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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 6th Annual Free Night of Theatre

Theatre Communications Group Celebrates

Sixth Annual Free Night of Theater

October 1 – October 31, 2010

New York, NY – Theatre Communication Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is proud to announce the sixth annual Free Night of Theater, which will launch in more than 23 states around the country from October 1, 2010 through October 31, 2010.

Free Night of Theater is an unprecedented audience development initiative, where theaters across the country offer the public tickets to live performances absolutely free-of-charge.  The goal of Free Night of Theater, introduced by TCG as a three-city pilot-program in 2005, is to increase public awareness of, and to attract new and non-traditional audiences to, theaters in communities across the U.S.

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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’s American Theatre editor Jim O’Quinn receives ATHE Award

Jim O’Quinn, Editor of TCG’s American Theatre Magazine, Receives Excellence in Editing Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education

New York – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announces that Jim O’Quinn, editor in chief of its monthly national arts magazine American Theatre, is the recipient of the Excellence in Editing award presented by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) earlier this month.

Each year, ATHE coordinates nine awards that recognize excellence in educational and professional theatre.  O’Quinn was presented with the Excellence in Editing award for his sustained achievement with American Theatre at the ceremony in Los Angeles on August 3, 2010.

“It’s great to get this kind of public recognition for your work, especially from a distinguished academic organization such as ATHE,” O’Quinn said. “It’s an honor personally, but also a testimonial to the crucial role American Theatre magazine has played in our theatrical culture over the past quarter-century.”

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MetLife and TCG announce recipients of A-ha! program

MetLife Foundation and Theatre Communications Group

Announce Third Round Recipients of the A-ha! Program

New York – MetLife Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announce the third round of recipients for the A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It, which encourages TCG member theatres to think and act creatively. Six theatres were awarded grants, totaling $225,000, to either research and develop new production ideas or experiment and implement innovative concepts in the theatre field. The total award amount is a 50 percent increase from last year’s total of $150,000.

Innovation and creativity are fundamental tools for the advancement of any initiative or discipline, and this is especially true in the arts. Unfortunately, support for new ideas and experimentation for theatre practitioners has not been readily available. To fill that void in the professional, not-for-profit theatre field, MetLife Foundation and TCG partnered to create the A-ha! Program, which fosters creative thinking and action among TCG member theatres.

“In light of these uncertain economic times – when many arts organizations are wary of taking risks or seeking to create work through unproven methods – the A-ha! Program is a beacon to draw our member theatres to experimentation,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director of TCG. “This program allows them to strive for new ways of thinking and development and testing new models, without having to shoulder all the financial responsibility.”

The A-ha! Program has two components: Think It grants ($25,000), which give theatre professionals the time and space for research and development, and Do It grants ($50,000), which support the implementation and testing of new ideas. The program aims to discover and disseminate best practices that can benefit the field by supporting risk-taking, reflection, experimentation and the development of creative strategies in theatres.

“MetLife Foundation is proud to continue its partnership with TCG to support not-for-profit theatres seeking new ways to create and develop work and practices that strengthen local communities and the field in general,” said Dennis White, president and CEO, MetLife Foundation. “We believe the A-ha! Program is essential to participants in building models of creative strategy.”

The 2010 A-ha! Program recipients are:

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TCG Appoints Kevin E. Moore as Managing Director


New York – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre in the US, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin E. Moore as its new Managing Director.  Moore, who currently serves as Managing Director of Arizona Theatre Company, has been a senior executive in the performing arts for nearly two decades, with additional posts at Herberger Theater Center Phoenix, Cincinnati Arts Association, Historic New Harmony and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Teresa Eyring, TCG’s executive director, said: “Kevin is a highly respected theatre leader, who brings a wealth of knowledge and relationships from across the national theatre field.  His talent in all aspects of planning and administration will be a tremendous asset to TCG as we move toward our 50th anniversary year and launch the next 50 years of our national theatre movement.” Moore, who will join TCG in mid-October, will work in close partnership with Eyring, and will lead all aspects of TCG’s business life.  His experience includes significant accomplishments in staff management, strategic planning, board development, financial management, fundraising, marketing and communications.

On accepting the position, Moore stated, “To say I’m honored to have been chosen to serve TCG and the American theatre in this way is an understatement.  I look forward to working with Teresa, the staff and board and the membership of TCG in advancing the goals of the organization and its member theatres.”

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