Teresa’s Weekly Update: PechaKucha Nights Edition

by Teresa Eyring

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We are now less than four weeks away from the National Conference and very close to selling out. If you or members of your staff, board and/or artists are planning to attend and haven’t registered, please do so ASAP! If you’ve already registered and haven’t yet joined Conference 2.0, I recommend that you do so. Conference 2.0 is a social networking community that will help you make the most of your time in Los Angeles. Also, you should register for this year’s Pre-Conference, RADAR L.A. While performance is not new to the TCG Conference, this is the first time that we’ve combined the Conference with a performance festival. Working in partnership with Center Theatre Group, REDCAT, the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, LA Stage Alliance and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Pre-Conference is a major opportunity to see work from around the globe, as well as from Los Angeles.

In addition to our fabulous hosts, LA Stage Alliance and the Host Committee, we just announced our National Conference Honorary Committee, which consists of 21 artists who have been involved in theatre and on screen, including Richard Dreyfuss, Neil Patrick Harris, Allison Janney, Laurie Metcalf, Alfred Molina, Phylicia Rashad, Tim Robbins and Noah Wyle.

And a final Conference reminder: We invite you to submit your ideas for the inaugural TCG50 x PechaKucha! If you mixed the TED Conference with speed dating, you’d get something like PechaKucha. Deriving its name from the Japanese term for “chit chat,” PechaKucha Nights are informal, fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, work and stories. The PechaKucha format allows you to show 20 images, each for only 20 seconds, and while the images advance automatically, you talk along with the presentation. It’s a fast-paced format that makes talks concise, creative and entertaining. The theme for our series is Creativity by Encounter and will be held on Thursday at 12:45pm. If you have a story to tell about an artistic encounter that resulted in surprising forms of creativity or innovative models of interaction, email a brief synopsis of your idea to pechakucha@tcg.org by May 27. Selected speakers will be notified by June 3.

If you haven’t gone to the American Theatre Facebook page lately (“like” us—and also on our TCG Facebook page!), I suggest you check out some of the lively discussions taking place on topics, such as the definition of artistry and how theatre can be more central to our culture. This latter discussion was featured in Thomas Cott’s You’ve Cott Mail last week!

Lastly, the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships deadline is June 3. These fellowships provide support for actors with the goal of deepening the relationship between actors and our member theatres. Visit our website for more information and the application.