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 2018, RLC will form a cohort of exceptionally talented early-career leaders of color from St. Louis City/County, MO and New York, NY 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 2018 through May 2019. Participants will be required to attend an orientation meeting on Saturday, June 2, 2018 in St. Louis. New York-based participants should plan to arrive in St. Louis on Friday, June 1st. In addition, all RLC participants are required to participate in professional development workshops and events in St. Louis from June 11—17 during the 2018 TCG National Conference.

The RLC cohort will be highlighted in TCG’s Spotlight On programming at the Conference, including networking opportunities, appearing in a Spotlight On slideshow 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:

o A full registration scholarship to attend the 2018 TCG National Conference in St. Louis, MO

o Professional development workshops and networking opportunities

o Job search training

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 subscription to American Theatre magazine (print and online)

o 1-year subscription to ARTSEARCH®

o RLC Toolkit, including publications and resource materials

TCG will cover the following RLC Orientation Meeting and Conference expenses for those participants who are based in New York:

o Travel to and from St. Louis, MO

o Ground Transportation to and from the airport in St. Louis and New York

o Housing in St. Louis while attending the RLC Orientation and TCG National Conference

o A limited daily per diem

TCG will cover the following RLC Orientation Meeting and Conference expenses for those participants who are based in St. Louis City/County:

o Local transportation

o Parking

RLC participants who are based in St. Louis will be responsible for the following Orientation Meeting and Conference expenses:

o Housing

o Meals not provided during Orientation or Conference programming