TCG is excited to welcome our newest board members and board leadership with Philip Himberg, producing artistic director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, serving as board president. He takes the reins from our immediate past president Martha Lavey, artistic director of Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He is joined by vice-presidents James Bundy, artistic director of Yale Repertory Theatre, and Rachel Kraft, executive director of Lookingglass Theatre Company; treasurer Roche Schulfer, executive director of Goodman Theatre; and secretary Olga Sanchez, artistic director of Miracle Theatre Group. Our new board members are: Cynthia Fuhrman, director of marketing and communications, Portland Center Stage; Michelle Hensley, artistic director, Ten Thousand Things Theater Company; Ed Herendeen, founder and producing director, Contemporary American Theater Festival; Chris Jennings, managing director, Shakespeare Theatre Company; Tim Jennings, managing director, Seattle Children’s Theatre; Kevin Moriarty, artistic director, Dallas Theater Center; and Ralph Peña, artistic director, Ma-Yi Theater Company. As TCG develops its new strategic plan this year, we are especially fortunate to have such smart and diverse minds on board to help us chart the future. Of course, we welcome helpful input from voices beyond our board, so I encourage you to always share your thoughts on these Updates in the comments below.
I would like to call your attention to yet another opportunity available to our Member Theatres through TCG’s partnership with the Nonprofit Finance Fund. If you are located in the Midwest, there is still time to register for the free NFF workshop, Programmatic Modeling for Artistic and Financial Strength, on September 7 in Chicago. This workshop is designed to provide tools for senior staff and trustees to better incorporate financial goals into planning. Visit our website to learn more and register.
Last week’s I AM THEATRE video is of Elisa Marina Alvarado, founding member and artistic director of Teatro Visión, which celebrates 27 years of creating and performing “theatre of self-determination and hope” this year. Elisa speaks authentically about her impetus to found Teatro Visión, which stemmed from her desire to challenge the sexism she was experiencing while working with peers to be a voice for the Chicano movement.
I’ll leave you with our featured book, as part of our 50 Years 50 Books celebration, The Collected Short Plays of Thornton Wilder, Volume 1. Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama (Our Town, 1938 and The Skin of Our Teeth, 1943) and fiction (The Bridge of San Luis Rey, 1928). Wilder’s Our Town is the most produced play in American history, with a performance occurring at least once per day somewhere around the country. In 1975, the centennial of Wilder’s birth, TCG published the first volume of the beloved playwright’s collected short works in an edition edited by his nephew, Tappan Wilder. A second volume was subsequently published, and TCG is currently working with Tappan on a collection of all Thornton Wilder’s adaptations and translations for the stage.