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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.


Educational Resources Committee
Dan Murphy, The Broadway Rose Theatre (OR), Chair
Michael Ballam, Utah Festival Opera Company (UT)
Rick Boynton, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (IL)
Wayne Bryan, Music Theatre Wichita (KS)
Mark Fleischer, Pittsburgh CLO (PA)
Donna Lynn Hilton, Goodspeed Musicals (CT)
Robb Hunt, Village Theatre (WA)
Jennifer Jaquess, Red Mountain Theatre Company (AL)
Orlando Morales, The 5th Avenue Theatre (WA)

Fall Conference 2019 Committee
Joe Barros, New York Theatre Barn (NY)
Thembi Duncan, Shea’s Performing Arts Center (NY)
Aislinn Frantz, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (IL)
Wendy Gillespie, Starhawk Productions (CA)
Brandon Ivie, Village Theatre (WA)
Mike Stotts, Paper Mill Playhouse (NJ)
Michael Rubinoff, Sheridan College (ON)
Ashley Wells, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (OK)

Agenda

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

TKP New York Conference Center
109 West 39th Street
Empire Lobby, upper level

Sponsored by Ogunquit Playhouse & Seaview Productions

9:30 - 10:15 amWelcome and 20-Second Success Stories

Empire Room, upper level

A NAMT ice-breaker tradition! Come prepared with a story you want to share from your organization from the past year — but keep it quick!

10:15 - 11:15 amKeynote: Daryl Roth in Conversation with Laura Heywood

Empire Room

Tony Award-winner Daryl Roth will kick off the Fall Conference with a keynote conversation about the past, present and future of musical theatre from a producer’s point of view. Roth has produced over 90 productions on and off Broadway, many with political or activist content.
 

Daryl Roth is an award-winning producer and leading innovator in the theatre world.  Her mission is to champion thought-provoking, inspiring work onstage, and she is honored to hold the singular distinction of producing 7 Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Tropics; August: Osage County (2008 Tony Award); Clybourne Park (2012 Tony Award); How I Learned to Drive; Proof (2001 Tony Award); Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; and Wit.

The proud recipient of 12 Tony Awards and London’s Olivier Award, her over 120 productions both on and off Broadway include Kinky Boots, the 2013 Tony Award winning Best Musical, which ran for 6 years on Broadway and is now represented on tour in the US and around the world (London, Toronto, Australia, Korea, Japan, Germany); Larry Kramer’s seminal play about the AIDS crisis, The Normal Heart (2011 Tony Award); Paula Vogel’s award-winning play Indecent; Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s international hit play Love, Loss, and What I Wore; and Gloria: A Life, a play about the iconic Gloria Steinem. Spring 2020: The new musical Between the Lines; Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive.   

Honored to have been inducted into the 2017 Theatre Hall of Fame, she is a Trustee of Lincoln Center Theater, the New York City Police Foundation, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

 

Laura Heywood is a professional enthusiast: a multi-faceted host, consultant, performer, pundit and writer widely recognized for her commitment to positivity. Through her social media persona @BroadwayGirlNYC, Laura has become “Broadway’s most influential fan” (CBS This Morning) and “the most vocal and visible supporter in the business” (Forbes). In 2018 she worked as the in-house Broadway expert and Video Package Supervisor on the 2018 Tony Awards. She regularly acts as a celebrity interviewer for outlets including Build Series and CBS New York, and moderates talkbacks and hosts special events on Broadway stages. She has worked in fields ranging from sports radio (San Francisco Giants) to commercial acting (Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty) to celebrity talent booking (Sirius XM), always bringing a point of view of contagious joy. As a social media expert, Laura has worked with Bebe Neuwirth (Tony Award winner); LaChanze (Tony Award winner); Tori Amos (Grammy Award nominee); FOUND: The Musical off Broadway; Actors Equity; The American Musical & Dramatic Academy; Grant Thornton; and The Kilroys. She volunteers regularly and is on the Board of Directors for the national arts & education non-profit Story Pirates. www.LauraHeywoodMedia.com

11:15 - 11:30 amCoffee Break

Empire Room & Lobby, upper level

Sponsored by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley & Universal Theatrical Group

11:30 am - 12:15 pmPanel/Q&A: Producing Without Borders: Bringing International Shows to the U.S.

Chelsea Room, lower level

Presenting shows and collaborating with writers from abroad have special challenges and rewards. Learn how NAMT members have successfully bridged the gap.

