The National Alliance for Musical Theatre, founded in 1985, is a not-for-profit organization serving the musical theatre community. Our 155 organizational members and 60 individual members, located throughout 33 states and abroad, are some of the leading producers of musical theatre in the world. They include theatres, presenting organizations, higher education programs and individual producers.
To be a catalyst for nurturing musical theatre development, production, innovation and collaboration.
To achieve this mission, NAMT commits to:
- Evolve and advance the musical theatre art form
- Create and connect a welcoming musical theatre community for all
- Inspire and excite the field to include the broadest possible range of voices
NAMT is committed to a musical theatre field that includes and embraces people of all backgrounds, identities and abilities. We strive every day to nurture a musical theatre canon that reflects and celebrates the rich diversity of our nation and the world.
What We Do
Our members include institutional theatres (both not-for-profit and commercial), new work developers, higher education programs, tour presenters and individual producers/investors. They believe in the value NAMT offers them through new work development, new work funding, event and conference hosting, relationship building and the sharing of ideas. This is true whether they produce only musicals, a mix of musicals and straight plays, new works, classics or all of the above.
We foster relationships among our members, which have led to exciting partnerships and co-productions. We also provide opportunities to network, brainstorm and facilitate innovation. As a NAMT member, you will find yourself in the company of like-minded, energetic producers from across the country, all working to advance the field.
Since 1989 the Festival of New Musicals has introduced musical theatre producers to almost 300 musicals and over 500 writers from around the world. More than 85% have gone on to subsequent readings, workshops, productions and tours; been licensed; and/or recorded on cast albums as a direct result of the Festival! In the short run, the Festival’s goal is to connect producers with writers, so that shows can extend their development trajectory. The long-term goal is to expand the musical theatre repertoire and advance the musical theatre art form.
Our connection to our Alumni Writers doesn’t end with the Festival. Through Writers’ Roundtables, concerts, online networking and resources like the New Musicals Map and 15-Minute Musical Challenge, we nurture a network of musical theatre creators and continue to promote their work to our member theatres and beyond.
Black Lives Matter
We are currently working remotely due to COVID-19. While we check mail and voicemail occasionally, email is the best way to reach us. See below for general and individual staff emails.
Address and Phone
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
520 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Telephone: (212) 714-6668
Fax: (212) 714-0469
Our office is on the original homeland of the Munsee Lenape tribal nation. NAMT acknowledges the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we and our member theatres live and work.
Staff Direct Lines and Emails
Betsy King Militello, Executive Director
(212) 714-6668 x11
Adam Grosswirth, Member Services Director
(212) 714-6668 x15
Mark Blankenship, New Works Director
(212) 714-6668 x14
Lady del Castillo, Program Assistant
(212) 714-6668 x12
Brittney Woolley, Development Manager
(212) 714-6668 x16
Kara Kirby, Office Coordinator
(212) 714-6668 x10
NAMT thanks the following foundations, government agencies and organizations for their ongoing support of our programs:
The Alhadeff Family Charitable Foundation, The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York Creative Spaces Grant, ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund, BMI Foundation, The Hargrove Pierce Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Hollywood Pantages, Lucille Lortel Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Noël Coward Foundation, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Ted Snowdon Foundation, and Anonymous donors.
(As of 6/01/20.)
NAMT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Your contribution to NAMT is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
NAMT’s members make a vital impact in their communities — economically, in education, and by entertaining millions of people.
