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Thursday, March 25, 2021


Ma-Yi Theater Company is pleased to announce a new $5K micro-grant program that is open to New York City-based BIPOC, transgendered, and disabled artists and creatives. The micro-grant was established in response to the continued COVID-19 crisis and the prolonged shut-down of live theater and events. Applications are open to a wide variety of BIPOC, transgendered, and disabled artists, arts workers, and creatives including designers, actors, directors, playwrights, poets, musicians, choreographers, dancers, painters, sculptors, video artists, etc. Ten awards of $500 each will be awarded.


The micro-grant fund was established through the generosity of Ma-Yi’s friends at Play-Per View, who presented an online reading of Carla Ching’s Revenge Porn on February 13, 2021. The proceeds from that reading benefitted Ma-Yi and all funds raised are being redistributed through the micro-grant program. The establishment of the micro-grant fund would not be possible without the generosity of individuals who purchased tickets to the reading and made additional donations to the fund. Ma-Yi would also like to acknowledge Edward Bok Lee for his generous support of the micro-grant. 


Applications will open on March 29, 2021, and must be submitted by April 9, 2021. Winners will be notified by April 16, 2021, and a public announcement of winners will be on April 19, 2021. Application guidelines and requirements are available online at

About Ma-Yi Theater Company

Founded in 1989, Ma-Yi Theater Company (Ralph B. Peña, Producing Artistic Director) is a Drama Desk, Lortel, and Obie Award-winning, Off-Broadway not-for-profit organization whose primary mission is to develop and produce new and innovative plays by Asian American writers. Since its founding, Ma-Yi has distinguished itself as one of the country’s leading incubators of new work shaping the national discourse about what it means to be Asian American today. The Ma-Yi Writers Lab, a signature program founded in 2004, is the largest resident company of Asian-American playwrights ever assembled. The Lab emboldens a new generation of Asian American artists to voice their experiences. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ma-Yi launched Ma-Yi Studios, a digital streaming platform, and live capture studio.

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