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Building Alliances: Casting Directors, Agents and Licensing Houses

February 24, 2015

CAP21, 18 W. 18th Street, New York, NY, Room 505

Festival Alumni Writers and producers discussed collaboration and communication in the industry.

This Roundtable focused on outside groups that help make new musicals happen and then help spread them around the country.  Panelists included Casting Directors Michael Cassara, Bob Cline and Rachel Hoffman, representatives from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French and Theatrical Rights Worldwide, agents Abrams Artists, Gersh and Paradigm, and more to be announced.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015
1:30 pmCollaborating with a Casting Director

-How can Casting Directors help realize the characters in your head on the stage?
-What is your role in auditions and call backs?
-What can you expect out of a Casting Director and what do they expect out of you?

Featuring Michael Cassara, Bob Cline and Rachel Hoffman (Telsey + co.), moderated by Stephanie Cowan (Playing Pretend)

2:40 pmWorking with an Agent

-Where and how do you find an agent?
-What does or does not an agent do for you?
-How do you know it is time or necessary to get a new agent?
-What makes a good client and a bad client?

Featuring Beth Blickers (Abrams Artists), Jonathan Mills (Paradigm) and Leah Hamos (Gersh)

3:50 pmGetting Licensed!

-How do you approach a licensing house?
-What do you do after a show is licensed?
-How is payment structured?
-What are your rights?

Featuring Matt Boethin (MTI), Sean Cercone (TRW), Peter Hagan (DPS), Bruce Lazarus (Samuel French) and Michelle Yaroshko (R&H Theatricals),  moderated by Branden Huldeen from NAMT

5:00 - 6:00 pmWine and Cheese Networking Reception


Organizations and Festival shows represented at the Roundtable:
(NAMT Members are in bold)

Abrams Artists
Ars Nova
Barrington Stage Co.
The Boy Who Danced On Air
Dani Girl
Dramatists Play Services
Gersh Agency
Goodspeed Musicals
LB Creative
Margot Astrachan Productions
Mary Marie
Murder on Broadway
Music Theatre International 
The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes
Playing Pretend
Princess Caraboo
Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
Riverside Theatre
Rodgers & Hammerstein
Samuel French, Inc.
See Rock City & Other Destinations
Theatrical Rights Worldwide
Whitehurst Media