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NCPC 2019 Annual Meeting

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NCPC 2019 Annual Meeting

June 17, 2019 12:00 PM to June 19, 2019 12:00 PM
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The Wilson Center
703 N. 3rd St.
Wilmington, NC 28401


$135.00 Current NCPC Member
$160.00 after 05:00 pm June 5

$50.00 Spouses and Guests attending any meals or sessions

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Registration Deadline: June 12, 2019
5:00 PM

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Join your presenter, agent, and artist colleagues in exploring how we connect with our communities, with diverse populations, with each other, and with ourselves. Make new connections with one another and deepen existing ones through workshops, roundtables, dine-arounds, and more!

SCHEDULE  [downloadable PDF]
All activities take place at The Wilson Center, except Monday check in, opening reception, and dinner.

1:00-4:00pm NCPC Board Meeting (board members only)
4:00-5:30pm Check In - Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 310 Chestnut St.
5:30-6:30pm Welcome / Opening Reception - Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 310 Chestnut St.
7:00-9:00pm Riverboat dinner cruise on the Henrietta - board at Dock and Water Streets
  Breakfast on your own
9:00am-9:30am Keynote Address: Corey Mitchell, Tony-award-winning educator
9:45-11:45am Embodied Awareness: Madison Cario
12:00-1:15pm Lunch & Brief Agent/Artist Pitches
1:30-4:00pm Workshops (choose two):
- Event Life Cycle Marketing
- Ready, Set, Go! Building Community Engagement for Young Audiences
- Building the Appreciative Organization
4:15-5:30pm Annual Business Meeting
5:30pm --> Dine-arounds / Dinner on your own
8:30-9:30am Breakfast Roundtables
9:45-10:30am Pecha Kucha: Forging New Connections: New Models for Performing Arts Delivery
10:45-11:45am Disability Culture Connects: Alice Sheppard
11:45am-12:00pm Wrap up / adjourn


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Corey Mitchell
Connecting Your Current Audience to the Future

In his opening keynote, Mitchell will use anecdotes, humor and sound educational research to emphasize the need for presenters to connect communities from school aged to young adults about the need to develop and present programming that encourages them to become lifelong consumers of live theatrical, music, dance, and art. He will utilize his 20-plus years of experience as a classroom educator and director to share suggestions for creating and/or improving educational outreach as well as content that engages and fosters a desire to return again and again. 

Corey Mitchell has twenty years in the classroom and has just completed his eighteenth year at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, NC where he teaches acting and leads a dynamic musical theatre program. His Musical Theatre History final exams have become legendary, and his love for Uta Hagen is unparalleled. Corey does not shy away from material that challenges his students, the audience, or his own skills. Some of the most notable of his seventy-plus productions include For Colored Girls…, Pippin, Edges, Aida, Rent, and Hair. During his career, Corey has garnered recognition as a director, performer, and teacher, including the North Carolina Outstanding Theatre Arts Educator. In 2015, Corey was selected out of over 7,000 nominees as the recipient of the inaugural Excellence in Theatre Education Tony Award presented by the American Theatre Wing and Carnegie Mellon University. Most recently, out of a pool of over 22,000 educators, Mitchell was selected as a top 50 finalist for the 2017 Global Teacher Prize.

In addition to his work at Northwest, Corey is involved as a director and actor with the Charlotte-area theatre community and is a strong advocate for arts education through his work on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Theatre Conference and The Arts Empowerment Project. Additionally, Mitchell, his colleagues, and his students are the subject of the 2017 feature-length documentary Purple Dreams. The film chronicles the journey of Northwest’s production of The Color Purple and its journey to the main stage of the International Thespian Festival. The documentary was produced by GreyHawk Films and underscores the transformative power of an effective arts education.

With past and present students performing, writing, and composing for community, university, and regional theatre, as well as theme parks, independent and studio films, the West End, national tours, and Broadway, Corey Mitchell is proudest of the love for the stage he instilled in thousands of young artists over the years.

Madison Cario
Embodied Awareness

This session presents the idea that our spaces can serve multiple diversities and do it well without requiring huge financial investment.  As long as we know how to identify and mitigate the intellectual, psychological, emotional and physical reactions that can occur in response to a physical space, we can effect major change. Like tourists with fresh eyes, we will take a walking tour of an arts facility and conduct an inventory and audit of the building features and record not only what we see but also how what we see makes us feel. The results will then be shared across the group and with a budget of $100 or less, we will see how many of the ‘issues’ we can improve upon.

Madison Cario became Portland's Regional Arts & Culture Council’s Executive Director in January 2019, bringing more than 20 years of experience working as a connector, curator, artist, writer, Marine Corps veteran, and more. Prior to joining RACC, Cario was the inaugural Director of the Office of the Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where they are renowned for their strategic and entrepreneurial approach to innovation, collaboration, and creation in arts and culture. At Georgia Tech, Cario developed unique programs and experiences exploring the intersection of science, technology, engineering, and the arts. Driven by an intentional approach to equity—inviting in and making room for a diverse range of artists, creatives, and makers—Cario has worked to activate the midtown Atlanta campus with public art, engage the campus and community with deep and broad arts experiences, and produce collaborative work created by artists and Georgia Tech faculty, staff and students. Cario received the 2017 Creative Loafing People to Watch Award, Georgia Tech 2016 Staff Entrepreneurship Award, Faces of Inclusive Excellence Awards in 2017 and 2018, and the Georgia Tech 2015 Diversity Champion Award. Cario has held a variety of senior-level positions in the nonprofit sector including the East Bay Conservation Corps in Oakland, Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia, and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. They have been an advisor to the National Dance Project, the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), the MAP Fund and numerous other national and local funding organizations, and served on advisory boards for Public Broadcasting Atlanta, Alliance Theater, and T. Lang Dance, among others. Gender pronouns: They, them, theirs

