Nominate A Young Leader Of Color

by Emilya Cachapero

in Diversity & Inclusion,National Conference

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Since 2006, we have gathered groups of young theatre professionals of color from around the US at TCG’s National Conferences to engage in a dialogue about the new generation of leadership. TCG is interested in learning more about the goals, challenges and thoughts of the next generation of leadership from diverse perspectives – examining how our programs can best support our field. To date, there are 65 alumni of this program working around the country in the areas of artistic, administrative, education and production. We are asking for your help to identify and nominate the next class of exceptionally talented young leaders of color to participate in TCG’s National Conference in Boston this June.

This year thanks to the generous support of the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Boston Mayor Menino’s Office and other funders, TCG is able to provide a limited number of conference stipends to selected young leaders of color from around the country. Stipends will cover the expense of registration, travel and housing for the full TCG Conference. In addition, programming will be specially designed to benefit the Young Leaders of Color and will include focused discussions and working sessions to develop strategic thinking.

Throughout the week, the group will convene alongside approximately 30 other young theatre professionals. These informal and structured sessions will offer the group opportunities to exchange information about artistic and management experiences, identify solutions to challenges faced in their organizations and the larger field, develop a peer network and begin new collaborations.

We are seeking nominations for exceptionally talented young leaders of color who:

  • Have been working in the theatre field for approximately 2–8 years;
  • Have taken a leadership role at a theatre, in a community or in the theatre field (including but not limited to artistic, production, administration, and education);
  • Have a commitment to a career in the not-for-profit theatre;
  • Have a strong potential for impact on the theatre field.

You may nominate up to three people, but keep in mind that the number of stipends is limited and this is a competitive process. We will contact your nominee(s) and request additional information from them. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of TCG board members who will make their decisions based on the criteria listed above. You and your nominee will be notified via email by Monday, May 14.

Preference will be given to young leaders who are not currently TCG grant recipients or alumni of the Future Leaders objective of the New Generations Program or the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Theatre Directors and Designers.

Participants will need to attend all of their planned meetings and events in Boston beginning Wednesday morning, June 20 and ending Sunday afternoon, June 24.

Please contact Mohammad Shatara at to complete the nomination form by 6pm Eastern Time, Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

Emilya Cachapero is TCG’s Director of Artistic Programs/ITI-US and a US UNESCO Commissioner.