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Ask an Artistic Director with Melissa Hillman

Ask an Artistic Director with Melissa

Ask an Artistic Director with Melissa Hillman

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM) (PST)


Spotlight Topic: Cast Them with Kindness 

Introducing Ask an Artistic Director: bring your questions to this virtual Q&A with TBA’s Programs Officer, Melissa Hillman! In addition to her work at TBA, Melissa has a wealth of experience as a Bay Area artistic director and a leader in Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion. All are welcome: theatre leaders of all experience levels and theatre makers of any discipline! From ADs to actors to playwrights to techs, if you have a question for an artistic director, ask away!

This month, in addition to any other questions you might have for our resident artistic director, our spotlight topic will be ethics in casting. 

The audition process sets the tone for your working relationship. For casting directors, there are key ways to demonstrate equitable practices and respect for performers' time. For performers, you can get a sense of whether a theatre company might be a good fit. In the first edition of Ask an Artistic Director, we’ll try to answer all your questions about the best practices on both sides of the casting process, including: 

  • How do I plan the audition process, and how do I make sure it goes smoothly? 
  • How can I make my audition process more inclusive? 
  • What should I expect going into an audition? 
  • How can I tell if a theatre company is a good fit for me as a performer? 

Don’t forget — you can bring any question to Ask An Artistic Director, whether or not it’s related to the spotlight topic! 

Refund policy: If for some reason you are unable to attend this webinar, please let us know at least 24 hours before the class, and we will be happy to issue a full refund. We apologize, but we are unable to give refunds for late cancellations.


This event is free to TBA's Premium Individual & Company members — log in for your member discount. If you're not yet a member, tickets are $25 or you can join TBA as an individual or with your theatre organization.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM) (PST)
Tuesday, January 31 at 12 PM Pacific
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