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OVERVIEW

“Every American theater defines and is defined by a corner of America.”
(Todd London, An Ideal Theatre: Founding Visions for New American Art) 

This spring, Milwaukee Repertory Theater will host the Intersections Summit, a national convening for community engagement practitioners in regional theaters across the country. As large arts organizations add community engagement departments and practices to their institutions at increasing frequencies, the Intersections Summit will be a platform for reflection, inquiry, and collaboration.

At the heart of the Intersections Summit is the recognition that community engagement efforts constantly intersect with the work of others—with colleagues in other areas of our organizations, with organizers and leaders in our communities, with donors, trustees, audiences, and artists. The Intersections Summit is an opportunity for practitioners and supporters of community engagement to name the tensions and the strengths that occur at these intersections, to build collective capacity across institutional and geographical borders, and to envision a future for community engagement in the American theater. 

You are invited to join this gathering and add your voice to the dialogue. The Intersections Summit will take place March 23-25 at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and registration is free. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about this convening, please get in touch with Cortney McEniry, Milwaukee Rep’s Director of Community Engagement, at cmceniry@milwaukeerep.com

Can’t make it to Milwaukee? The Intersections Summit will be livestreamed on HowlroundTV, and you can participate via social media by tagging #IntersectionsSummitMKE.


MEDIA RELEASE: MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER HOSTS FIRST OF ITS KIND INTERSECTIONS SUMMIT – A NATIONAL CONVENING OF REGIONAL THEATER COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PRACTITIONERS MARCH 23-25, 2018


DETAILS

Registration for the Intersections Summit is free to participants and includes…
+ Admission to all panels, small group discussions, and the keynote presentation
+ Some refreshments and meals, including an opening reception on Friday, lunch on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday
+ Tickets to see Until the Flood on Friday, March 23rd, and One House Over on Saturday, March 24th.

 

Accessibility
The Rep facilities are acceptable for attendees with disabilities. If there are any accommodations or services we can provide to make your experience more comfortable, please don’t hesitate to reach out before or during the summit to let us know. Contact Cortney at cmceniry@milwaukeerep.com with any requests or inquiries.

 

Accommodations
Rooms are available at The Plaza Hotel, a downtown Milwaukee hotel within walking distance to Milwaukee Rep. Rooms will be available for reservation until February 22nd at a rate of $109 per night. Call the front desk at (414) 276-2101 to request a room in the Intersections Summit Room Block (account number 1744).

Additional accommodations may be available at a higher rate at the Intercontinental Hotel, located in the same building as Milwaukee Rep. Lodging in downtown Milwaukee may also be available via services like AirBNB.

If you need assistance finding accommodations for your stay, please contact Cortney McEniry at cmceniry@milwaukeerep.com.

 

Getting to The Rep

From General Mitchell International Airport:
(Driving): Get on I-43 northbound and take exit 310C, I-794 East toward the Lakefront. Take exit 1D and merge onto N PLANKINTON AV. Continue north to W WELLS ST, turn right, cross the bridge over the Milwaukee River, and The Rep is on your left.

Taxi and rideshare services are easily accessible at the airport, or you can reserve shuttle services from the airport to downtown.

From Milwaukee Intermodal Station:
The Rep is less than a mile away from Milwaukee Intermodal Station. Travelers can walk east on St. Paul Avenue, taking a left on North Plankinton Avenue and a right on Wells Street—The Rep will be on your left. Taxi and rideshare services are also available from the station.

From The Plaza Hotel:
The Rep is a 15-minute walk from The Plaza. Walk south on N. Cass Street and take a right on Kilbourn Avenue. Take a left on Water Street, and The Rep will be on your right when you reach the intersection of Wells Street and Water Street.

The Plaza also has a courtesy car service available. More information is available on their website.

The Rep on Google Maps

REGISTRATION

Because of our extremely limited capacity, registration is invitation-only. You can register for the summit via our Eventbrite page using the passcode included in your invitation.

SCHEDULE

View the Intersections Summit schedule as a PDF here or click on an image below for a larger view.

