The In the Stacks program is now accepting applications.

Application deadline: Friday December 8, 2023, 11:59pm ET. Please note the time zone.








Q: How does this program define ‘rural communities’ and how do we know if we fit into this definition?

A: TCG recognizes that there are multiple definitions used by researchers and government agencies which reflects the reality that rural and urban are multidimensional concepts. In some contexts, density is the defining concern, in other cases it is geographic isolation. This initiative is referencing the U.S. Census Bureau definition of rural as “all population, housing, and territory not included within an urbanized area or urban cluster. As a result, the rural portion of the United States encompasses a wide variety of settlements, from densely settled small towns and ‘large-lot’ housing subdivisions on the fringes of urban areas, to more sparsely populated and remote areas.”

You can check the List of 2020 Census Urban Areas to see if a particular area is urban (use ‘Control + F’ or ‘Command + F’ to search on a computer). If the location is not on the list, it is considered a rural area for the purpose of this program.


Q: How does this program define ‘communities adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality’?

A: In line with TCG’s mission, this program aims to contribute to a just and thriving theatre ecology by prioritizing communities adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality. 

Though the U.S. is one of the highest-income countries in the world, there are still hundreds of thousands of citizens living below the U.S. Federal Poverty line. The U.S. measures poverty based on how an individual’s or family’s income compares to a set federal threshold. Communities adversely affected by persistent poverty are defined by the U.S. census as areas where "40 percent of the tract population lives below the federal poverty threshold”. Although these are federally adopted measures, we acknowledge that they are not without flaws. Despite that, it is generally agreed that residents of impoverished communities often have reduced access to resources that are needed to support a healthy quality of life, such as stable housing, nutritious food and safe neighborhoods. Poverty can also limit access to educational and employment opportunities, which further contributes to income inequality and perpetuates cyclical effects of poverty.

In addition, there are many studies with data (Pew Research Center, the Brookings Institution, Center for American Progress among others) documenting that the below list of communities experiences racial, social and financial inequality to a greater degree than other communities:

  •  Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color (BIPOC) 
  •  LGBTQ+ communities, especially those who primarily serve Transgender and Gender Nonconforming communities (TGNC)
  •  Disability communities
  •  Rural communities 

This, however, is not an exhaustive list. If you are serving communities adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality not listed above, please specify in the application form.


Q: What if our organization is a public library, university, or college that wants to order physical books but doesn’t have an account with Ingram Library Services?

A: If awarded, TCG staff will connect you with Ingram Library Services to help you set up an account.


Q: If awarded, could we split the credits between physical books and the access to the TCG Books Play Collection on Drama Online?

A: No. Awardees will have to choose between the two options: physical books OR the access to the TCG Books Play Collection on Drama Online (annual subscription or perpetual access).


Q: If we have more questions, who do we reach out to?

A: If you have any questions, please contact Raksak Kongseng (she/they), Assistant Director, TCG Grantmaking Programs, at [email protected].


Q: What should I know about TCG and its list of playtexts?

A: TCG Books is the largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature in North America. TCG Books’ backlist consists of diverse voices in contemporary American theatre and its authors boast numerous Pulitzer Prizes and Tony Awards for Best Play or Book of a Musical and one Nobel Prize for Literature, in addition to countless Obies, Drama Desk Awards, and other national and international prizes. As a publisher of new plays and emerging playwrights, TCG Books has a dual objective: to bring new literary voices to public attention and to cultivate individual relationships with its playwrights that nurture their careers.


Drama Online FAQ


Q: What are my format and digital purchasing options for acquiring TCG content via Drama Online using a book credit from TCG?  

 A: The TCG Books Play Collection is available on Drama Online via annual subscription or perpetual access model (see pricing below). TCG’s collection of 201 titles is available as a digital collection which is exclusive to Drama Online, an award-winning digital library from Bloomsbury Publishing.

Q: How do I order?

A: In your application for the book credit, if you indicated that you would like to purchase via Drama Online, TCG will provide Bloomsbury Publishing, the creator of Drama Online, with your contact information and  Bloomsbury will reach out to you with a welcome email within two weeks of notification that you have been awarded a book credit. Bloomsbury will then assist you with setting up access to Drama Online. 


Q: What does the pricing look like for annual subscription access vs. perpetual access?

A: Please note that only public libraries, universities, and colleges are eligible to use the book credits towards Drama Online access. Here is the pricing:

Organization Types Annual Subscription Pricing Perpetual Access Pricing
   Academic Institutions  US Public Libraries    
Description Population Served
1 High Schools N/A $275 N/A
2 All 2 Year Institutions
4 Year Institutions 1-999 FTE (Full-Time Equivalent)
0 - 250,000 $548 $3,292
3 4 Year Institutions 1,000 - 4,999 FTE
$823 $4,937
4 All Universities of Applied Sciences (EMEA)
4 Year Institutions 5,000 - 9,999 FTE
_________________250,001 - 500,000_________________ $1,097 $6,580
5 4 Year Institutions 10,000 - 19,999 FTE N/A $1,645 $9,874
6 4 Year Institutions 20,000+ FTE 500,001+ $2,194 $13,165


Q: What if the book credit does not cover the full price of a Drama Online purchase for my organization?

A: The credit will be applied to your purchase and you will be invoiced for the remaining balance. 

Q: What if my organization wants to purchase more content on Drama Online in addition to the TCG Books Play Collection?

A: Drama Online offers 4,400 playtexts from over 1,700 playwrights, nearly 450 audio plays, more than 770 hours of video, and over 550 scholarly books from leading theatre publishers and companies, offering a complete multimedia experience of theatre. If you are interested in additional content, please reach out to [email protected] to learn more about options for your institution. 

Q: How do I access the content digitally?

A: Drama Online access is provided via IP address, proxy server, Shibboleth, WAYFless URL and other standard authentication methods. You can view the Drama Online's User Videos here.

Q: What are the benefits of having access to TCG’s content in an online format?

A: Here are the benefits:

  • Unlimited simultaneous users
  • Convenient online account management service
  • Support for outbound OpenURL linking from citations
  • Play-level and chapter-level DOIs
  • COUNTER usage statistics
  • SUSHI service available for automatic harvesting of COUNTER usage statistics
  • MARC records at volume level for all book titles, all play titles, and all video and audio content


Q: Does my TCG content on Drama Online conform to current accessibility standards?

A: Yes, Drama Online conforms to accessibility standards for most Level A (Priority 1) and AA (Priority 2) success criteria of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) developed by the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C). For more information, you can visit the Drama Online's Accessibility page here.