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TNT ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2008 HIGHLIGHTS

SUNDAY LUNCHEON KEYNOTE SPEAKER: MICHAEL A. JENKINS
President and Managing Director, Dallas Summer Musicals
SUBJECT: THE BUSINESS OF SHOW BUSINESS
Michael Jenkins has taken musical theater in Dallas to a new level of excellence and popularity, understanding that "show business" is about being creative and putting on the show but also running the show as a "business." Proof lies in the fact that during his tenure, season subscriptions for the Dallas Summer Musicals and the Broadway Contemporary Series have gone from 6,700 annually to 30,000, collectively. In addition, annually more than 2,000 children from all ethnic backgrounds are treated to their very first live theater performance, courtesy of the Dallas Summer Musicals. For both the summer and winter series, attendance approaches one million annually.

Jenkins recently produced on Broadway the new Flower Drum Song; Brooklyn, the Musical; Sixteen Wounded and Jay Johnson: The Two and Only (for which he won a 2007 Tony Award for Best Theatrical Event) and is currently producing The Color Purple and Legally Blonde on Broadway. DSM is presently touring three productions and has eleven new shows in development.
At age fourteen Jenkins started working as an usher at the Dallas Summer Musicals. Charles R. Meeker, Jr., the original producer, was his mentor at the Music Hall. Jenkins studied stage design which took him into the development and planning of Six Flags Over Texas, where he was vice president of entertainment and new projects, and participated in the development of all the Six Flags parks. He co-produced the CBS national telecast of the Miss Teenage American Pageant for six years and was co-producer of To Broadway With Love at the New York World's Fair.

Jenkins has just completed a two year term as President of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and is a participating member of The League of American Theatres and Producers and the Independent Producers Network. He is a founding member of the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College; and is on a number of civic Boards including the American Heart Association (past-chairman) and Variety Club of North Texas. He is also an advisor to the Dallas Cowboys and other major corporations.


SPECIAL GUESTS: JESSIE JONES, NICHOLAS HOPE &
JAMIE WOOTEN, PLAYWRIGHTS
WORKSHOP: Laughing All The Way - Writing Comedy for The Stage

Join playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten in a lively and entertaining discussion of writing and producing comedy for theatre. Creating unique characters, building comic structure and mining laugh-out-loud moments from a script will be covered, followed by a don't-miss Q and A session. Come discover why Jones Hope Wooten plays are becoming some of the most widely-produced comedies in America.

Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten's Southern-style laugh-out-loud comedies include the wildly popular Futrelle Family Texas trilogy: "Dearly Beloved," "Christmas Belles" and "Southern Hospitality" that have played to sold-out houses across the United States and Canada. Jones, Hope and Wooten are also authors of the brand new play "The Dixie Swim Club," a comedy about the everlasting power of female friendship.

In addition, Jessie is co-author of the perennial theatre favorite, "Dearly Departed" and the screenplay for its feature-film adaptation, "Kingdom Come," which was produced by Fox Searchlight Films. Nick was Director of Casting for Theatre Communications Group in New York and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Jamie was one of the writer/producers for the classic television series, "The Golden Girls."
VICTOR MASHBURN
Director of Development, Casa Mañana
WORKSHOPS SUBJECT: Development/Fund Raising:
What's the Difference & When Is Enough Enough!?

A thorough explanation of what makes a good development strategy and how to implement sound fund-raising practices that work for any size organization
Prior to Casa Mañana, Victor Mashburn has been with Texas Tech University, The University of Iowa, The University of Texas at Austin, and Texas Ballet Theater. His career got started at Abilene Community Theatre where he performed countless times, including along side Bob Barton in Bob's first appearance at ABT in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

At Casa Mañana, Mashburn is responsible for coordinating all development and fund-raising efforts, and for strategically growing Casa's Board of Directors. Since arriving at Casa, Mashburn has directed fund-raising efforts that generated the largest single gift in Casa's 50-year history and exceeded all previous records for annual contributed revenue.

Mashburn was part of the management team at Texas Ballet Theatre that oversaw the consolidation of the Boards of Directors in Fort Worth with one in Dallas, and orchestrated a 100% increase in contributed revenue. At the University of Texas Performing Arts Center, Mashburn was responsible for
managing the development office and negotiated the second largest gift in the UT-PAC history. A highlight of Mashburn's 10-year career as Director of Development at Hancher Auditorium, the performing arts center at The University of Iowa, was raising over $3 million to commission 28 pieces of new work during the 1999-2000 Millennium Festival, a year-long celebration of the arts. While a graduate student in Arts Administration at Texas Tech University, Mashburn attended the annual TNT conference on scholarship.

