Conference Day 1: Thursday, January 8
9:00 – 9:45 Warm-Ups (Venetian Room)
Join STA Associate Artist and certified Linklater teacher Rebecca Kemper in an energizing Linklater-based warm-up for the voice and body.
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 12:30 Plenary Session: Welcome and Member Updates (Venetian Room)
• Member Theatre Updates (1 minute each)
• Associate Members (1 sentence each)
• New Member Organizations (1 sentence each, and invitation to connect with current member)
• Additional Introductory Exercises
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch (Pavilion Room)
Suggested tables – International Shakespeare, Free Shakespeare, University-affiliated, others upon request.
1:30 – 2:45 Plenary Session: Why Free? Why Shakespeare? Why in the Park? (Venetian Room)
Cindy Melby Phaneuf moderates a discussion with Stephen Burdman, Toby Leavitt, Jemma Levy, and Brian Phillips about why they produce Shakespeare in a Free Shakespeare in the Park setting and how this setting impacts audience, art, and community.
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 5:00 Break Out Sessions
He Got Rhythm: The Shakespeare Variations
Neil Freeman (Associate Professor, University of British Columbia) shares his simple, theatre-friendly methodology for working with verse. His terminology sets up Shakespeare’s wonderful textual rhythms as a practical tool for rehearsals and classrooms, replacing intellectual scansion terminology with a downright human approach. Jeff Watkins will moderate the discussion, and share how he has incorporated Professor Freeman’s methodology into his artistic practice.
Organizing the Creative Community for Change
Sara Stackhouse leads a discussion about how artists and arts organizations are organizing to advocate for change, and succeeding! Come explore what is possible when we organize and flex our collective creative muscles. Together we’ll discover how to shift our energy from navigating our environment to CHANGING our environment to a healthier one in which arts and culture can thrive. Sara is joined by Brad Erickson, Executive Director of Theatre Bay Area.
Shakespeare in Prisons
Lesley Currier, Scott Jackson, Matt Wallace, and Kate Powers share their experiences working with incarcerated men and women – the challenges and rewards, and why Shakespeare is particularly well-suited to this work. A member of the California Arts Council will provide a state-wide perspective.
5:00 – 7:00 Dinner/Tonga Room happy hour (on your own)
Walking Tour – complimentary, sign-up details here
7:00 – 9:30 Theater Outing – SF Playhouse’s Promises, Promises Location: 450 Post Street, Ticket purchase required, use discount code TOBEORNOTTOBE online or 415-677-9596
10:00 – 12:00 Drinkcussions – Laurel Court Bar – 11:30 last call
12:00 – 2:00 Drinkcussions continue – hosted suite