THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP INC

Leading for a just and thriving theatre ecology

aka TCG   |   NEW YORK, NY   |  WWW.TCG.ORG

Mission

Founded in 1961, Theatre Communications Group's mission is to strengthen, nurture, and promote the professional nonprofit theatre. TCG's membership includes over 750 Theatres and Affiliates and 10,000 individuals nationwide. Led by the core values of Artistry, Diversity, Activism, and Global Citizenship, TCG offers networking, knowledge building, grantmaking, performing arts advocacy, capacity building, professional development, and conducts research to assess the field's changing needs. TCG strengthens the theatre ecology through the publication of American Theatre magazine and TCG Books, which publishes over 400 titles by 112 playwrights, including 17 Pulitzer-Prize winners. In 2005, TCG received the Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre in recognition of its impact on the national field.

Ruling year info

1987

CEO & Executive Director

Teresa Eyring

Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer

Adrian Budhu

Main address

520 EIGHTH AVENUE 24 FL

NEW YORK, NY 10018 USA

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EIN

13-6160130

NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Theater (A65)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (T01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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TCG takes its leadership responsibility seriously, initiating and participating in a number of programs to advance its membership and the field overall. TCG has launched initiatives and programs to address the issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion; succession planning in the field; capitalization of the field; and audience engagement and community development. TCG is also a dedicated advocate for the arts at the federal level, advocating for policies that support the arts and their contribution to the United States.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Artist Support and Career Advancement

Led by the core value of Artistry, TCG supports artists’ professional and artistic development through many programs, including the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships and the Alan Schneider Director Award. TCG partners with the Edgerton Foundation to disseminate information about their New Play Awards, which support premiere productions of such canon-expanding works as Hamilton, Cost of Living, and Dear Evan Hansen. TCG also offers project development grants and conducts field-wide research on the state of the artist.

Population(s) Served

Addressing one of the most significant questions from the field, TCG approaches audience engagement and community development by making strategic partnerships to educate and support the field in best practices. TCG partners with the Wallace Foundation to disseminate research and case-studies on successful audience-building models via tcg.org as well as during TCG’s in-person convenings. TCG is a long-standing philanthropic supporter of our member’s audience engagement efforts, starting with the New Generations program and extending to the current Audience (R)Evolution program, designed to study, promote, and support successful audience-engagement and community-development strategies for the U.S. not-for-profit theatre field.

Population(s) Served

TCG holds two annual convenings which bring together professionals from across the US to share their knowledge on trends and challenges in the field. The National Conference, held in a different host city each year, is the only nationwide gathering of the not-for-profit professional theatre community. The Fall Forum on Governance is held in New York City each year and provides a unique opportunity for theatre trustees and senior staff to engage with one another and to connect with peers from around the country in an intimate setting. TCG also offers Theatre Professionals and Leadership teleconferences to allow its geographically disparate members to connect and share knowledge at more frequent intervals.

Population(s) Served

TCG's strategic plan includes a multi-year, six-point Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Initiative to transform the theatre field into a more equitable, inclusive, and diverse community. The Initiative seeks to provide new methods of measuring diversity in the field; a curated collection of critical thinking about diversity and inclusion, including historic resources on race, ethnicity, gender and other areas of identity; and support for Theatres of Color across the U.S. The Initiative also includes the Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project, the Rising Leaders of Color program, and the ED&I Institute, comprised of national cohorts of Member Theatres working collaboratively to create and execute action plans around equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Population(s) Served

TCG and the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (the Lab), based in Washington, DC at Georgetown University, co-administer the Global Theater Initiative (GTI).Through the alignment of programming and resources, the GTI serves as a hub of global exchange with three core areas of focus: connecting practitioners with resources, knowledge, and partnerships to strengthen their work; promoting cultural collaboration as essential for international peace and mutual understanding; and innovating new strategies to maximize the global theatre field’s opportunities and impact. GTI also serves as the collaborative leadership of the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI/U.S.).

Population(s) Served

TCG is dedicated to the development of the future leaders of the theatre field. Leadership [U]niversity supports professional development and mentorship opportunities for mid-career administrators and leaders from all areas.The SPARK Leadership program and Rising Leaders of Color focus on nurturing and supporting an intergenerational network of leaders of color at various stages in their careers. This area of programming remains a hallmark of TCG’s mission-driven work and has involved partnerships with private, government, and corporate partners.

Population(s) Served

TCG Books is the largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature in the North America. With over 3,000 titles in print, the TCG Books program archives the contemporary voice of the American theatre, including 17 Pulitzer Prize-winning plays. TCG Books are enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of readers every year, from students to professionals to theatre lovers across the globe.

American Theatre (AT), premier theatre magazine in the United States, informs readers about important work and significant issues affecting theatre art and practice. AT also explores new avenues of audience engagement through journalism with podcasts and video series like Offscript, Three on the Aisle, and Token Theatre Friends. Serving over 100,00 monthly readers, the magazine is available in print and online at www.americantheatre.org.

