Gender discussions at TBA Conference

AC15_homeslide-new

The Theatre Bay Area Gender Parity Advisory Committee is hosting two panels and a lunch session at this year’s Theatre Bay Area Annual Conference on Monday, April 13th at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.  The Gender Parity Advisory Committee, comprised of about 20 members of the local theater community and TBA staff, has been meeting monthly since December 2013 to discuss how gender impacts our local theater ecology and to brainstorm actions and projects that can effect positive change.

Who’s Got Next?
10:45-11:45am, Bakery Room (Berkeley Rep School Building)
In response to growing concern among their company members and the broader theater community about the lack of gender equity on Bay Area stages, Shotgun Players has chosen to program their 2015 season with all female playwrights. In this candid roundtable discussion, Shotgun artistic leaders and company members will explore the obstacles, opportunities, and impact of their gender-focused season planning process. Hosted by TBA’s Gender Parity Advisory Committee, this session aims to offer practical tools and perspectives that other companies can use to make gender equity a core value in season planning. Featuring Patrick Dooley (Artistic Director), Lis Lisle (Managing Director), Joanie McBrien (Development Director), Fontana Butterfield (Company Member) and Kevin Clarke (Company Member). Moderated by Christine Young (WWSF curator, University of San Francisco).

Equal Opportunity Obstacles Overcome
12:00-1:00pm, Bakery Room (Berkeley Rep School Building)
How can theater companies put their social values into practice while remaining artistically vibrant and financially viable? This round-table discussion will feature artistic leaders who have addressed an equal opportunity issue and examine how they moved from identifying and solving the problem to setting sustainable policies for their companies. Hosted by TBA’s Gender Parity Advisory Committee, this session will explore successful strategies for overcoming casting obstacles, diversifying audiences, and integrating artistic and social values into the season planning process. Featuring Lily Tung Crystal (Ferocious Lotus) and Mike Ryan (Santa Cruz Shakespeare). Moderated by Rebecca Ennals (San Francisco Shakespeare).

How can theater companies put their social values into practice while remaining artistically vibrant and financially viable? This round-table discussion will feature artistic leaders who have addressed an equal opportunity issue and examine how they moved from identifying and solving the problem to setting sustainable policies for their companies. Hosted by TBA’s Gender Parity Advisory Committee, this session will explore successful strategies for overcoming casting obstacles, diversifying audiences, and integrating artistic and social values into the season planning process.

Lunch Discussion: Negotiation for the Individual Artist
1:00-2:00pm, Bakery Room (Berkeley Rep School Building)
Whether it’s financial compensation, scheduling, childcare or something else entirely, individual artists have the opportunity to negotiate as part of accepting any role, job, or gig.  At this informal conversation, bring your lunch and talk with fellow artists about successes and challenges related to negotiation.  We’ll share stories about successes and challenges, and offer peer support to those with upcoming negotiations. While everyone is welcome to attend, we recognize that women may face unique challenges relating to confidence and negotiation which we hope to address as part of this session. Hosted by Velina Brown and Valerie Weak.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s