2009 Annual Conference - The Way Through

Theatre Forum's Annual Conference is taking place June 10 & 11 in Wexford.

Curated by Belinda McKeon, theme of this year's conference The Way Through.

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Conference Schedule


 Wednesday 10th June  




12:00 – 14:00

 Registration and lunch 
 Tours of the Opera House

14:00 – 15:30

 Keynote Session: Tim Crouch
 What we Talk about When We Talk About Theatre

15:30 – 16:00 

 Tea, coffee and cake

16:00 – 16:15 

Introduction from Pat Moylan
 Chairman of The Arts Council

16:15 – 17:15 

  Panel Discussion: The Uses of Crisis
 Annette Clancy, Andrew McIlroy, Mark Robinson, Alistair Spalding
 Chair: Loughlin Deegan

17:15 – 18:15 

  Breakout Session: The Uses of Crisis
 With Annette Clancy, Andrew McIlroy, Mark Robinson, Alistair Spalding

18:15 – 19:00 

  There will also be a number of sidebar meetings taking place at the time including NASC and NOMAD meetings of venue managers in the Opera House and a meeting of the network of theatres seating less than 120 hosted by Wexford Arts Centre.  

19:00 – 20:00

 Evening reception and an opportunity to meet members and staff of the Arts Council informally
 Reception sponsored by PJT Insurance Services.

20:00 – late

 Dinner in Whites Hotel
 Theatrical Cavaliers Quiz
 sponsored by Tickets.com
 Dancing 'til late 



 Thursday 11th June  





09:00 – 11:30 

 Tea, coffee and scones will be served all morning 

09:00 – 10:00

 Delegates have a choice of sessions as follows:
  Theatre Forum AGM
 Yoga with Sorcha Carroll
 Improve your Website with Heather Maitland
 Writing Workshop with Gavin Kostick:
 Improving Your Script 


09:30 – 10:30

  Meet the Arts Council  

10:15 – 11:15

 Delegates have a choice of sessions as follows:
  Presentation of 2008 Audience Benchmarking
 Research by Heather Maitland
http://www.theatreforumireland.com/index.php/tf/Annual-Conference-2009/Corn-Exchange-Ensemble-Theatre-Workshop-by-Annie-Ryan Corn Exchange Ensemble Theatre Workshop by Annie Ryan
 Workshop with Jason Byrne
 Writing Workshop with Gavin Kostick: About Time
 Brief Encounters . a form of speed dating!

11:30 – 12:30

 The Great Turning: Building Resilient Arts
 Organisations with Clare Cooper 


12:30 – 13:30 


13:30 – 14:30 

 Making the Public Case for the Arts
 Mary Cloake, Mark Mortell, Charlie O.Neill
 Chair: Fiach Mac Conghail


 Delegates have a choice of sessions as follows:
  Sponsorship and Philanthropy in a New Age for
 the Arts with Sarah Dempsey (Ulster Bank), Stuart
 McLaughlin (Business to Arts) and Prof Tony
 Meenaghan (UCD)
 Leadership and Self-Reliance session with Colin Hicks
 Making Meaning in the Theatre: Contexts for
 Interpretation between Artist, Audience and Critic
 with Peter Crawley, Tom Creed, Sara Keating and Jo Mangan. Chair: Thomas Conway
 Aesthetics and Innovation in Irish Performance:
 AWOL or Alive? with Jason Byrne, Richard Gregory,
 Gavin Quinn and Noelia Ruiz. Chair: Willie White

16:00 – 16:30 

Closing session

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