Moderated by Marsha Brooks (Brooks & Distler), with Scott Gilmour (writer, Hi, My Name Is Ben/Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Donna Lynn Hilton (Goodspeed Musicals) and Kumiko Yoshii (Gorgeous Entertainment).

11:30 am - 12:15 pmCase Study: Red Mountain Theatre's Human Rights Festival

West Village Room, lower level

Each year, Red Mountain Theatre Company hosts a festival of powerful work that inspires, engages and transforms audiences. Learn how this program came to be, and how it integrates community engagement and new musical development.

Moderated by Jennifer Jaquess, with Keith Cromwell, Cheryl Davis, Trey Mitchell and Matt Schicker.

11:30 am - 12:15 pmDiscussion: Board Buy-In For New Works

Madison Room, lower level

How can you bring risk-averse board members around to the idea of adding new or more challenging musicals to your season? Bring your questions and success stories to this session for some sharing and brainstorming.

Moderated by Mark Fleischer (Pittsburgh CLO), with Michael Baron (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Robb Hunt (Village Theatre) and Anthony Rodriguez (Aurora Theatre).

11:30 am - 12:15 pmDiscussion: New (-ish) Musicals Pitch Sessions

East Village Room, lower level

Have a favorite show from your theatre that’s looking for its next steps? Looking for your next musical that already has a track record with other NAMT members? Share and learn about new musicals beyond the Festival here.

Moderated by Ciera Iveson (NAMT)

12:15 - 1:00 pmPanel: Approaching Musicals With "Sensitive" Topics

West Village Room, lower level

Some new musicals push buttons…and everyone’s buttons are different! How can you prepare your subscribers and donors for a show you believe in that may ruffle some feathers? And how can we get past our own biases about what those feathers are?

Moderated by Adam Grosswirth (NAMT), with Michael R. Jackson (writer, A Strange Loop), Ann-Carol Pence (Aurora Theatre), Kyle Sircus (Playwrights Horizons) and Ashley Wells (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma).

12:15 - 1:00 pmQ&A: Writer Residencies

East Village Room, lower level

Experts will share best practices on starting and maintaining a writer residency program at your theatre.

Discussion led by Karin Nilo (NAMT), with Brannon Bowers (American Music Theatre Project), Stephen Brotebeck (SDSU MFA Musical Theatre Program) and Anika Chapin (Goodspeed Musicals).

12:15 - 1:00 pmPanel/Q&A: Producing Without Borders: Sending Your Shows Abroad

Chelsea Room, lower level

Taking shows from the U.S. to international audiences poses its own challenges. Another panel of experts will share tips!

Moderated by Pam Adams (Atlantic Theater Company), with Felipe Gamba (Disney Theatrical Productions), Søren Møller (Fredericia Theatre), Lisa Dozier King (General Manager, Be More Chill) and Ava Zhou (Harmonia Holdings).

12:15 - 1:00 pmPanel/Q&A: Enhancement: What Commercial and Non-Profit Producers Need To Know

Madison Room, lower level

Commercial/non-profit partnerships have become standard across much of the industry, but where do you start if you’ve never done one before? Or how can you take yours to the next level? Hear best practices and ask questions, and learn how to leverage your NAMT relationships further.

Moderated by Elisbeth Challener (ZACH Theatre), with Margot Astrachan (Margot Astrachan Production), Ken Davenport (Davenport Theatricals), Nancy Gibbs (321 Theatrical Management), Brad Kenney (Ogunquit Playhouse) and Marc Seriff (Seriff Productions).

1:00 - 2:30 pmLunch and Annual Membership Meeting

Empire Room, upper level

Sponsored by Theatrical Rights Worldwide

2:30 - 3:15 pmPresentation: An EDI Approach to Marketing and Communications

West Village Room, lower level

Equity, diversity and inclusion involve an entire organization, and touch staff and patrons alike. Reynaldi Lolong will share how The Public Theater’s marketing and press departments led the way in making the theatre more welcoming to new audiences.

Presentation by Reynaldi Linder Lolong (The Public Theater)

2:30 - 3:15 pmDiscussion: Co-Productions

Madison Room, lower level

Share best practices, success stories and ask questions about co-productions. Maybe even find a producing partner or two!

Moderated by Phil Santora, with Bill Berry (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Curt Dale Clark (Maine State Music Theatre) and Marc Robin (Fulton Theatre).

