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Speak up in July as  Congress Takes Action on COVID-19 Relief! TAKE ACTION NOW Throughout July, House and Senate negotiators will shape a new approach to the expiring Paycheck Protection Program and pandemic unemployment benefits, and will consider enhanced charitable giving incentives, dedicated stimulus funding, and other policies to support workers, employers, and communities.  As Congress increasingly considers targeted approaches to the next COVID-19 policy package, it is essential that theatres join other arts and nonprofit stakeholders to seek full eligibility for relief.   Please take the following actions, and be prepared for ongoing ...
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New from TCG Books : Gl oria: A Life by Emily Mann NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Gloria: A Life by Emily Mann . The play was commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater by special arrangement with Daryl Roth. Gloria: A Life received its world premiere at the Daryl Roth Theatre in New York in the fall of 2018. “In many ways Gloria: A Life , a play about a movement, became a movement. For millennia, human beings have been sitting around campfires, telling and listening to each other’s stories… Only being together with all five senses allows us to empathize, ...
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Thank you for all the kind words and thoughtful feedback you’ve given in response to the changes underway at TCG. The spirit of generosity theatre people have shown since the pandemic struck, along with the renewed urgency and collective action toward a more just theatre field, have me feeling strangely hopeful in spite of many hard days still to come.  TCG is going dark from June 25 through July 3 for a necessary week of staff rest and recovery. During this time, we will not be checking email or phone messages until we reopen on Monday, July 6. We have begun instituting mandatory periods of disconnection to ensure we’re not burning ourselves out, ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :  June 24, 2020 |  PRESS CONTACTS:  Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 Theatre Communications Group Announces New Cohort of  Rising Leaders of Color Program Eight New York City-based leaders New York, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the participants in the fifth round of its Rising Leaders of Color (RLC) Program, which seeks to develop and highlight exceptionally talented early-career BIPOC leaders (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) across the U.S. who are committed to upholding equitable practices in the ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 24, 2020   |  CONTACTS:  Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 Theatre Communications Group Announces the 2020 Recipient of Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce Jeanna DiPaolo as the recipient of The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship 2020. Administered by TCG with support from The Estate of Willa Kim, the Scholarship provides exceptionally talented costume designers who are enrolled in a university or professional training program with the opportunity to supplement ...
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We’re writing today with an important update about your TCG Individual Membership: American Theatre magazine is pausing its print edition at least through December 2020 , while continuing its reporting online. Over the next six months we’ll continue to publish special online issues, cover the news, host our podcast series, and launch new live virtual events. Please read Editor-in-Chief Rob Weinert-Kendt’s letter to learn more about how American Theatre will keep the ghost light on. We know that for many of you, receiving the print edition of American Theatre in the mail was a treasured tradition, and an important reason why you joined TCG ...
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Thank you to everyone who participated in the  second part of our 2020 TCG Virtual Conference: Re:Emergence-Convening   (Part 1 of R:Emergence- Convergence took place virtually in May).  In response to the loss of so many Black lives to police brutality and the ever present reality of White supremacy, we reframed all of our programming through two criteria: does this session center Black, Indigenous, People of Color?; and does it actively work to dismantle White supremacy? Close to 2000 people were in attendance over the four days, and you can find the archive videos here .  Taking our National Conference virtual this year was a major feat, ...
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Sent: June 10, 2020 On the evening of June 3, the Senate agreed to a House-passed package of changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), sending H.R. 7010 The Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act of 2020 to the President's desk for approval. While Congress continues to work on additional forms of COVID-19 federal relief, lawmakers agreed to the following near-term changes to the Paycheck Protection Program: Extends the forgivable loan expenditure period from the current 8 weeks to 24 weeks after the loan origination date   Extends the end date of the covered loan expenditure period from June 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020   Removes the requirement ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 15, 2020 |  CONTACTS:  Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941         Theatre Communications Group Announces Daniel Banks to Receive Alan Schneider Director Award New York, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, proudly announces that Daniel Banks has been awarded the Alan Schneider Director Award . The Award was established in honor of Alan Schneider's significant contribution to theatre in the U.S. and his lifelong commitment to the development of career opportunities for freelance directors. It is designed to identify and assist ...
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A message to the field from TCG’s executive director/CEO Teresa Eyring, deputy director/COO Adrian Budhu, and the team at TCG We are in grief and rage over the murder of George Floyd. George was described by his family as a “gentle giant” who “would light up the room.” We say his name as we say the names of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and all those whose lives have been taken by anti-Blackness and police brutality. These murders have occurred amid resurgent anti-Black violence and a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted communities of color. We know that protesters across many cities have been met with violence, leading ...
