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A Virtual Theatre Workforce Convening

From Dec. 7-9, 2021, Roundabout Theatre Company, with support from The National Endowment for the Arts, hosted Opening Stage Doors, a free virtual convening to share tools and innovations in job training, mentorship, and job placement, with the goal of helping remove traditional barriers to off-stage performing-arts jobs.

Organized by a national team of arts workers who oversee workforce programs, Opening Stage Doors keynotes and sessions ask program managers and organizational leaders to reimagine programs and ensure historically marginalized members of our community are part of a scaffolded and supportive training process that leads to employment.


Day 1

KEYNOTE: ENVISIONING THE FUTURE — LEADERSHIP AND VISION
Kenny Leon, Director/Producer
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Jennifer DiBella, Director of Education, Roundabout Theatre Company

Practical Tool Sessions

RECRUITMENT & ONBOARDING

NAVIGATING THE POLITICS OF A NONPROFIT

Program Spotlight Sessions

ARTS LEADERSHIP

TECHNICAL THEATRE


Day 2

KEYNOTE: ENVISIONING THE FUTURE — PARTICIPANT VOICES
— Rafael Abdulmajid, former fellow, Theatrical Workforce Development Program
— Evelyn Danner, former apprentice, Goodman Theatre
— Emily Marroqui, former intern, Center Theatre Group

— Moderated by Ava Kinsey, Director of Education at BAM, Brooklyn Academy of Music
— Welcomed by Leslie Recinos, Theatrical Workforce Development Program

Practical Tool Sessions

UNDERSTANDING COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

BEYOND THE ADA-HIRING RULES AND COMMON PRACTICES

UNION PARTNERSHIPS

Program Spotlight Sessions

EXPOSURE/PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

ARTS ADMINISTRATION


Day 3

KEYNOTE: ENVISIONING THE FUTURE — FUNDER AND SENIOR LEADERSHIP SUPPORT
— Anne del Castillo, Commissioner, NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
— Susan Feder, Arts and Culture Program Officer, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
— Julia Levy, Executive Director, Roundabout Theatre Company
— Marjorie Parker, President & CEO, JobsFirst NYC

— Moderated by Greg Reiner, Director of Theater and Musical Theater, National Endowment for the Arts

Practical Tool Sessions

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CURRICULUM

EFFECTIVE MENTORSHIP PRACTICES

POST PROGRAM JOB PLACEMENT & ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT


Closing

KEYNOTE: REFLECTION & REMARKS
— Jennifer DiBella, Director of Education, Roundabout Theatre Company
— Willa J. Taylor, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Goodman Theatre


Event Expo Program Links


The Planning Committee for this event includes Shaminda Amarakoon, David Geffen School of Drama at Yale; Jennifer DiBella, Roundabout Theatre Company; Alejandra Duque Cifuentes, Dance/NYC; Jennifer Halpern, The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees; Amy Harris, Independent Consultant; Sharifa Johka, Blk Realities; Olivia Jones, Consultant; Mitch Mattson, Roundabout Theatre Company; Talleri McRae, National Disability Theatre; Leslie Recinos, Theatrical Workforce Development Program; Alexander Santiago-Jirau, New York Theatre Workshop; Camille Schenkkan, Center Theatre Group; Willa J. Taylor, Goodman Theatre; Nikki Toombs, Aurora Theatre; Patricia White, The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

Convening Production Team: Amy Harris, Conference Manager; Karen Loftus, Production Stage Manger; Lauren Piscione, Accessibility Coordinator; Marianel Marquez, Stage Manager; Mitch Mattson, Stage Manager; Jennifer DiBella, Producer

Hands On: Providing accessibility to arts & cultural events for the Deaf and hard of hearing communities

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Special Thanks

This Project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Special Thanks to Maggie Kaplen.                                       

Roundabout’s Theatrical Workforce Development Program is made possible through the generosity of Denise R. Sobel, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Altman Foundation, Solon E. Summerfield Foundation, the State of New York through its Workforce Development Initiative, and NYC’s Human Resources Administration and Center for Economic Opportunity’s joint support through the Work Progress Program.

Major funding to establish the Made in New York Stagecraft Bootcamp is provided by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Department of Small Business Services.      

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

For questions, please contact education@roundabouttheatre.org