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President’s Message: October 3, 2014

Oct 3, 2014   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

President’s Message – Bryan Jao

Dear colleagues:

It has been a great pleasure to serve as president of Michigan Presenters during the past three years. In that time, I have been fortunate to forge lifelong relationships with many of you, share our stories of challenges and successes and to find inspiration in it all.

Now, it is time for me to step aside and to allow another to share his or her vision in propelling Michigan Presenters forward. I sincerely thank you for the opportunity for allowing me to serve in this capacity and appreciate your faith in my abilities.

I encourage each of you to consider serving as an officer as it is extremely rewarding on so many different levels. There are countless ways in which serving our membership has been fulfilling both personally and professionally. Conversations with presenters, associations, agents and managers have been made deeper because of it. Consideration of how to benefit our membership has allowed me to think more broadly about our industry and our communities in Michigan.

I look forward to continuing to work with each of you and the new leadership of Michigan Presenters in advancing the organization as immediate past president. Once again, thank you for your camaraderie and for the inspiration these past three years as it has been an honor. I hope you can join us in East Lansing at our next meeting.

Yours truly,
D. Bryan Jao
President, Michigan Presenters

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – East Lansing, MI

Oct 3, 2014   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Please mark your calendars for this important meeting.

LOCATION: Wharton Center for Performing Arts, East Lansing, MI
TIME: 9:30am to approximately 2:30pm

AGENDA: (working)

  • Continental Breakfast & Networking
  • Business meeting:
    • 501(c) Status Update
    • Elections
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem
    • Lunch w/ Virginia Johnson, DTH artistic director
    • Introduction by Keith Saunders, DTH ballet master
    • DTH Open rehearsal for presenters;
    • Evening DTH Performance, 7:30pm
      • Program: Agon, Balanchine/Stravinsky | In the Mirror of Her Mind, Huggins/Goreski | past-carry-forward, Wideman-Davis/Davis
      • presenters invited to stay and will be provided tickets

Confirmed Attendees for August 18, 2014

Aug 13, 2014   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

ATTENDEES: Confirmed as of 11:10am, 8/13/14 (will be updated periodically)

Kristin Armstrong, Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Chad Badgero, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

Sue Bila, Michigan Festivals and Events Association

Ryan Bladzik, Owosso Community Players

Mike Brand, Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Ellen Engle, Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Erica Griessel, Howard Performing Arts Center

Bryan Jao, Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Gene Jenneman, Dennos Musem Center

Tracie Lawie, Miller Auditorium

Rob Pennock, Miller Auditorium

Beth Petrik, Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts

Liz Stover, University Musical Society

Meeting Agenda: August 18, 2014

Aug 12, 2014   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

Agenda topics to include: (specific times being determined)

Sue Bila, Michigan Festivals and Events Association

Facilitated by Alison Watson, a meeting was held in Lansing on April 16, 2014 that brought together Marianne Dorais, Michigan Youth Arts Association, Sue Bila, Michigan Festivals and Events Association, Lisa Craig Brisson, Michigan Museums Association and Robbie DePietro, Michigan Humanities Council to network and explore the possibility of combining resources and respective constituents towards the goal of hosting a larger annual conference.

Sue Bila, executive director, will introduce the upcoming 22nd Annual MFEA Convention that takes place November 6-9, 2014  in Kalamazoo and a discussion will follow to explore if and how future collaborations can be mutually beneficial.

Kristin Armstrong & Ellen Engle, Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Programs & Tour of the Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Business Meeting Topics

Old Business

New Business

Membership Dues

Arts Midwest Conference

Officer Nominations & Elections


Round table discussion

MEETING: Monday, August 18, 2014

Jul 28, 2014   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

Greetings presenters,

Once again, we are thrilled to be hosted by Ellen Engle and Kristin Armstrong at The Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Please RSVP by Wednesday,  August 13 at 5pm so that we can get an accurate count for catering numbers.



Meeting: Monday, August 18, 2014
Location: Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St., Saugatuck, MI 49453
Time: 10am- approximately 2:00pm

Meals: Lunch is sponsored by Michigan Presenters, Saugatuck Center for the Arts and provided by Resipte Cappuccino Court
Details: An official agenda is forthcoming. Click here for updated information.
Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 13 at 5pm.
Make it a weekend! Our friends at SC4A have graciously arranged for special rates for the following:
LODGING: (contact each directly and mention “Michigan Presenters meeting at SCA)
The Rosemont Inn – A lovely bed and breakfast with beach access, outdoor pool, indoor hot tub, full breakfast. Pending availability, they are offering rooms for $150 for Sunday, August 17 through Tuesday night, August 19.
Art House Rentals – Associated with LaFontsee Galleries. Pending availability, offering a special rate of $175 for their studio lofts – queen bed + queen sleeper, loaded with amenities, antiques and artwork. Discount also available for Deluxe loft as well if desired.PERFORMANCES:
Live at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts

7:00 PM – Sunday, August 17
8:00 PM – Tuesday, August 19
Discounted tickets for $25
contact SCA Box Office at (269) 857-2399
mention “Michigan Presenters meeting at SCA”
Rachel Shortt

8:00 PM – Monday, August 18
Discounted tickets for $10
contact SCA Box Office at (269) 857-2399
mention “Michigan Presenters meeting at SCA

Meeting: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – West Bloomfield, MI

Nov 7, 2013   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

Greetings presenters,

Our next meeting will be in West Bloomfield, Michigan. We are thrilled to be hosted by Elaine Hendriks Smith and Linda Levy at The Berman Center.  The details are below. Please RSVP by Monday, November 11 at 3pm so that we can get an accurate count for catering numbers.

