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Start the year 2020 right with TBA WINTER SPOTLIGHTS!

From January to February, TBA has invited some of the Bay Area’s most successful theatre artists to share their knowledge and experience with YOU. Specifically created for emerging artists or artists looking to explore or understand the dynamic world of Theatre, TBA Winter Spotlights will provide an overview and advice of the designer and technician world straight from the mouths of practiced professionals. You’ll walk away with resources and connections to guide you with your continued exploration of this side of theatre! 

You can pick and choose the classes you'd like to participate in or sign up for all classes prices listed below: 

Individual Winter Spotlight sessions start at:
$65
for Members $75 for Non-Members
All Winter Spotlight Sessions are:
$300 for Members $325 for Non-Members
Any 2 Winter Spotlight Sessions:
$100 for Members $120 for Non-Members

Start Signing Up For Sessions Here

Want to sign up for a lower price?

$20 off of a class use code: 2020WINTERCLASS 
$100 off of all 5 classes use code: 2020WINTEREDU

Schedule For Winter Spotlight Sessions

Monday, Jan. 13, 2020: Taxes for the Artist by Jim Knipple
Learn how to do your taxes as an artist from an artist that is also a financial advisor. Especially with AB5 coming into effect this upcoming year it's important that you know how to do your finances as an artist professional. Learn these wonderful skills in a 2 hour session this January before April 15th comes around! 

Admission: $65 for Members; $75 for Non-Members

6:30pm-7:00pm Orientation/Meet and Greet for Spotlight participants
7:00pm-8:00pm  Part 1: Taxes for the Artist by Jim Knipple
8:00-8:15pm Break 
8:15-9:30pm  Part 2: Taxes for the Artist by Jim Knipple


Monday, Jan 27, 2020: Self Advocacy for Early Career Artist by Kieran Beccia
Self-advocacy can difficult for artists, especially when they are new to the professional sphere. Emerging artists often have their value minimized by being told that they should be blindly grateful for any opportunity they receive. This creates an environment where artists are discouraged from establishing boundaries as they cultivate their careers. The goal of this class is to learn self-advocacy skills such as: owning your artistic value,  saying "no," and navigating life as both an artist and a business. Professional boundaries allow YOU to be in control of the shape your career takes, and establishing them early provides a solid foundation on which to build.
From work conditions to compensation to reasonable expectations, this class will cover a variety of situations in which self-advocacy is important and discuss strategies for how to approach these situations with tact, firmness, and respect, both for yourself and your collaborators. 

Admission: $65 for Members; $75 for Non-Members

6:30pm-7:00pm Orientation/Meet and Greet for Spotlight participants
7:00pm-8:00pm Part 1: Self Advocacy for Early Career Artists by Kieran Beccia
8:00pm-8:15pm Break
8:15pm-9:30pm Part 2: Self Advocacy for Early Career Artists by Kieran Beccia

Monday, February 3, 2020: Dani Bae Intro to Stage Management
Learn with equity stage manager Dani Bae. She will show you some tricks of the trade, tell you some harrowing anecdotes of shows almost going wrong (but no one noticed cause the team fixed the problems), and some skills to add to your toolbox of stage management skills

Admission: $65 for Members; $75 for Non-Members

6:30pm-7:00pmOrientation/Meet and Greet for Spotlight participants
7:00pm-8:00pmPart 1: Dani Bae Intro to Stage Management
8:00-8:15pmBreak
8:15-9:30pmPart 2: Dani Bae Intro to Stage Management


Monday, Feb 10, 2020: Panel of How to Build your Career in the Bay Area with Justine Fernandez, Miranda Waldron, and Terry Sullivan
Come meet technical directors and designers and learn about the ins and outs of networking in the theatre tech and design industry. Learn how they got their positions that they have now and ask any questions you have as an emerging designer/ technician. 

Admission: $65 for Members; $75 for Non-Members

6:30pm-7:00pm Orientation/Meet and Greet for Spotlight participants
7:00pm-8:00pm Part 1: How to build your career in the Bay Area
8:00pm-8:15pm Break
8:15pm-9:30pm Part 2: How to build your career in the Bay Area

Monday, February 17, 2020: Technicians into Lighting Designers with Miranda Waldron
Miranda has experience as both a Master Electrician and a Lighting Designer in the Bay Area. She regularly works with all experience levels of designers, electricians, and stage technicians. This class will examine the basics of lighting design for the theatrical electrician--scouting design jobs, preparing a resume (especially with extensive technical skills), developing the visual vocabulary of a show, and working with directors.

Admission: $65 for Members; $75 for Non-Members

6:30pm-7:00pmOrientation/Meet and Greet for Spotlight participants
7:00pm-8:00pmPart 1: Miranda Waldron
8:00pm-8:15pmBreak
8:15pm-9:30pmPart 2: Miranda Waldron 

 

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Brighten your summer with TBA SUMMER SPOTLIGHTS

 From May to July, TBA has invited some of the Bay Area’s most successful theatre artists to share their knowledge and experience with YOU. Specifically created for emerging artists or artists looking to explore or understand other theatre disciplines, TBA Summer Spotlights will provide an introductory overview of a specific arts career straight from the mouths of practiced professionals. You’ll be in conversation with Bay Area luminaries covering topics including playwriting, directing, stage management, design, and producing, and you’ll walk away with a curated list of resources to guide you with your continued exploration.

