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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

 (415) 430-1140 ext. *16