2009 TCG National Conference - General Information

Baltimore, MD. June 4-6, 2009


About the TCG National Conference:

The TCG National Conference brings together approximately 800 theatre professionals from across the nation and around the world for meetings, speeches and performances, and a chance to explore the local theatre community. The 2009 Conference took place from June 4th through the 6th at the Hippodrome Theatre, part of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, located on 12 N. Eutaw Street in Baltimore.


Defining the New Landscape

It’s tempting, when facing an uncertain future, to buckle down, stay at home and focus on immediate concerns. However, this is the time to do exactly the opposite. This is the time to take advantage of our collective power. This is the time to unite, commune with friends, share our struggles and brainstorm new solutions. This is the time when the best and brightest minds come together to address pressing issues and prepare for what’s ahead.

Join us in Baltimore as we examine the ROOTS of our field – stories from our founders, their dreams, and the growth of the field into the diversity of voices we hear today.

We’ll strategize for a much-needed RENAISSANCE – especially in critical times, we have the opportunity to re-examine our priorities and create a renewal of the significance of the theatre in our communities, in the social dialogue throughout the country, and in the lives of our audience members.

We’ll look for the REVOLUTION of tomorrow – as new leaders enter the field, what will change? What are their ideas, dreams and aspirations, and what will theatre look like in the very near future? What are the new possibilities afforded by advances in technology, communication, leadership, demography, and how might the study of generational differences alter the course of our work?

Throughout the conference, we’ll take advantage of the intersection of generations to identify some of the field’s best thinking. Many breakouts will include opportunities to celebrate the successes of innovative new programs, but we will also offer sessions like “Back from the Brink,” our popular session led by theatres who have survived the threat of closure; “Budgeting through a Crisis,” a session on the stories that our budget numbers tell about our priorities, and how we hold firm to our core mission; “Downturn Development,” a session on fundraising when the economy is weak; and many more that will help theatres respond to the times.

Participants will gather daily with peers from theatres with similar sized budgets to address some of the most crucial issues of the moment. Our general sessions will include opportunities to think beyond the scope of the day to day to investigate current trends and their implications for tomorrow; to reflect on our history and to contemplate our future; and to consider new approaches to serious challenges in the field.

And, as always, we’ll offer you plenty of time to network with new colleagues, re-connect with familiar faces, and otherwise enjoy the company of theatre professionals from across the country.

Given the current turbulent national landscape, it's now more important than ever that we gather together to share our knowledge, fortify our connections and strengthen our resolve as we face an uncertain future.

In addition to the National Conference, many attendees enriched their experience by attending the TCG pre-conference in Washington, D.C. on June 3.

List of Member Theatres in Baltimore and Maryland:


Baltimore Shakespeare Festival

Everyman Theatre

Theatre Project

Imagination Stage (Bethesda)

Round House Theatre, Inc. (Bethesda)

Maryland Ensemble Theatre (Frederick)

Olney Theatre Center for the Arts (Olney)

Bay Theatre Company (Annapolis)

List of Member Theatres in Washington, D.C.:

Arena Stage

The African Continuum Theatre Company

Folger Theatre

Ford's Theatre

GALA Hispanic Theatre

The Shakespeare Theatre Company

The Studio Theatre

Theater J

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Young Playwrights' Theatre

If you have any questions, please contact the National Conference Department.

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