TCG strongly believes that improving equity, diversity and inclusion in the U.S. theatre field is essential to the vitality of theatre as an art form. To that end, TCG is fully committed to supporting a wide range of aesthetics, perspectives, organizational sizes and structures as well as celebrating all areas of identity, including: gender, race, nation of origin, class, age, disability, sexual orientation and religion/spirituality.
TCG's strategic plan includes a multi-year, six-point Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Initiative (EDII) to transform the national theatre field into a more equitable, inclusive and diverse community. The Rising Leaders of Color (RLC) Program is part of that initiative and is an expansion and re-envisioning of TCG’s Young Leaders of Color Program (YLC) which launched in 2008. Alongside TCG’s SPARK Leadership Program, RLC is changing the face of the theatre field by nurturing and supporting an intergenerational network of leaders of color at various stages in their careers.
In an effort to reach an even more diverse pool of candidates, TCG has made the following changes to the RLC program. Applicants will no longer need to be nominated to apply; and the program is now open to leaders of color who are advancing their career in theatre criticism/journalism.
In 2017, RLC will form a cohort of exceptionally talented early-career leaders of color from Oregon who are advancing their careers in the U.S. not-for-profit theatre and related sectors, and who demonstrate the potential to impact the field in a positive way. Activities will span from June 2017 through May 2018. Participants will be required to attend an orientation meeting as well as all professional development workshops and events in Portland from June 4th - 11th during the 2017 TCG National Conference.
The cohort will be highlighted as part of Spotlight On activities at the Conference, including being integrated into Conference programming, appearing in a Spotlight On video that will be shown at the Conference, and inclusion in a Spotlight On brochure that will be distributed to all Conference attendees.
TCG will provide the following to RLC participants from Oregon:
o Professional development workshops and networking opportunities
o Access to veteran leaders in the field
o Access to a national network of peers
o One-on-One career counseling with TCG staff
o 1-year complimentary subscription to American Theatre magazine (print and online)
o 1-year complimentary subscription to Art Search
o RLC Toolkit, including publications and resource materials
All RLC participants will receive a full registration scholarship to attend the 2017 TCG National Conference in Portland, OR.
TCG will cover the following Conference expenses for those RLC participants who are not based in Portland.
o Travel within Oregon to and from Portland
o Ground Transportation to and from the airport/train station in Portland and the home city
o Housing while in Portland attending the RLC Orientation and TCG National Conference
o A limited daily per diem
RLC participants who are based in Portland will be responsible for the following Conference expenses:
o Local transportation to and from the Conference
o Meals not provided during Conference programming