Welcome to the Conference Countdown!
The 32nd annual LMDA Conference is only 5 weeks away! Join us for conversations on Access, Activism & Art, June 22-24 in Berkeley, CA. Registration is well underway.
Our Location - The Ed Roberts Campus
We are thrilled to convene at the Ed Roberts Campus, a venue internationally renowned for its accessibility. In fact, Edward V. Roberts (the ERC's namesake) was an early leader in the independent living movement of persons with disabilities. Ed believed in the strength of collaborative efforts: He called it “working toward our preferred future.”
Conference Conversations: Feature
We have over 40 conversations planned across our 3 days in Berkeley. Join us for:
Representation, Inclusion and Activism: Concrete ideas for building a more representative and inclusive theater: Panelists Catherine María Rodríguez, Megan Monaghan Rivas, Ben Randle, Torange Yeghiazarian discuss ways theater companies, individuals, and universities can take action to bring diverse voices into all levels of an organization, both on stage and off. (Panel moderated by Martine Kei Green-Rogers)
Failing To Transform: Explorations of Creative Failure & Emergent Strategy
We face a historic moment of unparalleled political, economic, cultural, and ecological crisis. Never before have we needed the cultural capacity to fail – which is to say vision, create, excavate, revise, and transform – more urgently than we do now. This praxis session will invite us to engage with specific sites of failure in our creative work. (Praxis Session moderated by mia susan amir & Davey Samuel Calderon)
“We don’t shut up.”: The Dramaturgy of the Flint Water Crisis
Surrounded by 20% of the world’s fresh water supply, water contaminated by heavy metals flowed from the faucets of the citizens of Flint, Michigan, for over a year from 2014-2015. As of now, over 2 years since the beginning of the crisis, Flint water is still not drinkable. By offering both performance and framing, Jen will share the dramaturgy of her ongoing documentary theatre project about the Flint water crisis. (Performative Lecture by Jen Plants)
Conference Event: San Francisco Pride Parade - Sunday, June 25th
March with LMDA in the San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25th! Extend your stay and extra day to join in the 47th Annual Pride Parade. We will be marching down Market St. as an official contingent starting at 10:30am. Sign up when you arrive at the conference registration table.
Register for artEquityTraining - Wednesday, June 21st
Join artEquity founder Carmen Morgan at the ERC for a full day of artEquity Training before the LMDA Conference: “Ultimately, the goal of the artEquity training is to create a diverse, well-equipped cadre of national facilitators who can support equity-based initiatives nation-wide. Alumni of the training will be supported to sustain peer networks, intentional collaboration, and ongoing learning.”
LMDA is pleased to offer this day-long training at the subsidized rate of $150 per person. We have a few spots left! Register through the Conference Registration links.
Claim your discounted room at the DoubleTree ASAP!
LMDA has partnered with the DoubleTree Berkeley Marina to provide a discounted nightly rate for conference participants. There are currently only 8 rooms (Double Doubles) remaining at our reduced price of $189/night. Make sure you receive the LMDA discount by reserving through this link.
And in case you haven’t registered for the conference yet -- now’s the time! Register as a Member or Non-Member at lmda.org/2017-lmda-conference.