PLANNING COMMITTEE

Marcie Bramucci
Director of Community Investment, People’s Light
Marcie Bramucci is an artist and arts producer. As Director of Community Investment at People’s Light, she coordinates cross-departmental integration and leverages opportunities/resources for increased access and engagement within the organization and the community. Bramucci developed the institutional capacity and community partnerships needed to produce the company’s first and subsequent relaxed performances, implement audio-description, American Sign Language interpretation and expanded open caption performances. She fosters partnerships to embed playwrights of the New Play Frontiers program into the surrounding community in service of elevating untold/unknown stories of this region, while simultaneously nurturing the development of new audiences for this evolving work. Marcie produces Community Matters, a series in which new plays catalyze community discussion around civic subjects of local relevance; and surround programming for each People’s Light production. Marcie previously served as Managing Director of Penobscot Theatre in Maine. As an arts administrator she has worked with Creative Capital, The American Associates of the National Theatre, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Soho Rep, and St. Ann's Warehouse. Marcie also worked in film and television production at Mosaic Media Group (Los Angeles,) and at Saturday Night Live  (NYC).   She has an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University, an MA in Theatre Arts from Villanova University, and a BA in Theatre Arts from Point Park University. Five years ago, Marcie devised a course in theatre management at Villanova to round out the University’s Non-Profit certificate program, which she has taught each summer.  She lives in Malvern, PA with her husband and three little ones.

Leah Harris
Public Works Dallas Manager, Dallas Theater Center
Leah is a Dallas native with a BA in Theatre Arts from St. Edwards University, a small school on a hill in the beautiful city of Austin, TX! She has dedicated the past five-and-a-half years living and learning in a world of theater that includes: teaching; directing; sharing; writing; producing and administration. Working in Community Engagement at Dallas Theater Center has brought many opportunities of tremendous growth for Leah; becoming the Public Works Dallas Manager has definitely been the ultimate gift. In addition to teaching at Jubilee for Public Works, Leah is most excited to see this program take off in Dallas and make a more connected city through the arts.

Anita Maynard-Losh
Director of Community Engagement, Arena Stage
Anita Maynard-Losh is the Director of Community Engagement at Arena Stage where she leads the theater’s education and outreach programs and serves on the Artistic Team. Now in her 13th season at Arena Stage, Anita directed the world premiere of Our War as part of the National Civil War Project, and has been an associate director and text director on several productions at Arena Stage. Anita trained and taught at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, was on the faculty at Webster University in St. Louis, headed the theater department at the University of Alaska Southeast, and was the associate artistic director of Perseverance Theater in Juneau, Alaska where she directed 21 mainstage productions. Anita traveled extensively with the artist-in-schools program in Alaska, working primarily with indigenous populations within the context of traditional villages. The Alaska Native-inspired production of Macbeth that Anita conceived and directed was performed in English and Tlingit at the National Museum of the American Indian as part of the Shakespeare in Washington Festival. Her essay about the project was published in Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance, Palgrave MacMillan. She has been dialect coach for numerous productions at Arena Stage, including Camp David, and has coached dialects for the Kennedy Center, the Washington National Opera and the Broadway revival of Ragtime. Anita directs and devises ensemble theater with Arena Stage’s Voices of Now program, primarily in partnership with the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing working with grieving teenagers to create and perform original autobiographical theater pieces exploring the loss and stigma of grief. Anita traveled with the Voices of Now program to India in October 2012, and again in January 2014, collaborating on devising original plays addressing social justice issues in Kolkata, New Delhi, Patna, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. In September of 2015 Anita went to Zagreb to devise a piece on acceptance and reconciliation with young adults from Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania.

Cortney McEniry
Director of Community Engagement, Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Cortney McEniry is beginning her first season at Milwaukee Repertory Theater in the 2017/18 season. Previously, Cortney worked as a community-based theatre-maker and teaching artist throughout the country, working with the Performing Justice Project, Drama for Schools, Conspire Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, Barrington Stage Company, and Synchronicity Theatre Company’s Playmaking for Girls program. At the University of Texas at Austin, Cortney trained peer educators in performance and dialogue facilitation for Voices Against Violence, a nationally-recognized interpersonal violence prevention program. In Greenville, SC, she co-founded Front Porch Arts Collective, a two-year initiative that hired over 50 local artists and commissioned over 20 new works centered on the stories of the South. In 2016, Cortney was a co-recipient of the Ann Shaw Fellowship to fund her research in community-based youth theatre within regional theatre contexts. Her writing on community-engaged practices can be seen in publications such as Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, the Howlround Blog, TYA TodayTheatre Topics and Youth Theatre Journal, and she has presented workshops and research at conferences including the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the NYU Forum on Educational Theatre. Cortney received her B.A. from Furman University in South Carolina and her M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from The University of Texas at Austin. 

