Teresa’s Weekly Update: Planning and Parties Edition

by Teresa Eyring

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Last week, TCG held its winter board meeting, which brought together our nationally-based board of directors, as well as our National Council for the American Theatre. The latter is an advisory group of theatre trustees who have become an integral part of our conversations. We concentrated this meeting on the next phase of TCG’s strategic planning process. Those of you who were at the Conference in June know that we began this process with a situational analysis that captured your thoughts about our strengths, weaknesses and the opportunities we ought to pursue. We also gathered information on the most important challenges facing the field. We are excited about our progress and look forward to sharing our plans with you in the coming months.

After the board meeting, we let our hair down to launch the first of TCG’s Salon Series at the historic Players Club in New York City. A spirited discussion was moderated by New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel with Charles Busch, Alan Cumming, Martha Lavey and producer Jeffrey Richards. While Riedel posited that Broadway is the “engine” of theatre in the U.S., the panelists all spoke passionately about how our resident theatre community has really become the driving force for American theatre today. Check out some pictures here.

Increasingly, our community is becoming an international one, and on March 27, the 50th Anniversary of World Theatre Day will celebrate the power of theatre to strengthen cultural exchange and mutual understanding across borders. There are many ways to join this celebration, including:

  • Generation Without Borders, a call for student essays envisioning our global theatre movement 50 years from now;
  • SHINSAI: Theaters for Japan, a nationwide fundraising event to raise relief funds for the Japanese theatre community affected by the disaster on March 11, the first anniversary of the earthquakes, and;
  • An interactive map to track World Theatre Day 2012 events.

Finally, I’d like to call your attention to this recording from our recent Leadership Teleconference, Disaster Management: Lessons Learned from the Field. Listen in as theatre leaders share first-hand experiences leading their theatres through disaster to recovery. We also have a Disaster Management Resource Page and an accompanying Google Group for TCG Members where you can share your experiences with others who have dealt with disasters.