Population(s) Served

TCG conducts research for and about not-for-profit theatre field to assess the changing needs and conditions of the theatre community, chronicle the field’s growth, support national advocacy efforts, and create resources to aid theatre professionals in their work. These resources include: Theatre Facts, an annual report analyzing the U.S. not-for-profit theatre field informed by an annual fiscal survey; the semi-annual Special Report on Education, which provides resources and development opportunities to professionals in the theatre education field; and the Salary Survey, which gathers compensation information to aid participating theatres in planning, budgeting, and making critical personnel decisions. TCG provides fieldwide leadership by representing the field in Washington, DC on significant federal matters. As a founding member of the Performing Arts Alliance, TCG advocates on a range of issues including NEA appropriations, arts education funding, tax incentives for charitable giving, the visa process for international artists, funding for cultural exchange, and protecting performing arts technology.

Population(s) Served

Through events, grantmaking, and knowledge-sharing activities, Blue Star Theatres, a partnership with Blue Star Families, recognizes the profound contributions of service families and seeks to build stronger connections among theatres, military families, and their communities. There are currently 167 participating theatres spanning 42 U.S. states and territories.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Excellence in Theatre 2005

Tony Awards

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Facebook followers

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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Total combined Facebook members for Theatre Communications Group and American Theatre magazine pages.

Total number of organization members

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Convenings and Fieldwide Learning

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Increasing

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TCG's Member Theatres span 48 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Other categories include: Funder, University, Non-Profit, and Business, and International Members.

Number of periodicals distributed

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Publications

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Increasing

Context Notes

American Theatre is the national monthly magazine for the professional U.S. not-for-profit theatre, informing readers about important work and significant issues affecting theatre art and practice.

Number of conference attendees

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Convenings and Fieldwide Learning

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Increasing

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TCG holds two annual convenings for theatre professionals to share knowledge on trends and challenges in the field: The TCG National Conference and The TCG Fall Forum on Governance.

Number of website pageviews

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www.tcg.org

Total number of periodical subscribers

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Publications

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

American Theatre is the national monthly magazine for the professional U.S. not-for-profit theatre, informing readers about important work and significant issues affecting theatre art and practice.

Number of donations made by board members

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

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Board members are asked to make a personally significant financial commitment, and to assist with TCG’s fundraising efforts. In FY18, 100% of TCG's board members made a donation.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Led by its core values of Artistry, Diversity, Advocacy, and Global Citizenship, TCG's overarching goal is to be the leader and innovator in assembling, contextualizing, and disseminating knowledge to strengthen and energize U.S. theatres and practitioners; to be the quintessential purveyor of facts and stories that capture public, funder, and media interest in theatre; and to be a resource for theatre artists and administrators, providing funding, networking, visibility, and publication opportunities. In short, TCG builds a better world for theatre, and a better world because of theatre.

By providing a range of training, communications, research, and networking opportunities, TCG harnesses the knowledge of the theatre field for the collective whole. As a growing number of our Member Theatres seek to network and share artistic and operational strategies with colleagues around the globe, TCG is at the forefront with international initiatives and support services, such as the Global Theater Initiative (GTI), which strengthens, nurtures, and promotes global citizenship and international collaboration. TCG also partners with foundations to strengthen our networking and knowledge-building efforts, including the Wallace Foundation, with whom TCG disseminates research and case-studies on successful audience-building models; and the Edgerton Foundation, with whom TCG disseminates information about their New Play Awards, which support the premiere productions of such canon-expanding works as Hamilton, Water by the Spoonful, and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

Through a series of philanthropic partnerships, TCG distributes more than $2 million in grants each year to theatres and individuals. Through its grantmaking efforts, TCG is able to provide professional development opportunities for a growing body of professionals and help build and connect future generations of practitioners within the field. Current programs include Audience (R)Evolution, the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships, the Rising Leaders of Color Program, Rising Leaders of Color, and Global Connections.

TCG also impacts the field through its Networking & Knowledge-Building activities, including the TCG National Conference, the annual Fall Forum on Governance, and year-round programs including teleconferences and webinars on a variety of topics, as well as the TCG Circle, an online community and living library of theatre resources. Furthermore, TCG's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Initiative works to transform the national theatre field into a more equitable, inclusive and diverse community by nurturing leaders and developing best practices. The EDI Institute, a national cohort of Member Theatres working collaboratively to create and execute action plans around EDI. Building on the foundation of the SPARK Leadership Program, TCG's Rising Leaders of Color program supports the professional development of exceptional leaders of color who aim to take on executive leadership positions at U.S. not-for-profit theatres. Finally, TCG's EDI Initiative strives to nurture Theatres of Color through programming designed to address capacity-building amongst culturally-specific theatres and raise awareness of the importance of these theatres around the country.

TCG has a network of over 700 Member theatres and affiliate organizations, which are crucial to its efforts and participate through convenings such as the TCG National Conference held in a different host city each year; the annual Fall Forum on Governance; and teleconferences for theatre leaders, trustees, administrators, educators, and artists. TCG Member Theatres also share in research studies including the annual Fiscal Survey/Theatre Facts; salary, education, and governance surveys; and snapshot surveys such as "Taking Your Fiscal Pulse." TCG continues to provide reports and surveys to stakeholders, including funders, government officials, the press, and general public, that offer insight into the state of the field and promote greater understanding of our issues and awareness of the incredible variety, excellence, and depth of our art form.

