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.
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Practices of Inclusion: All-Gender Restrooms
Thursday, January 31, 2-3:30pm ET
All-gender restrooms play an essential role in creating safe and welcoming spaces for trans and non-binary people. In this webinar, TCG's Elena Chang and Gus Schulenburg will share lessons learned from our implementation of all-gender restrooms at our offices and events. They'll be joined by theatre leaders who've done the same, exploring different approaches to questions like: how do you make the case for all-gender restrooms to your staff, board, and audience? How do the logistics work? How do you center those most impacted each step of the way? Be on the lookout for additional webinars in this series, which will be announced shortly!
Are You Leaving Money on the Table? Case Studies for Increasing Revenue at Your Organization
Thursday, December 6, 1-2pm
The world of marketing is always full of new ideas and tools, but almost all arts organizations have limited budgets and staffing resources when making plans for the year. So, how can you prioritize strategies that can maximize the impact of your valuable time and budget? In this session we'll explore case studies from Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Two River Theater Company on how they were all able to significantly grow their organizations' revenue by implementing low effort, high impact strategies. Prepare to learn how to evaluate your current strategies, learn new best practices and walk away with tangible takeaways that you can quickly implement at your own organization.
Featuring: Courtney Schroeder, Director of Marketing, Two River Theater and Jeanna Vella, Director of Marketing & Sales, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Adventure or Uncertainty: How Arts Organizations are Using Market Research to Build Audiences with an Appetite for Risk
Thursday, September 20, 2018, 2:00-3:00pm ET
While performances of The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol perennially sell-out, arts organizations aren’t always able to bring those audiences back for riskier work. Yet audience-building efforts don’t often challenge the assumptions driving that attendance gap. Adventure or Uncertainty reassembles a panel of cross-disciplinary Wallace Foundation grantees to discuss how market research transformed their ideas about adventurous audiences, risky programming, and the barriers of uncertainty. Featuring speakers from Ballet Austin, Goodman Theatre, and University Musical Society,
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.
Jewel Cadet is the Program Manager of Youth and Community Empowerment for the Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) & the NYC Chapter Co-Chair of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). She is a Self-Defense Instructor, Advocator, Educator, Comrade and Community Member within the LGBQIA-TGNC community. As a survivor of Same Sex Intimate Partner Violence, Jewel has always been passionate about the right for marginalized people to navigate this world free from violence. Hailing from Brooklyn, East New York, with Haitian blood through her veins, Jewel is deeply rooted in the concerns of the rights and freedoms of black girls, femmes and trans & cis women. Jewel boldly claims all of her intersecting identities as she fights for her ultimate freedom and the freedom of those around her. Brave, Bold, Unapologetic, and Vibrant, she is on a mission to get free and dismantle norms that perpetuate oppression.
Dr. Robert Eckstein is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New Hampshire for both the Department of Psychology and the Justice Studies Program, where he also serves as the Internship Coordinator for the undergraduate and graduate programs. He is also the Curriculum Development Specialist and Lead Trainer for Prevention Innovations Research Center, a research group at the University of New Hampshire that focuses on the prevention of sexual assault, relationship abuse, and stalking. Dr. Eckstein was given the University of New Hampshire’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010.
He is the co-author of Bringing in the Bystander: A Prevention Workshop for Establishing a Community of Responsibility, an evidence-based, educational program aimed at implementing bystander intervention as a means of preventing violence against women. He has presented this workshop, as well as trained others on becoming program facilitators at a variety of universities, victim advocacy groups, and government agencies throughout North America and Europe. Over 300 universities and organizations have adapted Bringing in the Bystander trainings to use as a prevention tool in their communities. He is also the co-author of a high school adaptation of Bringing in the Bystander, that was empirically evaluated through a grant from the Center for Disease Control. This curriculum will be released in the Fall of 2018.
Prior to teaching at UNH, Dr. Eckstein received his BS in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and his Psy.D. at Loyola University where he was trained as a clinical psychologist. He has worked with clients in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, prisons, and college counseling centers.
