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PAAL Summit 2023:

- Where do we start with healing?

- How is caregiving integral to individual and communal healing? 

- How do we prioritize our own healing within broken structures?

- How can we support others' healing?

- How do we center Justice, Inclusion, and Belonging in healing practice?

- What is healing as a practice?


The Annual PAAL International Summit runs over three consecutive days (Dec. 7-10 - virtual and some hybrid). PAAL will gather thought leaders and theatre professionals who will facilitate think tanks, solutions dialogues, and affinity spaces for both individuals and organizations, deep diving the concept of creating a culture of care with the resources we have now and vision of how healing is possible now.


The second PAAL Gala: more announced soon.


The PAAL Summit includes (2) tickets per active PAAL Membership organization.


Join us for our annual international gathering (virtual & hybrid: NYC + Various) around Creating a Culture of Care in the Performing Arts - and this year, our second PAAL Gala, will honor more groundbreaking leaders in our field and create another unforgettable evening (with childcare, of course)!

Performers and Partners to be announced soon!

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PAAL Summit 2022
& PAAL Gala

Join us for our annual international gathering (virtual & hybrid: NYC + Various) around Creating a Culture of Care in the Performing Arts - and this year, our inaugural PAAL Gala, honoring Shanta Thake and featuring extraordinary talent!




(2) Summit tickets FREE for current PAAL Institution Members


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(1) Summit ticket FREE for current PAAL Individual Members



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The Annual PAAL International Summit runs over three consecutive days (Dec. 1-3 - virtual and some hybrid), following the pre-summit Spaces of Care day (Nov. 30 - virtual), PAAL will gather thought leaders and theatre professionals who will facilitate think tanks, solutions dialogues, and affinity spaces for both individuals and organizations, deep diving the concept of creating a culture of care - with the resources we have now.


Pre-summit Spaces of Care on Wednesday (Nov. 30 - virtual), featuring spaces of affinity and relational engagement to reduce isolation, prioritize conversations around visibility, and establish rapport before engaging in the summit sessions.


The Inaugural PAAL Gala: Caregiver Cabaret (Dec. 3 - on-site NYC and virtual) honoring Shanta Thake, Chief Artistic Officer at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and featuring some incredible performances from gifted and notable artists in our field. Summit ticket-holders will receive access to attend and/or view the gala.


The PAAL Summit includes (2) tickets per active PAAL Membership organization.

See below for access/discount codes for financial support.

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Centering Humanity


Over three consecutive days, PAAL will gather experts and theatre professionals who will provide workshops, case studies, and affinity spaces for both institutions and individuals illustrating how to create sustainable caregiver support and operationalize humane practices that benefit everyone.

The Parent Artist Advocacy League is partnering with The Public Theater to launch the PAAL International Digital Summit 2021, the third annual convening from the partnership to date.



This code is for BIPOC led/run/majority orgs for 50% off the registration price. (from $350 to $175 per ticket. Each ticket admits 2 individuals within that organization)


This code is for organizations with the annual income under $50,000 (from $350 to $150 per ticket. Each ticket admits 2 individuals within that organization)


This code is for individuals who want to engage with the summit but do not have the support of an organization. (from $350 to $50 per ticket. Each ticket admits 1 individual)


This code is for organizations or individuals who want to engage with the summit but have experienced such severe financial hardship that no means are available for them to attend. This code creates access at this point. (from $350 to $0 per ticket. Each ticket admits 2 org individuals or 1 individual engaging solo.)


The Summit’s theme of “Centering Humanity,” engages with the how-to and impact of humane practices and caregiver support that center restorative justice, anti-racism, gender inclusion, and the interconnected access needs of the disability community. The artistic component of the event will be announced in the coming weeks along with the sessions and speakers. Registration is now open at


The PAAL International Summit 2021 Mission:



Action, Accountability, and Affinity Solutions

For Humane and Sustainable Practices in the Performing Arts

“From fundraising resources for caregiver funds to return practices that center support, the PAAL Summit creates an opportunity for us to develop more humane and ethical practices as a community. We want to abolish the harmful idea that growth happens in isolation. This Summit acknowledges fatigue and encourages forward movement with field-wide accountability and support,” shares Rachel Spencer Hewitt, PAAL Director of Programming and Resources. 


