2024 TCG National Conference: CHICAGO

We are proud to announce that the 33rd TCG National Conference (virtual and in-person) will take place in Chicago, IL from June 20th to 22nd, 2024, in association with the League of Chicago Theatres.

In the origin story of Chicago – and its evolution into one of the most vibrant cultural capitals of the world and one that is continually named as The Best Big City in the U.S. – a catalyzing event that transformed the city was the infamous Great Fire of the 19th century. The Fire is now commonly understood as the consequence of poor urban planning, embedded structural flaws that cost hundreds of homes, businesses, and lives. Devastated as it was, the city seized the moment as an opportunity for a rebuilding process that left behind an era of outdated design and resulted in one of the most architecturally advanced cityscapes and culturally eclectic epicenters of the modern era. The lore of Chicago’s history and rebirth reveals a useful recipe for metamorphosis: a healthy dose of grit, a splash of ingenuity, a penchant for collaboration, and a will to always do better by its people.

The story of Chicago echoes the story of our field – comprising many stories – that we are still telling. “The field is on fire,” we say, and we stay. As antiquated structures smolder around us, we seize the moment as one of possibility, we look around, and we try to determine what we will save. From June 20-22, 2024, TCG and the League of Chicago Theatres will welcome theatre practitioners to the City of the Big Shoulders, where together we will answer the call of possibility, design new tools, and get to worldbuilding. We will take inspiration from Chicago’s energetic and diverse theatre community to scaffold new structures and begin telling our stories anew. We will work, we will play, and we will visit new places; at our first national gathering in two years, and our second hybrid Conference, TCG’s in-person programming will burst out of the confines of a hotel, and disperse into the city’s many cultural venues, historical sites, and hubs of creative innovation. Keep an eye out for both in-person and virtual registration to launch in November, and join us in June (with your sleeves rolled up).

When
6/20/2024 - 6/22/2024
Where
Chicago and Virtual UNITED STATES

Sign In

Program

Thursday, 20 June 2024

Description
We invite all attendees to join us for a complimentary Conference breakfast our first morning together, Thursday, June 20 at the Hyatt Regency as part of our kickoff Fair featuring registration, TCG partner companies offering active demos and presentations, and resources for navigating your way around the Windy City. Please let us know if you plan to attend this complimentary breakfast anytime from 9-11am on June 20, with the Fair going until noon and coffee remaining available. Exact time is subject to change.
Time
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
8:00 AM
Building for Adaptation: A Tour + Conversation on Flexible Spaces, with Charcoalblue @ The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier
Time
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
11:30 AM

Friday, 21 June 2024

Description
Join TCG and your theatre colleagues for a social breakfast and morning coffee on Friday, June 21, anytime between 8:30 and 10:30am, at the Hyatt Regency’s Living Room Bar + Lounge. Exact time is subject to change.
Time
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
8:30 AM
We invite all BIPOC administrative theatre leaders to join this affinity space to engage around joy, collective action, healing, and reflection. Whether in predominantly white institutions (PWIs) or Black Theatres, Indigenous Theatre and all Theatres of Color (BITOCs), we will embrace the opportunity to unpack the successes and challenges of our intersectionality, communities, and workplace cultures. This space is reserved for BIPOC seeking to ask what we collectively need to sustain ourselves and our fellow leaders. Please note: this is an affinity space only available to current managing or administrative leaders of organizations who identify as BIPOC. TCG will provide breakfast. This session is in-person only and due to space restrictions, we are limiting attendance to two people per organization. Contact [email protected] with questions.
Time
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM
Artistic Leaders of Color Affinity Breakfast Whether in predominantly white institutions (PWIs) or Black Theatres, Indigenous Theatre and all Theatres of Color (BITOCs), we invite all BIPOC working in capacities of artistic leadership to join this affinity space to engage around joy, collective action, mutual support and community building. In this peer-led space, we are dedicating this time to celebrating our successes and unpacking our challenges in our organizations and in the greater theatre field. Please note: this is an affinity space only available to current artistic leaders of organizations who identify as BIPOC. TCG will provide breakfast. This session is in-person only and due to space restrictions, we are limiting attendance to two people per organization. Contact [email protected] with questions.
Time
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM
Port of Entry: A hyperlocal production model of extraordinary scope, with Albany Park Theatre Project in Albany Park
Time
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
10:00 AM
A Workshop on Beyond Land Acknowledgments and a Native-catered lunch at downtown’s Center for Native Futures
Time
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
10:30 AM
A Discussion on Decolonizing Shared Leadership @ Urban Theatre Company in Humboldt Park
Time
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
11:00 AM
Freedom of Expression and the Future of American Authorship, with TCG Books @ The Understudy Books and Cafe in Andersonville
Time
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
4:30 PM
Walking Tour, Food Trucks, and Katori Hall's The Hot Wing King @ Writers Theatre in Glencoe, IL
Time
4:30 PM - 10:30 PM
4:30 PM

Saturday, 22 June 2024

Description
Join TCG and your theatre colleagues for a social breakfast and morning coffee on Saturday, June 22, anytime between 9:00 and 10:30am, at the Hyatt Regency’s Living Room Bar + Lounge. Exact time is subject to change.
Time
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
9:00 AM
Facilitated by: Alexandra Meda, Hope Chávez, Meena Malik, and Rad Pereira. Theatre for Activism’s three-part series will conclude with Rise Up, a hybrid megaLAB that will bring our attention to accountability practices with the shared understanding that we have all messed up and will continue to mess up. How we clean up our mess is a choice that we must make within ourselves, aided by the support of the people around us. We can build our capacity for living through mess, invite curiosity where discomfort might arise and rehearse the steps we might actually take to repair. This session will be guided by four facilitators who support arts workers through conflict and support healing justice praxis in arts organizations and in their communities.
Time
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
9:30 AM
Immerse Yourself: Creating Dynamic Narrative Experiences for Your Audiences, a session within a Trip on the South Side, with visit to Saturday morning Farmers Market
Time
10:00 AM - 12:45 PM
10:00 AM
A Discussion on Small Theatres: Exposure & Equitability, with works from 4th Annual BIPOC Play Fest, with brunch option
Time
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
11:30 AM