Sunday, July 20
6:00pm - Kick-Off Party at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte
Monday, July 21
Events take place at Spirit Square, unless otherwise noted.
Building Neighborhood Bridges, with special guest Maria Asp (Director of Neighborhood Bridges at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis)
The Neighborhood Bridges program uses storytelling and creative drama to help children develop their critical literacy skills and to transform them into storytellers of their own lives. The program is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a national model for arts education. Participants will learn details of the program and share ideas for implementing similar initiatives in their communities. (Themes: Education, Outreach, Artistic)
Bridging the Gap: The Future is Now, with Josh Jacobson (Managing Director, Next Stage Consulting)
The retiring of the baby boom generation coupled with challenges related to retaining Millennial staff and volunteers has led to a talent crisis in the theatre industry. In this engaging session geared toward current and emerging theatre leaders, Next Stage Consulting’s Josh Jacobson will explore the challenges and opportunities of bridging the talent gap and ways to restructure your theatre for success. We’ll also focus on finding and training qualified Marketing and Development professionals. Participants will learn about ways to strengthen talent identification, staff/volunteer retention and succession planning in their own theatres, and will be encouraged to share their experiences with each topic. (Themes: Leadership, Marketing, Development, Human Resources)
Charles Randolph-Wright has built a dynamic and diversified career in directing, writing and producing for film, TV and theatre. Charles most recently directed the smash hit Motown the Musical on Broadway, and is a resident playwright at Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute where his play Love in Afghanistan premieres this fall.
Charles wrote the plays Blue, Cuttin’ Up (based on the book by Craig Marberry), and The Night is a Child. Screenplay credits include The Emmett Till Story for Showtime, Shades of Grey for HBO, and Fool’s Hill for Walt Disney Pictures. Charles’ directing credits include Ruined, Sophisticated Ladies and Guys and Dolls at Arena Stage, and the 75th anniversary international tour of Porgy and Bess.
A native of York, SC, Charles is a graduate of Duke University and studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Alvin Ailey School. We’re thrilled to welcome Charles home, for his inspiring address. Read more about Charles Randolph-Wright here.
Affinity Group Conversations
Gather with peers who share the same job responsibilities and may also share the same struggles. Each Affinity Group will have a leader, a series of starter questions, and plenty of time to dig into the issues most important to the group. Share best practices, common concerns, and success stories. Affinity Groups will be designed based on registered participants and may include: Artistic Leaders, Managing Leaders, I Wear All Hats, Marketing, Development, Education, Independent Producers, Production, Emerging Company Leaders (less than 5 years in operation), etc.
5:15 - Uptown Charlotte Dinner Parties
Three of uptown’s popular dinner spots are within a block of Gathering events and they are looking forward to welcoming you to town! Tables are on hold, diners will pay on their own. Pick your pleasure: Mert’s Heart & Soul (featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives), Brixx: Wood Fired Pizza (a favorite for opening night theatre parties) and Queen City Q (Named Best BBQ by Charlotte Magazine).
7:00 - Performance at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte*
*Admission included in Gathering registration; single tickets available to the public – click here! Pay just $10 with promo code SAVE5!
Tuesday, July 22
Events take place at Spirit Square, unless otherwise noted.
From Page to Stage: Producing New Works in North Carolina, with Todd Morgan (Theatre Programming Staff, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts)
Tired of considering or seeing the same old shows, season after season? Sounds like you need to get out there and find yourself a NEW show! Learn how NC theatre companies are finding, funding and marketing new stage works. How are new plays developed, where are they staged, and what happens to the piece once the production finishes its run? This session is interactive, bring your own ideas and expect to hear from artistic leaders from across the state. Panelists include Chip Decker (Artistic Director, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte), Bruce Long (Broadway Producer, “Of Mice and Men”, “Hands on a Hard Body”), Adam Burke (Artistic Director, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte), Charles Phaneuf (Executive Director, Raleigh Little Theatre), Tom Quaintance (Artistic Director, Cape Fear Regional Theatre), Brent Simpson (Marketing Director at Theatre In The Park), Megan Mabry (Marketing and Social Media Manager, Triad Stage), Justin Dionne (Managing Artistic Director, Lee Street theatre), Ed Simpson (Theatre Department Chair, High Point University) and Tommy Trull (Playwright/Director). (Themes: Artistic, Education, Marketing, Fundraising)
Strategic Partnerships and Collaborations: To Do or Not to Do and What to Consider, presented by Bruce LaRowe (former Executive Director of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte) with special guest Lois Kilkka (Associate Director for Library Experiences at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library)
Since 2005, Children’s Theatre has been located in ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center (a nationally recognized collaborative venture with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library). Learn how ImaginOn came about, the strengths and challenges of collaborating with another organization and how to determine if a partnership is right for you. Participants will tour ImaginOn and use this example as a springboard for discussion, considering pros and cons for your own theater, and how to build a plan for success whether it’s a production, a festival or a shared facility. (Themes: Strategic Planning, Financial Management, Fundraising, Marketing, Advocacy)
I’m Producing My Own Work, Should I Start a Non-Profit Theatre? Presented by Dianne Chipps Bailey
Are you grappling with this question? Or perhaps you have students who are posing it to you? Dianne Chipps Bailey has the answers you need! Dianne is an Attorney at Robinson Bradshaw in Charlotte. Her practice is dedicated to the representation of nonprofit organizations, their senior management, and volunteer leaders.
Collaboration and Break-Out Conversations On Your Own
By this time at the event, participants have usually made new connections and side-bar conversations are leading to potential collaborations. At the same time, affinity discussions are continuing and new ideas are taking flight. We’ll have coffee and plenty of spaces available to support these great moments. Grab a friend and get talking!
3:30-4:30 – Presentations from Emerging Leaders
Courting the Community: Promises and Realities of New Performing Arts Centers, Presented by Devra Thomas, MA Goucher College ’14
The story is a familiar one: a city of a certain size decides it wants to increase the cultural offerings available for its residents. The city’s appointed leaders, or perhaps its unappointed ones, look at a neighboring city, the flow of people and money into and out of the beautiful new theater located there, and decide they should build one too. This presentation examines the impact of large-scale performing arts centers on established local nonprofit performing arts organizations and communities.
Did you know that for the past twenty years, women have not exceeded 27% of artistic or executive director positions in the League of Resident Theatres (LORT)? This session will explore issues that women face in navigating leadership roles, how females are represented artistically, and how we can address this topic in our field. Eliza will present her thesis findings and facilitate a conversation with women leaders in the NC theatre industry including: Hannah Granneman (Executive Director, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte), Maureen Daly (Executive Director, Twin City Stage), Donna Baldwin-Bradby (Theatre Professor, NC A&T State University), Pam Livingstone (Artistic Director, Hickory Community Theatre), Andrea Lawson (Music, Dance & Community Engagement Director, NC Arts Council), and Marla Brown (Managing Artistic Director, Warehouse PAC).