Leadership Teleconferences and Webinars Archives

Leadership Teleconferences are offered throughout the year and feature presentations and moderated panel conversations by experts in and outside of the field who give their unique perspective on a topic. Participants have an opportunity to hear challenges, strategies and solutions that affect the field, and to engage in question and answer sessions. Past Leadership Teleconferences have focused on topics including the economy, generating contributed income, using social media, navigating the visa process and organizational risk-taking.

We are always interested in ideas for future Leadership Teleconferences. Please contact Devon Berkshire with your suggestions.

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Navigating the Visa and Taxation Process for Artists from Abroad

A Presentation by FTM Arts Law

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
12:30pm–2:00pm EST

Jonathan Ginsburg, artist immigration attorney and author of the visa section of artistsfromabroad.org, along with colleagues Brian Taylor Goldstein and Robyn Guilliams, artist immigration and entertainment attorneys, demystify the visa and taxation process for artists. An increasing number of U.S.-based theatres are working with international artists and presenting work from abroad. Understanding the difference between each type of visa and how to obtain them, along with the potential tax obligations facing international groups and performers, will help you save time, money, and a lot of frustration!

Click here to view the 2012 Navigating the Visa and Taxation Process for Artists from Abroad participant list.


Leveraging Federal Policy: Successful Case Studies from the Field

Moderated by Teresa Eyring, Executive Director, TCG

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
2:00pm–3:15pm EST

Theatre leaders around the country have successfully navigated federal policy and appropriations opportunities to the benefit of their theatres. In this TCG Leadership Teleconference, TCG's executive director, Teresa Eyring, moderates a panel featuring advocates from member theatres reporting out on a variety of federal legislative and policy issues. Grace Grillet, managing director of The People's Light and Theatre Company describes her experience as a participant in a Tax Hill Day to preserve the charitable deduction; Christopher Moses, education director at The Alliance Theatre provides an update on their U.S. Department of Education multi-year grant and arts education advocacy efforts to preserve that funding stream; Gerard Stropnicky from the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble speaks about participating in Arts Advocacy Day 2011, meeting with his Tea Party Member of Congress, and winning his support in a subsequent vote; and Josh Loar, sound supervisor at Yale Repertory Theatre explains how he helped influence the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to better respond to the needs of theatre companies with regard to the protection of their wireless microphones. There is a thoughtful dialogue, including brief issue updates and advocacy tips from TCG's director of research, policy & collective action, Laurie Baskin.


Click here to view the 2012 Leveraging Federal Policy: Successful Case Studies from the Field participant list.


Audio transcript is now available!


Disaster Management: Lessons Learned from the Field

A discussion moderated by TCG Executive Director Teresa Eyring featuring panelists Aimée Hayes, Artistic Director of Southern Rep; Mollie Lakin-Hayes, Director of ArtsReady; Paul Nicholson, Executive Director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and Jon White-Spunner, Managing Director of Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.

Thursday, January 19, 2012
1:00pm–2:15pm EST

Floods, earthquakes, tornadoes - what should your theatre do when disaster strikes? How do you manage the initial crisis? How do you balance your theatre’s recovery with the wider needs of your community? How can you mitigate damage before the unthinkable happens?


In Disaster Management: Lessons Learned from the Field, we’ll hear from an expert in post-crisis sustainability, as well as first hand experiences from theatre leaders who’ve led their theatres through disaster to recovery. Teleconference participants will learn best practices for being ready for, responding to, and recovering from disasters, as well as discuss ways TCG can be a better resource after they strike.

Click here to view the 2012 Disaster Management: Lessons Learned from the Field participant list.

Audio transcript is now available!



Disaster Management Resource Page

TCG is committed to providing the most up-to-date disaster management resources and research for the field. To check out this new initiative click here.


Tips for Assessing Your Staff with Robbin Walker

A presentation by Robbin Walker

Thursday, May 12, 2011
2:00pm–3:30pm EST

Robbin Walker is an esteemed and popular trainer of our Expanding the Theatre Manager's Repertoire program, which she led for 11 years. Assessing your staff accurately and knowing what steps to take as a leader in their personal and professional development takes great skill. In this session, we will examine a Four Step Model (GAPS) for assessing individuals on your staff: analyzing their Goals and Values, their Abilities, Perceptions of Others and Success Factors on their job. We will walk through each part of this model, addressing your specific questions to gain information that will focus on each person's development.

Click here to view the 2011 Tips for Assessing Your Staff participant list.

No audio transcript is available for download.