2:30 - 3:15 pmPanel/Q&A: New Work Collaborations With Colleges & Universities

East Village Room, lower level

Developing a new musical in an academic setting can be a great step for writers, commercial producers or non-profit theatres, and of course has great benefits for students as well. Learn more about NAMT members’ successful programs and partnerships, and how you can join them.

Moderated by Michael Rubinoff (Sheridan College), with Margot Astrachan (Margot Astrachan Production), Scott Levy (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company at Colorado College), Carolyn Miller (CREO) and Amy Rogers Schwartzreich (Pace New Musicals).

2:30 - 3:15 pmPanel: Non-Western Musical Theatre Traditions

Chelsea Room, lower level

How does American musical theatre echo or relate to other musical theatre traditions around the world? How is community engagement linked to honoring non-Western traditions? Does our relative unfamiliarity with approaches from other cultures limit our reception of new work that breaks with the traditions we’re used to?

Moderated by Orlando Morales (The 5th Avenue Theatre), with Thembi Duncan (Shea’s Performing Arts Center), Cheeyang Ng (writer, Eastbound), Helen Park (writer, KPOP) and Daniel Yu (New York Chinese Opera Society).

3:15 - 4:00 pmDiscussions: Members by Size/Type

Budgets under $1M: East Village
Budgets $1M – $3M: West Village
Budgets $3M – $10M: Madison
Budgets over $10M: Chelsea
Colleges & Universities: Nolita
Commercial Producers: Manhattan

All rooms on lower level

Break out by size/type to discuss topics relevant to organizations like yours.

4:15 - 4:30 pmA Word From Our Sponsor: Concord Theatricals

Empire Room, upper level

Imogen Lloyd Webber talks to David Zippel about the reworked version of The Woman in White, which recently played in London and will soon be released—for the first time—to professional theatres in North America.

4:30 - 5:30 pmPanel: Managing Change

Empire Room, upper level

NAMT members who are new to their leadership roles will share what they’re learning as they steer their organizations through change — their own new starts and inherited changes at their organizations — in what we hope will be a lively discussion among everyone in the room about lessons learned, good advice, and guaranteeing thriving futures for our organizations.

Moderated by Michael Murphy (Shea’s Performing Arts Center), with Hope Chavez (Long Wharf Theatre Company), Jerry Dixon (Village Theatre), Kate Galvin (Cardinal Stage) and Susanna Gellert (Weston Playhouse).

5:45 - 7:45 pmConference Cocktail Party

Glass House Tavern
252 West 47th Street (between Broadway & 8th)

Sponsored by Concord Theatricals & Pittsburgh CLO

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

Empire Lobby, upper level

New members, first-time attendees, or anyone else with questions about membership, stop by the Soho room (on the upper level, right next to the check-in desk) during breakfast to meet each other, and ask Member Services Director Adam Grosswirth any questions about your member benefits.

Breakfast sponsored by The 5th Avenue Theatre & Disney Theatrical Productions

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

Empire Room, upper level

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 pmCoffee Break

Empire Lobby, upper level

Sponsored by The Marriott Theatre & Ticketmaster

12:00 - 12:45 pmCase Studies: Community Engaged Productions

West Village Room, lower level

Learn about the Public Works community engagement program, and how NAMT members are adopting and adapting this exciting model around the country.

With Hattie Andres (Seattle Rep), Wayne Bryan (Music Theatre Wichita), Megan Larche Dominick (Theatre Under The Stars) and Laurie Woolery (The Public Theater).

12:00 - 12:45 pmPanel/Q&A: New Audiences for New Musicals, Now and Forever

Madison Room, lower level

We tend to think of viral success as a modern phenomenon, but blockbusters and youth-oriented shows existed long before social media. The frontier has changed, but the idea hasn’t. How can you harness audience excitement to make a hit? 

Moderated by Anika Chapin (Goodspeed Musicals), with Sean Flahaven (Concord Theatricals), Cody Lassen (Cody Lassen & Associates) and Jennifer Tepper (Theatre Historian).

12:00 - 12:45 pmPanel: New Works for Young Audiences

East Village Room, lower level

Learn about new work development specifically aimed at young audiences and how you can be a part of it.

