Main Conference

 “Shakespeare Here and Everywhere”
Wednesday, February 29 – Saturday, March 3

Daytime sessions will take place at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 812 East Rollins St. Orlando, Florida.
Some programs will take place at the Orlando Doubletree Hotel by Marriott (conference hotel).

NOTE: Plenary = full conference session of all members
Breakout – smaller group discussions on particular projects

Wednesday, February 29

Registration
Registration Begins at Doubletree Hotel
2:00pm-5:00pm
STA Executive Meeting
Executive Committee and past presidents onlyTransportation will leave the Doubletree for OST at 3:10pm
Location: OST Conference Room
3:30pm-5:00pm
BREAK – DINNER ON OWN
There will be hors d’oeuvres available during the reception, but not a full meal. There is a restaurant at the Doubletree Hotel.
5:00pm-6:00pm
STA Welcome Reception
Welcome from STA President Patrick Spottiswoode (Shakespeare’s Globe). Join us for the first meet and greet of the conference. Catch up with old friends, meet new ones and network with fellow Shakespeareans from around the globe. Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres available.
Bus leaves Doubletree Hotel at 5:00pm and 5:40pm, van runs constantly from 5:00pm-7:00pmLocation: OST Patron’s Room
Sponsored by the Edyth Bush Foundation and the English Speaking Union
6:00pm-7:00pm
Keynote Performance
What You Will: An Evening By and About the Bard starring Roger Rees
What You Will is the one-man everything there is “to be or not to be” about William Shakespeare: the greatest soliloquies ever written next to side-splitting accounts of the funniest disasters ever perpetrated on the stage. Best known to American audiences for roles on Cheers and The West Wing, Roger Rees won both the Olivier and Tony Awards for his performance as the lead character in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. He recently played Gomez in The Addams Family on Broadway. His upcoming work includes directing Peter and the Starcatcher, scheduled to open on Broadway next spring.Location: OST Margeson Theater
Sponsored by Edyth Bush Foundation and the English Speaking Union
7:30pm-8:30pm
Post Show Reception with Roger Rees
Light hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar Available.

Bus departs after the reception for the Doubletree Hotel at 10:00pm and 10:40pm, van will run constantly from 10:00pm-11:00pm
Sponsored by Visit Orlando and United Arts
8:45pm-10:00pm
POST-END OF DAY SESSIONS AT THE BAR!
The Doubletree Hilton Bar is staying open late to accommodate ‘very important’ late night ‘drinkscussions’ for members!
10:00pm-2:00am

Thursday, March 1

Bus Departures from Doubletree to OST at: 8:40am, 9:30am, van will run constantly from 8:30am-10:00am
Coffee and Tea available Patron’s Room all day 9:00am-5:00pm

Registration continues
Location: OST Patron’s Room
9:00am–1:00pm
Warmups
Becky Kemper will lead a gentle Linklater Voice based warm up including a progression of games to awaken actors willingness to play and take risks among larger ensembles.Location: OST McLaughlin Studio (bus departs at 8:40am)
Leader: Becky Kemper – San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
9:00am–9:50am
Welcome and Member Updates – Plenary
Welcome to Orlando and STA 2012! From Conference Host, Jim Helsinger and STA President, Patrick Spottiswoode. Agenda

  1. The “new member buddy system” – Lesley Malin
  2. Member Theater Updates – 1 minute each, followed by 5 minute break
  3. Associate Members – one sentence introductions
  4. Introduction of new member organizations – 3-5 minutes
  5. Update from Institute of Outdoor Drama – 15 minutes
  6. Quarto Update – Jim Volz – 5 minutes

