upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2017

upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2017

Donna Oblongata

Donna oblongata by abby

Donna Oblongata is primarily a theatre artist and writer. In 2006, she co-founded the punk rock theatre company, The Missoula Oblongata, with whom she made and toured critically acclaimed plays around the country for seven years. She’s been a member of the Baltimore-based collective Wham City, directing a touring stage adaptation of the movie Jurassic Park that Rolling Stone cited as one of the reasons Baltimore had the “Best Scene in the Country.” Donna’s interactive-play-in-a-box-for-an-audience-of-no-one was included in Wham City’s Box Set #1, which was released at the Whitney Museum of American Art that same year. 

She holds an MFA from Towson University, where, for her thesis project, she brought free puppetry workshops to Palestinian youth and refugees in Jordan and the West Bank. In 2014, she was commissioned to be an Artist in Residence for the People's Climate March in New York City- the largest march against climate change in history. Her projects have been finalists for the Creative Capital Grant and the MAP Fund Grant. In 2015, she performed in PearlDamour's site-specific production Lost in the Meadow at Longwood Gardens. More recently, she taught the Kinetic Sculpture Class for Neighborhood Bike Works and co-designed and built 150 cardboard sunflowers for a protest of the PES oil refinery expansion in Southwest Philadelphia.

She's currently developing a new musical about the Earth First! movement.


Leeway grant?

Art and Change Grant

The Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans* artists in the Delaware Valley region to fund art for social change projects. [read more]

deadline 08/01
Upcoming events
07/1211:00 am - 1:00 pm

Grant Information Session in Center City

Are you thinking about applying for the Art and Change Grant or the Leeway Transformation Award but not sure of how to go about it? Join past recipients as they share their experience of applying and Leeway staff members as they share best practices on how to prepare your application for the 2017 grants.

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07/192:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Applicant Support Session in Germantown

Applicant support sessions are an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a Leeway representative to get direct feedback on your application. Drop-in sessions do not require an appointment and will be held from 2:00pm to 7:00pm.

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