The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) have announced that February 5, 2007 is the 2007 deadline for the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Theatre Designers. This program is administered by TCG, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, and supported in part by The Ford Foundation. A fact sheet describing the program for designers (and a similar one for directors) and more information on how to enter can be found at www.tcg.org.

The NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Theatre Designers provides $22,500 each to seven exceptionally talented early-career designers who seek a career in America's not-for-profit professional theatre. This program is open to scenic, costume, lighting, and sound designers. Recipients are given the opportunity to spend six months developing their design skills and expanding their knowledge of the field. Program activity may include assisting, observing, research, and travel.

In addition to being placed at leading not-for-profit theatres and with established designers who would serve as mentors, it is possible for recipients to extend their artistic boundaries by exploring related arts disciplines. Recipients may also design projects under the guidance of one or more designated mentors. Placements are hand-tailored, matching the needs and goals of the recipient with appropriate and challenging assignments.

"The NEA/TCG Career Development Programs provide an opportunity to make an investment in the enhanced health and future of American theater. These unique programs provide crucial support to deserving emerging artists and assure them the ability to pursue their dreams and develop their professional careers. The Endowment is delighted to continue its collaboration with Theatre Communications Group and The Ford Foundation to provide financial support and networking opportunities for these artists, so they can continue down a more secured path toward a lifetime of contributions to the field," says Bill O'Brien, director of theater and musical theater at the National Endowment for the Arts.