The theatre field is currently celebrating more major birthdays than a TGI Fridays on the weekend. TCG celebrated our own 50th two years back, and many major theatres founded in the 1960s are passing similar milestones. We’ll be highlighting some of those anniversaries in upcoming issues of American Theatre, but I wanted to extend a personal note of congratulations to Roche Schulfer on his 40th anniversary at the Goodman Theatre, which he celebrated last week.
Roche started out in the box office and rose to the position of executive director during a time when theatre administration was still an emerging profession. His impact on the Goodman and Chicago are well known—he was named “Chicagoan of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune—but he has also had a powerful national impact through his work with the Performing Arts Alliance and on TCG’s board. I deeply appreciate his wisdom and dedication, and I hope you’ll join me in wishing him a joyful Ruby Anniversary.
No major milestone is ever reached without passing through a fair share of crises, and with September being National Preparedness Month, it seems an opportune time to remind you that TCG Member Theatres can join ArtsReady at a 50% discount. ArtsReady is a web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post crisis sustainability, and you can learn more here.
More reasons for celebration: We’ve just announced the Round 8 recipients of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships! From Korea to France, from clown work to improvisations with high school students, these Fellows will stretch their craft and deepen relationships with their host Member Theatres and the communities they serve. Follow their progress on the TCG Circle, and share your own acting journeys there by emailing Gus Schulenburg.
Finally, I wanted to remind you that the scholarship deadline for the 2013 TCG Fall Forum on Governance: Investing in Vitality is this Friday, September 13 at 5pm ET. We’re knee-deep in crafting some exciting and thoughtful programming, so please don’t miss out on this intimate gathering of theatre leaders and trustees in New York City, November 8-10.