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2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Miami Regional Convening
The 2019 Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) Miami Regional Convening (“Miami in Motion!”) took place over the weekend of 12-14 July 2019, with optional programming on 11 July, and featured a series of panels, breakout sessions, cafecitos, and performances. The Convening coincided with the opening weekend of Teatro Avante’s 34th International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami. Miami in Motion! gathered artists, scholars, administrators, and advocates from the Miami Latinx Theater community and beyond to share work and methodologies and to experience the vibrant and varied forms of storytelling illuminating the abundant creative talent of this rapidly growing “Magic City.” The Convening also provided space for networking and interdisciplinary collaborative opportunities, and engaged in dialogue aimed at advancing career sustainability and engendering an ecosystem for artists to thrive in all stages of life.
2019 LTC Miami In Motion! (Regional Convening) Schedule
DAY 1: FRIDAY 12 JULY 2019
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
First-Time Conveners Session: What is the LTC?
Full group Session #1: Opening Ceremonies**
I’ll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours: Artists Talk Grants, Budgets, and More!
Take the Time TODAY to Listen to Your Creative Voice: A Writing Workshop
Making Theater in 2020 & Beyond—Politics, Art, + Activism**
Solo Performance: Cántame sobre el amor...y otras torturas, Performed and written by Neher Jacqueline Briceño
Opening Night Paella Dinner
International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami Performance #1: Cartas de Jenny - La intrascedente de Jenny Masterson, followed by a post show discussion with Dr. Beatriz Rizk
DAY 2: SATURDAY 13 JULY 2019
Café y Trivia Breakfast
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Full Group Session #2: A Moment of Self-Definition
12:00p - 1:30p
Lunch Break in Affinity Groups
Teaching the Next Generation of Latinx Theatermakers
Discovering Your Dynamic Characters—Improv Workshop
You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Expanding Yourself and Your Art Through Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Collaborations**
Staged Reading: Littleboy/Littleman by Rudi Goblen (produced by The Greenhouse)
Full Group Session #3: Outside/In, Inside/Out
International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami Performance #2: La extinta poética (Extinct Poetics)
DAY 3: SUNDAY 14 JULY 2019
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Family Time / Self-Care
Family Lunch, facilitated by Parent-Artist Advocacy League (PAAL)
Documentary: The Rest I Make Up
Full Group Session #4: Closing Ceremonies
Centered in the only major American city founded by a woman and known as a gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean, Miami in Motion! sought to bring the Miami Latinx Theater community together to connect and reflect upon our histories. The goal of the convening was to look forward toward the future as active participants in the creative economy, as a recognized incubator of talent, and as a community who continues to push the boundaries of innovation and creativity. The convening dialogues spotlighted:
History, Environment, & Advancement of the Art Form: Continuing to build on the successes of prior convenings throughout the country, this was the LTC's first venture to the southeastern region of the United States. Conveners explored questions such as: How do we identify, embrace and celebrate our uniqueness? How does education about our histories in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States help us to thoroughly understand why colorism continues to exist, and how can we individually contribute to end colorism? What future do we envision for our local theatrical landscape? How can we advance the art form through interdisciplinary and intercultural collaborations? How can we use new media and technologies to develop new forms of theater?
Work-Life Balance & Career Sustainability: Conversations around identifying the needs and concerns of Latinx artists who are caregivers and/or parent artists also took center stage at this Convening. Work-life balance, advocacy, resources for caregiver and parent artists, entrepreneurship, support for the mid-career artist, and more were topics of interest that were present for the first time at an LTC Convening. Conveners explored questions such as: What are the barriers to employment at different stages of life? What are the intersectional realities that impact career progression and a stable career trajectory? How do we take care of our aging artists? With an ever-growing retiree population, what intergenerational collaborations and conversations should be taking place? How do we retain talent in our city? What kind of artistic home are we aiming to provide our artists?