TCG Leadership Transition News

By Adrian Budhu posted 23 days ago

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to share that I’ve decided to resign as deputy director and chief operating officer of TCG. I believe that it’s time for me to take stock, seek out a fresh perspective, and pursue other opportunities. As of June 30, 2022, I will conclude my full-time leadership role and move into a limited-capacity advisory role over the summer. I’m working with Teresa Eyring and TCG’s board and staff to ensure a smooth transition, and we’ll have more to share soon. 

It’s been such a joy to get to know many of you over my past six years at TCG and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together. I’ve appreciated the opportunity and hard work to operationalize TCG’s commitments to EDI in tangible ways, including anti-racist hiring processes and transparent fiscal stewardship. I’ve helped realign TCG’s departments to be more effective and connected to our values. I’ve strengthened our cash flow and brought our budgets into surplus. I’ve also worked hard to make our programs more equitable, including making ARTSEARCH free to all job-seekers and the Salary Survey results accessible for everyone. 

More than anything, I’ve tried to lead with the humanity of our staff, board, and field in every decision I’ve made. In doing so, I’ve come to believe that there are no more excuses for “business as usual” thinking and practices. As theatre leaders, we have the power and the responsibility to end the harmful practices we’ve inherited and create something new. When we do, it makes everything better, from our programming to our bottom-line to our organizational culture. I’m proud to have been a part of the generation of leaders transforming the theatre field. 

And I’m grateful to the theatre for making me a better leader and a better person. I didn’t start as a theatre kid, but from my time at The Theater Offensive until now, I’ve learned the power theatre has to foster empathy and accountability—both of which are so badly needed now. Theatre has done nothing less than help shape my identity and my place in the world. Theatre has heightened my awareness of my privileges, as well as my responsibility to use these privileges to advocate for a better world, and to highlight the diverse voices and stories that shape our humanity. So while I don’t know where my path will lead, you can trust that I won't be a stranger. You’ll see me at your theatres, cheering you on.

I look forward to seeing you at the TCG National Conference later this month where I hope we can raise a glass to the future. Until then, it’s been an honor to work with you as we continue to move toward a more just and thriving theatre ecology.
Adrian Budhu
Deputy Director & COO