Teresa’s Weekly Update: Election Day Edition

by Teresa Eyring

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Welcome to Teresa’s Weekly Update! This new series on the TCG Circle features an update from our Executive Director, Teresa Eyring.  Look for stories from her travels, breaking news on TCG’s activities, and insights from her work in the field. First up…

Teresa’s Weekly Update: Election Day Edition

Election Day is tomorrow, and I know you are wondering how a switch in control of the House or Senate would affect arts policy. If there is a change in the House or Senate majority, it will affect who chairs all of the standing committees, and we will have work to do in cultivating some new relationships. The Congressional Arts Caucus will maintain its bi-partisan leadership under Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA) as long as either/both of those individuals retain their seats.

Of course, the most important message to everyone is: no matter what your party affiliation, please be sure to vote! If your Members of Congress are newly elected, please make time to get to know these officials—and renew contact with re-elected officials—and convey the importance of the arts and the value of your theatre to your communities!

TCG, through the Performing Arts Alliance, advocates on many different issues, including funding for the NEA, improved visa processing for artists from abroad and arts education funding. We will continue to be vigilant in pursuing the best outcomes for our field no matter what the election outcome.

I want to send a thank you and shout out to the American Theatre Wing for reinventing their grants to have national eligibility for the first time in their 53 year granting history. Now called the National Theatre Company Grants, this year’s focus was on emerging theatre companies. Preston Lane and Rich Whittington from Triad Stage in Greensboro, NC, were in town to receive one of the grants. They stopped by TCG and told us their great story of founding a resident theatre 10 years ago in that community—and the theatre’s tremendous growth since then.

On a separate note, check out the interview with Athol Fugard—in rehearsal at the Long Wharf Theatre for The Train Driver—on the Wing’s website, where you’ll also find a number of great interviews and resources.

Until next week, all my best!