Teresa’s Weekly Update: Engaging Edition

by Teresa Eyring

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The 2011 National Conference is officially sold out with over 1,000 attendees coming from across the nation and the world. This is a record number—especially considering the days of yore, when 150+ theatre leaders would wander around in cut-offs on the Princeton campus—but we have new social networking technologies and match-making processes that help a larger convening feel smaller. The participants are a diverse group of artistic directors, managing directors, trustees, theatre staffs and individual artists, from all budget sizes and structures. Please note that you can still sign up for RADAR L.A., our Pre-Conference, by emailing conference@tcg.org. For those not attending the Conference, please know that we expect to live stream some of the plenary sessions. Stay tuned for more information on this opportunity.

Since its inception, TCG has helped connect people in the field for one-on-one relationship building, information sharing and artistic collaboration. One of our newer tools for making these connections is the TCG Brain Bank: Where Knowledge Earns Interest. The online service is being re-vamped and will be operational later this summer, but we are presenting a live version during the Conference. If you are attending, you may sign up online to be either a Knowledge Donor or a Peer or email Amanda Davidowitz with any questions. And if you’re not attending, let Amanda know if you would like to offer up your expertise to someone in need or if you are looking for counsel that an experienced Knowledge Donor might be able to provide before we re-launch the online tool!

Also, a reminder: If you have plans to visit New York or are based here, we are always thrilled when TCG member theatre leaders and staff visit us in our offices at 520 Eighth Avenue. This week, Michael Edwards, producing artistic director of Asolo Repertory Theatre, stopped in. We had the chance to catch up on the many exciting projects there, including his remarkable project, Hamlet, Prince of Cuba, which premieres  in 2012. Mark Plesent and Laura Carbonell Smith of Working Theater participated in our Meet the Members program with the TCG staff and we hope to post their discussion soon.

For those of you utilizing Facebook as an engagement tool and are looking for strategies to improve your use of FB, I came across this useful post from social media guru Beth Kanter today. You may recall that Beth hosted a very popular TCG Leadership Teleconference on social media last year. Check out the audio transcript of that session on our website.