Dancers with the Musqueam dance group Tsatsu Stalqayu (Coast Wolf Pack) from  WAA's 2015 Indigenous Performance Symposium, photo by Coast Mountain Photography.

Advancing Indigenous Performance

WAA’s committed to advancing Indigenous artists and performance through our member network and communities. Join a panel of Native performing arts professionals for an overview of the state of the Indigenous performing arts field, cultural competencies to utilize when engaging with Indigenous people and learn ways in which you might be able to successfully reach out to Native communities through curated content, community outreach and relationship building. If you are an Indigenous artist, work with Indigenous artists, or want to learn what you can do to support touring First Nations performance, plan to attend this roundtable. Special guest, playwright and performer Larissa FastHorse will be on hand to talk about the Indigenous performance scene in LA.

Moderated by:
Andre Bouchard ​(Kootenai/Ojibwe), Program Officer / Walrus Arts Management 
Quita Sullivan (Montaukett), Program Manager, National Theatre Project / New England Foundation for the Arts 

Guest: Larissa FastHorse (Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sicangu Lakota Nation), Playwright / Choreographer 

Conexiones: Intercambio de Ideas! Idea Exchange: Programming Ideas for Latino Engagement

Programming and strategy for engaging Latino Audiences is the subject, so come prepared to contribute (or borrow)! This interactive roundtable gives presenters, artists, and agents a chance to share successful (and not so successful) ideas for increasing and keeping new Latino Audiences. Join hosts Shane Cadman and Heather Rigby and bring a Latino programming or engagement idea that worked for your organization. As a special bonus, Shane and Heather will share data from the Conexiones Presenter Survey on Latino Programming and Engagement conducted in March 2016. Conexiones: Latino Arts @ WAA is our inclusive interest group focused on Latino arts and arts professionals exploring pluralistic approaches to engagement, participation and programming.

Hosted by:
Shane Cadman, Theatre Manager and Production Coordinator / Whittier College
Heather Rigby, General Manager of Productions / Ford Theatre Foundation

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Understanding and Building Audiences

Research has proven that audience attendance and satisfaction is highest when audience members feel a greater connection to the artists. Musicians who have garnered local, regional, and national support for their ensembles and projects will discuss the ideas and challenges and the innovative strategies that they have developed over the years with local communities and their respective presenters.

Host: Margaret Lioi, Executive Director / Chamber Music America

Armando Castellano, Artist / Quinteto Latino
Christine Lim, Director of Education and Artistic Administration / San Francisco Performances

Bartley Ranch at Artown Festival, photo by Peter Walker, courtesy of Artown.

Festivals! A Roundtable

If you are involved in managing, programming, or marketing a festival, this is the roundtable for you. Bring your burning questions, big ideas, and new initiatives for this opportunity to compare notes and share information with colleagues at festivals around the West.

Hosted by:
Beth Macmillan, Executive Director, Artown, Reno, NV

From the Minds of Millennials: A Cross-Generational Conversation

This session will focus on ways in which the field can engage with and learn from the 35 below generation. The conversation will be facilitated by Ernest Figueroa of The Broad Stage, and panelists will include L.A.-based movement artist/activist Marina Osthoff Magalhães, Greg Kastelman of Cadenza Artists, and Jack McLarnan of Seattle Theatre Group. They will share anecdotes about their experiences, and will open the conversation to questions regarding how presenting organizations and agencies are being inclusive of varying ages through the curation of their staff, programming and rosters, as well as discussion around what gets Millennials to attend performing arts events.

Moderator: Ernest Figueroa / Producer, The Broad Stag

Greg Kastelman / Vice President & Partner - Director of Concert Booking, Cadenza Artists
Marina Osthoff Magalhães / L.A.-based movement artist/activist
Jack McLarnan / Season Programming Manager, Seattle Theatre Group

Compagnie Hervé KOUBI in "What The Day Owes To The Night," photo by Didier Philispart, courtesy of Bernard Schmidt Productions.

West Moves - A Forum for Dance Presenters

Join your colleagues for a lively and informative exchange of information on the most exciting dance events coming to the west. West Moves is a network of western US & Canadian presenters dedicated to building and expanding dance tours, lowering touring costs, and sharing knowledge about the field of dance presenting. Share the exciting dance you’ve seen and what you are considering for 2017-18. Also hear about the National Dance Project from Sara Nash, NDP Program Manager (New England Foundation for the Arts). Open to presenters only.

Hosted by West Moves Steering Committee:
Cory Baker, President & CEO, The Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, TX
Celesta Billeci, Executive Director / Arts & Lectures, University of California/Santa Barbara
Walter Jaffe and Paul King, Co-Founders / White Bird, Portland, OR
Jim Smith, Producer, DanceHouse, Vancouver, BC

"The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart" - National Theatre of Scotland, photo Courtesy of Santa Ana Sites

Contemporary Work — a journey to unusual spaces — a look at contemporary performance through the prism of creation, producing, presentation, and a new audience.

There is a trend in contemporary performance practice that places an emphasis on intimate, immersive experiences in non-traditional spaces. Allen Moon and Michael Mushalla will co-host a discussion that will examine the following:

  • What are the artistic and economic implications?
  • What opportunities does it give to artistic experimentation?
  • By attempting to reframe the performance experience, what elements are gained, and what is lost?
  • How can traditional presenting organizations collaborate with organizations who play outside of the box?
  • Who is stepping in to fill the gap when traditional organizations decide not to go down this path?
  • What is it about this format that appeals to audiences of today and tomorrow?

Hosted by:
Michael Mushalla, Double M Arts & Events
Allen Moon, Director of Sales / David Lieberman Artists' Representatives & Founder, Santa Ana Sites

Certification for Performing Arts Executives

Professional Certification helps you achieve goals and build career success. Registration has begun for the sixth class of Certification for Performing Arts Executives / CPAE, designed for presenters, managers, agents and company managers wanting an expanded knowledge of the field. Eight online classes are taught by experienced industry professionals: 3-hour evening classes, second Tuesday of the month, October through May. Offered through The University of New Orleans’ Program in Arts Administration.

Hosted by:
Sue Endrizzi Morris, Director / California Artists Management