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Together in the Trenches: Advocating and Collaborating from 1st Meeting to Closing Night

March 16, 2013, 2:00 - 6:00 pm

CAP21, 18 W. 18th Street, New York

On Saturday, March 16th, 2013, NAMT hosted Festival alumni and NAMT members in a roundtable about how writers can be their own best advocate at and collaborative partner with a theatre when heading into a workshop or production. There was a dynamic, open dialogue between writers and producers on how to most effectively help each other put on the best show possible. The Goal: minimum stress and maximum results.

The Roundtable was only open to writers who have been part of the Festival of New Musicals and NAMT members


2:00 pm
Check-in and Introductions
2:15 pm Pre-Production

      1. What is the writer’s role in the casting process and in the audition room?
      2. How can writers work with the director and the designers to ensure that they are part of the process?
      3. How much input should (or should not) a writer have in the staffing, casting and design of their show?
      4. What do you do when the director’s vision is not in sync with the writer’s vision?
      5. How can theatres best help writers through the pre-production process?

Moderated by Randy Adams (Junkyard Dog Productions) and Lisa Dozier (General Manager Off Broadway and for the NAMT Festival)

3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Rehearsals

      1. What do theatres expect from writers during the rehearsal process?
      2. What do writers need from theatres in order to do their best work while in rehearsals?
      3. How much rewriting is too much and when do you stop?

Moderated by Donna Lynn Hilton (Goodspeed Musicals) and Gordon Greenberg (Band Geeks!)

4:30 pm Break
4:45 pm Performances

    1. The show is up and frozen, now what?
    2. How can writers best engage the theatre’s donors, board and community while at the theatre?
    3. How much is too much to ask out of the writers in regards to special events?
    4. What dialogue should the writer and the theatre have before they ask for any feedback from the audience?

Moderated by Kent Nicholson (Playwrights Horizons) and Doug Cohen (3-time NAMT alumnus)

6:00 pm Wine and Cheese Reception


Organizations and shows represented at the Roundtable:

(italics=shows, *=NAMT Members)

11th Hour Theatre Co.*
Ars Nova*
Band Geeks!
The Depot Theatre*
The Gig
The Giver
Goodspeed Musicals
Greg Schaffert Productions
It Shoulda Been You
Junkyard Dog Productions*
The Last Musical Comedy
The Mercer Foundation
The Mystery of the Dancing Princess
New York Theatre Barn*
Playing Pretend Productions*
Playwrights Horizons*
Pregnancy Pact
Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
See Rock City & Other Destinations
Sharon Fallon Productions*
The University of the Arts*
Village Theater*
WetRock Entertainment*

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