Kwei-Armah, Morgan and Nicholson Join Hall as Fall Forum Speakers

by Dafina McMillan

in Diversity & Inclusion,Fall Forum

We are excited to announce some new additions to the speakers list for our 2012 Fall Forum on Governance: Leading the Charge. Kwame Kwei-Armah, the artistic director of CENTERSTAGE, and Paul Nicholson, executive director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival, we’ll be speaking at the plenary session, “Diversity Models in Theatre.” What blueprints for action are out there and already working? How can you adapt them to the local circumstances of your theatre and community? These two compelling theatre leaders will share successful strategies from their own lives and work.

I’m especially excited to welcome Carmen Morgan, the program director of Leadership Development in Interethnic Realtions (LDIR), to lead the session, “Translating Thought Into Action.”  Conversations around diversity can often be uncomfortable, but if we are willing to move through that and sincerely examine in an intentional, ongoing process, genuine change can happen. Carmen’s many years of work in facilitating this kind of dialogue and self-examination will provide us all with the tools to lead the charge at our own organizations.

It’s an exciting line-up of speakers that will kick-off with playwright Katori Hall as our keynote speaker. Please learn more about our speakers and expanding agenda and then register today before the early bird discount expires this Friday, 9/27. If you can’t make it, don’t forget to join the conversation regarding diversity and inclusion on Conference 2.0 by emailing Gus Schulenburg to set up your profile.

Only six weeks away until we meet in New York City to power our theatres through the charge of diversity!


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.