Speaking, Training, & Facilitation

Our training can leave you and your staff with skills long after a consultancy ends. Our facilitation takes many forms: we lead meetings; present findings to boards; run retreats and trainings for artists; and regularly speak at national arts conferences. Just a few of our past engagements in key service areas are listed below.

Audience Engagement

  • Fierce Conversations (2016). Dance/USA Conference.
  • EDA: Sharing the Learning (2016). Dance/USA Conference.
  • Future of the Arts Summit (2015). UNC-Greensboro. Keynote speaker at this day-long gathering for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Audience Engagement Panel (2016). University Musical Society and Detroit Institute of the Arts.
  • Get Savvy About Audience Engagement (2015). Audience Architects.
  • Town Hall: Engaging Dance Audiences (2014). Speaker. Dance/NYC Symposium (2013). Moderator.
  • Audience Engagement (2014). Performing Arts Exchange.
  • Engaging Dance Audiences: Adapting the Results to Your Organization and Audience (2011). Dance/USA, Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. The EDA pilot identifies effective practices for building and sustaining audiences, and this session shared insights for arts practitioners to learn, adapt what worked, and avoid what didn't.
  • Engaging Dance Audiences Webinars (2010 to present). Co-produces a series of nearly 20 webinars to share learning and methods of audience engagement and social media use with the dance field. View webinars and descriptions.


  • Individual Giving Workshops (2004 to 2015). For Joe's Movement Emporium, the Dance Working Group, and the Young Performers Career Advancement Program at Arts Presenters, as well as the NPN Annual Meeting.
  • Grantwriting Workshops (2005-2016). Taught grant writing and foundation relations for administrators that ranged from senior management to the novice, for Engaging Dance Audiences, Univ. of Illinois-Carbondale, Arts Presenters, American University's arts management graduate program, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington.
  • Workshops on Foundation Relations. Trained development staff from numerous Smithsonian Institution museums and presented as a guest lecturer at American University about the role that building and maintaining relationships with foundations plays in fulfilling an institution's mission.
  • Board Retreats. Facilitated numerous retreats to build consensus and capacity for national and local organizations such as the National Performance Network (LA), National Association of Artist Organizations, Urban Bush Women (NY), Washington Shakespeare Company (VA), Gina Gibney Dance (NY), and Dance Today (MN).
  • Funding Trends in the Arts (2004). Session at the National Performing Arts Conference with the Wallace Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Chicago Community Trust. Grants and Gifts: Asking for Money from Organizations and Individuals (2007) at the Arts Midwest Annual Conference.


  • Grantee Learning Communities: Theories, Innovations and New Practices for Arts Funders (2014). Grantmakers in the Arts. Designed and spoke at this session to demonstrate how communities of practice can be built among grantee cohorts, in person and online.
  • Motivating and Enabling Field-wide Learning (2010). Grantmakers in the Arts, Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. Addressed the possibilities and challenges for funders in spreading the learning and tools from their granting programs to the field at large.
  • The Chicago Dance Initiative: A Story of Partnership between Dance Leaders and Funders (2002 to 2009). Dance/USA biannual council meeting. Reflections on the success of this collaboration that was spearheaded by the Chicago Community Trust, and serves the dance community in Chicago.
  • National College Choreography Initiative (2000 to 2009). Regularly spoke to groups about the development and success of this initiative to serve the past, present and future generations of dance artists.
  • Making Work at School: Forums on Artist-College Collaboration (2002-2003). Programmed and facilitated this ongoing series of national forums in order to increase the quality of collaboration between artists and universities.
  • Dance and the Health Insurance Dilemma (1996). Provided arts administrators with an understanding of and alternatives for dealing with this crisis in health care provision for the arts field.


  • Measuring What Matters: Outcome-based Evaluation in Arts and Social Justice Projects (2014). Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) Webinar.
  • Evaluations that Make the Mark (2010). Grantmakers in the Arts Webinar. Addressed key components of designing good evaluations and new trends in evaluation that are appropriate for arts field, through stories and web-based examples in social impact.
  • Collaborative Evaluative Inquiry (2009). Arts and Social Justice Session, Grantmakers in the Arts, Annual Conference, Brooklyn, NY. Presentation of the evaluation field study conducted with artist Rha Goddess for Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts. The field of study focused on social indicators for the artist's performance residency.
  • Individualized Training. Instructs artists and administrators in participatory evaluation at numerous organizations across the country, including: the Washington Ballet (DC); Southern Arts Federation (Atlanta); Creative Campus Initiative at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa); University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee); Urban Bush Women Summer Institute (New York); Sitar Arts Center (DC).
  • Creative Evaluation: Process, Issues and Options (2008) and Research & Evaluation Tools and Best Practices: A Training Session for Arts-In-Healthcare Practitioners (2007) for the Society for the Arts in Healthcare's Annual International Conference.
  • Mapping Vision and Measuring Success: An Interactive Workshop on Evaluation Performing Arts Exchange Conference (2006) and National Arts Leadership Institute (2005).
  • Program Evaluation for Arts Organizations (2000, 2001, and 2002). Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Winter Institute. With Innovation Network, developed and instructed the curriculum for this annual professional development seminar for senior management.
  • On Our Own Terms: Alternative Approaches to Documentation and Evaluation (2002). National Performance Network's Annual Meeting. Joined this panel of experts, who are initiating efforts to evaluate community-based arts projects according to appropriate, nontraditional measures of success.
  • Change for the Better: Documenting and Evaluating Our Success (2000-2001). Dance/USA. Led numerous sessions at their council meetings and biannual national roundtables on participatory evaluation.
  • Walking our Talk: From Reflection to Action (2002). Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers conference. Conducted training at two sessions: "Measure for Measure: Getting the Most Out of Evaluation" and "From Theories of Change to Habits of Mind: Building the Evaluation Toolkit."


  • Getting Your Foot in the College Door: Some Thoughts on Colleges and How They Hire with Dance/USA On Tour (2006-07), New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and at Dance Theater Workshop (2009, 2010).
  • NCCI: From the Campus to the Real World and Back Again (2006). This series of workshops in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles were based on the book of the same name (which was conceived of and edited by Callahan) and designed to assist mid-career artists, who are interested in returning to colleges for residencies and permanent positions, as well as to guide graduating students entering an increasingly challenging professional world.
  • NCCI Forums: Workshop on Artist-College Collaborations: New Models for Planning, Negotiation and Curriculum (2004). Dance/USA, Biennial Roundtable. Led this dialogue with artists and college faculty on key issues to consider when planning residencies with artists; contracting faculty; and developing curriculum.

Group Facilitation

  • Develops and facilitates board retreats and management meetings in order to improve organizational skills and communication, such as the Local Arts Leadership Initiative and the Education Advisory Council in Washington, DC, and Arts International in New York.
  • Facilitates issue-based local and national gatherings for the performing arts field, such as retreats for choreographers and dancers at Dance Theater Workshop and Jacob's Pillow and for administrators at the International Performance Lab.