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Tessitura’s Innovator Series is an ongoing program of brief and inspiring presentations by industry innovators, each focused on a single theme to advance insight and innovation in the business of arts and culture. Presented periodically at no cost to a live webinar audience of Tessitura Network Members and others engaged in or studying the arts and cultural sector, Innovator Series presentations are subsequently released through the Tessitura Network YouTube™ channel to expand and extend the accessibility of these powerfully innovative ideas globally.

Elaine Chia

Elaine Chia, CEO, City Recital Hall Limited
Monday, May 1, Australia New Zealand Regional Tessitura User Conference (ANZTRUC)
Warning: Don't Throw the Baby out with the Bathwater

City Recital Hall opened in 1999 as a purpose-built venue for the presentation of fine music. Following a review in 2015, a new, independent not-for-profit arts company, City Recital Hall Limited, was established to unlock the venue’s cultural, social and economic value. In this talk, Elaine shares the journey so far in transforming from a venue-for-hire to a presenting venue, balancing the needs of established hirers and traditional audiences with the focus to broaden and diversify through contemporary programming, engagement of new audiences and enhanced visitor experiences.

Andrew RecinosAndrew Recinos, Executive Vice President, Tessitura Network
Wednesday, May 3, Dallas Tessitura User Group
Keeping Your People and Culture Close
In previous talks, Andrew has spoken about remembering to #liveintheculture to make the most of your day job (which is so often more than a day job). In this talk, he provides examples and reflections from the Tessitura community where he sees success in keeping people and culture at the forefront.

Michael WitmoreMichael Witmore, Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
Thursday, May 18, DC Tessitura User Group
Taking Shakespeare on the Road
As part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare’s death, the Folger chose to take its collection and its mission to a national audience, stressing access for all and the broad reach of Shakespeare’s legacy. Michael will discuss the Folger’s decision to take one of the most important books in its collection – the 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays – to 50 states and 2 territories. He will offer reflections on that decision, its impact on the Folger, and on how, more widely, institutions can choose to make access and relevance a priority in their work.

Presenter Bios and Links to More Information

Elaine Chia
Elaine Chia, whose career spans music, theatre and visual arts, is a passionate advocate for the arts. Prior to her current role as CEO of City Recital Hall Limited, Elaine was the Director, International Signature Projects at the Australia Council for the Arts for the Australian representation at three Venice Biennales and establishing the new Australian Pavilion in Venice, Italy. Elaine has held senior roles at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Belvoir Street Theatre and the Australian Youth Orchestra. She has worked on numerous international projects and led orchestral tours to Asia, Europe and South America. She is currently Chair of Contemporary Asian Australian Performance and a former Board member of Peepshow Inc.

City Recital Hall website

Andrew Recinos
Andrew is the Executive Vice President of the Tessitura Network. Andrew is responsible for oversight of Tessitura's North American operations, including Consulting, Support, Managed Services, Community and Learning Resources divisions. Working closely with President Jack Rubin, Andrew is a key strategic leader for the company. Taking an active role in connecting with Tessitura's member organizations, Andrew visits with scores of cultural professionals around the globe each year, sharing news about the company and learning the many unique stories of our community. Andrew's presentations draw insights from the multifaceted organizations in the world of Tessitura. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter.

Andrew on Twitter: @andrewrecinos

Michael Witmore
Michael, a scholar of Shakespeare and early modern literature as well as a pioneer in the digital analysis of Shakespeare’s texts, is Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Prior to that, he was a Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin where he directed the Working Group for Digital Inquiry, a group of humanists who use computers to assist in traditional humanities research. His books include Shakespeare and Early Modern Religion, co-edited with David Loewenstein (2014); Landscapes of the Passing Strange: Reflections from Shakespeare (2010), a collaboration with noted writer and photographer Rosamond Purcell; Shakespearean Metaphysics (2008); Pretty Creatures: Children and Fiction in the English Renaissance (2007); Culture of Accidents: Unexpected Knowledges in Early Modern England (2001); and Childhood and Children’s Books in Early Modern Europe, 1550-1800 (2006), which he co-edited. He is currently writing a book on the digital analysis of Shakespeare’s texts with Jonathan Hope, and shares work in progress on his blog: Michael earned an A.B. in English at Vassar College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley.

Folger Shakespeare Library website

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