Los Angeles-based performance and media artist collective Poor Dog Group received an Emergency Grant in 2009. The grant was used to fund travel costs to present their original work, The Internationalist, in Croatia, Serbia and Poland and participate in an international theater festival as part of a two-month Eastern European exchange. This was Poor Dog Group’s first presentation outside of the U.S and led to funding from the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade for a three-city tour and establishing a relationship with Croatia’s Daska Theater, which yielded funding from the Croatian Ministry of Culture. Ultimately, The Skradin International Theater Festival awarded Poor Dog Group “2009 Winner” for The Internationalist.
After receiving the grant, the young collective co-presented the world premiere adaptation of Gertrude Stein’s Brewsie & Willie with CalArts Center for New Performance, for which they received three LA Weekly Awards. They later participated in residencies at UCLA and REDCAT. The collective’s new work Dionysia Dionysia premiered at The Getty Villa in Malibu in 2011, and in October 2011, Poor Dog began a residency at Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performance Arts Center in New York. In 2011, Poor Dog Group traveled to the Netherlands to collaborate with the Dutch actor collective Wundenbaum. While there, the group participated in the annual Rotterdamse Schouwburg Festival.