Annual Conference 2020
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UPDATE, AS OF MARCH 13TH: This year's TBA Conference, scheduled for April 20, is being postponed indefinitely.

  • We are investigating other ways/means to gather as a community, share knowledge and resources, and to support each other during these difficult times. Stay tuned.
  • For those who have already paid registration for the conference, we thank you for your enthusiastic support, and we will have news for you soon.

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.

2020 Theatre Bay Area Conference
The Changing Face of Theatre
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


View *NEW* radically inclusive registration levels.


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Opening Keynote: Nataki Garrett, new artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Closing Keynote: An excerpt of mouth//full by Gabriel Christian and Chibueze Crouch

Registration rates and schedule

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Opening Keynote Speaker

Nataki Garrett 

 Nataki Garrett (she/her) is Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s sixth artistic director. As the former associate artistic director of CalArts Center for New Performance, Garrett has been hailed as a champion of new work as well as an experienced, savvy arts administrator. 2019 was Garrett’s first season at OSF, where she directed How to Catch Creation. At CalArts, Garrett oversaw all operations of conservatory training and produced mainstage, black box, developmental projects, plays, co-productions and touring productions. She is currently on the nominating committee for The Kilroys, and she recently served on the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Distinguished Playwright Award nominating committee and the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship panel. Read Nataki's full bio.

Closing Keynote

An excerpt of mouth//full

by Gabriel Christian &  Chibueze Crouch

mouth//full explores faith in the Black body, as told through testimonies of two artists from the African Diaspora. By mining their personal relationships to spirituality within and outside religious institutions, they will create a new Mas(s) where all can feel truly whole and holy.

mouth//full was commissioned by CounterPulse for their 2019 Performing Diaspora Residency. An evening-length version of the show will be produced as part of the 2020 National Queer Arts Festival in June. A facilitated audience discussion will follow the performance.

Gabriel Christian (they/them) is an American artist bred in New York City (Wappinger Lenape land) & baking in Oakland (Chochenyo Ohlone land). For more than ten years, their work has metabolized the vernaculars within BlaQ diaspora—futurity, afrovivalism, faggotry—through high dramatics, structured improvisation, poetics & collaborative practices; moreover, they feel the bio to be in the unfortunate lineage of value models like chattel slavery.
Chibueze Crouch (she/her) is a Nigerian-American multidisciplinary performance artist born on Paugussett land (Danbury, Connecticut) currently living on Chochenyo Ohlone land (Oakland, CA). Her creative practice straddles theater and ritual, examining Diasporic longing and queer identity through masquerade, song, text and live performance. A 2019 RHE Artistic Fellowship recipient, Chibueze has performed at numerous Bay Area venues, including CounterPulse, BAMPFA, Stanford University, Crowded Fire Theatre, and more. Her work is a slow trickle of blood sliding down your forearm, the sweetest juice of an overripe fruit: you almost don’t notice until it stains your good shirt; then you can never forget where it came from.


9-9:30am | Registration

9:30-10:45am | Opening Keynote

11-12:30pm | Breakout #1

12:30-2pm | Lunch (with casual breakout sessions)

2-3:30pm | Breakout #2

3:45-5:30pm | Closing Keynote and Presentation of Rella Lossy & Glickman Award

5:30-6:30pm | Reception

Conference Registration Pricing

TBA is excited to offer radically inclusive pricing for the 2020 Annual Conference, reflecting TBA's values of inclusion, service, and community. Our goal is to make all TBA events accessible to all and thereby create a true community experience.

If you can afford the full price registration for the Annual Conference, please select the INNOVATORS registration. This is intended for trustees, leaders, and other changemakers able to lift up the theatre community.

If you can afford to support other artists and conference attendees, please select the CHANGERS registration.

If you cannot afford the full price registration for the Annual Conference, please select the NEWFACES registration.



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 Shannon Davis, Development Officer, at or 415-430-1140 *21.

See what happened at last year's conference!