As part of our continuing effort to make our professional development programming available to as many theatre people as possible, TCG offers a number of Webinars, both standalone and in series form. Our webinars feature expert speakers from within the field and beyond, and cover a broad range of topics of urgent interest to many in the theatre field. Please see the Events Calendar to Register for any of the below Webinars. If you'd like to receive the recording of any webinar but cannot attend please register and you will be sent the recording after it is complete.
From Awareness to Action: TCG's Webinar Series on Sexual Abuse & Misconduct in Theatre
This three-part webinar series from TCG's Conferences and Fieldwide Learning team will address strategies to disrupt and dismantle systems of inequity in our field that allow sexual violence and misconduct to flourish, and will inspire action toward improving organizational cultures and creating a “new normal” for the theatre field.
The First Step: Disrupting Sexual Misconduct through Guidelines, Policy, and Reporting
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 2:00-3:30pm ET
When it comes to creating safe and healthy workplaces, preparedness and transparency are key. This session will dive into creating (and improving) organizational sexual harassment policies; knowing your rights and options as an individual artist or theatre staffer, and your responsibilities and liabilities as a manager; and exploring new models of redress and accountability, like community-wide agreements that encourage appropriate behavior in the rehearsal room and the office. Creating the field we envision in the "post-Weinstein era" starts with making clear what will and won't be accepted in a professional theatre setting, and giving your colleagues the resources to report transgressions when they arise -- free from retribution or consequence. Whether you are a managing leader at a regional theatre, or an individual artist who spends time in theatres around the nation, we encourage you to join us for this vibrant and essential discussion.
This session will feature brief presentations from Laura T. Fisher (co-founder of the Chicago Theatre Standards), Tammy Cho (co-founder of Better Brave), and Burton J. Fishman (Senior Counsel, Fortney & Scott, LLC), each followed by a Q&A.
Tammy Cho is co-founder and CEO of BetterBrave, the first place employees can safely turn to when they experience or witness any form of sexual harassment, discrimination, or retaliation in the workplace. it balances the power dynamics between employees and their employers by education employees about their rights and equipping them with tools to take action. Betterbrave is recognized by the Time's Up initiative as a trusted resource and by outlets including Mashable, HuffPost, Fortune, and Forbes. Learn more at http://betterbrave.com.
Previously, Tammy co-founded and led product and design at Encore Alert, an AI platform that helps digital marketers at brands like IDEO, Denver Broncos, and the University of Michigan identify and act on emerging trends, crises, and influencers in their industry. She participated in 500 Start Ups, one of the top accelerator programs in the world, as the youngest founding member of the batch. Encore Alert was acquired by Meltwater in March 2016
Laura T. Fisher is an Originator and Coordinator of the Chicago Theatre Standards. She is a 30-year veteran of Chicago theatre community, who recently originated the role of Mary Page Marlowe at 50 in the world premier of Tracy Letts' Mary Page Marlowe, directed by Anna Shapiro at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre. Laura has worked with many theatres including The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, The Lyric Opera, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Indiana Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory and many others. Outside of the Midwest, she has performed in New York, Scotland, Singapore and throughout the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Feature Films include Contagion, Princess Cyd, and the upcoming Captive State and Steve McQueen's Widows. Television credits include Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Sense8 and Empire. Laura has won Chicago's Joseph Jefferson award, and Chicago's After Dark Award, and is a member of Actors' Equity, and SAG-AFTRA.
Burton Fishman has devoted his practice to developing the "law of the workplace," an interdisciplinary approach that offers employers counsel and representation on a broad range of matters growing out of government regulation of business. His experience extends to the full spectrum of employment and labor matters, including employment discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), affirmative action, and leave and benefits law. He has repeatedly been recognized as a Washington SuperLawyer in the labor and employment field by Washington Law & Politicsmagazine and is a long-served Member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Mr. Fishman is an active supporter of the arts in Washington, serving as the General Counsel of the Washington Performing Arts Society and as a founding member of the Lawyers Committee of the Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington.
It's On Us: Dismantling Systems of Discrimination and Misconduct through Consistent and Effective Training Thursday, April 26, 2:00-3:30pm ET
Your theatre has a clear and up-to-date sexual harassment policy -- now what? Upholding your values with respect to sexual misconduct means addressing these issues with staff and artists on a regular basis. In December 2017, the New York Times reported that in many cases, typical sexual harassment training just wasn't enough: “Training is essential but not enough, researchers say. To actually prevent harassment, companies need to create a culture in which women are treated as equals and employees treat one another with respect.”Other options like Bystander Intevention Training; Corporate Civility Training; and Compliance Training have gained more traction; in this discussion, we'll offer examples of a few culture-focused trainings that go beyond the basics. Representatives specializing in various training methods will explain their process, and will respond to questions about the pros and cons of each.
Featuring representatives from various Sexual Harassment, Compliance, and Civility Training organizations including Akia Squitieri of Creating Safe Spaces. Speaker names will be announced as they are confirmed.
The Big Picture: Creating and Fostering Organizational Cultures that are Safe, Equitable, and Productive
Thursday, May 17, 2:00-3:30pm ET
As we become more attuned to the urgent need to disrupt and dismantle systemic sexual abuse and misconduct, how can we take advantage of this moment of transition to create a lasting culture shift at the organizational and field-wide levels? This session will explore the deeper organizational assessment that needs to happen to sustain change.
This session will be led by Stephanie Ybarra of New York's The Public Theater, and will include other speakers to be announced.
Learning from our UK Peers: Earned revenue case studies in pricing, retention, and efficiency
Thursday, April 12, 2018 2:00-3:00pm ET
With declining public support for the arts and little history of individual philanthropy, UK theatres have turned to earned revenue strategies to sustain their organizations. So, what can TCG members learn from our peer organizations in the UK? Join us for a panel discussion with UK theatre leaders who will share case studies on how they built resilience and earned revenue through smart pricing, digital strategy, and, most importantly, great customer retention. This session will continue the conversation begun at Spektrix's popular Fall Forum session ‘Towards a Sustainable Theatre Model' (featuring representatives from TCG Member Theatres, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and Actor's Express).
Caroline Aston has worked at Chichester Festival Theatre for three years. Initially recruited to oversee the implementation of a new CRM system across the organization, Caroline is responsible for overseeing the development of the CRM system and website within the organization and delivering actionable audience insight that supports CFT's purpose and values.
Prior to working at Chichester, Caroline held positions as Artistic Manager for Kirkgate Arts in Cumbria and was Executive Manager for North East Arts Touring in Scotland following twelve years as a stage and production manager for various touring and repertory theatre companies.
Pauline Fallowell has been working in the theatre and entertainment industry for nearly 10 years. During this time, she has held sales positions across different areas of the industry including marketing agencies, a ticket agency and a production office. She joined London Theatre Company just over a year ago to launch their first theatre, the Bridge Theatre.