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An Up-Tempo Duet: Staff and Boards Making Music Together

February 20, 2014 6:30 - February 21, 2014 10:00 pm

The Jerry Herman Ring Theatre at the University of Miami, Miami, FL

For our first Management Roundtable, we went to the University of Miami to provide opportunities for staff and board members to share ideas and best practices for how we can all work together to grow and sustain thriving arts organizations.

This full day of conversation and networking, plus a reception and a show at UM’s Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, cost just $75! Breakfast and lunch were included.

We encouraged staff and board members to attend together, to take advantage of this unique opportunity to share with and learn from colleagues at other NAMT member theatres (and to go to Miami in February!).

The Management Roundtable was open to NAMT members in good standing and invited guests. All staff and board members of member organizations are NAMT members. If you are not a NAMT member and you are interested in NAMT events, please email Membership Director Adam .


  • A kick-off reception on Thursday, February 20, hosted by the University of Miami
  • Tickets to UM’s production of Floyd Collins at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre on Thursday, February 20
  • The Management Roundtable on Friday, February 21.
    • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Optional: Purchase discounted tickets to Assassins at the Arsht Center on Friday, February 21


The Management Roundtable was hosted by the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Miami, 1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33124, with accomodations at the nearby Holiday Inn Coral Gables.


  • The Management Roundtable is open to NAMT members in good standing and invited guests. All staff and board members of member organizations are NAMT members.
  • Fee: $75
    • Includes kick-off cocktail party, Floyd Collins tickets and breakfast and lunch during the Roundtable
  • Registration Deadline: February 13, 2014.
  • Registrants may cancel up to February 1. Fees will be refunded, less a $10 cancellation fee. No refunds will be allowed after February 1, 2014.


Phil Santora, TheatreWorks (CA), Chair
Mark Fleischer, Adirondack Theatre Festival (NY)
Harriet Kittner, Goodspeed Musicals (CT)
Michael Robertson, The Lark Play Development Center (NY)


Lisa Grele Barrie, North Carolina Theatre (NC)
Bernadine Griffin, The 5th Avenue Theatre (WA)
Robb Hunt, The Village Theatre (WA)
Paige Price, Theatre Aspen (CO)


As of 2/7/14 – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Thursday, February 20

6:30 pm Kick-Off Reception
Jerry Herman Ring Theatre
1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 
8:00 pm Floyd Collins
Jerry Herman Ring Theatre
1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL

Friday, February 21

9:30 – 10:00 am Breakfast & Introductions
University of Miami Alumni Center 
10:00 – 11:00 am The Ideal RelationshipWhat does the optimal board/staff partnership look like? How can we work together to maintain and grow a perfect symbiosis? What are the key components of successful Board/Staff duets? What are the similarities and differences between theatre boards and other non-profits? What can we learn from the business world?

Led by Betsy King Militello


11:00 am – 12:00 noon Defining the BoardWho serves on our boards? How are board members selected and terms determined? How do we ensure that boards are diverse and reflect our communities, audiences and artists?

Led by Phil Santora


12:00 – 1:00 pm Communication and EngagementCase studies and best practices for communicating with and engaging boards.

Led by Lisa Grele Barrie


1:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch 
2:00 – 3:00 pm Managing the “Life Cycle”How do you build on the initial excitement brought to your organization by a new Board member? What can you do to keep the “honeymoon” going? How do you sustain a strong board relationship? How do you adjust when it isn’t working? How do you deal with Board fatigue?

Led by Lisa Grele Barrie


3:00 – 4:00 pm Discussions TBDBefore our final session of the day, we’ll pause and see what topics have been raised so far that we want to spend some more time discussing. What questions have the day’s conversations raised for you? What will you take back to your theatres?

Led by Betsy King Militello


4:00 – 5:00 pm Staying Strong in Tough TimesHow can the relationships we’ve spent the day discussing help our theatres remain strong through challenges of all kinds? How can an organization, led by its staff and board, adapt to change while staying true to its mission, balancing art and commerce? How does a changing organization remain true to what drew board members to the board?

Led by Phil Santora


7:30 pm Assassins
Arsht Theatre (Click here for details.)Add-on event — buy your tickets when you register.