If you haven’t yet read Dafina’s post on Uniting the 1,200 Conferences, please do so first, as she lays out the basics of our 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas from June 6-9, and why you should drop what you’re doing and fill out our Conference Planning Form ASAP. Go on, give it a read, I’ll wait…
Welcome back! As she mentions, one of the big takeaways from our 2012 Fall Forum on Governance: Leading the Charge was the power of honing in on a single topic. The Forum’s singular focus on diversity and inclusion–particularly cultural and racial diversity–at the leadership level of theatres allowed us all to truthfully examine our personal and institutional biases, knowing the person next to us was going through the same thing. This commonality of experience and purpose wasn’t always easy or comfortable, but it empowered us go deeper than wider Conference programming sometimes permits.
But what if we could have the best of all possible worlds? What if we could have the depth and daring of a singular focus, with the reach and possibility of wider programming?
We’re hoping to accomplish this by creating programmatic arcs that function as a conference within the Conference. Attendees can follow these single-focus arcs to deeply dig into rich, complex topics, like…
…well, like Diversity. Because let’s get real: as awesome as our Fall Forum was, a single convening does not an inclusive theatre movement make.
Diversity is a core value for TCG, and a big part of our strategic plan (lots more on that anon). But we think it should be a big part of our conversation in Dallas, as well–do you?
When you do so, think about what you want to Learn, Do and Teach in regards to Diversity and Inclusion:
- Eager to Learn how to create a diversity action plan for your organization?
- Teach how you inspired your staff to make inclusion a daily priority?
- Set some audacious goals for an equitable theatre world? Now is the time to Do it.
Filling out this Conference Planning Form will allow us to match need to knowledge–and bring together groups with shared goals–to make this Conference as focused and effective as possible. Let’s be–and Learn and Do and Teach–the change we want to see.
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, DEINDE, 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 and the play Hearts Like Fists). Learn more here.