Teresa’s Weekly Update: Innovation, Preservation Edition

by Teresa Eyring

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On Monday of last week, TCG was presented with a Distinguished Service to the Theatre Award at the 2012 Theatre Museum Awards for Excellence. Playwright Tina Howe presented the award, and spoke of the impact the publication of her plays by TCG Books continues to have on her work. Humbled by the award and moved by the gratitude of this master playwright, I wondered how TCG could have this level of high-touch impact on even more theatre people.

TCG can only serve as a catalytic hub for our field through the central partnerships of our 500+ Member Theatres. It is membership renewal time again, and to make that process less cumbersome, we’ve created a user-friendly, online renewal form. As we approach the culmination of our 50th Anniversary at the 2012 National Conference in Boston, now is the time to stay connected and share your voice as we Model the Movement together.

That movement just picked up even more momentum with the announcement of Seth Godin as our keynote speaker. Named one of the top 21 speakers for the 21st century by Successful Meetings magazine, Godin has written 13 books that have been translated into more than 35 languages. His work explores the post-Industrial Revolution and the way ideas spread now, making him a perfect speaker to help us transform our field into a movement for the digital age. He has been called “America’s Greatest Marketer” by American Way magazine, “the Prime Minister of Permission Marketing” by Promo magazine and “a demigod on the Web” by Forbes.com. Space at the Conference is limited, so register now to join us in Boston!

A movement is equal parts innovation and preservation, building on the successes of the past to reach towards a thriving future. To that end, I want to mention that two of our Member Theatres, Japan Society and Second Stage, are up for a Partners in Preservation grant from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Your vote can help these theatres preserve their historic legacies, so please check out this website to learn more.