New Generations Program
Objective #1: Future Leaders
The New Generations Program was designed by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and TCG. Round 11 of this program is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The Future Leaders objective seeks to identify exceptionally talented theatre professionals who will impact the field in a positive way. The program hopes to nurture future leaders in all areas of theatre including but not limited to acting, administration/management, craft areas, design, directing, dramaturgy/literary management, playwriting, producing, stage management and technical production.
In round 11, eighteen-month grants of $80,000 per theatre ($40,000 per 9-month period) will be given to foster relationships and develop a new generation of leaders through mentorship programs. Up to an additional $10,000 per grant ($5000 per 9-month period) will be available upon request either to defray outstanding student loans or to meet unique travel and legal costs incurred when an international mentee is selected.
Both mentors and mentees should approach this relationship with the assumption that it will be an eighteen-month commitment, and that the mentored individual will be in residence at the theatre in a full-time capacity (at least 35 hours/week). The mentee may not be enrolled in a full-time university or conservatory training program at the commencement of the mentorship.
While the bulk of grant funds must be applied to compensation and benefits for the mentee, we recognize that theatres will inevitably incur costs as a result of participating in the program. Theatres will be allowed to apply grant funds (not to exceed 10% of the grant) towards costs incurred as a result of additional mentorship activities.
This program is not designed to provide stopgap labor for the host theatre or to meet long-term staff needs. It is up to the discretion of the mentee, mentor and host theatre to discuss the most appropriate transition plan for the mentee following the mentorship.