Mashburn has a B.B.A. from The University of North Texas and an M.F.A. from Texas Tech University.

DARLA JONES, Drama Instructor, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
WORKSHOP: Your Salvation to Costume Dilemmas

Using Salvation Army, Goodwill, thrift and resale shops, costume your cast for next to nothing! Get practical advice and money-saving tips that get more bang for your buck when costuming everything from period shows to modern-day dress.
Darla Jones teaches grades 7-12 Theatre Arts at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. She holds a B. A. in Broadcast Communication, with a Theatre minor from UTA. She has performed in, written, and/or directed productions for the Gladney Center, Fort Worth Transit Authority (The T), Fort Worth Theatre, Kids Who Care, Jr. Woman's Club of Fort Worth, First Presbyterian Church and more. She has worked for the past 30 years in all facets of theatrical production from painting sets to acting to directing, costumes, and all points in between. She is a professional makeup artist, and has extensive marketing, public relations, special events planning, and sales experience. Mrs. Jones is the 2006 recipient of The Bayard H. Friedman Hummer Hero Award for Score a Goal in the Classroom's Outstanding Theatre Teacher.

In addition to teaching, Jones directs four shows a year for the middle school and high school. Favorite FWAFA shows are Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singin' in the Rain, The Diviners, The Runner Stumbles, The
Love of Three Oranges, Dearly Departed, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. The theatre department will perform Anatomy of Gray at the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, this coming August 2008.

Mrs. Jones was most recently seen onstage as Coreen in When Bullfrogs Sing Opera. Some of her favorite roles include Nurse in Romeo & Juliet Eleanor in Silent Heroes, Glinda, the Witch of the North in The Wizard of Oz, and Truvy in Steel Magnolias. Mrs. Jones is married to John Jones and has two children, Blake & Aubrey.

YVONNE DUQUE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, TEATRO DE LA ROSA
WORKSHOP: Acting with Masks
Yvonne Duque brings over 21 years of experience working in theater in the academic and artistic world. Academically, she has served as an adjunct Professor with Tarrant County College and Wayne State University in Detroit, and has her Masters degree in Theatre from Penn State University. Artistically, she was the founding Artistic Director of the Planet Ant Theatre in Detroit and served as Education/Outreach Coordinator with Walk & Squawk Performance Project. Moreover, she was the Associate Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. She is also a master mask-maker, and has studied with Dell' Arte International School of Physical Theatre in California. Currently, Ms. Duque is the Artistic Director with Artes de la Rosa of Fort Worth. She is very active in their theatre program - Teatro de la Rosa - as a teacher, director, actor and mask maker.

BRENDA THARP, ADMINISTRATOR OF PERFORMING ARTS AND ACCESSIBILITY
WORKSHOP: Green light, yellow light, red light:

Learn what's going on at Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA), how to apply for grants, what to consider when planning for the future, and what to do once you've received a grant to keep a clean track record. Brenda Tharp will explain it all to you! Please bring your questions. This session is open to all levels.
Brenda Tharp joined the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) in 1996. Tharp currently serves as the program officer for the Theater, Opera, and the Touring Presenters Performing Arts Panel. As the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator, she is a state resource for making the arts accessible for all people. During her tenure at TCA, Tharp has successfully completed certification in the Texas Accessibility Academy, the National Cultural Access Initiative, and the National Endowment for the Arts' Art and Accessibility Symposium. Additional duties at TCA include administering the Young Masters Scholarship program and working with the TCA Touring Roster applications in Dance, Theater, and Storytelling. She has reviewed grants for other state arts agencies and received the Ovation Award from Texas Nonprofit Theatres for outstanding service to the field. Tharp has twice served as an alternate to the State Agency Council, which was established to support the goals of the Governor's Commission for Women. As an arts administrator, Tharp worked with a variety of arts groups, including:
the Performing Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin, the Austin Circle of Theaters, Zachary Scott Theatre Center, PlayFest - a professional children's theater festival, the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, and the City of Austin Cultural Contracts office. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's degree in the American Studies honors program and a minor in Business. Additionally, Tharp is registered as a tribal member of the Cherokee nation.
JULIE ANGELO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY THEATRE
WORKSHOP: Understanding Financial Statements
Julie Crawford Angelo is the Executive Director of the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT). Previously she served seven years as Executive Director of Denton Community Theatre (DCT) following ten years as a volunteer with the north Texas theatre. She grew up in theatre, participating in children's theatre, and watching her parents' involvement in community theatre productions in Brownwood, Texas. Julie holds a B.A. in theatre and group communications from the University of North Texas. She has received numerous recognitions for achievement in directing and design. She received the DCT Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1994. Julie is a life-time member of the Girl Scouts with over twelve years on staff following six as a volunteer. She has been recognized as a Fellow of both AACT and the Southwest Theatre Association (SWTA) and as Volunteer of the Year of SWTA. She also received the SWTA Distinguished Service Award. Julie was an adjudicator and workshop leader for the 1996 international amateur theatre festival in Aruba and has adjudicated in Texas, New Mexico, Iowa, and South Dakota. She has served
on the Theatre and Performing Arts Panels of the Texas Commission on the Arts and is a member of Texas Nonprofit Theatres. She has also served on the boards of the arts councils in Denton and the Brazos Valley. She is a past president and treasurer of the Lago Vista Chamber of Commerce. Julie lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

