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Welcome! Thank you for your interest in submitting a session proposal for the 2020 TCG National Conference in Phoenix, AZ (June 4-6, 2020). Please read the information below in full before you begin filling out the form.
The TCG Conferences and Fieldwide Learning team is collecting session proposals for our 2020 National Conference. In an ongoing effort to best serve the needs of our members, this year’s process will differ slightly from the previous two. The prompt questions that follow will ask for a clearly articulated vision of a Conference session. They will ask you to think about your session as a part of one (or several) of the following tracks: Artistry in Action; Best Practices; and Capacity-Building (see full descriptions of each track below); and as one of the following formats (if applicable): Plenary Session, Skills-Building Workout; Breakout Session, Lab, Affinity Space, Performance (see descriptions within the form). We know that exact session details and availability of participants will be subject to change in the coming months, so we ask that you offer your best thinking based on what you know at this time. If what you’re thinking about does not fit into the construct of this form, please feel free to check out our blog on this year’s programming process to find out how else you can share your ideas for the Conference.
Artistry in Action: From season planning, to anti-racist casting practices, to exploring issues of dramaturgy and new play development, artistry in action sessions address what’s at the heart of our work - the art we produce and how we do it with integrity, equity, and ingenuity.
Best Practices: These sessions are for those looking for a helpful “how-to” on a particular administrative or strategic issue, project, or challenge. Starting a capital campaign and looking for a tried and true approach? Looking to learn about how to better engage your board or lead with an equitable lens for collaborations? Seeking models of audience engagement that truly engage trans & non-binary community members? These are the sessions for you.
Capacity-Building: Looking to grow and/or deepen your approach to your work, whether you are an individual artist, a development director, or a community engagement staff member? These sessions, many of which are long form (2-3 hours), provide space for development, discussion, and high level thinking around strengthening ourselves and our field. Examples of past sessions include playwriting master classes; facilitation skills-building workshops; community engagement strategy sessions, and more.
TCG staff and members of our 2019-2020 Programming Council will review proposed ideas between December 2019 and February 2020. If we plan to include some version of your idea(s) in Conference programming, we will follow up with you by February 14, 2020. As a part of this process, TCG may ask you to elucidate your thinking in additional conversations with us and/or our session review committee.
Content ideas for the 2020 TCG National Conference will be collected until Monday, December 16, 2019 at 6pm ET. If you would like to submit more than one idea, please feel free to fill this form out more than once; you are not limited in the number of ideas you can submit. Please note that you do not have to plan to speak in or facilitate the session you propose; you are welcome to submit a session for which you are the coordinator. We encourage you to forward this form to your colleagues, encouraging them to contribute their ideas as well.
Thank you for taking the time to contribute your thoughts to the programming process for the next TCG National Conference, and please contact Hannah Fenlon with any questions.