The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. (Photo by Daniel Schwen)

TCG National Conference to Take Place in St. Louis in 2018

The annual convening for theatre artists and practitioners will be held in Missouri next year.

NEW YORK CITY: Theatre Communications Group has announced that the 2018 TCG National Conference will take place in St. Louis June 14-16, 2018.

“St. Louis has a vital and complex local culture that emerges both from its historical status as a gateway of Western expansion and its current role as a center of the new civil rights movement,” said executive director Teresa Eyring in a statement. “Both the beauty and the pain of our tangled histories are embodied through St. Louis’s thriving cultural scene, and there’s no better place to wrestle with theatre’s evolving role in our civic life.”

The annual TCG National Conference provides the largest forum for the national theatre community to assemble for artistic and intellectual exchange. The multi-day event draws hundreds of theatre professionals from around the world to share best practices and new business and artistic models with one another through meetings, speeches, performances, and opportunities to explore the local theatre community.

The St. Louis-area host theatres contributing to the planning for the conference include the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and St. Louis Black Repertory Co.

“We are simply thrilled to welcome theatre practitioners from around the country to our magnificent city,” said Steven Woolf, artistic director of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, in a statement. “St. Louis’s theatre community is a dynamic, growing scene, and we are eager to introduce our guests to the best that it has to offer. St. Louis is much more than just the Arch—we’re a haven for foodies and baseball lovers alike, a hub for startup businesses and a region of rich history and culture. We’d like to thank TCG for the opportunity to host, and look forward to the preparations for what will surely be a memorable conference.”

The upcoming 2017 TCG National Conference, titled Full Circle, will take place June 8-10 in Portland, Ore. The plenary speakers will include Jeff Chang, Anand Giridharadas, and Cheryl Strayed. The convening will also feature “maker day” field trips that will bring attendees to artisans and entrepreneurs involved in this hyper-local and collaborative economy, a meeting of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute, and workshops led by artists and leaders in the field.

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