Thursday, October 19 - networking at 6:30 pm, open forum starts at 7:00pm ET
Polaris North Studio, 245 W. 29th Street, 4th floor, NYC
Our return to our live monthly panels/discussions, with a simultaneous streaming for our friends outside of New York City. (Everyone should receive the zoom link when you register. If you don't receive it, email TRUnltd@aol.com to request link.)
Co-hosted by producer Jacquelyn Bell Kearney, 2020 Special Tony Awarded founder of Broadway Advocacy Coalition and an Associate at the Nederlander Organization; writer Rose-Marie Brandwein, president of the board of Polaris North Studio; writer/activist Cindy Cooper, co-initiator of Honor Roll!/The Profiles Project; actress Emma Davidov, founder of The Aurelians Collective and The Pearl Agency, a boutique creative agency; writer Nico Juber, (Millennials are Killing Musicals); director Ludovica Villar-Hauser, founder, artistic and executive director of Parity Productions. Moderated by TRU co-founder Cheryl L. Davis, general counsel for The Authors Guild, and TRU executive director Bob Ost.
TRU monthly conversations continue about issues of current cultural significance. We expand our conversation about the ongoing uphill battle for gender equality, and add in the inequities of ageism. These fights have been part of our political fabric for generations, and continue to influence and impact the arts and specifically, for us, theater. We will look at the ongoing struggle for equal pay, equal opportunities and equal rights, the resistance to women being accepted in positions of power and thought leadership, the cultural trap of double standards and implicit bias, and the undervaluing of experience in the workplace. Our guest "co-hosts" span several generations in an effort to consider whether the perception of these issues differs from generation to generation, and examine ways in which generations can help and influence each other. There's much work to be done, and it all starts with awareness. Attendees are encouraged to talk about their own experiences with gender discrimination and ageism. TRU offers this as an opportunity for everyone to learn from actual experiences and find ways to support each other while exploring initiatives that might bring us closer to genuine respect and acceptance. All attendees are welcome to participate in this conversation.
Doors open at 6:30pm for networking and roundtable introductions of everyone in the room – come prepared with your best 20-second summary of who you are, and what you need. The Open Forum will start at 7:00pm. Free for members of TRU, Polaris North and Polarity Productions; $15 for non-members (with a $5 ticket option available to anyone who needs it). Please use the bright red reservation box here on our web page, or email or phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com