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National New Play Network Annual Conference | Growing Forward: Transcending the Transactional

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· Stage
Playwrights Slam!
New-to-NNPN writers - nominated by NNPN Affiliated Artists - share excerpts of their work to kick off the Annual Conference festivities.
Taji Senior travis tate Megan Tabaque Kristen Spencer gamal chasten Kimberly Dixon-Mays Scott Sickles Nelson Diaz-Marcano
2021-06-11T18:00:00Z 2021-06-11T21:00:00Z America/Chicago Playwrights+Slam%21 Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Stage
Opening Plenary: Decolonizing Theater's Relationship with Audiences
What do non-extractive, anti-racist, and interdependent relationships with audience and community and the land look like?
Leslie Ishii Réal Vargas Alanis Vickie Ramirez Courtney Elkin Mohler
2021-06-12T12:00:00Z 2021-06-12T13:10:00Z America/Chicago Opening+Plenary%3A+Decolonizing+Theater%27s+Relationship+with+Audiences+ Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
Breakout Session: Language & Messaging Specific to Communities of Interest
What we say is important - but so is how we say it. How can we adjust our message to best connect with the intended recipients?
Bonnie Butkas Nichole Palmietto India Nicole  Burton
2021-06-12T13:10:00Z 2021-06-12T13:55:00Z America/Chicago Breakout+Session%3A+Language+%26+Messaging+Specific+to+Communities+of+Interest Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Breakout Session: New Work Development as Audience Relationship Development
How can inviting audiences to be part of the new work process deepen our relationships with them?
Haley Nelson PATRICE AMON Peggy McKowen
2021-06-12T13:10:00Z 2021-06-12T13:55:00Z America/Chicago Breakout+Session%3A+New+Work+Development+as+Audience+Relationship+Development Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Breakout Session: Symbiotic Community Partnerships
How can partnerships between theaters and other social sector organizations create a solid foundation for shared progress?
Alison Yueming Qu Andy Lowe Jacqueline Flores
2021-06-12T14:10:00Z 2021-06-12T14:55:00Z America/Chicago Breakout+Session%3A+Symbiotic+Community+Partnerships Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Breakout Session: Digital Engagement for Audience Accessibility, Reach, and Relationship Building
How can innovations created or deepened during the past year lead to greater engagement with existing and new audiences?
Jamil Jude Dominic  D'Andrea Jasmine Brooks
2021-06-12T14:10:00Z 2021-06-12T14:55:00Z America/Chicago Breakout+Session%3A+Digital+Engagement+for+Audience+Accessibility%2C+Reach%2C+and+Relationship+Building Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Networking
Break - Connect with Other Conference Attendees
2021-06-12T15:00:00Z 2021-06-12T16:00:00Z America/Chicago Break+-+Connect+with+Other+Conference+Attendees Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Sessions
Breakout Session: Centering the Audience During Leadership Change
Leadership shifts can be important times for audience development. How can new leaders keep their audiences front of mind?
Ken-Matt Martin Joseph Biagini Kristen Jackson (she/her)
2021-06-12T16:00:00Z 2021-06-12T16:45:00Z America/Chicago Breakout+Session%3A+Centering+the+Audience+During+Leadership+Change Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Breakout Session: Creating Mission Buy-In among Donors and Board
The Board of Directors has fiduciary oversight - but how can empowering them to "own" the mission increase investment and engagement?
Reg Douglas Kisha Jarrett Howard Shalwitz (he/him)
2021-06-12T16:00:00Z 2021-06-12T16:45:00Z America/Chicago Breakout+Session%3A+Creating+Mission+Buy-In+among+Donors+and+Board Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Closing Plenary: Repositioning Theaters as Community Service Organizations
What does it look like to reimagine how and arts institution defines, listens to, and creates work by, for, about, and with its audiences?
Jack Reuler Tara Branham Raymond Caldwell Elaine Romero
2021-06-12T17:00:00Z 2021-06-12T18:15:00Z America/Chicago Closing+Plenary%3A+Repositioning+Theaters+as+Community+Service+Organizations Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)


Bonnie Butkas

Executive Director, Merrimack Repertory Theatre

Haley Nelson

Manager of Literary and Community Initiatives & NNPN Producer in Residence, Kitchen Dog Theater

Jack Reuler

Artistic Director, Mixed Blood Theater

Alison Yueming Qu

Associate Producer, Pao Chinatown Fellow Project, Company One Theatre

India Nicole Burton

Artistic Associate, Cleveland Public Theatre

Nelson Diaz-Marcano

Playwright Slam Presenter

Scott Sickles

Playwright Slam Presenter

Ken-Matt Martin

Artistic Director, Victory Gardens

Jasmine Brooks

Artistic Associate & NNPN Producer in Residence, Company One Theatre

Taji Senior

Playwright Slam Presenter

Peggy McKowen

Associate Producing Director, Contemporary American Theater Festival

Jacqueline Flores

Executive Office Coordinator & NNPN Producer in Residence, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Kimberly Dixon-Mays

Playwright Slam Presenter

Kristen Jackson (she/her)

Connectivity Director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Nichole Palmietto

NNPN Producer in Residence, Horizon Theatre Company

Courtney Elkin Mohler

Dramaturg, Author & Assistant Professor, Theatre Department, Butler University

Joseph Biagini

Associate Producer & NNPN Producer in Residence, Perseverance Theatre

gamal chasten

Playwright Slam Presenter

Kristen Spencer

Playwright Slam Presenter

Megan Tabaque

Playwright Slam Presenter

travis tate

Playwright Slam Presenter


Associate Artistic Director and Latinx Projects Producer, San Diego Repertory Theatre

Howard Shalwitz (he/him)

Artistic Director Emeritus, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Kisha Jarrett

Managing Director, Artists Repertory Theatre

Andy Lowe

Director of Production & Casting, East West Players

Raymond Caldwell

Producing Artistic Director, Theater Alliance

Dominic D'Andrea

Director of Community Engagement, Queens Theatre

Jamil Jude

Artistic Director, Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company

Reg Douglas

NNPN Board Member & Associate Artistic Director, Studio Theatre

Réal Vargas Alanis

Artistic Director, In The Margin

Leslie Ishii

Artistic Director, Perseverance Theatre

Tara Branham

NNPN Producer in Residence, Prop Thtr

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