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TCG presents Stage Matters video

Theatre Communications Group Presents


A short video on why / how / if theatre matters in America

NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is proud to present STAGE MATTERS, a video that captures artists, theatre leaders, patrons, educators, corporate executives and politicians, around the country, speaking about the value of theatre and challenges that face the theatre community. In 2009 alone, 80,000 professional artists in those companies impacted more than 30 million audience members.

“Theatre has had an extensive impact in countless communities, and extraordinary work continues to break new ground,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director of TCG.  “It is our hope that STAGE MATTERS will create a groundswell of awareness about the value and magnitude of theatre in the US.”

To view STAGE MATTERS, visit: www.tcg.org/stagematters.  Please share the video as a tool to gather support for theatre and ensure a vibrant theatre community for centuries to come.

TCG created Stage Matters in collaboration with Firefly: Theater & Films. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Continue reading

TCG Announces Global Connections Grant

Theatre Communications Group Announces New International Grant

Geographically Unrestricted Travel and Project Development Support

New York, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce a new international grant funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The Global Connections program will award $132,000 in grants to foster relationships by way of cultural exchange and furthering pre-existing international collaborations.

Over the years, TCG has provided nearly 200 recipients with international travel grants and fellowships totaling more than $600,000.  Given the development of TCG’s international programs and services, the Global Connections program was designed to meet two distinct needs for US-based theatre organizations and individual artists:

  • On the Road – Twelve grants of up to $6,000 each will provide unrestricted travel funding to foster new relationships with international colleagues that will inspire future collaborations.
  • In the Lab – Six grants of $10,000 each will further pre-existing international collaborations by supporting residencies that advance the development of a piece and/or explore elements leading up to a full production.

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TCG announces Fox Foundation recipients

Theatre Communications Group Announces Fifth Round of Recipients of Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships

“The Fox Fellowship has been the single most important public affirmation of my life and work in the American Theater.  I have been transformed by this honor for all time to come, and it is my charge to articulate this transformation into meaning for as many young artists as possible.”

Ellen Lauren, 2009 Fox Fellow and 2010 Advisory Panelist

New York, NY – The William & Eva Fox Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, are pleased to announce the five recipients for the fifth round of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships. The program, which is funded by the Fox Foundation and administered by TCG, is designed to support an individual actor’s professional and artistic development, to enrich relationships between actors and nonprofit theatres and to ensure continued professional commitment to live theatre. It is one of only a few programs of its kind for actors in the US.

The fellowship is comprised of two categories, Extraordinary Potential and Distinguished Achievement.  For Extraordinary Potential, three early- to mid-career actors, who have demonstrated a strong interest and commitment to continued training, will receive $15,000 each, with up to an additional $10,000 available to relieve student loans.  For Distinguished Achievement, two actors, who have demonstrated considerable experience in professional theatre with a substantial body of work, will receive $25,000 awards.  The host theatre companies will receive grants of $7,500 in support of these residencies.

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TCG launches Free Night of Theatre in NYC

An Entire Month of Free Night of Theater Kicks Off on October 1st in New York City

Thousands of FREE tickets available to hundreds of Off-Broadway & Independent Theaters

NEW YORK, NY Theater Communications Group (TCG) is thrilled to announce the third annual Free Night of Theater New York City, which will take place at nearly 100 participating Off-Broadway, Off Off Broadway and Independent Theaters in all five boroughs during the entire month of October 2010.

Tickets will be available to the public on September 29, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at www.freenightnyc.net .

“Ensuring that New Yorkers have access to the cultural programs, which make our city so great is what makes this so meaningful,” said Council Member and Chairman of the Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations Committee Jimmy Van Bramer. “Free access to quality performances increases awareness of the incredible variety of live theater options across our five boroughs.”

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TCG announces 2010 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards

Theatre Communications Group Announces Thirty-Eight 2010 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards Totaling $924,000

“Rehearsing a world premiere, every moment is precious. Every question regarding the production has never been answered before. The Edgerton grant will provide us with an apt opportunity to experiment with the tone, pacing and momentum of this exhilarating new play.”

Robert Kelley, Artistic, Director, TheatreWorks

NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the 38 Edgerton Foundation New American Play awards granted to theatres across the U.S. in 2010.  The awards, which total $924,000, provide additional rehearsal and development time for the entire creative team on the new play, including the playwright. Over the last 4 years, 111 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards have been granted, totaling $3.2 million.

