Other Regional Forums and Convenings

Over the years, TCG has facilitated a number of other regional gatherings to address issues that theatres face, both institutionally and artistically. At these convenings, which reached out to professionals working at all levels, participants discussed the strengths and challenges of different approaches to development of the art form within their various communities.



Spring Convening: New Works, New Ways


Portland, OR; May 31-June 1, 2002

About the Program:


This convening brought together 150 arts professionals from the not-for-profit, commercial and presenting sectors to discuss how new theatre works were being created, supported and produced. Roughly two-thirds of the participants represented TCG theatres; the remaining one-third included individual artists, presenters, museum and visual arts professionals, commercial theatre representatives and artist managers. In searching for a fuller understanding of the needs and commonalities among the various sectors of our field that produce and present new work, the convening attempted to look beyond the refinement of existing individual theatre new play programs. Participants thought about the resources they commanded collectively, rather than the resources any one theatre commands individually.

Click here to view the 2002 Spring Convening participant list.

Events were held at Portland Center Stage and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA).




The Renewal Quest: Sustaining Vitality and Passion in our Work


Houston, TX; March 10-12, 2000


About the Program:


The Houston Spring Forum focused on issues of personal, professional and institutional renewal. The Forum kicked off with a facilitated discussion featuring Rev. Tonen Sara O'Connor, Andre Robinson, Jr. and Molly Smith who reflected on their life/career choices. Ronnie Brooks led a session entitled "Keeping the Fire without Burning Out" and Dr. Robert Maurer led a break-out entitled "Sustaining Excellence and Enthusiasm in the Theatre." Participants had time for reflection. They also could partake in stress-reducing activities that were organized by TCG including an on-site chair massage, taking a yoga class or visiting The Gardens of Bayou Bend. The Houston Spring Forum was open to leaders of TCG Member Theatres.


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Click here for an activities list.

Click here to view the 2000 Houston Spring Forum participant list.


The Renewal Quest: Sustaining Vitality and Passion in Our Work was generously funded by the Houston Endowment.


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On Friday, March 10, events were held at the Hyatt Regency Houston, Alley Theatre and Hogg Grill.

On Saturday, March 11, events were held at Stages Repertory Theatre.

On Sunday, March 12, events were held at the Alley Theatre.




Midwest Forum: Securing Our Futures: Possibilities or Pipe Dreams?


Minneapolis, MN: October 16-18, 1998


About the Program:


This forum focused on issues such as: raising art’s profile in communities through successful political advocacy; finding, training and sustaining the most qualified artists and managers; attracting, educating and motivating theatre trustees; sharing resources through co-productions; and running successful financial campaigns.


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Click here to view the 1998 Midwest Forum participant list.


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On Friday, October 16, events were held at The Children's Theatre Company.

On Saturday, October 17, events were held at Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

On Sunday, October 18, events were held at The Guthrie Theater.




Atlanta Forum


Atlanta, GA; November 7-9, 1997


About the Program:


This forum championed the desire to focus on the special character of Southern theatre, including the distinct qualities of its aesthetics. The program included a keynote address by Peter Applebome, the author of Dixie Rising: How the South is Shaping American Values, Politics and Culture and a “Playwright’s Slam.”



Click here to view the 1997 Atlanta Forum participant list.


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Events were held at The Woodruff Arts Center.




Seattle Forum


Seattle, WA; October 31-November 2, 1997


About the Program:


This forum focused on the changing dynamics of our culture and the working relationships between theatre board members and staff.

Click here to view the 1997 Seattle Forum participant list.


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Events were held at the Seattle Children’s Theatre.