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After the Insurrection

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Last week, while the certification of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as next President and Vice-President of the United States was in process, we witnessed a disgraceful and deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol. Even though this egregious act of white supremacy may not have been surprising given the current administration’s four-year assault on our democracy, it was still shocking. To see the sacred seat of our democracy desecrated by Nazi symbols, and calculated violence was disturbing and violating--and we know it could have been even worse. Capitol Hill was constructed on the unceded lands of the Nacotchtank (Anacostan) and Piscataway, and built ...
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Tuesday, January 19 – TCG to Host Webinar for Theatres Tuesday, 1/19/21, 3:00-4:30pm ET With the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issuing new guidance for the “second draw” of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and guidelines for the Save Our Stages (SOS) grant program coming soon, theatres need support in accessing these major relief and recovery funds. On Tuesday, January 19, from 3:00-4:30pm ET , TCG will host a webinar for all theatres with a cross-sector group of arts leaders. Focusing on the current PPP and SOS opportunities, as well as newly expanded Employee Retention Tax Credits (ERTC), we will also look ahead to additional advocacy ...
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Statement on Americans for the Arts and National Arts Action Summit From: Board of Directors, Performing Arts Alliance Thank you to everyone who has advocated for support of the arts this year. The latest legislation passed to offer additional Covid-19 relief is the result of collaboration among the Performing Arts Alliance Board, constituents, community members, and colleagues in the arts and nonprofit sectors. We are grateful to all who joined us in these efforts over many months.   The Performing Arts Alliance (PAA) represents a broad spectrum of the performing arts field across the country, from individual artists to large presenting organizations. ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2021 |  CONTACT: Corinna Schulenburg, cschulenburg@tcg.org, 212-609-5941 New from TCG Books : Linda Vista by Tracy Letts NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Linda Vista by Tracy Letts . The play received its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago in the spring of 2017. Linda Vista opened on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theater in the fall of 2019, produced by Second Stage in association with Center Theatre Group. “Letts is a master of pitch-dark comedies that measure the grisliest depths of human behavior… ...
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This announcement just released today from the SBA :   The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the U.S. Department of Treasury, has issued new guidance concerning the start of the Paycheck Protection Program "second draw" loan program ($284.45 billion) on January 11, 2021. The application deadline is March 31, 2021. Along with the announcement of the start of the program are interim final rules, effective immediately and applicable to the "second draw" loans and "first draw" loans not yet forgiven by the SBA. Eligible entities will again work with their participating financial institutions in the program. The SBA also issued guidance ...
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Round House Theatre, in association with McCarter Theatre Center, presents The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration & Influence , a digital festival highlighting the award-winning playwright. Four of Kennedy’s plays will be produced as virtual theatrical experiences: He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box directed by Nicole A. Watson , Sleep Deprivation Chamber directed by Raymond O. Caldwell , Ohio State Murders directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton , and the world premiere of Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side directed by Timothy Douglas .   The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration & Influence features four plays, ...
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From the 2020 Fall Forum Archives… Centering: JUST, or What does a Just and Thriving theatre ecology mean to you? "[By] removing competition and commercial hierarchy so that we are moving toward an understanding that we benefit from one another's work. Whether its across the field, across the country, no matter the size or scale of the work, there is an ecology to it." -Jennifer Wintzer  "I think that is a really beautiful and innovative idea and yet isn't that the basis of why we do what we do anyway?" -Rhiana Yazzie Led by Rhiana Yazzie  Plus TCG’s Adrian Budhu, Teresa Eyring, & Corinna Schulenburg The final two days of ...
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From the 2020 Fall Forum Archives… Executive Searches, Hiring, and Board Recruitment  "When we talk about transparency its not necessarily just about processes and procedures. Don't get me wrong, I think those are very important. But it's also a cultural issue we're trying to undo which has to do with a culture of secrecy and power hoarding. Information is power." -Leandro A. Zaneti Led by Teresa Eyring, Al Heartley, and Leandro A. Zaneti In this session, participants heard from peers leading anti-racist search, hiring, and recruitment processes. Together, we began to address the #WeSeeYouWAT demands focused on transparent ...
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From the 2020 Fall Forum Archives… Governance Culture and Policies “One of the things I’ve done with my own department heads is to say: ‘yes, [the WSYWAT Demands] is a document that is speaking to BIPOC issues, but we should also recognize that if we’re actually able to work through the issues of this document we will have worked through the issues of oppression for our entire field. Because there is intersectionality for all people within this document.” -Hana Sharif Led by Laurie Baskin, Elena Chang, and Hana Sharif In this session, participants engaged with processes toward building and sustaining anti-racist policy ...
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From the 2020 Fall Forum Archives… Compensation and Investments "At the end of the day, a budget should be able to tell you what the values are of an organization just as well as a mission or vision statement." -Ronee Penoi Led by Adrian Budhu, Sara Mokuria, Ronee Penoi, and Corinna Schulenburg A budget is a moral document, and in this session we took a hard look at how our values do and don’t show up in how we compensate and invest. We focused on the #WeSeeYouWAT demands that include: transparency of board affiliations; vendor audits; publishing organizational budgets; ending contracts with police departments; divesting from ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 4, 2021 |  CONTACT: Corinna Schulenburg, cschulenburg@tcg.org, 212-609-5941 New from TCG Books : A Strange Loop by Michael R. Jackson Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of A Strange Loop by Michael R. Jackson . The musical received its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in New York in the summer of 2019. “To watch this show is to enter, by some urgent, bawdy magic, an ecstatic and infinitely more colorful version of the famous surreal lithograph by M. C. Escher: the hand that lifts from ...
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From the  2020 Fall Forum  archives… New Playbooks: Leading Anti-Racist Work in Your Boardroom "I stopped thinking of myself as an institutional leader, and I started thinking of myself as a stakeholder in this community, as we all should." - Mina Morita "The [WSYWAT] demands are very short. They're short-term. They're 'right now, fix these things right now'. They are progressive, there are things you can fix over time. But the [WSYWAT Demands] as a guideline, if you were to follow it linearly, if you follow from the first demand to the last you actually can see how you if you fix the first thing, and then the last thing is actually possible. ...
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Happy New Year!