Leading Through Tough Times

A presentation by Robbin Walker

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
2:00pm–3:30pm EST

We wake up and go to bed saturated with doom and gloom news about the economy and the state of the world. Times are tough, budgets are tight, and people are anxious. So, as leaders, how do we think and act? We must be courageous and be willing to change the game-tackling complacency, exploring new territory and taking more risks. This session began by looking at ten strategies that helped set the stage for practices leaders could adopt, providing some self-reflection questions to set into action.


Your role as a leader is now more important than ever. Leading with a FILTER (Feedback - Interactions - Listen - Talent Manager - Expectations - Recognition) will remind you of the factors that your staff is craving! You are probably functioning with less people than ever before, so you want to make sure you hang on to your great players. Ways to keep your staff engaged were discussed along with the predictable stages people go through when they start to disengage and the signals you should watch for if they do.


Click here to view the 2011 Leading Through Tough Times participant list.


Navigating the Visa Process for Artists from Abroad

A Presentation by FTM Arts Law

Monday, December 13, 2010
2:00pm–3:30pm EST

Jonathan Ginsburg, immigration attorney and author of the visa section of artistsfromabroad.org, and his colleagues from FTM Arts Law demystify the visa petition process. An increasing number of U.S.-based theatres are working with international artists and presenting work from abroad—understanding the difference between each type of visa and how to assemble your visa petition can help your organization save time, money, and a lot of frustration!

Click here to view the 2010 Navigating the Visa Process for Artists from Abroad participant list.


No audio transcript is available for download.


Visit Artists from Abroad to learn more about the visa petition process.


Using Social Media Strategically for Theatres

A presentation by Beth Kanter

Thursday, April 29, 2010
1:00pm–2:15pm EST

Beth Kanter, social media guru and co-author of The Networked Nonprofit, shares her insights about how to effectively integrate social media with your theatre's internet strategy or marketing plan. She will also talk about how to address organizational culture issues that often arise when new technology is introduced. This Leadership Teleconference will help you learn how to think strategically about social media for audience development and external communications strategies for your theatre in order to maximize staff time and resources.


Audio transcript is now available!


Twitter as Audience-Builder and Branding Tool

A presentation by Callie Kimball

Thursday, July 30, 2009
2:00pm–3:00pm EST

Everyone's talking about Twitter, but what does it have to offer arts organizations? Several theatres are using Twitter in creative ways to engage with their audience and reach out to new theatre-goers. This teleconference is for novices as well as for people who already use Twitter and want to learn more. After a quick review of the basics, we'll explore how to identify and attract "followers," how to decide who should "tweet" on behalf of your organization, how Twitter differs from Facebook, basic Twitter etiquette, and ways of creating an authentic Twitter voice. Examples of arts organizations using Twitter effectively will be shared.


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Audio transcript is now available!


Innovating Through A Crisis: Theatre Companies Talk About the Current Financial Reality and What They're Doing About It

A panel discussion moderated by Brad Erickson of Theatre Bay Area with panelists Tiffany Cothran, Heather Kitchen, Lisa Mallette, Susie Medak, Jess Moreles, Ryan Rilette and Sherri Young

Thursday, May 28, 2009
1:00pm - 2:15pm EST

Participants in this joint teleconference by TCG and Theatre Bay Area will discuss the findings of the snapshot survey, Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: A Report on the Fiscal Health of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Community, the current financial reality and what theatre companies of various sizes in the Bay area are doing about it.

Audio transcript is now available!


Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: What Are the Implications for Your Theatre?

A panel discussion moderated by David Hawkanson (Executive Director, Steppenwolf Theatre) with panelists J. Scott Atherton (Manager of Administration and Development, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble), Elisbeth Challener (Managing Director, Zachary Scott Theatre Center [ZACH]), Paula Tomei (Managing Director South Coast Repertory) and Chris Widdess (Managing Director, Penumbra Theatre).

Thursday, March 19, 2009
2:00pm - 3:30pm EST

This teleconference will lead participants through the findings of TCG's latest snapshot survey, Taking Your Fiscal Pulse: January 2009. Click here to download the report. A panel of esteemed theatre leaders (from various budget group-sized theatres) will then provide context to the findings, discuss the fiscal realities facing theatres today and offer strategies to cope during this economic downturn. There will also be an opportunity for participants to offer comments and ask questions of the panelists.

Audio transcript is now available!


Theatre Facts 2007: Everything You Wanted To Know but Were Afraid To Ask!

