Julie Taymor to Speak at Theatre Communications Group National Conference

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Tony Award winner Julie Taymor will be a keynote speaker at the Theatre Communications Group's annual National Conference, which will be held in Los Angeles June 16-18.

Tony winner Julie Taymor
Tony winner Julie Taymor Photo by John Hogg

Taymor's closing keynote address at the conference will confront the question behind the imaginative impulse to create, to improve and to ultimately make change: "What if…?"

"[Taymor] is one of the finest and most creative artists today," said TCG executive director Teresa Eyring in a statement. "We are honored that she will be with us, among her colleagues and peers."

At the conference Taymor will also screen her latest film, "The Tempest," starring Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones and Djimon Hounsou, which will be followed by a Q&A with members of the creative team. Taymor will also participate in the breakout session entitled "A Director's Life," which will focus on how directing artists can evolve and grow artistically.

The conference will also feature an artist panel that includes poet-playwright Marcus Gardley; director, playwright, designer and visual artist Nancy Keystone; designer Mimi Lien; and producer, writer and actor Tanya Selvaratnam.

Taymor most recently served as director and co-book writer for Broadway's Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. In 1998 Taymor became the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, and also won a Tony for Best Costumes, for her work on The Lion King.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), now in its 50th year, is the national organization for the American theatre that has existed "to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre."

LA Stage Alliance is the host of the TCG National Conference. For more details and registration information, visit www.tcg.org/conference.

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