TCG and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Global Connections program was designed to build bridges between U.S. theatre professionals and their counterparts abroad, to identify theatre professionals who will further the growth and advancement of the field, and to create opportunities for the U.S. theatre field to engage in international conversations. The program encouraged reciprocity and cultural exchange throughout the world—recipients used funds to pursue activity abroad or to host international colleagues within the U.S. to pursue unrestricted travel and projects by professionals working in all aspects of theatre.
Global Connections had three total grant initiatives throughout the life of the program:
- ON THE ROAD (Travel Grants) – Available all rounds of the program
This initiative awarded grants of up to $5,000 or $6,000 each (amount depended on the round) to foster new relationships with international colleagues that will inspire each other’s work and aesthetics by creating opportunities for cultural exchange. This initiative was open to a broad range of theatre professionals from artists to administrators to those in production areas.
- IN THE LAB (Project Development Grants) – Available all rounds of the program
This initiative awarded three grants of $10,000 each to further pre-existing international collaborations by supporting residencies that either advance the research and development of a theatre piece or explore elements leading up to a full production. Projects did not need to result in a final mainstage production.
- ON THE STAGE (Touring Grants) – Only available in Round 4, Cycle B
This initiative awarded grants between $10,000 and $15,000 each to theatres located in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to tour a work internationally or to present international work on stages within these states. Bilateral tours were welcome in this initiative.