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Musical Theatre Past, Present and FUTURE

October 23 - 24, 2018

TKP New York, 109 West 39th Street, NYC

NAMT’s Fall Conference is the networking event of the year, bringing NAMT members together to discuss the future of musical theatre.


Executive management, artistic directors, new works directors and staff, board members, commercial producers, and anyone at your theatre involved with new work development and production. NAMT conferences can also be a great perk for engaged donors who are interested in learning more about how things work behind the scenes! All employees and board members of a member organization are NAMT members!


At this year’s Fall Conference, held in conjunction with the 30th Annual Festival of New Musicals, we’ll look at how NAMT and our members are working together to bring musical theatre into the future while also preserving its history. Where is the industry going, where do we want it to be going, and what is NAMT’s role in getting it there?

Your Fall Conference registration will include:

  • panels, speakers, case studies and breakout discussions
  • breakfast and lunch on both days
  • a pre-theatre cocktail party with heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar
  • ample networking time
  • and more!
Detailed Agenda


  • The NAMT Fall Conference is open to NAMT members in good standing and invited guests. If you are not a NAMT member (or are unsure of your membership status) and would like to attend the Fall Conference, please email Membership Director Adam Grosswirth  or call (212) 714-6668 x15.
  • The more people you bring, the more you save!
    • Member early registration rates for the full Conference are $400 – $525 per person.
      • New this year: Deep discounts if you bring three or more people from your organization!
    • Additional options are be available for single day rates, Associate Members and invited non-members.
    • Register early for the best rates!
  • Deadlines:
    • Early Registration: September 23
      • All prices increase by $100 on September 24
    • Final Registration: October 14
    • Cancellation: October 10
      • Registrations cancelled through October 1 will be refunded, less a $100 cancellation fee. After October 10, 2018, no refunds will be possible.
      • Payments must be received by October 1. If a registration is canceled due to non-payment, attendees will have to re-register at the current pricing.
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We are very grateful to the sponsors and exhibitors of the 2018 Fall Conference. Please click here for information on supporting NAMT and the benefits of sponsoring or exhibiting at our events.

Sponsor or Exhibit at the Conference

Educational Resources Committee
Dan Murphy, The Broadway Rose Theatre (OR), Chair
Michael Ballam, Utah Festival Opera Company (UT)
Wayne Bryan, Music Theatre Wichita (KS)
Mark Fleischer, Pittsburgh CLO (PA)
Robb Hunt, Village Theatre (WA)
Jennifer Jaquess, Red Mountain Theatre Company (AL)
Orlando Morales, The 5th Avenue Theatre (WA)

Fall Conference Committee
Hillary Hart, Theatre Under the Stars (TX), Chair
Taneisha Duggan, TheatreWorks Hartford (CT)
Cody Lassen, Cody Lassen & Associates (NY)
Scott Levy, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company (CO)
Jeff Rane, Uptown Players (TX)
Amy Rogers, Pace New Musicals (NY)


Attendance Eligibility

The Fall Conference is open to NAMT members in good standing and invited guests only. If you are not sure of your membership status, or are interested in attending the Conference as a way to learn more about membership, please email Membership Director Adam Grosswirth.

Rates and Deadlines

New rates this year with deep discounts for multiple attendees from a single organization who register at the same time!

Early registration rates for NAMT organizational members are:

  • $525 for the first attendee from a member organization
  • $495 for a second attendee from your organization
  • NEW! $400 for each additional attendee from the same organization
  • A day rate of $310 is available
  • Associate Member rates are $560 for the full Conference and $350 for one day.
  • Non-members may attend the conference by invitation only. Non-member rates are $100 more than organizational member rates above.

Register by September 23 for these low, at-cost rates! All prices will increase by $100 on September 24.

The final registration deadline is October 14.

Payments must be received by October 1 or your registration will be canceled. Re-registrations will be billed at the applicable rate on the date of the new processing.

Registrants may cancel up to October 1. Fees will be refunded, less a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds will be allowed after October 1, 2018. Payments must be received by October 1. If a registration is canceled due to non-payment, attendees will have to re-register at the current pricing.

