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New Paths to New Musicals

October 22 - 23, 2019

TKP Conference Center, 109 West 39th Street, New York, NY

This year’s Fall Conference will be bigger than ever! We’re expanding our programming to include smaller group discussions allowing for deeper dives into the ins and outs of new musical development, community engagement, equity/diversity/inclusion, and more. We’ll look at how theatres can prepare their audiences for shows with sensitive topics, collaborate internationally, develop new work for young audiences, bring art to their communities, become more inclusive, and more! Attendees will also have a chance to meet the writers of the 31st Annual Festival of New Musicals for an exclusive sneak peek of the Festival.


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:

  • $540 for the first attendee from a member organization
  • $500 for a second attendee from your organization
  • $435 for each additional attendee from the same organization
  • A day rate of $350 is available
  • Associate Member rates are $595 for the full Conference and $395 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 22 for these low, at-cost rates! All prices will increase by $100 on September 23.

The final registration deadline is October 14.

Payments must be received by October 7 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, 2019. Payments must be received by October 7. 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 page for more details.

The 46th Minute

The Festival kicks off with a preview concert on October 23. NAMT members may purchase tickets when they register for the Conference and Festival.



Tuesday, October 22, 2019
9:00 - 9:30 amCheck-in and Continental Breakfast

TKP New York Conference Center
109 West 39th Street
Empire Lobby, 2nd Floor

9:30 - 10:15 amWelcome and 30-Second Success Stories

Empire Room

10:15 - 11:15 amKeynote

Empire Room

11:15 - 11:30 amNetworking Coffee Break

Empire Room

11:30 am - 12:15 pmBreakout Sessions by Budget Size
12:15 - 1:00 pmPublic Works Case Studies
12:15 - 1:00 pmProducing Without Borders: Bringing International Shows to the U.S.
12:15 - 1:00 pmBoard Buy-In For New Works
12:15 - 1:00 pmTBA
1:00 - 2:30 pmLunch and Annual Membership Meeting

Empire Room

2:30 - 3:30 pmProducing Without Borders: Sending Your Shows Abroad
2:30 - 3:30 pmCommercial Enhancement: What Commercial and Non-Profit Producers Need To Know
2:30 - 3:30 pmNew Work Collaborations With Colleges & Universities
2:30 - 3:30 pmApproaching Musicals With Sensitive Topics
3:30 - 4:15 pmCase Study: Red Mountain Theatre's Human Rights Festival
3:30 - 4:15 pmCo-Productions
3:30 - 4:15 pmWriter Residencies
3:30 - 4:15 pmTBA
4:30 - 4:45 pmA Word From Our Sponsor: Concord Theatricals
4:45 - 5:30 pmPanel TBA

Empire Room

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
9:00 - 9:30 amBreakfast

Empire Lobby

9:30 - 11:30 amEquity, Diversity and Inclusion: Getting Past The "Can'ts" and Getting Down to Business

Empire Room

In her work and travels, Seena Hodges (Founder + CEO of The Woke Coach™) often hears people say things like, “I want to better understand how racism continues to erode the fabric of this country,” “I want to be a better, more inclusive organizational leader,” or “I want to know more about how I can make a difference through my organization.” Then, they all end with the same sentence: “But… I don’t know where to start.”

Join The Woke Coach™ for an engaging interaction that challenges all of the excuses that keep us from creating more inclusive organizational practices and being more intentional with our allyship. Participants will leave the session with a plan for executing the work that an authentic commitment to inclusion requires.

About The Woke Coach™
At The Woke Coach™, because we believe that racial equity is the defining issue of our time, we help clients move from ally to accomplice. We do this work by helping humans deepen their analysis, and develop an understanding around issues of racism, bias, allyship, and injustice in order to become the best, most understanding, empathetic version of themselves.

Because we are passionate about progress—and know that it is possible for everyone—we facilitate conversations and build bridges to civil engagement one interaction at a time. 

