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 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 will change the face of the theatre field by nurturing and supporting an intergenerational network of leaders of color at various stages in their careers.

RLC will provide theatre professionals who self-identify as leaders of color with professional development and networking opportunities at TCG’s National Conferences and beyond, including periodic webinars, group teleconferences, and introductions to recipients and alumni of TCG’s grant programs. In addition, participants will engage in dialogues about the next generation of theatre leadership, sharing their goals, challenges and insights to better shape TCG’s programming  toward advancing a more interdependent, inclusive, and sustainable theatre field.

In 2016, RLC will form a cohort of ten exceptionally talented early-career leaders of color from the DC, Baltimore, and Northern Virginia areas who are advancing their careers in the U.S. not-for-profit theatre, and who demonstrate the potential to impact the field in a positive way. In addition to attending the Conference proper, participants will be required to attend all professional development meetings and events in DC from Monday, June 20th – 26th. RLC participants will be highlighted as part of the Spotlight On activities at the Conference, including being integrated into Conference programming and appearing in the Spotlight On brochure distributed to Conference attendees.

TCG will provide the following to ten RLC from the DC, Baltimore and Northern Virginia area:

o             Complimentary conference registration

o             Several meals

o             Professional development workshops and networking opportunities

o             Formal introduction to other theatre leaders

RLC participants will be responsible for the following:

o             Transportation to and from the conference

o             Housing (if needed)

o             Meals not provided at the conference