Grant Programs at a Glance


Leadership U[niversity]

Leadership U[niversity] prepares professionals from all areas of the theatre for greater leadership responsibilities and long-term careers in the field. The program awards grants in two different initiatives: One-on-One grants of $75,000 plus additional support for rising leaders and Continuing Ed grants of up to $5,000 for mid-career and veteran professionals.

Continuing Ed Application Deadline: TBA

One-on-One Application Deadline: TBA

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Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships

Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships supports actors and their artistic and professional development.  Awards to actors are in two areas: Distinguished Achievement grants of $25,000 for actors with a substantial body of work and Exceptional Merit grants of $15,000 plus additional support for established actors. Host theatres receive $7,500 for costs associated with residency.

Application Deadline: August 30, 2016
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SPARK Leadership Program

The SPARK Leadership Program will provide rising leaders of color with the opportunity to participate in a 9-month curriculum that will focus on Knowledge and Skills-Building, Networking and Professional Connections and Self-Awareness and Inclusion.

Application Deadline: TBA

Rising Leaders of Color

RLC will provide exceptionally talented early-career theatre professionals who self-identify as leaders of color with professional development and networking opportunities at TCG’s National Conferences and beyond

Nomination Deadline: TBA

Alan Schneider Director Award

This biannual award is designed to identify and assist exceptional mid-career freelance directors.

Edgerton Conference Subsidies

Through the generosity of the Edgerton Foundation, TCG is thrilled to offer conference subsidies to 40 playwrights whose work has been supported by the Edgerton Foundation’s New American Play Awards.


Audience (R)Evolution

In Round 2 of the program, TCG will award over $1.2 million via two initiatives:

Cohort Grants that develop collective strategies for audience engagement among teams of TCG Member Theatres.

Travel Grants which allow individual organizations the ability to observe best practices in audience engagement.

Travel Grants Application Deadline:
Cycle A: August 31, 2015
Cylce B: December 12, 2016

Cohort Grants Application Deadline:
March 4, 2016

Global Connections

Global Connections supports geographically unrestricted travel to foster international collaborations between US-based artists and their colleagues around the world. The program offers funding in two different categories: On the Road travel grants of up to $5,000 each and In the Lab project development grants of $10,000 each.

Application Deadline: TBA
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MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program

MetLife/TCG A-ha! supports creative thinking in theatres and enables them to try new approaches to problem-solving.  The program offers two different initiatives: Think It grants of $25,000 for research and development and Do It grants of $50,000 to support implementation and testing of new ideas.

Applications for this program are not being accepted at this time.

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American Theatre Bay Area Commissioning Fund

Supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, this opportunity is aimed at developing in-depth professional relationships between American Theatre magazine and established theatre journalists in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Applications for this program are not being accepted at this time.

TCG: Call for Panelists

Staff members at TCG Member Theatres are eligible to apply to serve as a panelist for one of TCG’s many grant programs.

Each year, TCG assembles multiple national peer panels to review grant applications. Serving on a panel can be a very rich and rewarding experience. Panelists often say that their panel service was a powerful career development opportunity, and that they gained a stronger knowledge of the field and the process by which many grants are reviewed.

Click here to apply!

Application Deadline: TBA


Photo Credits: From top left, Di Zhu as Lucia in Another Life, by Karen Malpede, Global Connections, photo by Beatriz Schiller; Pearl Khuu, Grace Nevarez-Ortiz, Annabel Brain Hope, Celeste Zuleta, Brianna Robert, Alasia Waters, and Lewana Kidane in Artist-Investigator Jo Kreiter’s GirlFly, MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program, photo by Rapt Productions; Bruce Turk at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow, photo by Tan Chui Mui; Mark Kidd, Megan Sandberg-Zakian, Ashley Davis, Jason Goedken, Herbert Siguenza, New Generations Future Leaders, photo by Michal Daniel; Bart DeLorenzo, Alan Schneider Award, photo by Michal Daniel.  From bottom left, Amanda Delheimer Dimond, Quentin Talley, Maureen Towey, Matt O'Hare, Diana Buirski, Leadership U[niversity] Mentees, photo by Michal Daniel; Fernando Córdova and Artús Chávez Novelo in Guerra by Seth Bockley and Devon De Mayo, Global Connections, photo by Ernesto Muñoz; Andre Lancaster, Young Leaders of Color, photo by Michal Daniel; Laurie McCants in Industrious Angels, Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow, photo by Cindy McBeth Collins. Top of page