upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 08/01/2018

Donna Oblongata

Donna Oblongata Donna Oblongata
(1) by Lorelei Narvaja (2) 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?

Leeway Transformation Award

The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work. [read more]

deadline 05/15
Upcoming events
07/241:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Facebook LIVE Info Session

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 us on Facebook LIVE and get your questions answered.​

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08/087:00 pm - 8:30 pm

12x12: LaTreice Branson

High-functioning fatigue. Pride in overworking and extending yourself. Getting the job done at all costs. It's the "exhaustion complex" in full force. Join artist and educator LaTreice Branson in this vivacious and personal exploration of the challenges of being an exhausted woman. Follow LaTreice's musical journey from exhaustion to relaxation and self-love, and then join in, re-setting your heart, mind, and body, with a joy-filled, interactive drumming finale.

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