Written By Melvin Tunstall III
Happy Wednesday TheaterMakers!
If you are like me, this year’s Summit will be your first time attending virtually, so you may need a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your Summit experience. With the help of the team here at TMS, I was able to get prepared in no time, so here is your QUICK GUIDE TO THE THEATERMAKERS SUMMIT!
First things first: WHO’S GOT THEIR WHOVA?
WHOVA is the platform that we will be using to stream all of our panels, and you will be able to access everything directly from the WHOVA site! So once you log in to your WHOVA, you can stay there the whole weekend and you are good to go!
If you did attend the virtual summit last year, you should already have an account with WHOVA, so use your same login information for instant access. But if you are new to the virtual version of our TheaterMakers Summit, then your first stop is to create an account with WHOVA.
Once you log in with the event link, you should be directed to our WELCOME PAGE!
2. A IS FOR AGENDA
After Summer Groh’s amazing Welcome Video, the next most important thing on our Welcome page will be our AGENDA TAB:
Here you will find every event happening on both days of the Summit and our BONUS DAY events on Monday November 8th!
*PRO TIP* If you haven’t signed up for our Bonus Day events and want to join the festivities, upgrade your ticket simply by emailing Summer Groh at email@example.com!
3. PERSONALIZE YOUR SUMMIT EXPERIENCE!
There will be panels running simultaneously on both days, so use the ADD TO MY AGENDA button on your desired panel to personalize your Summit experience and make sure you don’t miss your favorite speakers. And don’t worry about those panels you missed! EVERY panel will be recorded and made available to you for a WEEK after the Summit.
Once you’ve selected your panels for the weekend, find your personalized itinerary under your MY AGENDA Tab.
4. USING OUR FILTERS
There are a few ways to discover the panels of most interest to you. Above each panel’s listing, you will see several colored boxes that say, for example- ACTORS, COMPOSERS/LYRICISTS, PLAYWRIGHTS, etc. These boxes are there to help you find the panels that are geared to your theatermaking focus. Use the FILTER BY TRACKS options to highlight those panels geared to your area of expertise.
Still can’t find that panel you wanted to attend? Use the SEARCH BOX to search by SESSION NAME, LOCATION, or SPEAKER!
5. CONNECTING WITH THE COMMUNITY
Now that you’re all set with your agenda, make sure you check out that WELCOME VIDEO from Summer Groh for ways to stay connected with our community during the Summit!
Our COMMUNITY TAB is the go-to spot for all your NETWORKING needs! Check out or suggest local or virtual meetups with other attendees, ask our organizers ANYTHING via Direct Message, and receive up to the minute announcements from our Summit organizers. I’ve already begun receiving DMs from fellow theatermakers, and just a few words of advice: if you’re not here for the BONUS DAY on the 8th, you’re going to miss out on some serious theatermaking fun!
We are just a few days away from what will surely be a life-changing experience for TheaterMakers around the world. It’s still not too late to be a part of our 2021 Summit, so RESERVE YOUR SPOT today and join us this weekend for “PLACES, PLEASE!”