Last year, TCG’s 2019 Fall Forum on Governance: A New Playbook hosted many conversations around reimagining our field’s business model. We could not know then that we were on the precipice of arguably the most consequential year that our field has ever experienced. As some of us shook hands and hugged, we could not know that within a few months this would be forbidden practice. We could not know that states would be issuing mandatory quarantines and that schools would close; that children would transition to learning from home, that the world would be losing loved ones to a rapidly-moving pandemic on such an enormous scale, and that the majority of our field would be out of work. We could not know that the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, among countless others, would ignite massive protests nationally and global outrage on an unprecedented scale, prompting sudden and widespread review of anti-racist commitments and policies by corporations and nonprofits alike.
As this was all happening, a group of BIPOC theatre colleagues began collaborating on a statement and a set of demands under the moniker We See You White American Theatre (WSYWAT) that would be released to the theatre field just days after TCG’s first virtual conference came to a close. This statement would ultimately be supported via petition by over 50,000 people in and beyond the theatre field.
It is these demands, a comprehensive list of changes the White American theatre must make to truly embody an anti-racist field, that will frame the 2020 TCG Fall Forum: A Just and Thriving Theatre Ecology. Guided by TCG’s new mission “to lead for a just and thriving theatre ecology”, we are adjusting the focus this year and making the Fall Forum more accessible for the entire field.
Join TCG and your colleagues across the field for a two-part Fall Forum from November 11th-13th. November 11th will welcome TCG Member Theatre leaders and trustees in a working session centering the WSYWAT demands as a lens through which we’ll discuss the reconstruction of the theatre field, a truly “new playbook” of equity and inclusion. Those leaders and trustees will be invited to join the following two days, November 12th-13th, at a convening that will welcome all practitioners in the field to build off those conversations.
The WSYWAT demands are a toolkit that a group of our BIPOC colleagues released at a strategic moment, a new “ground zero” for the field. With these tools in hand we’ll come together across disciplines and identities to discuss our reopenings, our recovery, and our reinvention. This is our opportunity to begin to answer the demands of our BIPOC colleagues, and work toward our field’s Re:Emergence.
Please use the links on our Fall Forum FAQ HERE to answer common questions about this year's Fall Forum.
Photo from the 2019 Fall Forum on Governance by Ryan Bourque.
The TCG Fall Forum on Governance has historically provided a unique opportunity for theatre trustees and senior staff to engage with one another and to connect with peers from around the country in an intimate setting. This annual event features dynamic speakers, from the field’s own stars to thought leaders from outside the field, and is designed to help participants discover and share innovative ideas. The Forum is especially useful for trustees seeking to better understand their theatre’s relationship to the experiences of theatres nationwide. For questions about registration and accessibility email Anne Ciarlone; for questions about Fall Forum programming email Devon Berkshire.
TCG is grateful to the following supporters of the 2020 Fall Forum:
Sponsoring the Fall Forum allows TCG to produce programs and services for the field, including providing greater access to benefit even more theatre practitioners.
Please contact Kevin Bitterman, Director of Institutional Advancement & Partnerships, to discuss sponsorship opportunities and to stand with TCG and the non-profit theatre community today!
Past Fall Forum on Governance Archive