York City typically sees about 70 Shubert theater grants per year.

Check out the foundation’s Dates and Deadlines page to stay informed about upcoming grant cycles and download an application directly from the Guidelines and Instructions page between late August and November.