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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion A Conversation about Careers in Regional Theatre

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Published on Jun 8, 2017

Theatre Communications Group presents the 2017 TCG National Conference: Full Circle (ASL-interpreted) livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday, June 8 to Saturday, June 10. Share your thoughts and media with hashtags #tcg17 and #howlround in all social media platforms. Follow @TCG and @HowlRound in Twitter for updates.

From June 8-10, the 2017 TCG National Conference: Full Circle will welcome 1,000+ theatre practitioners from across the globe to Portland, OR, for peer connection, professional development, and inspiring thought-leaders from within and beyond the field. We’ll build on the success of the 2016 DC Conference by strengthening core programming like our Skills-Building Workshops and At the Intersections arc, as well as conduct bold new experiments like last year’s visits to Capitol Hill.

Full Circle will also draw inspiration from our host city of Portland’s central role in the “Maker” culture—a network of artisans and hackers dismantling industrialized systems through a return to a more local, human scale. In a region renowned for its commitment to sustainable ecosystems, could our most local and human of art forms be a natural partner in these movements?

This will also be our first major gathering after a contentious election process that featured profoundly different visions of our country’s past, present, and future. As storytellers and community-builders, how can we bridge the divisions of our country and world? How can we create ‘virtuous circles;’ feedback loops where our vision for a better world for and because of theatre reinforce each other?

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Conversation about Careers in Regional Theatre
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PDT (Portland) / 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT (New York)

The League of Resident Theatres (LORT) is committed to increasing diversity and creating equity among the staff and executive leadership of its member theatres. LORT is engaging in collective action in the areas of Hiring, Recruitment and Mentorship as a multi-pronged approach to eliminate inequities that exist in the hiring and recruitment process.

LORT has identified active recruitment of new talent as an important step in ensuring that its theatres continue to attract talented candidates from the next generation of artists, administrators, artisans and technicians. This focus on inclusion is imperative to fostering a generation of theatre professionals that represent the diversity of our communities.

To that end, LORT’s Recruitment Subcommittee has conducted these LORT Ambassador Panels to actively inform, engage and recruit high school, undergraduate and graduate students, with a particular emphasis on students of color, to career opportunities in LORT theatres. We invite you to join a group of diverse senior leaders from LORT member theatres in a robust panel discussion focusing on career opportunities in all areas of professional theatre, strategic planning related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and effective solutions and challenges that exist in the field. We also invite you to share what is working in your programming at your theaters surrounding EDI and professional development.

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