Floods, earthquakes, tornadoes – what should your theatre do when disaster strikes? How do you manage the initial crisis? How do you balance your theatre’s recovery with the wider needs of your community? How can you mitigate damage before the unthinkable happens?
In Disaster Management: Lessons Learned from the Field, we’ll hear from an expert in post-crisis sustainability, as well as first hand experiences from theatre leaders who’ve led their theatres through disaster to recovery. Teleconference participants will learn best practices for being ready for, responding to and recovering from disasters, as well as discuss ways TCG can be a better resource after they strike.
TCG’s Executive Director Teresa Eyring will moderate a panel that features Aimée Hayes, Artistic Director of Southern Rep, Mollie Lakin-Hayes, Director of ArtsReady, Paul Nicholson, Executive Director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Jon White-Spunner, Managing Director of Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.
The panelists all bring unique, first-hand stories of disaster management. Aimée Hayes will share the Southern Rep’s post-Katrina experience. Paul Nicholson will discuss how Oregon Shakespeare Festival adapted when a broken beam in their Angus Bowmer Theatre forced them to cancel performances. Jon White-Spunner will explain how Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble navigated a flood that left their theatre dry, but most of their town underwater. Mollie Lakin-Hayes will talk about her work at ArtsReady, a web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.