From April 12-15 of this year, TCG will facilitate a delegation to the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá. Staff of TCG Member Theatres who are interested in presenting or developing work with Latin American artists can register for the industry weekend of this international festival at the special rate of $500, which includes tickets, four nights at a hotel, some meals, a translator, symposium/ speed dating sessions with featured artists, and more. TCG has led several delegations to this festival, and we’ve seen over a dozen projects emerge between TCG Member Theatres and Latin American companies. Contact Kevin Bitterman, associate director of Artistic & International Programs, before March 14th for additional information. This year, the festival will include 65 performances from over 26 countries, with a special focus on work from Brazil!
I want to thank all of you who participated in our 2013 Governing Boards Survey. We will be publishing the report soon, so please look for an email from us. When we talk to TCG Member Theatres about what they value most, our research rises to the top, whether it’s our Fiscal Survey (conducted annually since 1974, with the 2013 Survey due on February 28), our Salary Survey or our Education Survey, which launches this week.
Because the information has been collected systematically over time, it gains additional value because we can measure how we’re collectively evolving as a field. For example, according to the soon to be released In Whom We Trust V: Theatre Governing Boards in 2013, both managing leaders and development directors spent nearly twice as many hours per week working with their boards in 2013 than in 2007, on average.
We hope the launch of this report will generate discussion and material to help us improve governance at our theatres. If you have thoughts about particular topics or articles that would be of value—or if you’d like to contribute an article—please email me with your ideas. The Art of Governance, edited by Nancy Roche and Jaan Whitehead, and the many Centerpieces on Governance, are still valuable and timely. But a lot has changed in those years. What are the pressing issues today? We look forward to hearing your thoughts.