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Announcing Spring 2023 CA$H Theatre Grantees

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We are proud to support these projects in the Spring 2023 round of CA$H Theatre Grants. The next application round of this granting program will be in Fall 2023. CA$H Performs CA$H Performs is a $5,000 grant that supports fully produced performances of theatre projects that are open to the public. Crescent Moon Theater Productions…

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Announcing 2023-24 Rella Lossy Awardee

We are proud to announce the recipient of the 2023-24 Rella Lossy Award. The Rella Lossy Award honors the memory of Rella Lossy, a lifelong champion of the American theatre and playwriting, by honoring the best new full-length script of a play by an emerging playwright that will premiere in Alameda County, Contra Costa County,…

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Catch up California: Ask your reps to fund the live arts!

If you’re connected to Theatre Bay Area, you probably know that small performing arts organizations are both key to a vibrant local scene AND are closing at an alarming rate. You probably also know that arts funding is harder than ever to come by, and arts workers struggle to make ends meet while living the Bay Area. …

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Introducing TBA’s Community Accountability Agreement

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Theatre Bay Area’s Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) Working Group, a team comprised of Board & staff, worked throughout 2022 to create the TBA Community Accountability Agreement. In January 2023, we are proud to introduce this document to our members and grantees. This agreement sets the groundwork for TBA’s active role facilitating EDI in our…

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Announcing Fall 2022 CA$H Theatre Grantees

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Theatre Bay Area is proud to announce the Fall 2022 awardees of our flagship grant, CA$H Theatre. This marked the inaugural year of CA$H Sustains, which funds the general operations of small theatre companies in the Bay. CA$H Sustains will be open to applications in the fall round of CA$H Theatre going forward. CA$H Performs…

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Announcing the 2022-23 Arts Leadership Residency Cohort

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Theatre Bay Area’s Arts Leadership Residency removes roadblocks to arts leadership for historically marginalized groups by funding theatremakers in residence at professional theatres where they will be mentored by the artistic director or managing director and direct or produce a significant project. Learn more here: Theatre Bay Area Arts Leadership Residency. Tanika Baptiste, in residence at…

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A Fireside Chat with Anne W Smith and Sean Fenton

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We’ve been using this space to share a peek behind the curtain on the exciting transformation-in-process here at TBA. In the past six weeks, we have welcomed three new leaders into the fold: our Executive Director, Sean Fenton, and two new board members, Juan Manzo and Calvin Kai Ku. With this coalescence of emerging and…

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Fireside Chat with Anne W. Smith: May 2022

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Spring Greetings, Everyone, After a busy month and a half here at TBA, it’s a pleasure to re-connect with our “insiders.” What a treat it was to join nearly 150 artists and administrators in Berkeley on April 4th to listen, learn, and chat at the first in-person TBA Conference since 2019. The conference, “Brick by…

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Fireside Chat with Anne W. Smith: March 2022

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DEAR MEMBERS, FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, After participating as a Theatre Bay Area Board member for many seasons, I am delighted to be involved in leading our organization through this period of transition, development and growth. Throughout this interim period, I’m honored to use this column to update you about the transition and provide a window…

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I’m Like A Utility Player: Meet TBA’s Interim Managing Director

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by Sam Hurwitt Interim managing director Ann Marie Lonsdale comes to Theatre Bay Area at a transitional time for the organization. Brad Erickson is scheduled to end his 18-year tenure as executive director on February 28, 2022, with the search for his successor still underway.  It’s been a while since Theatre Bay Area actually had…

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