Yes, the industry is collapsing…Now what?

You might think that a conversation that was, at least in part, fodder for an article titled “Theatre is in freefall” would have left me depressed and submitting resumes for corporate jobs. So, why am I energized and excited about the future? First of all, I always adore big picture conversations with smart people like […]

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Failure to Communicate – A Case Study

Yesterday, I read the American Theatre article on the mess at New Dramatists. I’d like to examine this as a case study on communication (or lack thereof). I started sharing my thoughts on communication a little over a week ago, but boy is the ND situation ever a neon sign highlighting multiple things at once. […]

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The Reckoning is Here

I’m taking a quick break from the blog series that grew out of my workshops at SWTC to highlight the signs that the nonprofit theatre reckoning is here; the reckoning many of us saw coming at the beginning of the pandemic…but was blissfully delayed by SVOG funding. Yesterday, I read this article on Williamstown Theatre […]

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Stop Whacking the Communication Mole

We’ve discussed why your organization exists, how to build a better board relationship, and the types of brains you need on your Board/staff. Now let’s tackle the issue that I have seen to some degree at every nonprofit organization I’ve ever dealt with: communication. Years ago I read a book (I wish I could remember […]

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Board ≠ Parent; Staff ≠ Child

Yesterday, we talked about redefining why your nonprofit theatre exists. Now, let’s talk about redefining how it is led. Here’s the traditional list of Board duties: This list is a good one, but it has led us to build initial Boards of: This is a fundamentally paternalistic model. It shouldn’t surprise us as the whole […]

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Excuse me, why do you exist?

This is the first of a series of posts that have come out of a workshop I created for the South West Theatre Conference in Little Rock last weekend. The thoughts contained herein have been informed by a ton of articles read, lectures and workshops attended, and conversations enjoyed over the last few years. Apologies […]

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Show Me the Money: Nonprofit Theatre and the New Overtime Rules

After reading through the official Department of Labor’s brief on the new overtime rules and the non-profit sector yesterday, I made the mistake of tweeting my first thought. I don’t call it a mistake because I said something I regret or because some people had a knee jerk response but rather because 140 characters is […]

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Interviewing for the big job

Michael Kaiser’s recent article in the Huffington Post got me thinking about what skills we need to make sure the future leaders of our arts organizations have; how can we help them be prepared to take the reins?  Then last week a friend asked for advice on interviewing for her first Executive Director position.  I’ve […]

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