Roundtable Sessions

Wednesday, September 3, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Under 35? Reimagining WAA’s NextGen

Wednesday, September 3, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Greenwood Room, Union Street Tower, 3rd Floor

If you are under 35, you won't want to miss this session! Recently, Western Arts Alliance asked Erin Palmer and Ichun Yeh to lead an initiative to reimagine WAA’s NextGen Program. 

Join Erin and Ichun for a conversation about strategies to engage, support, and advance young professionals in the WAA Community. Erin and Ichun are proposing a whole new name and approach: WAA 35 Below. The purpose of WAA 35 Below is to strengthen the bond among Western Arts Alliance affiliates under 35, to connect them with the more established members, to foster the creative impulse of the younger generation, and to empower and embolden their voices and their work. To get involved and join the fun, plan to attend. 

Hosted by
Erin Palmer, Programming Manager / The Mondavi Center, UC Davis
Ichun Yeh, Vice President and Director of Booking / Sozo Artists


Wednesday, September 3, 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

WAA's roundtables  are informal, 60-minute programs with attendees seated around a table. Roundtable sessions typically include 15-30 minutes of presentation, followed by 30 minutes of discussion and feedback. Roundtable presenters often bring targeted questions to pose to the participants in order to learn from and with those attending. Roundtables are an ideal format for networking and in-depth discussion on a particular topic.

Cascadia: From Bioregion to Regional Touring

Wednesday, September 3, 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Ravenna BC, Union Street Tower, 3rd Floor

In 1970, Seattle University professor David McCloskey coined the term “Cascadia” to describe the regional identity of the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Forty-four years later, Cascadia is number 8 on Time magazine’s list of Top 10 Aspiring Nations…we’re not making this up! Whatever your position on secession, the simple costs of presenting and touring over great distances suggest the need to re-think our geographic paradigm. Given the density of artists, producing companies, and presenters in the region, it’s time we built the relationships, networks, and resources to route tours north and south across the 49th Parallel. All presenters, artists, and managers are welcome to bring their ideas and issues, as this is going to be a dialogue, not a presentation.

Hosted by
Joyce Hinton, Co-Manager / Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC
Joanna Maratta, Executive Director / British Columbia Touring Council


Trends in Mobile Technologies

Wednesday, September 3, 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Kirkland Room, Union Street Tower, 3rd Floor

Does your festival, organization, or venue have a mobile app? Should it? Do you know that more people use the internet from their smartphones than from laptops and desktop computers combined? You need a mobile strategy to make sure your festival is on the mobile map! Bill Love, founder of MyEventApps, will host this round table discussion about mobile technology trends, social media, and what it all means for your festival, theatre, or performing arts centre.

Hosted by
Bill Love, Founder / MyEventApps


​West Moves -  A Forum for Dance Presenters

Wednesday, September 3, 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Issaquah Room AB, Union Street Tower, 3rd Floor

Catch up on an dance with West Moves—the network of western presenters dedicated to building and expanding dance tours, lower touring costs, and sharing knowledge about the field of dance presenting. This will also be a great opportunity to share what exciting dance you’ve seen, including companies in your own community, and what you are considering for 2015-16. Open to presenters only.

Hosted by
Celesta Billeci, Executive Director, Arts & Lectures, UCSB
Walter Jaffe and Paul King, Co-founders / White Bird


​Where do I go from here?

Wednesday, September 3, 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Medina Room, Union Street Tower, 3rd Floor

This roundtable explores building a career one step at a time. How and when to take the next step and how to avoid falling up or down stairs. The interactive session is limited to 10 participants so that each person is helped in a practical way. Issues covered will include: how to assess your current position; how to honestly look ahead; how to get help; when and why to toss in the towel. You will come away with tools to help you decide to stay or move on and how.

Hosted by
Peter Lesnik, Principal / The PLAN


Women of Color in the Arts

Wednesday, September 3, 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Union Street Tower, 3rd Floor

Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) is dedicated to creating equity in the performing arts field, by promoting professional opportunities for arts administrators and providing a platform to give voice and visibility to women of color. By working to diversify the pipeline of arts administrators, WOCA aims to cultivate a field as varied in voice and perspective as the communities it serves.

Pictured: "Behind the Scenes: Women of Color in the Arts" a 2013 panel presented by The Apollo Theater Education Program in collaboration with Women of Color in the Arts, photo by C. Bay Milin

Hosted by
Kaisha S. Johnson, Co-Founder & Founding Director / Women of Color in the Arts


Year 4 of the Certification Program for Presenters and Managers /Agents (CPAE)

Wedensday, September 3, 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Ravenna A, Union Street Tower, 3rd Floor

The fourth class of the Certified Performing Arts Executive Program for Presenters and Managers /Agents (CPAE) begins coursework in October 2014. Taught through the University of New Orleans’ Graduate Arts Administration Program, CPAE is a series of intensive online professional level classes covering core issues facing the performing arts, including legal issues, fundraising, marketing, strategic planning, negotiating and curation.  CPAE is designed for mid-career professionals, staff, board, and anyone interested in honing their skills in the business.  

Hosted by
Susan Endrizzi Morris, Founding Director / California Artists Management