 

Register Here!

 

Summer Spotlights Schedule and Speakers 

Saturday, August 10, 12:00 - 1:30PM - Playwriting w/ Lauren Gunderson

Find out how San Francisco-based playwright Lauren Gunderson got to be one of the most-produced playwrights in American regional theatre. Lauren will talk about her artistic process and how she navigates a having a life and successful theatre career without moving to New York City. 

 


Past Speakers

Saturday, June 1, 12:00PM - 1:30PM - Casting with Jeffrey Lo and LeeAnn Dowd

 

Jeffrey Lo, casting director at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, and LeeAnn Dowd, casting director at California Shakespeare Theater, share their insights on the art of casting. Aspiring casting directors, actors who want a view inside the mind of a casting director, or just Jeffrey/LeeAnn fans, this is the Spotlight Session for you!



 

Monday, June 3, 8:30PM - 10PM - The Bay Area Theatre Scene with Dale Albright

Dale Albright, director/actor/deputy director of TBA will be talking about the overview of the theater scene in the North Bay, South Bay, East Bay, San Francisco, etc. Great if if you are new to the Bay Area or need a refresher that includes newer companies on the scene.

 

Monday, June 3, 6:30PM - 8PM - Life as an Artist with Meryl Shaw 

Meryl Shaw served as the previous casting director for the American Conservatory Theater and the Magic Theatre and now runs her own audition and life coaching business. For anyone who wants a career in the theater, actors, playwrights, stage managers, etc., learn what Meryl has to say about living an enriching, fulfilling life as a theater maker and how to navigate your life around this business.

 

Sunday, June 16, 12:00PM - 1:30PM - Directing with Ariel Craft and Dawn Monique Williams

Ariel Craft, artistic director of Cutting Ball Theater, and Dawn Monique Williams, whose recent directing credits include the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the A.C.T. Conservatory MFA program, team up to give the inside scoop on what it takes to be a director for a living. People interested in becoming directors or just wanting to understand the art of directing are welcome!


Monday, June 17, 6:30PM - 9:00PM - Acting Masterclass with Bay Area's Jim Carpenter

Calling all actors! Bring your monologues, notepads and pens to this special bonus spotlight session with Jim Carpenter! He'll be coaching actors on their monologues for the first chunk of the class and then opening it up to a Q&A at the end. There's different pricing for people who want to get coaching and for people who want to audit.


Tuesday, June 18, 7:00PM - 8:30PM - Teaching Artists and Starting your own Business with Bobby Weinapple

Want to become a teaching artist? Interested in starting your own performing arts business? If you are, then come learn about how actor/director/teacher Bobby Weinapple leads Seydways Studios in San Francisco, NorCal's premier acting studio. Come hear what he has to say for artists who want to also be teachers as well!

 

Saturday, June 22, 12:00PM - 1:30PM - Producing Theatre with Daren AC Carollo


Learn how the "business" part of "show business" works. Daren AC Carollo, executive director of 42nd Street Moon, will give an overview of this enigmatic position and share how the producer manages the creative, financial, and logistical demands of a production.


Saturday, June 22, 2:00PM - 3:30PM - Theatre Tech and Stage Management with Michelle Singh

Michelle Singh, author ofA Stage Manager's Survival Guide: From Callbacks to Closingand current stage manager at City Lights Theater Company, leads this Spotlight Session in all things theater tech and stage management. If you're interested in being a theater techie, stage manager, or just interested in how shows are run on the technical side of things, come to this Spotlight Session! Come learn how Michelle manages gets work and manages her life as a stage manager.

 

Monday, July 1, 6:30PM - 8:00PM - Artistic Directing with Michael Butler and Timothy Near

Ever wondered what the duties are for Artistic Directors? Ever want to become an artistic director? Come get an introduction and hands-on experience with some of the Bay Area's finest artistic directors: Center REPertory Company's artistic director Michael Butler and Timothy Near, artistic director emeritus of San Jose Rep.

 

Monday, July 8, 6:30PM - 8:00PM - Designing your Career as a Designer with Devon LaBelle and Miriam Lewis

Designers create entire universes on a blank stage. Hear about the role designers play in the production process, learn how to pursue a career in design, or how to communicate better with designers in the future. Prop designer Devon LaBelle and costume designer Miriam Lewis are here to answer your questions!

 

 

Register Here!

*All locations for Spotlights Series are in the TBA Offices: 1119 Market St., San Francisco California, Second Floor

Questions? Contact:
Bryan Munar

bryan@theatrebayarea.org

 (415) 430-1140 ext. *16