WAA's roundtables are informal, 60-minute peer-learning sessions with attendees generally seated around a table. Roundtable sessions typically include 10-15 minutes of introduction or presentation, followed by 40-50 minutes of discussion and feedback. Roundtable hosts often bring targeted questions to pose to the participants in order to learn from and with those attending. Roundtables are an ideal format for networking and in-depth discussion on a particular topic. This year we have nine fantastic topics.

All roundtables take place 9:00 - 10:00 am, Tuesday, August 28 in the Bellagio.

Hot tip: In recent years, attendance at the roundtable sessions has nearly doubled, so plan to arrive a bit early to ensure the proverbial seat at the table

Photo: A women sits alone in a crowd.

Room: Donatello 2

Current political atmosphere/rhetoric and scapegoating of Latino communities has created cultural divides and challenging environments for doing equity work. But this situation is also an opportunity for those of us in the presenting field to put our values of diversity, equity, and service to communities into practice. How are artists, presenters, and agents changing their work to bridge cultural divides, respond to the current political environment, and serve Latino communities in a real and authentic way? Join this interactive roundtable of presenters, artists, and agents to discuss these vital issues and to hear about the latest Conexiones initiatives.

Presented by Conexiones: Latino Arts @ WAA

Armando Castellano, French Horn/Director | Quinteto Latino

West Moves: If You Are Interested in Dance, You Can Make it Work! A Session for Presenters
Room:  DaVinci 4

Join your presenter colleagues for a dynamic, informative and highly interactive session about successful ways of bringing dance to your communities. Whether you present one dance company, many, or none, you will have the valuable opportunity of sharing your experiences and learning from your fellow presenters. There will also be time to discuss what dance you are looking at for 2019-20. West Moves is a vibrant network of western US & Canadian presenters dedicated to building and expanding dance tours, lowering touring costs, and sharing knowledge about the field of dance presenting. For presenters only. Steering Committee: Rob Bailis (UC Berkeley Cal Performances), Cory Baker (Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, TX), Celesta Billeci (UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures), Walter Jaffe & Paul King (White Bird, Portland, OR), Beth Macmillan (Artown, Reno, NV), Jim Smith (DanceHouse, Vancouver, BC)

Walter Jaffe, Co-Founder | White Bird
Paul King, Co-Founder | White Bird
Rob Bailis, Interim Artistic Director | Cal Performances 
Cory Baker, Vice President of Programming and Production | The Long Center
Celesta Billeci, Executive Director | Arts & Lectures, UCSB
Beth Macmillan, Executive Director | Artown 
Jim Smith, Producer | DanceHouse

Focus on Festivals
Room: Donatello 3

If you are involved in managing, programming, or marketing a festival, this is the roundtable for you. Bring your burning questions, big ideas, and new initiatives for this opportunity to compare notes and share information with colleagues at festivals around the West. 

Julie Baker, Executive Director| Julie Baker Projects

How Green Are We? The Carbon Footprint of the Arts
Room: Medici

If you live with malaise regarding the incredible carbon footprint of the world of the arts and the waste it generates, please come be part of this important discussion. We will exchange ideas about the ways in which we can reduce our impact on the environment as an industry, and look to models for conservancy and best practices that already exist. The conversation will be a first step toward real change within our pocket of the universe.

Moderated by Karin Stein, Artist | Artes Latinas Ensembles

The Role of Arts in Healing Communities After Crisis
Room: Raphael 1

From theatre students at Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High School leading a national movement towards gun control to communities rebuilding after natural disasters, we are moved by the power of the arts as a tool for healing and inspiration. The 35Below Roundtable looks at how artists and arts organizations take leadership roles in helping communities heal during times of crisis. Speakers include Heather Silva from UC Santa Barbara and Anita Wigglesworth from the Luther Burbank Center who supported their communities after the California wildfires, and Alex Zaro, who contributed to the City of Las Vegas’ response to the shooting at the Mandalay Bay. Join us to share your stories, be inspired, and be moved to create change and facilitate healing in your community.

Heather Silva, Programming Manager | Arts & Lectures, UCSB
Anita Wiglesworth, Director of Programming | Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Alexandra Zaro, Management Analyst | Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Las Vegas
Moderated by Dani Fecko, President | Fascinator Management

Ready, Set, Go! - Building Community Engagement for Young Audiences
Room: Raphael 3

Performances for family and student audiences are a perfect opportunity to create meaningful community engagement. But how can we bring outreach to the beginning of the booking conversation rather than as an afterthought? This session will include useful tools (handouts!) for presenters, agents, and artists to spark innovative ideas and jump-start the engagement process. We'll also explore the particular nature of community engagement with family and student audiences, such as local partnerships, pre-show and post-show activities, workshops and classes, front-of-house issues like photo policy or "shushing" and how to make your space more welcoming to families.

Moderated by:
Christine Cox, Producer & Booking Manager | C-Squared Entertainment
Sarah McCarthy, Agent | Dandelion Artists
Sarah Saltwick, Co-Director | Holden & Arts Associates

Dancers with the Musqueam dance group Tsatsu Stalqayu (Coast Wolf Pack) from  WAA's 2015 Indigenous Performance Symposium, photo by Coast Mountain Photography.Dancers at WAA's 2015 Indigenous Performance Symposium, photo by Coast Mountain Photography.

Advancing Indigenous Performance
Room: DaVinci 3

WAA is recognized as a leader in it's commitment to advancing equity for Indigenous performing artists.  This year, WAA has launched a sustained, multi-pronged effort to create meaningful change in the field, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.  This informational session will give an overview of the Advancing Indigenous Performance Program (AIP) followed by a moderated discussion, led by Indigenous performing arts leaders, where we explore how presenters, agents, and allies can plug into the groundswell of Indigenous performing artists that are emerging in the performing arts touring world. Participants will get information and tools to facilitate inter-cultural engagement in this exciting movement. 

Andre Bouchard (Kootenai/Ojibwe), Principal | Walrus Arts Management & Consulting, L.L.C
Quita Sullivan (Montaukett/Shinnecock), Program Manager | New England Foundation for the Arts

In Spite of All the Danger: Dealing with All Types of Emergencies
Room: Donatello 1

From the hurricanes, wildfires, and mudslides of 2017, to active shooter situations and sudden personnel changes, performing arts organizations must deal with large-scale disasters and minor emergencies which may disrupt performances or pose public relations concerns.  Come to this roundtable session to share information on developing strategies to combat all types of crises that may face your organization.  Performing Arts Readiness Project Director Tom Clareson will lead the session and provide examples from organizations that work with PAR, and information on new tools and funding resources to assist your organization in planning.

Moderated by Tom Clareson, Project Director | Performing Arts Readiness