In the 2018-2019 season, the NAMT members collectively…
- Employed over 20,000 staff members and 14,000 artists
- Staged more than 19,000 performances attended by 10 million people
- Entertained over 543,000 loyal subscribers
- Provided education programs for 1.5 million students and teachers
- Had operating budgets totaling $680 million
- Performed in 300 venues with a total of 189,000 seats
as of 8/27/19
Become a Member NAMT by the Numbers Survey (PDF)
BETSY KING MILITELLO (Executive Director) came to NAMT in August of 2011 from Outward Bound where she was Vice President of Development, responsible for an $8M annual fundraising goal. Prior organizations in which she served in non-profit administration and fundraising leadership roles include Hunter College, the NYU Child Study Center, Cooper Union and the Big Apple Circus, and she has also taught at Marymount Manhattan College as an Adjunct Professor in Non-profit Management. Following completion of her undergraduate degree at Harvard, she began her career in advertising; after receiving her Master’s degree in Public and Private Management (MPPM) from the Yale School of Management (with additional coursework in administration at the Yale School of Drama), she worked as a management consultant for Fortune 100 companies prior to moving to the non-profit sector. She also has theatre production experience, primarily in stage management and lighting, in both professional and volunteer musical theatre and opera organizations including Glimmerglass Opera and the Blue Hill Troupe. She is currently Treasurer of the Performing Arts Alliance Board of Directors.
ADAM GROSSWIRTH (Member Services Director) has been Member Services Director at NAMT since 2008, acting as a liaison to NAMT’s 200+ members, tending to their customer service needs and traveling to theatres across the country. He is responsible for planning, implementing and maintaining NAMT’s many member services, programs and benefits, including two annual conferences, surveys, publications, online services, and the Innovation & Exploration Fund. Adam previously spent ten years as a stage manager, during which time he worked on many Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional and developmental productions, including Spring Awakening, Zanna Don’t!, Here Lies Jenny, Xanadu, Aida, The Green Bird, and Bright Lights Big City, and he spent three seasons as the Stage Management Supervisor at the Williamstown Theatre Festival under the artistic direction of Roger Rees. Adam is also currently Managing Director of the all-volunteer Upstart Creatures, creating “metaphysical feasts” several times a year. He is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Tufts University.
MARK BLANKENSHIP (New Works Director) founded the magazine TDF Stages for Theatre Development Fund, where he also created the Theatre Dictionary, helmed the Meet the Theatre documentary series, and helped lead the Triple Play audience research project. He founded The Flashpaper: Theatre’s Thoughts on Right Now, created and hosted the podcast The Showtune Countdown for iHeartRadio Broadway, and served as Director of Integrated Content at AKA NYC, where he worked on longform content projects for Broadway clients like The Band’s Visit, Once on This Island, and Be More Chill. He served as a key collaborator on SDC’s Next Stage project, and he regularly hosts live and online events for the Thornton Wilder Family, John Ridley’s NO Studios, Yale School of Drama, and others. He has contributed to The New York Times, NPR, Vulture, Fortune, Variety, American Theatre, and many others. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mark is a graduate of Emory University and Yale School of Drama.
LADY DEL CASTILLO (Program Assistant) joined the NAMT staff full-time in 2020. Previously, Lady interned with NAMT from fall 2017 through spring 2019 and returned as Volunteer and Registration Coordinator for the 2019 fall events. Additionally, she has interned at Feinstein’s/54 Below and Manhattan Theatre Club. Lady is originally from Miami, FL and graduated from Pace University with a BA in Stage Management.
BRITTNEY WOOLLEY (Development Manager) joined the NAMT team in 2020 after 5 ½ years at ZACH Theatre in Austin, TX in various fundraising roles, where she spent the majority of her time as the Individual Giving Manager. Brittney holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University and has taken numerous non-profit management and development courses over the past 6 years. Brittney grew up in northeast Texas and is thrilled to be living in NYC, as it has always been her dream. She loves musical theatre and is excited to get to know the NAMT community. Additionally, Brittney teaches yoga in her free time.
KARA KIRBY (Office Coordinator) joined the NAMT team in 2020. In the past, she has worked in administration and box offices for the Jewish Arts Collaborative, The Handel + Haydn Society, The Celebrity Series of Boston, and Sarasa Chamber Ensemble. In her spare time she works as the Box Office Manager for Axis Theatre Company, helps with promotional activations for Broadway and Off-Broadway events as an agent for Broadway Crew, and is an active volunteer for Reverb (an environmental non-profit that helps musicians and music festivals use more eco-friendly touring practices.) She is a graduate of Plymouth State University where she studied Classical Vocal Performance.