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Theatre Professionals Teleconferences are held each year on a rotating basis for groups of theatre leaders and staff. Moderated by experienced professionals from the field, these series offer geographically separated theatre professionals the opportunity to share information and ideas and to work with peers to find solutions to common problems. Agendas are directed by the needs and interests of the participants, with assistance from the moderator and TCG staff. Participation in the Theatre Professionals Teleconferences is open only to TCG Member Theatre staff.

Company Managers | Education Directors | Moderator Bios

Spring 2017: Company Managers

Moderator:
A.J. Ford, Company Manager, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Registration Fee: $75
Registration has now closed.

Dates:
To accommodate more participants and also keep the calls to a manageable size, we are offering two tracks for company managers based on budget size (annual expenses). Please note, depending on which theatres register, we may change the division of theatres between tracks. We will alert all participants in advance of any changes. All company managers teleconferences last one hour and begin at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Track A (annual expenses of $3 million and over) Track B (annual expenses under $3 million)
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Thursday, April 20, 2017
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Thursday, May 11, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 Thursday, June 1, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Thursday, June 22, 2017

Helpful Registration Tips:

  • You will need to log in to register. When prompted, please use the email address associated with your work.
  • If you have any login issues, please email info@tcg.org.
  • You must pay the $75 registration fee by credit card.
  • If you click “Add to calendar” during the registration process, the event that will appear in your calendar (Outlook, e.g.) will span the entire months-long duration of the teleconference series! If you decide to use this “Add to calendar” feature, please manually edit (in Outlook or your email program) the duration and times for the four calls that will be part of the teleconference series for which you are registering.
  • The registration system will ask you for “Badge Information” and will likely display your name, organization, and title in fields for a “Registrant Badge.” Please click “Next” at the bottom of this page without changing anything.

Only one person per theatre may register, and registration is open only to staff members at TCG Member Theatres. Participants are encouraged to register early, as space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions, email education & collective action associate Greg Cooper.

Spring 2017: Education Directors

Moderator:
Allison Watrous, Director of Education, Denver Center Theatre Company

Registration Fee: $75
Registration has now closed.

Dates:
All education teleconferences last one hour and begin at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Education Directors Group (all budget sizes)
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Helpful Registration Tips:

  • You will need to log in to register. When prompted, please use the email address associated with your work.
  • If you have any login issues, please email info@tcg.org.
  • You must pay the $75 registration fee by credit card.
  • If you click “Add to calendar” during the registration process, the event that will appear in your calendar (Outlook, e.g.) will span the entire months-long duration of the teleconference series! If you decide to use this “Add to calendar” feature, please manually edit (in Outlook or your email program) the duration and times for the four calls that will be part of the teleconference series for which you are registering.
  • The registration system will ask you for “Badge Information” and will likely display your name, organization, and title in fields for a “Registrant Badge.” Please click “Next” at the bottom of this page without changing anything.

Only one person per theatre may register, and registration is open only to staff members at TCG Member Theatres. Participants are encouraged to register early, as space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions, email education & collective action associate Greg Cooper.

Moderator Bios

Moderator for Company Managers
A.J. Ford, Company Manager, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
A.J. Ford has been Company Manager at the Tony Award–winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park since 2003. The Playhouse produces or co-produces 11 shows a season: six shows in the 626-seat Marx Theater and five shows in the 250-seat Thompson Shelterhouse Theater, with casts ranging in size from one to 40. A.J. oversees a $250,000 departmental budget, which includes maintenance and upkeep of 19 Playhouse-leased apartments and a fleet of 11 Playhouse-owned vehicles across several departments, in addition to the travel, health, and welfare of artistic personnel. A.J. was born and raised in Ohio and is an alumnus of Wittenberg University; he has also trod the boards at the Playhouse and other local Cincinnati theatres.

Moderator for Education Directors
Allison Watrous, Director of Education, Denver Center Theatre Company
Allison has celebrated the Denver Center of the Performing Arts as her artistic home for the past 20 years as an educator, actor, and director. Allison and her team run the vast breadth of educational programming serving over 105,000 students per year.

Allison is a collaborative leader of artists, teaching artists, actors, and educators and an innovative teacher who is passionate about working with students of all ages. She is an artful developer of new curriculum that explores using theatre as a springboard to teach various subjects. Her vast teaching experience includes The New Victory Theatre, The New York Film Academy, TADA!, The Buckley School, University of Northern Colorado, The National Theatre Conservatory, The International College of Beijing, and the University of Denver. She is currently on faculty of Denver School of the Arts and the University of Colorado Denver.

Acting work includes Kelly Young in Just Like Us, A Christmas Carol, John Brown’s Body, and Scapin (DCPA Theatre Company); Girls Only! The Secret Comedy of Women (DCPA Cabaret); Astronomical Sunset (Curious Theatre Company); Savage in Limbo, Crimes of the Heart, American Notes, Talley’s Folly, and Gidion’s Knot (Sis Tryst Productions). Directing work includes Bus Stop (Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities); The Revolutionists (BETC); Brighton Beach Memoirs (Miners Alley Playhouse); Big Love (University of Denver); Failure: A Love Story, The Laramie Project, Eurydice, Wintertime, Arcadia, and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Denver School of the Arts).

Allison earned a Masters in Fine Arts in acting at the National Theatre Conservatory and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre at Drake University. Allison also studied at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Theatre Institute.

Theatre Professionals Teleconferences Archives

For Theatre Professionals Teleconferences Archives, which include program information dating back to Fall 1999 and moderator information dating from Fall 2010, click here.

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