The 2013 StageSource Theater Conference Set for 6/29

The 2013 StageSource Theater Conference Set for 6/29

June 29th at the A.R.T.'s Loeb Drama Center StageSource will host its 5th bi-annual theater conference for the greater New England Area. The Conference brings together hundreds of working theater professionals and organizations to discuss the issues that face the theater making sector. The 2013 focus is Reframing Success where we as a community will confront the idea of success in the 21stcentury and how redefining success on our own terms is a can benefit both individual artists and area producers and lead to a more fulfilling career.

Keynote presentations will be made by "Get It Done Guy" Stever Robbins, and StageSource, Executive Director Julie Hennrikus. Both will engage conference goers with the question, "What is Success"? Mr. Robbins will offer tools for reframing the way we look at success, and what is means to the life of a person in theater.

The morning keynotes and workshop will be followed by Breakout Sessions under the following topics:

  • Diversity/Inclusion/Gender Parity. The StageSource report was released in February, and there have been other initiatives in the community. What are our next steps? And how do we measure success?
  • Rethinking Space. What are the space needs for the community? Can we rethink what performing arts space is? And what are the barriers to doing that?
  • Arts Activism. There are two parts to this conversation. First, how do we become better advocates for ourselves and our sector? What is important to us, and how do we leverage our concerns to help move politics and policy? And second, how do we use our work to create social change?
  • Rethinking Growth Equals Success. Does success mean having to grow your organization, or can it mean staying where you are? What is required to make successful transitions? How can the narrative around success for organizations be changed to reflect the reality?
  • New Work. If we want to plant the flag of being fertile ground for new work, what does that mean? How do we engage audiences in the process? What do playwrights need? How should we talk about the work?

Opportunities abound during Roundtable lunches where networking leads to the next big idea.

In the afternoon participants may attend two of the following workshops. The workshops are smaller group sessions where practical skills can be learned. Workshop topics include:

  • Personal Finance
  • Making Your Own Work
  • Marketing Your Small Organization
  • Time Management
  • Fundraising
  • You Are Your Own Small Business
  • Social Media
  • Speed Dating: Playwrights and Directors (Pitching Your Work)
  • Devised Theater
  • Portfolio Careers
  • And More...

The day concludes with the StageSource Theater Hero Award and reception.

Tickets for Reframing Success are $40 for StageSource Members and $65 got Non-Members. Participants may pay $10 for the box lunch option. The conference begins at 9:00 AM on June 29th with registration/check in beginning at 8:00 AM. For more information on The StageSource Theater Conference please contact Dawn M. Simmons, Director of Programs at 617-720-6066 or email For tickets visit The Reframing Success Registration Site or visit the StageSource Reframing Success Page.

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