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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 (All times ET )
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


Matthew Schneider
Global Musical Theatre Initiative, Prospect Theater Company
Julia Bardinon
Goodspeed Musicals
Bob Alwine
Executive Assistant
Joey Monda Productions
Joey Monda
Joey Monda Productions
Frankie Dailey
New Works Director
Musical Theatre Factory
Shakina Nayfack
Musical Theatre Factory
Lynn Spector
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Ciera Iveson
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Jen Whitton
Development Associate
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Betsy Militello
Executive Director
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Karin Nilo
Program Manager
Pittsburgh CLO
Mark Fleischer
Executive Producer
Playwrights Horizons Inc.
Kent Nicholson
SVP, Acquisitions & Artistic Services
Playwrights Horizons Inc.
Marcus Scott
Musical Theatre Fellowship
Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
Kathy Evans
Founding Executive Director
Somerled Arts
Scott Evans
Artistic Director
Caroline Barnard
Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs
Sean Flahaven
Chief Theatricals Executive
Paul Gordon
Bob Ost
Executive Director
Cheryl Davis
Georgia Stitt
composer/lyricist, Founder of Maestra Music
Bree Lowdermilk
Kait Kerrigan
James Campodonico
Mindi Dickstein
Douglas Cohen
Festival Alumni Writer
Jeremy Desmon
Brad Alexander
Timothy Huang
Composer, lyricist, Asian dude
Mary Bracken Phillips
Kevin Merritt
Bryan Leys
Playwright, Lyricist
Gary Hughes
James Racheff
Martin Casella
Beth Blatt
Phillip Palmer
Nick Stimler
philip stern
Elizabeth Dewberry
Keith Gordon

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