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STC15 New Initiatives in Our Community
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There will be five short presentations about exciting new initiatives that will have an impact on our community, and on the arts sector. After the conference, we will provide information shared by each of these presenters here.


  • Patrick Gabridge will present a snapshot of the 2012-14 New Play Attendance Report. This data was collected by the New England New Play Alliance.
  • Candelaria Silva-Collins will talk about the Huntington Theatre Company's Community Membership program. 
  • Lindsay Ladner will talk about SpaceFinder, and how we can use this resource to gather data about, and support the need for, space.
  • Sara Bookin-Weiner will present an overview of the findings from the Gender Parity Task Force for the 2013-2014 season.
  • Chris Robinson will discuss Accessibility as Innovation.


BIOS (Alphabetically): 

Sara Bookin-Weiner is a freelance dramaturg and the Manager of Outreach at the New Center for Arts and Culture, a nonprofit that explores the Jewish imagination. She previously spent two years as the Dramaturgy and Outreach Fellow at ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage. Sara is a proud member of the StageSource Gender Parity Task Force, the One Boston Initiative steering committee, and the board of the Association for Jewish Theater. She earned her MFA in dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, and a certificate from Cornerstone Theater’s summer institute in community-based theatre.


Patrick Gabridge has written numerous plays and three novels, Steering to FreedomMoving (a life in boxes) and Tornado Siren. He’s had plays produced or developed by more than 40 New England theatre groups. He co-founded Boston's Rhombus playwright’s group, the publication Market InSight... for Playwrights, and the on-line Playwrights' Submission Binge. He’s been a fellow with New Rep and with the Huntington Theatre Company, and has had commissions from Central Square Theatre, In Good Company, Tumblehome Learning, and the Bostonian Society. He is currently the coordinator of the New England New Play Alliance. In his spare time, he likes to farm.


After graduating from Boston University, Lindsay Ladner started working with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston as an administrative intern in May 2014. Starting September 2014, she began working full time as A&BC's Operations Manager. Prior to working at the A&BC, Lindsay worked at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (her favorite place in Boston), where she continues to serve as a volunteer. Working at the A&BC has given Lindsay the opportunity to become an active participant in Boston's arts community and learn more about legal issues in the arts through A&BC's Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts program. In the fall, Lindsay will be returning to BU for law school.


Christopher S. Robinson is currently the full time Staff Interpreter at Boston University. In this capacity, he mentors interpreters, students of interpreting, and is a practicum supervisor for ASL/English interpreting students and practioners. He is an associate member of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and a full member of the National Alliance of Black Interpreters. He has practiced as a performing arts interpreter since 1994 and he currently coordinates ASL Interpretation for Boston University School of Theatre and co-coordinates touring Broadway productions in Boston. He is a Certified Facilitator in the LEGO® Serious Play™methodology of System Theory.


Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing and audience diversity consultant; writer; and trainer who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She facilitates workshops on communication, job search skills, and parenting issues. She coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company and is Program Manager for the Fellowes Athenaeum Trust Fund of the Boston Public Library. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Recent publications include Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips and Real Questions about Sex and Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents.







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