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TCG’s 2023 Rising Leaders of Color Will All Be Arts Journalists

The program will accept applications from early-career journalists and critics of color until Tuesday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

NEW YORK CITY: Theatre Communications Group is accepting applications for the 2023 Rising Leaders of Color (RLC) program. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, March 7 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Where as previous RLC cohorts have comprised a range of theatre leaders alongside one arts journalist, the 2023 RLC will comprise a cohort of three exceptionally talented early-career journalists and critics of color who are committed to uplifting the stories of BIPOC and Black theatres, Indigenous theatres, and all other theatres of color (BITOC), upholding equitable practices in the U.S. theatre field, and who demonstrate the potential to impact the theatre field in a positive way.

In addition to those currently working as writers, RLC also encourages applicants who may not formally identify themselves as a journalist and/or criticbut who are committed to examining theatremaking, opening dialogue about the relevance of theatre in today’s cultural landscape, and who are interested in reinventing journalism and cultural criticism. RLC believes that writers of all formats can be cultural mirrors, whether short-form (social media and social networking, spoken word, and poetry) as well as long-form (blogs, podcasts, articles, op-ed, essays, etc.).

Participation in the RLC cohort includes professional development activities during the 2023-24 program period, registration (including transportation) for the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, individual paid writing included in American Theatre magazine and on TCG’s social media and social networking platforms, networking opportunities with veteran leaders in the field and a national network of peers, one-on-one career counseling with TCG staff, a one-year subscription to ARTSEARCH®, and access to the RLC Toolkit, including publications and resource materials.

TCG will hold an Instagram Live on Feb. 15th at 2 p.m. ET with Rising Leaders of Color alumni TJ Acena and Cristina Pla-Guzman, M.S. to chat about their careers in journalism and how the RLC cohort helped shape their experiences in the field.

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