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August 13, 2010 1:00 - August 14, 2010 10:00 pm PT

TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA

NAMT was excited to head to sunny California for this summer’s New Works Summit, hosted by TheatreWorks in Palo Alto! At the Summit, the membership and alumni gathered to discuss developing new musicals while enjoying three new musicals offered by TheatreWorks as part of their New Works Festival. The New Works Summit was a great chance for us to gather to see some great shows and discuss models and new trends in developing new musicals. At the Summit, members got the chance to see the shows with their colleagues in attendance which makes the exchange of ideas easily accesible with all of us in the same room.

Agenda: The Summit will took place in Palo Alto on Friday, August 13, 2010 from 1pm to 5pm. There was also an additional special session for Summit attendees on Saturday, August 14 at 4pm.

Shows: The Summit was being held in conjunction with Theatreworks’ New Works Festival over the weekend. The New Works Festival has helped developed shows like Emma (NAMT Festival 2006),Striking 12 (NAMT Festival 2004), Tinyard Hill (NAMT Festival 2007) and Tony Award-winnerMemphis. This year, TheatreWorks presented a developmental production of Fly By Night and staged readings of Great Wall and Red Clay, plus two plays, all of which can be seen over that one weekend.

Cost:The Summit cost just $35 which included the Friday and Saturday Summit meetings, tickets to the TheatreWorks 5 productions over the weekend and select receptions.


1:00 pm
Check-in and Mingle
1:30 pm The Golden State of New Musicals
The producers and theatres from California at the Summit will get a chance to talk to the group about what it is like producing theatre in the Golden State and what makes California such a unique state for new musical development.
Moderated by Elise Dewsberry from Academy of New Musical Theatre
Panelists include Hunter Bird from the LA Festival of New American Musicals, Kelley Kirkpatrick from Center Theatre Group and Cheri Steinkellner, LA Based writer from Princesses (NAMT Fest 2003) and Sister Act 
2:30 pm Break 
2:45 pm Festivals, Residencies and More: The TheatreWorks Model
The staff of TheatreWorks will give us the inside scoop on the Festival that is happening that weekend while also discussing with us the ins-and-outs of the other new works programs that happen year round including readings, residencies and commissions.
Panelists will include Meredith McDonough (New Works Director) and Phil Santora (Managing Director)
3:45 pm More Than Just $$: The role of the Creative Producer in Development
Greg Schaffert (321 Theatrical Management) and other guests will discuss the role of the creative producer in shepherding a work, including Great Wall–one of the readings in the New Works Festival that Greg has been helping develop for the past few years.
Moderated by Greg Schaffert
Panelists will include Kenny Alhadeff and David Henry Hwang
5:00 pm Dinner on your own in Palo Alto
7:00 pm Wine Reception at The Lucie Stern Community Center (home to the TheatreWorks Festival)
There will be a wine reception 1 hour prior to each show the entire weekend of the Festival
8:00 pm FLY BY NIGHT
Conceived by Kim Rosenstoc
Written by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick and Kim Rosenstock
12:00 pm RED CLAY
by Scott Ethier and Jeff Hughes
2:00pm Lunch on your own (box lunches available for pre-order through TheatreWorks)
4:00 pm The Commercial Producer (at the Lucie Stern Community Center)
The attendees will gather again for a special session to discuss commercial producers in musical theatre. This session will be observed by important donors from TheatreWorks who want to see the inner workings of the industry. We will discuss successful and less-successful models for commercial producer involvement with developing new musicals. The panel will include commercial producers from across the membership.
Moderated by Nancy Gibbs from 321 Theatrical Management
5:00pm Dinner on your own
8:00pm GREAT WALL by Kevin So, Kevin Merritt with David Henry Hwang



Friday, August 13

Fly By Night

(recipient of a NAMT National Fund for New Musicals Writers Residency Grant)
Conceived by Kim Rosenstock
Written by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick and Kim Rosenstock

Saturday, August 14

Red Clay

Book & Lyrics by Jeff Hughes
Music by Scott Ethier

Special NAMT Summit Event – TBD


Great Wall

Book by Kevin Merritt
Music & Lyrics by Kevin So
Story Consultant – David Henry Hwang

Sunday, August 15

Variations on a Theme

by Anna Ziegler

How to Write a New Book for the Bible

by Bill Cain

Meet the Festival Artists Panel and Reception


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