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Re-Defining Motherhood and Advocating for Parent Artists
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Re-Defining Motherhood and Advocating for Parent Artists

10 December 2017

Rachel Spencer Hewitt, PAAL founder, kicks off the parent advocacy in the arts series with an overview of the history of PAAL and a rationale for family-friendly practices in the theatre.

Invisible Leaders and Creating Support for the Parent Artist
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Invisible Leaders and Creating Support for the Parent Artist

A Conversation on Research, Visibility, and Inclusion

13 December 2017

Continuing the series on parent-artists, Ineke Ceder and Catherine Mueller Melwani discuss how research can play a role in creating a bridge between the parent-artist experiencing isolation and the solutions recommended for equity and parity.

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Who We Harm When Parenting Isn’t Considered
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Who We Harm When Parenting Isn’t Considered

13 November 2018

Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts (PAAL) founder Rachel Spencer Hewitt discusses three crucial ways theatres can improve their support for parent artists. 

Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts
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Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts

This series covers challenges faced by parent artists and builds on the work of the Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts (PAAL), a national resource hub and all-parent, all-discipline league advocating for a national standard of best practices for parents in the performing arts. 

Don’t Tell Anyone—A Call to Action for a Healthy Work-Life Balance in the Arts
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Don’t Tell Anyone—A Call to Action for a Healthy Work-Life Balance in the Arts

15 December 2017

Adriana Gaviria speaks on how entertainment industry unions and institutions in the US can step up to better advocate for parent artists. 

Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists
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Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists

5 December 2018

Lydia Milman Schmidt, founder of the advocacy group Parents in Chicago Theatre, looks at the progressive policies Rivendell Theatre Ensemble has in place when it comes to working with parent artists on production.

Creating a Family-Friendly Work Environment
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Creating a Family-Friendly Work Environment

11 December 2017

Devon Berkshire lays out some tangible steps for decision-makers on creating a more family-friendly work environment. 

Harnessing the Heroic Narrative of Creative Motherhood
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Harnessing the Heroic Narrative of Creative Motherhood

14 December 2017

Performer Stephanie Hayes reflects on how motherhood helped her reinvent her relationship to her own creativity.

Fighting for Gender, Race, and Motherhood in Theatre
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Fighting for Gender, Race, and Motherhood in Theatre

12 December 2017

Stage manager Carmelita Becnel reflects on the need to support mothers, women of color, and stage managers as creative collaborators in the rehearsal room.

Hashtag Fair Wage in the Offices Near the Stage; Or, Wacky Ideas for Finding More Money So We Can Pay Theatre People More
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Hashtag Fair Wage in the Offices Near the Stage; Or, Wacky Ideas for Finding More Money So We Can Pay Theatre People More

16 December 2016

Rosalind Grush discusses why salaries for many arts administrators are lower than they should be, and offers some solutions.

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Rachel Spencer Hewitt

Rachel Spencer Hewitt received her MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama and is the founder of Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts (PAAL), a national organization that creates resources for institutions and individuals, builds community, and creates work opportunity for pa

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Miami in Motion
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Miami in Motion

The 2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Miami Regional Convening 

Friday 12 July - Sunday 14 July 2019
Miami, Florida

The Latinx Theatre Commons presented Miami in Motion: The 2019 Latinx Theatre Commons Miami Regional Convening livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network from Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July 2019.

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Adriana Gaviria

Adriana Gaviria is an actress, voice-over artist, writer, and creative producer.

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Devon Berkshire

Devon Berkshire and has an expansive background in events, non-profits, and theatre. By 2010 she’d co-founded two production companies, before joining TCG in 2012.