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2018 Theatre Bay Area's Annual Conference

Seismic Shifts: Embracing a Changing Theatre Ecology

April 30th, 2018

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Freight & Salvage and the Berkeley Arts Corridor

2020 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94704



The TBA Annual Conference is a unique opportunity for Bay Area theatre makers and leaders at all levels to gather to discuss the pressing issues of our local and national theatre communities, gain valuable professional development for all career avenues, and network with theatre makers and trustees from throughout the region. All members of the Bay Area theatre community — from artist to board member — are encouraged to join Theatre Bay Area in building a vibrant, safe, and inclusive theatre ecology.

Highlights for this year's conference

      Keynote speaker, internationally recognized thought-leader Professor John Holden, will address the vital role of theatre within its broader cultural and social context - Get a sneak preview in TBA news!

      NEW THIS YEAR—A specific track covering hiring, working with, and best practices for being a teaching artist in the Bay Area

      RETURNING THIS YEARTrustee & Leadership Track. This half-day set of sessions provide board members and staff leadership with an opportunity to network and gain new strategies for:

      Articulating and leveraging your company’s value in the community —

      Planning and preparing for leadership and succession transitions —

      Sharing common concerns and learning best practices to strengthen their organizations.

      Follow-up sessions from the It’s Time town hall on sexual harassment:

      Developing a sexual harassment policy for your theatre company and understanding your responsibilities when complaints arise —

      Enlisting an “Intimacy Director” for your production —

      Taking steps towards building a “culture of consent”.

      Networking opportunities of all types - meet your next director, designer, or teaching artist

      Presentation of the Will Glickman and Rella Lossy Awards —

      Closing plenary — Panelists will articulate concrete steps for creating theatre-making environments that are fully inclusive and safe for artists, staff, and audiences —

      Sessions on co-production models, financial literacy, and SO MUCH MORE!

Schedule & programming subject to change.

Don’t miss your chance to join the conversation with the brightest industry professionals in the Bay Area—and beyond!


·         Member: $80

·         Non-member: $105

FULL PRICE (available through 12 pm on April 27)

·         Member: $70

·         Non-member: $90

·         GROUP RATE: Save 10%! Bring your staff and board members! Group registration discount starts with second registration and above! (Discount is automatically applied upon addition of second registration.)

EARLY BIRD PRICING (through March 30)

·         Member: $60

·         Non-member: $80

·         GROUP SALE: Save 10%! Bring your staff and board members! Group registration discount starts with second registration and above! (Discount is automatically applied upon addition of second registration.)


Morning Keynote: The Ecology of Culture with Professor John Holden

What do we mean when we speak about “culture” today? John Holden will offer several answers and will look at the vital place of theatre in its broader cultural and social context. He will also talk about why the arts will become increasingly important to individuals and to society in the future.

Read our interview with Professor Holden in TBA News! 


Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in connecting with the Annual Conference attendees and greater theatre community? Make an impact and gain exposure for your organization by sponsoring this year's Annual Conference! Contact Carolyn Doyle, Interim Development Manager at or 415-430-1140 *21