2011 Education Centerpiece (back to dreaming big)

by Laurie Baskin

in Education

“But the overwhelming fact—the thing that just colors me happy—is that education directors, theatre artists involved in arts learning and artistic directors convened and discussed and argued and dreamed and spoke about education as a central part of what we do. That it was just business as usual, nothing special. Education was…an entity…accepted…a fact of the TCG landscape.”
-Daniel Renner, Director of Education, Denver Center Theatre Company

In the quote above, Daniel is speaking not only about the impact of TCG’s Education Pre-Conferences, but to an increasingly field-wide embrace of arts education as central to the not-for-profit theatre movement. This quote introduces our recently released Education Centerpiece, titled On Turning 50: Education Survey 2010.

This Centerpiece reports on programming from 2010 and features field reflections on education sessions at the 2011 TCG National Conference in Los Angeles. Also included in this Centerpiece are this year’s tabulations from the 2010 Education Survey results and staff notes from the Conference.

The full education survey results, along with custom built reporting and search tools, are available in the TOOLS & RESEARCH section of the website, under the Arts Education heading.

In addition, the web pages, Building a National TEAM: Theatre Education Assessment Models, have been enhanced. These pages can be found in the TOOLS & RESEARCH section, under Arts Education, Building a National TEAM. The original TEAM material focused on the creation and application of new assessment models adaptable to specific programs. The new TEAM material addresses tabulating data as well as reporting on and disseminating results.

We hope these education resources provide a wealth of information and support to the field, and that the essays will have you saying along with Rachel Fink of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, “So long, cynicism. Back to dreaming big ideas.”


Laurie Baskin, director of government and education programs, joined TCG in 1997 as executive assistant to the executive director and special projects coordinator.  In 1999, she was named director of government and education programs.  In this capacity, she oversees all of TCG’s education programs, including the teleconference series, the education Centerpiece series, the education sections of the monthly TCG Bulletin, the annual education survey, and helped plan the Crossing Paths: A Performing Arts Educators Forum, a cross-disciplinary conference for performing arts educators.  Ms. Baskin conceived and spearheaded an assessment project, in response to field need, titled Building a National TEAM: Theatre Education Assessment Models. She also serves as TCG’s liaison to the Performing Arts Alliance (formerly the American Arts Alliance), writes the advocacy portion of the TCG Bulletin, sends Action Alerts to the field when prompt action is necessary for pending legislation and writes testimony and provides witnesses for hearings.  Prior to joining TCG, Ms. Baskin served for 15 years as executive assistant to the Chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts, working for then-Chairman, Kitty Carlisle Hart.  She attended Mount Holyoke College, earned her B.A. from Colgate University, and a degree in arts administration from Adelphi University.