Annual Conference 2019
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  The TBA Annual Conference is a unique day for Bay Area theatre makers at all levels to gather to discuss pressing issues, gain valuable professional development, and network with theatre makers and trustees from throughout the region.



Theatre Bay Area's 2019 Annual Conference
Agents of Change: Restaging our Futures

April 1st, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Freight & Salvage

2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

and the Berkeley Rep, Aurora Theatre, and Bay Area Children's Theatre spaces

#TBACon19 Schedule-at-a-Glance

With conference tracks for every type of attendee, make the Annual Conference a day of growth and change for yourself and your community!

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Myrton Running Wolf 

Opening Plenary Speaker

Dr. Myrton Running Wolf is an actor, director, producer, and educator, with a PhD from Stanford, currently teaching at the University of Nevada. Running Wolf will deliver the opening keynote focusing on the artistic opportunities springing from the intersection of equity, diversity, and inclusion with design thinking.


Beatrice Thomas

Closing Plenary Speaker

Beatrice Thomas is a multi-disciplinary performer and arts consultant who works closely with the LGBTQ and POC communities and has a special commitment to moving queer arts into the national arena. Thomas will present the closing plenary in the guise of her drag persona Black Benatar.




9-9:30am | Registration

9:30-10:45am | Opening Plenary

11-12:30pm | Breakout #1

12:30-2pm | Lunch

2-3:30pm | Breakout #2

3:45-5:30pm | Closing Plenary & Glickman Award

5:30-6:30pm | Reception sponsored by TodayTix

Conference Registration Pricing

TBA Member Price: $75

Non-Member Price: $90

Pricing increases in person day of event

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.)

Optional box lunch purchase available for $20 (day of purchase price, only limited number available day of event for purchase).



Breakout sessions:

Individual artists:      
Theatre administrators:      
Board members:     

Speed Networking for Stage Managers, Designers, & Technicians       
Freelancers! Come with your resumes, portfolios, and business cards and meet hiring organizations looking for you. Producers & directors! Come meet a great batch of talented folks to fill your hiring needs. 

Energizing Audiences with Data-Driven Marketing    
How can Bay Area marketers creatively attract new audiences, increase institutional loyalty, and engage a new generation of theatregoers? This session will showcase bold audience development initiatives and data-driven insights for the region’s theatre community.

Agency and Change for the Individual Artist    
What does it mean to have agency for ourselves as artists? How can you advocate for yourself and allocate your emotional and artistic resources in the right place/s in order to maximize the opportunity for change in your career trajectory? 

Best Practices in Board Development       
Learn how to create a healthy and effective board development process: gain insights from a panel of board members, address how to determine whether a candidate is the "right fit," and what you can do to engage and support new members.

The Artists' Movement Workshop          
Get moving at the conference! Join in the communal spirit, in creating community through the work, fostering and nurturing each actor to achieve greater authenticity and power in performance.

Casting Director Panel: “Ask Me Anything!”    
Ask ANYTHING about casting from some of the Bay Area’s most sought after casting directors at Center REPertory Company, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Custom Made Theatre Co. and more!

A Board Member's Guide to Building Resources & Relationships       
Become a passionate ambassador, connector, and storyteller for your organization, while also learning to anticipate and overcome objections. 

Making Performances Accessible to to ALL Audiences    
Ensuring your work is accessible to audiences of all abilities is as important as ever. This panel will talk about recent developments in their spaces as well as options to pursue to make your work more accessible.

Self-Care for the Busy Artist          
Looking for resources on how to take care of yourself as an artist? Join four amazing facilitators as they give examples of their self-care practices, and discuss how their self-care principles affect their artistic goals and work-life balance. 

Bay Area Women's Theatre Festival 2020    
A panel to discuss Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival (baWTF) which will be held March-April 2020 which will work to promote the work of women+ artists as we work towards 50/50 by 2020. Amplify. Activate. Advocate.

Home Sharing: A Community-Based Approach to Affordable Artist Housing          
Learn about home sharing programs run by long-standing nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. Similar in nature, all of these programs help homeowners with extra rooms earn income or get a bit of help with household chores by connecting the with people who need an affordable place to live.

Mental Health in Performing Arts       
Have questions about how to address mental health issues in the work place? Learn from those who are diagnosed with disorders and working in the arts, as well as those who are in teaching and directing positions to navigate healthy conversations about mental health in the performing arts. 

Equity 101: Actors & Stage Managers       
An educational break-out session which will give non-union actors and stage managers, EMCs, and new Equity Members an opportunity to learn more about the union.

Equity 101: Producers    
New producers will have an opportunity to learn more about workings with the union, its processes and how to start using Equity contracts.


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 Mary Ann Grossman, Development Director at or 415-430-1140 *21.


Theatre Bay Area's 2020 Annual Conference

April 20, 2020

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Freight & Salvage and the Berkeley Arts Corridor

2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

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