Moderated by Dan Murphy (Broadway Rose Theatre Company), with Sean Cercone (Stageworks Media/Broadway Licensing), Nat Miller (ZACH Theatre), Barbara Pasternack (TheaterWorksUSA), Greg Reiner (The National Endowment for the Arts), Rob Rokicki (writer, The Lightning Thief) and Dave Steakley (ZACH Theatre).

12:00 - 12:45 pmPanel/Q&A: Immersive and Interactive Musical Theatre

Chelsea Room, lower level

“Immersive” theatre is all the rage, but how do you define it? And how can these often complicated productions work for musicals? We’ll hear from NAMT members who have been blazing a trail.

Moderated by Mitchell Marcus (The Musical Stage Company), with Carlos Armesto (Theatre C), Jason Eagan (Ars Nova) and Matthew Schneider (CREO).

12:00 - 12:45 pmPresentation: Building a Better Workplace: Why Women+ are Abandoning Technical Theatre, and How We Can Change the Trend

Nolita Room, lower level

Caitlyn Garrity (Millikin University) developed a survey and compiled data on the experience of almost 600 women+ in technical theatre. She published her findings in USITT’s TD&T journal, which was referenced in American Theatre, showing that women+ are leaving technical theatre at a faster rate than their male counterparts. This session will continue the discussion of this newfound research, as well as conversations on what our industry can do to change the trend and implement best practices to move towards a more inclusive environment for all.
 
1:00 - 2:30 pmLunch and Festival Preview

Empire Room, upper level

Sponsored by The Hollywood Pantages, Music Theatre International & Shea’s Performing Arts Center

2:45 - 3:30 pmPresentation/Q&A: Beyond The 4th Wall

East Village Room, lower level

Bringing theatre directly out into your community is as challenging as it is rewarding. Learn how some NAMT member theatres have made it work.

Presentation by Aislinn Frantz (Chicago Shakespeare Theater)

2:45 - 3:30 pmPresentation/Demo: New Works and New Technology

Manhattan Room, lower level

Learn about new technologies that can help you create and collaborate — and even whole new ways of presenting musical theatre.

With Alex Coulombe (Agile Lens), Tim Kashani & Pamela Winslow Kashani (Apples and Oranges Arts) and Brandon Powers (Freelance Director/Choreographer & Musical Theatre Factory)

2:45 - 3:30 pmPresentation/Workshop: The Story Matters: Supporting Gender Equity through Conscious Theatre-Making

West Village Room, lower level

As theatre-makers, we are charged with the task of telling many different kinds of stories. How do we, in the #MeToo era, responsibly navigate story-telling without discarding the musical theatre canon which contains an abundance of potentially questionable content?

Presentation by Karin Hendricks (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo)

2:45 - 3:30 pmPresentation/Q&A: Audience Development: How to Effectively Diversify and Grow Your Patron Base

Chelsea Room, lower level

For years, millennials have been viewed as the silver bullet in audience development to offset declining sales and donations. While it’s true that engaging millennials is important, it’s only one part of a strategy. To really succeed, arts and culture organizations need to engage audiences that reflect a broad range of demographic and psychographic profiles. Eric Nelson (TRG Arts) will help you learn more about how to understand your organization’s market potential, how to set realistic benchmarks and budgets, and how to build loyalty with new audiences, by sharing case studies of how organizations are approaching audience growth and how they are succeeding.  

3:45 - 5:00 pmReport and Wrap Up

Empire Room, upper level

Our chance to come together as a group after two days spent on separate paths, to share what we’ve learned and what actions we’ll take back to our theatres.

As of 10/18/19. 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, or click the download button at the top for a PDF chart.

