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I wanted to invite you to register for the Special Edition of ITI General Assembly 2020. For those who’ve wanted to attend past Assemblies, but were deterred by the costs of travel, this virtual Assembly gives you an opportunity to engage with international theatre leaders. The General Assembly features presentations from ITI Centers across the globe, as well as speeches by important figures from the global performing arts community. Whenever we engage with the globally, we’re reminded how much we have to learn from each other. And how much we have in common. Our own Board Chair, Nikkole Salter, will be a keynoter on Dec. 10 with these esteemed theatre ...
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It’s Giving Tuesday, the world’s biggest giving movement! And it’s 2020 (as if you could forget), which means today is the perfect day to take advantage of the $300 charitable deduction allowed under the CARES Act. We’ll keep it short and sweet: here are 2 ways to support theatre, today and every day: Support TCG: TCG has a new mission: to lead for a just and thriving theatre ecology. Give to TCG today and share our vision for a theatre field that is sustainable and abundant. Support Your Local Theatre: TCG has over 500 Member Theatres who deserve your support. Consider donating to a local Theatre of Color or ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 30, 2020 | CONTACT: Corinna Schulenburg, cschulenburg@tcg.org, 212-609-5941 New from TCG Books : Evening Plays by Richard Maxwell NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Evening Plays by Richard Maxwell . The Evening premiered at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in the winter of 2015. Samara was produced by Soho Rep. and premiered at A.R.T./New York Theatres in the spring of 2017. Paradiso premiered at Greene Naftali in New York City in the winter of 2018. “When I watch one of Richard Maxwell’s productions, I always ...
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First ever Land Acknowledgement and Wampanoag Language blessing on NBC during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020 LINK to Indigenous Direction's website: NEWS! Press Release | indigenousdirection In collaboration with Indigenous Direction, the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature a land acknowledgement, traditional rattle song, and blessing to honor the Wampanoag and Lenape people. This broadcast will take place on Thursday, November 26th at 9:00am in all time zones around the globe. Ryan Opalanietet Pierce (Lenape) and Joan Henry (Tsalagi/'Nde/Arawaka) will acknowledge the Lenape territory of Manahatta where the parade takes place ...
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Freelancers Relief Fund: Theatre Designers  Upcoming Info Session In partnership, Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and TheFrontOffice (an entertainment development company founded in 2019 by director Wendy C. Goldberg) recently announced the Freelancers Relief Fund: Theatre Designers grant program.  To combat the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic on the theatre field's infrastructure, the Freelancers Relief Fund will provide a limited number of rapid response grants of $1,000 each for scenic, lighting, costume, sound and projection designers who have had theatre employment within January 2019 - March 2020. To learn more about the program and ...
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TCG Books is thrilled to see the work of one of our authors highlighted in a new virtual festival from Round House Theatre: The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration & Influence. Running through December 12th, the Round House festival shines a light on four deeply personal stories from Kennedy’s astonishing body of work with four weeks of virtual theatrical experiences and dynamic conversations, offering audiences the opportunity to discover Kennedy’s singular voice—a startling mix of the surreal with the all too real. The festival features streaming performances of Kennedy's most recent play He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box (also newly-published ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23, 2020 || CONTACT: Corinna Schulenburg, cschulenburg@tcg.org, 212-609-5941 New from TCG Books : Straight White Men / Untitled Feminist Show by Young Jean Lee NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Straight White Men / Untitled Feminist Show by Young Jean Lee . The version of Straight White Men included in this volume opened at Second Stage Theater in New York in the summer of 2018. Untitled Feminist Show premiered at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in the winter of 2012, followed by a remounting of the show at the Baryshnikov Arts ...
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I am very proud of TCG’s new mission to lead for a just and thriving theatre ecology . Including the work to center its programing to support theatres of color and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color theatre-makers. TCG stands in solidarity and in support of the Transgender community and values diverse opinions and is always working to ensure that this is a place where everyone can show up as their whole selves.  During the week of November 13-16, people and organizations around the country participated in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility about Transgender people and address issues members of the community face. This work must ...
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The Producer Hub Launches

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON: Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 | Media Contact: Adam Hyndman, adam@octopustheatricals.com, (908) 283-0760 THE PRODUCER HUB LAUNCHES TO “SUPPORT CREATIVE AND INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS IN EXPERIMENTAL AND NON-PROFIT PERFORMING ARTS SECTORS” Online / Virtual Resources - Nov. 10, 2020 - Octopus Theatricals announced today the formal launch of the Producer Hub , an online resource dedicated to showcasing and supporting the work of independent producers working in a variety of live performance producing models through shared business and educational resources and networking. While centered on the professional development ...
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Policy leaders in the current Congress are showing some interest in making decisions about COVID-19 relief in the remaining weeks of this legislative year. Advocates have one last chance in the coming weeks to advocate collectively to influence the fine print of the next round of sorely needed COVID relief .   A second round of Paycheck Protection Program funding, expanded nonprofit tax credits, pandemic unemployment benefits, and other forms of relief for the arts, public education, states, and communities are all on the table. And in addition to deciding the scope and eligibility of relief, legislators are also hoping to pass regular funding bills for ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2020 || CONTACT: Corinna Schulenburg: cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 New from TCG Books : He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box and Other Plays by Adrienne Kennedy NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box and Other Plays by Adrienne Kennedy . He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box received its world premiere at Theatre for a New Audience in New York in the winter of 2018. He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box is shaped like the shimmering and original scripts that made Kennedy’s name in the 1960s and have ...
