Speakers & Presenters

Topics for this second-ever statewide event will range across types of theaters and areas of expertise, from artistic to administrative, production to technical, making to managing. Over the next few months, we'll be rolling out exciting information about keynote speakers and breakout sessions.

Get a sneak peek at keynote speakers below!

For the breakout sessions topics and presenters, visit our Breakout Sessions page.

Keynote Speakers

Sha Cage

SHA CAGE is a performer, writer, curator and filmmaker. Her work has taken her across the U.S, to South Africa, England, France, the Netherlands, Croatia, Mali, Canada and Japan. She is a co-founder of Mama Mosaic Theater (_for Women)_, a recipient of a Regional Emmy, Ivey Awards, a McKnight Fellowship and a distinguished Fox/TCG Fellowship. She’s been named one of the leading artists of her generation by Insight, a Changemaker by Women's Press, and best solo performer by City Pages. Star Tribune called her a 2014 Mover and Maker and Mpls St. Paul magazine named her and artistic partner EG Bailey ‘2015 Power Couple of the Year’. Her solo show titled U/G/L/Y was presented by the Guthrie in September and toured in the U.S. and UK through 2016. In 2017 she presented #SayHerName and TESTIFY. Both looked at Cultural Identity, extinction, and healing. Themes in her work span from beauty image and empowerment, to home, mothering and the politics of having agency.

P. Carl

P. Carl is the Director and co-founder of HowlRound—a think tank and knowledge commons actively making community among theatremakers worldwide through online resource sharing and in-person gatherings. Carl is also the co-artistic director of ArtsEmerson at Emerson College where he develops, dramaturgs, and presents an eclectic array of theatre from diverse artists from around the globe. Operating from the core belief that theatre is for everyone, Carl seeks to use the power of live performance in concert with opportunities for international dialogue and activism to foster personal and political transformation through the shared experience of art. Carl is a Distinguished Artist in Residence on the Emerson faculty, and a frequent writer and speaker on the evolution of theater practice and theory. He is the former Producing Artistic Director of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, the former Director of Artistic Development at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and holds a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota.

Kate Barr

Kate Barr is President and CEO of Nonprofits Assistance Fund and MAP for Nonprofits, whose mission is to fuel the impact and effectiveness of nonprofits with guidance, expertise, and capital. She oversees strategic and business planning, development, and external relations. Under her leadership NAF became a premier resource for financing and training, and Kate is a national leader on nonprofit strategy and finance as a speaker, blogger, and author. Before joining NAF in 2000, Kate was a bank executive and an arts administrator. She has been an adjunct faculty member for several local universities and currently serves on the boards of directors of Borealis Philanthropy, and the Jerome and Camargo Foundations.

Monona Rossol & Bill Reynolds

Monona Rossol was born into a theatrical family and began working as a professional entertainer at three years of age. She holds a BS in Chemistry with a math minor, and MS and MFA degrees in Art with a minor in Music. After moving to New York, she performed in musical and straight acting roles in Off and Off Off Broadway theaters and cabaret, taught art at various colleges and art schools, and began working as a consultant in art and theater safety. She became a full member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) in 1984. Currently she is President and founder of Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc., a nonprofit providing health and safety services to the arts and the Safety Business Representative for Local USA829 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). She lectures, provides regulatory compliance training, and has worked on over 80 art and performing arts building planning projects here and abroad. She has consulted in the US, Canada, Australia, England, Mexico, Portugal, the Netherlands, and the United Arab Emirates and has written nine books on safety and environmental issues.

Bill Reynolds has been on the faculty at Yale School of Drama since 1982, and he currently teaches classes in theater safety for YSD grad students in several departments. He recently retired from the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre (YSD/YRT) as the Director of Theater Safety and Occupational Health. Prior to creating this positon at YSD/YRT in 2008/2009, he served as Associate Technical Director and then as Director of Facility Operations for YSD/YRT. He graduated with a BA from Northern Michigan University in 1973, and he received an MFA in Technical Design and Production from Yale School of Drama in 1977.

Bill has presented theater safety and health sessions at the New England Theater Conference, the U.S. Institute for Theater Technology, and the InfoComm conferences, and for the University Risk Managers and Insurers Association, the Center for Campus Fire Safety, the American Occupational Health Conference, and the Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Managers' Association. He is the USITT Safety & Health Vice-Commissioner for Education and the Student Alliance Program. Bill has taught theater classes and consulted on theater safety for such institutions as: The Julliard School; Wesleyan University; Carnegie-Mellon University; the University of California; and Eastern Connecticut State University.