Registration Process

Each attendee will receive a badge, which gives you entry to the events (there are no tickets), and important pre-event information will be sent via email. Please provide each attendee’s information on the registration form. You may register multiple attendees from the same organization on the same form, for either the Fall Conference, the Festival of New Musicals, or both.

To receive the multiple attendee discount, please register your attendees on the same form.

Your registration will not be complete until you click the SUBMIT button at the very end of the form and you have paid (if applicable). You will see a confirmation screen and receive an email upon completion.

Festival of New Musicals

The Festival of New Musicals is a separate event, but you may register for both events at once using this registration form. Or visit the Festival section of the website for more details.

Thank You, 30!

In addition to the Conference and Festival, this year we’re kicking things off with a special gala event celebrating the first 30 years of NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals. You may purchase tickets for Thank You, 30! when you register for the Conference and Festival, all on the same easy form.



Tuesday, October 23, 2018
9:00 - 9:30 amCheck-in and Breakfast

109 West 39th Street
Empire Room

Grab your badge and conference materials and join us for breakfast (and lots of coffee) and some morning networking time. (Breakfast will be available through the morning as other sessions continue.)

9:30 - 10:30 amSpeed-Dating

Bryant Park Room

A fast-paced and fun opportunity for you to meet-and-greet your fellow Conference attendees.

10:30 - 11:30 amKeynote: David Henry Hwang in conversation with Laura Heywood

Empire Room

Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang will kick off the Fall Conference with a keynote conversation about the past, present and future of Musical Theatre. In addition to many plays, musicals and opera libretti, Hwang’s latest musical, Soft Power, written with Jeanine Tesori, recently premiered at Center Theatre Group (National Fund for New Musicals production grant recipient). SF Gatesaid this new musical “deserves to be known as one of the defining theatrical works of the Trump era.”
David Henry Hwang is a playwright, screenwriter, television writer, and librettist, whose stage works includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner, and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist, whose works have been honored with two Grammy Awards, and he co-wrote the Gold Record “Solo” with the late pop star Prince. Hwang is currently a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series The Affair. His screenplays include Possession, M. Butterfly, and Golden Gate. Hwang was a Residency One Playwright at Signature Theatre, which produced a season of his plays, and M. Butterfly was recently revived on Broadway. His opera An American Soldier, with composer Huang Ruo, will premiere in June 2018 at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Recent honors include 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, the 2012 Inge Award, the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright “Mimi” Award, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award, and a 2015 Ford Foundation “Art of Change” Award. He serves on the Board of the Lark Play Development Center, as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts, and as Chair of the American Theatre Wing.

Laura Heywood is a multi-faceted performer, pundit, writer, & host, known primarily for her expertise and passion for Broadway. In 2009, while working at Sirius Sattelite Radio as a producer and co-host, Laura created the Twitter account @BroadwayGirlNYC, to document her love of New York Theatre. Initially started on a whim, the anonymous account soon developed a strong following and became a Broadway phenomenon. 2010 saw the launch of “At the Stage Door with @BroadwayGirlNYC,” Laura’s weekly column on BroadwayWorld.com about life as a Broadway fan. Always focusing on the positive, and projecting an identity dedicated to promoting love & excitement about theatre, @BroadwayGirlNYC gained a fanbase of over 20,000 within the first five years. Though still anonymous, she was considered a critical tastemaker and important advocate for all things New York Theatre. Laura’s reveal as the force behind @BroadwayGirlNYC came in February of 2015, when she was invited to speak onstage at TEDxBroadway. The public “merging of her two lives,” as Laura put it, allowed her to launch a new company, Laura Heywood Media, to focus on both social media consulting and live appearances as a Broadway expert. Within months of the reveal, Laura appeared on CBS News; hosted high-profile live events on AOL; sold out multiple shows at 54 Below; and was profiled by FORBES, who called her “the most vocal and visible supporter in the business.” Now, having fully integrated @BroadwayGirlNYC into her professional identity, Laura works as a social media consultant for theatre companies and businesses looking to reach the Broadway fan audience; hosts workshops and offers private coaching for performers looking to raise their social media profiles; writes for theatre-themed publications including BroadwayWorld and Playbill; and is in high demand to cover Broadway news, contribute expert commentary, and host interviews both on-camera and on-stage.

