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 27 in the JW Marriott.

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

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.

AIP: Honoring Place and Making Native Space in Your Organization

Join Indigenous artists, programmers, and allies for a discussion of the barriers faced by Indigenous touring artists, and recommendations for how we can overcome them together. In an artist-led conversation, learn about key issues for Native performers in their work with presenters, such as – intercultural communication, the invisibility of Native peoples, protocols and land acknowledgment – ask questions and get tips for decolonizing the curatorial process.

Presented by Advancing Indigenous Performance

Moderated by
Ed Bourgeois, Advancing Indigenous Performance Program Manager | Western Arts Alliance
Andre Bouchard, Principal | Walrus Arts Management

Artists and CA Withholding Taxes: Let’s Solve the Mystery & End the Frustration!

Unless one is a resident of California, the fee for every performing artist who performs in the state is subject to 7% Cal State Tax withholding, and the artists are obliged to file tax returns to report earnings in California and claim refunds. The process for all concerned is confusing; presenters do not have clear instructions for submitting the withholding to the CFTB.  Artists and agents can spend countless hours filing correct forms and information to the Franchise Tax Board.  Bring your questions, war stories, and successes as we work collectively to unravel the mysteries of California Withholding Tax. Less Frustration and more Performance!

Hosted by Amy Carson-Dwyer & Lee Prinz at Colbert Artists Management with Renee Bodie, General Manager, Soka Performing Arts Center. 

Black Arts @ WAA 

Are you a Black artist, agent, presenter, or ally? Join us for this inaugural gathering of WAA’s newest interest group! It’s a great chance to meet colleagues, network, share, and learn. Black Arts @ WAA seeks to recognize, champion, and uplift Black artists and ensembles, as it works to address systemic racism and implicit bias in the field of touring and presenting. To learn more about Black Arts @ WAA and how you can be involved, please plan to attend.

Hosted by Ralph Remington, Producing Artistic Director | Tempe Center for the Arts

Equity & Access: Focus on Latinx Communities

While it is important to have diversity, equity, access, and inclusion incorporated into our organizational and personal missions, translating those values into concrete practices and behaviors is a critical and necessary step toward authentically and meaningfully engaging our communities. Join this roundtable of presenters, artists and agents to share effective equity practices that you have cultivated in your work and organizations or to ask questions to help you get started in turning your values into practice. Presented by Conexiones: Latino Arts @ WAA, an inclusive interest group focused on Latinx arts and arts professionals exploring pluralistic approaches to engagement, participation, and programming.

Hosted by
Antonio Gómez
, Education Manager | Tacoma Arts Live
Heather Rigby, Chief Deputy | Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture

Digital Ticketing & Marketing

A roundtable session to discuss your biggest challenges and share best practices in today’s Digital Ticketing & Marketing world. Hear from your peers on how they have overcome some of their Ticketing technology needs and developed solutions to meet today’s unique demands. After all, we all want to sell more tickets and fill every seat.

Hosted by
Elsie Kuresa, Client Partner | Paciolan
Leah Baumgartner, Digital Media Specialist | Paciolan 

Is age nothing but a number? Making Space for Intergenerational Leadership

A recent Hewlett Foundation report urges the field of arts administration to make space for younger generations. But how do we make sure arts leaders at all points of their careers are prepared to address the shifting expectations and values that accompany generational change? How can we support emerging arts professionals while retaining the lessons and experiences of senior leaders? What does leadership look like for someone in a middle-level or entry-level position? Join 35Below as they dig into these questions with an intergenerational roundtable. 

Moderated by 
Aisha Amad-Post, DirectorEnt Center for the Arts at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Ali Murphy-Oates, Managing Director | Moogahlin Performing Arts 
Jack Forman, Executive Vice President | BiCoastal Productions

Tools & Resources for Performing Arts Disaster Preparedness

Building on last year's roundtable discussion on emergency preparedness at WAA, this session will preview new tools and resources for disaster planning.  Whether you are involved in natural or man-made disasters or business interruption, you want to make sure the show can go on.  Learn about recently-released free or inexpensive resources which can assist you and your colleagues in building your plan.  Updates from the field by the Performing Arts Readiness project (PAR) and the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Recovery will be followed by an opportunity to share best practice information in a wide-ranging discussion. 

Hosted by Tom Clareson, Project Director | Performing Arts Readiness

West Moves: Making dance thrive in your communities

A session for presenters only.
Join your presenter colleagues for a dynamic, informative, and interactive session about successful ways of bringing dance to your communities.  Whether you present one dance company, many, or none, you can share your experiences and learn from your fellow presenters. There will also be time to discuss what dance you are looking at for 2020-21. West Moves is a vibrant network of western US & Canadian presenters dedicated to supporting and expanding dance tours, lowering touring costs, and sharing knowledge about the field of dance presenting.  

Steering Committee: Cory Baker (Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, TX), Celesta Billeci (UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures), Kendra Ingram (Newman Center, University of Denver, Denver, CO), Walter Jaffe & Paul King (White Bird, Portland, OR), Beth Macmillan (Artown, Reno, NV)