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2016 Annual Conference Perspectives and Photos

Posted By TBA Staff, Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Building an event as large as the Annual Conference takes all kinds of input. In establishing a theme, determining the highest-priority topics facing our community and the field, engaging special guests with relevant expertise and planning (not to mention scheduling!) each individual breakout session, program director Dale Albright consults with TBA’s two advisory committees—the Theatre Services Committee (TSC) and Individual Services Committee (ISC)—as well as welcoming ideas, suggestions and requests from all TBA members.

A record-breaking number of attendees filled the 2016 TBA Annual Conference,
held at Berkeley Repertory Theatre on March 28. Photo: Cheshire Isaacs 

This year, the results were phenomenal. Not only did registration numbers easily top previous years, with 425 enthusiastic theatre-makers in attendance, but kudos have been rolling in from all sides. This year’s conference was, we are realizing, something very special for a lot of people—some of whom wrote to us to tell us so: 

“Congratulations on one of the best TBA Conferences of recent years.
The conversation was rich and the stakes were high. It felt really
important to be there and I learned a lot from the experience.
I'm proud to be a member of TBA. Here is to the next 40 years!”
—Torange Yeghiazarian, founding artistic director, Golden Thread Productions


Greg Reiner (director of theatre and musical theatre, National Endowment for the Arts),
Diane Rodriguez (associate artistic director, Center Theatre Group) and Teresa Eyring
(executive director, Theatre Communications Group) at the 2016 TBA Annual Conference.
Photo: Cheshire Isaacs 

TBA staffers are still putting the finishing touches on the video that was taken the day of the conference, but we want to share with you the amazing photos that capture the spirit of the day. So please visit the 2016 Annual Conference album on TBA’s Facebook page to see the whole day in pictures! 

2015 conference plenary speaker Mina Morita (artistic director, Crowded Fire Theater) and
Erica Chong Shuch (artistic director, Erica Chong Shuch Performance Project) at the 2016
TBA Annual Conference. Photo: Cheshire Isaacs 

And, as always, we love to hear what you think. If you have feedback on this year’s conference, or suggestions for next year, we welcome you to send them to Thanks!


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