Location: OST Mandell Theater
Audio Visual supplied session

10:00am-11:50am
Box Lunch
Lunch available in Patron’s Room, small breakouts locations available in Terrace, Mandell, and Conference Room.Reminder: There is a school matinee of Romeo and Juliet from 10:30am-1:15pm with an intermission in the lobby around 11:45am-12:00pm.
11:50am-12:30pm
“Remember Me”: Founding Principles and Building for Future – Plenary
How do we balance our founders’ original visions and missions with the realities of the present day as we build for the future?  Four artistic leaders look back and look forward.Location: OST Mandell Theater
Moderator: Patrick Mulcahy – Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Panelists: Antoni Cimolino – Stratford Shakespeare Festival;
Tina Packer – Shakespeare & Company;
David Ivers and Brian Vaughn – Utah Shakespeare Festival
12:30pm-1:40pm
BREAK 1:40pm-2:00pm
Break Out Sessions
Breakout sessions give members a choice of discussions to listen and participate in.  Please join any session that interests you.
2:00pm-3:10pm
Session A: Shakespeare Here: Shakespeare and Anti-Bullying
Colorado Shakespeare Festival launched a school tour of Twelfth Night focused on anti-bullying, in collaboration with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado. The tour features a performance plus anti-bullying workshops led by the actors, and has met with extraordinary success in Colorado reaching over 11,000 students in two months. CSF and CSPV will discuss the tour and make all of their materials (including script, curriculum, and business plan) available to any interested theatres.Location: OST Studio B
Moderator: Curt Tofteland
Panelists: Tim Orr and Amanda Giguere – Colorado Shakespeare Festival;
Linda Cunningham – Outreach Coordinator, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Safe Communities-Safe Schools, University of ColoradoAudio Visual supplied session
Session B: Shakespeare Everywhere: Taking Shakespeare Overseas
In this  inaugural conference of STA we welcome four of our newest members from Europe and South America.   What place does Shakespeare have on the cultural landscape of their countries, in the theatre, in translation and in education?  What opportunities might there be for international collaborative projects  and for STA members to tour internationally?Location: OST Margeson Theater
Moderator: Patrick Spottiswoode – Shakespeare’s Globe
Panelists: Jerzy Limon – Gdansk Shakespeare Festival, Poland;
Luisa Rovida de Sanctis – Teatro Licinium, Italy;
Mauro Maya and Aimara Resende – Instituto Gandarela, BrazilAudio Visual supplied session
Session C: How do you Market and Raise Funds from Five Living Generations?
Right now there are five different living generations who all may be ticket buyers, donors, volunteers and patrons. Baby Boomers don’t think like Gen Xers, who are nothing like Millenials and what about the GI’s and the Silent Generation? What is the best methodology to market, fundraise, retain and satisfy them all?Location: OST Mandell Studio Theater
Moderator: Shannon Lacek – Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Speaker: Mark Brewer – President of the Central Florida Community FoundationAudiovisual Powerpoint session
Tour of Lowndes Shakespeare Center
We will break into 4 groups before leaving the Margeson Theater and then tour the Shakespeare Center complex, starting in different locations and ending in the Patron’s Room for the next break.
3:10pm-3:40pm
BREAK 3:40pm-3:50pm
Building for STA’s Future – Plenary
Plenary discussion on STA’s future and the new STA Strategic Plan. Vote on new terms for Vote on new terms for Executive committee from Strategic Plan.
Reminder: According to our by-laws, there can be only one vote per organization and associate members may not vote.
Location: OST Margeson Theater
Moderator: Patrick Spottiswoode
with Strategic Plan Focus Group: Lesley Malin, David Dreyfoos and Dawn McAndrews
3:50-5:00pm
END OF DAY
Buses leave for the Doubletree Hotel at 5:10pm and 5:50pm, van will run constantly from 5:00pm-7:00pm
5:00pm
DINNER ON OWN 5:00pm-7:00pm
Optional performance of Cymbeline
at Orlando Shakes (free tickets for STA attendees) including after-show chatback with cast
Bus leaves Doubletree at 5:30pm and 6:30pm and van will run in between from 5:00pm-7:00pm.NOTE: There is a very large event at the Orlando Museum of Art and parking will be difficult. Please arrive early if driving.
OPTIONAL END OF DAY
Bus returns to Doubletree at 10:10pm and van will run from 10:00pm-11:00pm
9:45pm
POST-OPTIONAL-END OF DAY SESSIONS AT THE BAR!
The Doubletree Hilton Bar is staying open late to accommodate ‘very important’ late night ‘drinkscussions’ for members!
10:00pm-2:00am

Friday, March 2

Bus Departures from Doubletree to OST at: 8:40am and 9:30am, van will run from 8:30am-10:00am.
Coffee and Tea available Patron’s Room all day 9:00am-5:00pm

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Registration continues
Location: OST Patron’s Room
9:00am-1:00pm
Warmups
After a basic warmup, Anne Hering will lead a group mirror exercise, “Flocking,” a useful tool for ensemble building, as well as a staging device for group scenes.
Location: OST McLaughlin Studio (bus departs at 8:40am)
Leader: Anne Hering – Orlando Shakespeare Theater
9:00am-9:50am
Officer Meeting – 9:15am-9:45am
Executive Committee meeting (OST Conference Room)
Breakout Focus Groups on STA Strategic Plan Focus Group Meeting 1
This year we are experimenting with the idea of reducing the number of Focus Groups to three — reflecting STA’s new mission statement.  Artistic, Education and Management Focus Groups will meet twice during the conference.  Each Group will follow the same agenda which will include discussion of PR, Web, Board and Inclusivity issues.  Topics specific to each group  will be discussed under Any Other Business.Agenda