11:30 am - 12:00 pmNetworking Coffee Break
12:00 - 12:45 pmCommunity Engagement as Staff Recruiting
12:00 - 12:45 pmNew Works for Young Audiences
12:00 - 12:45 pmNew Work Pitch Sessions
12:00 - 12:45 pmImmersive Musical Theatre
1:00 - 2:30 pmLunch and Meet the Writers

Empire Room

2:45 - 3:30 pmBeyond The 4th Wall
2:45 - 3:30 pmMembers Collaborating On Youth Programming
2:45 - 3:30 pmNew Works and New Technology
2:45 - 3:30 pmTBA
3:45 - 4:45 pmPanel TBA

Empire Room

4:45 - 5:15 pmWrap-Up

Empire Room

As of 8/13/19. SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Please note that there will be more concurrent sessions at this year’s Fall Conference than at most of our past events. Check the color-coded start times on the agenda above as you make your plans. We’ll have a handy chart when we get closer to the start of the Conference!

Hotels & Accommodations

Washington Jefferson Hotel

318 West 51st Street
New York, NY


(212) 246-7550

The W-J is offering Fall Conference and Festival of New Musical attendees rates of $169-269/night (four room types available, plus applicable taxes and fees) from October 21 through October 25, 2019. This offer expires on September 5, 2019, and is subject to room availability.

The Washington Jefferson Hotel beckons with comfortable, unpretentious accommodations, a warm staff and an exceptional, customer-oriented experience. Stay in one of our 160 rooms and suites equipped with complimentary standard wireless Internet access, Frette linens and towels, iPod docking stations, a daily copy of The New York Times, luxury bathroom amenities and flat-screen HDTVs.

Customer satisfaction is the top priority at our NYC Theater District hotel. Our professional team is on hand for any needs, and offers services like valet parking and personal laundry.

Discover a Midtown NYC hotel that is both pleasantly tucked away and yet right in the middle of the action. The WJ is one of the most conveniently located hotels near Times Square, just steps from the best of Broadway shows and musicals, as well as Restaurant Row, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and various other attractions. Whether you are here to make big business deals or gaze upon the city’s legendary sights, the WJ Hotel is here to help write your ideal New York story.  

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Towneplace Suites by Marriott

324 West 44th Street
New York, NY


(212) 265-4000

The Towneplace Times Square is offering Fall Conference and Festival of New Musicals attendees rates of $279 plus tax for Queen bed rooms and $299 plus tax for King bed rooms for the nights of October 21-25. Both rates include full American breakfast (offering a mix of: eggs, bacon, waffles, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, pastries, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and juice) and High Speed Wi-Fi, and each guestroom is fully equipped with kitchenettes (dual stovetop, refrigerator, microwave, dish washer, coffee maker and kitchenware).

To book, click here by September 12.

Welcome to the TownePlace Suites by Marriott New York Manhattan/Times Square, NYC’s first TownePlace Suites brand extended-stay hotel. Stay in the heartbeat of NYC’s Times Square at our boutique-style hotel, which is situated in one of Manhattan’s most sought-after locations and within walking distance to Broadway, Restaurant Row, Macy’s Herald Square, Empire State Building and many other famous attractions. Be real, be you on longer stays with our neighborhood-style accommodations featuring NYC studio-style suites that include kitchenettes, free Wi-Fi and king and queen size beds. Live uninterrupted in New York with complimentary American breakfast, rooftop patio with Weber® grills and complimentary fitness center. Pet-friendly and inviting, you will feel right at home whether traveling for business or leisure

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Novotel New York Times Square

226 West 52nd Street
New York, NY

(212) 315-0100

The Novotel is offering Fall Conference and Festival of New Musicals attendees rates of $299per night (including tax) for the nights of October 21-25. To book, click here, or call (212) 315-0100 and use code NAT1021 by September 21.

With a premium central Manhattan location and iconic sweeping views of Times Square, the Novotel New York Times Square hotel is situated in close proximity to the Broadway Theater district, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, World-class shopping, and 'Must-See' Landmarks. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience in 4-star contemporary comfort, whether your stay is for business or leisure.

The Novotel New York Times Square, in the heart of Midtown New York, is ideally situated in the Theatre District. New York's top attractions, such as Times Square, Broadway, Central Park, museums and luxury shops are just minutes away. Broadway, Central Park, museums and luxury shops are just minutes away. The restaurant Supernova offers a fine dining experience with spectacular views of Broadway and Times Square. Have a cocktail on our 7th Floor Terrace or enjoy an outdoor dining.

