Grant & Professional Development Programs

TCG consistently broadens the circle so that many young leaders and artists of color find a place for growth, for opportunity, and for mentorship. The organization has been and continues to be a launching pad. TCG was also the place I found refuge when I began my professional life in the theater.
- Jacob Padrón, artistic director of Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT; founder and artistic director, The Sol Project

Since its founding, TCG has awarded over $43 million in grants, subsidies and scholarships to individuals and theatre organizations in partnership with a number of foundations, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Hearst Foundations, Howard Gilman Foundation, Walt Disney Imagineering, the William & Eva Fox Foundation, and many others. TCG’s grantmaking and professional development programs help to connect and nurture theatre practitioners at various stages of their career, as well as support theatres working in diverse communities across the country. TCG has a long history of developing and administering programs that speak directly to the needs of the field and that have far-reaching impact on individuals, theatre organizations and communities in the U.S. and abroad.

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Recent programs are listed below in alphabetical order.


Alan Schneider Director Award
Program Status: Not accepting nominations at this time

Designed to support exceptionally talented mid-career freelance directors whose achievements may not be known widely or recognized nationally, the Alan Schneider Director Award gives $7,500 for travel, research or other activities specifically focused on the development of the recipient's directing craft and career.

This program is funded by the Alan Schneider Memorial Fund.


Audience (R)Evolution
Program Status: Not accepting applications at this time

Audience (R)Evolution is a multiyear program designed by TCG 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.

This program is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships
Program Status: Not accepting applications at this time

Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships support actors and their artistic and professional development. Grants are awarded to actors in two areas: Distinguished Achievement grants of $25,000 for actors with a substantial body of work and Exceptional Merit grants of $15,000 plus additional support for student loans. Host theatres receive $7,500 for costs associated with residency.

This long-running program is funded by the William & Eva Fox Foundation.


Freelancers Relief Fund: Theatre Designers
Program Status: Not accepting applications at this time

TCG and TheFrontOffice (an entertainment development company founded in 2019 by director Wendy C. Goldberg) have partnered to create the Freelancers Relief Fund: Theatre Designers providing a limited number of rapid response grants of $1,000 each for scenic, lighting, costume, sound and projection designers.

This program is supported by donations from theatre practitioners and audience members, including leadership level support from Rockstar Games, John Lee Beatty, Netflix and Aurin Squire.

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Program Status: Not accepting applications at this time

Global Connections supports geographically unrestricted travel to foster international collaborations between US-based artists and their colleagues around the world. The program traditionally offered funding in at least two categories: On the Road travel grants of up to $5,000 each and In the Lab project development grants of $10,000 each.

This program is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Rising Leaders of Color
Program Status: Not accepting applications at this time

Rising Leaders of Color develops and highlights highly talented early-career Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders across the U.S. who are committed to initiating and upholding equitable practices in the theatre field. The program combines practical skills building, professional connections and opportunities to develop empowering relationships, as well as tools and resources to navigate a career in the theatre field as a BIPOC leader.

The 2021 cycle of the program is supported in part by the Howard Gilman Foundation. Support for alumni activities is supported in part by Hearst Foundations and Walt Disney Imagineering


The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship
Program Status: Not accepting applications at this time

The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship provides exceptionally talented costume designers who are enrolled in a university or professional training program with the opportunity to supplement their fine arts training in hand drawing and/or painting. The scholarship offers undergraduate and graduate students up to $7,500 to be used towards tuition, registration, and/or supplies.

This program is funded by the Estate of Willa Kim.