The Theatre Communications Group (TCG) was born in 1961 with a grant from the Ford Foundation. (See Theatre Communications Group: Grants for Theater.) In the 50 years since its inception, it has grown to include 700 member theater and affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals across the United States. Its services include various publications (including American Theatre magazine), educational events, advocacy, research tools, and a number of partnership grants available for theater professionals. TCG currently spends an average of $8.5 million annually on its various program services.
The Theatre Communications Group's grants fall into three general categories: Professional Development Programs, Travel Grants, and Innovation and Leadership. Under these categories, there are grants for individuals and organizations. A quick overview shows that TCG provides an array of support to theater professionals at all levels.
Here are just a few of the grants TCG offers:
- The Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships is a $25,000 partnership grant for the professional development of actors.
- The Alan Schneider Director Award is a $7,500 award for "travel, research or other activities specifically focused on the development of the directing craft."
- The Leadership U program is a partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation offering 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.
- The Global Connections program, also funded by the Mellon Foundation, are cultural exchange grants of $5,000 to $10,000 meant to encourage international collaboration.
- The MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program was established 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.
This list is just a sampling of the Theatre Communication Group's offerings and grants, though. (Read Director of Artistic Programs Emilya Cachapero's IP profile). If you delve deeper into all this organization has to offer, you'll find there's much more to discover. Tour the website or email TCG for more information.