I grew up with and in (within?) the contemporary theatre community in Boston. I arrived to go to college the same year the Huntington Theater Company opened its doors, which was about a year after the ART moved to Cambridge. I was one of StageSource’s first interns my junior year in college; StageSource was run out of offices over the Next Move Theater, right across from the entrance to my current work-place, Emerson College’s Department of Performing Arts. My office window looks out to the brick exterior of the upstage wall of the Colonial Theater, which I managed for five years. I feel very much within this community, especially now.
To have Boston recognized nationally by hosting the TCG Conference feels like a well-deserved recognition for our past. But it is also an overture to our new selves as we accept and take our (rightful) place among the country’s leading theater cities in America. The overwhelming proliferation of creativity, originality and artistic vision pours forth every season. I think the socio-economic strengths of this region that attract and sustain the medical, tech/bio-tech, academic and computer gaming industries here have several sources, but I think the theater and arts community here is largely responsible for creating this enticing region. And while we have certainly experienced rough economic times recently, our dip was not nearly as low as it was for our counterparts in other sections of the country and our rebound feels a bit faster. How high can we go?
Very high, I think. And maybe I really mean, how deep can we go? How far can we probe our imaginations? How can we use our work to transform, inspire, and lead a national movement in engagement and valuation of theater and art? The TCG Conference is an annual event but I think it is the first step in Boston’s leadership role on the national stage. The TCG Host Committee is a congress of peers all believing the same thing yet thinking about different ways of expressing and sharing it: this is a great place to live and work as a theater artist, and I want you to know that from my work.
TCG Host Committee Member
General Manager, Emerson College Department of Performing Arts/Emerson Stage
David Colfer is the General Manager for the Department of Performing Arts and Emerson Stage at Emerson College. He previously served as the Managing Director of the Brandeis Theater Company, the Managing Director of the Stuart Street Playhouse which he developed and established in Boston’sTheatre District, and managed the Colonial Theatre, overseeing its restoration in time for its 100th anniversary. He has served management roles for the Cape Playhouse, the Wilbur Theatre, and the long-running musical ‘ILove You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ and marketing roles at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and the Celebrity Series. He co-produced performances of Gerald Dickens in his great-great grandfather’s work ‘A ChristmasCarol’ and the rarely performed musical ‘Tell Me On A Sunday’ with Kathy St. George, directed by Paula Plum. A native of Pennsylvania, heholds degrees in management and communication from Boston University, and is amember of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. He is the most recent past-president of the board of StageSource and has served on theboard of Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA.