A Strong Foundation
Writers’ stories help us process the beauty and pain of the world. If writers don’t get the support they need, theater cannot continue.
That’s where DGF steps in.
Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) is a national charity that fuels the future of American theater by supporting the writers who create it. DGF fosters playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists at all stages of their careers. We sponsor educational programs; provide awards, grants, and stipends; offer free space to create new works; and give emergency aid to writers in need. By supporting and nurturing the creators of today, we protect the stories of tomorrow.
We are looking at ourselves to ensure that we are encouraging the voices that make up the American theater. Historically, the theater has not lived up to its pledge of offering a safe space to everybody. We support the community coming together to reexamine how Black, Indigenous and People of Color in the theater industry have been treated. We have to ask ourselves tough questions and have open honest dialogue throughout the organization in order to ensure accountability and authenticity. We have started by assessing the historical makeup of our programs, as well as our leadership. This will take time and guidance, and we will try and fail before we get it right.
With your support, we can build a better DGF and a better future for writers.
Dramatists Guild Foundation acknowledges that our office is located in ancestral Lenape homelands. We are conscious that our work in New York City, and across the United States, occurs on the stolen land of many Indigenous people. We stand in solidarity with the Indigenous people and recognize the longstanding significance of these lands for Indigenous nations, past and present.