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Above: TCG Staff gathering to celebrate a one-of-a-kind year. TCG has been BUSY this year. We’ve published 10+ new TCG Books titles, hosted 3 (!) virtual conferences, and brought thousands of theatre people together – whether to party, commiserate, or to swap strategies. If you want to relive your favorite 2020 TCG memories, we've got a full recap here. TL;DR? Here are 9 reasons to celebrate this year (+ 1 reason we’re celebrating YOU!) TCG Action Alerts have generated over 11,400 constituent emails to Capitol Hill, and additional federal COVID-19 support is on the way! TCG honored David Henry Hwang and the National Black ...
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At Last! COVID-19 Relief Approved in Year-End Funding Bill December 22, 2020 New and extended forms of federal COVID-19 relief are on the way in a year-end package of FY21 federal funding and coronavirus assistance of unprecedented scope, to be signed into law this week. Following months of advocacy by theatres and TCG, in partnership with an extraordinary and essential network of advocates across the broader arts and nonprofit sectors nationwide, much-needed relief will be available in the new year, including support specifically designated for the live performing arts and its workforce. Access to relief will be fast!  Eligibility requirements will ...
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As you have probably heard in today's news, Congress is set to approve the urgently needed new COVID-19 relief bill. I know that theatres are anxiously waiting the details, and we will share more with you just as soon as we are able to analyze the final language. In the meantime, here are a few highlights of what we do know so far: An historic level of support for the live performing arts is included at $15 billion through Save Our Stages: There is a 20% reserve for after two priority periods; $2B is set aside for Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees; There is a $10M cap on grants. There will be a second round of Paycheck Protection ...
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So Much to Celebrate

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Like the theatres we serve, TCG received a crash course in the art of the pivot this year. As the needs of theatres and theatre-makers have changed this year, so has TCG – but our commitment to providing low-cost opportunities and timely resources to the theatre field remains. Here are a few of our favorite TCG memories from 2020:  Weeks before the pandemic forced theatres around the country to go dark and in-person gatherings to be cancelled, TCG hosted our annual OUR STORES Gala , honoring the National Black Theatre Festival and Tony Award Winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. We also gathered for a TCG Books event , co-produced ...
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From the 2020 Fall Forum Archives… Centering: COMMUNITY "As we're talking about community building, I want us to embrace tension, as something not in opposition to love, but something that requires love to work through." - Alexandra Meda Led by Alexandra Meda & Jonathan H. McCrory Plus TCG’s Adrian Budhu, Teresa Eyring, & Erica Lauren Ortiz The final two days of the 2020 Fall Forum welcomed all practitioners in the field. Amid a divisive election and the ongoing pandemics of COVID-19 and racism, we focused on connecting with and caring for each other. Our four plenary spaces featured generative and emergent ...
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Thank you for your support of TCG Books in 2020! As a publisher of new plays and emerging playwrights, TCG Books strives to bring new literary voices to public attention and to cultivate individual relationships with its playwrights that nurture their careers.   Our titles range from a who's who of contemporary playwrights, anthologies of culturally diverse plays, and resource materials for theatre professionals.  As a thank you for helping us keep our playwrights in print, we're offering a " choose what you pay " discount on 2020 titles. Take 15% or 25% off these great titles by using one of the codes below: ...
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Register Here | Share your Ideas and Questions Here A Warmer Welcome is part of TCG’s White Theatre-makers Acting On BIPOC Demands Affinity Space . In addition to our regular monthly meetings to work through the demands, we’re also hosting quarterly open forums to provide more expansive action-planning around specific demands.  On Tuesday, December 15, from 2 to 3:30pm ET, TCG will be hosting A Warmer Welcome: Cultural Competency Training for FOH Staff and Volunteers . This open forum will focus on the following We See You, White American Theater demands: Develop intervention and disruption protocols for harmful moments (i.e. ...
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From the 2020 Fall Forum Archives… Centering: JOY  "Joy can be a superpower. In leadership, at least for me, feelings matter. Joy matters. Joy can be an instrument to transform our institutions and our communities." - Jacob Padrón "What are some of the things in your institutions that have shifted and changed [this year] for the better? What are some things that have shifted and changed that you want to keep, that you don't want to let go of?" -Erin Washington Led by Jacob Padrón & Erin Washington Plus TCG’s Adrian Budhu, Teresa Eyring, & Erica Lauren Ortiz The final two days of the 2020 Fall Forum welcomed all ...
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