Emilya Cachapero, Theatre Communications Group

TITLE: Director of Artistic Programs and International Theatre Institute/U.S. 

FUNDING AREAS: Performing arts

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IP TAKE: Cachapero has been deeply involved in the arts community throughout the U.S. for over 25 years. Over that time she has been involved in everything from the symphony to poetry.

PROFILE: Theater Communications Group (TCG) is a multifaceted organization with many moving parts. More than a few of those moving parts are aimed specifically at financing a number of different branches in the theater arts through various philanthropic partnerships, fellowships, and grants. TCG Director of Artistic Programs Emilya Cachapero is one of those people at the center coordinating and administering these awards and grants. She is the one who manages all of the grant programs and international programs, as well as selected special projects.

Cachapero joined Theater Communications Group in 1991 after nine years as the Conservatory Director for the American Conservatory Institute followed by a year as an associate director for the Non Traditional Casting Project. She also played an integral role in creating and producing the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and also currently serves on the US National Commission for UNESCO board and on UNESCO's Young Professional Program.

Her role as TCG Director of Artistic Programs has involved many of the travel grants it awards, particularly the ones given in conjunction with the International Theater Institute—where she is a member of the executive committee and board. These awards are meant to "foster cultural exchange and artistic partnerships between theatre professionals in the United States and their counterparts in Russia and Eastern and Central Europe."  She has said of these grants that they "represent worthy projects and goals and are prime examples of international artistry at work."

Cachapero's commitment to international collaboration is longstanding. In her past work with the International Theater Institute she was project manager for the New Project Group's production of The Borges Project, an eight country collaboration that opened the Manila International Theatre Festival and performed during the ITI World Congress. She also produced the group's 2008 project IfDENITY for the Congress in Madrid.

Some of the other grants and awards Cachapero oversees at the Theater Communications Group include: 

  • Leadership U[niversity] Program: Individual grants of $75,000 to "early-career leaders from all areas of theatre," and continuing ed grants of $6,000 to mid-career and veteran professionals, in collaboration with Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • Global Connections: Cultural exchange grants meant to encourage international collaboration that range from $5,000 to $10,000, also in collaboration with the Mellon Foundation.
  • MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program: Meant to "enable theatres to dare to try new approaches to problem-solving artistic, managerial, production and/or technological challenges [and] to try things the organization doesn't and couldn't normally do." It does this through "Think It" grants of $25,000 and "Do It" grants of $50,000.
  • Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships: Partnership grant with the William & Eva Fox Foundation providing $25,000 for the professional development of actors and one of the only of its kind.
  • Alan Schneider Director Award: $7,500 award for "travel, research or other activities specifically focused on the development of the directing craft."

Theater Communications Group also publishes American Theatre magazine, the go-to resource for all who work in that world.