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2012 National Conference Keynote Events
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Conversations on the Past: Wisdom from our Leaders

This all-conference event, in celebration of our 25th Anniversary, will feature an open dialogue with past presidents and leaders of AATE whose wisdom and work guided us to our current successes. Inspiring and insightful, this event with offer personal and professional tidbits about the 25 year plus journey of AATE and its organizational predecessors. Come Look to the Past to prepare for Charging into the next 25 years!

Hosted by current president, Daniel A. Kelin, II and executive director, Lynne Kingsley, the conversation will be moderated by past president Rives Collins.

Teresa Eyring is executive director of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre. Prior toarriving at TCG in 2007, Eyring spent more than twenty years as an executive in theatres around the U.S. Positions included: managing director of the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis from 1999-2007; managing director of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia from 1994-1999; and assistant executive director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis from 1989-1993. She began her theatre career as director of development for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Companyin Washington, D.C. She holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and an MFA in Theatre Administration from Yale School of Drama. Eyring is currently an executive committee member of the Performing Arts Alliance, chair of the follow-up process for the National Performing Arts Convention and was previously a memberof the Tony Awards nominating committee.

David Gonzalez is the proud recipient of the 2011 International Performing Arts for Youth "Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence.” In 2010 Mr. Gonzalez was named a Joseph Campbell Foundation Fellow. He was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for "Unique Theatrical Experience” for his production of The Frog Bride at Broadway’s New Victory Theater. He has created numerous productions, including the critically acclaimed ¡Sofrito! with The Latin Legends Band, and MytholoJazz, both of which enjoyed sold-out runs at New Victory Theater. David recently completed work on Wounded Splendor, a two-year residency and commission from the University of Maryland that celebrates the natural world and our responsibility to it. David was a featured performer at the 2007 National Storytelling Festival, and has performed at festivals in Spain, Switzerland, France, Costa Rica, Norway, Puerto Rico, and throughout the United States. He also appeared for three seasons at the Royal National Theatre in London. Mr. Gonzalez is the Artistic Director for The Alliance for a New Humanity, an international service organization dedicated to peace and sustainability. David is the founder and artistic director of the Four Rivers Arts Institute.

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