Michael Rojas is the New York District Outreach & Education Manager for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He manages Community Outreach, Media Relations and Employer and Technical Training for New York, the 13 northern counties of New Jersey, and all of the New England States. Michael is also the Small Business Liaison which provides assistance to small businesses about the laws enforced by EEOC or about compliance with those laws in specific workplace situations. He began his career in the government at the United States Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs implementing various region-wide programs, including; training, consultation and administrative studies. Michael worked in the private sector as an HR Generalist with duties including; payroll management, budget forecasting, recruiting, policy and guidance implantation and change management. He served in the United States Navy from 2001 – 2006 as a Personnel Specialist and completed 4 tours of duty including support in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received 2 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Awards and a Navy Unit Commendation. Michael holds a Bachelors Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and his Masters in Human Resource Management from Long Island University Brooklyn Campus.
Akia Squitieri is an award winning Producer, Director & Arts Administrator. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Rising Sun Performance Company and Company Manager for the Innovative Theatre Foundation. She served as the Company Manager for the international sensation, Blue Man Group at the Astor Place Theater for over 10 years. Past notable credits include working on staff at Horse Trade Theatre Group, serving as General Manager for FRIGID New York’s inaugural year, and returning in multiple positions for each subsequent year; as Production Coordinator for nationally acclaimed Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, overseeing the playwrights unit and INSIGHT 13 production series and on the Advisory board of the Paul Butterfield Fund & Society. She is a recipient of the New York Innovative Theatre Awards “Founders Award” for her contributions to the organization and Off Off Broadway Community and Two Time "Congeniality" Award Winner from the Planet Connections Theatre Festival for her community involvement. She is currently serving as the Director of Charities for the Planet Connections Theatre Festival, focusing on advocacy & social justice outreach. In the traditional business sector she has worked with Pfizer, EMI Records, Conde’ Nast Publications, EFT Group and others. She is an Alumni of the Commercial Theatre Institute, and has been a speaker, panelist and guest lecturer at the following institutions: CTI, Actors Equity Association, Ramapo College, Theatre Resources Unlimited, New York University, Horse Trade Theatre Group, FRIGID Festival, National Action Network and in Brno, Czech Republic. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management. You can learn more about her work at www.akiasquitieri.com and www.risingsunnyc.com
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.
Alicia Rodis is an intimacy director, fight director, SAG-AFTRA stunt performer, and actor with over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her experience as an actor and fight choreographer led her into the direction of romantic, sexual, and highly suggestive scenes. She is an Intimacy Director, and founding member of Intimacy Directors International (www.intimacydirectorsinternational.com) where she and her colleagues have been working with other directors, psychologists, social workers, and other professionals to codify a system of best practices to address scenes of intimacy in a safe and effective manner. Since then, she has been advising best practices and sexual harassment prevention for theatre and film internationally. Alicia's work has been seen at New York University, New York Shakespeare Exchange, AMDA NYC, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Wright State University, Michigan State, and PACE University, among others.
Alicia is currently a Guest Artist at Juilliard School of Drama implementing their intimacy program for both students and faculty, and is the Intimacy Coordinator for The Deuce Season Two on HBO. She is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, and is an adjunct professor at Long Island University. She is also the founder and head of GALHALLA NYC, an all female fight training group in New York City. See here for more information.
Stephanie Ybarra is a New York-based artistic producer with nearly 20 of experience at theaters across the United States. As the Director of Special Artistic Projects at The Public, she leads the Mobile Shakespeare Unit and Public Forum programs. In addition, Stephanie serves as curator and casting director of Crossing Borders Latinx Festival at Two River Theater; as the Producer's Lab Liaison for WP Theater; and as Resident Dramaturg for the Sol Project.
Stephanie is the recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural Producer’s Chair Award from the Foundry Theatre, the Josephine Abady Award in producing from New York's League of Professional Theatre Women, and the Congressional Award for Achievement in Excellence from international non-profit Zara Aina. She holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and a deep belief in the power of the Post-it note.
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.