We are thrilled to announce the first two plenary speakers for the 2012 TCG National Conference – Model the Movement. Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) and Howard Shalwitz match-up perfectly with our conference’s theme of transforming a field into a movement, one new model at a time.
“Talk to 35-year-old New Yorker Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky) for too long and you start to feel like a dimwit. This man is as brainy as a Mensa meeting, sharp as Zorro’s sword, funny as Falstaff. He is Einstein with a better haircut, a streetwise black Tolstoy, a revved-up renaissance man for the digital age, obsessed with art, information and digital technology.” – Grant Smithies, Sunday Star Times
TCG’s 2012 National Conference: Model the Movement will explore how we can transform our theatre field into a movement for the digital age. There may be no better speaker to get our movement moving than Paul D. Miller, an artist, writer and musician best known under the moniker of his “constructed persona”, “DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid.” Miller has recorded a huge volume of music and has collaborated with a wide variety of artists, writers, musicians and composers such as Robert Wilson, Iannis Xenakis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mariko Mori, Kool Keith/Doctor Octagon, Pierre Boulez, Saul Williams, Steve Reich, Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Paul Auster and Colson Whitehead, among many others.
“Howard Shalwitz is being honored for his rare ability to challenge convention, take risks, and provide fresh ideas that improve and enlighten our civic discourse.”
- Joy Ford Austin, Executive Director of The Humanities Council of Washington,
on Shalwitz’s receiving a 2011 Distinguished Service to the Humanities Award
TCG’s 2012 National Conference: Model the Movement is focused on what works – how can we better share, measure and adapt the models already making a difference? How can we move ‘shovel-ready’ ideas effectively into action? As co-founder, Artistic Director and visionary force of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company for 32 seasons, Howard Shalwitz is uniquely qualified to address these questions. His plenary session will focus on fostering a culture of innovation at your theatre, drawing on his long experience steering adventurous play selection, building a renowned acting company and leading Woolly Mammoth in the creation of an award-winning new downtown theatre.
August Schulenburg is the Associate Director of Communications at TCG. He is also the Artistic Director of Flux Theatre Ensemble, winner of the 2011 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award. He is a playwright whose produced plays include Riding the Bull, Carrin Beginning, The Lesser Seductions of History, Dream Walker, Rue, Jacob’s House and Other Bodies. He is also a director (most recently Ellen McLaughlin’s Ajax in Iraq) and actor (the recent film, The Golden Scallop). Learn more here.