11:30 am - 1:00 pmFinding the Future

Empire Room

What does the future of musical theatre look like and what do we want it to look like? Where are new shows/artists/administrators/audiences coming from? What stories are being told? What responsibility do NAMT and its members have for actively shaping the future?

Moderated by Hillary Hart (Theatre Under the Stars), with Kathy Evans (Rhinebeck Writers Retreat), Cody Lassen (Cody Lassen & Associates), Amy Rogers Schwartzreich (Pace University), Natasha Sinha (LCT3 and Musical Theatre Factory), and Mei Ann Teo (Musical Theatre Factory).

1:00 - 2:15 pmLunch & Annual Membership Meeting

Empire Room

2:30 - 3:30 pmConcurrent Breakout Sessions

Discussion groups by organization size to discuss pressing topics among similar organizations.

3:45 - 5:00 pmWhen Newer Works Are Brand New To You

Empire Room

How can a theatre known for classics successfully add new/er works into the mix? Will audiences follow? Will new audiences come?

Moderated by Mark Fleischer (Pittsburgh CLO), with Keith Cromwell (Red Mountain Theatre), Mandy Greenfield (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and Dan Murphy (The Broadway Rose Theatre Company).

5:30 - 7:30 pmNetworking Cocktail Party

Glass House Tavern
252 West 47th Street

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
8:30 - 9:00 amBreakfast

109 West 39th Street
Empire Room

Breakfast will be available throughout the morning sessions.

9:00 - 10:00 amRevivals: Responsibility and Opportunity

Empire Room

Times change, and norms of acceptability change with them. How can we honor musical theatre’s legacy while providing context for modern audiences? How can we preserve what makes these musicals worthwhile despite “problematic” material? Should we?

Moderated by Jeff Rane (Uptown Players), with Curt Dale Clark (Maine State Music Theatre), Kwofe Coleman (The MUNY), Meg Fofonoff (Art Lab), Sara Holdren (New York Magazine), and Georgia Stitt (Festival Alumni Writer).

10:00 - 11:15 amAudiences: Fact vs. Fiction

Empire Room

What assumptions are we making about our audiences and how do they affect our programming choices? How can data help us sort out fact from bias?

Moderated by Taneisha Duggan (TheaterWorks Hartford), with Tory Bailey (Theatre Development Fund), Michael Baron (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Donna Lynn Hilton (Goodspeed Musicals), and more to be announced.

11:15 - 11:45 amNetworking Coffee Break

Empire Room

11:45 am - 1:00 pmSetting Up For Success and Succession

Empire Room

Where is the next generation of theatre-makers coming from, and what will they find when they get here? What does a career in theatre administration look like in 2018? Are our institutions welcoming to all? Are we guiding and nurturing the next generation to step into our shoes and take the lead?

Moderated by Phil Santora (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), with Renee Blinkwolt (Ars Nova) Marsha Brooks (Brooks & Distler), David Mallette (Management Consultants for the Arts), and Mitchell Marcus (The Musical Stage Company).

1:00 - 2:15 pmLunch & Festival Preview

Empire Room

2:30 - 3:30 pmConcurrent Breakout Sessions

Small group discussion on topics of interest!

National New Play Network Rolling World Premieres
Nan Barnett, NNPN

Body Autonomy: Addressing Abuse and Harassment in Theatre
Corinne Woods & Kati Frazier, ART/NY

Executive Search and Succession
David Mallette, Management Consultants for the Arts

…and one more topic to be announced

3:45 - 5:00 pmWorld of Tomorrow: Technology and Musical Theatre

Empire Room

How are new forms of technology affecting the way we produce and consume theatre? How might theatres engage audiences and artists using virtual or augmented reality? What new tools are available to artists and crew in rehearsals? How will this affect the art being produced?

Moderated by Scott Levy (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company), with Søren Møller (Fredericia Theatre), Ryan Norton (Tuacahn Amphitheatre) and more to be announced.

