2020 Eligibility & Selection Process
Please Note: The information on this page refers to the 2020 cycle of the program, which is no longer accepting applications. At this time, the next cycle of the Rising Leaders of Color program has not been announced. To receive updates when new applications are available, please subscribe to TCG Grant Updates.
New York City-based early-career leaders of color in all areas of theatre, including but not limited to acting, administration, craft areas, design, directing, dramaturgy, literary management, producing, stage management, technical production, and theatre criticism/journalism may apply.
Eligible applicants must submit their applications through TCG's Online Application Portal no later than the listed deadlines.
RLC Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be based in New York, NY
- Have been working in the theatre field or related sector(s) for approximately 3–8 years
- Have taken a leadership role at a performing arts organization, in a community, at an arts publication, or in the theatre field (including but not limited to artistic, production, administration, education, and theatre criticism/journalism)
- Self-identify as a person of color
Selection Process & Criteria:
Submissions to the program will be reviewed by a selection committee who will evaluate each application according to the selection criteria outlined below. These criteria will allow the panel to delineate the particular strengths of each application, and select the RLC participants.
RLC Applicants must demonstrate:
- Talent, skills and professional experience as an early-career leader
- Evidence of maturity, flexibility and ability to adapt to change
- Degree to which the program will impact the participant
- Potential to take on greater leadership responsibilities
- Potential for positive impact on the theatre field
- Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
- Commitment to a career in the not-for-profit theatre
RLC defines a leader as an individual who has had experience leading staff, organizations and/or communities, as well as those who’ve led artistic processes and programmatic initiatives, and those charged with documenting and reflecting the work of the field. The program acknowledges that leadership takes place in all departments throughout performing arts organizations and the field at large. With that in mind, the program supports leaders working in all areas of the theatre field, including but not limited to acting, administration, craft areas, design, directing, dramaturgy, literary management, producing, stage management, technical production, and theatre criticism/journalism.
The panel will identify applicants who clearly demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Applicants must clearly articulate why this is the right time in their career to participate in the program, and how this program will impact them and advance their career in the theatre field.