Creating conversation, dialogue, and shared understanding between theatre-makers and theatre institutions and centering people.
2021 Theatre Summit: Re-Imagining Resources
August 3-4, 10am-7pm
An opportunity for theatre makers in the Washington area to hold virtual space together over a two-day period.
The 2021 Summit will offer two keynote speakers, panels and sessions, affinity spaces, resting spaces, and one-on-one mentoring. It was planned with the input from over 200 survey respondents and the Summit Committee (a list of committee members is below.)
For each registered attendee at the 2021 Summit, $1 will be donated to THEARC Theater’s iCan Technical Theater Internship Program, providing out of school time education to support career development for African American Youth residing east of the Anacostia River. The interns talents and desire to learn varying areas of the production arts has been essential in shaping the program curriculum and activities.
2021 Summit Schedule
Each session will last approximately 60 minutes
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 –
10:00am Keynote Open: Dane Figueroa Edidi
11:30am A Conversation On Agency: Self-producing
Panelists: Rachel Hynes, Scot Reese, Britt Willis, Anastasia Wilson, Monte J. Wolfe
1:00pm A Conversation On Agency: Auditioning For Any Role
Panelists: Regina Aquino, Jade Jones, Ezra Tozian
2:30pm Reimagining Theatre Spaces: Practitioners
Panelists: Estrellita Edwell, Deb Sivigny, Jjana Valentiner
4:00pm How To Create Better Rehearsal Rooms
Panelists: Temidayo Amay, Keta Newborn, Natsu Onoda Power, Lauren Pekel
5:30pm Community Organizing As A Mechanism For Change
Panelists: Dylan Arredondo, JR Nexus Russ, Jefferson A. Russell, Elena Velasco
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 –
10:00am A Conversation On Agency: The Power Of No
Panelists: Jon Jon Johnson, Wendy Nogales, Tuyet Pham
1:00pm Work Life Balance
Panelists: Stan Kang, Ricky Ramon, Joseph Ritsch
2:30pm A Conversation On Parenting In The Industry
Panelists: Tony K. Nam, Lacey Talero, Jacob Yeh
4:00pm Reimagining Theatre Spaces: Institutions
Panelists: Jasmine Jiang, Christopher Richardson, Xemi Tapepechul, Stephanie Ybarra
5:30pm Keynote Close: Raymond O. Caldwell
Tickets & Pricing
Tickets are offered at $20, $10, and free and participants are encouraged to pay what they are able. All tickets are inclusive of panels, sessions, speakers, mentoring, affinity spaces, quiet spaces, and all Summit activities over the two days. All theatre-makers and students in the DMV are welcome and encouraged to attend regardless of ability to pay.
A group discount of 20% off is available for 5 or more registrations – attendees must register together and use promo code GROUP at checkout.
To register as an organization with multiple attendees, please use this form. If you are registering more than 5 attendees, please use discount code GROUP for 20% off.
Keynote Speaker Bios
Dane Figueroa Edidi
Considered one of the most prolific artists of our time, Dane is the first Black trans woman to be nominated for a Helen Hayes Award (2016), and in DC to publish a work of Fiction (Yemaya’s Daughters (2013). She is the curator and a co-producer of Long Wharf Theater’s Black Trans Women At The Center: An Evening of Short Plays. A performance artist. A Helen Hayes Award winning Playwright (Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem (2020)), Author, Advocate, Dramaturg, and a 2x Helen Hayes Award Nominated choreographer (2016, 2018). She is the co-editor/Co-director of The Black Trans Prayer Book. She can currently be heard as the Narrator for The Visions of Us, A Netflix documentary about LGBTQ Latine represenatition in film and television.
Raymond O. Caldwell
Raymond is an award-winning director and producer who has been leading Washington, DC’s Theater Alliance as Producing Artistic Director since 2018. He has directed for Round House, Imagination Stage, Mosaic Theater, The Kennedy Center, National Players/OTC, Solas Nua, CulturalDC, and the Hegira. Prior to leading Theater Alliance, he was a faculty member and resident director in Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts for six years, and spent six seasons as the Community Engagement Partnership Manager at Arena Stage. He is committed to using theatre as a tool to transform communities, and has worked with a number of nonprofits and NGOs throughout the world. In July 2019—in partnership with the US Department of State and NGOs based in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal—he developed theatre with artists and activists to promote peace and counter violent extremism. He has done similar work throughout the US, India, Ukraine, and Croatia. MFA, Acting/New Play Development: The Ohio State University; BFA, Acting: University of Florida.
2021 Theatre Summit Committee
Regina Aquina, Co-Chair
Farah Lawal Harris, Co-Chair
Raymond O. Caldwell
Dane Figueroa Edidi
JR “Nexus” Russ
Petrona Xemi Tapepechui
The annual Theatre Summit is an opportunity for theatre makers in the Washington, D.C. region to convene, discuss, and collaborate. Held for the past four years with theatre creative and administrative leadership from 65 theatre organizations, the day-long conference is intended to create space to collectively build, grow, collaborate, and align resources. And as a time to discuss actionable ways for Washington-area theaters to prioritize equity, diversity, and inclusion as a community.