Theatre arts push

Director of the Museum Alissandra Cummins explains some aspects of the island’s natural history to Rik Parkhill, using the giant lobster specimen as an example.
Director of the Museum Alissandra Cummins explains some aspects of the island’s natural history to Rik Parkhill, using the giant lobster specimen as an example.

Barbadian theatre arts professionals spanning every aspect of the industry, from educators to producers, met recently to chart a path to the further development of a thriving industry in the long-term.

This all-day strategic action planning workshop was produced by the National Cultural Foundation under the direction of its new Cultural Officer for Theatre Arts, Michelle Cox, and facilitated by Dr. Keith Nurse, World Trade Organisation Chair at the University of the West Indies. It began with a roundtable meeting where the professionals on hand shared their perspectives, knowledge and expertise in an effort to enhance the sector.

In welcoming the visionaries invited to participate, Chief Executive Officer of the NCF, Cranston Browne said: “This consultative approach to planning a strategic roadmap for the future of the art form will allow you to directly impact on the viability of your community and you should seize the opportunity afforded through these collaborate talks to contribute to the advancement of Theatre Arts in Barbados.

“The workshop is about you, for you and only you can aid in the successful development of programmes and initiatives that will harness the capabilities and resources existent in the industry.”

Theatre arts professionals who participated utilised crafted management tools and worksheets to gather key elements of the strategic action plan. They also received a specially designed manual to guide them in their various activities.

In addition to outlining the long-term mission and vision for the theatre arts sector in Barbados, the principal goal of this strategic action planning workshop was to articulate the current position; define tangible and measurable strategies; map a future desired position detailing the goals and objectives; and identify the requisite actions and projects to achieve these stated goals and objectives, including mechanisms for monitoring implementation.

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