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Board Development Must Reads

Here are some of the HowlRound pieces I think all theatre board members, Artistic Directors and Executive Directors would do well to read. They cover a variety of issues related to the general themes of change at various levels (from community and audience to stage, staff, and boards), and diversity, inclusion and equity. Discussions of each of these at the board level would begin to do several things that could have an important impact on expanding the boards role in the theatre's success by shifting a board’s idea of its role from "check writers," "cheer leaders" and primarily financial overseers, to something broader and more active in terms of community engagement and creating audience demand. These discussions would also deepen board members knowledge of each other; broaden the board’s perspective of what’s possible; introduce board members to the multiple facets of the demographic and cultural changes that are happening all around them; and hopefully, create a sense of urgency about addressing these issues at all levels of their organizations.

Diversity for Dummies
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Diversity for Dummies

25 March 2017

Ralph B. Peña offers advice to those looking to diversify their theatre companies and productions.

Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Arts Management
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Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Arts Management

An Exposé and Guide

20 May 2015

Elena Muslar offers her take on providing greater access to, creating more opportunities for, and showcasing arts administration as a viable career for people of color.

The Need for Cultivating Theatre Critics of Color
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The Need for Cultivating Theatre Critics of Color

7 April 2017

Tanuja Jagernauth and Regina Victor discuss the lack of theatre critics of color, and issues surrounding agency and consent for theatre artists of color.

Articulating Content and Creating Familiarity for Audiences
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Articulating Content and Creating Familiarity for Audiences

14 May 2017

Meghan Randolph surveys theatregoers to consider best practices to market lesser-known plays.

Invitation to Interpret
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Invitation to Interpret

An Audience Makes Meaning Together

29 May 2017

What can we learn about audience engagement and how and why audiences make meaning out of experimental theatre from a twenty-four-year performance experiment?

Life After #Ferguson
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Life After #Ferguson

Continue the Conversation

10 January 2015

Co-founders of St Lou Fringe Em Piro and Tara Daniels talk about how artists and institutions can continue the conversation started after #Ferguson, and how important it is to do so.

Seeing Change at the Forefront of a Movement
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Seeing Change at the Forefront of a Movement

The 51% Preparedness Plan

18 May 2015

Leslie Ishii and Daniel M. Mayeda share the 51% Preparedness Plan, with the hopes of creating a more diverse and inclusive field by 2042, when the nation will be majority minority.

The Circle Then, The Circle Now
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The Circle Then, The Circle Now

The Latinx Theatre Commons at Four Years

12 November 2017

An overview of the history and progression of the Latinx Theatre Commons by Brian Herrera, as the LTC enters its fifth year of cross-cultural collaboration and lifting up and strengthening Latinx and Latin American Theatre.

To Inflame the Civic Temper
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To Inflame the Civic Temper

7 May 2017

Bari Hochwald of the Global Theatre Project discusses the need for artist activists today to “inflame the civic temper” and address the refugee crisis.

Appropriating Cultures for Fun and Profit
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Appropriating Cultures for Fun and Profit

13 March 2016

Playwright David Copelin explores the idea of cultural appropriation versus misappropriation, and asks if playwrights should limit themselves in terms of what kind of characters they write.