Coffee Hour Conversations

The PAC’s Coffee Hour Conversations are 45-minute sessions intended to be a virtual gathering place for you, your organizations, and the regional artistic community to discuss the issues that are most important to you. We would like to use these conversations as a place where we can all voice and share our concerns and to unite as an artistic community during these difficult times.  Join the conversation!

Artists and Presenters in the Virtual Classroom:
Working with Schools in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday, October 28, 10:30-11:30 am
Seth Soloway, Director, The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College
Alexis Truitt, Managing Director, American Alliance for Theatre and Education
Mara McEwin, Artistic Director, Treehouse Shakers
Kimberly Olsen, Executive Director, NYC Arts in Education Roundtable
Ellie McKay, Director of Education, Children’s Theatre Company

Building the Future Now

Imagine a future for the performing arts, built upon the challenges and innovations of the current cultural landscape. This conversation that examines the lessons of the moment and envisions new forms of artistic engagement as we move deeper into the new decade.

Seth Soloway, The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College
Erwin Maas, Theatermaker, Educator, International Arts Advocate
Guy de Lancey, Conceptual Detective, Center Lead, Movement Laboratory for research & practice in movement technology, Barnard College
Sandy Garcia, Director of Booking, Pentacle

The Role of the Agent in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday, August 12, 10:45-11:30am

The Role of the Agent in the Time of COVID-19 will focus on the unique challenges currently being faced by performing artists’ agents. How can we work together to facilitate the performing arts and support our agent partners while our stages are dark?

Seth Soloway, The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College
Margaret Selby, Selby Artists Management
Allen Moon, David Lieberman Artist’s Representatives
Simon Shaw, Shaw Entertainment Group

Necessity is the Mother of Invention: Success in Presenting the Performing Arts Online

Seth Soloway, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College
Wu Han, Artistic Director of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
John Heginbotham, Artistic Director of Dance Heginbotham
Pete Malinverni, Head of Jazz Studies, Purchase College, SUNY

Funding for the Performing Arts: Surveying the Regional Landscape in the Time of Social Distancing

Seth Soloway, Performing Arts Center, Purchase College  
Steve Butler,  CNY Arts 
Jen Soloway, ArtsWestchester
Haowen Wang, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation


Here are some of the resources that were mentioned during the conversation

Keep the Arts Thriving:
How Can Artists, Agents, and Institutions Work Together in Revenue-Free Models During This Time of Social Distancing?

On April 17, fifty artists, presenters, and agents gathered for an informal virtual chat about the challenges and opportunities facing the performing arts industry during these complicated times. The conversation was anchored by Seth Soloway, Director of The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College; Juan José Escalante, Executive Director, The José Limón Dance Foundation; and critically acclaimed storyteller and artist David Gonzalez.

Click here to read a summary.