Directions and Discounts

Attendees

11th Hour Theatre Company
Grayce Hoffman
Marketing Director
11th Hour Theatre Company
Daniel Guy
Managing Director
321 Theatrical Management
Nancy Gibbs
General Manager
Abrams Artists Agency
Helen Schultz
Theatrical Literary Agent
American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University
Brannon Bowers
Producing Director
Apples and Oranges Arts
Tim Kashani
Founder
Ars Nova
Rick Feldman
Member of the Board
Ars Nova
Mac Ingram
Development Director
Atlantic Theater Company
Pamela Adams
General Manager
Aurora Theatre
Ashley Prince
Associate Music Director
Aurora Theatre
Ann-Carol Pence
Co-Founder/Associate Producer
Aurora Theatre
Anthony Rodriguez
Co-Founder/Producing Artistic Director
Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music
Victoria Bussert
Director of Music Theatre Program
Barbara Whitman Productions
Jimmy Wilson
Associate
Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Neil Donohoe
Director, New Works Project
Broadway Licensing
Sean Cercone
CEO/President
Broadway Licensing
Tralen Doler
Director of Marketing
Broadway Licensing
Sara Skolnick
Vice President of Production
Broadway Rose Theatre Co.
Sharon Maroney
Producing Artistic Director
Broadway Rose Theatre Co.
Dan Murphy
Managing Director
Brooks & Distler, Attorneys at Law
Marsha S. Brooks
Partner
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Karin Hendricks
Assistant Professor of Acting and Performance
Cardinal Stage Company
Kate Galvin
Artistic Director
Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama
Rick Edinger
Professor of Music Theater/ Music Director
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Rick Boynton
Creative Producer
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Aislinn Frantz
Associate Producer
Cinevative
Mark Ciglar
Creative Director
Cinevative
Angie Piccirillo
Cody Lassen & Associates
Cody Lassen
Producer
Concord Theatricals
Zach Kaufer
Manager, Professional Licensing
Concord Theatricals
Theresa Posorske
Manager, Professional Licensing
Concord Theatricals
Abbie Van Nostrand
VP Client Relations and Community Engagement
Concord Theatricals
Michelle Yaroshko
Vice President, Professional Licensing
Creative Endeavor Office
Carolyn Miller
Producer
Creative Endeavor Office
Matthew Schneider
Producer
Disney Theatrical Group
Kari Schouveller
Sr. Finance Analyst
Disney Theatrical Group
Pearl Hodiwala
Manager, Licensing
Disney Theatrical Group
Mikhail Medvedev
Sr. Manager, Finance
Disney Theatrical Group
David Scott
Director, Licensing
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Lillian Osei-Boateng
Program Manager for the Arts
Drury Lane Productions, Inc.
Wendy Stark Prey
Production Manager
Fine Arts Center Theatre Company
Scott Levy
Producing Artistic Director
Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival
Brett Smock
Producing Artistic Director
Flint Repertory Theatre
Michael Lluberes
Producing Artistic Director
Fredericia Theater & New Works Development Centre Uterus
Rob Hartmann
Associate Producer
Fredericia Theater & New Works Development Centre Uterus
Soren Moller
Creative Producer
Fulton Theatre
Marc Robin
Executive Artistic Director
Fulton Theatre
Eric Pugh
Director of Marketing
Goodspeed Musicals
Anika Chapin
Artistic Associate
Goodspeed Musicals
Donna Lynn Hilton
Producer
Gulfshore Playhouse
Kristen Coury
Founder and Producing Artistic Director
Harmonia Holdings, Ltd.
Ava Zhou
General Manager
Henry Fonte
Henry Fonte
Chairperson/Director Molloy College/CAP21 BFA Program
Horizon Theatre Company
Marguerite Hannah
Associate Producer
Howard Gilman Foundation
Emily Sproch
Program Officer
Imagineering / Disney Live Entertainment
Malcolm Darrell
Associate Creative Director
Imagineering / Disney Live Entertainment
Dana Harrel
Executive Creative Director
Junkyard Dog Productions
Marleen Magnoni Alhadeff
Producer
Junkyard Dog Productions
Kenny Alhadeff
Producer
La Jolla Playhouse
Eric Keen-Louie
Producing Director
Lake Dillon Theatre Company
Chris Alleman
Producing Artistic Director
Lake Dillon Theatre Company
Rachel Dilliplane
Production Manager
LASALLE College of the Arts
Dayal Singh
Programme Leader (Musical Theatre)
Live Design Group
Craig Krawczyk
Architect | Principal
Live Design Group
Jenny Hester
Director of Marketing
Love & War Development LLC
Todd Allan
Writer, Producer
Lucky Penny Productions
Barry Martin
Managing Director
Lucky Penny Productions
Taylor Bartolucci
Artistic & Casting Director
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Jim Reynolds
Managing Director
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Michael Baron
Producing Artistic Director