LaNeshe Miller White, Executive Director of Theatre Philadelphia and member of PAAL Board of Directors, emphasizes the importance of leadership and individuals gathering for action around the conversation of how to keep support relevant in this moment - with national policy everchanging, the Summit will provide resources for stable and sustainable support.


The sessions at the 2021 PAAL Summit: Centering Humanity will include strategies for increasing parent and caregiver support upon theatre’s in-person return, create accountability cohorts that focus on communal change, and provide affinity spaces that prioritize healing and rest as part of revolutionizing theatre practice. Institutions and individuals participating and interested in supporting the gathering are encouraged to use the #makearthumane hashtag.


All participants in the PAAL Summit will have support in three phases: 1) Access to the Summit Sessions to gather and engage with applied solutions, 2) Shared Worksheets and Resources for piloting, modeling, and implementation, and 3) Automatic Admission into PAAL Accountability Cohorts 2022 (PAAL Cohorts) in the spring and fall of 2022 for community feedback and support.


PAAL Cohorts is a new program that will pilot directly following the 2021 Summit. The program consists of local theatres that are engaged or preparing to engage in parent and caregiver support, representatives of which will meet in shared learning spaces throughout the year. PAAL will provide continued guidance and connection to experts as the organizations develop and implement solutions. Theatres interested in these cohorts should attend the PAAL Summit for more information. 


All registrants will receive access to the 2020 sessions for expanded learning opportunities. 

All sessions will be interactive and include takeaway materials for application. 


PAAL is providing an industry-wide discount code in order to make Summit attendance more accessible. Additional financial support is available for BIPOC-led organizations. Institutions that can afford the full ticket price are invited to purchase at full cost, and that purchase will support scholarships for institutions in need. Individuals who are not currently employed full-time by a theatre institution, and would benefit from this training, can use the individual codes available on the registration page. For more admission information, visit



Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) is a national advocacy organization serving as a resource hub, community, and solutions generator for caregivers in the performing arts and media and the institutions who support them. PAAL created the first all-gender, all-discipline national PAAL Childcare Grants for individuals and institutions and the PAAL National Handbook of Best Practices for Parent and Caregiver Support. PAAL continues to provide digital training, consulting, and creating active and ongoing affinity spaces for all caregivers in the performing arts and media every month, Third Thursdays, which also includes affinity spaces for BIPOC mothers, Black mothers, Single Mothers, Pregnancy and Infant Loss support, and more. PAAL’s work has been mentioned in numerous publications, including The New York Times,, American Theatre Magazine, Hartford Courant, HowlRound Theatre Commons, WAMU for NPR News in Washington D.C., and the recently published book From Aphra Behn to Fun Home: A Cultural History of Feminist Theatre. On International Women’s Day in 2019, PAAL was selected as one of 10 “Changemaker” organizations invited to take the stage and present at Disney Theatrical’s Women’s Day on Broadway in New York City. PAAL partnered with The Playwrights Realm to create the first-of-its-kind Radical Parent-Inclusion Project for the production of MOTHERS off-Broadway, and has participated internationally in think tanks, on panels, and facilitated workshops on parenting in the arts at multiple gatherings, including the national TCG conferences, BroadwayCon, Actors Equity Association, Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, the first national conversation on caregiving in the Latinx community at the Latinx Theatre Commons Annual Convening, Miami in Motion, in 2019, and the upcoming Shakespeare Theatre Association Conference 2022, LMDA 2022, and SETC 2022 for the second year..



THE PUBLIC continues the work of its visionary founder Joe Papp as a civic institution engaging, both onstage and off, with some of the most important ideas and social issues of today. Conceived over 60 years ago as one of the nation’s first nonprofit theaters, The Public has long operated on the principles that theater is an essential cultural force and that art and culture belong to everyone. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public’s wide breadth of programming includes an annual season of new work at its landmark home at Astor Place, FreeShakespeare in the Park at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park, the Mobile Unit touring throughout NewYork City’s five boroughs, Public Forum, Under the Radar, Public Lab, Public Works, Public ShakespeareInitiative, and Joe’s Pub. Since premiering HAIR in 1967, The Public continues to create the canon of

American Theater and is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning musical Hamiltonby Lin-Manuel Miranda and Girl From the North Country. Their programs and productions can also be seen regionally across the country and around the world. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 184 ObieAwards, 55 Drama Desk Awards, 58 Lortel Awards, 34 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 13 New York DramaCritics’ Circle Awards, 56 AUDELCO Awards, 6 Antonyo Awards, and 6 Pulitzer Prizes.

