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2015 StageSource Theater Conference Details
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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!


Workshop Tracks:

ActorsWe’re planning several workshops just 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/Directors: 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.

Theater Orgs & Freelance Producers (Admin/mktg or Admin/devo): For theater organizations, there are tracks for marketing and development, including a session on crafting messages to appeal to audiences and funders, a panel dealing with new techniques for fundraising, and the latest approaches for putting butts in seats.

Theater Enthusiasts (Any/All): 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:  
Time Track Session Title Session Description Other speakers Affiliation
8:00-9:30 All Registration
9:30-9:45 All Welcome Julie Hennrikus StageSource
9:45-10:15 All Keynote "Telling Our Collective Story" Planning the Future: Cultural planning for the City of Boston Julie Burros City of Boston
10:15-11:00 All Keynote Panel "Reframing our story: Why #ArtsMatter" Panel Jason Weeks Cambridge Arts Council
Annie Houston MCC - Local cultural councils
Julie Burros City of Boston
All Break
11:10-12:00 All New Initiatives in the theater sector 10-minute presentations on new data, new initiatives - 5 in total, will be followed by informal conversations over lunch. Pat Gabridge New England New Play Alliance
Lindsay Ladner Space Finder/A&BC
TBA Gender Parity Task Force
Candelaria Silva-Collins Huntington Theatre Company Community Membership Coordinator
Chris Robinson Access
12:00-12:30 All Telling the StageSource story David Dalena Huntington Theatre Company
12:30-1:45 Lunch Discussion on New Initiatives issues Break out with Julie Burros about the cultural planning process. And data speakers about the information presented in the AM Previous Session Speakers
2:00-3:15 Actors Acting Workshop Telling Your Own Story, In Performance Obehi Janice, Mal Malme Independent artist, Queer Soup Theatre
Playwrights & Directors Pitching Your Play Playwrights talk to directors about their work. A five minute pitch, then on to the next. Sign up in advance required. Julie Hennrikus & Emma Putnam StageSource
Admin/mktg Telling your own story: Messaging Workshop Learn how to craft messages to communicate effectively with all your constituencies David Dalena Huntington Theatre Company
Admin/devo Telling Your Story to Donors: Fundraising Workshop

Define what makes your organization unique and how you explain its value to different funding sources.This workshop will help participants craft their story to talk to funders more effectively, changing it according to the platform being used.

Kathryn Gandek-Tighe Fundraising Consultant

General Telling Our Stories to Raise & Create Change Sara Stackhouse ASP/ Consultant
 Matt Wilson  MassCreative
General Care and Feeding of Volunteers How do you care for your volunteers to make sure they become loyal and trusted members of your organizational story? Mizter Scratch Boston Babydolls
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-4:45 Actors Who am I? Where am I on your casting breakdown? How far outside the box can I get? Do you find yourself wishing for answers to these questions? Find out more from Boston Theater directors and producers in this workshop. Lee Mikeska Gardner Nora Theatre Company
Spiro Veloudos Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Summer Williams Company One
Playwrights & Directors New Work 101: "How to work with new work" New work is an exciting and enticing adventure! But it's also daunting to start the process. This workshop will help you figure out just what you need to know to start on this exciting journey! Caitlin Lowans Stoneham Theatre
Admin/mktg Putting Butts in Seats What's new in building audiences for your work? Grace Geller ART
Kyle Hemingway Dickinson Opus Affair
Nick Peterson CST
Laura Sullivan Drive PR
Admin/devo Energizing your Board How can you make sure your Board is consistently engaged and prepared to be the embassadors of your organization? Jim GraceAnita Lauricella Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston
General Collaboration Connections This workshop will work to connect you with other people who want to collaborate creatively or financially, or both! Find out here in three parts how to pool your resources for the greatest reward: Ann Dunning
1: Information - how to collaborate! Michael Maso Huntington Theatre Company
2: Mini-pitch sessions for people looking for collaboration opportunities Georgia Lyman
3: Networking! Cliff Odle
General ASL Artists to "Audiences" Access in art should be available to everyone. This workshop lets you know the ins and outs of how to make that a reality Christopher Robinson
5:00-5:15 All Wrap up Julie Hennrikus StageSource
5:15-7:00 All Reception



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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