  1. Welcome from Chair; confirmation of Chair for 2012 or election of new Chair for 2012-2014
  2. Responses to the STA Operational Plan

Each Focus Group Chair will be invited to report the group’s responses at the STA Business

Session A: Management
Location: OST Studio B
Moderator:
Lesley Malin – Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Session B: Artistic
Location: OST Mandell Theater
Moderator: Lisa Tromovitch – Livermore Shakespeare Festival

Session C: Education
Location: OPO Rehearsal Hall
Moderator: Rebecca Ennals – San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

10:00am-11:10am
BREAK 11:10am-11:30am
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 11:30am-12:40pm
Hic et Ubique: Staging the Supernatural (Adams – Chair)
With gritty TV realism on the one hand and fantastical films with their lavish special effects on the other,  how can theatres stage Shakespeare’s ghosts, fairies and witches for today’s theatre audiences?  What resonance might the supernatural have for us today compared to our 16th/17th century predecessors?Location:    OST Mandell Studio Theater
Moderator:     Fred Adams – Utah Shakespeare Festival
Panelists:     Patrick Mulcahy – Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival;
Philip Sneed – Colorado Shakespeare Festival;
Ian Gallanar – Chesapeake Shakespeare CompanyAudio Visual supplied session
Before and After Shakespeare
How might we complement the Shakespeare repertoire to enrich our theatre companies’ and our audiences’ enjoyment of Shakespeare’s plays?   The panel will recommend exploring plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries, adaptations of his plays  and plays inspired by Shakespeare.Location: OST Conference Room
Moderator: Lesley Currier – Marin Shakespeare Company
Panelists: Ralph Cohen  – American Shakespeare Center, Producing Early Modern plays;
Cindy Phaneuf – Producing plays inspired by Shakespeare;
Pat Flick – Orlando Shakespeare,  New plays with a Shakespeare connection;
Lue Douthit – Oregon Shakespeare Festival
“Then” Shakespeare: Revisiting Original Practices
This session is designed to investigate the current thinking about Original Practices as a performance style and/or company point-of-view. While some theatres describe themselves as OP companies, others have abandoned the designation. Over the years, OP has been a topic of much conversation and debate, and this panel will raise the question about the state of Original Practices Shakespeare and what its future may or may not be.Location: OPO Rehearsal Hall
Moderator: Kevin Costa – Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Panelists: Sarah Enloe – American Shakespeare Center;
Jeff Watkins – American Shakespeare Tavern;
Becky Kemper – San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
NEA Shakespeare in American Communities Grant w/ Christy Dickinson
A discussion with Senior Program Director Christy Dickinson of Arts Midwest on the Shakespeare in American Communities grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. (Christy has also volunteered to meet individually with members during the conference) The grant is due March 8, 2012.Location: OST Studio B
Moderator: Ken Adelman
Speaker: Christy Dickinson – Arts Midwest/ NEA
Box Lunch
Lunch available in Patron’s Room, breakouts locations available in Terrace, Mandell, and Conference Room. Lunch Sponsor: University of Central FloridaReminder: There is a school matinee of Romeo and Juliet from 10:30am-1:15pm with an intermission in the lobby around 11:45am-12:00pm.
12:40-1:20pm
“There is a World Elsewhere”: A Celebration of International Shakespeare – Plenary
Shakespeare is everywhere – all around the world, speaking to different cultures and societies about themselves, their aspirations, their disasters – and performances from Russia to Turkey to Brazil prove how universal and contemporary these plays are.Location: OST Margeson Theater
Moderator: Patrick Spottiswoode
Speaker: Tony Howard – Warwick University
Audio Visual supplied sessionIntroduction of Lunch Sponsor Dean Jose Fernandez – University of Central Florida
1:20-2:30pm
BREAK 2:30-2:50pm
Breakout Sessions – Shakespeare Virtually Everywhere
Last year a conference plenary focused on how we might exploit the new social media marketing purposes. This year we will split into two groups and explore how the web and new media might enrich the content of our artistic or education programs.
2:50pm-4:00pm