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Dream Midtown

210 West 55th Street
New York, NY


(646) 625-4980

Dream Midtown is offering Fall Conference and Festival of New Musical attendees rates of $309/night (plus applicable taxes and fees) from October 21 through October 25, 2019. Rate includes complimentary wifi, access to nearby Crunch Fitness, and waived facility fees of $24.95/night. This offer expires on September 20, 2019, and is subject to room availability.

Escape the common travel experience in the heart of Manhattan. All the iconic New York City landmarks are waiting nearby: Times Square, Columbus Circle, Central Park, Broadway, Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue. Our close-knit neighborhood boasts corporate headquarters, theatres, high-end shopping, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and of course...Dream Midtown.

A restored 1895 Beaux-Arts flatiron building with newly redesigned interiors, Dream Midtown includes 221 luxurious accommodations and surrealistic on-site dining. Add best-in-class service from a staff that favors the term host over hotel, and top it all off with trendy built-in nightlife by world-renowned designers.

To Book
Call (646) 625-4980, and reference National Alliance for Musical Theatre, or click here.

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Courtyard by Marriott Times Square West

307 West 37th Street
New York, NY


(212) 912-0009

The Courtyard Marriott Times Square West is offering Fall Conference and Festival of New Musical attendees rates of $315/night (plus applicable taxes and fees) from October 21 through October 25, 2019. This offer expires on September 21, 2019, and is subject to room availability.

Conveniently located a short 3-block walk from Penn Station, in the heart of New York City’s Fashion District, this inviting Times Square hotel provides a contemporary retreat. Our Bistro can offer you breakfast, dinner and drink options every day of the week. You'll also enjoy inviting, flexible spaces where you can work or relax, free Wi-Fi throughout our accommodations, and easy access to the latest news, weather and airport conditions via our GoBoard technology. Plus, our well-equipped and very spacious Midtown Manhattan, NYC, hotel fitness center will keep you fit and energized. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, your stay at our hotel in Times Square Midtown Manhattan, NYC, is sure to be more comfortable, more productive and more enjoyable than ever before. This NYC Midtown Manhattan hotel is ideal for your trip whether on business or leisure within walking distance of Times Square, Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden,Jacob Javits Center, Fifth Avenue, and Broadway Theater District.

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Offers Available for NAMT Members


NAMT 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


Ars Nova
Rick Feldman
Member of the Board
Goodspeed Musicals
Anika Chapin
Artistic Associate
Goodspeed Musicals
Donna Lynn Hilton
Harmonia Holdings, Ltd.
Kenneth Dingledine
Junkyard Dog Productions
Marleen Magnoni Alhadeff
Junkyard Dog Productions
Kenny Alhadeff
Maine State Music Theatre
Curt Dale Clark
Artistic Director
Maine State Music Theatre
Stephanie Dupal
Managing Director
New Musicals Inc.
Elise Dewsberry
Artistic Director
Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
Kathy Evans
Founding Executive Director
Shea's Performing Arts Center
Michael Murphy
Starhawk Productions
Wendy Gillespie
President & CEO
The Human Race Theatre Company
Kevin Moore
Artistic Director
Tuacahn Center for the Arts
Shari Jordan
Assistant Artistic Producer
Tuacahn Center for the Arts
Scott Anderson
Artistic Director
Weston Playhouse Theatre, The
Susanna Gellert
Executive Artistic Director
ZACH Theatre
Nathaniel Miller
Associate Artistic Director
Kirsten Wrinkle
Marsha S. Brooks
Erin Craig
Barbara Bellman
James Slocum


Participation Guidelines

NAMT is committed to recognizing and celebrating the diversity of experiences, talents, skills, cultures and opinions that our members bring to our community, and specifically to our events. We invite you to participate in the Fall Conference and Festival of New Musicals in a spirit of open-mindedness, curiosity and respect.

We want every NAMT event to be a safe, inclusive and productive environment for all participants. In that spirit, we ask you to…

  • Be inclusive, actively seeking and inviting diverse perspectives
  • Listen to understand
  • Participate in an active and direct way, with professionalism and respect for others
  • Be considerate, kind, constructive and helpful in your language and actions
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and language
  • Respect confidentiality requests by speakers and other attendees

NAMT staff and Board may take action (up to and including expulsion with no refund and exclusion from future events) to redress disruptive, disrespectful or offensive behavior or any other actions deemed in conflict with the above guidelines.

Thank you to every NAMT community member for helping to make all of our events informative, inclusive and respectful.