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Telling Your Own Story, In Performance

A panel discussion with actors who have created their own work in order to tell a story that no one else was telling.


 Obehi Janice  Danny Bryck  Mal Malme

Margaret Ann


 Cheryl Singleton


Pitching Your Play

Playwrights and Directors, this is your chance to meet each other. We are going to set up the room so that small groups (or one on ones) have a very brief opportunity to pitch their work. Artistic directors, you can use the time to talk about what you are looking for. Directors, now is the time to meet playwrights, and tell them more about you. Playwrights, pitch your work! This session will require pre-registration, and attendance will be limited.


Telling Your Own Story: Messaging Workshop

David Dalena will lead this workshop. Learn how to craft messages to communicate effectively with all your constituencies.





Telling Your Story to Donors: Fundraising Workshop

Kathryn Gandek-Tighe will lead this 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.





Telling Your Stories to Create Change

How to Open Hearts, Change Minds, and Influence Powerful People

​Join this participatory workshop with MassCreative's Matt Wilson and Actors' Shakespeare Project's Sara Stackhouse and explore how your personal story and the story of your organization can lead to policy change, surprise allies, and ​new resources. The art of storytelling lies at the heart of social movements and relationships. As Boston heads into a period of cultural planning and the State considers increased investment in out theaters, let's bring our stories to the forefront and help create some change for our city and state, visibility for the theater community, and support to our organizations.



The Care and Feeding of Volunteers

Many of us rely heavily on volunteers. Beyond a "thank you", how do you care for your volunteers to make sure they become loyal and trusted members of your organizational story? Mizter Scratch will run this workshop.




Margaret Ann Brady, an actor/director/bon vivant, is a charter member of StageSource and serves on the StageSource board and executive committee. In addition to performing on Boston stages, she is the Creative Manager of The Freedom Trail Foundation's Scholars Program as well as a historical guide out on the trail itself, and is a longtime adjudicator and fan of the Mass. Educational Theater Guild. She's a proud member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA.


Danny Bryck is an actor, playwright, producer and educator. He is the creator of No Room for Wishing, a solo documentary play based on interviews with Occupy Boston, and The River and the Sea, based on interviews in Israel/Palestine. Recent projects include United Story: Boston Beyond Today, a series of events sharing stories from the community responding to police brutality and racism, and Quixote in Kabul, an exploration of Don Quixote as an American soldier in Afghanistan. He was an artistic associate with Whistler in the Dark Theatre, has performed with a number of theatre companies in Boston and New York, and appeared on the daytime drama As the World Turns and in a handful of independent films. He holds a BFA from Boston University and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.


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.

Kathryn Gandek-Tighe has worked in development for thirty years in a variety of capacities - as operational staff at MIT, as a consultant, and as a volunteer. After working in organizations with vast fundraising budgets and also those with non-existent budgets, she decided to work on leveling this uneven playing field. Kathryn teaches workshops on how to effectively fundraise using limited resources for volunteers or staff of small nonprofits. She also created a series of hands-on worksheets that walk inexperienced volunteers or staff through the fundraising process. In addition, Kathryn is the Co-Director of Verse and Vodka Theater.

Obehi Janice is an actress, writer and comedian with two first names. Her work explores the power of voice in identity, politics, cultural exchange, and testimony. Obehi has been featured on Bustle, WBUR, DigBoston, For Harriet, and The Boston Globe. She can be seen on stage, film and TV and heard on video games, radio and commercials as a voice actress. She is a proud board member of MASSCreative, an arts advocacy organization. The Improper Bostonian named her "Boston's Best Actress" in 2014. Obehi, a native of Lowell, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Georgetown University and currently resides in Boston.


Mal Malme is a Boston theater artist and co-founder of Queer Soup Theater. Queer Soup is currently developing The Pineapple Project, a new work for kids celebrating the gender creativity in all of us. Mal was most recently seen in Turtles with Boston Public Works and Burning at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. By day, Mal performs as Dr. Mal Adjusted with the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit at Boston and Hasbro Children’s Hospitals.


The "King of New England Burlesque", Scratch has been a professional performer since the age of four, and a producer/director since he was a teenager. His training includes time at The HB Studio in New York, and Boston University's School for the Arts. He is the manager of the award-winning Boston Babydolls and has performed both with them and on his own internationally as an MC and magician. He is the founding chair of The Great Burlesque Exposition, and author of over 30 articles on theater, including producing, performance, and burlesque.


Cheryl D. Singleton moved from NY to Boston in 1996 and joined the theater community here soon after. She was most recently seen as Mrs. Dickson in Intimate Apparel at the Lyric Stage. Last year she stretched her writing chops in the “Actors Write Plays” workshop with Melinda Lopez, made possible by StageSource and the Huntington. Local credits include work at the A.R.T., Huntington, New Rep, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Zeitgeist Stage, Company One, Boston Playwrights’, Queer Soup, Ryan Landry & the Gold Dust Orphans and ImprovBoston. Cheryl is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and StageSource.


Sara Stackhouse, Executive Producer at ASP, has produced 48 productions and helped develop youth programs with the Department of Youth Services and Boston Public Schools. She was Supervising Producer of INSIDE This Old House for A&E and Project Manager for cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Sara was the first Director of Education for NPR's From the Top, produced A Taste of Chanukah for PBS, and was the Executive Producer of the MIT Media Lab's Toy Symphony. She is currently Chair of the Board of Tremendous Hearts, Co-Vice Chair of the Board of MassCreative, and consultant to Hunt Alternative's ArtWorks for Kids.


Matt Wilson is the Executive Director of MASSCreative, the statewide advocacy voice for the arts and cultural community in Massachusetts. In three years, MASSCreative has grown to more than 300 organizational members with 20,000 individuals taking part in advocacy actions. Since 2013, MASSCreative’s campaigns led to $24 million of new operational and capital investment into the Commonwealth’s arts and cultural community. MASSCreative's coordinated the Create the Vote coalition that injected the issues of arts and culture into the 2013 Boston Mayoral race and the 2014 Massachusetts Gubernatorial campaign. MASSCreative helps coordinate the Youth Arts Advocacy Initiative that trains and engages youth and staff in local and state advocacy campaigns.



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