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Crossing Borders – LMDA Conference 2018

June 21, 2018 - June 23, 2018

Crossing Borders

From June 21-23, 2018, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) will convene around the theme of “Crossing Borders” in Toronto, Ontario.

The 2018 LMDA Conference is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

I’m so excited to welcome you to my hometown, Toronto – it’s not just the place Drake calls “The Six,” but a city of great diversity, great growth (we’re the 4th largest city in North America) and with that, great challenges. Toronto is in the ‘Dish With One Spoon Territory’ –  a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. The “Dish” represents what is now southern Ontario, from the Great Lakes to Quebec and from Lake Simcoe into the United States. We all eat out of the Dish, all of us that share this territory, with only one spoon. That means we have to share the responsibility of ensuring the dish is never empty, which includes taking care of the land and the creatures we share it with. Importantly, there are no knives at the table, representing the idea that we must keep the peace.

The conference theme is “Crossing Borders” – for many of you, you’ll be crossing a border of one kind or another to attend this conference. That act inspired me to think about what other kinds of borders are people crossing in their work and their lives in order to make art. It became clear through the Call for Proposals that the theme resonated with a lot of you and the conversations at the conference will deal with all kinds of borders and the ways in which we acknowledge them or cross them.  If you can’t wait for the conference to get the conversations going, feel free to use social media with the conference hashtag: #LMDA18 and don’t forget to #keepcalmandtrustthedramaturg!

There’s also lots going on in Toronto that weekend – the Luminato Arts Festival, Pride Weekend, National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), a Craft Beer Festival – so I hope you’ll come enjoy the conference but also enjoy all that a city like Toronto has to offer.

Be sure to register early and book accommodations as soon as you can – there’s so much happening that weekend in the city that hotels, Airbnbs and hostels are sure to book up quickly. There are some rooms being held for LMDA conference goers but don’t wait too long to reserve them!


Joanna Falck
Literary Manager, Tarragon Theatre
2018 LMDA Conference Chair

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION INFO – Thursday, June 21st – Saturday, June 23rd

All full-conference registration fees are per person and include one banquet ticket.

LMDA Member Registration Link
$150 (USD) Early Bird LMDA Early Career Member ($200 after April 30)
$300 (USD) Early Bird LMDA Individual/Institutional Member ($350 after April 30)

LMDA Non-Member Registration Link
$430 (USD) Non-Member

DAY RATE REGISTRATION FEES – $150/day (does not include banquet ticket)

CONFERENCE HOURS (Subject to change):
Day 1 – Thursday, June 21st, 10am-6:00pm
Day 2  – Friday, June 22nd, 10am-5:00pm, followed by an LMDA Canada Reception
Day 3 – Saturday, June 23rd, 10am-5:30pm, followed by the LMDA Conference Banquet


June 21, 2018
June 23, 2018




Lucie and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre
80 Cooperage St
Toronto, ON M5A 1H7 Canada
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