From the Theatre in the Round Board of Directors – January/February 2021
We miss live theatre and we miss you! We are aching to celebrate the magic of theatre together, in-person, with other volunteers, artists, staff and patrons in 2021. With the help of Zoom, our Board of Directors and our committees have continued to meet and work on big ideas for Theatre in the Round. We never imagined our stage would be dark for so long, but we are grateful for the opportunity this pause has given us to connect, learn and grow in other ways.
Here is an update on work that is underway:
- Our long-term Executive Director, Steve Antenucci, retired in October after 41 years of dedicated service to TRP. We are so incredibly grateful for his tenured service and honor his immense impact on TRP and the Twin Cities theatre community. Plans for Steve’s retirement and the next “act” of TRP leadership have been in the works for the past several years. The search committee is now developing a process for hiring a new Managing Director.
- Even though our stage is dark, we are still a community filled with passionate artists, and we are excited about finding opportunities to showcase their talents. Our Engagement Committee has been hard at work and we hope you will check out our variety presentation, Theatre in the Round Celebrates the Life and Work of Agatha Christie on YouTube. You can also visit our outdoor art gallery, currently displayed on our front doors, featuring work from different TRP artists each month.
- In September, we announced the formation of a Code of Conduct committee, made up of TRP community members including actors, Board members, designers, directors, house managers, stage managers, and other volunteers. The committee presented the Code of Conduct to the Board of Directors in October with the recommendation that the committee would continue the work of developing policies and procedures to support the code of conduct. The Board approved the code and the continuation of the work by the committee. We thank the Code of Conduct committee for undertaking this task and are committed to building and maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for our artists, staff and patrons.
- Our Strategic Planning committee is finalizing our values statement. Once the Board approves, we’ll be posting those alongside our mission statement here on the website. This committee is also developing a multiyear equity, diversity and inclusion strategy for Theatre in the Round.
- The Board is developing protocols for a new Artist Council. Composed of a diverse group of theater artists from all disciplines, the TRP Artist Council will partner with the TRP Board of Directors and other committees to share ideas and provide feedback in all areas of theater programming and administration. Applications to join the TRP Artist Council will be available shortly with the first meeting to be held in the first quarter of 2021.
- In December, we welcomed three new members to the Board of Directors: Aidan Jhane Gallivan, who is a longtime member of the TRP community, and actor, director and producer; Samuel Joseph, who has served in many TRP committees and as an actor, stage manager and crew member; and Shona Ramchandani, founder and principal at Chrysalis Consulting Collaborative, a justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) firm based in the Twin Cities. We are excited to have these fresh faces and new perspectives on the Board!
We’ll continue to update this page with notes from the Board of Directors and our committees.
From the Theatre in the Round Board of Directors – Summer, 2020
While the theatre is dark, the TRP board has continued to meet and reflect and discuss on what theatre and Theatre in the Round will look like in the future. While it is hard to imagine the “new normal” to which we will return, we as a theater and as a community are committed to maintaining and expanding a safe and inclusive environment for our patrons, artists and staff. We acknowledge significant room for growth in these areas.
Theatre in the Round is acting to implement the following:
- By the end of the calendar year we will have shared our revised values statements, and will continuously work towards enacting and embedding these values into the day to day operations of Theatre in the Round.
- Create a code of conduct for all artists, volunteers, and staff to pair with our previously adopted sexual harassment policy. TRP has formed a Code of Conduct Committee to address matters such as bullying, inappropriate language and behavior, or sexual harassment on our premesis. The Committee will report its findings to the entire board for adoption at the October board meeting.
- In returning to our organizational roots, we will relaunch and engage focus area committees. The first among these will be an artist council, comprised of theater artists from all disciplines, who will partner with TRP leadership to share ideas and provide feedback in all areas of theater programming and administration.
- Create a multiyear strategic approach to diversifying our programming and expanding our community circle at Theatre in the Round.
We will continue to strive towards transparency and will continue to share updates on our progress as more details solidify with each monthly board meeting.
In planning your evening at Theatre in the Round, you should be aware of the following:
If you arrive late: please make sure you’re familiar with our Late Seating policies.
We post notices when aspects of our productions may affect audience members. These notices are posted on this web site (on each show’s “More About the Show” page), on signs at our box-office, and they are announced on our box-office phone line concerning:
- special effects (such as strobe lighting, fog, gunshots, etc.)
- explicit language and/or action; nudity
- smoking onstage
Because of the nature of our shows, and in consideration of other audience members, children under 6 years old are not admitted.
Anti-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Policy: The theatre has established a policy to protect volunteers from unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. All volunteers will be asked to review and acknowledge this Policy.
Minors: Please read TRP’s minor policies (both minors in the company as well as those accompanying adults in the company).