Katori Hall To Give Keynote Address At 2012 Fall Forum

by Dafina McMillan

in Fall Forum

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We are thrilled to announce that the keynote speaker for the 2012 TCG Fall Forum on Governance: Leading the Charge will be Katori Hall! Not only an award-winning playwright of plays like The Mountaintop and Hurt Village, Hall is also a noted journalist, publishing articles in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek and more. As one of our theatre movement’s most electric new voices, she is the perfect person to kick-off the Forum and help us lead the charge.

Register by Friday, September 28th to receive the Early Bird Discount — and join this intimate gathering of theatre trustees, senior staff and dynamic speakers in New York.  Over three days, we will explore the “charge” of diversity – the magnetic, electric current that occurs when we bring people of differing perspectives and experiences into a room together.  How can we harness that energy to power our artistry, our organizations and our communities?  Space is very limited, so register now. There are also a limited number of scholarships available to help staff from TCG Member Theatres attend, by waiving the registration fee.  Scholarship applications are due by Friday, September 21st.

This year’s Fall Forum will provide working models to tackle questions like:

• How can we ensure more diversity in positions of leadership at our theatres?
• How do we ensure our boards represent a diversity of thought and perspective?
• How can we make diverse audiences an integral part of our communities?
• How do we welcome artists of all backgrounds to the table?

Above all, you’ll be able to identify what diversity means to you and your theatre.  Every community has its own unique challenges and opportunities, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.  Embracing diversity and becoming truly inclusive takes intentionality.  And it begins with theatre leaders adapting these values to meet their local circumstances and make them truly their own.

Diversity has been a long-standing core value for TCG and a priority focus of our new strategic plan. Coming out of robust and meaningful conversations at the 2012 National Conference in Boston, we hope to continue the momentum and empower attendees with the models and tools needed to lead the charge.  So please join us in New York City this November!


Dafina McMillan serves as the director of communications & conferences for Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for not-for-profit theatre. In this role, Dafina oversees the overall internal and external communications strategy – as well as programs TCG’s convenings, including the TCG National Conference, which gathers more than 1,000 theatre practitioners annually. Prior to joining TCG, Dafina served as the associate managing director of Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul, MN, where she managed the day-to-day operations for the theatre, which included communications, fundraising, overseeing the annual fundraising gala and working directly with the board of directors. While previously in New York, she was an account supervisor at global public relations agency GCI Group (now Cohn & Wolfe) and implemented communication strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Dafina has served as a speech writer, led executive visibility and corporate social responsibility campaigns, supported brand launches, and worked with national media to secure online, print and broadcast coverage for her clients. She also consulted with the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on marketing and community engagement initiatives. Dafina is an alumna of The John F. Kennedy Center’s International Arts Management Fellowship in Washington, D.C. Originally from Houston, TX, she received her bachelor of science degree in public relations from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Nice. David Henry Hwang was great last year.