Please Note: This agenda is not final, and some programming times are still subject to change. All events will take place at TKP Conference Center unless otherwise noted.




Opening Night Reception

Featuring open bar, light appetizers, and a brief, live musical performance in remembrance of Michael Friedman (1975-2017) designed by the Artistic Director of The Civilians, Steve Cosson.

Joe's Pub at the Public Theater



Fall Forum Registration Open


Fall Forum First Timer Breakfast


Board Chair Breakfast


Continental Breakfast


TCG Welcome

 9:15-9:30am Highlights from Theatre Facts 2016
Speakers: Teresa Eyring and Zannie Giraud Voss, Director, SMU National Center for Arts Research 

Morning Plenary: Why Not for Profit Theatre?

Speakers: Roche Schulfer, Executive Director, Goodman Theatre; Susan Nelson, Executive Vice President, TDC; Vicki Reiss, Executive Director, The Shubert Foundation; Zannie Giraud Voss


Roche Schulfer will explore the history and challenges of the nonprofit theatre business model and will engage a panel of field researchers, funders, and thought leaders on how today's theatre organizations can find new ways to thrive in our current economy.


Coffee Break


Morning Plenary: Audience Engagement and Community Development in Today's World

Speaker: Donna Walker-Kuhne, Founder, Walker International Communications Group


Donna Walker-Kuhne will offer insight from her illustrious career in audience engagement and community development. Following her talk, Raymond Bobgan, Executive Artistic Director, Cleveland Public Theatre, will facilitate a conversation between Walker-Kuhne, Larissa FastHorse, Playwright and Co-Founder, Indigenous Direction, and David 'dstew' Stewart, Director of Production, Guthrie Theater on prioritizing relationship-building and specificity in audience and community engagement work.


This session is brought to you by TCG's Audience (R)Evolution program and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

 12:45-2:15pm Lunch
 1-2pm    Trustee Working Lunch

Afternoon Breakout Sessions


  • These Saturday afternoon breakout sessions will highlight innovative new models, case studies, and practical approaches to tackling some of the challenges most confronted on our three programming tracks: managing successful leadership transitions; sharing new strategies in audience engagement and community development; and rethinking the traditional business models of our field. Programming will be announced below as it is confirmed.

    • Richard Evans, President, EmcArts Inc., will share research and facilitate a thought-provoking discussion on "Adaptive Leadership," and the importance of shifting assumptions around the presumed profile of a leader.


    • A panel consisting of Katie Liberman, Managing Director, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Ben Park, Head of Business Development, Spektrix; and Alex Scollon, Managing Director, Actor's Express will discuss the strategies that have helped significantly grow the theatres they represent by utilizing the data and relationships they already have.


    • Ann Marie Lonsdale, Deputy Director, Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York will moderate a conversation on resource sharing and collectivizing as a means of  strengthening an organization's bottom line, its artistic output, and its commitment to cultural equity and justice. David Sheingold of ArtsPool and Thaddeus Squire, Chief Commons Officer, CultureWorks Commons Management, will share expertise from their organizations' work in the collective insourcing of financial, technological, HR and  fundraising activities; and Chris Hansen, Executive Director, Kranszberg Arts Foundation, will bring insight from infrastructure-sharing models in the St. Louis area, most notably the .ZACK building, a multi-use arts facility featuring for-profit businesses and a Performing Arts Incubator Program that provides companies with an environment to work, build, and perform in a single space.

    Coffee Break


    Professional Affinity Groups


    For the first time at our Fall Forum, we’ll provide the opportunity to gather by professional identity and discuss specific issues impacting those that share your role. Please note that these spaces are strictly reserved for those who share the same professional identity (i.e. Artistic Leaders or Managing Leaders) and should not be joined by other attendees.


    Fall Forum Registration Open


    Continental Breakfast


    Special Topics Breakfast


    Morning Plenary: Leadership Transitions and Succession Planning

    Speakers: Snehal Desai, Artistic Director, East West Players; Nijeul X. Porter, artEquity Strategist/SOZE Producer; Meghan Pressman, Managing Director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; David Schmitz, Executive  Director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company


    Facilitator: Emilya Cachapero, Director of Artistic and International Programs, TCG


    Morning Breakout Sessions



    These Sunday morning breakout sessions will take leaders and trustees to the 30,000 ft. view to explore our three programming tracks (managing successful leadership transitions; sharing new strategies in audience engagement and community development; and rethinking the traditional business models of our field) on a macro level. Session leaders will ask big questions, explode traditional frameworks, encourage grandiose thinking, and inspire generative discussion around major field-wide shifts that may be possible. Programming will be announced below as it is confirmed.


    • Freedome Bradley-Ballentine, Director of Arts Engagement, The Old Globe; Michael Fields, Producing Artistic Director, Dell'Arte International; Jonathan Moscone, Chief  of Civic Engagement, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Matthew Rowland, Vice-Chair of the Board and Megan Wanlass, Managing Director, Cornerstone Theater Company will explore their companies' community engagement work with the James Irvine Foundation's New California Arts Fund and lead a  generative session on ways to centralize community engagement within our organizations.


    • Kelvin Dinkins, Assistant Dean, Yale School of Drama & General Manager, Yale Repertory Theatre, will moderate a session on how organizations are working (or could work) with boards, search committees, and search firms to ensure an equitable leadership search process. He will be joined by Jennifer Miller, Trustee, Guthrie Theater; Linette Hwu, Board President, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; and Mike Schleifer, Managing Director, Alliance Theatre.


    • Stephanie Ybarra, Director of Special Projects, The Public Theater, will facilitate a conversation exploring the deep organizational work than needs to happen to sustain new leaders and set them up for success. She will be joined by Will Davis, Artistic Director, American Theater Company, Sarah Rasmussen, Artistic Director, Jungle Theater, and Eric Ting, Artistic Director, California Shakespeare Theatre, to discuss how organizations can positively evolve as their leadership changes.


    • Teresa Eyring, Executive Director, TCG will lead a session exploring stories of institutions whose life cycles and stages necessitated radical change. She will be joined by Bernadine Griffin, Managing Director, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and Trish Santini, Producer, Mainspring Arts Cooperative, who will help generate ideas for alternative economic futures for the non-profit theatre field. Additional speakers to be announced.

    Fall Forum Wrap-Up and Next Steps