Meeting: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Location: The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, 6600 West Maple Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Time: 10am- approximately 2:00pm

Meals: Lunch will be provided by Michgian Presenters
Parking: There is plenty of parking at the Jewish Community Center. Park near The Berman entering from Drake Rd.
Map: Click here

10:00am-10:30am: Welcome / Networking

10:30am-12:00pm: Business Meeting

  • Treasurer’s Report & Membership
  • Leadership Status
  • Proposal: “Great Lakes Presenters” (see below)
  • Discussion

12:00pm-12:45pm: Lunch

12:45pm-1:30pm: 2014-2015 Booking

  • Spring Dance Detroit Festival 2015, Carol Halsted
  • Roundtable / Open Discussion

1:30pm-on: Programs & Tour: The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, Elaine Hendriks Smith & Linda Levy

Re: Proposal: “Great Lakes Presenters”
Over the past two years, an idea of the “Great Lakes Presenters” has been a topic discussed among neighboring state consortia as a way to combine resources in order to bring greater opportunity among neighboring states. While initial discussions have been relatively broad in scope, the idea has been brought to the forefront by our colleagues at the Ohio Arts Presenters Network and the idea has come steps closer to a reality.

This exploratory discussion will inform members of Michigan Presenters of the information we currently have with regards to this proposal and weigh the pros and cons of this opportunity.

Below are some initial points for consideration indicating the importance and possible effects of this proposal:
–          Ohio, Indiana and Michigan would fold into a single organization
–          Each state would have representation on the Board
–          Annual Conference location would rotate each year
–          Likely change in membership dues structure
–          Administration would be centralized through OAPN staff

Please RSVP by Monday, November 11 at 3pm.
Entrance to The Berman Center for the Performing Arts

2013 Conference Announced!

May 8, 2013   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

We are excited to announce this year’s annual conference! Please join me in thanking Jacob Cameron, Bert Goldstein, Gene Jenneman, Jill Perney, Beth Petrik, Julie Nunn, Elaine Hendriks Smith, Valerie St. Pierre Smith and Liz Stover for their tireless efforts in ensuring this year’s conference a success. Click below for conference information, which is being updated continually.


Meeting: April 24, 2013 – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mar 28, 2013   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

Our next meeting will be in the lovely town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. We are being graciously hosted by University Musical Society, who has ensured a full day which will be both exciting and informative. The details are below. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 18 at 5pm so that we can get an accurate count for catering numbers.


Meeting: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Location: Power Center, 121 Fletcher St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Time: 10am- approximately 3:30pm

Details: An official agenda, directions, parking, etc. are forthcoming

Performance: Ragamala Dance, 11am-12pm

Michael Kondziolka and Liz Stover have arranged for our members to attend a one-hour day performance of Ragamala Dance, led by Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Artistic Directors. The group is acclaimed as “one of the Diaspora’s leading Bharatanatyam ensembles that seamlessly carries the South Indian classical dance form into the 21st century.” Ragamala Dance has received numerous awards and recognition and this performance will not be one to miss.

Performance: Ragamala Dance: Sacred Earth, 7:30pm

If you are interested in staying in Ann Arbor for the full evening performance of Ragamala Dance, please contact Liz Stover at UMS for additional information.

Can a single stage transcend global barriers?

Choreographers Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy use the philosophy and myth of Indian traditions to explore the interconnectedness between humans and the landscapes that shape them. Accompanied by live music, the evening builds from silent, meditative beginnings to a thrilling crescendo as the performers surrender to the beauty of the sacred earth that has been given to us to safeguard, cherish, and pass on to future generations.

Sacred Earth’s choreography, ranging from contemplative to ecstatic, brings both internal (akam) and external (puram) landscapes to life through two ephemeral visual traditions — kolam floor designs and Warli wall paintings — creating a sacred space and becoming a link between the intimate home and the vastness of the outside world. Kolams are rice flour designs made each morning by women in southern India as conscious offerings to Mother Earth. The Warli people of western India revere the land and live in perfect coexistence with nature. Using their everyday lives as inspiration, they create dynamic wall paintings that find the spiritual in the everyday.

Sacred Earth reframes the cultural specificity of the Bharatanatyam dance tradition, bringing the eloquence of the form to universal themes in order to spark a global conversation.

Where does inspiration come from? What makes an artist tick? Join us for a post-performance Q&A and get a glimpse into the lives and minds of the artists that bring creativity to the stage. Must have a ticket to this evening’s performance to attend.

Article: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on its 30th Season

Oct 16, 2012   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts embarks on 30th season
Clinton Township Patch
The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township in Michigan has welcomed hundreds of popular performers throughout the years and served as the home stage for dozens of local groups. More

Conference: Agents for You

May 15, 2012   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

Agents for you…you…and yes, you.
June 12-13 – Traverse City, MI

Coming to Michigan, Just for You
After receiving renewed interest from agencies in attending our conference and careful consideration, we have invited our colleagues on the “other side” of our business to join us in Traverse City. It is important that Michigan arts organizations participate in the conference, as these colleagues are coming from distances both far and farther.

Additionally, the sooner you register the better – as there are a few agencies “on the sidelines” waiting to see if they should attend pending registrations. We appreciate your consideration in attending and hope you find the conference programs interesting and impactful. We have kept conference costs at a minimum to allow for budgets of every size, starting at just $35.

Agents | Artist Representatives (pending additions)
Michigan Presenters has worked hard to offer you a conference that will ignite ideas and inspire you along with the gorgeous backdrop of Traverse City in the summertime.  In addition to the great programs, we offer it at minimal cost to you with registrations starting at only just $35.

Book Your HotelDeadline: Monday, May 28

* Limited number of rooms held; rate is applicable for nights of June 11, 12, 13, 2012

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