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Monday, August 23, 2010

Theatre Services Committee Notes: Aug 2010

Theatre Bay Area's Theatre Services Committee recently had its August meeting. The notes are below. If you have any questions, please contact Dale Albright, director of member services at

TSC Meeting Notes
August 18, 2010
TSC Members Present: Daren Carollo, Diablo Theatre Company; Lee Foster, Hillbarn Theatre; Jeanette Harrison, AlterTheater; Leslie Martinson, TheatreWorks; Nina Meehan, Bay Area Children’s Theatre; Karen Altre Piemme, San Jose Rep; Julie Salzman, Aurora Theatre; Marissa Wolf, Crowded Fire.
Theatre Bay Area Staff Present: Dale Albright, Clayton Lord, Kendra Oberhauser
I. TBA news and updates.
• Arts Forum was on August 17. There was a large turnout.
• CA$H theatre deadline is September 7, not September 6, which is Labor Day.
• Landisman fellowships winners announced.
II. 10:21 Marketing Check-In.
• TSC discusses possible changes with the Big List.
• A nationwide Intrinsic Impact survey is gearing up. It will include 15 companies nationwide.
• Free Night of Theatre is coming up this fall. Companies can sign up on the website by logging in and clicking on the link.
• Members discuss upcoming changes in the ticketing service.
III. 10:48am Peer Cohort Proposal.
• Theatre Bay Area has submitted a proposal for a program that combines what used to be the mentorship program with the current challenge of fostering excellence.
• The program would be about a year long, and results would be presented at the Annual Conference.
• The program is pending approval.
IV. 11:15am General Auditions.
• The date and time is set: February 5-7 at Berkeley Rep, with the Equity day being Monday the 7th.
• As of now, there is no funding for the ATLAS program. Members discuss other possibilities for offering feedback to willing auditioners.
V. 11:32am Research Discussion: “Facts???”.
• Members discuss the article chosen for discussion. It addresses the problem of offering facts, and the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of that in changing people’s beliefs.
VI. Check-Ins.
• Members discuss what issues are going on with them currently.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Notes from July Theatre Services Committee Meeting

Theatre Bay Area recently hosted the most recent meeting of our monthly Theatre Services Committee. The notes are posted below. If you have any questions/comments, feel free to post them here or email

TSC Meeting Notes
July 21, 2010
TSC Members Present: Serge Bakalian, Golden Thread; Chida Chaemchaeng, Aurora Theatre; Rachel Fink, Berkeley Rep; Nina Meehan, Bay Area Children’s Theatre; Jessica Robinson Love, CounterPULSE.
Theatre Bay Area Staff Present: Dale Albright, Clayton Lord, Karen McKevitt, Kendra Oberhauser
I. Meeting called to order at 10:10am.
II. 10:18am TBA news and updates.
• Members discuss TBA news and updates.
• Company memberships are now half price and Gold memberships have been eliminated.
III. 10:25am Website focus group.
• Clay asks the TSC members present about our current website and what they would like or would use if it were different. TBA is currently in the middle of a major website overhaul, and has been holding focus groups with various theatre workers, but hasn’t been able to do so with administrators yet.
IV. 11:10am Sources of Publicity.
• In thinking about the next version of the Sources of Publicity, Karen McKevitt asks the TSC members for their thoughts and suggestions.
• Hard copy of Sources really isn’t useful in this age. Members discuss possibilities for electronic versions.
V. 11:20am Regional meeting update.
• So more people can attend, Dale wants to experiment with conference calls at these meetings.
VI. 11:25am Outliers excerpt discussion.
• The reading material for this month’s meeting is a chapter from Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell called “The Ethnic Theory of Plane Crashes.