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Innovator Series

Tessitura's Innovator Series advances insight and innovation in the business of arts and culture with a program of brief, inspiring talks by industry innovators.

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Creating a State of the Imagination Theater

Arts & Culture / Theatre 15 min

Criss Henderson and Chris Plevin describe how Chicago Shakespeare Theater built The Yard, one of the most flexible theater venues in the world

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Music for Life: The power of creativity for people living with dementia

Arts & Culture / Collaboration / Community Engagement 15 min

Daisy Swift demonstrates the impact of creative music making and Wigmore Hall’s commitment to building a dementia-friendly society

A woman, seen from about the knees upward. She is wearing a white dress with red and pink flowers, and is gesturing with her arms.
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Truly integrating volunteers and interns into your organization

Arts & Culture / Collaboration / Community Engagement 19 min

Nicole Smith of the Adrienne Arsht Center demonstrates the power of building meaningful volunteer and internship programs

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Getting the Marriage Right

Arts & Culture / Business Strategy / Collaboration 22 min

When artistic and administrative teams truly unite on a shared goal, they can achieve powerful outcomes.

Stagehands move a piano across the stage at Arts Centre Melbourne
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Stepping into the Void: A Courageous Collaboration

Arts & Culture / Community Engagement 14 min

Claire Spencer addresses the topic of mental health among performing arts workers in this powerful talk

Torrie Allen on stage at TLCC2018
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Arts Administration as Transformative Creativity

Arts & Culture / Fundraising / Theatre 14 min

In this galvanizing talk, Torrie Allen proposes that by adopting a creative mindset, administrative professionals can find fresh approaches to their work.

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