Last week, TCG held our winter board meeting here in New York City. We were joined by the National Council for the American Theatre, our advisory council of theatre trustees. While the board is charged with the overall governance of TCG, including fiscal oversight and strategy development, we always make time to identify emerging field-wide challenges and opportunities. Some points raised were:
- a request for models of how economic impact can be assessed in cities employing ever larger numbers of local artists and technicians;
- how to build stronger bonds between theatre boards and staffs;
- how TCG can most effectively work with local/regional theatre service organizations to maximize our collective support of the theatre community.
A highlight was Sarah Bellamy’s presentation of the RACE Training workshop Penumbra Theatre offers, designed to address how prejudice and bias are perpetuated in images appearing throughout history. To further our strategic plan’s focus on diversity and inclusion, we hope to share this kind of transformative work towards achieving greater diversity in our theatre movement. Addressing personal bias—whether conscious or unconscious—is an important step on that path.
We also shared progress on our strategic plan’s focus on audience engagement and community development, including updates on our upcoming Audience (R)Evolution Learning Convening. We will be live-streaming plenary sessions, and sharing dialogue on Conference 2.0, so email Gus Schulenburg to set up your profile. Both diversity and audience engagement will be central to our 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas, and thank you to everyone who contributed to our record number of breakout session proposals.
Meanwhile, I hope you saw the exciting lineup of Spring 2013 Theatre Professionals Teleconferences scheduled for the spring. There is a unique strength to be drawn from connecting with colleagues who may be facing similar opportunities and challenges, so if you work at a TCG Member Theatre, please forward this opportunity to your education directors, production managers and trustees.