As I finish this post, it is Tuesday morning, three days after the StageSource Theater Conference: Reframing Success. There will be many more blog posts, pictures, videos, and emails sharing reflections of the day. (If you want to write a post, email me!) But for now, I thought I would start by calling out some of the folks who helped make Saturday happen, thanking them, and getting you their links.
When the programming committee for the conference met in January, we talked about wanting/needing to create a day that worked for both individual artists and organizational members, with programming to appeal to as many people as possible. The idea of starting the day with a life coach felt like a risk–a leap that needed to work for the entire day to fall in. Stever Robbins was such a great choice–his keynote and workshop got everyone talking, and ready to reframe. I really want to thank him for the work he did preparing for the conference, and for his great enthusiasm.
The breakouts were non-traditional breakouts. We seeded them with facilitators, but everyone in the room was an expert, and the emphasis was on action items moving forward. Notes were taken in each session, and will be passed along to everyone who went to the conference. [Here’s a post about the July 10 kick-off that the Arts Activism panel heard about. Matt Wilson from MassCreative was very impressed that so many arts voters signed up–let’s keep it going by texting “VOTER” to 617-934-5713.]
The workshops–wow. LOTS of great conversations happened there:
- A blog post about the “Speed-Dating with Playwrights and Directors” workshop will be forthcoming.
- Sara Stackhouse (from Actors’ Shakespeare Project) and Charlotte Meehan (from Sleeping Weazel) led a Grantwriting and Fundraising workshop.
- Stever Robbins ran two other workshops. Time Management was based on his book Get It Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More. Being Your Own Business was the second workshop he ran.
- Part of the reframing conversation was about not waiting for opportunities, but Making Your Own Art. Margaret Ann Brady, Obehi Janice, and John J King led the conversation.
- Eighteen people participated in the Devised Theater Workshop lead by the Charlestown Working Theater’s Jennifer Johnson and John Peitso.
- Money Management International‘s Scott Sullivan talked about creating financial goals in the Personal Finance workshop, and gave some great advice about credit reports.
- Sam Jones (Freedom Trail Foundation) and Brigid O’Connor (casting director) led a conversation about building a Portfolio Career using your acting skills.
- Kevin Fennessy, Kippy Goldfarb, Ann Baker, and Cheryl Singleton led a conversation about the challenge of answering the question “Who Am I?” during your career arc.
- Mary-Liz Murray, of Streamix Consulting, led a workshop about using social media to reach your goals for networking, audience development, and fundraising. Social Media is a Stage Too!
- Joan Lancourt led a workshop/conversation about Reframing Success with Your Non-Profit Board. Several organizations brought board members with them, which added a great deal to the conversations during the day.
- Beth Peters, Charles Baldwin, and Anna Fitzloff discussed Access and Includsion: Simple Steps for Organizations of Any Size. Practical steps to beginning wherever you are, and moving forward.
We ended the day celebrating the StageSource Theater Hero, Mimi Huntington.
Thanks again to all of our sponsors: Bank of America, Boston Globe, Goldstar, WBUR/TheArtery, The ArtsFuse, Abella Publishing Services, Vantage Graphics, the Huntington Theatre Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Broadway in Boston, Central Square Theater, Company One, Lauricella and Associates, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, New Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, and Wheelock Family Theatre. And a special thank you to our keynote Stever Robbins, and our wonderful hosts at the American Repertory Theater.
And for those who asked–lunch was catered by Matilda’s Sandwich Shoppe in Watertown.
Great to see so many of you at the conference. Surveys are going out today, so please take a couple of minutes and let us know what you thought. You weren’t able to make it? Check this space often–we will be continuing the conversations all summer long here on the blog.