Rising Leaders of Color Overview

 

Eligibility | Selection Process | Guidelines and Applications | Timeline | Funders | EDI | Participants

TCG strongly believes that improving equity, diversity and inclusion in the U.S. theatre field is essential to the vitality of theatre as an art form. More than ever, during this time of resurgent anti-Black violence and a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted communities of color, the theatre field needs leaders who are committed and prepared to move the field to a more just and thriving future. To that end, TCG is fully committed to supporting a wide range of aesthetics, perspectives, organizational sizes and structures as well as celebrating all areas of identity, including gender, race, nation of origin, class, age, disability, sexual orientation and religion/spirituality.

TCG's strategic plan includes a multi-year Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Initiative (EDII) to transform the national theatre field into a more equitable, inclusive and diverse community. The Rising Leaders of Color (RLC) Program is part of that initiative and is an expansion and re-envisioning of TCG’s Young Leaders of Color Program (YLC) which launched in 2008. Alongside TCG’s SPARK Leadership Program, RLC is changing the face of the theatre field by nurturing and supporting an intergenerational network of leaders of color at various stages in their careers.

In 2020, RLC the cohort is composed of exceptionally talented New York-based leaders of color who are advancing their careers in the U.S. not-for-profit theatre and related sectors; and who demonstrate the potential to impact the field in a positive way.

The pandemic and resulting social distancing are altering the program activities which span from May 2020 through May 2021. The curriculum currently includes:

  • A two-part orientation meeting covering TCG’s programs and services, leadership training and anti-racism;
  • Participation in professional development workshops and events during the 2020 TCG Virtual Convening;
  • A two-part Values Clarification workshop;
  • One-on-one meetings with field leaders as Thought Partners to identify and explore solutions to career challenges faced by RLC;
  • Additional webinars and virtual workshops with topics determined by the needs of the cohort;
  • Individual career counseling and full-cohort conversations.

 

The RLC cohort will be highlighted in American Theatre magazine and throughout TCG’s social media platforms.

Eligibility and Selection

Please Note: The information on this page refers to the 2020 cycle of the program, which is no longer accepting applications. At this time, the next cycle of the Rising Leaders of Color program has not been announced. To receive updates when new applications are available, please subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.

New York City-based early-career leaders of color in all areas of theatre, including but not limited to acting, administration, craft areas, design, directing, dramaturgy, literary management, producing, stage management, technical production, and theatre criticism/journalism may apply.

Eligible applicants must submit their applications through TCG's Online Application Portal no later than the listed deadlines.

Eligibility:

RLC Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be based in New York, NY
  • Have been working in the theatre field or related sector(s) for approximately 3–8 years
  • Have taken a leadership role at a performing arts organization, in a community, at an arts publication, or in the theatre field (including but not limited to artistic, production, administration, education, and theatre criticism/journalism)
  • Self-identify as a person of color

Selection Process & Criteria:

Submissions to the program will be reviewed by a selection committee who will evaluate each application according to the selection criteria outlined below. These criteria will allow the panel to delineate the particular strengths of each application, and select the RLC participants.

RLC Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Talent, skills and professional experience as an early-career leader
  • Evidence of maturity, flexibility and ability to adapt to change
  • Degree to which the program will impact the participant
  • Potential to take on greater leadership responsibilities
  • Potential for positive impact on the theatre field
  • Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to a career in the not-for-profit theatre

RLC defines a leader as an individual who has had experience leading staff, organizations and/or communities, as well as those who’ve led artistic processes and programmatic initiatives, and those charged with documenting and reflecting the work of the field. The program acknowledges that leadership takes place in all departments throughout performing arts organizations and the field at large. With that in mind, the program supports leaders working in all areas of the theatre field, including but not limited to acting, administration, craft areas, design, directing, dramaturgy, literary management, producing, stage management, technical production, and theatre criticism/journalism.

The panel will identify applicants who clearly demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Applicants must clearly articulate why this is the right time in their career to participate in the program, and how this program will impact them and advance their career in the theatre field.



Guidelines and Applications

Please Note: The information on this page refers to the 2020 cycle of the program, which is no longer accepting applications. At this time, the next cycle of the Rising Leaders of Color program has not been announced. To receive updates when new applications are available, please subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.


Applications must be developed and submitted by the applicant.


ONLINE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020 NOON ET


The online application will require that the applicant name two references who will each submit a recommendation on their behalf. Both recommenders should be familiar with the applicant’s work and be available to submit their recommendation to TCG via email by TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020 NOON ET.


The applicant should receive a confirmation e-mail indicating a successful submission within one hour. If not, please contact TCG immediately. Be sure to save the Submission Confirmation E-mail as proof of submission. Applicants who cannot provide proof of application submission will not be eligible.


How To Apply [FOR REFERENCE ONLY]


Step 1: Download and read the Guidelines carefully.


Step 2: Apply via the TCG ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL. The portal will require applicants to complete an online application form and upload one or two file(s) as described in Step 3.


NOTE: At any given moment you can select Save & Finish Later before you log off from your application session. To return to your application after you log off, please click here.


Step 3: Upload one or two file(s) as instructed below. Please note that only applicants applying as critics/journalists will be required to submit two writing samples. Each file must be under 15 MB.


FILE #1: Upload a two-page resume/CV for the applicant.

  Name the file as follows: ApplicantLastName_ApplicantFirstName_Resume.pdf

FILE #2: Those applying as theatre critics/journalists must also upload two non-first person writing samples (features or reviews).

  Name the file as follows: ApplicantLastName_ApplicantFirstName_Samples.pdf

Step 4: The application requires two letters of recommendation that address why the applicant is a strong candidate for the RLC program. The applicant will be responsible for sharing the following information with both of their recommenders. Recommenders MUST submit their letters directly to TCG by emailing a PDF file to Michael Francis at mfrancis@tcg.org by TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020 NOON ET. Recommendations must be submitted directly to TCG by the recommender, not the RLC applicant.


Failure to assemble and submit application materials properly may result in the application being considered ineligible for review.


Save the Application Confirmation E-mail as proof of submission. Applicants who cannot provide proof of application submission by the deadline will not be eligible. If you do not receive an Application Confirmation E-mail within an hour of submission, please email Michael Francis at mfrancis@tcg.org. NOTE: Confirmation emails will be sent from mail@grantapplication.com, so be sure to check your spam folder.


Application materials will NOT be accepted after the aforementioned deadline and must be submitted via the TCG ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL.


General Instructions on using TCG's Online Application Portal:


Do not close out of browser without clicking the Save & Finish Later button. At any time, you can save your work and return to the application form by selecting the Save & Finish Later button.


Click the check mark icon next to long text boxes to spell check your work.


You will not be able to bold, italicize or underline your text. We suggest putting show titles in CAPS or using quotation marks.


When applicable, you may click the info box icon for formatting requirements and special instructions, when necessary.


You can transfer the ownership of the application by selecting the "Save & Finish Later" button and clicking the "Transfer to a new owner" icon.


You can give access to another person to view your application by selecting the "Save" button and clicking the "Email Draft" link.


To return to your application after you log off, please click here.

Timeline

Please Note: The information on this page refers to the 2020 cycle of the program, which is no longer accepting applications. At this time, the next cycle of the Rising Leaders of Color program has not been announced. To receive updates when new applications are available, please subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.

 

RLC participants must commit to attend and participate in all program activities listed below as well as periodic workshops, webinars and phone meetings, and are asked to treat all scheduled activities as professional obligations. TCG will provide a detailed curriculum.

 

Online Application and Recommendation Submission Deadline

March 10, 2020, NOON Eastern Time

Notification of Applicants

(Will be sent via e-mail )

Week of May 4, 2020

Orientation Meeting

Mid-May 2020 (Exact dates TBD)

Pre-Conference Programming

June 2-3, 2020

TCG National Conference

June 4-6, 2020

Post-Conference Programming

June 7, 2020

Additional Professional Development Activities

June 2020-May 2021

 

Funders

Cycle 2020 Funders

Howard Gilman believed in the power of the arts to transform lives. The Howard Gilman Foundation honors his legacy by supporting the most robust, innovative, and promising performing arts organizations in New York City. howardgilmanfoundation.org



The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations and institutions working in the fields of Education, Health, Culture and Social Service. The goal of the Foundations is to ensure that people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives. The charitable goals of the Foundations reflect the philanthropic interests of William Randolph Hearst. hearstfdn.org

Walt Disney Imagineering is the creative engine that designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, and cruise ships worldwide, and oversees the creative aspects of Disney games, merchandise product development, and publishing businesses. sites.disney.com/waltdisneyimagineering


Cycle 2019 Funders

In 2019, the Rising Leaders of Color Program was supported by The Hearst Foundations, The Howard Gilman Foundation and the Knight Foundation.


Cycle 2018 Funders

In 2018, the Rising Leaders of Color Program was supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Howard Gilman Foundation and the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis.


Cycle 2017 Funders

In 2017, the Rising Leaders of Color Program was supported by Meyer Memorial Trust and Walt Disney Imagineering.


Cycle 2016 Funders

In 2016, the Rising Leaders of Color Program was supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Walt Disney Imagineering and the Weissberg Foundation.