Supporters and Networks

Progress Theatre’s work is made possible through generous support from our families, communities, local partners and donors. Please browse the links below to learn more about these amazing organizations and networks of supporters, artists and friends.
The MAP Fund announces PT’s Cristal Chanelle Truscott among their 2016 grantees for the development of Plantation Remix, Progress Theatre’s next touring piece. The MAP Fund invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining and — ultimately — creating a more equitable and vibrant society and is among the longest-running grant programs in arts philanthropy.  
The Idea Fund, a re-granting program administered by Houston’s DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses; and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announces PT’s Cristal Chanelle Truscott among their Round 8 (2016) grantees. The Idea Fund supports artist-generated or artist-centered projects that exemplify unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices.


DDPAA is 10-year program undertaken by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in partnership with Creative Capital, to empower, invest in and celebrate artists who have impacted and are helping to move forward the fields of dance, jazz and/or theatre. PT Founder Cristal Chanelle Truscott received the 2014 Impact Artist Award for her influential work in contemporary theatre. 


NTP is a program of New England Foundation for the Arts which promotes the development of artist-led, ensemble, and devised theater work while extending the reach and life of these projects through touring. NTP. PT’s The Burnin’ is made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


NPN is a national organization supporting artists in the creation and touring of contemporary performing and visual arts. PT has toured through NPN Partners since 2001 and has received 2 Creation Fund Grants for PEACHES, co-commissioned by New WORLD Theatre (Amherst, MA) and PS122 (NY, NY) and The Burnin’, co-commissioned by Junebug Productions, Inc. (New Orleans, LA) and Hartford Stage (Hartford, CT). The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
NET is a national coalition of ensembles created by and for artists to propel ensemble theater practice to the forefront of American culture and society. PT’s project with Art in Praxis is made possible, in part, through a grant from NET’s Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
ROOTS is a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South that supports the creation and presentation of original art which calls for social/economic justice and works to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere. PT is a member of ROOTS, has received the Artist Assistance/Project Development Grant for The Burnin’ and been featured at ROOTS’ Annual Meeting.


IMAN is a community organization that fosters health, wellness and healing in the inner-city by organizing for social change, cultivating the arts and operating a holistic health center. PT is a member of IMAN’s Artist Network, having performed at several Community Cafe’s and IMAN’s 2-day festival Takin’ It To The Streets.


ACSJN is a network connecting people and organizations engaged in learning and action to make the world more equitable and creative. PT was featured on ACSJN’s inaugural blog.
Formally known as the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, Hi-Arts is a leading organization within the urban arts movement who’s mission is to develop and produce new works of performance and visual arts; to provide a platform for artists; and to create educational and community programs that connect to and expand the audience for urban arts. PT’s The Burnin’ is made possible with additional funding from Hi-Arts