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Ashley Wells
Associate Artistic Director
Maine State Music Theatre
Curt Dale Clark
Artistic Director
Maine State Music Theatre
Amy Mussman
Costume Rental Manager
Maine State Music Theatre
Stephanie Dupal
Managing Director
Margot Astrachan Production
Margot Astrachan
Owner
McCoy Rigby Entertainment
Lindsay Brooks
Casting/Marketing
Mercury Theater Chicago
Walter Stearns
Executive Director
Millikin University, Department of Theatre and Dance
Caitlyn Garrity
Alumna
Montclair State U New Works Initiative
Mark Hardy
Associate Professor
MTT
Lucas Syed
Co-Founding Editor
MTT
Ben Van Buren
Music Theater Works
Kyle Dougan
Producing Artistic Director
Music Theatre International
Matthew Boethin
Professional Licensing Director, North America
Music Theatre International
Richard Patterson
International Licensing Director
Music Theatre Wichita
Wayne Bryan
Producing Artistic Director
Musical Theatre West
Bren Thor
Company Manager
Musical Theatre West
Paul Garman
Executive Director/Producer
MusicalFare Theatre Company
Randall Kramer
Artistic/Executive Director
MWM Live
Jamie Forshaw
Executive Producer
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Sydney Lahodny
Intern
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Santiago Martinez
Development Manager
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Maddy Rosaler
Intern
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Karin Nilo
Program Associate
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Adam Grosswirth
Member Services Director
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Ciera Iveson
New Works Director
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Betsy Militello
Executive Director
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Kelly Kohlman
Office Coordinator
National Endowment for the Arts
Greg Reiner
Director of Theater & Musical Theater
Needle Productions, LLC
Kenneth Willman
Co-Founder
Needle Productions, LLC
Rosemary Willman
Co-Founder
New Musicals Inc.
Elise Dewsberry
Artistic Director
New York Theatre Barn
Denise Wyse
Managing Director
North Carolina Theatre
Angela Grant
Director of Sales
Ogunquit Playhouse
Bradford Kenney
Executive Artistic Director
Ogunquit Playhouse
Kent Bridges
Managing Director
Olney Theatre Center
Jason King Jones
Senior Associate Artistic Director
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Marty McGuire
Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Kelli Foster Warder
Director of Education & Producing Associate
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Rod Kaats
Producing Artistic Director
Pace Musical Theater
Amy Schwartzreich
Director of Musical Theater
Paper Mill Playhouse
Mark Hoebee
Producing Artistic Director
Paper Mill Playhouse
Mike Stotts
Managing Director
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Paige Price
Producing Artistic Director
Pittsburgh CLO
Van Kaplan
Executive Producer & CEO
Pittsburgh CLO
Olivia O’Connor
Manager of New Work Development
Pittsburgh CLO
Mark Fleischer
Producing Director
Popup Theatre Canada
Vinetta Strombergs
Director
Popup Theatre Canada
Jim Aldridge
Producer
Ravovoy Entertainment Group
Dawn Smalberg
Producer
Red Mountain Theatre Company
Jennifer Jaquess
Managing Director
Red Mountain Theatre Company
Keith Cromwell
Executive Director
Rhinebeck Writers Retreat
Kathy Evans
Founding Executive Director
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Jane Hensey
Head of MA Musical Theatre
San Diego State University Musical Theatre
Stephen Brotebeck
Associate Professor
Seattle Rep
Hattie Andres
Artistic Associate
Seaview Productions
Jana Shea
Executive Producer
Sharon Fallon Productions
Sharon Fallon
Producer
Shea's Performing Arts Center
Thembi Duncan
Director of Arts Engagement and Education
Shea's Performing Arts Center
Michael Murphy
President
Sheridan College, Canadian Music Theatre Project
Marc Richard
Coordinator
Sheridan College, Canadian Music Theatre Project
Michael Rubinoff
Producing Artistic Director
Show Shepherd LLC
Matt Schicker
Show Shepherd
Show Shepherd LLC
Blair Russell
Show Shepherd
Somerled Arts
Scott Evans
Artistic Director
Somerled Arts
Wendy Macdonald
Executive Director
Starhawk Productions
Wendy Gillespie
President & CEO
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Bill Berry
Producing Artistic Director
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Bernie Griffin
Managing Director
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Kelsey Thorgalsen
Associate Artistic Director
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Orlando Morales
Director of Education and Engagement
