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Embracing the Future
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Embracing the Future
Strategic Planning and Succession Planning

This day long workshop will explore critical areas that arts leaders and board members should consider in order to ensure a healthy future for their organizations. The day will be organized in three sections: The morning session (9:00am to noon) will guide participants through the fundamentals of strategic planning, utilizing questions and feedback supplied by participants ahead of time. The session will focus upon the value of clear-eyed thinking about a company's current position, strengths, and weaknesses; how to develop a vision for a successful future; and inspiring and engaging all stakeholders to head in that direction with proper focus and choices made. A lunchtime roundtable (noon to 1:30pm) will address the importance of diversity and inclusion in sustaining organizations for the 21st century and beyond; the afternoon session (1:30pm to 4:30pm) will bring these conversations together in a discussion of succession planning for all organizations, including those currently led by founders. All sessions will be interactive, and will deal with issues specific to the participants. The day will conclude with a brief overview of the challenges and opportunities in the American theatre field overall, and how theatres in South Florida fit into our national landscape.

This program is presented by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for theatre in the US. Presenters will be Teresa Eyring, Executive Director Theatre Communications Group, Greg Kandel, founder and a partner of Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc and Mica Cole, arts administrator, former executive director of Free Street Theatre and planning consultant.

Cultural executives, theater managers, staff, directors and board members, and cultural organizations based in any county, are invited and welcome to participate in this workshop.

Mica Cole has been supporting and creating theatre in Chicago for the past ten years. She has consulted with several theatre companies in the Chicago area with a focus on founding missions, strategic planning, and diversity and inclusion. In addition to her work as a consultant, Ms. Cole recently served as the Executive Director of Free Street Theater, where she helped the long-standing company develop its first strategic plan in over a decade and led it through its second “founder transition.” Prior to that, she was the Director of Education and Community Engagement at Writers' Theatre where she played a critical role in the development of its diversity initiatives. Ms. Cole currently serves on the advisory committee for the Latino Theater Commons, an initiative of Howlround: A Center for the Theatre Commons at Emerson College in Boston. She has taught at Columbia College and DePaul University. She is an active participant in the Young Leaders of Color Program at Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and is a graduate of the Theatre School at DePaul University. 

Teresa Eyring joined Theatre Communications Group (TCG) as executive director in March 2007.  Previously, she spent 20 years as an executive in theatres around the U.S.  Positions included managing director of the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, managing director of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, assistant executive director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and director of development for the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in Washington, D.C.  Eyring holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.  She is a member of the boards of the Performing Arts Alliance and The Actors Fund.  Under her leadership, TCG adopted a new strategic plan with a major focus on diversity and inclusion, as well as audience and community engagement.  With this plan, TCG has articulated a new, unifying vision statement.  In summary it is: A better world for theatre. A better world because of theatre.

Gregory Kandel is the founder and a partner of Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc. (MCA) of Stamford, Connecticut. The firm assists cultural organizations in planning, executive search, and organizational analysis. While at MCA, he has completed 125 strategic plans for a wide range of organizations. Before forming MCA in 1983, he spent 10 years in arts management, both in the field and as a consultant to dance companies, theatres, orchestras and other performing arts organizations.

At MCA, Mr. Kandel has served a diverse group of clients, including New York Theatre Workshop, Trisha Brown Company, Theatre Communications Group, The House Foundation (Meredith Monk), the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Noguchi Museum, the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, and Creative Time.   He is currently a faculty advisor and teacher at the Yale School of Drama Graduate School, teaching courses on strategic planning, governance, and entrepreneurship, as well as guiding case studies

He has facilitated important Board and staff discussions at significant historical moments for cultural organizations such as The Guthrie Theater, New York Foundation for the Arts, The Joyce Theater, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Mr. Kandel holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Full Workshop $25 - Individual Sessions $10

Strategic Planning, Roundtable, Succession Planning
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM - RSVP

Strategic Planning - 9:00 AM to 12 noon - RSVP
Develop a vision for a successful future,focus operations and resources, learn how to inspire and engage all stakeholders around this shared direction for your organization.

Lunchtime Roundtable N
oon to 1:30 PM - RSVP

A discussion on the importance of cultural diversity in sustaining organization for
the 21st century and beyond.

Succession Planning-1:30PM to 4:30PM - RSVP

The afternoon session will bring all conversations of the day together in a discussion of succession planning for all organizations, including those currently let by founders.

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