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Friday, April 3, 2020

Keeping it Healthy!

Kick off the weekend at the Guthrie Theater with a creative workshop that puts together the collective expertise of all participants attending the symposium. Led by members of the Education departments at Children’s Theatre Company and the Guthrie Theater, participants will split into groups to build an avatar that embodies what a healthy arts organization looks, acts and feels like through the lens of the Symposium’s three programmatic focus areas – Finance, Human Resources and Advancement.

We will then explore ways to build organizational resiliency and wrap up the evening with a collective brainstorm around questions that can help frame our discussions for the rest of the weekend.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Representation Matters!

Don’t miss this! On Saturday morning Stephanie Pierce, one of the most exciting and dynamic speakers on hiring and team building, will facilitate a workshop on developing strategies and practices to support a workforce that values and demands diverse and inclusive leadership.

Stephanie is a passionate and engaging Leadership and HR consultant who has worked with small businesses, non-profits, and corporations for over 25 years. Stephanie is a Thought Leader with candor and authenticity, whose mission is to build leaders and strengthen teams. More on Stephanie at

“Stephanie Pierce is the real deal. As the Guthrie was undergoing a senior team and HR leadership transition, Stephanie offered outstanding thought leadership on HR function. She advised on leadership changes and challenges, and has worked directly with leadership at the Guthrie to strengthen the work of the team. Cannot recommend her more highly.”

— Joseph Haj, Artistic Director, Guthrie Theatre

 We are so excited for our Keynote on Saturday night! Prepare to be SHIFTED!

Paradigm Shift: How to leverage more resources for your theater education programs!

Peter Hutchinson leads management consulting strategy for Accenture's U.S. state and local government practice. He previously served as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Finance, as Minneapolis' superintendent of schools, as the city's deputy mayor, as corporate vice president of the Dayton Hudson Corporation (now Target) and as president of the Bush Foundation, one of Minnesota’s largest independent foundations. Hutchinson co-authored "The Price of Government: Getting the Results We Need in an Age of Permanent Fiscal Crisis," which presents a radically different approach to budgeting.

Systems produce EXACTLY the results they are DESIGNED TO PRODUCE, and none other. If you want a different result, YOU NEED A DIFFERENT DESIGN.

Check out Peter’s Ted Talk at

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Artful Teaching and Learning: Planning for Successful Partnerships with K-12 Schools

Theater company education directors, teaching artists, and K-12 classroom teachers and arts specialists all have the common goal of engaging students in meaningful theater learning experiences. But in practice, there are myriad challenges that can make collaboration between arts organizations and schools difficult. In this session we’ll address those challenges by digging into a resource created by Perpich Center for Arts Education and Minneapolis Public Schools, entitled “Artful Teaching and Learning: Student Achievement Through the Arts.” The guide is packed with practical tools like backwards planning models and reflection protocols to help guide thinking about how arts organizations and teachers in K-12 can successfully collaborate.

Goal/Outcome: Gain practical strategies and resources for planning partnerships between arts organizations and K-12 schools. 



- Stephanie Lein Walseth, PhD, Theater Education Specialist, Perpich Center for Arts Education

- Kristi Johnson, Creative Learning Specialist, SteppingStone Theatre for Youth