2008 TNT POPS! Playwriting Project

Readings of the five winning plays will take place at the Irving Arts Center on Saturday Afternoon from 1:30 p.m.
William Jack Sibley - Winning Play: If You Loved Me (Full Length)
Sibley based his book Any Kind Of Luck on his own experience of returning home to small town Texas after living a very urban existence in New York City for eight years. A versatile writer, Sibley's work has spanned from writing dialogue for television's "The Guiding Light" to serving as a contributing editor at Interview Magazine to seeing his work produced Off-Broadway and regionally. His first play "Governor's Mansion" won the Southwest Regional Playwright's Competition and was produced at Center Stage in Austin, TX.

A graduate of the University of Texas, Austin, BS in Communications (Radio, Television, Film), Sibley is a former member and boardmember of The New Dramatists and is a member of the Writers Guild of America/West, the Dramatist Guild, The Writer's League of Texas, Gemini Ink
and PEN International. He has been the playwright-in-residence at Humboldt University (Arcata, CA), as well as a guest playwright at the Tennessee Williams Festival in Key West and The Texas Playwright's Festival, Stages Theater, Houston. A fellow at the Blue Mountain Writer's Colony in Blue Mountain, New York, Sibley has also had residencies at the Saskatchewan Writers/Artist Colony (St. Peters) and The Colony at Dairy Hollow, Eureka Springs, AR. In the Spring of 2003 he was a visiting guest lecturer at the Pen Ethnic Conference, Bay Shore, Long Island, NY. In July of 2003 he was guest speaker at the Tenth Annual Agents Conference, sponsored by the Writer's League of Texas, Austin, TX. In August of 2003 Mr. Sibley was selected to attend The Julia and David White Artist Colony in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica. In June of 2004 Mr. Sibley led a 3-day seminar for The Writer's League of Texas on creating and sustaining believable dialogue.

In September of 2006 Mr. Sibley was a guest judge for the premier Artist Foundation of San Antonio Awards. His writing has appeared in Utne Reader, The Dallas Times Herald, Heritage Magazine (summer 1996), Texas Co-op Power Magazine, The Dead Mule ("A Journal of Southern Literature"), Flying Colors Magazine, Southwest Airlines Magazine, Ford Times, The Texas State Reading Association ("Cookin' and Bookin'") and The New York Native.

While he has lived in New York City, Los Angeles and Santa Fe, Sibley is a sixth-generation Texan and currently resides on his great-grandfather's ranch south of San Antonio. In addition to helping restore a 100-year old train depot, he writes, raises cattle and (formerly) ostriches, grows olive trees and is a past president of the Christine Historical Society and former board member of the Texas Historical Foundation and the Atascosa County Historical Commission.
Sorcha Blaine - Winning Play: Political Theater (Full Length) Sorcha Blaine's historical plays are based on extensive research and focus on the opposite side of icons - the history that doesn't suit the legend so is often minimized. By presenting a charming villain or a petty saint, she hopes a three-dimensional person will emerge which is closer to reality and will help us understand them more. All of the events in her plays did or could have happened, some of the dialogue is in the icon's own words. Sorcha's play My Lady is Fair as a Lady is Fair as my Lady is (about Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway) was performed at the Boston Center for the Arts. It was also included in the trio of her one acts given staged readings at First Stage in Los Angeles, California. The other plays on the bill were Moving Man (about Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe) and The Night Nabokov Spent in Jail (concerning the title character and Emma Goldman). While writing and researching her plays, she has worked as a journalist and editor. She received her bachelor's degree in literature from Harvard University and her masters in writing at Boston University, where she was also offered a teaching fellowship. She was one of four students chosen by Derek Wallcott to be in his playwriting program. She's currently fiddling around with a play about Charles Darwin. It will take her a billion years to finish.
Bill Allen - Winning Play: No. 5 (Two-Act)
Bill Allen has a long list of accomplishments related to his writing. A ten-minute comedy, "Under Par," was awarded Second Place at the 2007 Camino Real Playwriting Festival and the semi-finalist's position at the 2006 The Havemeyer Playwright Competition. It is now published by JAC Publishing and Promotions.

