|Home Grown: The Boston Theatre Conference 2011|
Linking the pleasure of theatre with a commitment to the community
February 27 and 28, 2011 at The Paramount Theatre
The Boston Theater community is made up of artists, organizations, and enthusiasts united by the desire to provide and experience exceptional performances, inspired programming and unforgettable events. As a community we have grown and been strengthened through our ongoing engagement with each other, our diverse perspectives and our interest in dialogue.
On February 27 and 28 we convened the New England theater conference, Home Grown and came together to talk about: How the Boston theater scene has taken root, grown and flourished. And what steps do we take to keep it alive and growing
Who is the Boston Theater community? Huntington Theatre Company, Managing Director Michael Maso reflected on the changes he has seen in New England theater during his tenure. As we define ourselves, how do we engage with the community at large? What role does the theater community play in both mirroring and shaping our multi faceted society? The Boston Theater Conference aimed to engage all theater practioners, including actors, directors, designers, technicians, dramaturgs, administrators, board members, educators and audience members in tackling these themes.
Taking a lesson from the slow food movement we want to grow our local theater community by bringing everyone around the table. During workshops, performances, and panels we encourage relationships between the creators of the art and those who enjoy it, cultivate an appreciation for theater by changing societal values towards the art and by examining alternative ways for people to engage and participate. Virtually we work through the bostontheatreconference.wordpress.com blog to define Slow Theater for Boston in preparation for the conference.
Schedule of Events
3:30pm Key Note Address – Barbara Lynch
4:00pm Break –
Melia Bensussen, Karen MacDonald, Rafael Jaen, Melinda Lopez, John O’Brien and Skip Curtiss
5:15pm Reception, including pop-up performance
6:30pm Tour of The Modern Theatre
12:15pm Break –
12:30pm Roundtable lunch discussions; box lunces
2pm Roundtable Follow-up, with leaders from each lunch group & moderator
3:45pm Break –
4pm Closing address – Michael Maso
5pm End of day