Past Events

Playwrights on Writing for Young Audiences:
A Partnership Between TCG-NEA-TYA/USA


In honor of National Arts in Education Week (September 13 – 19, 2020), we gathered on Thursday, September 17th from 4-5pm ET (1-2pm PT) for a special presentation we’ve arranged in partnership with the NEA celebrating the importance of Theatre for Young Audiences.
Watch the recording of this virtual roundtable of playwrights (and parents!) Idris Goodwin, Lauren Gunderson, and Alvaro Saar Rios speak on their experiences writing for young audiences, what the work means to them in light of the pandemic and newly energized movements for racial justice, and the great responsibility that comes with writing plays for the next generation of citizens and theatre-goers.
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In the summer of 2020 we hosted a series of remote learning opportunities on topics ranging from virtual reality and theatre, donor engagement amidst a crisis, and more. We invite you to watch the archives of those webinars here
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To view the event's program, please go here.

On Wednesday, August 12th, our 3rd Annual Theatres of Color celebration went virtual - after our inaugural gathering and event set the bar high in St. Louis, and last year’s outdoor Block Party in Miami brought the *heat* (literally). Though we couldn't be together in person, we will not miss the opportunity to honor Theatres of Color across the country, who amidst the numerous challenges we now face, are Too Legit To Quit.
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Between May and June 2020, following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and rise of nationwide protests for racial justice, the TCG Virtual Conference gathered 2,000+ theatre makers from around the country and globe to to collectively envision the day of our Re:Emergence.
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Nilo Cruz’s Exquisite Agony, presented by TCG & The Vilcek Foundation


On Wednesday, February 19th, 2020, the Vilcek Foundation, in collaboration with TCG, hosted Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and director Nilo Cruz, in a reading and discussion of his latest work, Exquisite Agony. The event celebrated the release of Exquisite Agony, published by TCG with support from the Vilcek Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. The evening gathered collaborators, supporters and fans of the work for an intimate reading by Cruz, himself. The audience was struck by his passion, rhythm, and emotion as he switched from character to character during the reading. In a Q&A session hosted by American Theatre magazine, he remarked that reading his plays aloud to himself is part of his writing process – which showed with the ease in which he shared the work. “Theatre is the most collaborative of the art forms”, Cruz remarked, responding to a question on why he chose plays as his medium over poetry or novels. “It is constantly changing as you are writing, and then once again when you add actors, and lighting, and sound, and more to bring about the human experience”. 
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February 3, 2020: OUR STORIES GALA 2020 

TCG'S ANNUAL OUR STORIES GALA supports vital programs and services for the theatre community. The 2020 Gala honored the National Black Theatre Festival and Tony Award Winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. Past honorees at the TCG annual gala include actor arts philanthropist and Chairman Emerita, Ingram Industries Inc. Martha R. Ingram; Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner; and Broadway press agent and President of DKC/O&M Rick Miramontez, Brian Dennehy, director Kenny Leon, playwright Lynn Nottage, actress and playwright Danai Gurira, theatrical producers Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey, set designer Ming Cho Lee, lighting designer Jules Fisher, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Vilcek Foundation, producers Ruth and Stephen Hendel, Judith O. Rubin, and the creators of War Paint (Scott Frankel, Michael Greif, Michael Korie, and Doug Wright).
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November 8-10, 2019: TCG 2019 Fall Forum
At the 2019 Fall Forum on Governance: A New Playbook, we got serious about our traditional model and its impact on our day-to-day operations, fundraising practices, organizational culture, and artistic programming processes. We’ll approached this Fall Forum in a three-part structure, featuring conversations on how to improve, rethink, and enhance our organizations’ resources (including income streams and capital structure); our program and organizational structures (including staff infrastructure, board governance, analyses of programs and services, artistic planning, and more); and our impact (how we measure our success, and how we communicate our charitable value). Generative discussion and peer-to-peer learning was woven into two days of breakout sessions, affinity group conversations, and inspiring speakers from within and beyond the nonprofit arts sector. From November 8-10 in New York City, leaders and trustees from TCG Member theatres directly addressed the issue that keeps so many of us up at night: how to keep our organizations financially healthy while continuing to produce powerful theatre that contributes to the cultural vibrancy of our communities. 
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June 5-7, 2019: TCG 2019 National Conference

From June 5-7, 2019, TCG convened nearly 1,000 theatre makers in Miami, each one looking to manage their relationship to ever-present change: in their art, their institutions, and their communities. What can our field, which has long prided itself on its adaptability, learn from a city like Miami, which reinvents itself with each passing decade, neighborhood, and hurricane season? At 2019’s National Conference, against the backdrop of Miami’s plurality of global cultures and artistic disciplines, we focused intently on three programmatic areas: Audience and Community Engagement as part of our continuing Audience (R)Evolution initiative; Well-being and Wellness; and Theatre Journalism. As part of and in parallel to these areas, we also addressed our field’s most pressing issues, from the evolving landscape of fundraising, to organizational culture, to leadership development, all while nurturing our field’s growing commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Our Conference community engaged with thought leaders from within and beyond the arts to grapple with our own true constant: the challenge of adapting and sustaining our organizations and our work in times of great change.