The Hollywood Pantages
Katie Hotchkiss
Director of Operations
The Hollywood Pantages
Jeff Loeb
General Manager
The Human Race Theatre Company
Kevin Moore
Artistic Director
The Marriott Theatre
Aaron Thielen
Artistic Director
The MUNY
Michael Baxter
Artistic Associate
The MUNY
Kwofe Coleman
Managing Director
The Musical Stage Company
Jordan Lafrennier
Intern Artistic Director
The Musical Stage Company
Mitchell Marcus
Artistic & Managing Director
The New Harmony Project
David Hudson
Executive Director
The Phoenix Theatre Company
Michael Barnard
Producing Artistic Director
The Phoenix Theatre Company
Vincent VanVleet
Managing Director
The Public Theater
Reynaldi Lolong
Marketing and Membership Manager
Theater Latté Da
Michelle Woster
Managing Director
TheaterWorks Hartford
Taneisha Duggan
Artistic Producer and Creative Director
Theatre Under The Stars
Hillary Hart
Executive Director
Theatre Under The Stars
Megan Larche Dominick
Associate Artistic Director/Director of New Works
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Phil Santora
Executive Director
Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW)
Lysna Marzani
Director - Professional & International Licensing
Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW)
Brad Lohrenz
Asst. VP Professional & International Licensing
Ticketmaster
Michael Ceccucci
Timber Lake Playhouse
Dan Danielowski
Executive Director
Transport Group Theatre Company
Maggie Wilson
Marketing Manager
Transport Group Theatre Company
Lori Fineman
Executive Director
Transport Group Theatre Company
Stephanie Prugh
Development Manager
TRG Arts
Eric Nelson
Client Engagement Officer
Tuacahn Center for the Arts
Shari Jordan
Assistant Artistic Producer
Tuacahn Center for the Arts
Scott Anderson
Artistic Director
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Karla Koskinen
University of Alabama, Birmingham, Professor/Director
University of Notre Dame
Matt Hawkins
Director of Musical Theatre
Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre
Michael Ballam
Founding General Director
Village Theatre
Brandon Ivie
Associate Artistic Director
Village Theatre
Jerry Dixon
Artistic Director
Village Theatre
Robb Hunt
Executive Producer
Wales Millennium Centre
Sarah Leigh
General Manager - Arts & Creative
Warren Miller Performing Arts Center
John Zirkle
Executive Director
Weston Playhouse Theatre, The
Susanna Gellert
Executive Artistic Director
Wonder City LLC
Lauren Stevens
Producer
Woodminster Summer Musicals
Christine Burke
Board Member
Woodminster Summer Musicals
Randy Burke
Advisory Board President
Woodminster Summer Musicals
Harriet Schlader
Managing Director
Wooran Foundation
Youchul Kim
Producer
ZACH Theatre
Nathaniel Miller
Associate Artistic Director
ZACH Theatre
Dave Steakley
Producing Artistic Director
ZACH Theatre
Elisbeth Challener
Managing Director
Kirsten Wrinkle
Peter McKown
Managing Member
Grace Kosaka
Producer/Author
Ryan Dobrin
Dominique Rider
Sarah Jane Schostack
Ricardo Vazquez
Kemar Jewel
Britt Berke
Marc Seriff
Erin Craig
Molly Morris
Producer
Barbara Bellman
Johanna Telander
Composer
James Slocum
David Coffman
Lynnette Barkley
Sarahbeth Grossman
Susan Lambert
Judy Loseff
Carolyn Seriff
Michael Weber
Artistic Director

Guidelines

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.

Lottery

NAMT is proud to once again offer eligible members a chance to attend the Fall Conference for free.
Aimed at giving the next generation of theatre makers a chance to join the conversation about the future of musical theatre, NAMT will waive the conference registration fee for at least one attendee, selected by lottery. The opportunity for one attendee to receive limited hotel nights and transportation benefits may be announced at a later date. 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 OR your job title must include Assistant, Associate, or an equivalent descriptor

To enter the lottery, fill out our short application form.

Questions? Email Program Manager Karin Nilo.

Apply now

Resources

POC Theatre Designers and Directors (open-source list)

Ken Davenport’s follow-up to the commercial enhancement session

Men With Money “switch pass” email from Aurora Theatre (from Approaching Musicals with “Sensitive” Topics panel)

USITT News: Women+ Increasingly Vacate Technical Theatre Positions (from Building a Better Workplace presentation)

Generational Patron Trends (TRG Arts Presentation)

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Strategic Plan (from Academic Collaborations panel)

Production On Deck, compiling lists of underrepresented designers, directors, dramaturgs and more