jakub | March 2, 2024

AMERICAN THEATRE | TCG Donates $25,000 Worth of ‘Plays for the People’


NEW YORK CITY: Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre and the publisher of American Theatre, has announced the recipients of Plays for the People: In the Stacks. With funding from the Mellon Foundation, TCG has provided $25,000 total in book credits to 50 recipient organizations in an effor to help them expand and diversify their drama collections. Since its founding in 1984, TCG Books has grown to become North America’s largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature, with 20 winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama on its book list.

“There’s nothing like that magical moment of discovery when you take a play off a shelf and find your own experience reflected,” said Karena Fiorenza, chief operating officer of TCG, in a statement. “Yet too often, publicly available drama collections haven’t reflected the diversity of the communities they serve. Thanks to support from the Mellon Foundation, our In the Stacks program will help these 50 organizations expand and diversify their collections.”

“We’re thrilled to see such a wide range of organizations reflected in the In the Stacks recipient list,” said LaTeshia Ellerson, chief growth officer of TCG, in a statement. “At a time when books are being censored and taken off shelves simply for telling an inclusive range of stories, the need for programs like Plays for the People is more important than ever.”

The In the Stacks program provided the recipients with a $500 credit each for books published by TCG Books, including shipping costs. The credit could also have been applied to the cost of access to the TCG Books Play Collection on Drama Online. The In the Stacks recipients are: 

  • The Actors Conservatory
  • Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
  • Brooklyn College
  • California State University, Northridge
  • CCM Acting
  • College of Southern Idaho
  • Colorado Mesa University, Dept. of Theatre Arts
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre
  • Door County Library
  • East West Players
  • The Ensemble Theatre
  • Flint Repertory Theatre
  • Frostburg State University, Department of Theatre and Dance
  • Fullerton College
  • Greater Hartford Academy for the Arts Half Day Program
  • Howard University Library
  • The Huntington Theatre Company
  • Indigenous Peoples Task Force
  • Ithaca College Library
  • The Klinck Memorial Library
  • Concordia University Chicago
  • Loyola University Theatre Library
  • Manatee School for the Arts
  • Mary Baldwin University
  • McDaniel College
  • Molloy University
  • James E. Tobin Library
  • Mukogawa U.S. Campus
  • North Miami Public Library
  • Notre Dame Academy
  • Omaha Theater Company at The Rose
  • Peace of the City, Inc.
  • Pillsbury House Theatre
  • Roosevelt University
  • Seattle Rep
  • Spotlight Theatre Club
  • Long Beach City College
  • Texas Southern University
  • Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
  • Troupe of Friends
  • University of California, Davis Department of Theatre and Dance
  • University of Central Florida Dept. of Theatre
  • University of Dallas, Cowan-Blakley Library
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte Theatre Department
  • University of North Texas Libraries
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries
  • Veterans Writing Project
  • Windward Community College, Hawai’i Conservatory of Performing Arts
  • Worcester State University
  • The Young Company at Whitney Young Magnet High School

TCG Books commits to the life-long career of its playwrights, keeping all of their plays in print. Authors include Annie Baker, Nilo Cruz, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Larissa FastHorse, Athol Fugard, Quiara Alegría Hudes, David Henry Hwang, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Adrienne Kennedy, Tony Kushner, Young Jean Lee, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sarah Ruhl, Heidi Schreck, Stephen Sondheim, Sanaz Toossi, Paula Vogel, August Wilson, and many others. TCG Books events are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Follow TCG Books on Twitter and Instagram at @BooksTCG.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is the nation’s largest supporter of the arts and humanities. Since 1969, the Foundation has been guided by its core belief that the humanities and arts are essential to human understanding.

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