Conference Registration Opens!

PRESS RELEASE Registration Opens March 232022 LMDA International ConferenceOnline & In-Person in Philadelphia Conference poster designed by Philadelphia artist Keni Thomas AKA ThomCat23, artist-in-residence at the Cherry Street Pier.  Download high res image of poster here. High res, publication-ready photographs of previous Conferences can be downloaded here. The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) will open registration for their 2022 International LMDA Conference next Wednesday. The Conference will be held both online and in Philadelphia, PA U.S.A. on the traditional lands of the Lenni-Lenape from July 20-24, 2022. All artists, educators, and lovers of live performance are welcome to attend! This year's theme is "Performance Outside the Proscenium." The irreverently funny and provocative Bearded Ladies Cabaret along with the filmmaker Aidan Un helped LMDA make a short video inviting all to the Conference:  Conference registration packages range from $50-$525. Early Bird Registration runs from March 23-May 31. Regular Registration Rates go into effect on June 1. The Conference will conclude with a Gala at the Union Trust in Philadelphia which will be open to the public.  Conference registration packages and Gala tickets are available on their website: beginning March 23.  The Gala will feature cocktails, dinner, awards, and dancing to the tunes of Philadelphia’s West Philly Orchestra (WPO) at the Union Trust. Tickets are $50/person. In addition, LMDA is partnering with Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books. Uncle Bobbie’s will have a Pop-Up Book Shop at the Conference Hub, the Hamilton Family Arts Center. Their pop-up shop will feature work by Philadelphia performing artists as well as books by LMDA members. Financial Support for ParticipantsThere are discounts available for students, volunteers, early career dramaturgs, and LMDA Members. LMDA has special registration discounts for Theatre Philadelphia’s Philly Industry Card, Black Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia (BTAP), Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists (PAPA), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET), Dramaturgs Network, Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA), Dramatists Guild of America, 2022 PlayPenn Artists, and Directors Gathering (DG).  LMDA Scholarships are open to all. Thanks to United Airways and LMDA donors, LMDA is able to offer scholarships for both housing and travel.  In addition, LMDA is partnering with the Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) to provide caregiver subsidies. Accessibility for ParticipantsThe Conference Hub at the Hamilton Family Arts Center in Center City is fully physically accessible. In addition, we have selected satellite locations for events which are also accessible.  LMDA will be providing both a Quiet Room as well as a Lactation/Quiet Child Room at the Hub with the support of PAAL. Comfort items are welcome. ASL will be provided by Philadelphia’s Hands Up Productions: ASL Interpretation and several TBA sessions will be available in both Spanish and English. The majority of the Conference will be held in English. Conference Bonuses for Participants with NET, TSDCA, Playwrights Canada Press, Broadway Play Publishing, and MoreIn addition, Conference Participants will have the opportunity to take advantage of:A free six month individual membership with the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) which offers access to all NET programming and resource sharing tools.A free year supporting artist membership with the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA) which offers access to all TSDCA programming and resource sharing tools.Free books from Playwrights Canada Press and Broadway Play Publishing (available in lobby at the in-person conference)Be entered into a raffle for gift certificates from Old City Philadelphia businesses including a spa experience from Hand and Stone Massage, meals from the Red Parasol Cafe and Campo’s Cheesesteaks, and art from Art Star  (in-person participants only) Conference Details & QuotesLearn more about the Conference here:  The Conference will engage with organizations across the City including: the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Bearded Ladies, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, Applied Mechanics, and the National Constitution Center as well as individual artists including: designer Christopher Ash, puppeteer Leila Ghaznavi, educator MR Stine, cabaret and drag artist Jess Conda, and Theatre Philadelphia Executive Director LaNeshe Miller-White. The Conference Hub will be at the Arden Theatre’s Hamilton Family Arts Building in Old City. LMDA President Bryan Moore says, “For over 35 years, LMDA has grown to become amulti-country service organization for artists working as dramaturgs and in many associatedfields in the performing arts and beyond. Our most recent, multi-conference theme of ‘Crossing Borders’ encouraged dramaturgs to meet and learn from colleagues from different cultures and regions to develop skills and expand the field. Over the past couple years, LMDA reached more members and expanded collaborations globally through its first digital conference (2020), its first conference in Latin America (2021), and through initiatives like Dramaturging the Phoenix and the International Dramaturgy Lab. We are excited to continue LMDA’s mission with this ground-breaking gathering in Philadelphia, as we further explore the many variations and future potential of dramaturgy and theatre performance.”With this groundbreaking gathering focused on “Performance Beyond the Proscenium,” LMDA’s mission is to ignite a global conversation about the impact / purpose / process / evolution of work outside of the traditional “theater” space, including: digital theatre, touring shows, cabaret, circus, online performance, outdoor theater, site specific work, burlesque, museum performance, installation performance, and more.“We are a true artist-centered community,” said Conference Chair Jacqueline Goldfinger. “As a proud Philadelphia theatre artist, I am honored to have the opportunity to share our work with the national and international communities, and to engage in rigorous conversations that will strengthen artistic work in Philadelphia and beyond.”Media Contact: Jacqueline Goldfinger, Conference,  

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