Timothy J. Shields to Lead Financial Adaptation Arc

by August Schulenburg

in Financial Adaptation,National Conference

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We are thrilled to welcome Timothy J. Shields as the co-curator of the Financial Adaptation arc for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. To further focus our time June 6-8 together, we’ll organize breakout, affinity and plenary sessions into programmatic arcs. These arcs will offer a deep dive into these key areas—a “conference within the Conference” that captures the intimacy of our smaller convenings.

Now what exactly do we mean by Financial Adaptation? Here’s the copy from our website:

“From struggling to sustaining to thriving: In challenging financial times, how do we get there from here? While change is never easy, adapting your theatre’s financial structure can be the most difficult change of all. It helps to study the maps of those who have navigated similar journeys, and the Financial Adaptation arc will connect those who have been there with those who are ready to go. Time to Learn how to manage a move from your theatre’s longtime home? Teach about your organization’s major board expansion? Advocate for a funding field that responds to what theatres actually need? Together, we can Do it .”

At heart, this arc is about transformation: Your organization/career is here; your vision  for it is there; now, how do you align resources, create a strategy and deploy tactics to bridge that distance? Our goal is for participants to leave the Conference ready to make the change they want to see in their work and at the organizations. This arc–with the help of our Online Curator Adam Thurman–will provide the principles, models and best practices of Financial Adaptation with an eye towards practical action. So, please, join us at the Conference in Dallas so we can Learn Do Teach together!


Timothy J. Shields has been Managing Director of McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ since January of 2009. This is his second period of employment at McCarter. From 1983 through 1992 he was McCarter’s Business Manager, and later General Manager. His professional experience spans 30 years and includes serving as Managing Director of Milwaukee Repertory Theatre for ten and a half years and as Managing Director at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY for six. He has also held administrative positions at The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis and at the Denver Center Theatre Company. He is the President of the League of Resident Theatres [LORT], the nationwide management association of seventy-five professional non-profit theatres. During his career, Mr. Shields has also served on the boards of Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for professional non-profit theatre; Milwaukee’s Latino Arts Board; and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee.  He was co-founder of Wisconsin’s statewide theatre association, Theatre Wisconsin, and served as its President for eight years.  He has been a panelist, panel chair, and an on-site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts.  As a consultant he has led strategic planning retreats and conducted searches for leadership positions for other theatres.  He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama Production from Carnegie-Mellon University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.