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Minnesota Theater Alliance
Membership Newsletter
July 8, 2011


Conferences, workshops and events:
  • Shannon Leadership Institute information session
  • Arts marketing is dead: Long live the audience
  • Opportunities:
  • Muscle needed for space walk video
  • Blue Earth Reader Workshops for playwrights
  • Resources:
  • Southern Theater stage and offices for rent
  • Tech tools for your arts job search
  • News:
  • Goodbye, Tom Poole
  • Congratulations to County Seat Theater
  • Shannon Leadership Institute information session
    The James P. Shannon Leadership Institute brings together a small group of experienced leaders and provides for them an opportunity to reflect on the purpose of their work, strengthen their leadership capacity, and develop a plan to more effectively lead themselves and others. Learn more at an information session on July 12:

    July 12, 2011, 4:00-5:30pm
    A.H. Wilder Foundation ~ Wilder Center
    451 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN 55104
    More information sessions Aug. 10, Sept. 26, Oct. 5
    More info here

    Arts marketing is dead: Long live the audience
    Arts Learning Xchange metro-wide forum presented by Arts Midwest. On Monday, July 25, 2011 be among the first in the Twin Cities to hear Andrew McIntyre, principal consultant and co-founder of Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, on the industry's evolving relationships with audiences and on the future of segmentation. More info and register here ...

    Also: Start the day with 200 Twin Cities arts colleagues at the networking breakfast on the Island from 8:00-9:00am.

    Monday, July 25, 2011
    8:00-9:00am Networking Breakfast
    9:00am-12:00pm – Forum
    PNicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power Street, Minneapolis
    Cost: Free with registration

    Muscle needed for space walk video
    Black Label Movement needs muscle for "space walk" video on July 13th and 14th. We are making a video proposal arguing why dancers should be the first artists to go to space. It will be serious and a little campy, but all around awesome. We did a test shoot in April now will be filming the actual video.

    We will pay each person involved $60 and feed you lunch both days. We are shooting at the Lab Theater in the warehouse district from 10 AM until 6 PM. We likely need you the whole time, but if you can only make one of the days and are still interested, let us know!

    Groups of people will be clumped together and lifting one individual at a time, mosh pit style. There will be some tossing of these individuals, so if you consider yourself to have decent upper body strength, we'd love to have you. Email us as Let us know in the email if you have black pants and a black long sleeve shirt that you'd be willing to use for the shoot. If you don't, tell us what your sizes is. Looking forward to hearing from you!!!

    Blue Earth Reader Workshops for playwrights
    The BERW is announcing dates for its fall and winter workshops. The workshops are open to playwrights seeking to hear their scripts read aloud. BERW coordinates with local actors to serve as readers. The BERW serves as ‘unskilled’ dramaturg. There is no cost to the writer but that said, the writer is requested to bring a ‘light breakfast’ for the actors.

    Workshop Dates:
    August 13 & 27
    Sept 10 & 24
    Oct 8 & 22
    Nov 5 & 19
    Dec 10

    The workshops are held at the Emy Frentz Guild in Mankato. Workshops begin promptly at 9am and conclude at noon. Interested playwrights should send a sample of their script, character list and two preferred workshop dates. All workshops are dependent on finding actors available for the readings. Visit our website for contact information and directions.

    Southern Theater stage and offices for rent
    The Southern Theater in Minneapolis has gone through a lot of changes recently but we are very excited to say that the building remains open and we are booking for the 2011-2012 calendar year! We are so grateful to the dance and performing arts community for their financial and emotional support over these last few months. Without you we will not remain open.

    Our aim is to provide access to artists and companies on our stage; but time is booking up FAST. The Southern is available for rehearsals, performances, events and gatherings; has partial and full day as well as full week rentals.

    Please contact Damon Runnals, General Manager, at 612.340.0155 x 310 or to discuss details.

    Tech tools for your arts job search
    Amelia Northrup of Technology in the Arts, shares her top ten tech tools for seeking arts jobs.

    Goodbye, Tom Poole

    Tom Poole, playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, talent agent and dear friend in our community, has passed.

    Congratulations to County Seat Theater

    Congratulations to the cast and crew of County Seat Theater's Wiley and the Hairy Man for their American Association of Community Theatres national performance in New York. Winners of Best Lighting Design and Best Backstage Organization. Also receiving nominations for Best Director, Best Costume Design and Best Sound Design.

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