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From Jen Cleary and Kevin Bitterman Building on the success of the inaugural Single Ticket Collective earlier this year, we at TCG are so pleased to be partnering with TRG again on a second exclusive program for a limited number of theatres: The Loyalty Collective .   A cohort of mid-size TCG Member Theatres (with annual expenses of $1M-$4M)  will be selected for a deep-dive into loyalty building, subscription growing, and tactical support counsel from TRG. Patron loyalty should be a cornerstone of any arts and cultural organization’s strategy to fulfill its mission and meet the bottom line. To support this work,  The Loyalty Collective ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 4, 2019 |  CONTACT: Corinna Schulenburg, cschulenburg@tcg.org, 212-609-5941 New from TCG Books : Fleabag: The Special Edition By Phoebe Waller-Bridge NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Fleabag: The Special Edition by Phoebe Waller-Bridge . Celebrate the incredible journey of the outrageously funny, blazingly forthright Fleabag , from fringe theatre hit to international cultural phenomenon, in this special edition — featuring the original playscript, never-before-seen color photos, and exclusive bonus content by Phoebe, director ...
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Hello and happy December! I'm so pleased to welcome Waterwell as one of TCG's newest Member Theatres! Waterwell is based in New York, NY and is led managing director Adam Frank and artistic director Lee Sunday Evans. Founded in 2002, Waterwell describes themselves as a civic-minded theater company. Their mission: Waterwell strives to create new theater that entertains and enlightens. Waterwell seek to prove itself a vital presence in the lives of its audience by remaining always responsive: responsive to the events affecting the world at large, responsive to changing modes of expression, and responsive to the individuals attending the performance. ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 26, 2019       CONTACTS:  Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5945 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards Announce Third Round of 2019 Recipients Past Productions Include Pulitzer Prize-winning Cost of Living and Hamilton NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the recipients of the third round of the 2019 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards. The awards, totaling $415,000, allow 9 productions extra time for the development and rehearsal of new plays with the entire creative team, hoping to extend the life of the ...
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Now Accepting Proposals for the 2020 TCG National Conference from June 4-6 in Phoenix, AZ The TCG Conferences and Fieldwide Learning team is collecting session proposals for our 2020 National Conference in beautiful Phoenix, AZ. In an ongoing effort to best serve the needs of our members, this year’s process will differ slightly from the previous two. The prompt questions that follow will ask for a clearly articulated vision of a Conference session. They will ask you to think about your session as a part of one (or several) of the following tracks:  Artistry in Action; Best Practices; and Capacity-Building  (see full descriptions of each track ...
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The Conferences and Fieldwide Learning Team at TCG is turning over a new leaf! We're bidding farewell to our dear Hannah Fenlon, associate director of the department for over four years at TCG, and welcoming in a new team as we usher in 2020 -- starting with a new opportunity for a Conference Manager. I first started at TCG in 2012 as Conference Manager and over the years found a lot of room for growth, both through TCG's positional structure but also personally and professionally. I always offer this caveat when talking about our department but, while the word Conference denotes images of trade shows and Powerpoints, our Conference is different (though ...
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$7,500 SCHOLARSHIP TO COSTUME DESIGN STUDENTS FOR PAINTING AND HAND-DRAWING SKILLS TRAINING ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 7, 2020 NOON ET APPLY NOW! TCG is pleased to honor costume designer Willa Kim’s legacy and her life’s  work as a pioneer, legend and inspiration for many of today’s theatre artists. Willa cared deeply about developing the next generation of artists and THE WILLA KIM COSTUME DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP will provide exceptionally talented costume designers who are enrolled in a university or professional training program with the opportunity to supplement their fine arts training in hand-drawing and painting. Because ...
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Hello and happy Monday! I'm so pleased to welcome Peterborough Players  in Peterborough, New Hampshire on board as a #TCGMemberTheatre ​! Peterborough Players is led by artistic director Gus Kaikkonen and managing director Keith Stevens. Founded in 1933,  Peterborough Players' mission is to " enrich the human experience by producing quality live professional theatre, developing and training theatre artists, and offering New Hampshire a wide variety of performing arts events."  In recent years the theatre has extended their typical summer season of nine shows to also include a winter season of three. You can follow their work on Facebook , Twitter ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             CONTACTS:    Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941             The Center for Fiction and Theatre Communications Group Present Playwrights  Craft Talk: Annie Baker & Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Event co-presented with Center for Fiction in Brooklyn, NY on November 19  New York, NY – The Center for Fiction , a 200-year-old literary nonprofit that's created an immersive home for readers and writers in downtown Brooklyn, and Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, will co-present Craft Talk: Annie Baker & Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. ...
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I'm pleased to welcome one of our newest TCG Member Theatres, San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre , or SLO Rep from San Luis Obispo, California! The theatre is led by managing artistic director Kevin Harris. SLO Rep's mission is to: "strengthen theatre’s cultural influence and enrich the Central Coast by producing professional theatre, nurturing artists and providing theatre education for children and adults." SLO Rep was founded in 1947 and has grown immensely in their 70-year history; last season they produced a whopping 17 productions between their Main Stage and their youth programming. You can follow their work on Facebook , and  Twitter ...
