Welcome our Online Conference Curators

by August Schulenburg

in National Conference

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Oh man, oh man, am I excited to write this post? Yes, I am. Please join me in welcoming our amazing online Conference curators to the fray: Jacqueline E. Lawton, David J. Loehr, Caridad Svich and Adam Thurman.

Now, I know what you’re thinking–what an awesome line-up! That’s practically the Fantastic Four of theatre right there! Oh, and also…what’s an online Conference curator?

These four theatre-thinkers will be co-hosting Conference-themed blog salons here on the TCG Circle starting now and going all the way up to the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. Each online curator is charged with leading a conversation regarding one of our four programmatic arcs: Artistic Innovation, Audience Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion and Financial Adaptation.

Here’s how it will work: the curators will each lead with a post introducing themselves and their own personal angle on their arc. Then, they’ll be working with myself, and my colleagues Dafina McMillan and Devon Berkshire, on curating posts from other theatre people connected to the themes of their arc.

Why are we doing this? Here are some reasons (in no particular order):

  1. Inclusion: For a Conference with a programmatic arc focused on advancing Diversity & Inclusion, it is essential we model those values in the online sphere, as well. While everyone may not be able to join us in Dallas, all are invited to engage in the Conference-themed conversations here on the Circle.
  2. Breadth of Knowledge: Though we work very hard here at TCG to keep up with all of the groundbreaking work and innovative models out there, the beautiful truth of our theatre movement is no single person or organization can even begin to know it all. These four online curators bring a powerful breadth of knowledge to the conversation.
  3. Depth of Impact: Have you ever been at a conference session and felt like you were just getting started right as it ended? These Conference-themed salons will allow all those participating–whether in the room or following online–to hit the ground running with a shared language, deepening the impact of the event.
  4. Live Conference Reporting: We’ll be live-streaming some sessions, and everyone with a handle will be live-tweeting at #TCG13, but these four will be going deeper and blogging the daily dish on what’s happening in their arcs and the Conference at large.
  5. You: That’s right, you. We want your ideas in the mix, so if you feel a blog post welling up, don’t hold it in, just email me and let’s talk.

Here’s more information about our wonderful team, and stay tuned for their introductory posts!

Jacqueline E. Lawton (Diversity & Inclusion) received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener fellow. Her plays include Anna K; Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; Deep Belly Beautiful; The Devil’s Sweet Water; The Hampton Years; Ira Aldridge: Love Brothers Serenade, Mad Breed and Our Man Beverly Snow. She has received commissions from Active Cultures Theater, Discovery Theater, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of American History, Round House Theatre and Theater J. A 2012 TCG Young Leaders of Color, she has been nominated for the Wendy Wasserstein Prize and a PONY Fellowship from the Lark New Play Development Center. She resides in Washington DC and is a member of Arena Stage’s Playwrights’ Arena. jacquelinelawton.com

David J. Loehr (Audience Engagement) is the editor and artistic director of 2amt. He is also the artist-in-residence & co-founder of the Riverrun Theatre Company in Madison, Ind. Plays include: The Incomparable Radio Theatre of the Air, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Seeing Red, Wise Man, A Report of Gunfire, The Rough Guide to the Underworld and more. His work has been performed at the Capital Fringe Festival, Chicago Fringe Festival, Louisville Playwrights Festival, NJ One Minute Play Festival, South Carolina Repertory Company, Glass Mind Theatre and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He is also a marketing consultant and occasional sound designer for multiple theatre companies. davidjloehr.com 2amt.com

Caridad Svich (Artistic Innovation) received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre,  a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award for GUAPA, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the Isabel Allende novel. She has edited several books on theatre including Out of Silence (Eyecorner Press), Trans-Global Readings and Theatre in Crisis? (both for Manchester University Press) Divine Fire (BackStage Books), Out of the Fringe (TCG), and Conducting a Life: Reflections on the Theatre of Maria Irene Fornes (Smith & Kraus). caridadsvich.com

Adam Thurman (Financial Adaptation) is the director of marketing for Court Theatre, one of the largest nonprofit theaters in Chicago. During his tenure, Court has had some of the highest grossing production in its 57 year history. He is also the founder of Mission Paradox, an organization devoted to connecting art and audience. He authors a widely read blog on the arts, marketing, leadership, diversity, and other issues at MissionParadox.com. He has been featured in the LA TimesTime Out New York, the Chicago TribuneChicago Artist Resources and TedxBroadway.  Adam is a former board member of the League of Chicago Theatres and has served on the Illinois Arts Council’s Advisory Panel. He has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by Americans for the Arts and the Theatre Communication Group (TCG). He is also a member of the TED mentor program and provides support and counsel to TED Fellows.

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.