Conference Day 2: Friday, January 9
9:00 – 9:45 Warm-Ups (Venetian Room)
Michael Cavanaugh (SF Shakes Resident Artist) leads a clown- and movement-based warm-up. Bring your red noses!
STA Officers’ Meeting (Fairmont Hotel Lobby) Executive Committee and past presidents only
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:15 Plenary Session: Capitalization & Sustainability (Venetian Room)
Susan Nelson (Principal, TDC) will focus her presentation on the complex challenge of aligning an organization’s strategy, implementation plan and financial sustainability. Her deep financial analysis skills and hands-on operational experience has given her a special expertise in how to scale an organization to an appropriate size while creating a sustainable financial capitalization plan.
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:30 Break Out Session (by Budget Size)
Groups discuss issues specific to budget size. Plenary speaker Susan Nelson will visit each of the break-out sessions to address additional questions from her presentation.
• Over $2 million – Moderated by Casey Gallagher (French Room)
• $500K – $2 million – Moderated by Paige Newmark (Crystal Room)
• $150K – $499K – Moderated by Melissa Nicholson (Fountain Room)
• Under $150K – Moderated by William Brown (Venetian Room)
Shakespeare in Prisons: Part 2 (depart from lobby)
11:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Lesley Currier leads a field trip for a select few members to San Quentin State Prison in Marin, to participate in a Shakespeare at San Quentin class. Advance registration, background check required, details to follow.
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch (Pavilion Room)
Suggested tables by budget size
1:30 – 2:45 Plenary Session: Get You Home: New Spaces for Shakespeare (Venetian Room)
It’s a major achievement for a company to open a new space. Patrick Spottiswoode moderates a discussion between Clark Nicholson, Lesley Malin, Angus Vail, and Fred Adams on their companies’ new spaces.
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:00 Break Out Sessions
Single-play Focus (French Room)
Panelists take a single play – Much Ado About Nothing – and discuss their different approaches, affected by venue, period concept, choice of text, etc. Featuring Lisa Tromovitch, Chris Edwards and others.
Shakespeare and Accessibility (Venetian Room)
Building on the popular session from 2014, Dr. Luane Haggerty will lead a discussion about the incorporation of actors with disabilities, drawing on her research and recent experience directing a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring deaf and hearing actors.
Working with First-time Actors (Fountain Room)
Jennifer Wintzer, Nancy Bell, and Stephen Muterspaugh share their experiences working with first-time actors, and thoughts on how including the audience in art-making can bring new insights and inspirations.
Stewarding Shakespeare: The Role of the Board (Crystal Room)
Jeffrey Nelson speaks about Utah Shakespeare Festival’s good governance practices, and how a board can have a positive effect on a Shakespeare theater’s mission, finances, and strategic direction. Attendees will be asked to share questions and experiences regarding board performance.
4:15 – 5:15 Plenary Session: Shakespeare 400: 2016 Celebration Activities (Venetian Room)
STA shares its plans to celebrate Shakespeare 400.
5:15 – 7:00 Dinner/Tonga Room happy hour (on your own)
Walking Tour – complimentary, sign-up details here
7:00 – 9:30 Evening Discussion (Venetian Room)
• Paul Prescott shares the results of the “Shakespeare on the Road” project
• STA past president Richard Garner will share experiences, insights, and lessons learned during his celebrated tenure at Georgia Shakespeare
• Reed Martin, managing partner, actor, writer, and director for the Reduced Shakespeare Company, discusses the history of the company, their process in creating a show, why Shakespeare, and what’s next for the “Bad Boys of Abridgment!”
9:30 – 1:00 Drinkcussions – Laurel Court Bar
1:00 – 2:00 Drinkcussions continue- hosted suite