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PAHRTS: Hiring People: Classification, Onboarding, Compensation, and Equity

November 19, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Performing Arts Human Resources Toolkit Series: Creating holistically healthy cultures in our performing arts communities

Join the Minnesota Theater Alliance, with presenting sponsor Kaplan Insurance, for six half-day sessions focused on the health, safety, and well-being of our performing arts individuals and organizations. This series will feature content applicable to both individual practitioners and representatives of performing arts organizations!

Attendees will come away with resources, information, skills, critical thinking on real world scenarios, and connections with fellow practitioners to help build healthy, safe, and stronger cultures within organizations and production processes.



Session 2 | Hiring People: Classification, Onboarding, Compensation, and Equity

November 19, 2019 — 9:30am – 12:00pm

Wellstone Center, Rm 272 (179 Robie St E, St Paul, MN 55107)

Presenters: Trevor Brown, Wu Chen Khoo, Tammy Cohen



  • Employee classification and basics of MN employment laws
  • Creating and utilizing an employee/artist/volunteer handbook
  • Hiring and Firing basics
  • Compensation & negotiation: best practices for employers, transparency, and the culture of compensation in organizations
  • Dialogue regarding equity and compensation among a range of people with different vocations and levels of leadership, including ethical considerations

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Trevor Brown is an attorney in the Labor & Employment group at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, a full-service law firm headquartered in Minneapolis. His practice includes litigating non-compete/non-solicit disputes, whistleblower and retaliation cases, and other employment issues that arise under state and federal law. In addition to representing clients in court, Trevor provides advice and practical problem-solving for employment-related legal questions. Trevor also devotes much of his practice to pro bono work, as a volunteer attorney with the Children’s Law Center and as a resource for non-profit organizations seeking advice on employment issues.


Wu Chen Khoo is a veteran lighting designer, stagehand, production manager and labour organizer based in the Twin Cities area. His performance work has mostly been centred in dance, theatre, corporate events and site-specific performance. He is a co-founder of the education program Technical Tools of the Trade (www.techtoolstraining.org), which trains, promotes, connects and supports people through the production disciplines of the performing arts. He is a founding member of the Class & the Arts collective (www.facebook.com/ClassandtheArts), a group of arts workers organizing to build Solidarity and promote critical engagement with issues of social justice through the arts & entertainment industry. He shares his life with his partner, Kristin, and two children Teng Jin and Yi Lian.


Tammy Cohen is an HR Consultant with 20 years of experience. Half of that time was spent in nonprofits and she has been with the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts since 2017. In her spare team she volunteers with a small animal rescue and is part of the TCSHRM social media team. She also teaches dance as a hobby, but HR pays the bills.






  • Members: $25 per session or $100 for six session package (2 free!)
  • Non-Members: $40 per session or $200 for six session package (1 free!)

Thanks to IATSE Local 13, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships for independent contractors. To request a scholarship, please select “I am an independent contractor requesting a scholarship” on the registration form. Scholarships will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

For small budget performing arts organizations: Funds are available through the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) to help offset the costs of valuable trainings like these! The Management Training Fund program provides grants of up to $600 for the staff and volunteers of nonprofit and fiscally sponsored arts groups to attend management-related workshops, seminars, or conferences in the state of Minnesota. Application deadline is minimum 2 weeks before proposed training. More information at https://mrac.org/grants/management-training-fund/


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1.   Preventing Sexual Misconduct
October 15, 2019 — 9:30am – 12:00pm
Wellstone Center, St. Paul

2.   Hiring People: Classification, Onboarding, Compensation, and Equity
November 19, 2019 — 9:30am – 12:00pm
Wellstone Center, St. Paul

3.   Insurance and Workers Comp Basics
December 17, 2019 — 9:30am – 12:00pm
Nautilus Music-Theater Studio, St. Paul
(Please note location change.)

4.   Taking Responsibility for Health, Safety, and Wellness
January 21, 2020 — 9:30am – 12:00pm
Wellstone Center, St. Paul

5.   Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: The Continued Journey
February 18, 2020 — 9:30am – 12:00pm
Wellstone Center, St. Paul

6.   Liability Questions, Obligations, and Ethics
March 17, 2020 — 9:30am – 12:00pm
Wellstone Center, St. Paul



The Minnesota Theater Alliance connects, supports, and advocates for the statewide performing arts community. We envision a vibrant and complex Minnesota performing arts ecosystem in which practitioners’ flourish in companies that are stable, accessible, safe, and healthy; achieving their missions through enthusiastic engagement with their communities and audiences.


November 19, 2019
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Minnesota Theater Alliance


Wellstone Center
179 Robie St E
Saint Paul, 55107 United States
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