Lauren Slone

About Lauren Slone

Lauren Slone is Program Associate for the MAP Fund, administered by Creative Capital. She holds a BA in religious studies with a minor in philosophy from West Virginia University and an MFA in dance performance and choreography from the Florida State University School of Dance. While in residence at FSU, she was a Teaching Fellow, MANCC Administrative Fellow, and the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships. Lauren has also performed extensively, most notably with Lynda Davis, Dan Wagoner and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Building an international career under the pillars of Research, Creation, Production and Education, Lauren is the founder and artistic director of empty nave projects, a NYC based performance company, and loves her administrative work serving other artists in the field.

MAP@TCG

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The 2013 TCG Conference was held in Dallas, TX, June 6-8.

If I had to summarize the 2013 TCG conference, I would describe it as the collective expression of a desire to move from “yes or no” thinking to “yes and no” thought/action. From formal lectures to side conversations waiting in line at the food trucks, participants demonstrated a profound desire to move beyond binary thinking and competitive isolationism in a more collaborative effort to improve the overall health of the American Theater.

Formatted after an academic model, participants self-selected one of four “majors” (Financial Adaptation, Diversity and Inclusion, Artistic Innovation and Audience Engagement). Because of MAP’s funding priorities, I chose the Artistic Innovation arc with a minor in Diversity and Inclusion.  Continue reading