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Support Relief for Nonprofit Theatres and Theatre Artists Impacted by COVID-19 Congress is working on its fourth package of federal relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is still much more work to be done to support theatres, theatre artists, and the communities they serve. Keep your elected officials informed about concerns and losses that are not being addressed and tell them about theatres’ unique capacity to support the U.S. economy, uplift the human spirit, and provide lifelong learning. Consider the following points when contacting your members of Congress and choose key areas of focus for your theatre: ...
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Dear Colleagues, On Friday evening, the Small Business Administration announced the release of the Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application and instructions . The SBA also stated that more complete guidance on the loan forgiveness process will be issued "soon." In the meantime, the form and instructions provide some new information as to how loan forgiveness will be administered.  Please share this information, as needed.   With best wishes,   Laurie Baskin Director of Research, Policy & Collective Action TC
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Thank You: Ongoing Advocacy is Essential   Since passage of the CARES Act, theatre leaders have continued to speak up in partnership with the broader arts and nonprofit sectors, seeking ongoing federal relief amidst the COVID-19 crisis. And, your advocacy is making a difference. Please keep weighing in! Elected officials expect to hear from their stakeholders with frequency, the policy issues are dynamic, and the needs of your community are rapidly changing. TCG is working in strategic partnerships with national arts and nonprofit sector leaders to ensure that your voice is added to those influencing the outcome of the next COVID-19 relief package, ...
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As Congress moves toward next steps in crafting a package of new and renewed COVID-19 relief programs, an array of details on existing programs was recently released: Enhanced Charitable Giving Incentives: The CARES act created a new giving incentive for taxpayers who do not itemize their tax returns and it also removed the 60% Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) restriction on charitable deductions for those who do itemize their tax returns for the 2020 tax year. While the Internal Revenue Service has not yet issued guidance, the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation issued a report on CARES Act provisions on April 23, specifying ...
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Spread the word far and wide-- it's time to party!! The Kilroys List Book Vol. Two is here, with scenes and monologues from 67 women and nonbinary playwrights and a foreword by Lynn Nottage. We'll be celebrating with TCG on Zoom this Tuesday, hosting a party you don't want to miss! Join us to toast the playwrights and hear some readings from the book. Let's get together and be badass in this crazy, lonely time. Theatre Communications Group and The Kilroys present... THE KILROYS BOOK DROP PARTY! Tuesday May 19 2020 8PM Eastern 5PM Pacific on Zoom (RSVP required) REGISTER HERE featuring readings from playwrights included in The Kilroys List Book ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2020 | CONTACT: Corinna Schulenburg, cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 New from TCG Books: Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith . Until the Flood was commissioned by and received its world premiere at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri in the fall of 2016. “ Until the Flood is an urgent moral inquest.” —Jesse Green, New York Times In the gripping and revelatory Until the Flood , Dael Orlandersmith journeys into the ...
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Thinking about the new normal, or new abnormal, I wanted to ask for thoughts and ideas on how theaters can combine creativity and digital technology to meet diverse audiences where and when they are? Many theaters are currently using digital means to cater to homebound existing audiences. Are there opportunities to use options like hybrid live/digital platforms and flexible performance formats to attract new audiences now unable or disinterested in attending theater? Could a combination of hybrid live/online programming, variable performance times, and unconventional venues make theater performances more accessible to differently abled audiences and theatermakers? ...
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Virtual Toasts: Online Galas & Donor Engagement from Theatre Communications Group on Vimeo . Virtual Toasts: Online Galas & Donor Engagement Thursday, April 30, 5-6pm ET With shuttered stages and social distancing, theatres have drawn on their trademark creativity to move their galas online. But how can you successfully engage donors without the magic of being in the room together? This webinar will feature theatres sharing what worked in their successful pivots to online galas, some of which were featured in the  American Theatre article, " Galas Open Their Virtual Doors in Hopes of Opening Checkbooks ." Emika Abe (she/her/hers) ...
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Congress Acts on New Funds for PPP and SBA Loans Congress and the White House have just passed an "interim" COVID-19 relief bill. The deal adds funding to the existing   Paycheck Protection Program   administered by local lenders and the   Economic Injury Disaster Relief program   administered by the Small Business Administration, and provides additional resources for COVID-19 testing and hospitals. Congress is expected to take up a separate package of new and expanded COVID-19 relief measures in the weeks to come, and ongoing advocacy will be essential. Please stay tuned for an important Action Alert next week. Here is a quick overview of the ...
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New Funds for PPP and SBA Loans, and NEA Awards Funds to States Congress Acts on New Funds for PPP and SBA Loans Congress and the White House have just passed an "interim" COVID-19 relief bill. The deal adds funding to the existing Paycheck Protection Program administered by local lenders and the Economic Injury Disaster Relief program administered by the Small Business Administration, and provides additional resources for COVID-19 testing and hospitals. Congress is expected to take up a separate package of new and expanded COVID-19 relief measures in the weeks to come, and ongoing advocacy will be essential. Please stay tuned ...
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