This is going to be a short post. I am the ED of an arts service organziation for the theater community called StageSource. This week Boston is hosting a national theater conference, and I am on the host committee. Needless to say, my days are full.
The theme of the conference is “model the movement”, which means it is about looking at new models for creating theater and theater organizations. The conversations are not unlike the conversations I listen to at writers’ conferences about the publishing world. The old models work for a few, but not for most. The ability to support fully as a theater artist is as challenging as it is for writers. Barriers of entry are lower for the individual, but there is a lot of negotiating best practices. The paradigm is shifting, and it hard to tell how it is all going to sort itself out.
A convening like this year’s TCG conference in Boston, with 1000 people meeting to talk, is an opportunity. But I suspect the real opportunity will come after the conference, when we have follow up conversations and try to implement some of the changes we’ve been talking about. And create best practices.
Once I have recovered from this conference, I will write a post about how some of these conversations may apply to our community here at SinCNE. I suspect many of them will, in different ways. Stay tuned. And for a preview, follow the hashtag #TCG12 on Twitter.
Sorry for the short post. More to come…