TCG Brain Bank: Where Knowledge Earns Interest

Introduction

One of TCG’s greatest assets is the community of brilliant and creative minds represented by our membership. The TCG Brain Bank was created as a way to connect these minds by allowing our members to share their wealth of experience and knowledge with one another. Even the most seasoned of theatre professionals find themselves facing challenges for which they feel unprepared. By connecting our members with colleagues who have cleared similar hurdles, TCG hopes to foster a sense of community and support while harvesting the knowledge of the field for the greater good.

We invite executive leaders, senior level staff and trustees at TCG Member Theatres to volunteer their time and expertise as Knowledge Donors. We also invite executive leaders, senior level staff and trustees seeking counsel on a particular issue to request a match from our volunteer bank.

Please remember to fill out all information fields. Without all the data, it is difficult to make good matches. If registering as a Peer, you must choose one specific question/issue needing to be addressed. As a Peer, each time you have another issue, in which you want guidance, you must fill out another Brain Bank Peer Registration Form. Once TCG makes a match, the Knowledge Donor will receive an email in which he or she must "accept" or "decline" the match. If the Knowledge Donor accepts the match it is the Peer's responsibility to get in touch with their Knowledge Donor. If the Knowledge Donor does nothing, the match will stay in a pending state indefinitely. TCG sends a quick evaluation to both parties 30 days after the initial match is made to ask about their experience.


Brain Bank Knowledge Donors

Knowledge Donors are individuals who volunteer their time and expertise to offer guidance and counsel to Peers. Once registered,TCG will store the Knowledge Donor's information in our database and consider it for a match each time we register a new Peer.

Brain Bank Peers

Peers are individuals who wish to be matched with a Knowledge Donor to receive guidance on a particular issue. Once registered, TCG will search our database to find the Knowledge Donor whose experience and background best suits the Peer's stated challenge.

Areas of Expertise/Need

Accessibility Services/Programs, Arts Education, Audience Development, Board Relations and Development, Box Office/Audience Services, Branding/Messaging, Budgeting, Capital Campaigns, Civic and Community Engagement and Partnerships, Collaborations between Producing Organizations & Ensemble Theatres, Commissioning, Community-based Work, Company Management, Co-Productions, Crisis Management, Disaster Management, Diversification, Enhancement, Ensemble Creation/Management , Freelance Artist Career, Fundraising for Operations, Human Resources, Information Technology (IT), International Work, Leadership Skills, Leadership Transitions, Marketing, Market Research, New Play Development, Planned Giving, Production Dramaturgy, Public Relations/Media Relations, Season Planning, Shared Facilities Operating Models, Social Media, Special Event & Production/Technical Management, Strategic Planning, Succession Planning, Touring and University Relations.

Who?

The TCG Brain Bank is open to executive leaders, senior level staff and trustees at TCG Member Theatres. Senior level staff includes positions such as: production managers, marketing directors, development directors, literary managers, facility managers, etc.

What?

The Brain Bank is a peer network of theatre professionals, who have volunteered their time to offer guidance and support to their colleagues. TCG gathers requests from those wanting to share their expertise (Knowledge Donors) and those seeking support (Peers), and facilitates matches based on the nature of the Knowledge Donor's experience and the Peer's stated challenges.

Where?

While matches will be facilitated by TCG staff, Brain Bank Peers are responsible for contacting their Knowledge Donors via phone or email.

When?

The Brain Bank is an ongoing, year-round online program, and participants can sign up at any time. Time commitments will vary according to each case, but Knowledge Donors should be prepared to commit to at least five hours per month. The amount of time spent on each case will be determined by the Knowledge Donor and Peer, and will not be monitored by TCG. Please keep in mind that the Brain Bank is not a professional consulting service, it is a peer-to-peer network designed for sharing, guidance and counsel. Knowledge Donors are volunteers, and Peers should be sensitive to their schedules.

Why?

The Brain Bank was designed to improve and expand upon a referral service that TCG previously offered as an informal benefit to its members. By giving the service a formal structure, TCG is able to gain a more comprehensive understanding of where specific expertise within the field is located, thus informing our ability to arrange the most beneficial matches for our members. Ultimately, we hope this service will help bond and strengthen the theatre community as a whole by fostering a sense of mutual support and sharing among theatre professionals.

How?

Those wishing to offer their expertise should fill out the Brain Bank Donor Registration Form. Those wishing to obtain guidance from a colleague about a particular issue should fill out the Brain Bank Peer Registration Form. As a Peer, you must choose one specific question/issue needing to be addressed. Peers must re-register each time they seek advice on a new matter.

All of the information provided to us by registrants will be kept confidential and used only to assist in facilitating the best possible matches. Upon completion of your Registration Form you will receive a confirmation email. Information on Knowledge Donors will be stored in our database and searched each time we receive a request from a Peer. Once TCG makes a match, the Knowledge Donor will receive an email in which he or she must "accept" or "decline" the match. If the Knowledge Donor accepts the match it is the Peer's responsibility to get in touch with their Knowledge Donor. If the Knowledge Donor does nothing, the match will stay in a pending state indefinitely.