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Theatre Communications Group Announces Tenth Round Recipients of the New Generations Program

Theatre Communications Group Announces

Tenth Round Recipients of the New Generations Program

NEW YORK, NY – Five theatres and seven individuals were selected in the tenth round of the New Generations Program, a grant initiative cooperatively designed by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG). Nearly $900,000 was awarded this round and more than $13 million in grants have been awarded to over 200 theatres in ten rounds of this program.

“We have enjoyed a long-standing partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which has always been rooted in providing resources to make the national theatre community more sustainable for the future,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director of TCG. “These grants will not only help nurture young leaders and give them the tools to be successful in theatre, but also help theaters cultivate audiences by embracing new and ever-changing technologies.”

In Future Leaders, emerging leaders in all areas of theatre are mentored by accomplished theatre professionals at a host theatre. An award of $80,000 ($40,000 per 9-month period) will be paid to the theatre in support of the 18-month mentorship with up to an additional $10,000 available to the mentee for student loan repayment, or to meet unique travel and legal expenses incurred if an international mentee is selected. In Future Audiences, theatres with a successful track record of reaching young, culturally specific and/or underserved communities will receive a matching grant of up to $65,000 ($32,500 per year) to support the development or expansion of technology focused initiatives aimed at cultivating a diverse audience. Up to $7,500 in additional funding will be available to help recipients transition out of the program.

“We are pleased to partner with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the Theatre Communications Group’s tenth round of New Generations Program grantees,” said Ed Henry, president of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. “We look forward to the contributions that these emerging leaders will bring to the field, and to the expansion of creative approaches for using technology to engage diverse theatre audiences.” Continue reading

TCG publishes Theatre Facts 2009


New York – By September 2009, it seemed that efforts to stem the economic downturn, including Congress’ $787 billion stimulus package, were beginning to pay off; increases in consumer spending, trade and investments in housing contributed to the first rise in the GDP in over a year.  Nonetheless, economic indicators such as employment remained depressed and it was clear that it would be a long and precarious road to recovery for the weakened economy and the nation’s companies and individuals.  Theatre Facts 2009 reports that the economic crisis had a negative impact on the not-for-profit theatre field, just as it did on nearly every sector of society.  For most theatres, the economy’s effect on their bottom line was dramatic, with the majority of theatres ending the year in the red, largely driven by pervasive losses on endowments and other investments.  In spite of these challenges, theatres remained committed to their missions and communities, enhancing America’s artistic legacy with 187,000 performances that attracted 30 million attendees; employing 128,200 administrative, artistic and production personnel; and contributing $1.9 billion to the economy.

“The financial performance of the theatre industry generally tracks with the state of the economy overall, and theatres were by and large weakened by the most recent recession,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director of Theatre Communications Group (TCG). “However, there is also an enormous amount of resilience and entrepreneurialism in our field. Most theatres were able to navigate the rough waters and use a very tough environment to refine their focus, build new partnerships and strengthen ties within their communities.”

For over 30 years, Theatre Communications Group has published Theatre Facts, which draws on responses to the annual TCG Fiscal Survey to offer an analysis of the attendance, performance and fiscal health of the American not-for-profit theatre field.  Theatre Facts is not only a valuable tool for the field, but also for trustees, foundation and corporation executives, policy makers and the national press. Theatre leaders and trustees use this data in developing appropriate strategies for their institutions and in reaching educated conclusions about their organizational performance.

Theatre Facts 2009 compiles information gathered for the fiscal year that theatres completed anytime between October 31, 2008, and September 30, 2009.  Written by Zannie Giraud Voss, chair and professor, Division of Arts Administration at Southern Methodist University, and Glenn B. Voss, associate professor, Marketing Department, Cox School of Business, SMU, along with TCG staff members Christopher Shuff and Ilana B. Rose, the report examines unrestricted income and expenses, balance sheet, attendance, pricing and performance details and is organized into three sections that offer different perspectives.

Following are a few highlights from the findings reported in Theatre Facts 2009, which is now available free of charge on TCG’s website, www.tcg.org.

Theatre Facts 2009 At A Glance:

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