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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Theatre Bay Area's Theatre Services Committee met Wednesday, June 17. Below are the notes from the meeting.

Questions? Contact Dale Albright at

TSC Meeting Notes
June 17, 2009

TSC Members Present: Rachel Fink, Berkeley Rep; Jeannette Harrison, AlterTheater; Shauna Rabinowitz, Aurora Theatre; Lisa Tromovitch, Livermore Shakespeare Festival/Shakespeare’s Associates; Marissa Wolf, Crowded Fire
Theatre Bay Area Staff Present: Dale Albright, Sabrina Lazarus, Clay Lord, Kendra Oberhauser

I. 10:07am Theatre Bay Area news and updates.
· Pretty soon, a membership blog will be added to the list of blogs on the TBA site.
· TCG Report. TSC Members report back on the TCG Conference.

II. 10:35am. Space
· TSC discusses the pros and cons of managing a specific space for the purpose of renting it out to theatre companies and artists who need office space and rehearsal space.

III. 11:00am Space for Theatre Bay Area
· TSC discusses the pros and cons of a specific new office space.

IV. 11:20am Granting Programs update
· Landisman fellowships were awarded to 4 applicants.
· Playwrights Showcase participants have been selected.
· TITAN awards were granted.
· CA$H evaluation. A panel will convene to evaluate the CA$H grant and best ways to move forward.

V. 11:31am NAS Conference.
· Theatre Bay Area and Berkeley Rep are going to partner with National Arts Strategies to launch a future leadership program in the fall.

VI. Good and Welfare.
Next Meeting: July 15, 10am-12noon, 870 Market St., Room TBD.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Theatre Services Committee Agenda

Theatre Bay Area's Theatre Services Committee is meeting the week of June 15. Below is the agenda of items to be discussed:

  1. Welcome
  2. Theatre Bay Area news and other TBA updates
    a. Advocacy Updates
    b. TCG Report
    c. North Bay Regional Auditions Report
    d. South Bay Regional Auditions
    e. Auditor Apps Available
    f. EXPO: Oct 5
    g. Landisman: Results
    h. Playwrights Showcase
    i. TITAN: Results
    j. BAPST Update
    k. Teleconference Report
    l. Outreach to educators project still waiting
    m. APASO
    n. Annual Conference
    o. CA$H Eval Update
  3. Fiscal Pulse/Intrinsic Impact Report
  4. Space Issues
  5. Update on TSC Communication to community
  6. Informing Community on individual membership benefits
  7. TSC Phone Tree
  8. Good & Welfare

    Questions about the Theatre Services Committee? Contact Dale Albright at

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Notes from June TSC Meeting

TSC Meeting Notes
May 20, 2009
TSC Members Present: Leah Abrams, Custom Made Theatre; Daren Carollo, DLOC; Akilah Crossdale, Traveling Jewish Theatre; Rachel Fink, Berkeley Rep; Jeanette Harrison, AlterTheater; Melissa Hillman, Impact Theatre; Sheena Johnson, CounterPULSE; Clark Lewis, Roustabout Theater; Lisa Mallette, City Lights Theatre; Leslie Martinson, TheatreWorks; Nina Meehan, Active Arts Theatre; Jim Neuner, A.C.T.; Shauna Rabinowitz, Aurora Theatre Company; Jessica Robinson, CounterPULSE; Jonathan Spector, Playwrights Foundation & Just Theatre; Lisa Tromovitch, Livermore Shakespeare Festival; Marissa Wolf, Crowded Fire. Theatre Bay Area Staff Present: Dale Albright, Brad Erikson, Kendra Oberhauser

I. Theatre Bay Area news and updates.
Bill AB 700 is still under way. Send an email or fax if you haven’t already. Information at

Thursday, May 28 10am, 11:15am TBA will be hosting a teleconference: Innovating Through a Crisis: Theatre Companies Talk About the Current Financial Reality and What They're Doing About It.

Alan Brown’s Intrinsic impact survey is finished, and will be presented to the 82 participants June 9, 11am. Full report at

North Bay Regional Auditions happening this weekend, May 23 only. (

Expo. The new date is Oct 5 at Yerba Buena Gardens. (

Landisman applications were due Monday, May 18. There were about 15 applicants. Playwrights Showcase also had a deadline May 18. About 50 applications came in. (

CA$H just finished dance panel. The program will be evaluated after 10 years. (

PAID internship will be ending this month.

South Bay meeting update. Mercury News not having a calendar. Plus, plans to get information and maybe a pool of money for health emergencies of uninsured artists. (South Bay Regional List Serv:, Health Coverage information: email

South Bay Regional Auditions are Aug 1 at San Jose Stage. (

BAPST (Bay Area Professional Small Theatres) community meeting was at the Exit Theatre May 18. (List serv at

There was an MBAT meeting for companies in the MBAT range. (Information about Equity at

II. Outreach to educators.
Theatre Bay Area wants to create a database of local educators for theatre companies to contact, develop relationships, and invite to shows.

III. TSC communication.
In an effort to be more transparent to the larger community, TSC is starting to make these one-page summaries of the TSC notes to post publicly.

TSC developing ways to stay in touch with the theatre community at large.