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November 17-18, 2020


This year’s reimagined Fall Conference will be held online, allowing greater access for more NAMT members to attend from their homes, offices or home offices! We’ll still have almost everything you expect from a NAMT event (sadly, you’ll have to bring your own cocktails and hors d’oeuvres), including plenty of time to meet and network with new colleagues from around the country, in-depth discussions about both the art and the business of creating new musicals, a members-only sneak peek at the Festival of New Musicals, and more. We’ll explore what the future of musical theatre might look like in 2021 and beyond, with all the changes this year has continued to bring us. What stories will we tell and how will we tell them? How will our institutions adapt? What new skills are we learning, and what changes will we want to keep post-crisis?


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 Member Services Director Adam Grosswirth.

We’ve made this reimagined online Fall Conference as accessible as possible, and encourage you to register as many people from your organization as you can. This is a great opportunity to introduce new staff members to NAMT!

Rates and Deadlines

  • $50 for one attendee from your organization
  • $80 for two attendees from your organization
  • $100 for three or more attendees from your organization
    • You may register up to 12 people* on a single form for the Fall Conference or Festival of New Musicals or both. This is the fastest and easiest way to register your organization! If you need to register more people for the Conference, you will receive a code to do so at no additional charge.
    • *More than 12 people from your organization may attend the Conference and Festival, this is just a technical limitation of our registration system. If you’re registering more than three Conference attendees, your confirmation email will include a code to allow you to come back and register more at no additional charge.
  • Non-members may attend the conference by invitation only. Non-member rates are $65/$100/$125

The deadline to register using this form is Friday, November 13. Late registrations will be possible directly through our online events platform, at a rate to be determined. Register now for the best price!

Registration Process

Each attendee will receive a login to our online events platform, and important pre-event information will be sent via email. Therefore, you must provide a unique email address for each attendee on the registration 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. This year, both events will take place in the same virtual space, but your registration type will determine which sessions you have access to. Visit the Festival page for more details.



Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (All times ET)
11:30 am - 12:00 pmOnline Check-in and Networking

The official start of the 2020 fall events! Check in at the virtual “registration desk” to get acclimated to our online platform, then get to know your colleagues with some one-on-one digital speed-dating.

12:00 - 12:15 pmWelcome Remarks
12:15 - 1:15 pmKeynote Speaker
1:15 - 2:00 pmBreak
2:00 - 3:00 pmStories From The Front Lines

Breakout affinity groups by role and department to get to know each other, discuss how everyone has been handling the unprecedented events of the past year, and assess how we want to move forward as a musical theatre community.

3:00 - 4:00 pmConcurrent Breakout Sessions

Topics will include:
New Forms of New Musicals
Managing Remotely
Sharing Online Programming and Revenues
Collaboration Across Companies
New Works for Old Audiences

4:00 - 4:15 pmBreak
4:15 - 4:45 pmAnnual Membership Meeting
4:45 - 5:00 pmBreak
5:00 - 6:00 pmNew Works Gatekeeping: Disrupting Harmful Models
6:00 - 7:00 pmRemote Happy Hour
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 (All times ET)
11:30 am - 12:00 pmOnline Check-in and Networking

Check in at the virtual “registration desk” to get acclimated to our online platform, then get to know your colleagues with some one-on-one digital speed-dating.

12:00 - 2:00 pmEDI & Anti-Racism Workshop

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.”

In this follow-up to last year’s workshop, 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. 

2:00 - 3:00 pmBreak
3:00 - 4:00 pmMeet the Writers

Your exclusive preview of the 32nd Annual Festival of New Musicals and first chance to meet this year’s writing teams!

4:00 - 4:15 pmBreak
4:15 - 5:15 pmConcurrent Breakout Sessions

Topics will include:
Changing Leadership Models
Accessible Hiring Practices
Accessible Performances
Opportunities to Build Engagement Through Online Engagement in a Post-COVID World

5:15 - 6:15 pmLessons Learned

As many of us look forward to getting “back to normal,” or a “new normal,” what might we keep from this time? What new skills have we learned? What positive changes have we made? How have our ways of working changed for the better? What new ways have we found to connect with our patrons? What new stories do we want to tell?

6:15 - 6:30 pmClosing Remarks

As of 9/14/20. Subject to change!


Ars Nova
Rick Feldman
Art Lab
Lourdes Figueroa
Creative Associate
Art Lab
Meg Fofonoff
Executive Producer/Artistic Director
Broadway Unlocked
Stephanie Cowan
Gulfshore Playhouse
Jeff Binder
Associate Artistic Director
Gulfshore Playhouse
Kristen Coury
Founder and Producing Artistic Director
Gulfshore Playhouse
Joel Markus
Managing Director
Laura Little
Senior Director, Global Accounts
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Lady del Castillo
Program Assistant
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Adam Grosswirth
Member Services Director
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Betsy Militello
Executive Director
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Ciera Iveson
New Works Director
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Kara Kirby
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Brittney Woolley
Development Manager
National Endowment for the Arts
Ouida Maedel
Theater & Musical Theater Specialist
National Endowment for the Arts
Ian-Julian Williams
Theater & Musical Theater Specialist
National Endowment for the Arts
Katie Fisher
Director of Scheduling | Office of the Chairman
National Endowment for the Arts
Greg Reiner
Theater & Musical Theater Director | Performing Arts
New York Theatre Barn
Matthew Woolf
Board Member, New York Theatre Barn
Pace University
Alexander Tom
Associate Program Head
Shea's Performing Arts Center
Michael Murphy
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Bill Berry
Producing Artistic Director
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Bernie Griffin
Managing Director
The Woke Coach
Seena Hodges
Founder + CEO
Theater Latté Da
Allen Weeks
Production Director
Theater Latté Da
Kelli Foster Warder
Associate Artistic Director
Theater Latté Da
Peter Rothstein
Artistic Director
Theater Latté Da
Elissa Adams
Associate Artistic Director
Theater Latté Da
Michelle Woster
Managing Director
Theater Latté Da
Chris Cartwright
Marketing Associate
Theater Latté Da
Andrew Leshovsky
Marketing Director
Theater Latté Da
Libi Baehr
Development Director
Theatre Under The Stars
Hillary Hart
Executive Director
Theatre Under The Stars
Dan Knechtges
Artistic Director
Theatre Under The Stars
Megan Larche Dominick
Associate Artistic Director/Director of New Works
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Rachel Liff
Artistic Associate and Education Coordinator
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Jenna Jordan
Company Administrator
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Nathaniel Vilandre
Production and Operations Manager
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Emily Schriebl Schriebl Scott
Director of Development
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Andrew Butterfield
Director of Marketing and Communications
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Susanna Gellert
Executive Artistic Director
Grace Kosaka
Theresa Piliero
R Erin Craig
David Coffman


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.