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Minnesota Theater Alliance
Membership Newsletter
May 4, 2012


Alliance News:
  • Highlights from the Sustainability in Theater Conference!
  • Opportunities:
  • Be A Part of An International Theatre Experience: “Bully!”
  • The University of Minnesota MFA Design and Technology Showcase
  • Learning:
  • Springboard for the Arts Free "Work of Art" Series - Summer Dates Announced
  • Represent:
  • Update for Arts Organizations that have Endorsed Minnesotans United
  • Bonus:
  • Theater Development Fund's Autism Theater Initiative Featured on CNN!
  • Highlights from the Sustainability in Theater Conference!
    A big thank you to all the volunteers, attendees and panelists who made the first U.S. national Sustainability in Theater conference an inspiring and successful event. The conference was presented by the Minnesota Theater Alliance and the Twin Cities Sustainable Theatres Group at Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, April 30 and May 1, 2012. Presentations were Webcast live by QwikCast on April 30, and 11 breakout panels were live online for interactive participation through Google+ Hangouts on May 1. Locally, there were 90 attendees, including many individual artists, and representing 60 different organizations. Online, there were 30 attendees representing 20 different organizations, 9 U.S. states, and 4 countries. See photos from the event at or on Facebook at

    Keynote presentations were made by Terry Gips, Sustainability Associates; Stephen Rueff, The Clean Campaign; and Mary T'Kach, Ramsey County. International case studies were presented by Ian Garrett, Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, and included presentations by Arcola Theatre (UK), Festivals Edinburgh (UK), Julie's Bicycle (UK), York University (Toronto), Fisher Dachs Associates (WA), and Childsplay (AZ).

    Follow-up activities to the conference include a summary to be presented at the national Theatre Communications Group annual conference in Boston, June 2012; an online discussion and document forum for knowledge sharing in the industry; and plans to present the conference again. Local initiatives being discussed in Minnesota in response to the conference include expanding the membership of the Twin Cities Sustainable Theatre Group; more frequent convenings to share knowledge and plan collaborative projects; consideration of a shared reusable sets and props inventory, either physically or virtually; and collective purchasing of green materials.

    As reference materials from the conference are gathered and additional plans develop, more information will be available at

    The conference was planned and presented by a volunteer task force made up of artists and administrators from Bedlam Theatre, Bemidji State University, Brave New Workshop, Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, CostumeRentals, Guthrie Theater and Minnesota Theater Alliance.

    The University of Minnesota’s Performing Arts Archives, Penumbra Theatre, and the American Theatre Archive Project have teamed up to gather vital information about the state of archives in working theater companies and to get the word out about new resources for preserving America’s theatrical legacy. Whether you have a multi-million dollar budget or you have to scrimp and save for ticket stock, we want to hear from YOU.

    Please take ten minutes (or less!) to complete a simple multiple-choice survey at this link:

    Please complete the survey by Friday, May 11, 2012. Please also feel free to share the link with other theater directors who you think could contribute. We want to hear from everyone, but we are particularly interested in theaters of color, whose legacy is most at risk of disappearing without documentation.

    At the end of the survey, you can indicate if you would like to participate in one or more projects.
    For more information, feel free to contact:
    - Cecily Marcus, Curator (, 612-624-8812) or Sara Zettervall, Project Manager (, 612-624-1402), University of Minnesota Performing Arts Archives (
    - Susan Brady (, 203-432-9038) or Ken Cerniglia (, 212-827-5513), Co-Chairs, Steering Committee, American Theatre Archive Project (

    This survey is supported, in part, by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (

    Be A Part of An International Theatre Experience: “Bully!”
    Can bullying be stopped? Can theatre make a change in my community? Can I?
    SteppingStone Theatre in St. Paul, MN and Action Transport Theatre in Ellesmere Port, England are creating a new play about bullying that will be performed here and in England, and you can be the author!

    SteppingStone is seeking passionate, committed students who want to be playwrights, poets, storytellers, or composers, and are ready to see what theatre can do in the world. They are looking for young artists (ages 13-19) who want to meet and explore ideas with young artists both here and overseas, and to see their work performed onstage at SteppingStone Theatre and across the Atlantic at Action Transport Theatre.

    Six young artists from Minnesota and six young artists from England will be chosen to work with a professional playwright/mentor to find the most powerful way to develop your artistic voice, tell your own stories or create new ones, and see how your work can make a difference.

    Submit your application today to take part in this amazing international collaboration!
    Deadline Friday, May 18th
    Application information available at:

    The University of Minnesota MFA Design and Technology Showcase
    You are invited to attend an open forum featuring the work of MFA Design/Tech students in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. This is an opportunity for you to see the work of students studying and training in Theatre Design and Technology who may be working with you in the near future. It is also a wonderful opportunity for the students to get feedback and advice from a wide range of theatre artists and practitioners.

    The hours of the showcase are 2:00-7:00pm, Monday, May 7th, in the Charles Nolte Xperimental Theater (Room 90) Rarig Center, on the West Bank of the University. 330-21st Avenue South, Mpls., MN 55455

    Springboard for the Arts Free "Work of Art" Series - Summer Dates Announced
    Springboard for the Arts "Work of Art" workshops are being offered for free once again this summer and fall -- two complete ten-session series at two different locations presented by the Hennepin County Libraries. Work of Art is a ten-session core curriculum that is a regularly occurring part Springboard's workshop schedule. It has been developed to be useful to artists practicing in all disciplines - visual, performing and literary arts. The workshops are designed to work together or stand alone. You can take the whole course or only those workshops that best suit you.

    See the whole schedule here:

    Update for Arts Organizations that have Endorsed Minnesotans United
    A Note from Minnesotans United: Thank you so much to those of you who attended our meeting at the Walker last week, and to all of you for having endorsed the campaign against the anti-marriage amendment. Our coalition continues to grow!

    After a helpful presentation by Richard Carlbom, Director of the MU campaign, we discussed our next steps. Chief goals are:
    1. To announce our community's opposition to the anti-marriage amendment, and invite more organizations to join us, and
    2. To connect interested individual arts community members to the campaign so they can volunteer or donate.

    Our next steps are:
    Event #1: Once the legislative session has ended, hopefully at the end of April or early May, we will have a press conference at the Illusion Theatre to announce our community's opposition to the amendment. The tentative dates under consideration are May 10 or 11.
    Event #2: A community meeting, tentatively on May 21, tentatively at the facilities of the Hennepin Theatre Trust. We will let our board members, employees and constituents know that this is an opportunity to connect with the campaign. We will have speakers from the campaign, talk about messaging, and then break into small groups with campaign staff to discuss next steps. We expect about 300 attendees.

    NOTE: If the legislative session does not end as predicted, we may have to push these dates back. In the meantime, we will keep you updated as plans for these events come together. In addition, we will all be talking to organizations which have not yet endorsed to see if they would like to join us.

    Theater Development Fund's Autism Theater Initiative Featured on CNN!
    Check out Theatre Development Fund's Autism Theatre Initiative featured on CNN's "Impact Your World" segment:

    To help support Autism Theatre Initiative go to:

    Funding and support for the Minnesota Theater Alliance provided by

    McKnight Foundation

    Mardag Foundation

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    This activity is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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