Conference Day 3: Saturday, January 10
9:00 – 9:45 Warm-Ups (Venetian Room)
Emily Jordan (SF Shakes Resident Artist) leads an enjoyable vocal and physical warm-up including a period dance.
9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:15 Plenary Session: Shakespeare and New Work (Venetian Room)
Playwrights Bill Cain, Lauren Gunderson, and Amy Freed discuss how Shakespeare inspired them to write new plays, while Ralph Cohen champions the production of lesser-known Early Modern plays as new work. Moderated by Patrick Flick.
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:30 Focus Groups
• Education (Crystal Room) – Moderated by Sean Hagerty
• Artistic (Fountain Room) – Moderated by Stephen Burdman
• Management (French Room) – Moderated by Sara Young
• Board (Venetian Room) – Moderated by Pam Sogge (SF Shakespeare Festival Board Chair)
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch (Pavilion Room) – Suggested tables by focus group
1:30 – 2:45 Plenary Session: Opening up the Canon: Cross-gender and Non-traditional Casting (Venetian Room)
Lisa Wolpe and Rebecca J. Ennals present the case for non-traditional casting practices as a tool to keep Shakespeare relevant and accessible. Using different casts for the same scene, they’ll ask “How can cross-gender casting help us find new and deeper meaning in the plays?” and “Are there scenes for which this practice doesn’t work, and why? Philippa Kelly will suggest ways in which dramaturgs can contribute perspective on racially-charged and gender- specific language, with the goal of making our theatres a place for conversations and transformation.
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:30 Break Out Sessions
Race & Shakespeare (Crystal Room)
Shakespeare theatres often capitalize on the common assumption that Shakespeare is the world’s greatest playwright and universal in his appeal. Dr. Ayanna Thompson, a leading scholar on the subject, explores the privileges and challenges inherent in this assumption, and addresses practical approaches to producing Shakespeare for everyone.
All the World’s a Stage : Touring Shakespeare to Schools (Fountain Room)
Dr. Bobbi McKean and Susan Miller will share research on the evolution of the Montana Shakespeare in the Schools program, the preparation of actor-teachers for the fall tours, evidence of the impact of the program on students and teachers, and challenges for the design and implementation of effective evaluation methodologies. Attendees will be asked to share their preparation and assessment successes and challenges, and discuss how to maintain connections with schools between annual visits through distance learning and other strategies.
Where the Fish Are: Swimming in Social Media (Venetian Room)
Jenn Deon and Jim Helsinger team up to share where the fish are swimming on social media, how best to bait and hook them through social media strategy development, and success in creating huge schools of fish at flash mobs.
4:45 – 5:45 Plenary Session: Closing Exercises (Venetian Room)
-Quarto strategic planning
-STA Business Meeting
-Additional closing exercises.
5:45 – 6:15 STA Officers’ Meeting (Venetian Room)
Executive Committee and past presidents only
7:00 – 10:00 Closing Dinner (Crown Room) Toast your colleagues, get ready for the 2016 conference, and leave your heart in San Francisco. (Dinner accompanied by red and white wine, cash bar.)
10:00 – 1:00 Drinkcussions, Laurel Court Bar – 12:30 last call
1:00 – 2:00 Drinkcussions continue – hosted suite