Mr. Allen's solo piece, No. 5, was a winner of the 2006 Open Book Playwrighting Competition for which it received a New York Equity showcase production in 2007. No. 5 was also a semi-finalist in the 2006 Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays.

Both Nude Scene and Repossessed, Mr. Allen's recent comedies, were declared semi-finalists in the 2004 and 2005 McLaren Memorial Comedy Play Writing Competition. Nude Scene was also a finalist in the 2006 SART Scriptworks for which it received a staged reading.
Mr. Allen's comedy, Me, Myself, and Ronnie, was a finalist and semi-finalist in the 2003 Mountain Playhouse Playwriting Contest, the 2004 Pittsburgh New Play Festival, and the 2004 Lake County Repertory Theater's Playing by the Lake Scriptwriting Festival. This play also received an Honorable Mention in the 2003 McClaren Memorial Comedy Play Writing Competition. It was produced in February, 2004, by the Gemini Theater in Pittsburgh. He also has numerous successes predating these mentioned.

He has also published articles in Sail, Sailing, Cruising the Maine Coast, and New York Outdoors magazines. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild, Inc.
Evan Guliford-Blake - Winning Play: Nighthawks (Full Length)
Evan Guliford-Blake is proud to have Nighthawks selected for TNT POPS. His plays have received about 100 productions across the U.S., in Canada, England, Israel and Australia. He has won 21 playwriting competitions, as well as awards for short fiction and poetry. Playscripts publishes his plays The Firebird and True Magic: A Christmas Farce with Unoriginal Music for the Entire Family. A trade edition of Nighthawks will be issued this year by Houston's neoNuma Arts Press, and What is Gained is Loss will be published as an e-book by Èervená Barva Press.

Evan's other published work includes numerous articles and stories, the text for Butterflies, a children's picture book; and contributions to two collections of monologues. He's a Resident Playwright emeritus at Chicago Dramatists and serves on its advisory board, and a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Evan also serves as a producer for the Academy Theatre in Avondale Estates, GA, the longest continuously operating theatre in the Southeast, where he presents children's programming, new play readings and special events. Currently, he is the primary coordinator for the new Atlanta Storytelling Festival at the Academy.

His varied background includes working as an actor, director and play developer/playwriting mentor. He also teaches play marketing and has worked with both children and adults as a storyteller and educator.

He and his wife, freelance writer and jewelry designer Roxanna Guilford-Blake, live in the Atlanta area with their two lovable, dumb-as-dirt doves, Quill and Gabriella.
Mary Nagle - Winning Play: Welcome to Chalmette (Full Length)
M.K. Nagle is currently a third year law student at Tulane Law School, in New Orleans, Louisiana. As an undergraduate student at Georgetown University, she acted in several productions, including Hot 'N Throbbing, Vagina Monologues, The Balcony, Cloud 9, and Summertime. In addition to acting, Nagle has had extensive experience writing plays. In addition to Welcome to Chalmette, Nagle has written both Diamonds and MisLEAD, two plays produced by Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society at Georgetown University. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana, Nagle has written three additional plays. Nagle wrote Katrina Stories, a documentary play, based on her interviews with more than fifty Tulane Law School administrators, professors, alumni, and students whose lives were changed by Hurricane Katrina in August of 2005. Katrina Stories was originally performed at Tulane Law School, with one encore performance at Le Chat Noir, a theatre located in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Nagle also wrote Welcome to Chalmette, a documentary play based on more than thirty interviews with survivors of Hurricane Katrina and the Murphy Oil spill in Chalmette, Louisiana. Welcome to Chalmette was performed at Tulane Law School in March of 2007. Most recently, Nagle has written To the 7th Degree, a play that portrays the many and complicated contemporary perspectives on global warming, and its impending consequences for New Orleans.

MORE TO COME!!!
Reginal Reynolds, Texas Comptroller's Office: Taxable Issues
Ryan Mansfield, Sound Designer, Casa Manana: Sound Design
Cathy Hernandez, Executive Director, Artes de la Roas: Board/Staff relationship
Felicity Enas, Deanna Hargrove, Tyler Civic Theatre: LAMDA Certification
Jodi Ulich, President, Arts Council of Fort Worth & Tarrant County: Capital fundraising; ADA Issues
Greg Ricks, Sean Foushee: Tickets to the City