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Monday, November 23, 2009

Notes from latest Theatre Services Committee Meeting

Theatre Bay Area's Theatre Services Committee recently had its November meeting. The notes are below.

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TSC Meeting Notes
November 18, 2009

TSC Members Present: Leah Abrams, Custom Made Theatre Company; Akilah Crossdale, The Jewish Theater; Jeanette Harrison, AlterTheater; Melissa Hillman, Impact Theatre; Jessica Love, CounterPULSE; Lisa Mallette, City Lights Theatre; Nina Meehan, Active Arts Theater; Emily Morrison, California Shakespeare Theater; Raelle Myrick-Hodges, Brava! For Women in the Arts; Julie Salzman, Aurora Theatre Company; Lisa Tromovich, Livermore Shakespeare Festival; Marissa Wolf, Crowded Fire.
Theatre Bay Area Staff Present: Dale Albright, Brad Erickson, Clayton Lord, Kendra Oberhauser

I. 10:05 TBA News and Updates.
· News and updates are passed out with the agenda.
· CA$H evaluation is underway.
· Grants for the Arts Presentation about theatre space, Friday, Nov 20, 2-4 Magic Southside Theatre.

II. 10:22am TSC Logistics
· Some TSC memberships are up for renewal with the new year.

III. 10:26am TBA's role in excellence in the field
· TBA is in the middle of strategic planning. Extremely exciting work happening around this currently.
· Should TBA foster “excellence in the field”? And how?
· Possibly as a conference theme.
· “Excellence” is meant to mean whatever each company or individual determines as excellent for himself/herself (outreach, innovation, customer service, etc.).
· Should TBA hold or sponsor an award ceremony to reward excellence in the field? TSC members discuss.
· Excellence of arts education should be addressed and rewarded as well. Because it’s not in public, it would be interesting to know about those little successes in the classroom.
IV. 11:19am Focus Group
· TSC Members serve as a focus group for a new program.

Next meeting: December 16, 10am -12noon. Location: New TBA offices, 1663 Mission St., Suite 525.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Theatre Bay Area recently had its latest meeting of its Theatre Services Committee

The notes from this meeting are below.

TSC Members Present: Akilah Crossdale, The Jewish Theatre; Jeanette Harrison, AlterTheater Ensemble; Liz Lisle, Shotgun Players; Clark Lewis, Roustabout Theatre; Leslie Martinson, TheatreWorks; Jessica Robinson, CounterPULSE; Maxim Tumenev, Ilkhom Theatre, Uzbekistan.
Theatre Bay Area Staff Present: Dale Albright, Brad Erickson, Clayton Lord, Kendra Oberhauser

I. 10:12am Theatre Bay Area News & Updates.

II. 10:18am Free Night of Theatre
Server crashed due to highest traffic volume ever.
TCG will continue Free Night, though it may manifest in different forms in some regions.
· Members discuss the ways that they get the FNOT patrons to come back: follow-up emails with discounts, encouraging reviews, writing those people who did tried to get your tickets but were not able to.

III. 11:05am Big List
· The signup is right now, and now includes the North Bay.
· Last week, TBA held 4 meetings in the 4 regions, two funded as NAMP workshops.

IV. 11:09am Annual Conference
· The Annual Conference is scheduled for May 10 at the War Memorial and including the Herbst Theatre for the plenary sessions and some breakouts.
· This year, it will also include the Expo, but will not extend the day by all that much.
· Themes and tracks are still being worked out; TSC members discuss some options.

V. 11:46am Phone List
· Each member of the TSC received a list of companies to touch base with as a representative to the TSC.

VI. 11:49am Individual Membership
· There are new options for individual memberships: shared, bring a friend, and multi-year. Company membership rates are staying the same.
VII. Good and Welfare.