Theatre Communications Group was established in 1961 thanks largely to a grant from the Ford Foundation “to improve communication among professional, community and university theatres in the United States. The group will facilitate the exchange of artists and other theatre personnel and enable members to study each others’ methods, with the ultimate aim of making the theatre more professional in training, creation and production.” Headquartered in Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Technology, TCG was originally comprised of 15 member theatres and nine university drama departments. Founding members still active today include Alley Theatre in Houston; Arena Stage in Washington, DC; Cleveland Play House; Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
Theatre Directory, a guide to the member theatres, was the first TCG book published in 1973 and included 128 theatres. Published annually until 2008, the directory is now available as a free online resource, with printing capabilities available to TCG Member Theatres, Affiliates and Individual Members.
First TCG Edition: 1973