Theater & Musical Theater

Theater & Musical Theater

The National Endowment for the Arts offers grants to the nonprofit theater and musical theater fields for the production or presentation of traditional or classical repertoire, new plays and musicals, development laboratories, showcases, artist residencies, work for young audiences, experimental work, community-based work, outdoor historical dramas, and puppetry.

Theater & Musical Theater Fact Sheet 


Theater & Musical Theater Director

Greg Reiner
Greg Reiner joined the NEA as the director of theater and musical theater starting in September 2015. Reiner manages NEA...


Eleanor Denegre
Musical Theater/Theater Specialist,
Carol Lanoux Lee
Musical Theater/Theater Specialist,

Recent Grants

Medal of Arts

An online grant search is available to find information on NEA grants from 2000 to the present.


Headshot of a man.
Award-winning orchestrator and music director

Lifetime Honors

Medal of Arts

National Medal of Arts

The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government and is awarded by the President of the United States.


This report summarizes a roundtable conversation hosted by the NEA on creating opportunities for Deaf theater artists. More than 50 artists, administrators, academics, and funders gathered in New York City...
The devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 dramatically exposed the vulnerability of the arts and cultural sector in emergency preparedness and emergency response. To strengthen the understanding and readiness of...


Throughout 2016, theater companies and artists around the globe are celebrating the enduring relevance of Shakespeare and his works. Many NEA grantees are commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with special programming, including performances, lectures, events, festivals, toasts, and all manner of rustic revelry. Click here for a list of events shared with us by grantees.