AGE Grants

Introducing AGE Legacy Playwright Grants

PURPOSE: To change the equity landscape of the American Theatre canon to increase the representation of BIPOC women and nonbinary playwrights 40+ by investing in their success through grant funding for emerging playwrights.

Each award is $10,000 unrestricted funds
Applications are open March 7 – April 1, 2022 
Recipients announced July 2022

AGE is committed to curating the AGE Legacy Playwright grants program within the limits of our resources. Therefore, we will only be accepting the first 100 applications.


  • Identify as BIPOC
  • Identify as a woman or nonbinary individual
  • 40 years or older
  • Emerging means that the playwright has had no more than one play fully produced in one or more  professional theatre(s). Readings and workshop productions are exempt.
  • Must have an original draft of a full length play completed at the time of application; the script has to have at least one principal character who is BIPOC, woman or nonbinary person and 40+ years of age.
  • Must live and work in the United States or Puerto Rico and are able to submit a W9 if chosen as a finalist.


  • Applicant meets eligibility criteria.
  • Applicant submits all materials and information within the timeframe of the ALP grant submission and review process.
  • Applicant demonstrates a strong desire to achieve success as a playwright, and to change the equity landscape of American theatre.
  • Applicants will submit a full draft of the script and additionally select 10 pages from their draft to be read in the first review phase.
  • Applicants are reviewed on their motivation, commitment, and dedication as a playwright to impact the equity landscape of American theatre. The focus of the review is on the artist more than the play, knowing that their writing is one of many drafts and efforts yet to be birthed in their playwriting career.
  • The selection process is subjective and imperfect

AGE has awarded over $250,000 in grants to Portland theatres to support their equity work. The COVID-19 and racial pandemics are calling us to shift our focus. AGE is starting a new chapter in which we will invest our resources specifically in Black, Brown, and Indigenous artists who identify as women and non-binary. The AGE Equity Grants program has been a rewarding endeavor. Theatres will continue to do their equity work. AGE will continue to be a partner with the theatres as we address the urgent need for racial justice.

Advance Gender Equity in the Arts (AGE) is offering grants to professional Portland metro-area theatre companies that demonstrate a commitment to intersectional gender equity in playwriting, directing, casting, and designing.

The AGE Equity Grants are made possible by the support of many friends, volunteers and donors. Our heartfelt thanks to all who give generously of their time, expertise and financial support

Learn about the 2019 AGE Equity Grants and Recipients.

Learn about the 2018 AGE Equity Grants and Recipients.

Learn about the 2016 & 2017 AGE in the Arts Awards Recipients.

Contact us with questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Advance Gender Equity in the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.