Our Programs and Services

Networking and Knowledge-Building

By providing a range of training, communications, research and networking opportunities, TCG harnesses the knowledge of the theatre field for the collective whole. Member theatres are crucial to this effort and participate through convenings such as the TCG National Conference held in a different host city each year; the annual Fall Forum on Governance; 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 artform. As a growing number of our member theatres seek to network and share artistry with colleagues around the globe, TCG is at the forefront with international initiatives and support services.


Through a series of philanthropic partnerships, TCG distributes more than $2 million in grants each year to theatres and individuals. By making funds available to organizations, individual artists and administrators, TCG is able to provide development opportunities for a growing body of professionals and help build and connect a new generation of practitioners for the field. Current programs include New Generations, which supports Future Leaders, and Future Audiences and is supported jointly by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships; the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program; and the Leadership U[niversity] Program and the international program, Global Connections, both funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Please visit our Grants at a Glance page for more information.

TCG has recently launched a new members-only program: The TCG Brain Bank: Where Knowledge Earns Interest, which matches knowledge seekers with knowledge donors. In summer 2010, TCG will offer two pre-conferences to the TCG National Conference in Chicago: a pilot program supported by American Express that brings together pairs of established and emerging practitioners for a three-day intensive leadership development program; and a two-day convening for theatre education directors as part of TEAM: Theatre Education Assessment Models.


TCG Books 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. 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 1,600 titles.

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.

AMERICAN THEATRE magazine is 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 the TCG Bulletin, executive director's Field Letter, special reports and the Membership Directory.

Field-Wide Leadership

TCG takes its leadership responsibility seriously, initiating and participating in a number of programs to advance its membership and the field overall. As a founding member of the Performing Arts Alliance, TCG leads federal advocacy efforts that have helped guard and increase NEA funding, ensure FEMA eligibility for theatres in disaster areas and improve the timeliness of visa processing. TCG is currently working to ensure continued access to white space for wireless technologies, and to include individual artists and administrators in Congressional health care proposals. Through the Performing Arts Alliance, TCG members (organizational and individual) receive regular updates and advocacy alerts on key issues affecting theatre. Every year, TCG sends a theatre delegation to Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, organizing Hill visits with your Congressional representatives.

As the United States center for the International Theater Institute (ITI), TCG provides leadership on the international landscape connecting its members to a network of more than 90 national centers across the globe. TCG programs foster international collaboration and exchange with geographically unrestricted travel grants; provide visa support letters to bring in foreign artists; and connect theatre practitioners around the globe.

Now in over 120 communities and more than 600 theatres nationwide, TCG's Free Night of Theater brings infrequent and non-traditional attendees to live theatre every year. With support from the NEA, TCG is working with the National Alliance of Musical Theatre to build awareness of theatre through video and audio spots and programs such as Free Night.

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