5:00 - 5:30 pmWrap-Up

Empire Room

As of 9/17/18. SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Hotels & Accommodations

Novotel New York Times Square

226 West 52nd Street
New York, NY


Novotel New York Times Square is offering Festival of New Musicals and Fall Conference attendees standard king rooms for $359/night from October 22 through 25. Rooms are limited and this offer expires on September 28, 2018. See the hotel's website for property details. NAMT organizational members also receive year-round discounts at this hotel (see link below).

To book, click the button above or call 212-315-0100 or email Anissa.Velez@accor.com and by use group code NAT1022.

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Hilton Garden Inn Central Park South

237 West 54th Street
New York, NY


The Hilton Garden Inn Central Park South is offering Festival of New Musicals and Fall Conference attendees standard king rooms for $309/night or doubles for $329 from October 21 through 26. Rooms are limited and this offer expires on September 21, 2018. See the hotel's website for property details.

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Holiday Inn Express Times Square

343 West 39th Street
New York, NY


Holiday Inn Express Times Square is offering Festival of New Musicals and Fall Conference attendees standard king rooms for $309/night or doubles for $329 from October 21 through 26. Rooms are limited and this offer expires on September 21, 2018. See the hotel's website for property details. 

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Offers Available for NAMT Members


NAMT organizational members have access to discounted rates at multiple Midtown Manhattan hotels year-round. Visit the Discounts and Deals page and log in for details and to book one of these great hotels now!

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Directions and Discounts

The Thanksgiving Play at Playwrights Horizons

Written by Larissa FastHorse
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel

Ah, Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays: when families gather to celebrate the warmth of home, the bounty of the harvest — and a legacy of genocide and violent colonial expansion. Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month.

Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd St.

Promo Deal: Code TTPNAMT offering $34.50 per ticket for Tier 1 & 2 seats (plus fees) for performances 10/23-10/26

Ticket link can be found here.

Fireflies at Atlantic Theater

World Premiere Play
Written by Donja R. Love
Directed by Saheem Ali

Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street

Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky is on fire. A pregnant Olivia’s fierce speech writing is the sole force behind her charismatic husband Charles and his successful Movement to galvanize people to march towards freedom. When four little girls are bombed in a church, Olivia and Charles’ marriage is threatened – as this tragedy and years of civil unrest leave Olivia believing that “this world ain’t no place to raise a colored child.”

Fireflies is a startling world premiere by Donja R. Love, and the second part of a trilogy beginning with Sugar in Our Wounds (Manhattan Theatre Club). Saheem Ali (Sugar in Our Wounds) directs.

Offer is for a $48 ticket (plus fees). This is only valid for the week of NAMT's Fall Events (October 21-October 28).

Code: NAMT48

Link: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/995241/prm/NAMT48

The Band's Visit on Broadway

Book by Itamar Moses
Music & Lyrics by David Yazbek

After a mix-up at the border, an Egyptian Police Band is sent to a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. THE BAND’S VISIT celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all.

The Barrymore Theatre, 243 W 47th Street

Promo Code: BDNAMT23

Ticket link can be found here.


For the second year, NAMT is offering eligible members a chance to attend the Fall Conference for free. Additionally, we will be able to offer one lottery winner two nights in a Midtown Manhattan hotel during the conference, as well as round-trip airline travel sponsored by the Hollywood Pantages.

Aimed at giving the next generation of theatre makers a chance to join the conversation about the future of musical theatre, NAMT will administer a lottery to provide the above benefits to one attendee. The lottery will close at 10:00am ET on Friday, September 14th.

At this year’s Fall Conference, held in conjunction with the 30th Annual Festival of New Musicals, we’ll look at how NAMT and our members are working together to bring musical theatre into the future while also preserving its history. Where is the industry going, where do we want it to be going, and what is NAMT’s role in getting it there?

In order to be eligible to enter the lottery:

  • You must be a full-time staff member at a NAMT member organization
  • You must be a first-time conference attendee


  • Your organization must have an operating budget of under $1,000,000
  • Your job title must include Assistant, Associate, or an equivalent descriptor and you cannot be first conference attendee from your organization 

To enter the lottery, fill out our short application form by 10:00am on Friday, September 14th.

Questions? Contact Program Associate Karin Nilo at karin@namt.org.

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