Teresa Eyring

Executive Director, Theater Communications Group

Teresa Eyring is Executive Director of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), a national organization for theatre in the U.S., founded in 1961. Eyring provides leadership for the theatre field by promoting and acting upon TCG’s core values of artistry, diversity, activism and global citizenship. At TCG, she guides an array of programs and services, including convenings, professional development, research, publishing, federal advocacy, re-granting partnerships and international cultural exchange. In addition to serving its direct community of over 500 resident theatres, 200 affiliates and more than 13,000 individual members, TCG is the largest independent trade publisher of dramatic literature in North America, with twelve Pulitzers on its booklist. TCG also publishes ARTSEARCH and American Theatre magazine, and is the U.S. Center for the International Theatre Institute. Under her leadership, TCG has invested in building greater equity, diversity and inclusion in the American theatre field. In sum, TCG’s vision is “A better world for theatre, a better world because of theatre.” 

Prior to joining TCG, Eyring spent more than twenty years as an executive in theatres across the U.S., producing and/or presenting plays, developing strategy and raising funds for operations, special projects and multi-million dollar capital campaigns. She has negotiated collective bargaining agreements with IATSE, AFM, and Actors Equity Association. She has overseen one major theatre renovation and the design/construction of two new theatre buildings. Positions have included: managing director of the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis (1999-2007); managing director of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia (1994-1999); assistant executive director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis (1989-1993); and development director of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C (1983 to 1986). Eyring holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and an MFA in Theatre Administration from Yale School of Drama. In addition to SMU DataArts, she is on the boards of the Actors Fund and the Performing Arts Alliance.