Our six-point Diversity & Inclusion Initiative took a big step forward this week with the launch of our Leading the Charge Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship. This two-year Fellowship is equal parts leadership position—working to advance our Initiative—and professional development opportunity. Please share the Fellowship description far and wide before the application deadline of 10/7, and stay tuned as we roll out further steps in our six-point plan soon.
Diversity and inclusion, along with capitalization, will be one of the major themes of the 2013 Fall Forum on Governance: Investing in Vitality, where we’ll also be sharing action plans and progress reports from participants in our Diversity & Inclusion Institute. We encourage you to bring key board members to this intimate gathering of theatre leaders and trustees, November 8-10 in New York City (early bird registration discount expires 9/27).
In our conversations about what exactly “Investing in Vitality” means, we realized that true vitality is inextricably tied to vision. I am thrilled to announce that after nearly a decade of work, Todd London’s brilliantly edited collection of the visions of some of our greatest founding theatre leaders is at last available! An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art features over forty essays, manifestos, letters and speeches, each placed in historical context through Todd’s deeply thoughtful introductions. A quote to whet your appetites from Hallie Flanagan of the Federal Theatre Project:
“In an age of terrific implications as to wealth and poverty, as to the function of government, as to peace and war, as to the relation of the artist to all these forces, the theatre must grow up.”
In the spirit of the quote, I want to proudly note that this week we crossed the 100 participating theatres mark for Blue Star Theatres. Across 38 states, these theatres have committed to recognizing the contributions of service families by building stronger connections between theatres, military families and their communities. Learn more and join here.