In 2023, 
Rising Leaders of Color (RLC) will form 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 critic, but who are committed to examining theatre-making; opening dialogue about the relevance of theatre in today’s cultural landscape; and who are interested in reinventing the definition of journalism and cultural criticism.

RLC believes that writers of all formats can be cultural mirrors — short-form (social media and social networking, spoken word and poetry) as well as long-form (blogs, podcasts, articles, op-ed, essays, etc.)

Deadline: Tuesday, March 7 at 11:59pm ET (Please note the time zone.)


Joining the Rising Leaders of Color 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 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;
  • ·     One-year subscription to American Theatre magazine (online);
  • ·     One-year subscription to ARTSEARCH®;
  • RLC Toolkit, including publications and resource materials.

On February 13th at 5pm ET, TCG will host a virtual information session to give a complete overview of the RLC program. We'll also create space for attendees to ask any questions about the program and meet the TCG staff facilitating the process! RSVP now.

TCG will also hold an Instagram Live on February 15th at 2pm 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. Follow us on IG!