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New Paths to New Musicals

September 23 - 27, 2005

New York, NY

Agenda

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
5:30pm-7:30pm Conference Kick-off Cocktail Party
Etcetera Etcetera @ 352 West 44th Street (and 9th Ave)
A pre-theatre cocktail party in the heart of the theatre district. Open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres will kick off our very festive weekend.
Sponsored by East of Doheny
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Hilton Times Square @ 234 West 42nd Street
8:30am-4:00am Conference Registration
8:30am-9:00am Continental Breakfast
Conference Level, Hilton Times Square
Sponsored by Dallas Summer Musicals
9:00am-9:15am Welcome Remarks
Michael Jenkins, NAMT President; President and Managing Director of Dallas Summer Musicals
Kathy Evans, NAMT Executive Director
9:15am – 10:00am Keynote Speaker
Thomas Schumacher, President
Disney Theatrical Productions
Disney Theatrical Productions and Music Theatre International are jointly supporting NAMT’s Fall Conference and Festival of New Musicals as NAMT Platinum Producer Sponsors.
10:15am – 11:00am Break Out Sessions – Choose One
NAMT Board New Works Committee wants to hear from you
Calling all new works developers of all sizes – how can NAMT make producing new work work for you? How can you leverage your membership and find the partners you need to take your pieces to the next step?
NAMT Board Membership Committee wants to hear from you
The Board of Directors met in June and has several initiatives they want to share with you. We have a rich new website with many “Members Only” features including a new musicals directory, a searchable online “Little Black Book”, and bulletin boards. We are also developing mentorship programs for new members and a marketing plan to build awareness of NAMT. What else would you like to see?
11:00am – 11:15pm Break
11:15am – 12:30pm Is Musical Theatre Dead or Alive?
Panel hosted by TheatreMania.com – Michael Portantiere, Editor in Chief Theatre website chat rooms have been buzzing about the provocative article by Michael John LaChiusa in Opera News – ‘The Great Grey Way’. Panelists include Jeff Marx (Avenue Q) and Gerald Alessandrini (Forbidden Broadway), as well as Peter Filichia and David Finkel from TheatreMania.
TheatreMania.com is a NAMT Gold Producer Sponsor
12:45pm – 2:00pm Lunch at Above restaurant (Hilton)
Sponsored by MUNY
2:15pm – 5:00pm Afternoon Sessions
2:15pm – 3:30pm Please choose one:
The Art of New Work:
“Horizontal” co-productions: how new musicals can create buzz in the regions. Panel led by Seth Rozin, President of the National New Play Network. The NNPN has created a successful horizontal model for new plays to be developed and produced across the country. Panelists include Morgan Jenness from Helen Merrill, Ltd. and playwright Tom Gibbons (Permanent Collection).
The Business of New Work:
Making “New” an asset when marketing to subscribers and single ticket buyers. Speaker: Victoria Bailey, Executive Director, Theatre Development Fund TDF administers the TKTS booths in New York City as well as a wide range of audience development programs. Since 1968, TDF has filled 63 million seats, provided support to 700 plays, and returned $1.1 billion in revenue to theatre, dance and music organizations.
3:30am – 3:45pm Break
3:45am – 5:00pm Please choose one:
The Art of New Work:
Commissions: From Paycheck to Project – an examination of expectations, time frames, scheduling, and resources.
The Business of New Work:
How have producers come together to tackle the financial challenges of producing new musicals? What models have commercial and not-for-profit producers created?
The Wedding Singer and Hairspray – Marilynn Sheldon, Managing Director and David Armstrong, Producing Artistic Director of the 5th Avenue Theatre and Margo Lion, Producer
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Lou Spisto, Executive Director, The Old Globe
5:30pm – 7:00pm Cocktail Party for Conference Attendees and Writers
HK Restaurant, 523 Ninth Avenue at 39th Street
Sponsored by The 5th Avenue Theatre
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Hilton Times Square @ 234 West 42nd Street
11:00pm – 11:45pm Come for a tour of the new NAMT web site. It is completely redesigned to meet member requests for such features as: searchable “Little Black Book” (by name, organization, theatre size), searchable “New Musicals Directory” (by writer, title, cast size), bulletin boards for members only, and searchable production listings.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Please choose from one of the following:

  • Getting your boards on board – led by Randy Adams, TheatreWorks. How to address the risks and rewards of new musicals with your Board of Directors.
  • Developers Consortium – led by Henry Fonte, The Hartt School. Early Developers unite to discuss possible partnerships and co-productions to begin to move work through the NAMT pipeline and share the resources we have to move new work forward.
  • Re-meet past Festival of New Musicals Alumni writers – we have invited 10 teams, a “who’s who” of past Festivals, to update us on their work and what new pieces they have coming down the pipeline. Rediscover that lost piece here!
1:00pm – 2:00pm Please choose from one of the following:

  • Integrating Artists into Your Creative Community – led by Kent Nicholson, TheatreWorks – writer’s retreats, new works festivals, hosting artists – looking at new ways to invest in your artists.
  • Financial structure for Dr. Doolittle, led by Randall Buck, Chief Operating Officer of Troika Entertainment. Learn about the interesting financial model developed to give this musical a viable life on the road.
  • Producer/Writer Relationships – asking the big questions of how to best collaborate – through university, developmental and not-for-profit examples.
2:00am – 2:15pm Break
Sponsored by Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire
2:15am – 4:00pm Meet the Festival Writers Panel
Learn more about the history of our 2005 Festival of New Musicals presentations and their writers before the Festival begins Sunday evening.

Sunday & Monday 17th Annual Festival of New Musicals
Dodger Stages @ 343 West 49th Street (bet. 8th & 9th Aves)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
9:30am – 11:00am Next Steps for 2005 Festival of New Musicals shows
(NAMT Members only)
Ripley-Grier Studios
520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th St.)
16th Floor, Rooms P & Q

(Continental Breakfast provided)
Sponsored by New York Spaces