Welcome to the 2011 TCG National Conference Video Archive. If you weren't able to join us in Los Angeles at our 50th Anniversary Kickoff, we hope that this gives you a taste of some of the conference programming. Below, you will find the videos for the conference's general sessions, as well as two of the smaller sessions. Videos of the TCG Award Presentations and the Whatifestos (brief manifestos framed by the conference theme, What If...) can be found on the Awards and Whatifesto pages.

Plenary Sessions

A Conversation with Julie Taymor

Interviewed by professor and journalist Roger Copeland, Tony® Award-winning director Julie Taymor shared insights behind the body of work she has generated throughout her 30-year career. She spoke about the underlying and recurring themes in her work, her aesthetic and artistic process.

An Address by

Mona Eltahawy

If you've been following the uprising in the Middle East, you've likely heard or seen commentary from Mona Eltahawy, an award-winning columnist and international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues.Our world is increasingly interconnected, and what happens in one part of the world has the potential to dramatically impact events around the globe. Ms Eltahawy shared her insights on the revolutions in the Middle East and the reverberations of those uprising on Arab American communities the changing nature of freedom of speech, and the role that the arts play in making impactful change.

The Shift Age, by David Houle

Who doesn't like to take a peek into the crystal ball every now and then? We were thrilled to hear from futurist and author David Houle. His book, The Shift Age, chronicles a time of transformation and the dynamics that are reshaping our world. As we look towards the future of our art form, what David Houle said may prove critical.

The State of the Artist

One of TCG's key responsibilities is to listen to our constituents, and to respond in ways that will help to strengthen, nurture and promote the American theatre ecology. Through TCG's Field Conversations this year, we investigated the relationship between individual artists and institutions, with a goal of identifying the successes, challenges, and ways of strengthening relationships in order to strengthen our field as a whole. Mark Shugoll of Shugoll Research presented the results of the in-person Roundtable Conversations, the State of the Artist survey and the Town Halls held independently by TCG member theatres. Through a panel with Susan Booth (artistic director, Alliance Theatre Company), Cricket Myers (sound designer) and Sonja Parks (actress), moderated by Angel Ysaguirre (Boeing Company), we envisioned a way toward stronger relationships between artists and institutions.

Past as Prologue: Dreams of an Ideal Theatre

From the forthcoming TCG Book, An Ideal Theatre: Visions That Built an American Art, Todd London, artistic director of New Dramatists, explored the questions that shaped the founding visions of the theatre field. In these visions, he has discovered all the things we celebrate and struggle with today: What does it mean to make theatre in so broad and diverse a country? What does professionalism give us and what does it sometimes sacrifice? Where does idealism live? This is a celebration of the people who came before us, the people who led us here. It's a look backward, toward the future.

To read the text of Past as Prologue, click here.

What If...The Future of the Field Were in the Hands of Today's Artists?

Marcus Gardley (director/playwright/designer), Sage Lewis (composer), Mimi Lien (designer), and Tanya Selvaratnam (producer/writer/actor) participated in a panel discussion with moderator Nancy Keystone (visual artist) on what it means to be an artist today, their visions for a vital theatre field, and their own "What if..." questions. What if the future of the field were in their hands?

The Community Formerly Known As The Audience: Who They Are, What They Want, What To Do About It

We live in a time of infinite choice, of infinite sharing. No longer content to be passive audiences, we demand engagement, interactivity. We demand transparency, the opportunity to participate in meaningful ways, relationships with art that speak personally to us. The community formerly known as the audience wants more, and institutions need to adapt how they do business. Douglas McLennan, Founder and Editor of ArtsJournal.com, delved into who this new cultural consumer is and ways to cultivate them.

TCG x PechaKucha

If you mixed the TED Conference with speed dating, you'd get something like PechaKucha. Deriving its name from the Japanese term for "chit chat," PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, work and stories. With only 20 images to show, each for 20 seconds, it's a fast-paced format that makes talks concise, creative and entertaining. The theme for the series was "Creativity by Encounter." See what inspiring ideas and stories your colleagues had to offer in this dynamic and social atmosphere.

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