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In the Boardroom Where It Happens from Theatre Communications Group on Vimeo . Full text: In The Boardroom Where It Happens by Diane Rodriguez in American Theatre magazine “It’s not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.” Miles Davis’s words have never been more prescient.  As we all stand ready to truly embrace a brave new world of living, communicating, and experiencing humanity like never before, we the creators, producers, and purveyors of the theatrical medium must evolve. A new paradigm of creativity is upon us, and we must abandon what used to be and accept the ...
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TCG and TheFrontOffice Launch Freelancers Relief Fund: Theatre Designers In partnership, Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and TheFrontOffice ( an entertainment development company founded in 2019 by director, Wendy C. Goldberg)  are announcing the Freelancers Relief Fund: Theatre Designers program. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting Monday, December 7th, 2020 2:00pm EST.   The current COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the theatre field’s infrastructure and placing the most vulnerable - freelancers working in ...
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Dear colleagues, I am writing on behalf of TCG’s philanthropic and business partners with information on upcoming funding opportunities and an initiative to support your individual giving efforts.   First, the Theater & Musical Theater team at The National Endowment for the Arts is offering two grant workshops  on Nov 19th and December 2nd . While these workshops are tailored to first time and previously unsuccessful applicants, all are welcome! Please visit this  link for additional information. The NEA recommends reading the following page  before attending to learn more about the funding opportunity.  Second, as many know,  ...
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NEW BIPOC ON THE BLOCK: Are you a BIPOC theatre leader newly named since March 2020 as staff at a PWI? Hold Saturday, November 14, 4-7pm Eastern/3-6pm Central/2-5pm Mountain/1-4pm Pacific/12noon-3pm Alaska/10am-1pm Hawaii for a virtual Field Conversation hosted by Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and a planning team of BIPOC theatre leaders with support from Walt Disney Imagineering and The Howard Gilman Foundation. Leaders in artistic, administrative, production and education areas of producing and presenting theatre organizations; theatre departments of universities; and theatre training programs are invited to come together to build community, ...
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November 11th: Summit on Governance The first day will welcome TCG Member Theatre leaders and trustees in a working session centering the #WeSeeYouWAT demands through the lens of governance.  Click here for registration information! Just and Thriving Governance: From the Roots: Opening Plenary, 12:00-1:00pm ET As our field responds to the #WeSeeYouWAT demands, we are called to question the business models we’ve inherited, and to get at the root of injustices that have evolved and taken hold within our theatre community. This plenary session will host a conversation featuring BIPOC theatremakers working within those models, ...
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Individual Member Profiles Every issue of TCG’s IM Wire, we feature people from across our theatre ecology who have so many good things to say about why the join TCG, what they’re up to, and what they are looking forward to in the future. Name:  Mark Valdez Location: Los Angeles, CA Occupation:  Director/Writer TCG Individual Member Since:  1994 Why are you an Individual Member of TCG, what does it offer/provide you? --I love TCG and I want to support the organization. Membership is one way I can do that. Personally, TCG keeps me connected to the field; to my national community. I get news and updates, I am introduced ...
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The NEA's Theater & Musical Theater team is offering two grant workshops in the months to come. While these workshops are tailored to first time and previously unsuccessful applicants, all are welcome! During each session, members of the Theater & Musical Theater team will provide an overview of Arts Endowment grants and provide in-depth details regarding the Grants for Arts Projects funding opportunity. They recommend reading the following page before attending to learn more about the funding opportunity : https://www.arts.gov/grants .   Grant Workshop Dates/Times: November 19, 3-4pm EST December 2, 3-4pm EST Please register ...
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As a communications partner of the Wallace Foundation, TCG is thrilled to share their latest knowledge resource, Navigating Uncertain Times: A Scenario Planning Toolkit for the Arts and Culture Sector . Published by AEA Consulting, this new scenario planning toolkit includes four potential scenarios with worksheets to help guide considerations and spark new ideas to help organizations prepare for potential threats and capitalize on hidden opportunities. As TCG approaches our 2020 Fall Forum:  A Just and Thriving Theatre Ecology, this tool couldn't come at a better time. As we're programming the Forum, we're doing so with the conviction that the rebuilding ...
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Act Out: Vote 2020

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Dear Theater Community, We are writing to extend an invitation to any and all theater organization across the country to join us in amplifying a national theatrical Get Out the Vote event: Act Out: Vote 2020. If you are interested in helping us amplify this project, please sign up here . About Act Out: Vote 2020 Danai Gurira, Stephen Daldry, Lynn Nottage have come together to organize a special event to get out the vote – Act Out: Vote 2020, a series of short, all new monologues and songs that will make up an hour-long video encouraging audiences to vote in the upcoming elections. Written, directed and performed by some of the most important ...
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