Convening Session Archives

Convening Session Archives

We invite you to watch the archived video from breakout sessions at Convening.
The complete archives from the 2020 Virtual Conference can be found

Applying the Lessons of The COVID-19 Pandemic to Our Work
Session Leaders: Helen Marion, National Ambassador, Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL); Rebecca Monteleone, Director, Detour Company Theatre; Kate Moore Heaney, Artistic Producer, Noor Theatre; Jacob Padron, Artistic Director, Long Wharf Theater; Artistic Director, The Sol Project; Ronee Penoi, Producer, Octopus Theatricals; Co-founder, Groundwater Arts; Meredith Suttles, Director of Development, TheatreWorksUSA; Black Theatre Commons Steering Committee Member

Arts Advocacy in 2020
Session Leader: Laurie Baskin, Director of Research, Policy & Collective Action, TCG
Speakers: Erica Ortiz, Director of Marketing, TCG & former member of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP; David Freudenthal, Director, Government Relations, Carnegie Hall; Allison Grayson, Director of Policy Development and Analysis, Independent Sector; Heather Noonan, Vice President for Advocacy, League of American Orchestras; Najean Lee, Director of Government Affairs & Education Advocacy, League of American Orchestras; Eve Maldonado O'Toole is leader of Holland & Knight's Local Government Group; Jonathan Moscone, Chief Producer, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)

Beyond Solidarity Statements
Session Leaders: Karthik Subramanian, Company One Theatre and Michael J Bobbitt, New Repertory Theatre

Boards and Change: How Governance Helps or Hinders the Change We Seek to Make
Session Leader: Lisa Portes, Director, Head of Directing at DePaul University, TCG Board Member

Speakers: Michelle Branch, Trustee, Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Lili-Anne Brown, Director; Teresa Eyring, Executive Director, TCG; Nataki Garrett, Artistic Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, TCG Board Member; Dominique Morisseau, Playwright; Jacob Padrón, Artistic Director, Long Wharf Theatre 

The COVID Crisis Impact on Communities of Color: A Medical Perspective
Speaker: Dr. Clyde Yancy, Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine, and Magerstadt Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University

Disability Equity from the Ground Up: a Candid Conversation for These Times and Beyond
Session Leader: Claudia Alick, Calling Up Justice

Co-facilitator: Peter J. Kuo, Associate Conservatory Director, A.C.T.

Global Roundtable
Session Leader: Taiwo Afolabi, Founding Artistic Director, Theatre Emissary International, Nigeria, Derek Goldman, Co-Director, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (The Lab), Juli Hendren, Executive Director, Tricklock Company

Green New Theatre 2020
Speakers: Green New Theatre: Annalisa Dias, Ronee Penoi, Tara Moses, Anna Lathrop

If Not Now, When? If Not Us, Who? Anti-Racist Resources for White Folks

Session Leaders: Hannah Fenlon, Corinna Schulenburg, and Nick Slie

Intimacy Direction in Practice Post Covid19
Speaker: Ann James, Founder, CEO, Intimacy Coordinators and Directors of Color

Theatre is What the Community Needs Us to Be
Facilitated by: Allison Considine, Senior Editor, American Theatre Magazine
Speakers:  Farm Arts Collective (Tannis Kowalchuk, Artistic Director) JACK (Jordana De La Cruz, Co-Director and Alec Duffy, Founder/ Co-Director) Target Margin Theater (David Herskovits, Founder/Artistic Director; Moe Yousuf, Associate Artistic Director; Victoria Linchong, Community Producer) TeAda Productions (Leilani Chan, Founding Artistic Director, Ova Saopeng, Co-Artistic Director and Kristina Wong, artist)

Trans, Nonbinary, & Gender Non Conforming Artists: Telling Our Stories

Session Leaders: Andi Lee Carter, Playwright, Composer, Lyricist; Ianne Fields Stewart, Storyteller/Activist; Azure D. Osborne-Lee, Theatre Maker; Merrique Jenson, Theatre Artist, Activist, Filmmaker, Speaker; Dillon Yruegas, Theatre Maker

User's Guide to Virtual Theatre
Facilitated by: Emilya Cachapero, Director of Artistic and International Programs, TCG
Speakers: La MaMa (Billy Clark, CultureHub Artistic Director; Chris Ignacio, Marketing Associate/Box Office Manager; Nicky Paraiso, Programming Director for The Club; Mia Yoo, Artistic Director), The Movement Theatre Company (Deadria Harrington and David Mendizabal, Producing Artistic Leaders) and Clint Ramos, scenic/costume designer, Juggerknot Theatre Company (Tanya Bravo, Founder/Executive Artistic Director and Natasha Bravo, Community Impact Director) and PopUP Theatrics (Tamilla Woodard, Director and Ana Margineanu, Director), Theater Mu (Lily Tung Crystal, Artistic Director), Lisa Portes, Head of Directing at The Theatre School at DePaul University, Peter Kuo, Associate Conservatory Director, A.C.T., Honolulu Theatre for Youth (Eric Johnson, Artistic Director; Moses Good, actor; Reiko Ho, Artistic Associate)