Session A: Social Media and the Artistic Mission
How are member theaters using new media to support their artistic mission? More theatres are using broadcast in movie theatres for performance, using youtube auditions for actors, using google docs to edit, downloading and comparing scripts from the web. How are you using new media at your theatre?Location: OST Mandell Theater
Moderator: Rob Barr – Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Panelists: Jim Helsinger – Orlando Shakespeare Theater;
Lisa Tromovitch – Livermore Shakespeare Festival;
Lue Douthit – Oregon Shakespeare FestivalAudio Visual supplied session
Session B: Social Media and the Educational Mission
How can the web and new media support active theatre-centred learning? Is screen -based learning a contradiction when trying to engage students with the “now” of live theatre? How can we avoid resorting to posting study guides on-line? What opportunities does the web offer us for collaborative projects?Location: OST Margeson Theater
Moderator: Michael LoMonico – Folger Shakespeare Library
Panelists: Sarah Enloe – American Shakespeare Center;
Rebecca Ennals – San Fran Shakes;
Harper Ray – Globe Education, Shakespeare’s Globe;
Josh Stavros – Utah Shakespearean FestivalAudio Visual supplied session
BREAK 4:00pm-4:20pm
New Buildings for Shakespeare – Plenary
In spite of the current recession, three exciting new theatre developments are on the brink of completion. All theatres inspired by early modern playhouses. A Globe theatre is being built in Bela Horzonte, Brazil, a Fortune Theatre is being built in Gdansk, Poland and a 17th century indoor theatre is being built in London.Location: OST Margeson Theater
Moderator: Ralph Cohen – American Shakespeare Center
Panelists: Jerzy Limon – Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre;
Mauro Maya and Aimara Resende – Instituto Gandarela;
Neil Constable – Shakespeare’s GlobeAudio Visual supplied session
4:20pm-5:30pm
Celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th year – Plenary
2016 will mark the 400th  anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and major celebrations of his life are being planned across the world – in theatres, schools, universities and galleries. How might STA contribute to the celebrations?Location: OST Margeson Theater
Moderator: Tina Packer
5:30pm-6:00pm
END OF DAY
Bus leaves OST at 6:00pm and 7:10pm, van will run constantly from 6:00pm-8:00pm
6:00pm
DINNER ON OWN 6:00pm-8:00pm
Optional performance of Romeo and Juliet
Orlando Shakes (free tickets for STA attendees) with after show chatback with cast
Buses leave Doubletree at 6:50pm and 7:30pm, van will run constantly from 6:00pm-8:00pm
8:00pm
OPTIONAL END OF DAY
Bus returns to Doubletree at 11:00pm and van will run constantly from 11:00pm-12:00am
10:45pm
POST-OPTIONAL-END OF DAY SESSIONS AT THE BAR!
The Doubletree Hilton Bar is staying open late to accommodate ‘very important’ late night discussions for members!
11:00pm- 2:00am
WORD SALAD
It’s the speed dating of Shakespeare companies! Do you have a question or topic you’d like to discuss that isn’t on the agenda? Need to get with another company or person that knows how to do something? Just write down any question(s) you have on a slip of paper before the session. We put them all in a box then take one minute per topic to answer the question or get you in contact with those who can, then it’s on to the next topic. Drinks are allowed during this session.Location: A meeting room (TBA) at the Doubletree Hotel
Moderator: Casey Gallagher – Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Supplies: a box will be available at all plenaries to put your questions. Just write them on any slip of paper.
11:30pm-12:15am

Saturday, March 3

Bus Departures from Doubletree to OST at 8:40am and 9:30am
Coffee and Tea available Patron’s Room all day 9am-5pm

Registration continues
Location: OST Patron’s Room
9:00am-1:00pm
Warmups
Megan Pickrell will lead the group in “Iamb!”, a fun, fast-paced game developed Lynn Farleig and her students that introduces students to scansion terminology, while warming them up vocally and physically.Location: OST McLaughlin Studio (bus departs at 8:40pm)
Leader: Megan Pickrell – Orlando Shakespeare Theater
9:00am-9:50am
Breakout Focus Groups: Focus Group Meeting 2
A continuation of Thursday’s discussion on strategic plan, adding the topics of board recruitment and 2016 celebrations of Shakespeare’s life. Elect new chairs of Focus Groups.Agenda

