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A breakout session at the 2015 Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas CityAudience (R)Evolution is a multiyear program designed by TCG and funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to study, promote, and support successful audience-engagement and community-development strategies for the U.S. not-for-profit theatre field. At its core, the program supports risk-taking, reflection, experimentation, and collective action toward implementing new strategies that will help theatres cultivate and maintain attendance and demand.

As effective audience engagement and community development efforts increase around the country, many theatres have expressed the need to implement strategies that more closely align with their communities. To circumvent working in isolation, and to encourage knowledge sharing across the field, TCG believes that the way forward is through collaboration with audiences, community partners, and peer theatre organizations.

At this time, Audience (R)Evolution is not accepting grant applications. Future cycles of the program have not been announced. To receive updates on future open application cycles, please subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.


Audience (R)Evolution builds upon TCG's longstanding commitment to audience engagement with programs such as Free Night of Theater and New Generations: Future Audiences, as well as continued conversations and programming at TCG's annual Fall Forum on Governance and National Conference. The program has traditionally supported four phases of programmatic activities: research and assessment; convenings; grantmaking; and widespread dissemination.

The pilot cycle of the program concentrated on four primary goals: to define success in audience engagement and identify practices that work; to share with theatres how to adapt these strategies to their own organizations and communities; to offer theatres the funds to test and implement the models; and to understand the future direction and trends in audience engagement for the field.

The second cycle of the Audience (R)Evolution program built on the success and learnings of the first cycle, focusing on helping theatres sustain and grow attendance and demand and increasing engagement through revolutionary strategies and models of audience building. This round of cohort-building programs helped theatres to share knowledge while partnering on new strategies for audience engagement and community development via Travel Grants and Cohort Grants. This round also supported the 2015 Audience (R)Evolution Convening in Kansas City, MO as well as "mini" learning convenings in Minneapolis and Milwaukee in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Audience (R)Evolution Round 3 had the specific focus of audience engagement and community development as they related to theatre for youth and multigenerational audiences. This round sought to inspire and challenge theatres to develop meaningful partnerships and artistic work in an effort to better understand and fuel the apparent growth trend in attendance for youth and multigenerational audiences. Like the other cycles, Round 3 supported grantmaking initiatives through cohort and travel grants; convenings at the annual TCG Fall Forum and National Conference, and disseminated audience engagement resources to the field, including case studies.


The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child abuse, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. www.ddcf.org


For more information on the Audience (R)Evolution program email AudienceRev@tcg.org.