Sundance Institute: Grants for Theater

OVERVIEW: While best known for supporting independent filmmaking, the Sundance Institute also has a theater program, which supports labs and retreats.

IP TAKE: As with its film programs, participation in one of Sundance's labs can open the door to further funding opportunities not available to the general public.

PROFILE: The Sundance Institute supports a handful of labs, retreats and residencies for theater, two of which are open to applications from the public:

  • Theatre Lab at the Sundance Resort - This lab is open to playwrights, directors, composers and librettists from the US, the Middle East, and North Africa with projects in any stage of development. Each Fellow receives a $1,200 honorarium and, if applicable, a company of actors for rehearsing the project under development, as well as support and mentoring.
  • MENA Playwrights Residency in Berlin - This residency is for playwrights from the Middle East, especially Syria, and North Africa who have been based in Europe for five years or less. Applicants must submit a script, written in Arabic (classical or dialect), a project summary, and an artistic statement.

Sundance's theater program also includes the Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA, the Sundance Institute | LUMA Foundation Theatre Directors Retreat in Arles, and the Playwrights & Composers Retreat at Ucross Foundation, all of which are by invitation only. Participation in Sundance's Theatre Lab may provide a way in, however.

Additionally, actors interested in performing in the acting company for the Theatre Lab at the Sundance Resort can submit a headshot and resume.


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