Meals and theater spring from, reinforce and invigorate community. Food is sustenance, a necessity that can be elevated to an art and is most special when delivered with love. Theater is sustenance, necessary to souls and intellect. Both are repositories of history and hope and visions for the future.
From Heart, Head & Hands: Food/Theater/Community Part 1 by Candelaria Silva-Collins, on the Boston Theatre Conference blog
On Sunday, February 27 and Monday, February 28, 2011, the performing arts service organization StageSource presents Home Grown: The Boston Theatre Conference at the Paramount Theatre in Boston. It’s a two-day conference to discuss how the Boston theatre scene has taken root, grown and flourished, and what needs to happen to keep it growing.
The conference draws inspiration from the themes of the slow food movement, drawing parallels between the focus on local, fresh, and sustainable food to the focus on locally-driven, innovative, and sustainable practices in theatre. The keynote speaker is Barbara Lynch, James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur, and founder of The Barbara Lynch Gruppo. Acclaimed local playwright Melinda Lopez (Playwriting Fellow ’03) will be among the artists discussing what theatre can learn from Slow Food USA.
There will be breakout sessions on Boston theatre history, social media, new work by local writers, audience and community building, work in film, and more. See a full schedule and register here.
AND, while you’ve got your theatre career in mind, take a few minutes to fill out Theatre Communications Group State of the Artists Survey. The survey focuses on individual artists who are or are aspiring to be employed primarily in the not-for-profit theatre sector. From the announcement:
We want to know how artists feel about their careers, and ways they would like to see the field change to better meet their needs. The information gathered in this important pilot survey will inform TCG as we review our current programs and services and develop new ones that address artists’ concerns. The results of the survey will be incorporated into the Field Conversations report which will be circulated throughout the field, and the accompanying Field Conversations article to be published in the July/August issue of American Theatre.
The deadline to complete the survey is February 24, 2011.
Image: photo from SlowFoodUSA.org.