2009 TCG National Conference - Pre-Conference

Washington, DC. June 3, 2009


The Shakespeare Theatre Company hosts the TCG Pre-Conference at their newly opened Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW in Washington, DC). Our pre-conference offerings this year include opportunities to strengthen your own voice, make a substantial difference in the field, and become a crucial part of international conversations and artistic exchange.

ACTivate Change: Bridging Cultural Exchange and Creativity

On June 3, 2009 we’ll gather in Washington, DC to engage with national colleagues, international theatre practitioners and policy-makers as we chart the course for cultural exchange in today’s increasingly intricate world.

The new administration has begun to envision cultural exchange as an important tool to provide global leadership and greater intercultural understanding. This is a crucial time to rethink our own approach to international work and to identify the vital differences between cultural diplomacy and cultural exchange. We will exchange ideas with experts and with each other, identify new partnerships and strengthen the role of theatre in global affairs. Sessions will be geared to engage experienced international theatre practitioners and to demystify the process for those interested in exploring this work for the first time.



8am-9amContinental Breakfast
9am-10am Keynote Address - Jeanette Winterson
10am-12pmBreakout Sessions

Participants will choose from one of the following sessions:

Session A: The International Toolkit

Join Pennie Ojeda, Director of International Activities for the NEA as she moderates a series of conversations with experts in the field to introduce and demystify the steps necessary for successful international collaborations. Topics to be explored include: Visas/Taxation for International Collaborators; Identifying Partners/Resources; Gauging and Engaging Your Audience. Panelists include:

Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq. of FTM Arts Law

Patrick M. Madden, president & CEO of Sister Cities International

• Bill Reichblum, founder/CEO of Kadmus Arts

Session B: Speed Bumps, U-Turns and Scenic Routes:  Navigating Cultural Exchange

Gather with Philip Himberg, Producing Artistic Director of Sundance Institute’s Theatre Program, as he moderates a conversation among fellow theatre practitioners and cultural leaders about their ongoing and recent projects with international collaborators. This session is designed for practitioners with experience developing or leading international projects. Examples will address best thinking and lessons learned from unexpected challenges. Panelists will be announced in May.
12pm-1:30pmGlobal Café: Conversations with International Guests

Grab your lunch and join one of our international guests to learn about cultural activity within their country and their work in particular. Table hosts include:

• Ali Mahdi (Founder and Artistic Director of Albugaa Theatre, Sudan)

• Dijana Milosevic (DAH Theatre, Serbia)

• Francisco Lumerman* & Lisandro Penelas (Argentina)*

• Thila Min (Burma)*

Mohammad Aghebati (Iran)*

Lucien Bourjeily (Lebanon)*

• Hoa Vu (Vietnam)*

• Zayne Koriya (Zimbabwe)*

*International theatre director participating in the Performing Artists Cultural Visitors Program of the U.S. State Department and the Kennedy Center.
1:30pm-5:00pmThink Tank on Cultural Exchange

Join policy experts, artists, cultural leaders and members from the DC community of consulates and embassies for a series of conversations on how artists and cultural exchange can recast the image of the US abroad and chip away at our isolationism. Based on the knowledge gained and ideas presented, participants will spend the second portion of the afternoon working in small groups to identify action steps to articulate the renewed role and support for cultural exchange at the local, state and national levels. Outcomes will include a list of action items participants can take back to their institutions; a resource list of local, national and international contacts who can help with new exchange initiatives; guidelines to create a “international programs mission statement” specific to your organization; talking points to drum up support from your staff, board, and audience to create new international programs.

Take full advantage of your trip to Washington, DC and stay for our National Conference in Baltimore, June 4-6. Register for both events and save $50 per person off your total registration costs. Click here to register now!

Pre-Conference Speakers:

Patrick Madden, President & CEO, Sister Cities International (SCI)

Patrick Madden was named President & CEO of SCI in February 2007. SCI is a powerful citizen diplomacy network with nearly 700 U.S. members and more than 2,000 partnering communities in 135 countries. SCI is a voice of local elected officials and citizen volunteer leaders who work to promote world peace and cultural understanding through economic and sustainable development programs, youth and education projects, arts and culture, and humanitarian assistance.

Prior to his leadership with SCI, Madden served as the vice president of external affairs and the publisher of Inside Arts magazine at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) where he managed fundraising, government affairs and membership departments, in addition to directing the organization’s communications outreach.

He is a sought after voice in the fundraising community and is an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University and teaches a quarterly workshop on fundraising to corporate executives preparing to join nonprofit boards. Prior to APAP, Madden served as the director of external affairs for five years at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery where he helped secure a $30 million gift. Recently, SCI announced a $7.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a project focusing on urban poverty in Africa.

Pennie Ojeda has been involved in international work at the National Endowment for the Arts since 1991. Currently, she is Director of International Activities with responsibility for developing and managing international initiatives in cooperation with other government agencies or private institutions. Among the NEA's primary international activities are Big Read partnerships with Russia and Egypt and International Literary Exchanges with China, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, and Russia. Additional partnerships involve programs with Russia, Japan, Central Europe, Eurasia and countries of the European Union.

Ms. Ojeda has been a part of the NEA staff for more than 20 years and has served in other positions, including Senior Assistant to the Deputy Chairman for Programs and Acting Director for Multidisciplinary and International Projects. She has managed the grant review process for multidisciplinary and international arts projects and worked in program development related to community based arts organizations and international exchange programs.

Before joining the Arts Endowment, Ms. Ojeda was on the staff of the Peace Corps in Washington, DC. She served as Desk Officer for the Africa Region and subsequently as an agency Planning Officer covering programs in all regions. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Brazil working in community development and education.

Brian Taylor Goldstein is a partner in the law firm of FTM Arts Law, with offices in both New York City and Virginia. His practice concentrates on representing and counseling clients in the fields of entertainment and the performing arts with regard to such matters as intellectual property, arts management, contracts, business formation and practices, and the immigration needs of foreign artists and performers. His clients include award-winning artists, performers, presenters, and authors, nationally and internationally known opera and ballet companies, regional and off-Broadway theater companies, award-winning producers and directors, documentary and feature-length film makers, and critically acclaimed fine-artists and designers. He also serves as general counsel for a number of leading artist managers and agents, as well as Legal Affairs Advisor to NAPAMA (North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents) and U.S. Legal Advisor to IAMA (International Artist Managers Association). He regularly teaches workshops and seminars, serves as an Adjunct Professor of Arts Management, and is a frequent speaker to arts groups and at national and regional arts conferences. He has been interviewed for numerous publications and is the author of “A License To Manage: State Licensing Requirements for Artist Managers” as well as the “Model Artist Management Contract” and “Model Performance/Residency Agreement”, published and distributed by NAPAMA. Brian has an extensive background in the performing arts and, in addition to serving as President of the Northern Virginia Board of Virginia Opera, Board Secretary of the Arts Council of Fairfax County, and serving on a number of boards and committees of state, local, and national arts organizations and presenting institutions, he serves as the artistic director of Lord Foppington & Company, a theatrical production company.


U.S. Department of State and John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

Performing Artists Cultural Visitors Program

Program Overview: Since 2005, the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has offered professional development opportunities to emerging performing artists between the ages 19-30 from selected countries. Programs are two weeks long and include visits to at least two U.S. cities. Selected artists receive round-trip travel, visa assistance, a per diem for food and lodging, and other program costs during their stay.

The purpose of this program is to offer professional development opportunities to emerging performing artists. The visitors participate in classes and workshops in their genre, attend meetings with influential U.S. artists and companies, and watch performances in their genre and other genres. For more information, please click here.


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