Woolly Mammoth Theatre is one of five recipients nationwide of a major grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation designed to help performing arts institutions navigate changes in the arts marketplace.

Beth Hylton, Josh Adams, Caitlin McColl in the production Appropriate at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

The “change capital” pilot program will provide $800,000 to Woolly over the next several years to aid as the company sees fit in a broad range of concerns, such as retaining and bringing in new audiences and developing new outreach strategies. The grant program was established in recognition of the increasingly challenging economic, technological and demographic environment in which performing arts organizations are finding themselves.

The 34-year-old company specializes in contemporary plays, a number of which make their world premieres on Woolly’s D Street NW stage. The other companies receiving the funds include American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass.; Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore.; On the Boards in Seattle and the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.