Reason #4: Ain’t No Party Like a Texas Party…
Those of you who’ve been to conferences past know that Friday’s Late-Night party, traditionally hosted by our local Host Committee, is typically one of the extracurricular highlights of the whole three days. Well, break out those old cowboy boots because Dallas will be no exception. This year will bring us a Taste of Texas, and as you might have gathered from my previous posts, TASTE is a magic word here at TCG. So on Friday night, when you get your third (or fourth) wind after a day of awesome programming, you’ve sat in on our screening of Yellow Face with David Henry Hwang, you’ve dined-around with a local celebrity or two and you’ve seen a show in the Festival of Indie Theatres – join our local hosts for this year’s southern jam, replete with live music, mobile munchies and Texas beers, wines and margaritas on the house! We won’t hold it against you Saturday morning, we promise.
Reason #3: Nothin’ Quite Like Southern Hospitality
The Late-Night party is where Dallas shines, but it’s not the only time during our tour down south that you’ll be well cared for. Are you coming alone? Don’t worry, you won’t stay that way. On the eve of the Conference proper, TCG will host the pre-registration launch party (because we TCGers celebrate everything) and the NNPN will host their 15th birthday party at Kitchen Dog Theater with the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Octavio Solis’ Se Llama Cristina, followed by champagne, for which you have first dibs on tickets. Thursday night brings the opening night reception at the gorgeous, expansive garden of the Nasher Sculpture Center – and if you don’t know anyone just head to the lounge hosted by TCG grantees! Friday night I’ve pretty much covered above…Need a dinner date? Done and done. Our hosts are hard at work arranging more dine-arounds than any past Conference. And just in case Friday night doesn’t take you down for the count, Saturday evening will boast our closing reception – by which point we expect you will be toasting with all the new friends you’ve made, and planning your next visit to these parts.
Devon Berkshire is the Associate Director of Conferences at Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and as the logistics arm of the Communications and Conferences team, handles the programming and planning of TCG’s in-person convenings, most notably the widely attended annual National Conference. A longtime event planner and theatre person, she is also a founder and Board Co-President of non-profit theatre company Studio 42, and has produced a variety of innovative plays, workshops and exciting events with the company. Prior to joining TCG, Devon produced corporate events in the financial sector, and ran an independent event-planning company, Jax & Devo. Devon holds a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.F.A. in acting from the American Repertory Theatre’s Institute at Harvard University and Moscow Art Theatre.