Summer 2020 Remote Learning Offerings
This summer has our entire field considering how we will evolve in light of the current global pandemic, and the movement for social justice responding to the much-older plague of white supremacy culture. Continuing the momentum from Re:Emergence, we are offering an additional series of conversations that focus on issues that are critical to our field at this moment as we work towards a just and thriving theatre ecology.
These sessions are available at no cost, but you must register to attend. You must register for each session individually in order to receive the Zoom link. ASL and closed captioning will be available, and we encourage you to reach out to email@example.com if you have additional access needs we can help support. Session recordings will be made available to registered attendees by mid-September 2020.
Programming and Artistic Innovation
VR, AR and other Digital Tools for Remote Performance
Thursday, August 20th, 1:00-2:30pm ET / 10:00-11:30am PT
Remote performances can easily look like hastily put together film, and theatre suffers in the comparison. But in a post-COVID-19 world, what other options are there? In this session, Alex Coulombe (Agile Lens), Jasper Tarr (Adventure Lab), Brendan Bradley (The Jigsaw Ensemble), and Heather Harvey (Black Revolutionary Theater Workshop ) walk you through the latest case studies and tech tools being successfully employed by theatre-makers to broadcast remote performances, many of which require little to no investment. You'll learn to think of these tools as not something that threatens the future of theatre, but instead will allow it to spread its core values into many new and exciting forms. Like light through a prism, sometimes the same narrative material can yield myriad iterations tailored for different audiences.
Presented in partnership with Agile Lens
Development, Management, and Marketing
Maintaining Donor Engagement in a Crisis
Tuesday, August 25th, 3:00-4:30pm ET / 1:00-2:30pm PT
The session, geared toward Development and Fundraising staff, is a conversation between panelists and participants about nurturing relationships with donors, even if (especially if!) COVID-19 is interrupting live performances. To get the conversation started, Caitlin Green (TRG Arts), joined by development directors from around the country who will present on COVID-era donation data and offer strategies, tactics and examples to support your organization’s philanthropic work. Then it will open up to Q&A and a full-Zoom discussion—so bring your wins, hurdles and questions to advance to the panel and your colleagues.
Presented in partnership with TRGArts
Virtual Content: Business Models and Earned Revenue Opportunities for Midsized and Small Theaters
Wednesday, August 26th, 3:00-4:30pm ET / 1:00-2:30pm PT
In this session, Douglas Clayton, Jenna Deja, and Jane Hsu of Arts Consulting Group will provide an overview of models that currently exist for monetizing online content inside and outside the arts industry. This will be followed by a step-by-step process for analyzing your arts organization’s mission, desired audiences, and programming to make effective short and long term choices about what directions to explore to best serve your community and have the most potential for earned revenue (and net income).
Presented in partnership with Arts Consulting Group
The Alchemy of High Performing Organizations
Thursday, August 27th, 11:00am-12:30pm ET / 8:00-9:30am PT
Join us for a research presentation and interactive discussion around a new research report which identifies and analyzes strategies employed by high performing organizations and those which successfully avoided failure. Dr. Zannie Voss, the Director of SMU DataArts will share the study methodology and findings, and participants will have an opportunity to respond and discuss what implications this research may have for organizational self-assessment and ongoing strategies. In light of our current environment spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic and recent racial and social justice uprisings, we hope this research helps envision a path forward, beyond reopening to recovery and reimagining, while acknowledging the significant uncertainties we currently face.
Presented in partnership with Wallace Foundation
ICYMI, archival video from many of our Re:Emergence sessions can now be viewed here.