We have a lot scheduled for our pre-lunch sessions.
Julie Hennrikus will open up the conference with remarks about the the significance of this conference for the New England theater community.
Julie Burros is the new Arts & Culture Chief for the City of Boston. She will be the keynote speaker at this year's StageSource Theater Conference, talking about the cultural planning process that Boston is about to undertake.
Afterwards there will be a panel, moderated by Julie Hennrikus. "Reframing Our Story: Why #ArtsMatter" will feature Jason Weeks from the Cambridge Arts Council, Annie Houston from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Julie Burros.
There will be five presentations on new initiatives in our community, and how they can help us all tell our stories. More information is here.
We will conclude the morning with a messaging workshop. As StageSource turns 30, what is our message? David Dalena, board member of StageSource, and Senior Director for External Affairs at the Huntington Theatre Company will lead this exercise. He will also be holding a workshop during the first afternoon session.
Julie Burros is the Chief of Arts and Culture for the city of Boston, a cabinet level position reporting directly to Mayor Martin J. Walsh. She oversees the office of Arts and Culture which houses the Boston Cultural Council and the Boston Art Commission. Her duties include heading up the creation of a Cultural Plan for Boston, oversight of grant making, grant seeking, public art, exhibitions and selected public programs and events. Formerly Burros was the director of Cultural Planning at the city of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, where she directed the creation of the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan. Burros is adjunct researcher at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) School of Public Administration in Beijing China, and adjunct faculty at The Theater School at DePaul University in Chicago.
David Dalena is veteran arts administrator with more than 25 years of experience in marketing, communications and fundraising in the performing arts, and is recognized for his expertise in market knowledge, patron relations, audience analysis, messaging, and branding. David joined the Huntington Theatre Company in 2012 as Senior Director of External Relations, overseeing the organization’s marketing, development and communications initiatives. He is member of the Board of Directors of Stage Source and serves on the Corporate Executive Council at WGBH.
Julie Hennrikus became the Executive Director of StageSource in February 2011. Prior to that she was the General Manager and Director of Marketing of Emerson Stage, the producing wing of the Department of Performing Arts at Emerson College. She continues to teach arts management classes at Emerson College as adjunct faculty. Her previous arts administration experience includes being the Program Manager of Sanders Theatre at Harvard University; Box Office Manager the Harvard Box Office (creator), Nunsense at the Charles Playhouse); and Company Manager of A…My Name Is Alice at the Next Move Theatre. Julie is also a mystery writer, having published several short stories as J.A. Hennrikus. As Julianne Holmes, her Clock Shop Mystery series will be published by Berkley Prime Crime starting in October 2015.
Annie Houston is currently a Program Officer for the Adams Arts Program, Cultural Districts Initiative and Cultural Facilities Fund, and formerly for the Local Cultural Council program at the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She holds a Master of Science degree in Arts Administration from Boston University, and was the General Manager of the Boston Camerata prior to joining the MCC. Annie also teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages at Chelsea Community Schools, and fills her free time by traveling, reading, and hitting the slopes or tennis court.
Jason Weeks is the Executive Director of the Cambridge Arts Council, a city department and public non-profit agency in Cambridge, MA. Cambridge Arts engages residents and visitors with programming and services designed to stimulate awareness, participation, and support for the arts. In addition to his role at Cambridge Arts, Jason is an adjunct professor at Boston University for Arts Administration. Jason has a background in music and theater and holds Bachelor of the Arts degrees in Music and English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, and a Masters degree in Arts Administration from Boston University.
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