  1. Unfinished Business from First Focus Group Meeting
  2. The Board Matters: what do we look for from our Board in terms of composition and engagement with our work? Each Focus Group Chair will be invited to report the group’s comments at the plenary session “The Board Matters” later in the day from 1:20pm-3:30pm
  3. Inclusivity – do our Boards and actors, our theatre, education and management staff satisfactorily reflect the theatre and education audiences we attract or aspire to attract?
  4. Any Other Business

Session A: Management
Location: OST Mandell Theater
Moderator: Lesley Malin – Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Session B: Artistic
Location: OST Margeson Theater 
Moderator: Lisa Tromovitch – Livermore Shakespeare Festival

Session C: Education
Location: OST Studio B 
Moderator: Rebecca Ennals – San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

10:00am-11:10am
BREAK 11:10am-11:30am
“Shakespeare on the Brink” – Plenary
A panel discussion of how theatres become financially distressed, last minute campaigns, and the potential closing of your theatre.Location: Margeson Theater
Moderator: Patrick Flick – OST
Panelists: Nan Barnett – Formerly of Florida Stage;
Lauren Morris – Georgia Shakespeare;
Paige Newmark – Shakespeare WA, Western Australia
11:30am-12:40pm
Box Lunch
Lunch available in Patron’s Room, breakouts locations available in Terrace, Mandell, and Conference Room.
OFFICER LUNCH – Meeting of the Exec Committee – OST Conference Room
12:40pm-1:20pm
The Board Matters – Plenary
A collaborative, growing Board is an effective Board, but how do we get there? Join us for a conversation in which we’ll share applicable tools for board recruitment processes, and tips for keeping everyone engaged and working together to advance our mission in our communities.Location: Margeson Theater
Moderator: Toby Leavitt – San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
Panelists: Board Members Rob Chansler & Pam Sogge – San Francisco Shakes. Festival;
Jim Helsinger and Board Chairman Rita Lowndes – Orlando Shakes. Theater;
Ralph Cohen and Board member Steven Urkowitz – American Shakes. Center
1:20pm-2:30pm
BREAK 2:30pm-2:50pm
Breakout Sessions by Budget Size
A group discussion of the successes and challenges facing Shakespeare theaters that are in the same budget size. What are the ramifications of your organizational and executive leadership structure? What are your artistic and budgetary struggles and triumphs? Share your best practices with fundraising and major donor cultivation/relationship management. How are you engaging with your audience beyond the performances on your stage? Bring your burning questions and together we can work towards finding the answers.Session A: Over 2 Million
Location: Mandell Theater
Moderator:
R. Scott Philips – Utah Shakespeare FestivalSession B: 500k-2 Million
Location: Studio B
Moderator:
Jay Skelton – Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival
Session C: 150k-499K
Location: Margeson Theater
Moderator:
Clark Nicholson – Harrisburg Shakespeare Company
Session D: Under 150k
Location: McLaughlin Studio
Moderator:
Kathryn McGill – Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park
2:50pm-4:00pm
BREAK 4:00pm-4:20pm
STA BUSINESS MEETING
Organizational final meeting. Election of officers, review and vote on new policies, etc.Agenda

  1. STA 2011-2012 – the year in review and financial report
  2. The STA Operational Plan:Reports from Focus Groups: Votes
  3. Reports from Focus Groups re- Web/Quarto and inclusivity
  4. Nominations for Festival to host 2014 conference: Vote
  5. Confirmation of Focus Group Chairs and Executive for 2012/3 Vote
  6. STA and 2016: appointment of a working party.
  7. Any Other Business

Reminder: According to our by-laws, there can be only one vote per organization and associate members may not vote.

Location: OST Margeson Theater

Bus returns to Doubletree at 6:10pm and van will run constantly from 6:00pm-7:00pm

4:20pm-6:00pm
OFFICER’S MEETING
Officers only, including newly elected officersLocation: OST Conference RoomVan will return officers to Doubletree at 7:00pm
6:00pm-7:00pm
Closing Banquet and Reception
Closing presentations and invitation to STA2013 from Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.Location: Banquet Room – Doubletree Hilton Hotel
Sponsor: Carlton Fields – Speaker Keith Hesse – Orlando Shakes Board President
Speaker: Our new STA President!Audio Visual supplied session
7:30pm-10:00pm
POST-OPTIONAL-END OF DAY SESSIONS AT THE BAR!
The Doubletree Hilton Bar is staying open late to accommodate ‘last minute’ late night ‘drinkscussions’ for members!
10:00pm- 2:00am
CLOSE OF CONFERENCE
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