I want to get the dates for our Fall Forum on Governance on your radar, which takes place in New York, November 11-13. This annual convening of trustees and theatre leaders is one of our most popular gatherings. Since the Forum has a capacity of approximately 175 participants, it is a relatively intimate event and a fabulous opportunity for trustees to get to know each other and to recognize their role in our national theatre community. With the ongoing volatility in our political and economic environment, this is a great year to come together and compare notes, discuss challenges and strategies and celebrate the power of the work being done at your theatres. Coincidentally, November is also an excellent time to visit the Big Apple. There will be some outstanding productions running, as well as shopping, dining and all the rest! Registration opens at the end of August, but it’s not too soon to mark your calendars and pass these dates on to your trustees.
I hope you’ve had the chance to look at some (or all) of our I AM THEATRE video campaign that we launched a month ago. Last week, Mallory Pierce, director of marketing and communications at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, shared the moment she realized that she could have a career in arts management, and how that realization opened her eyes to a world of possibilities in our field. I remember, as a college student, struggling to invent a career that would allow me to participate in the creation of art and make the arts integral to community life. When I graduated, I happened upon a brochure for a masters program in arts administration, a field that I did not know existed. Eventually, I found my way to a theatre administration MFA and on to some amazing positions at resident theatres across the U.S.
I’ll leave you with our featured book this week, as part of our 50 Years 50 Books celebration. Theatre Profiles, first published in 1973, contained artistic profiles of 128 TCG member theatres. This series included all productions for the previous two seasons and featured key artistic personnel, as well as founders and founding date, venue and budget. Published bi-annually for 24 years until 1996, it is now solely an online resource available to everyone, with a complete listing of all primary artists and play productions by TCG Member Theatres for the past 41 years.
As we imagine the next 50 years, it’s great to spend some time looking through the richness of our past, and to celebrate the growth of Theatre Profiles from the original 128 featured theatres to the over 500 TCG member theatres profiled today.