Early Bird Discount EXTENDED To Friday, April 25…

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…so don’t miss the worm! Join plenary speakers like celebrated theatre artist Taylor Mac and trail-blazing game designer Jane McGonigal at the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders in San Diego.

We’re also starting to roll out some of the breakout sessions in each of our four programmatic arcs:

{Survive | Thrive} Theatre Buildings, Capital Projects: Institutional Baggage or Valued Assets? Capitalization is among the most pressing issues facing theatre organizations in the post-recession economy. However, after the building boom of the 1990s and 2000s, many theatres find themselves very heavily invested in facilities, as annual funding and endowments dwindle. This has contributed to a serious liquidity problem, high fixed-cost commitments, and restricted artistic flexibility, and some buildings begin to seem like burdens rather than birthrights. This session will examine the position of buildings in the overall health of nonprofit theatre organizations. Featuring panelists Janet Brown, President & CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts; Benjamin Moore, Managing Director, Seattle Repertory Theatre; Joshua Dachs, President, Fisher Dachs Associates; and Katie Oman, Director, AMS Planning & Research.

{Theatre | Technology} Virtual Community: Connecting Artists Across 524 Miles and Beyond. DC-based Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) teamed up with Detroit poetry organization InsideOut Literary Arts Project and filmmakers Meridian Hill Pictures to realize “The 524 Project.” The 524 Project brought together two classrooms of high school students, one in DC and one in Detroit, for a cross-disciplinary collaboration and culminating performance using 21st century technology. By breaking down the barriers between live performance and digital sharing, this coalition of arts organizations empowered youth in DC and Detroit to disrupt the dominant narratives surrounding their cities and forge connections across 524 miles.This session will invite attendees to learn from the successes and failures, and to repurpose the strategies and tools developed through the project.

{Conflict | Confluence} The False Dichotomy of Race and Gender: In recent conversations here at TCG and other conferences, there have been moments of tension around the competing issues of race and gender. Are issues of gender equity really at odds with racial parity? Why are these and other important equity issues being pitted against one another? Join panelists for a candid conversation on the realities, strategies, and pit falls of identity politics and the emerging role of intersectionality. This discussion, moderated by Carmen Morgan, Director of Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR),will invite you to critically engage and challenge the ways in which equity efforts are supported or undermined by power dynamics and politics.

{Art | People} Audience Agency and the Evolution of Participation: This session will explore the changing role of audience agency in some newer, immersive brands of theatre and spectacle. We’ll hear from creators of work for which the audience is essential as a character, resulting in a deeper, real-time engagement and vested interest in the outcome of the story being told. When the spectator is given an active voice, the power of choice and/or the ability to shape their experience, how does this affect the art-making process, and how does it strengthen—or threaten—the relationship between the audience and the art?

Register by 4/25 to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount.

  • Bill Yellow Robe

    Race and Gender: Yes, one is pitted against the other. This is similar to what happened with Native Tribal representation. By labeling Native Tribal communities as just a ‘minority’ or ‘ethnic’ they were marginalized again. There are many Native Tribal women who are up and coming, but might not have the breaks to enter the discussion or have a chance to express themselves. I saw a conference where the theme was Native Tribal theater and it was predominately all non-Native Tribal people. At another conference a discussion led by a Non-Native Tribal person was put in charge…what a disappointment. It was a way of deny Native Tribal people a chance to express themselves.