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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


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!

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.

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

Empire Room

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?

1:00 - 2:15 pmLunch

Empire Room

2:30 - 3:30 pmConcurrent Breakout Sessions

Details coming soon!

3:45 - 5:00 pmWhen New Works Are 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?

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

What’s our responsibility when producing revivals? Are they museum pieces, and if so how do we contextualize that for our audiences? Or are they living, evolving works? Can they comment on history without being “problematic” in the present?

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?

11:15 - 11:45 amNetworking Coffee Break

Empire Room

11:45 am - 1:00 pmSuccession Success!

Empire Room

How are people coming to musical theatre — as audience members, as artists, as administrators? What stories do they want to tell? Do they feel welcome? Are we properly guiding the next generation at our institutions?

1:00 - 2:15 pmLunch

Empire Room

2:30 - 3:30 pmConcurrent Breakout Sessions

Details coming soon!

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?

5:00 - 5:30 pmWrap-Up

Empire Room

As of 7/18/18. SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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