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TCG seeks a full-time Director of Marketing (DOM). The DOM is responsible for creating, implementing, and measuring the success of a comprehensive marketing plan that advances TCG’s mission to strengthen, nurture, and promote professional theatre in the U.S. and globally. Working with a portfolio that includes individual membership, events, and publishing, the DOM will raise the valuation of TCG’s programs within the theatre field while championing the not-for-profit theatre to our broader culture. Click here for the full job description. The Director of Marketing will be working with other TCG staff including the Creative Director, Director of Communications, ...
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We’re thrilled to share the latest nomination process for the Alan Schneider Director Award . The award is designed to identify and assist exceptionally talented mid-career freelance directors whose achievements have been demonstrated through work in specific U.S. regions or territories, but who may not be known more widely or recognized nationally. Recent recipients include Kimberly Senior, Liesl Tommy, Bart DeLorenzo, and Anne Kauffman.   For those who may not know, Alan Schneider was the great director who helped bring some of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century to the U.S. stage. He also served as Theatre Communication Group’s ...
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EDI Trustee Think Tank

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“We live in a society where racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of systemic oppression are always present, though not always acknowledged. But do we want them to be the accepted conditions of our theatre field?” --Teresa Eyring, A More Equitable World Because of Theatre , Grantmakers in the Arts TCG has long prioritized nourishing the critical relationship between trustees and theatre leaders. From the founding of the Fall Forum on Governance to the publication of The Art of Governance , we’ve sought to connect trustees with the resources and relationships you need. With equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) a top ...
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On behalf of TCG’s Department of EDI Initiatives, I'm pleased to invite all Fall Forum on Governance attendees and NYC-area TCG Members to join us for a special gathering hosted by Cohort 3 of the EDI Institute from 1:30-4pm on Friday, November 8 at Project REACH . As you may know, the EDI Institute supports cohorts of theatres going through a multi-year peer-learning process to advance equity at the personal, organizational, and fieldwide levels. To make this work more accessible to a wider number of participants, Cohort 3 is hosting two affinity spaces that are free for Fall Forum attendees: Affinity space for POCs and PWTs : One of the greatest ...
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Happy Friday! I'm so pleased to send a big TCG welcome to a new Member Theatre:  Pioneer Theatre Company from Salt Lake City, Utah!​ Pioneer is led by artistic director Karen Azenberg and this year marks managing director Chris Massimine's first season with the company. PTC has been in operation since 1962 and is one of SLC's largest regional theatres. A fun fact about PTC! They were the first regional house to be granted the rights to produce  Les Miserables  in 2007 following the original Broadway production's closing.  You can follow PTC on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram  and be sure to say hello next time you find yourself in Salt Lake! ...
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2019 TCG National Conference: MIAMI, photo by Jenny Graham For a little more context on what our programming at the 2020 TCG National Conference is going to look like and why, visit Part 1 and Part 2  of this mini-series. Every year we, the TCG Conference team, get inquiries from folks in the field and beyond, asking how they might participate, add value, or be of use to us – which are the kinds of humble questions that we love because they show us you care!  Here are the avenues for becoming involved in the Conference from a programming perspective:  Submit a session! We send almost everyone with an idea to our content ...
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Vendor Diversity Info

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Announcing TCG's Vendor Diversity call! Vendor Diversity is TCG’s commitment to providing business opportunities to enterprises of communities who have been socially and economically underrepresented – including but not limited to people of color, women, LGBTIQ+, immigrants, and people with disabilities. TCG will make every effort to identify vendors of underrepresented communities. Types of Vendors TCG contracts with different types of vendors for goods and services. At this time, we welcome proposals from vendors in the following areas: Catering services Cleaning services Courier services Document management HVAC maintenance ...
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2019 TCG National Conference: MIAMI, photo by Jenny Graham In the first post of this mini-series , I gave an overview of what our programming process looked like. I didn’t get into the kinds of programming that came of that process, but you can read all about that here .  While the past couple of years have worked well for our small but mighty producing team, 2020 is a big milestone as the 30th National Conference in TCG’s history, and some elements of the Conference felt like they needed a little dusting off. In the past several months, our team hosted an internal strategy retreat with our TCG colleagues, we compared notes with our sister ...
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The Center for Fiction , a 200-year-old literary nonprofit that's created an immersive home for readers and writers in downtown Brooklyn, and Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, will co-present Black Lives/White Gaze: Playwrights Jackie Sibblies Drury and Claudia Rankine in Conversation . Jackie Sibblies Drury ’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Fairview , investigates race through the lens of surveillance: Who is watching whom and what effect does that have on the observed? Claudia Rankine ’s first published play, The White Card , poses the essential question: Can American society progress if ...
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2018 TCG National Conference: St Louis, photo by Jenny Graham As part of our ongoing effort to be more transparent about the TCG National Conference programming process, I thought I might tell you a little bit about what we do to create this beast, a little bit about how it’s going to change in 2020, and where you might come in. Turns out I have more than a little bit to say about this stuff, so we’re rolling out a three-parter ( Part 2 and Part 3 respectively) with all the goods, for those who nerd out on this process stuff as much as we do. Yes, it’s a beast. For those of you who have been to a TCG National Conference before, you know ...
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