TCG Celebrates 2020 Gala: "Our Stories" Honoring David Henry Hwang, National Black Theatre Festival

Brian Hester Repoting

Theatre Commincations Group celebrated earlier this week with thier 2020 Gala: Our Stories at the always elegant Edison Ballroom in New York City. This years event honored playwrite David Henry Hwang and the North Carolina Black Repertory Company's National Black Theatre Festival, based in Winston-Salem; and TCG arts advocacy at the federal level.

Theatre Communications Group Broad members pose for photo prior to the event. Photo by Brian Hester

For over 55 years, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for U.S. theatre, has existed to strengthen, nurture, and promote the professional not-for-profit theatre. TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to over 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 through the Global Theater Initiative, TCG's partnership with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute. TCG is North America’s largest independent publisher of dramatic literature, with 16 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.

David Henry Hwang Photo by Brian Hester

Alia Jones-Harvey, Stephen Byrd Photo by Brian Hester

Christpher Bayes Photo by Brian Hester

Nambi E. Kelley, Stephen Byrd, Jackie Alexander, Alia Jones-Harvey, and Woodie King Jr. Photo by Brian Hester

Emily Mann Photo by Brian Hester

Adrian Budhu, Teresa Eyring, Stephen Byrd Photo by Brian Hester

Stephen Byrd Photo by Brian Hester

Teresa Eyring Photo by Brian Hester

Richard Nelson Photo by Brian Hester

Brenda Vaccaro Photo by Brian Hester

Laurie Eustis, Oskar Eustis Photo by Brian Hester

Julie Taymor, Emily Mann Photo by Brian Hester

Tina Howe Photo by Brian Hester

Sam Hunter Photo by Brian Hester

Maude Mitchell, Lee Breuer Photo by Brian Hester

Leigh Silverman Photo by Brian Hester

Arian Moayed Photo by Brian Hester

James Jackson Jr., Alyse Alan Louis, Billy Bustamante Photo by Brian Hester

Julie Taymor Photo by Brian Hester

Joe Pantoliano Photo by Brian Hester

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