The Public Theater stands in honor of the first inhabitants and our ancestors. We acknowledge the landon which The Public and its theaters stand—the original homeland of the Lenape people. We acknowledgethe painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory. We honor the generations of stewards and we pay our respects to the many diverse indigenous peoples still connected to this land. The PublicTheater honors and celebrates the people and legacy of Seneca Village, one of the earliest free Black communities in New York City, which was located in what is now Central Park.

PAAL International Digital Summit | 2020 

Center Justice | Take Action | Find Hope

Oct. 28-Dec. 7

Thank you to
our summit partner!

Financial Aid + Access

Full support scholarship needed: INDSUPPORT
The public support discount allows admission for full summit for FREE for hardship/access needs of any kind instead of $550.
Freelance individuals/unemployed/orgs under 50k budget or orgs with financial hardship who need the significant scholarship: INDLEADER
The independent leader discount allows admission for full summit for only $35 instead of $550.
BIPOC-run org automatic scholarship: BIPOCSUPPORT1
The independent leader discount allows admission for full summit for only $250 instead of $550.
General COVID support for orgs automatic scholarship: SUPPORT1
The independent leader discount allows admission for full summit for only $350 instead of $550.

If your institution is able to pay the full admission: please consider not using the code as proceeds go toward full scholarships.


Over 15 speakers, 8 sessions, 4 countries

and YOU.

Each session provides the training you want to be the support that caregivers need.

  • Creating a Caregiver-Supportive Budget with Radical Parent Inclusion (RPI)

  • Anti-Racism and Caregiver Support

  • Beyond the Binary: Inclusive Language for Caregivers

  • Building Caregiver-Supportive Schedules

  • Managing Remote Teams: Support for Everyone in COVID (from PAAL HR Health)

  • Best Practices for Successful Childcare Matinees

  • The Global Conversation

  • Vocational Affinity Spaces
    (including spaces for Mother Directors, TYA Artists Who are Parents and Caregivers)

OCT 28: Opening Session - [event passed] REPLAY AVAILABLE WITH REGISTRATION

2:30-5:30 PM EST (Wed.)

- Welcome

- Compassion Training | Speaker: Rachel Spencer Hewitt

- Anti-Racism in Caregiver Support | Speakers: Nicole Brewer, Tamanya Garza

- Beyond the Binary: Inclusive Language in Caregiver Support | Speaker: Moss Froom

- Q&A + Next Steps

OCT 30: LAUNCH PARTY! "Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival" from PAAL  Blackboard Plays | COMMUNITY SPACE - IG LIVE

NOV. 4: Election Connection | COMMUNITY SPACE FOR THE FIELD (FREE) - [event passed]

3:00-5:00 PM EST (Wed.)


- Center Justice, Take Action, Find Hope: and open space for the community to engage with the apex of election season. Share in emotional healing, resources for action, and community to reduce isolation.

NOV. 6: Managing Remote Teams: Support for Everyone in COVID, Including Caregivers (from PAAL HR Health) - [event passed] REPLAY AVAILABLE WITH REGISTRATION

3:00-5:00 PM EST (Fri.)


- For employers and employees, create strategy on sustaining remote team schedules, having conversations on support over productivity, building team engagement, and finding the best moments to unplug.

- Speaker: Iris McQuillan-Grace, HR at Center for Reproductive Rights & PAAL Managing Director


NOV. 9: Creating a Caregiver Supportive Budget with Radical Parent Inclusion (RPI)

2:30-5:00 PM EST (Mon.)

- Review budget numbers, strategy, and impact of the Radical Parent Inclusion project (RPI) at The Playwrights Realm with PAAL and engage with how to curate sustainable budgeting for you work and organization. 

