Hartford Stage Dramaturg Elizabeth Williamson Set for TCG's Global Connections
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announced today the selection of Hartford Stage Dramaturg and Director of New Play Development ElizaBeth Williamson for its Global Connections-ON the ROAD program, an initiative designed to foster new relationships between American and International Artists. Williamson will meet this spring with the artistic leaders of the Teater no99 in the capital city of Tallinn in Estonia to explore a cultural exchange between the two companies.
Williamson said, "Ever since I saw Teater no99's Three Kingdoms in London two years ago, I've been wanting to find a way to work with them. I'm delighted to have this opportunity to meet with Teater no99 and look into future collaborations between our companies."
Teater no99 is rapidly becoming one of the most highly regarded ensembles abroad but has not yet brought their work to the United States. They've recently collaborated with London's Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, the Munich Kammerspiele, and others.
The TCG Global Connections - ON the ROAD program is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports scholarship and work in the humanities and the arts through grants to charitable institutions, including colleges and universities, performing arts organizations, museums, and libraries. Its grantmaking philosophy is to build, strengthen and sustain institutions and their core capacities, rather than be a source for narrowly defined projects. As such, it develops thoughtful, long-term collaborations with grant recipients and invests sufficient funds for an extended period to accomplish the purpose at hand and achieve meaningful results. www.mellon.org.
For over 50 years, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, has existed to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre. TCG's constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 700 member theatres and affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through conferences, events, research and communications; awards grants, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute, connecting its constituents to the global theatre community. TCG is North America's largest independent publisher of dramatic literature, with 12 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning AMERICAN THEATRE magazine and ARTSEARCH, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre. www.tcg.org.