Fox Foundation to Receive National Funder Award at TCG’s 2017 National Conference; Two-Time Tony nominee and Emmy winner André De Shields developed CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. as a Victory Gardens Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre will present the 2017 TCG National Funder Award to The William & Eva Fox Foundation (“Fox Foundation”) during Full Circle, TCG’s 2017 National Conference in Portland, OR, which takes place from June 8-10.

Taylor Moore, Robert Reddrick, André De Shields in CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. Photo by Lia Chang
Taylor Moore, Robert Reddrick, André De Shields in CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. Photo by Lia Chang

As a proud recipient of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, two-time Tony nominee and Emmy winner André De Shields developed his original performance piece, CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P., and led masterclasses at Victory Gardens in Chicago, his second theater home.

Fox Foundation Masterclasses with André De Shields at Victory Gardens in November 2015. Photos by Lia Chang
Fox Foundation Masterclasses with André De Shields at Victory Gardens in November 2015. Photos by Lia Chang

TCG: The Grand Illusion

André De Shields’ CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens- Tech to Closing Night 

De Shields, who received a Connecticut Critics Circle Outstanding Featured Actor Award nomination for his turn as Hedley in Yale Rep’s Seven Guitars, and is also the face of this year’s fund raising campaign for TCG, will be presenting the award to the Fox Foundation.

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The Fox Foundation has had over 10 years of commitment to the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships program administered by TCG. The program focuses on the actor being the nexus between theatres and the communities they serve and gives actors the resources to pursue their artistic and professional development while in residence at a not-for-profit theatre. Other examples of the impact the Foundation’s grant making has had on the local and national theatre community include Daniel Robert Sullivan’s fellowship with Roundabout Theatre Company which empowered a group of high school students to co-author and publish a socially-conscious play based on their real-life experiences called Prospect High: Brooklyn, the first play in history to experience a coordinated Rolling World Premiere in 23 high school theatres nationwide; Sha Cage’s development of Black Like Her with young women she mentored at Penumbra Theatre; Sandra Delgado’s interview-based theatre show, para mis Madres, developed at the Goodman Theatre and workshops she led in movement with the Latino actor-creator community; Alvin Chan’s Anime Momotaro and Five Chinese Brothers fostered by Honolulu Theatre For Youth and inspired by his fellowship training in Butoh, Kyogen, Beijing Opera and Lion Dance. Through its prestigious Fox Fellowships and for almost a quarter century, the Foundation has awarded over $3 million to 335 actors who been recognized as having an abiding commitment to the theatre. These fellowship grants have allowed the recipients to have substantial periods of intensive study, research and training. The Fox Foundation is the largest and only grantmaker solely dedicated to the artistic and professional development and support of theatre actors.

For over 50 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 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 15 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.

Victory Gardens Artistic Director Chay Yew, André De Shields and CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. co-director Samuel G. Roberson, Jr. at Victory Gardens Theater on August 25, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Victory Gardens Artistic Director Chay Yew, André De Shields and CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. co-director Samuel G. Roberson, Jr. at Victory Gardens Theater on August 25, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

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Yale School of Drama Beinecke Fellow André De Shields in BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND at Yale Rep

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