On October 3, TCG held our first ever Diversity & Inclusion Institute webinar. We were all deeply inspired by the concrete steps our participating theatres had already taken: developing inclusive hiring practices, deepening community partnerships and having complex internal conversations with board and staff members about the strategic value of diversity. Institute theatres will be sharing lessons from their action plan processes at the 2013 TCG Fall Forum on Governance: Investing in Vitality, and we also just announced that Xavier Verna of Sphinx Organization will be our featured diversity and inclusion speaker. Check out our quickly growing list of attendees, and then join us in NYC!
Planning for the 2014 TCG National Conference in San Diego from June 19-21 also continues apace, and we just launched a San Diego theatre blog salon to celebrate the many theatre people and vibrant cultural life of our host city. To further whet your appetite, check out this New York Times article on La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls festival of site-specific and immersive theatre. Perhaps that puppet of Aphrodite will be a keynote speaker! Speaking of striking theatre images, we’ve been sharing photos from Member Theatre productions on Facebook (like this recent shot from Portland Center Stage’s The Mountaintop) and I encourage you to email Gus Schulenburg if you want to share photos and/or participate in the San Diego theatre salon.
Finally, I wanted to share that we’ve just published Lynn Nottage’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. In addition to being a fantastic play in its own right, Lynn has developed two websites that tell the continuing story of the lead character: MeetVeraStark.com and FindingVeraStark.com. From puppets in the ocean to online character scholarship, theatre continues to appear in increasingly surprising places and forms.