(Just a kind reminder – this one is long but hopefully you would read it through)
Life happens. Below is what IPTN has made happen in the past year since we said goodbye in Montreal.
- We found a new treasurer and a few members to join our Board. Now there are ten of us and you may get to know us more by clicking here.
- We have set up a clear financial policy and here it is. Right now, our balance is: USD29,341.
- We have a joint membership with PNA and we are exploring more ways to connect with other regional networks so we can share resources, especially the website.
- We published 3 issues of IPTN Journal. You may download the PDF versions here. Or you may read individual articles by clicking on Featured Articles on the menu bar under the Journal.
- We hosted 3 online Exchange Hub. Two with Bev Hosking and Kris Plowman. One with Jonathan Fox and Nisha Sajnani
- We have had seven Board Meetings and set up several task forces:
- A “Call for Proposal” will be out soon
- Submission Deadline: Feb 2017
- Announcement of Host: Apr 2017
- Simon is stepping down from the editor’s role (see below)
Pilot Grant for PT Projects
- A new initiative to put members’ fees into supporting worldwide promotion of Playback Theatre
- In the process of drafting logistics and budget
- Target to launch before 2018
- An exploration of making IPTN Board election more democratic and keeping its diversity
- On hold until after the Conference dates and details have settled
Branding and Marketing
- Ongoing discussion of branding of IPTN
- Ongoing discussion of the recruitment of members and member benefits
Life happens. While we are happy to have many people supporting our work, some of us have to leave in response to what happens in their lives.
After being our editor of the Journal for one year, Simon has to step down because of personal reasons. We are so grateful for him to thoughtfully put together the previous issues and for his insights into how the Journal could become better in future. We wish him all the success on his new journey. And look forward to his contribution to the Journal to share his work in Playback. Here is his farewell note to you.
Since Simon has started working the Journal, he noticed that we mainly receive articles from English speakers and wondered if the current format had created a barrier for those whose first languages aren’t English. The IPTN Journal task force has decided that a regional approach would encourage a more diverse and inclusive approach with articles written in local languages.
How it works:
- Regional editors will be recruited and then invite articles from their regions and have editing responsibilities. A role description will be available soon.
- All articles will be written in members’ own language and published on www.iptn.info as such
- Translators will be recruited to translate selected articles (depending on how many translators we have)
- There will be NO formal deadline anymore, articles are welcomed all year round.
- Articles will be uploaded on a regular basis to keep our website refreshed.
- A hard copy will no longer be viable as the journal will be too large to print. However the PDF version would be designed to be downloaded and printable in regional sections.
Brian Tasker will be taking up this new role to be the Main Editor of this new Journal. If you are interested in becoming a regional editor or translator, please contact him for details on IPTNjournal@gmail.com
I am going to address my gratitude towards our unsung heroine in the Journal for the past few years – Amanda Brown. Amanda has been on the Board for 5 years now and she has been elected as the Journal Liaison since October 2012. Without her, the publication, printing and mailing of hard copies of the previous issues wouldn’t have been done smoothly. And thanks to her, we had the privilege to have Simon Floodgate to work with us for this past year. Amanda will be stepping from the Board in April 2017 and she is now supporting Brian with the handover of any Journal matters. So thank you, Amanda, for your dedication and generosity in serving the community.
Life happens. So do regional gatherings! Those that are lined up already:
Festival “Art. Playback Together” in Kiev
Date: October 28-30, 2016
Venue: Ukraine, Kiev
II Iberian Playback and Spontaneus Theatre Meeting - "Creciendo en Red"
Date: November 18-20, 2016
Venue: Algodonales, Andalucía
European Playback Theatre Gathering 2017
Date: April 20-23, 2017
Venue: Budapest, Hungary
Australasian Playback Gathering 2017
Date: April 21-24, 2017
Venue: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Theme: Place, Purpose and Practice Under Our Southern Skies
Asian Pacific Playback Theatre Gathering 2017
Date: November 3-5, 2017
Venue: Hiroshima, Japan
Life happens. And I would like to hear from you. Write me by email or schedule with me a Skype session to talk more about what kind of happenings you want to see going on at IPTN. I would also be happy to exchange about Playback Theatre practice and stories of company life!
Living the happening,
*An installation artwork by a Hong Kong Artist, Tsang Kin Wah. I took this picture to remind myself to stay flexible and be spontaneous as life happens, just like how we do Playback.