A Presentation by Zannie Giraud Voss

Thursday, October 2, 2008
2:00pm to 3:30pm (EST)


Audio transcript is now available!


The Contributed Income Quest: New Strategies to Maximize Results

A Conversation with Dory Vanderhoof

Wednesday, June 25
2:00pm to 3:30pm (EST)


Audio transcript is now available!


Perspectives on the Economy

A Conversation with Robert Rubin

Thursday, April 17
2:30pm to 3:45pm (EST)


Audio transcript is now available!


Q&A transcript is now available!


MetLife/TCG A-ha! Leadership Webinar Series

MetLife and TCG present the A-ha! Leadership Webinar Series, a three-part webinar series around innovation and creative-thinking in the theatre field. In the spirit of the MetLife/TCG A-ha! program, the intent of this series is to spark inspirational ideas and disseminate successful models around risk-taking and creative problem-solving.


Getting In On the Act:
How Arts Groups are Creating Opportunities for Active Participation

A presentation by Alan Brown (Principal, WolfBrown) moderated by Laurie Woolery (Associate Artistic Director, Cornerstone Theater Company).

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
2:00pm – 3:30pm EST

In this final webinar in the 2012 series, Alan Brown discusses how arts participation is being redefined as Americans increasingly choose to engage with art in new, more active and expressive ways. This trend carries profound implications, and fresh opportunities, for a non-profit arts sector exploring how to adapt to demographic and technological changes.

Click here to view the 2012 Getting In On the Act: How Arts Groups are Creating Opportunities for Active Participation participant list.

Audio and Web transcript now available!
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The Future of Engagement: Social Media and Your Audience
Shane D. Hudson, Social Media Consultant for the Arts

A presentation by Shane D. Hudson (Shane D. Hudson, Social Media Consultant for the Arts) moderated by TCG’s own Dafina McMillan (Director of Communications & Conferences).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
2:00pm – 3.30pm EST

In this webinar Shane shares his insights into the future of digital engagement within our field. Shane discussed the latest trends in social media, the future of audience engagement using digital technology and how live theatre can embrace digital audience development.

Click here to view the 2012 The Future of Engagement: Social Media and Your Audience participant list.

Audio and Web transcript now available!
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Machine Project: Seeing the Unconventional in the Everyday

A presentation by Mark Allen (Founder and Executive Director of Machine Project) moderated by Chi-wang Yang (Theater Director and Digital Media Artist)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
2:00pm – 3.30pm EST

In this webinar, the founder and executive director of Machine Project, Mark Allen, discusses his vision on how small non-profit organizations can work both independently with artists and in collaboration with large cultural organizations to produce new experiences and ways of seeing the world.

Click here to view the 2012 Machine Project: Seeing the Unconventional in the Everyday participant list.

Audio transcript now available!
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Innovation and Imagination: Risk-taking and the Future of the Arts

A presentation by Richard Evans (President of EmcArts Inc.) moderated by Kristin Marting (Co-Founder and Artistic Director of HERE)

Monday, January 31, 2011 2:00pm – 3.30pm EST

How can your organization afford to take risks in this economic climate? How can you encourage your organization to be nimble in this era of constant change?

Click here to view the 2011 Innovation and Imagination: Risk-taking and the Future of the Arts participant list.

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Demystifying Technology: Marketing and Publicity in the New Economy

A conversation with Chad Bauman (Director of Communications at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater) and Brad Stephenson (Senior Web Media and Marketing Manager at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College) and moderated by Dafina McMillan (Director of Communications for TCG)

Monday, February 28, 2011 12:00pm – 1:30pm EST

Marketing guru Chad Bauman and technology specialist Brad Stephenson discuss how to maximize the use of media in the new economy, touching on the shortfalls of traditional uses of media and how theatres can reshape themselves as content providers for distribution channels to reach their target audiences.

Click here to view the 2011 Demystifying Technology: Marketing and Publicity in the New Economy participant list.

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Creative Thinking in Action

Join us for a session with theatre practitioners who are putting their creative thinking into action. Past and current recipients of the MetLife/TCG A-ha! Program share their experiences in rethinking their way around a challenge and the impact that their projects had not only on their organization but on the larger field.

Monday, March 14, 2011
2:00pm – 3:30pm EST

Kevin Gillese of Dad's Garage, Maria Striar of Clubbed Thumb and Seema Sueko of Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company discuss their A-ha! projects, moderated by Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Polly Carl.

Click here to view the 2011 Creative Thinking in Action participant list.

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