- Speakers: Roberta Pereira, Rachel Spencer Hewitt

NOV. 10: Scheduling Support in Rehearsals: 5-day rehearsals, pregnant and nursing schedules, caregiver conflicts, and more.

3:00-5:00 PM EST (Tues.)

- What does humane scheduling look like? What strategies have already been put in place in other productions that not only support parents and caregivers but also create humane scheduling that supports everyone?

- Speakers: Patricia McGregor, Katherine Nelson, Deena Selenow, Porsche McGovern

NOV. 17: Making Space | Successful Childcare Matinees, Childcare in Auditions/Callbacks/Interviews, Children in the Room

3:00-5:00 PM EST (Tues.)

- What are the safest practices that center caregiver support? What are legal realities to keep in mind in creating caregiver support when a parent needs to bring a minor in the space? How do you create a childcare matinee or provide childcare support in employment opportunities that are sustainable and successful?

- Speakers: Roberta Pereira, Rowen Haigh, Johanna Edwards, Porsche McGovern


NOV. 19: Community Affinity Space (TBA) | COMMUNITY SPACE (FREE)

1:00-2:30 PM EST (Thurs.)

NOV. 23: How to Support Caregivers as a Union Representative | Union Reps Only

3:00-5:00 PM EST (Mon.)

DEC. 4: Closing Session

2:30-5:30 PM EST (Fri.)

- Strategic Plan Review: Community Goals for Rebuilding | Speakers: TBA

- Global Conversation: Guests from around the world who are engaged in caregiver support for artists in their countries engage on creating support as a global call to action. | Speakers: TBA

- Performance: Excerpts from Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival Finalists | Plays: TBA


The PAAL International Summit 2020 Mission:
Center Justice, Take Action, Find Hope

An organization cannot be anti-racist or inclusive without caregiver support.

An organization right now has all the tools and resources necessary to make change.

An organization can focus on rebuilding with caregiver support as integral to its mission.

This unique training opportunity will offer one to two weekly sessions over the course of five weeks from October to December, with individual paths available for every ticket holder. Each interactive session will include digital resources for engagement with the topic at hand. At the end of the event, participants will leave with the knowledge and tools they need to put the ideas discussed into practice at their home institutions.


Expanding on last year’s inaugural summit, this year’s event will feature classes and workshops from industry changemakers throughout the U.S. and the world who are breaking ground in finding new ways to support parent artists in every aspect of the performing arts industry.

PAAL commits to anti-racist roots in our structures, practices, policies, principles, and producing, through Vertical 50/50, centering support on BIPOC artists, and gathering resources for active anti-racism in caregiver support. PAAL is a transgender and non-binary affirming space. All language referencing "mother," "parent," "dad," "caregiver," and their derivatives include and refer to any individual who identifies with them.

Full Schedule - Summit 2020


PAAL National Inaugural Summit | NYC 2019 

As the first national summit on caregiver support in the performing arts, the PAAL Summit will take place on December 6, 2019 at The Public Theater (summit main sessions, 9:00AM-3:00PM) and the A.R.T./New York theatre (summit Happy Hour 5:00PM-7:00PM. The Summit is designed to be a safe and collaborative gathering where decision-makers, leaders, and institution representatives can exchange resources, raise questions, and share experiences in a guided workshop and facilitated conversation with PAAL and lead facilitators in diverse fields and backgrounds with a goal to expand the collective brain on how to better support parent artists and caregivers in performing arts culture. 


 The PAAL Summit in partnership with 


 The PAAL Summit Happy Hour co-hosted by 

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As part of the workshop and semi-open format with lead facilitators, topics covered will be curated in accordance with attendees’ needs, organization type and size, and concerns. Because of this careful curation, this preliminary application will allow for the workshop to take shape with direct relevance and coverage for as many participants as possible.

While not every topic listed or chose may be selected for the summit day, we will be working to make the coverage available as specific as possible to the group gathered and will release the topics ahead of time before formal RSVPs are requested.

By providing your insight and expectation for this summit, you are shaping the conversations of greatest interest, pre-submitting consideration for access to the summit, and/or stating your interest in the first round of summit updates.

Thank you for your interest! For any questions, please feel free to contact 

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