THE 2018 ATCA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
JULY 11-15, 2018 | SPRING GREEN, WI

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
PLAYS | SESSIONS

NOTE: Information is subject to change as plans are finalized.
The schedule will be updated as necessary.

WEDNESDAY • JULY 11

12:00 to 5:00 PM | Registration Open
House on the Rock Resort Lobby

4:00 to 6:30 PM | Welcome Dinner
White Oak Savanna Farm

Kick off the conference with dinner in the heart of the Driftless Area. White Oak Savanna is a beautiful events venue featuring a restored 1920s barn built by Frank Lloyd Wright’s cousin, Charles Lloyd Jones. Overlooking 66 acres of farmland and organically restored oak savanna prairie, it’s an ideal spot to begin this rural conference. Farm-to-table dinner prepared by Steenbock’s on Orchard in Madison. Sponsored by American Players Theatre’s board of directors.

7:30 PM | AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare
Hill Theatre, American Players Theatre

Get your first taste of American Players Theatre at a performance in their outdoor flagship theater.

10:30 PM | Return to House on the Rock Resort

The conference coach will return you to the House on the Rock Resort. Turn in for the night or repair to The Turn Pub and Grill for networking and discussion.

THURSDAY • JULY 12

7:30 to 10:30 AM | Registration Open
House on the Rock Resort Lobby 

8:00 to 10:00 AM | Membership Meeting and Continental Breakfast
Large Conference Room, House on the Rock Resort

Gather for the first of three membership meetings. Continental breakfast will be available beginning at 7:45 am. Following the meeting, the conference coach will be available to transport you to American Players Theatre.

10:30 to 11:45 AM | Concurrent Breakout Sessions

All’s Fair: Copyright law, fair use, pull quotes and plagiarism
Alpha Rehearsal Hall, APT

Many new theater writers come to the work from outside a traditional journalistic background. For this panel, we’ll talk about sourcing, fact checking, copyright and fair use. Panelists will discuss complicated issues like conflicts of interest, industry standards for ethical behavior and why transparency and credit are especially important in the age of the internet.

Moderator: Brad Hathaway, ATCA Executive Committee

Panelists: Elizabeth Russell, copyright and trademark attorney
Katy Culver, Director of the Center for Journalism Ethics, UW-Madison,
Mark Lowry, Theatre Jones

Behind the mic: Theater criticism podcasts
Touchstone Theatre, APT

Studies estimate that some 42 million Americans listen to podcasts every week. That’s a huge number — 15 percent of the population of the U.S. — and it represents a growing new market for arts coverage. In this panel, we’ll talk about what makes for quality audio content, how to cultivate an audience and why transforming print content into audio can be a rewarding and worthy challenge.

Moderator: Sam Van Hallgren, Producer, Filmspotting

Panelists: Joe DeCeault, WBEZ Radio, Chicago
Daniel Johansen and Maureen Smith, Scapi Radio, Chicago
Jonathan Abarbanel, co-host, Dueling Critics, Chicago

12:00 to 1:00 PM | Lunch
Alpha Rehearsal Hall, APT

1:00 to 4:30 PM | VIP Tour of Taliesin
Taliesin Estate

The conference coach will take you on the short 5-minute drive to the Taliesin Visitor Center for your special VIP tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 800-acres estate including his former home, studio and school.

4:30 to 5:30 PM | Return to House on the Rock Resort

The conference coach returns to the resort for a short break to relax and regroup before dinner and the evening performance.

5:30 to 7:00 pm | Dinner served by Enos Farms
Picnic Shelter, APT

One of the River Valley’s finest farm-to-table caterers lays out their famous taco buffet for tonight’s pre-show dinner. These are no ordinary tacos.

Dinner Program: Wisconsin’s Own - Theater in the Heartland
Wisconsin is home to some extraordinary theaters, many of which consistently commission and produce new work. After dinner, we'll hear leaders of Wisconsin’s premiere theaters from Milwaukee, Madison and Door County talk about the joys and challenges of producing new work for an engaged, loyal and growing audience.

Moderator: Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times, Madison, Wis.

Panelists: Mark Clements, Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Jen Uphoff Gray, Forward Theater Company, Madison
Brian Kelsey, Peninsula Players, Fish Creek,
C. Michael Wright, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
Sheri Williams Pannell, Bronzeville Arts Ensemble and First Stage Children’s Theater, Milwaukee, Wis.

7:30 PM | THE RECRUITING OFFICER by George Farquhar
Hill Theatre, APT

10:30 PM | Return to The House on the Rock Resort

The conference coach will be standing by to take you back to the Resort. The Turn Pub and Grill will be open after the show.


FRIDAY • JULY 13

8:00 to 10:00 AM | Membership Meeting and Continental Breakfast
Large Conference Room, House on the Rock Resort

Gather for the second membership meeting. Continental breakfast will also be available beginning at 7:45 am. Following the meeting, the conference coach will be available to transport you to American Players Theatre.