Chris Moses
Dan Reardon Director of Education & Associate Artistic Director, Alliance Theatre
Chris Moses has worked in professional theatre education for over a decade.  In January of 2011, Chris took on the position of Director of Education at the Alliance Theatre, overseeing the nationally renowned Alliance Theatre Institute (twice recognized by the federal DOE as an arts model program), Theatre for Youth & Families, and the Acting Program.  Since taking over this position, Chris developed deep partnerships with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, producing their Family Concerts and Concerts for Young People, the Anti-Defamation League, the City of Atlanta, the High Museum of Art, GA Bright From the Start, Quality Care for Children, Fulton County and the Atlanta Public School System.  During his tenure, the Alliance launched their celebrated Theatre for the Very Young program, which provides fully interactive professional theatre experiences for children of all abilities from ages 18 months to 5 years old.  In 2014, Chris also became the Associate Artistic Director of the Alliance Theatre, and continues to integrate arts education into the very core of the Alliance’s mission.

Erica Nagel
Director of Education and Engagement, McCarter Theatre Center
Erica is a senior member of the McCarter artistic staff and oversees a variety of programs for learners of all ages. Previously, Erica served as the Artistic Engagement Manager at McCarter, connecting literary, producing, and educational projects under the umbrella of audience and community engagement. She currently teaches courses in Community-based Performance and Devising Theatre with Youth at Princeton University. Prior to joining McCarter in 2010, Erica worked on the artistic staffs of Geva Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Premiere Stages, and as a freelance artist at theatres including The New Harmony Project, Salvage Vanguard, HotCity Theatre, New Century Theatre, and the Provincetown Playhouse. She has served as a teaching artist and drama-based curriculum consultant to organizations including the Humanities Institute Living Newspaper Project and Homes for the Homeless Summer Camps, and has created community-based arts programs in partnership with the Darfur Rehabilitation Project, Orange County Department of Veterans Affairs, and New York State Parks. Her work exploring theatre education, play development, and community engagement has been published in LMDA ReviewTheatre Topics, American Theatre Magazine and Howlround, and has been presented at conferences including Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, the International Conference on American Drama, and the Steinhardt Forum on Theatre for Young Audiences. Awards include a Ludwig Vogelstein Individual Female Artist Grant and a TCG New Generations Future Leaders Grant, which “seeks to identify exceptionally talented theatre professionals who will impact the field in a positive way.” Erica received her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and her M.F.A. in Performance as Public Practice (Theatre and Social Change) from the University of Texas-Austin, where she regularly wore cowgirl boots to rehearsal. 

Nabra Nelson
Community Engagement Associate, Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Nabra Nelson is the Community Engagement Associate at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She is a director and community organizer from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Cairo and uses theatre as a tool for social change. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and was the president of the Women’s Ensemble Theatre Troupe and a member of the Multicultural Drama Company, both of which used theatre to address current and pressing social issues. Her work at Milwaukee Rep has reached over 25,000 community members last season and engaged over 60 local community organizations through collaborations and partnerships.

Jesus Reyes
Community Partnerships Director, Center Theatre Group
Jesus A. Reyes is the Community Partnerships Director at Center Theatre Group where he spearheads the design and implementation of community programs that provide residents of Boyle Heights access to theatre at partner sites, such as libraries, parent centers and CTG’s costume shop. He was a co-project manager of Community as Creators program which brought together professional artists and residents of Montebello, Leimert Park, and Boyle Heights to create works of community-based theatre.  Jesus is currently working with playwright Naomi Iizuka on the community project, Chisme y Queso, part of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Building Demand for the Arts grant and has commissioned playwright Luis Alfaro to write a new play. He spearheaded a convening of key staff from Center Theatre Group, the Pasadena Playhouse and South Coast Repertory in which the organizations had a conversation, facilitated by Diane Ragsdale, around community-based projects. From 2009-20014 he was a commissioner for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission representing the first district. He was a recipient of the TCG Future Leaders mentorship grant, a British Council's Cultural Leadership International fellow and the Latino Arts Network’s Maestro Award.

Willa Taylor
Director of Education and Community Engagement, Goodman Theatre
Willa J. Taylor is the Goodman’s director of education and community engagement. She began her career in arts education at Arena Stage where, under founding director Zelda Fichandler, she established the Allen Lee Hughes Fellows Program—one of the first theater-run apprenticeships designed to increase participation by people of color in professional theater. She then went to Lincoln Center Theater where she created The Urban Ensemble, a multidisciplinary project that served at-risk youth. This collaboration between Lincoln Center and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and The Public Theater was cited by President Clinton’s Council on the Arts and Humanities in its 1996 report, Coming Up Taller. At Lincoln Center, she consulted for New Victory Theatre, where she designed the arts education program for their inaugural season. Ms. Taylor also served as cultural director for Gay Games IV, where she oversaw the production of more than 200 cultural events, including the Broadway production of Sir Ian McKellen’s A Knight Out. In addition to a longtime career in the arts, Ms. Taylor brings to the Goodman a wealth of experience in other areas. For 12 years she served as a Russian and Arabic linguist in the US Navy. While overseas, she oversaw productions for the United Service Organization in Greece and managed Armed Forces Radio and Television in Turkey where she created the Profiles in Black history series. Following her graduation from Kendall College’s culinary program in 2001, Taylor opened Taylor-Made Cuisine, a gourmet catering company as well as Home Café, a neighborhood bistro. In 2005, she helped open and served as the catering chef for Chicago’s EatZi’s Easygoing Gourmet, a chain of gourmet bakeries, take-out markets and restaurants based out of Dallas, Texas.

