Manuel Pastor to Speak at Fall Forum

by Dafina McMillan

in Diversity & Inclusion,Fall Forum

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The list of speakers on our growing Fall Forum agenda now includes Manuel Pastor, Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Pastor will provide an expert look at the shifting demographic and cultural currents in our country in the session, “The Changing Landscape and What It Means for Theatre.” An author of numerous books on equity, economics, demographics and social change, Pastor is a Danforth Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of grants from the Irvine Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Science Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and many more.

He joins our growing speakers list that includes: Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director of CENTERSTAGE, Carmen Morgan, program director of Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations, Paul Nicholson, executive director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival and keynote speaker Katori Hall. Learn more about our speakers, check out our growing agenda and then register while space is still available!

We hope you’ll join this intimate gathering of theatre trustees and senior staff in New York City, November 9-11. 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 organizations and strengthen our theatre field? We recognize practicing inclusion calls for leadership and intentionality – and we look forward to exploring those answers with you!


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.