Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session #1

Friday, October 6, 2017

1:00 p.m. — 2:15 p.m.


WHAT? Noise Levels and You in the Shop

Matthew A. Gilbertson (MNSU - Mankato)


Working with Youth Performers

Jeannine Coulombe and Nikki Swoboda (Stages Theatre Company)


Evacuation and Crisis Planning

Kristina Miller (Children’s Theater), Officer Jon Edwards (MPD Community Engagement Team)


“But How’d You Learn All Those Lines?”: Getting authentic and useful feedback from audiences (and artists!)

Laura Leffler, Hannah K. Holman, Alana Horton, Megan Clark (Savage Umbrella)


Public Workshop: Solo Performance | Page to Stage

Sha Cage

Sponsored by the Dramatists Guild Foundation Traveling Masters program


How Much Website Do You Need?

Madeline Graham and Josh LaBau (Significant Digits)


Theater Games Exchange: Jump in with a playful heart!

Tinne Rosenmeier

Breakout Session #2

Friday, October 6, 2017

3:30 p.m. — 4:45 p.m.


Creative Organizations and Healthy Local Economies

Jamie Schumacher (West Bank Business Association), Hal Cropp (Commonweal Theatre)


Beyond That One Day in November When Everyone Sends an Email: Realistic individual fundraising and CRM for the small nonprofit theater company

Joanna Schnedler (Minnesota Theater Alliance)


How to Network: Good in a room

Megan West, David Stewart, Jean Leuthner (Guthrie Theater)


Best Practices When Working with Native American Communities

Rhiana Yazzie, Andrea Fairbanks, Deanna Standingcloud (New Native Theater)


Internship and Volunteer Management Toolkit

Sadie Ward (Guthrie Theater)


Scenic Art for Dummies

Angelique Powers (U of MN - Twin Cities)


Stop Advertising and Start Building Your Audience!

Aaron Bare and Michael Reklis (ETix)

Breakout Session #3

Saturday, October 7, 2017

2:00 p.m. — 3:15 p.m.


Touring Your Show Around The State

Megan West, Michael Terrell Brown (CLIMB), Darcey Engen & Luverne Seifert (Sod House Theater), Bonnie Schock (Sheldon Theater), Robert Lee (Duluth Playhouse)


Theatre for Everyone: The accessible and inclusive theatre experience

Laurie Pape Hadley, Rick Jacobson, Rachel Parker, and Paul Deeming (Guthrie Theater)


Changing the Funding Paradigm: Real organizational sustainability

Randy Reyes (Mu Performing Arts), Laura Zabel (Springboard for the Arts), Glyn Northington (Nonprofits Assistance Fund), Arleta Little (McKnight Foundation)


Your Dialect/Voice/Text Coach and YOU!

Kate Ufema (U of MN - Duluth)


Directing With All The Lights On

Michelle Hensley (Ten Thousand Things)


Your Relationship to the Composer

Laurie Flanigan Hegge (Playwrights’ Center / Dramatists Guild of America), Gary Rue, Vanessa Gamble, Ben Krywosz (Nautilus Music-Theater)


Theater Safety: Creative Collaboration in the Production Process

Bill Reynolds (Yale Drama)


National Examples Theater Safety Training Programs

Monona Rossol

Breakout Session #4

Sunday, October 8, 2017

11:15 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.


Casting Queers: LGBTQAI+ Inclusivity in Theatre

Andi Cheney (Patrick’s Cabaret), Claire Avitabile (20% Theatre Company), Roxanne Anderson (RARE Productions)


An Unlikely Partnership in Original Musical Theater: The success story of a composer/playwright collaboration from across the state

Therese Kunz and Patsy O’Brien (Screen Porch Productions)


On Their Imaginary Forces Work: Exploring ways to engage audiences as collaborative partners

Daved Driscoll (The Minnesota Skyvault Theater Company)


Coming Full Circle: Diversity in the decision making process

Rick Shiomi, Martha B. Johnson, James Austin Williams, Quinci Bachman (Full Circle Theater)


De-Mystifying Insurance

Robert Worden, MBA, CSD (Bremer Insurance)


Your Stories ARE Data: How to systematically collect and analyze qualitative data for program evaluation

Dr. Rachel A. Brown


A Bloody Business: Integrating stage blood and gore best practices and helpful hints (blood recipe included!)

Tyler Olsen (Dangerous Productions)

Breakout Session #5

Sunday, October 8, 2017

1:45 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.


Streaming Your Theatre Without Looking Awful

Ann Drewiske, Matthew Vichlach, Harrison Reeder (Brave New Workshop)


Democratizing the Review: Writing about the arts in the age of blogging

Becki Iverson (Compendium / Twin Cities Theater Bloggers)


What’s New: Theater Technology

Barry Nelson (Norcostco)


How to Tell Your Story to Funders When You Don't Know What the Story is Yet!

Hannah K. Holman (Minnesota Theater Alliance)


Data and Technical Strategies for Theatre

Cassie Utt, Jasmine Russell, Kurt Blomberg (Monicat Data)


Challenging Conversations with Play

Nadya Trytan (Drama Therapy Center)


Maximizing Your Board

Gregory Smith (The Fitzgerald Theater), John Bennett (Western Bank), Michael Robins (Illusion Theater), Beth Bowman (Weavers Guild of Minnesota)