The Happy Return of Carmen Morgan & Lisa Mount

by Dafina McMillan

in Audience & Community Engagement,Diversity & Inclusion,National Conference

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We’re knee-deep in planning for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach, and wanted to share some exciting news: Carmen Morgan and Lisa Mount will be joining us again, this time as co-curators and facilitators of our Diversity & Inclusion and Audience Engagement programmatic arcs in Dallas!

Carmen Morgan was a key planning partner and on-site facilitator for our 2012 Fall Forum on Governance: Leading the Charge. She brought her knowledge as Program Director of Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations, and her experience as a diversity consultant with theatres including Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Portland Center Stage. At the Forum, we discussed the strategic value—and moral urgency—of diversity, and began taking steps towards a truly inclusive theatre movement.  As the facilitator of our Diversity & Inclusion programmatic arc, Carmen will be an invaluable ally in building on that momentum. She will also be instrumental to this year’s Pre-Conference, our Leading the Charge: Diversity & Inclusion Institute during the Pre-Conference. I talk about the Institute in greater depth here—be sure to apply before the April 1 deadline!

Lisa Mount—and her amazing banjo—helped us plan and lead our 2013 Audience (R)Evolution Learning Convening in Philadelphia, where we shared successful models of audience engagement and community development. As the Director of Artistic Logistics, she works as a consultant with non profit arts organizations, including: Childsplay, Cleveland Public Theatre and Pig Iron Theatre Company. We’re thrilled that she’ll be furthering that conversation as co-curator and facilitator of our Audience Engagement arc. If we’re lucky, maybe she’ll take line requests and write us another Conference-specific song!

The challenges and opportunities facing our movement extend beyond what is possible to accomplish in a single convening. To achieve a truly inclusive theatre field; to evolve our audience engagement practices into the digital age; to lead a community development revolution that places theatre at the center of our culture; these goals are the work of our generation of theatre-makers, and will require a sustained commitment from all of us. We’re thrilled that Carmen and Lisa have rejoined us to further that commitment, and we very much hope you will join us in Dallas, too.

So please, register now for the Conference to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount!

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.