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The Digital Pivot: What are Performing Arts Groups Learning in the Move to Online Events?

Thursday, September 10, 2020 -
10:00am to 11:15am PDT
Zoom Meeting
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COVID-19 is accelerating the arts community’s adoption of technology. In this peer-learning session, AXIS DanceCompany, California Shakespeare Theater, SFJAZZ, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will give a glimpse into the ways that digital platforms are transforming performing arts organizations. Grantmakers will get an insight into the tools and resources performing arts organizations need to connect directly with their audiences.


Marc Brew, Artistic DirectorAXIS Dance Co.
Acclaimed International choreographer and AXIS Dance Company Artistic Director Marc Brew trained as a professional dancer at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School. He has been working in the UK and Internationally for over 20 years as a director, choreographer, dancer, teacher, and speaker; with the Australian Ballet Company, State Theatre Ballet Company of South Africa, Infinity Dance Theatre, CandoCo Dance Company, and AXIS Dance Company. Marc was Associate Director with Scottish Dance Theatre, Associate Artistic Director with Ballet Cymru in Wales, and was Associate Artist in 2015 at Tramway Theatre in Glasgow. Since 2008 Marc has been dedicating time to his own choreography with Marc Brew Company and his recent choreographic commissions include San Francisco Ballet School, Dancing Wheels, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Cymru (Wales), YDance (Scotland), AXIS Dance Company (USA), Candoco Dance Company (UK), Touch Compass (NZ), Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (USA) and Scottish Dance Theatre (Scotland). Marc was presented with a Centenary Medal for Outstanding Contribution as a dancer and choreographer. His work Remember When was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Performance (individual) and his recent solo work For Now, I am... was listed in the Guardians Top 10 Dance Shows for 2016. For more information visit:
Deborah Cullinan, CEOYerba Buena Center for the Arts (moderator)
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) CEO Deborah Cullinan is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on the pivotal role artists and arts organizations can play in shaping our social and political landscape and has spent years mobilizing communities through arts and culture. Deborah is committed to revolutionizing the role art centers play in public life and during her tenure at YBCA, she has launched several bold new programs, engagement strategies, and civic coalitions. Prior to joining YBCA in 2013, she was the Executive Director of San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts. She is a co-founder of CultureBank, co-chair of the San Francisco Arts Alliance, Vice-Chair of the Yerba Buena Gardens Conservancy, and on the boards of the Community Arts Stabilization Trust and HumanMade. She is a Field Leader in Residence at Arizona State University’s National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation and a former Innovator in Residence at the Kauffman Foundation. She currently serves on Mayor London Breed’s San Francisco Economic Recovery Task Force and also on Governor Gavin Newsom’s Jobs and Business Recovery Task Force. Her passion for using art and creativity to shift culture and advance equity and justice has made her a sought-after speaker at events and conferences around the world.
Rodney Jackson, Actor, Bay Area Theatre Company
He made his Broadway debut in “The Book of Mormon” and was last seen at American Conservatory Theatre in the West Coast premiere of “Toni Stone." Prior to that, he traveled North America in the first national tour of “Motown: The Musical.” A San Francisco native who built his love and foundation for art and theatre in public city organizations such as SFartsEd, San Francisco Recreation and Park’s Young People’s Teen Musical Theater Company, and the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts’ where he graduated from the theatre department. He is now the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the San Francisco Bay AreaTheatre Company. Other theatre credits: Berkeley Repertory “Ain’t Too Proud: the life and times of the Temptations”, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company “I Too Sing America."
Marcelo Javier, Actor, Bay Area Theatre Company

Acting credits include Riff in West Side Story (SFBATCO) I Too Sing America (SFBATCO), Not Another Holiday Show! (SFBATCO), Home for “all of” the Holidays (SFBATCO), Skippyjon Jones (Theatreworks USA), Rent (Syracuse Stage), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bathwater Productions). Directing credits include Death and the Artist (SFBATCO) One Googol and One (SFBATCO) Celebrate 12th Night Joyfully With Kathryn Crosby (NYPL at Lincoln Center), Cinderella (African American Shakespeare Co.) Not Another Holiday Show! (SFBATCO), La Posarela (SFBATCO 2017 & Community Music Center 2015).


Randall Kline, SFJAZZ
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Eric Ting, California Shakespeare Theater
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This program is open to NCG members and nonmember funders.



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