By Dale Albright
It’s hard to believe—as the TBA staff launches into final TBA Awards Celebration preparations (do you have your tickets?), continues to work on the 2015-16 TBA Awards cycle, begins to accept registrations for the General Auditions and plans for those pesky holidays—that it is already time to begin planning for the 2016 Theatre Bay Area Annual Conference. But it is!
| TBA program director Dale Albright.
A massive, once-a-year event, the Annual Conference (held each spring) is the chance for every kind of theatre-maker from all over the Bay Area to get together with colleagues to hear the latest trends, discuss pressing issues, connect with the community and get energized for another year of fantastic work.
Generally, the conference is formatted with a plenary session (or two) for everyone to gather in one room, followed by many breakout sessions for deeper, more in-depth discussions around particular topics. Topics are brainstormed at our advisory committee meetings, at regional meetings and through input from our members.
In addition to topic-based discussions, we also have sessions that are more experiential (like speed consulting, discipline-to-discipline speed dating—we’ve even had a headshot photographer doing free photos!).
Here’s where you come in. We would love to hear from you—what you would like to see at the 2016 Annual Conference? Send us your thoughts about any or all of the following:
1. The biggest challenges you are facing right now. Maybe you can’t put in the form of a suggested discussion. Just let us know the challenge and we can take it from there, based on the variety of feedback that we receive.
2. Speakers whom you would like to hear at the conference.
3. Particular topics that you would like to have addressed.
4. Things that you would like to see happen at the conference (maybe you have an idea for an experience you would like to have, for example).
5. Would you like to actually put a session together? Tell us about it! What would the topic be? Who would you invite to be a part of it? What format would it take?
6. What bright spots have you seen this year that you would like our community to celebrate?
Please send your thoughts to email@example.com. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
Dale Albright is program director for Theatre Bay Area, as well as an actor and freelance director.