Teresa's Weekly Briefing: Rising Leaders of Color; Wallace Foundation webinar, State of the Play

By Teresa Eyring posted 03-28-2019 00:00


One thing I often hear from my colleagues is a hunger for more conversations about the art of theatre. That’s one reason we were excited to co-host with Signature Theatre “The State of the Play,” a conversation between Leigh Silverman, Lucas Hnath, Robert O’Hara, and Alexis Williams, moderated by Jenna Clark Embrey. It’s now available as a podcast and archived video here. This provocative conversation will surely continue at the 2019 TCG National Conference in Miami, as well.

Earlier this week we announced the launch of the fourth round of the Rising Leaders of Color (RLC) program. This round will provide a cohort of exceptionally talented early-career leaders of color from Miami, FL and New York, NY with a TCG Conference scholarship as well as networking and professional development activities from May 2019 through May 2020. Learn more here, and please help us spread the word!

Building intergenerational community will be at the heart of another exciting audience-building webinar brought to you with support from the Wallace Foundation. In Evolve to Thrive: How Living Institutions Engage Community, participants will hear from Magda Martinez, COO of Mural Arts Philadelphia, on how we can build “living institutions” that shift power in continuous evolution with the communities they serve. This webinar is free to TCG members, and you can learn more here and register here.

A big note of congratulations to former TCG staffer Heather Cohn on being named the new executive director of En Garde Arts, as well as an overdue shoutout to James Haskins on being named the managing director at Guthrie Theatre. Here at TCG, we’ve just launched a hiring process for a new director of individual giving & special events, so please share the position with colleagues who might be a good fit.

Finally, I wanted to share a thought-provoking article from the New York Times about whether, in our age of constant screen exposure, direct human contact has become a luxury good. How much more urgent does our work become as this “luxurification of human engagement” continues? And how do we balance the urgency of access against the “cost disease” of our business model, so powerfully articulated by Roche Schulfer at our recent convenings?