Erinn Diaz: Entrepreneur, Performer, Author, Optimist
In jobs that I had previously to being an entrepreneur, I could never understand the emotion of jealousy that went on in staff meetings with other companies. If a competing organization would have a success, I clearly remember on several occasions my bosses and co-workers getting bitter about their success, seeing it as a hurt to their business. But I don’t see it that way at all, and never have.
The principle of working together is why I started the North Carolina Triad Theatre League. Almost three years ago now, I invited all of the theatre producers the Piedmont Triad to Spring Theatre, (my non profit company), so we could all sit in one room together to see if there was an interest in creating deeper relationships between each other. What has developed since has been a beautiful thing. Rosina Whitfield of The Drama Center of City Arts came to that meeting, and expressed that she had a genuine interest in something like this for years.
And so… the NC Triad Theatre League was born!
The league is an alliance of theatrical organizations who have come together to unify and sustain our collective missions, to be inclusive of the entire Triad community of all ages and backgrounds, and to provide collaboration and resources for a stronger arts community. Our members have come together to share resources such as costumes, prop pieces or storage, and we have become a resource to each other for hiring actors, designers or directors.
Every other month, the theatre producers all sit down and discuss upcoming theatre news and needs and ways to strengthen our theatrical community. This year was the first year that we had an official organizational and individual membership, and the league received much press. Some of the events this year included producing unified auditions at Triad Stage, where actors could come and do one audition for over a dozen theatres at one time, and the Triad Theatre Festival at GTCC, an entire day of celebrating theatre on two stages to create performance opportunities and gain new audiences. The league also produces also an e-newsletter, a facebook page, a forum, workshops, and networking events for members such as potlucks. You can also see what’s going on anytime in the Triad by visiting www.TriadTheatre.com for dates and upcoming shows from all our members.
This Sunday, October 29th at 6pm, we’ll be hosting a season kick off at Wolfgang Puck Restaurant at Friendly Center in Greensboro. This free event is open to the public, and dinner is included! If you’d like to get involved with the NC Triad Theatre league, this is a perfect opportunity. We welcome all ideas, and will also be signing up committee members for our various 2018 endeavors! It’s also just a great way to network with fellow producers and performers in the area and show your support of the arts.
Hellen Keller once said “alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”. If you’re struggling to achieve your goals in life, you might want to look for like minded individuals who have the same goals, and see what you can do together. After all, individually we are one drop, but together, we are an OCEAN.