Aaron Bare
Event Life Cycle Marketing

Every event has a “life cycle” – an announcement, an on-sale, the event day, and more! The best marketers know how to match the right marketing tools with the right message at the right time. Learn how to tap into specific audiences, brow your database, generate buzz, and develop #FOMO (fear of missing out) to increase online sales earlier in your sales cycle.

Aaron Bare, Director of Marketing for Etix, brings more than 18 years of venue marketing and management experience in sports, concerts and the performing arts to Etix and its client marketing division, Rockhouse Partners. With an extensive knowledge of both traditional and modern marketing practices, Aaron believes Rockhouse Partners’ purpose is to practically blend the advantages of modern digital marketing with the real-word, everyday needs of their Etix clients. The only metric for success at Rockhouse is client satisfaction.   

Christine Cox & Sarah McCarthy
Ready, Set, Go! Building Community Engagement for Young Audiences


Performances for family and student audiences are a perfect opportunity to create meaningful community engagement. But how can we bring outreach to the beginning of the booking conversation rather than as an afterthought? This session will include useful tools (handouts!) for presenters, agents and artists to spark innovative ideas and jump start the engagement process. We'll also explore the particular nature of community engagement with family and student audiences, such as local partnerships, pre-show and post-show activities, workshops and classes,  front-of-house issues like photo policy or "shushing" and how to make your space more welcoming to families.

Sarah McCarthy (Dandelion Artists) is an agent dedicated to family programming, and was part of the APAP Leadership Fellows Program Cohort II. She helped to create the Community Engagement Worksheet (a tool for presenters, agents and artists to jumpstart the engagement conversation early in the booking process) with four of her fellow Cohort II members and presented the document at APAP 2018 during the LFP Session. As Co-producer of the Youth & Family Showcase at APAP for the last four years, and as co-facilitator of APAP PDI sessions on family programming since 2017 as well as PD at all the regional conferences, she is helping to advance current conversations around family programming.

Christine Cox (C Squared Entertainment) is both an agent and producer in the family programming field. She has extensive experience on the ground with producing the family show, The Amazing Max, in New York and around the country and coordinates their community engagement with presenters. She also represents several other NY-based children's theater productions. As Co-producer of the Youth & Family Showcase at APAP for the last four years, and as co-facilitator of family programming Roundtables & PD sessions at several of the regional conferences, she is helping to advance current conversations around family programming.

Sandy Lewis, MAPP, PCC, SHRM-SCP
Building the Appreciative Organization

In this fun workshop, Sandy Lewis, executive coach and strengths practitioner, will take you through validated tools and techniques to build positive processes and perspectives to engage you, your team and your clients. You will walk away with an understanding of how your everyday behaviors can make enormous differences in creating vibrant and healthy organizations.

Sandy is an international business and executive coach through her firm, Positive Shift Coaching. Her programs support increased engagement, effectiveness and productivity with individuals, teams and organizations by utilizing the science of Positive Psychology and skills gleaned from over 20 years of human resource and business leadership in life sciences & biotech, finance, sales, intellectual property, and non-profit firms. She is one of the first 80 people in the world with a Master’s of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a certified coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She is also a certified Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner through the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College. Sandy has taught Psychology and Positive Psychology at the university level and Human Resources at Duke University. She has also contributed to several books, most recently “Character Strengths Matter-How to Live a Full Life” and “Making Hope Happen-Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others”. 

Alice Sheppard
Disability Culture Connects

In my world, disability is more than a medical condition of body and mind, it is the aesthetic that drives my choreography. Kinetic Light’s DESCENT is an interracial queer love story between disabled women. The power of DESCENT emerges from understanding how the lines, forms, and movements of wheelchairs and disabled bodies are themselves a source of beauty. Kinetic Light’s new approach to disability and dance brings together disabled people and those interested in disability community. This talk and workshop are an invitation to explore the world of disability and dance to understand why and how people are coming together to create a new disability arts movement.

Alice trained with Kitty Lunn and made her debut with Infinity Dance Theater. After an apprenticeship with AXIS Dance Company, Alice became a core company member and toured nationally and taught in the company’s education and outreach programs.  Since becoming an independent dance artist, Alice has danced in projects with Ballet Cymru/GDance, and Marc Brew Company in the United Kingdom.  In the United States, she has worked with Marjani Forté, MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater, and Steve Paxton. Alice is the founder and artistic lead for Kinetic Light, a project-based collaborative, working at the intersections of disability, dance, design, identity, and technology to create transformative art and advance the intersectional disability arts movement. A USA Artist, Creative Capital grantee and NEW INC 3rd cohort member, Alice creates movement that engages intersectional disability arts, culture, and history to  challenge conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies.

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Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Downtown/Historic District
229 N. 2nd St., Wilmington, NC 28401
$144/night, 6/16-6/19
Deadline: May 17

Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Downtown

This meeting is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, and the North Carolina Arts Council.