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The Feedback Loop: Communication and Collaboration in Development

February 27

Interface NYC 140 W 30th St, New York, NY 10001

Join NAMT Alumni Writers and producers from NAMT member organizations to discuss ways we can better communicate through challenges in the development process.  We will cover setting expectations for collaborations and communication when development does not go as planned; sharing feedback on sensitive topics; and maximizing the benefit of audience feedback and participation in the development process.

Check in will begin at 11:30am with the Roundtable starting 12:00pm.  A wine and cheese reception will follow from 3:30pm to 4:30pm at the same location.


Monday, February 27, 2017
11:30 amCheck-in and Introductions

Check-in will start at 11:30am and we will start the Roundtable promptly at 12:00pm.

12:00 pmRead, Rewrite, Repeat

How do writers and producers best set expectations from the start of a collaboration?

What types of feedback are most constructive during early drafts of a show?

How does feedback need to change as a show goes from readings to productions?

How can both parties best communicate after a development step doesn’t go as planned or development expectations diverge?

1:15 pmShared Accountability in Storytelling

When a writer or producer is developing a show outside of their personal experience, are there best practices for discussing ethnic, racial and cultural perspectives in the piece?

When story elements are not being perceived as intended by producers and audiences, how do we align the perspectives?

2:30 pmAdding Audiences

When are audience surveys most helpful?

What is the most useful information to gather for writers and producers?

How can audience talkbacks be used as productive development tools?

How can we best introduce our audiences to new works development conversations? What interactions with artists and the process are most productive for all involved?

3:30 - 4:30 pmWine and Cheese Networking Reception

as of February 8, 2017