What does it mean to be a citizen of Theatre Nation?
From June 23-25, the 2016 TCG National Conference: Theatre Nation brought together over 1,000 theatre practitioners from across the globe for performances, knowledge sharing, and thought-provoking speakers. We built on the success of the 2015 Cleveland Conference--our highest-rated in history--by further innovating programming like our Skills-Building Workshops and At the Intersections arcs, empowering deeper professional development and peer connection.
We also seized the unique opportunity of assembling at our nation’s capitol during an election year to imagine a more central role for our art form in civic life. In a time of political polarization and civil strife, we imagined a Theatre Nation whose borders are not bound by walls, but opened through affinities of passion and creative practice. We created a Theatre Nation that welcomes everyone who shares those affinities, and equitably represents them. We asked: what is our bill of rights (and responsibilities) for citizens of Theatre Nation? How might we declare our interependence? How can our Theatre Nation model a more perfect union for our country and world? The answers to these questions can only be found through an inclusive and participatory process that engages the full diversity of our field—which our 2016 conference sought to model.
At the heart of this work lies TCG’s vision of “A better world for theatre. A better world because of theatre.” We brought that activist spirit to visit legislators on Capitol Hill. We invited practitioners from across the world, because we know members of our Theatre Nation are global citizens. We continued our conversations on equity, diversity, and inclusion, and we put a spotlight on the artistry that is the center of all our work. Thank you for joining us in Washington, DC for Theatre Nation.
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