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National theatre conference comes to Portland

May 30, 2017

Between June 8-10, nearly 1,000 theatre professionals from around the country and across the globe will gather in Portland for the annual Theater Communications Group National Conference. The conference provides the largest forum for the national theatre community to assemble for artistic and intellectual exchange. The agenda includes meetings, speeches,  performances and opportunities to explore the local theatre community.

“Portland’s reputation as a unique hub of innovation and culture is most certainly manifested by its vibrant theatre community,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director of Theater Communications Group (TCG). The last time the conference was held in the Northwest was in 2005 in Seattle. The selection of Portland to host the 2017 conference is a landmark moment for the Oregon theater community, signaling a national recognition of the creativity, professionalism and vitality of our artists, institutions and audiences.

Staff from dozens of local theaters will attend and host skills-building sessions, affinity group discussions and panel discussions on topics ranging from finance to equity to fundraising. Plenary speakers include Jeff Chang, author and Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University; Anand Giridharadas, author and New York Times columnist; and author Cheryl Strayed.

With the conference held locally, more theaters can send more staff than their lean budgets can typically afford. This high level of participation has a deep impact on the professional development of our local theater professionals, which should translate into positive growth for our local institutions and artists.

Theater Communications Group (TCG) is the national organization for the American theatre. Founded in 1961 to foster communication among professional, community and university theatres, TCG’s constituency has grown to over 700 Member Theaters, including Artists Rep. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through conferences, events, research and communications; grants approximately $2 million per year to theatre companies and individual artists; and advocates for theatre on the federal level.

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