The holiday season is the calm before the storm for the performing arts in New York. In early January, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) holds its annual conference, with thousands of presenters, agents and performers descending upon the Big Apple. This year, APAP welcomed its new CEO, Mario Garcia Durham, formerly of the NEA. We congratulate Mario on his new post and we are thrilled to be working with him in his new capacity.
There are also performance festivals such as Under the Radar 2012 at the Public Theater, COIL 2012 at PS122 and the American Realness festival at Abrons Arts Center. It’s a great chance to experience some of the newest and most innovative forms of theatre from the U.S. and around the globe. And it’s also a chance to connect, socialize and stay up too late with friends and colleagues.
One of the themes that emerged over and over was that of activism, which was particularly underscored in South African actor/director/playwright John Kani’s closing keynote address, Owning Your Road, at APAP. He made the point that artists can change the world, but we need to act together—not to behave as if we are “one and one and one” but find ways for one plus one to equal two and three and four. We need to work together as arts practitioners.
Our Theatre Professionals Teleconference series provides a unique opportunity to our member theatres for that kind of collaboration, combining the freedom of an open forum with the focus of a community of peers. We’ve just announced our Spring 2012 Theatre Professionals Teleconferences, with tracks for artistic directors, education directors, marketing directors and trustees. There are no set expectations, only opportunities to share information, discuss strategies and develop a national network of colleagues that lasts long after the teleconferences are finished. Click here to register, and share this information with your staff.
We also periodically offer Leadership Teleconferences focused on a single topic, like our upcoming Disaster Management: Lessons Learned from the Field. Although registration is closed, there are still a few spots left for member theatre staff to join this conversation with an expert in post-crisis sustainability and theatre leaders who’ve recently led their theatres to recovery. If you are interested in attending, please contact Rachel Hutt, management programs associate. Please join us in this opportunity to work together and own our road!