Following the Boston Theatre Conference 2011 StageSource has formed the following Working Groups to address needs and concerns raised by the community for the community at the conference. These groups meet via Google Groups and in person and cover the following topics. Members are urged to join as many groups as they would like. They are works in progress and their tasks and dictates will be decided by the group with input from StageSource. If you'd like to become more involved with Boston theatre and StageSource by joing a group please email Dawn Simmons with the name of the group you'd like to participate in. Feel free to email with questions.
Working Groups are as follows:
Advocacy Committee - Underscores the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts. We do this by-
- Building relationships with state and local policy makers, arts advocate groups, and community leaders.
- Telling the story of the Boston Theatre Community to city, state, local and national agencies. And then telling them all again.
- Figuring out ways we can support the government and their initiatives with our community.
The Advocacy Committee also educates the community on legislative activities that affect the arts with a particular interest in theatre. The Committee encourages theatre artists and supporters to participate in national and local advocacy initiatives.
Community Engagement Committee – Is part of StageSource’s Community Supported Theatre Initiative. The Engagement Committee connects artists, producers, audiences and theatre supporters by:
- Sharing information about community events.
- Finding new and interesting ways to get people involved in theatre through the creation of targeted events, social media campaigns, etc.
- Cultivating taste and appreciation for theatre (letting them know about readings, talkbacks, other opportunities for
Mobilization Committee – This committee is tasked with creating a database of theatre galvanizers, authorities, specialists, and heavy weights. The committee will create a “phone tree” or real time social network whose duty is to assist in spreading the word about events, participate in community events, and lend their expertise and advice to theatre companies and the organizations that serve them. When an event happens (ie a natural disaster) this committee will help figure out the best way for our collected community to respond. The mobilization committee will assist in the creation of programming ideas for StageSource and initiatives for the larger theatre community. Works closely with the Community Engagement Committee.
Branding Committee – This committee is charged with communicating Boston’s theatrical identity to the city, state, and ultimately the nation. The committee will do this by -
- Identifying what makes Boston unique as a theatrical center.
- Creating opportunities to raise Boston’s visibility in the national arena
Mentoring Committee - Charged with finding mentorships opportunities for all members of the Boston Theatre community. Creating partnerships that mentor both up and down utilizing the strength of the entire sector to advance the art of theatre and the learning base of the artists who make it up.
School Liaison Committee – Responsible for reaching out to High School and College students, teaching them about StageSource and existing opportunities in the Boston Community, connecting them with possible mentors, and creating a list of community members who are willing to do outreach. We want them to see Boston as a viable option after graduation.