TCG kicked off a year-long 50th anniversary celebration at the National Conference in Los Angeles from June 16 -18, 2011. Each quarter of the anniversary year focused on one of TCG's core values that guide us as we continue to strengthen, nurture and promote the theatre field: Artistry, Diversity, Global Citizenship and Activism.
Throughout that year, TCG harnessed history in order to chart the future of the theatre field by asking the question, which we began at the 2011 National Conference, “What If...?”. With this framework, TCG explored past achievements and current challenges to ask: What if the national theatre community imagined the field of the next 50 years and began making visible progress today? TCG explored the possibilities throughout the anniversary year, which culminated at TCG’s 2012 National Conference: Model the Movement in Boston from June 21-23.
Human beings are inherently creative and are most gratified when they can approach their endeavors with a sense of excellence, skill, and craftsmanship. At TCG, we approach our own day-to-day work with artistry as a value—whether in the editing of a book or in the design of a new leadership program. We believe that the services we offer in support of our mission are fundamentally aimed at nurturing and promoting artistry throughout the theatre community—which will in turn benefit and contribute to society at large.
The diversity of the theatre community—combined with its interdependence—makes it strong, healthy and robust. The theatre constituency includes a diverse community of artists, administrators, students, educators, trustees, audiences, volunteers and donors. TCG is committed to supporting the plurality of aesthetic, perspective, race, class, gender, age, mission, as well as organizational size and structure.
Theatre has the power to shape and challenge ideas, inspire civic engagement, and ultimately change the world. Activism in communities across the nation led to the successful building of a national theatre field, and it is the same sense of activism that allows TCG to fight for effective cultural and economic policies.
Members of our national theatre community are citizens of a worldwide theatre community. Our national movement is increasingly a global movement. TCG leads by facilitating cross border relationships among theatre practitioners. We promote international and cultural exchange in order to enhance our art form, while also deepening peace and understanding.