TCG's capabilities for disseminating knowledge are greatly enhanced by its publishing efforts. TCG Books is the largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature, and has published the work of more than 235 playwrights and other theatre professionals in single volumes and anthologies, and sold over 2.5 million books since emerging as a publisher in 1984. As a publisher of new plays and emerging playwrights, TCG Books has a dual objective: to bring new literary voices to public attention and to cultivate individual relationships with our playwrights that nurture their careers. TCG is committed to keeping its playwrights in print. Its authors boast numerous Pulitzer Prizes and Tony Awards for Best Play or Book of a Musical and one Nobel Prize for Literature, in addition to countless OBIEs, Drama Desk awards, and other national and international prizes. TCG also serves as the exclusive U.S. distributor for Playwrights Canada Press of Toronto, Padua Playwrights Press of Los Angeles, New York publishers League of Professional Theatre Women, PAJ Publications, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications and Playscripts, and London publishers Nick Hern Books, Aurora Metro Publications, and Oberon Books. TCG Books now represents over 3,000 titles. TCG also publishes American Theatre magazine, the must-read periodical about not-for-profit professional theatre. The country's leading arts journalists as well as top professionals from the field contribute to the pages of American Theatre, published ten times each year, with five of the issues containing an entire new playscript. Each fall, the magazine publishes a complete schedule of every production taking place that season at Member Theatres across the country.

Among TCG's other publications are ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts, and online resources such as special reports and the Membership Directory.

TCG also has a dedicated staff, which works tirelessly to uphold its core values, implement its EDI and global initiatives, connect with its members and community, and assemble and disseminate its special reports.

TCG's member theatres span 48 states and the District of Columbia and reflect the diversity that characterizes American theatre. For the last 14 years, TCG has maintained a member retention rate of over 90%. TCG is the recipient of the 2005 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre in recognition of its impact on the national field. The TCG Books catalog contains a number of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winners, including Sweat by Lynn Nottage (2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), and Dear Evan Hansen (2017 Tony Award for Best Musical). TCG consistently achieves high attendance at its events. The National Conference attracts 800-1,100 attendees each year and the Fall Forum on Governance draws over 250 participants., TCG also has a robust social media followings on Facebook and Twitter, making TCG's (and by natural extension, American Theatre magazine's) social media a place for individuals to engage not only with the content posted but also with each other.

TCG has also received positive feedback on its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts in the field. The Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project, a series of video interviews chronicling the stories of theatre leaders of color who created the work, founded the organizations and led the vanguards of the resident theatre movement. The project honors the legacy of those artists who opened the doors for people of color to contribute their unique aesthetic and social perspectives to the American theatre and wider culture and serves as a roadmap for future leaders. Screenings of these interviews, unique to each leader and their community, featured thought-provoking discussions and panels that offered an opportunity for intergenerational conversations with future leaders that are grappling with all too familiar societal issues. A common theme during these discussions is the imperative that these narratives be included in college curriculums so that future leaders have not only historical context but also as a path forward in their own careers as administrators and artists that have a grounding in social justice.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP INC

Board of directors
as of 9/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nikkole Salter

Actress, Playwright, Educator, and Arts Advocate

Term: 2020 -

Raymond Bobgan

Executive Artistic Director, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH

Will Davis

Director & Choreographer

Teresa Eyring

Executive Director; Theatre Communications Group, New York, NY

Derek Goldman

Co-Founding Director, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics; Director, Playwright/Adapter, Professor, Washington, DC

Jaime Herlich McIalwain

Director of Development, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA

Johamy Morales

Director of Education; Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle, WA

Eileen Morris (Vice Chair)

Artistic Director, The Ensemble Theatre, Houston, TX

Lisa Portes (Secretary)

Head of Directing, The Theatre School at DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Meghan Pressman (Vice Chair)

Managing Director/CEO; Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA

Ellen Richard

Executive Director, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach, CA

Nikkole Salter

Actress, Playwright, Educator, and Arts Advocate; Bloomfield, NJ

David Schmitz

Executive Director; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR

Jeremy Cohen

Producing Artistic Director; The Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN

Snehal Desai

Producing Artistic Director; East West Players, Los Angeles, CA

Kelvin Dinkins, Jr.

Assistant Dean/General Manager; Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT

Nataki Garrett

Artistic Director; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR

Laurie McCants

Co-Founder; Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Bloomsburg, PA

May Adrales

Associate Artistic Director; Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee, WI

John Fontillas

Planner, Architect, Partner; H3, New York, NY

Angela Gieras (Treasurer)

Executive Director; Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, MO

Mara Isaacs (Vice Chair)

Founder and Executive/Creative Producer; Octopus Theatricals, New York, NY

Anthony Rodriguez

Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director; Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, GA

Hana Sharif

Artistic Director; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Harold Steward

Producing Co-Executive Director; The Theater Offensive, Boston, MA

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No