10:30 to 11:45 AM | Plenary Session
Touchstone Theatre, APT

Mediaversity: Identity on the Aisle
Critical voices in the arts remain homogeneous even as theaters step up in increasing numbers to diversify casting and the stories they tell. For this session, we’ll be joined by a representative from Enrich Chicago, a cohort of 20 arts and philanthropic organizations that are committed to anti-racist organizing within the arts. Enrich Chicago sponsors quarterly anti-racism workshops with leading national training organizations for arts leaders throughout Chicago. These intensive workshops provide participants with a framework for understanding systemic racism and its historic and contemporary manifestations in the United States and within the arts sector in particular. Sponsored by Foundation ATCA.

Presenter: Enrich Chicago

11:45 AM to 12:00 PM | Coffee Break

Coffee and snacks will be available in the Touchstone Theatre lobby.

12:00 to 1:15 PM | Plenary Session
Touchstone Theatre, APT

Comedy of Problems: How to produce, perform and review period comedy
Comedies like this season’s The Recruiting Officer and many of Shakespeare’s comedies (The Taming of the Shrew comes to mind) are full of landmines around sex, gender and class. How do artists navigate pervasive, destructive ideas of value and power (or lack thereof) when presenting these plays in 2018 without undermining the original work?

Moderator: Amanda Finn, Scapi Magazine and Footlights Chicago

Panelists: William Brown, director of The Recruiting Officer
Kelsey Brennan, core acting company member
Melisa Pereyra, core acting company member
Ann Pleiss Morris, assistant professor of English, Ripon College

1:15 to 2:00 PM | Lunch
Alpha Rehearsal Hall, APT

2:00 to 4:00 PM | Free Time

Take some time to enjoy the area. Options include a guided nature tour or backstage tour of APT, hiking at nearby Tower Hill State Park, a tour of The House on the Rock or a trip to the river. Or stay around the resort to golf, lay by the pool or visit the spa. Our conference coach will be available to transport you where you’d like to go.

4:00 to 5:30 PM | PERSPECTIVES IN CRITICISM: A Conversation with CARRIE COON
Touchstone Theatre, APT

Carrie Coon spent four seasons at APT early in her career. Since then, she has been nominated for a Tony Award for her role as Honey in the 2012 revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, was nominated for an Emmy for her role of Gloria Burgle in the FX series Fargo, played the role of Nora Durst in the critically acclaimed HBO series The Leftovers and has appeared in numerous other film, TV and stage roles. Carrie will discuss her journey since leaving APT, how her recent work has helped her grow as a performer, what attracts her to new scripts and how she draws on her roots in classical theater for the work she does now.

5:30 to 7:30 PM | Dinner by Fat Jacks Barbecue
The Pavilion, APT

Experience a classic APT pre-show picnic with barbecued ribs, chicken and traditional sides.

8:00 PM | BLOOD KNOT by Athol Fugard
Touchstone Theatre, APT

Head back inside to APT’s 200-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre for this evening’s performance.

10:45 PM | Return to The House on the Rock Resort

The conference coach will be standing by to take you back to the Resort. The Turn Pub and Grill will be open after the show.


SATURDAY • JULY 14

8:00 AM | Breakfast to Go
House on the Rock Resort Lobby

Pick up coffee and a brown bag breakfast for your trip to Madison to visit the Dane County Farmers’ Market and tour the Overture Center for the Arts.

8:30 AM | Conference Coach Departs
House on the Rock Lobby

Sit back and enjoy the hour-long bus ride to downtown Madison

9:30 to 11:00 AM | Dane County Farmers’ Market
Capitol Square, Madison

Explore the largest producers-only farmers’ market in the country and perhaps pick up lunch at one of the many food carts.

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM | Overture Center for the Arts tour
201 State Street, Madison

Home to 10 resident companies and seven performance spaces, the Overture Center is one of the state’s premier performance venues.

12:15 to 1:15 PM | Lunch and Return to Spring Green

Board the conference coach for the return trip. For those who opt-in ahead of time, sandwiches will be available from Cassetta Kitchen and Counter, an Italian American deli in downtown Madison.

2:00 PM | EXIT THE KING by Eugène Ionesco, translated by Neil Armfield and Geoffrey Rush
Touchstone Theatre, APT

3:45 to 5:00 PM | Explore Spring Green or Free Time

The conference coach will take you either back to the House on the Rock Resort or into town to spend some time in the Village of Spring Green. Local merchants will be ready to welcome you with special promotions and their trademark small-town charm.

5:00 to 7:00 PM | Dinner
The White Schoolhouse, prepared by Large Batch Scratch

Another of the area’s innovative chefs cooks up family-style dinner in an historic converted school turned event space.

Dinner Program: Director’s Panel
As dinner winds down, we’ll hear from three of APT’s directors on the challenges and joys of working with this unique company and what keeps them coming back.

Moderator: Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Panelists: Ameenah Kaplan, director, Our Country’s Good
Risa Brainin, director, Measure for Measure
David Frank, APT artistic director emeritus

8:00 PM | BORN YESTERDAY by Garson Kanin
Hill Theatre, APT

It’s back up the hill for the final APT performance of the conference.

10:45 PM | Return to The House on the Rock Resort

The conference coach will be standing by to take you back to the Resort. The Turn Pub and Grill will be open after the show.


SUNDAY • JULY 15

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Membership meeting and Continental Breakfast
Large Conference Room, The House on the Rock Resort

Gather for the final membership meeting of the conference. Breakfast will be available beginning at 9:00 am.


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