Consensus Organizing for Theater
Consensus Organizing for Real Women Have Curves at Pasadena Playhouse, 2015
Consensus Organizing for Theater (CO) is an artistic methodology through which a theater builds stake in multiple pockets of communities and those communities build stake back in the theater by surfacing and organizing around mutual self-interest.
Adapted from Mike Eichler’s Consensus Organizing Model for community social work and redevelopment, Consensus Organizing for Theater was developed and codified by Seema at Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, from 2008-2013, where it achieved, on average, 93% audience capacity, partnerships of mutual self-interest with an average of 30 diverse organizations per production, and resulted in Mo`olelo never suffering a deficit the 9 years Seema served as Executive Artistic Director.
Seema scaled up CO at The Pasadena Playhouse where, in two years from 2014-2016, the methodology delivered over 6,000 new audience members, earned over $200,000 in new ticket sales, and attracted over $2 million in grants from regional and national foundations.
SF Breaking Character Magazine: Get Smart (8/31/2017)
TRG: Artistic Excellence and Mutual Self-Interest (10/19/2016)
Seema teaches workshops on Consensus Organizing for Theater. Participants have included:
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts (2020)
George Mason University, Guest Lecture (2016-2020)
Minnesota Opera (2017)
Seattle Repertory Theatre (2015)
Twin Cities Cultural Leaders Group (2015)
University of Minnesota (2015)
People’s Light (2015)
Trinity Repertory Company/Brown University (2015)
Organizing communities for performances of Real Women Have Curves
Consensus Organizing workshop for the Twin Cities Cultural Leaders Group