Jenny Toutant
Director of Education, Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Jenny Toutant began her tenure at Milwaukee Repertory Theater in the 2005/06 Season as the Education Assistant, and after a few short months, took over as the Education Director. As the facilitator for the outreach and training programs for The Rep, she designs programming for all ages. Rep Education serves over 20,000 students each year with student matinee programming, in-school arts-integrated residencies, and student driven community engagement programming. Jenny has worked as an educator for UW-Parkside, Virginia Commonwealth University, First Stage Children’s Theater, and School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community. She earned her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in Theatre Arts from University of Wisconsin – Parkside. Jenny is also the proud mother of her son, Michael. 

Mark Valdez
Artist, Organizer, and Consultant
Mark Valdez is an artist, organizer, and consultant based in Los Angeles. He has worked at theaters such as the Alliance Theatre, Trinity Rep, the Mark Taper Forum, Mixed Blood, the Ricardo Montalban Theater, Teatro Vision, East West Players, the Falcon Theatre, among others. Recent projects include DJ Latinidad's Latino Dance Party, which he created to explore latinidad in contemporary U.S. culture, through the lens of a dance party; and a commission from the Alliance Theater to create a new play with and for people living and working along the Buford Highway, home to one of Atlanta's largest immigrant/New American communities. Currently, Mark is working with various health providers and the Somali and East African residents of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis to use personal narrative as a tool for building social cohesion and improving health care advocacy and service. For over 20-years, Valdez has produced and created community engaged projects in his home state of California and around the country. During his tenure as the Executive Director of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, Mark designed and implemented the MicroFest USA project, hyper-local events that were one part performance festival and one part think-tanks around art-based community development. MicroFest locations include Detroit, Harlan County, KY, New Orleans, and Honolulu. While at Cornerstone Theater Company, Mark produced and directed various projects, such as The Mall Plays (a series of plays and festivals set in shopping centers), the Festival of Faith (a play festival and dialogue event hosted in five different places of worship and including 21 different presentations), as well as community specific projects, such as the adaptation of the comedy classic, You Can't Take it With You, created with and for Los Angeles area Muslim Americans.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Carmen Morgan
Carmen Morgan is a national consultant leading conversations at the forefront of the field on equity, diversity, and inclusion issues. She is the founder and director of artEquity, a national program that provides tools, resources, and training to support the intersections of art and activism.  She has provided leadership development, organizational planning and coaching for staff, executives, and boards for over 100 non-profit organizations.  She is on the faculty of Yale School of Drama where she addresses issues of identity, equity, and inclusion in the arts.

For the past eight years, she has worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on structural and organizational equity. With her guidance, OSF has implemented innovative programming, policies, and new organizational structures to support ongoing inclusion efforts.  In addition, she serves as the consultant for Theatre Communications Group’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and programming, where she partnered with TCG to launch a national Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute for theatres. She has provided customized resources to theaters and arts organizations in the US and Canada, including Cal Shakes, Portland Center Stage, Steppenwolf, New York Foundation for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, the Association for the Performing Arts Service Organization, League of American Orchestras, Opera America, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, Theatre Puget Sound, and Center Theatre Group, to name a few.

For the past fifteen years, Carmen directed Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR), a nationally recognized social justice program co-sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the Central American Resource Center, and the Martin Luther King Dispute Resolution Center. Prior to her work with the LDIR program, Carmen was the Associate Regional Director for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), an international human rights organization, where she oversaw human rights work on the US/Mexico border; gay liberation and sovereignty education work in Hawai’i; and tenant rights and racial/economic justice work in California and Arizona.

Carmen is a founding member of the California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), a former Human Services Commissioner, and is currently on the Board of Directors for Black Women for Wellness, a community-based organization serving women in South Los Angeles. She has presented at numerous national conferences including the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, National Association for Multicultural Education, Grantmakers in Health, Grantmakers for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, The California Endowment, and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, to name a few.

Carmen’s work is rooted in popular education, community organizing, and a commitment to social justice. She remains dedicated to community building and activism, and has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years.


SESSION PRESENTERS


Presenters will be announced in January 2018. Check back here at that time!