Sean Fenton will present at One Theatre World 2017, the national conference for Theatre for Young Audiences/USA, to be held in Berkeley, CA. His presentation, "Reimagining Audience Data in the TYA World," will explore the latest methods for collecting and using audience data when working with young audiences and will draw upon findings from recent projects with leading TYA companies.
Alan Brown returns to the Accademia Teatro alla Scala for a third year as a guest lecturer in the arts administration program.
Alan Brown will coach Arizona Science Center's Teen Advisory Board in conducting a day of participatory interviews with other teens to explore their interests and feelings about Arizona Science Center.
Alan Brown will lead a panel on Branded Series and Formats: New Programming Approaches at the annual conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, with Sara Billmann of UMS and Ming Ng of The Music Center. This session explores an exciting trend in the arts sector -- the marriage of good branding and creative programming. Branded series and formats (e.g., Sensorium, Liquid Music, Renegade) are renewable assets that can be exploited over time. Increasingly, younger audiences opt into branded experiences without knowing program details, sidestepping barriers.
Dennie Wolf and Steven Holochwost will co-host a day-long session on arts, youth development, and evaluation at the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts annual conference in Chicago (Conference for Community Arts Education; November 2-5, 2016). The November 2 session features a sequence of approaches organizations can use to develop rigorous evaluations that include staff and youth participation.
Steven Holochwost and Dennie Wolf will present three papers at the American Evaluation Association meetings in Atlanta (Evaluation 2016: Evaluation + Design; October 25-29, 2016). In a session on universal design, they will discuss what they have learned about more culturally equitable evaluation designs in partnership with a longitudinal study of the work on the New Victory Theater in New York. In another session, Steven Holochwost will present on "Alternatives to Randomized Control Designs in Program Evaluation: Lessons from the Fields of Arts and Arts Education". Finally, in a third session, "Neuropsychological Methods: A New Direction for the Evaluation of Educational Programs", Steven Holochwost will present new research and evaluation methods, arising from new understandings from developmental neurophysiology.