I'm trying to circumvent the system by making a playwright reading circle but the truth is my dream is still to do the above.
Playwrights can't get grant money on their own. But are a LIST of grant opportunities available for playwrights that are working WITH a theatre. And grant money is the way us artists (in modern times) get to have a patron.
Most articles I read say that playwrights CAN'T make enough money to have that as their main career. We're supposed to get a primary job to support our art, which I think is a real shame. I'm lucky to have someone that supports me even if I make no money but it'd sure be nice if I COULD bring some money home.