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Featuring work from The Sống Collective, The Eagle Project, Teatro Luna, KC Melting Pot Theatre, The Movement Theatre Company, the Hawaiian Theatre Program of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and Golden Thread Productions with Crowded Fire Theatre. New York, NY - Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announces that on Wednesday, August 12th, their 3rd Annual Theatres of Color celebration goes online with Too Legit to Quit : A Theatres of Color Virtual Event . The free event will feature music from DJ Ushka, the premiere of We Will Always Be Here by Ty Defoe ...
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TAKE ACTION NOW Negotiations over the contents of the next COVID-19 federal relief package are accelerating, and TCG is providing the latest news and resources as you join partners from the broader arts and nonprofit sectors in urging Congress to provide critically-needed federal support. On Monday (7/27), Senate leadership released its proposals in the HEALS Act which, combined with the House leadership's HEROES Act and numerous stand-alone bills introduced in both chambers, form a mountain of proposals that may be incorporated, adapted, and shaped into a final package for passage before Congress adjourns for the August recess.  Federal Funding: ...
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TONIGHT , Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, in partnership with Americans for the Arts and Theatre Communications Group , will bring together some of the stage and screen’s brightest stars in an effort to help “Save The Arts,” LIVE on “Stars in the House” at 8 PM ET on the Stars In The House YouTube channel and on starsinthehouse.com . As performance venues and film & television production houses remain closed nationwide, this is a dire time for American artists. Annette Bening, Alex Brightman, Justin Guarini, Kenny Leon, Marlee Matlin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Rosie Perez, Randy Rainbow, Marc Shaiman, Sarah Silverman, and more surprise guests ...
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Expand and recapitalize the Paycheck Protection Program resources, provide new opportunities for those that have exhausted initial PPP funds, remove restrictions and burdens for self-employed applicants, eliminate the 500-employee cap, and provide dedicated funding for nonprofit organizations. Extend the duration of the program and the loan forgiveness period, expand eligibility and allowable costs, and swiftly issue clear loan forgiveness guidance. Several proposals are under consideration that would provide a new or second opportunity to access Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans. However, there may be eligibility restrictions related to ...
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On June 4, 2020, as part of TCG's virtual National Conference, Re-Emergence, we held an Advocacy Session: Arts Advocacy in 2020: What’s Needed and What’s Permissible Participation in arts advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels is always important, but becomes critical during a crisis. And, we face multiple crises. This session will acknowledge our pivot to center the needs of Black colleagues, theatres of color and theatre artists of color. We know that some theatres and theatre artists have had greater challenges in accessing federal relief than others. This session will highlight bipartisan arts advocacy efforts focused on COVID-19 relief, ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 17, 2020  |  CONTACTS:  Corinna Schulenburg | cschulenburg@tcg.org | 212-609-5941 Theatre Communications Group Announces New Officers for Board of Directors  Nikkole Salter Named Board Chair New York, NY - Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, has announced new officers for its board of directors. Nikkole Salter , actress, playwright, educator, and arts advocate, Bloomfield, NJ, will chair a slate of officers that includes three vice-chairs: Mara Isaacs , founder and executive/creative producer, Octopus Theatricals, New York, NY; Eileen J. Morris, artistic ...
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the U.S. Congress is entering into negotiations over the content of the next urgently-needed major relief package.  Your theatre's advocacy is essential alongside the broader arts and nonprofit sectors. Among many proposals are ones that may narrow or target eligibility for relief, which makes it all the more important to speak up before the broad direction of the bill is set and comes to a vote later this month or in early August.  We must tell Congress how critical federal relief and charitable giving are for the arts workforce and nonprofit sector when it comes to supporting jobs and serving communities, especially ...
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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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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 advocacy in the weeks ahead: View TCG's Arts & COVID-19 policy campaign ...
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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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Ask Your Senator to Co-Sponsor Universal Charitable Deduction Bill Some good news, as TCG and theatres join the broader nonprofit sector in seeking increased incentives for the charitable giving that supports communities nationwide. Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Coons (D-DE), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced the bipartisan Universal Giving Pandemic Response Act (S. 4032) to expand the current above-the-line deduction for charitable giving made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March. The provision would lift the current $300-per-tax-filing ...
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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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SBA Issues PPP Flexibility Rules! Reminder: Loan Application Deadline June 30. The Small Business Administration has released new rules implementing the provisions of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, available  here . For those that have already received a PPP loan, many may be nearing the completion of their loan period and should be aware of significant changes regarding the loan forgiveness application process. The SBA is also currently revising the PPP loan forgiveness application form.  While more guidance may soon follow, the rules include some helpful clarification, including confirmation that borrowers with less than 60% of expenditures ...
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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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Black Lives Matter

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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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