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2015 StageSource Theater Conference
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$50/Non-Members *sign up for a "Non-Member Event Attendee" Membership!




Be sure to stay for the 30th Year Kick-Off Reception (5pm-7pm!)
Reception will include a CASH BAR & CAKE! 

Who Are We?

StageSource was founded almost 30 years ago, and as we near that anniversary, it is time to take a moment and consider, as a community, "Who Are We?” Who, or what, is the New England theater community? Who are we as artists? Who are we as individuals? What are our core values? What is our path moving forward? The StageSource Theater Conference will tackle these conversations at the conference, giving us an opportunity to have community wide impact, while also recognizing the role of the individual in the community. Who Are We? Let’s talk about that, together.


Conference: What to Expect

The day will start with a Keynote Speech by Julie Burros, our new chief of Arts & Culture in Boston, followed by a panel discussion surrounding the new initiatives in the Boston and New England Theater sector and the opportunity to discuss the way we, as StageSource, tell the StageSource story through the lens of the theater community ("Telling the StageSource Story" with David Dalena, StageSource Board Member & Huntington Theatre Senior Director of External Relations).  We'll have lunch-time break-out sessions and discussions to accompany your box lunch (which you can purchase in advance from StageSource).  The afternoon is where things really get hopping and this is where you'll choose your Workshop Track (click below for more details).  You can choose from 4 pre-grouped workshop tracks geared toward different groups of people (Actors, Playwrights, Theater Organizations, Theater Enthusiasts), or choose workshops ala carte! The conference will end with a reception and kick-off party for StageSource's 30th Birthday!


Come celebrate StageSource with our whole community!


If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please email  You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

ASL Interpreter or CART requests need to be submitted by May 15th to allow time to secure those services.



Workshop Tracks:

We’re planning several workshops for actors, to help you tell your own story more effectively – plus you’ll have a chance to network with producers and directors from all around the area.


Playwrights and directors will have a session devoted to working with new work, and the return of our popular playwright/director "speed dating” session where playwrights can practice telling their stories and refining their pitches.

Administrators, Theater Organizations & Freelance Producers: For theater organizations, there are tracks for marketing and development, including a session on crafting messages to appeal to audiences and funders, a fundraising workshop, and the latest approaches for putting butts in seats.

Theater professionals and theater lovers alike will have the chance to hear from the state’s cultural leaders, get the lowdown on important initiatives involving diversity and inclusion, and meet others who love theater as much as you do!


The Schedule

More details about each portion of the day are available. For the Keynote, and Keynote Panel, go here. For the New Initiatives in the Field specifics, go here. For details on the first session of afternoon workshops and panels, go here. For details on the second session of workshops and panels, go here.

8:30-9:30   Registration
9:30-9:45   Welcome Remarks by Julie Hennrikus
9:45-10:15   Keynote by Julie Burros: "Telling Our Collective Story"
10:15-11:15   Keynote Panel: "Reframing Our Story: Why #ArtsMatter, a Civic Discussion"
with Julie Burros, Jason Weeks, Annie Houston mod: Julie Hennrikus
New Initiatives in the Field: Changing Our Story
12:30-1:00   Community Brainstorm: Telling the StageSource Story




Lunch with breakout discussions from the morning topics


    Session #1
Telling Your Story, In Performance
Pitching Your Play: A Meetup of Directors and Playwrights
Telling Your Story: A Messaging Workshop
Telling Your Story to Funders

Telling Our Stories to Create Change

How to open hearts, change minds, and influence powerful people




How To Manage Your Volunteers


    Session #2

What Is Your Story, from the POV of Directors?

The Work of New Work: Developing a Play by Producing It
Putting Butts in Seats
Energizing Your Board
Collaboration Connections



The Story of Inclusion






Closing Remarks by Julie Hennrikus

5:30-7:00   StageSource Birthday Bash Kick-Off and Closing Reception






























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StageSource Theater Conference Partners

Become a partner - Just sign up 3 or more people from your organization and we'll put your name on the website and in marketing communications! Then spread the word through our Online Toolkit! Add a $100 gift to your registration and send your logo to and we'll put your logo on the site too!


Hub Theatre Company

Merrimack Repertory Theatre

Stoneham Theatre 

Lyric Stage Company of Boston

American Repertory Theater

Fort Point Theatre Channel

Company One

Huntington Theatre Company

Boston Babydolls Burlesque

BU School of Theatre

Bridge Repertory Theater






Tickets are $30 for Members and $50 for Non-Members

Non-Members must sign up for a 90-day "Non-Member Event Attendee" Membership


If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity,

please email
You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.
ASL Interpreter or CART requests need to be submitted by May 15th to allow time to secure those services.



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