conference attendees sit in circles around actors in costume

Ten Thousand Things presented the Ten Thousand Theaters Conference livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday and Monday 3-4 December 2017.

Theaters from around the country who are already practicing (10) or interested in learning more (25) about Ten Thousand Things’ unique model of bringing the very best professional theater directly to those with little access gathered in Minneapolis. 

SUNDAY DECEMBER 3

Welcome to the Exhilarating and the Excruciating!
8 a.m. PST - 9:15 a.m. PST (San Francisco) / 10 a.m. CST - 11:15 a.m. CST (Minneapolis) / 11 a.m. EST - 12:15 a.m. EST (New York)

Founder and Artistic Director Michelle Hensley talked about the origins of the work, we listened to tales of exhilarating and excruciating experiences from the 10 theaters currently  practicing the model, hear a bit from some of the other 25 theaters about why they’ve come, and then Michelle underlined what is most important and vital to keep constant in the work  as it adapts to different communtiies and their theaters.   

 

Finding Great Audiences: Putting Together a Tour, Connecting the Work with the Community
9:30 a.m. PST - 10:45 a.m. PST (San Francisco) / 11:30 a.m. CST - 12:45 p.m. CST (Minneapolis) / 12:30 p.m. EST - 1:45 p.m. EST (New York)

With Nancy Waldoch, TTT and Stephanie Ybarra, The Public

The nitty-gritty of booking tours and the logistics of getting the work out into the communities. We talked about finding, vetting, retaining and sometimes letting go of community partners. Best practices, big mistakes and everything in between for theater in non-traditional spaces. Rural touring tips too! 

 

Directing With All The Lights On: Tools and Tricks for the Circle, in Service of Storytelling and The Audience
11:30 a.m. PST - 1:15 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 1:30 p.m. CST - 3:15 p.m. CST (Minneapolis) / 2:30 p.m. EST - 4:15 p.m. EST (New York)

With Michelle Hensley, TTT

Excellent directing is absolutely key to making this work. Michelle shared the essentials of this kind of directing in the round to make the story crystal clear, which she has gathered from over 30 years of watching the places where audiences get restless. Highly recommended not only for directors, but for producers who work with new directors.

 

The Necessity of Live Sound
1:30 p.m. PST - 3 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 3:30 p.m. CST - 5 p.m. CST (Minneapolis) / 4:30 p.m. EST - 6 p.m. EST (New York)

Peter Vitale, TTT

Live sound is your lighting!  It creates focus and intensity. And audiences, starved for live music, love it! You really can't do this work without it. Highly recommended for all directors and  producers who work with directors.

 

MONDAY DECEMBER 4

FINAL GATHERING
1 p.m. PST - 2 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 3 p.m. CST - 4 p.m. CST (Minneapolis) / 4 p.m. EST - 5 p.m. EST (New York)

How has this work changed you? Changed your theater?  Where do we want to go from here? 
Some theaters ONLY do this kind of work (TTT, The Light Fantastic, True North). Other theaters have added it into their programming. We'd like to hear from everyone on how the work is changing the way you think about theater, and the way you do business. What would be most helpful to everyone in going forward?

 

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