One of the programs in TCG’s Leading the Charge: Diversity & Inclusion Initiative is the SPARK Leadership Program. The specific intent of SPARK is to create a more diverse theatre landscape by supporting the professional development of exceptional rising leaders of color who aim to take on executive leadership positions at U.S. not-for-profit theatres.

Building on the success of the Young Leaders of Color Program, this pilot program will provide ten leaders who self-identify as leaders of color with the opportunity to participate in a curriculum that will focus on Knowledge & Skills-Building, Networking & Professional Connections and Self-Awareness & Inclusion Training.

Three-tiered professional development focus includes:

Knowledge & Skills-Building: SPARK will provide the necessary practical skills for success in leading a not-for-profit theatre organization.

Networking & Professional Connections: SPARK will provide opportunities to develop empowering relationships with mentors, sponsors and career influencers, as well as with peers who are pursuing similar career goals.

Self-Awareness & Inclusion Training: SPARK will provide tools and resources to empower participants and ensure they promote diversity and inclusion in their work.


The SPARK Leadership Program is developed and administered by TCG with support from American Express and The Joyce Foundation



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