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Community Engagement

July 18-19, 2019

Houston, TX

Join us for a Management Roundtable on community engagement, hosted by Theatre Under The Stars in Houston, TX. We’ll discuss best practices for venturing beyond our fourth walls into our communities to make theatres vital parts of their cities and beyond, and hear case studies from members on implementing Public Works programs, helping communities to heal after a disaster, and more. Whether you have a vibrant community engagement program with its own staff, you’re interested in getting started, or somewhere in between, you won’t want to miss these conversations.

Attendees will have the opportunity to see TUTS’ first Public Works production, Seussical, before hearing from multiple members about how they’ve adapted this unique program in different cities and venues.


Registration costs $75 for the first attendee, $60 for any additional attendees from your organization (when registered on the same form).

Registration includes an opening reception on July 18, and breakfast and lunch during the Roundtable on July 19. You may purchase a half price VIP ticket to TUTS’ Public Works production of Seussical for either July 18 or 19 for $25 when you register.

The price for the Roundtable will increase to $100 on June 21, so register early for this low rate! Registration must close on July 11.



Thursday, July 18, 2019
6:30 pmWelcome Reception

Location and exact time TBD.

8:15 pmPublic Works: Seussical

Miller Outdoor Theatre

“In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, this is going to be the most epic show ever produced at Miller Outdoor Theatre,” says TUTS Artistic Director Dan Knechtges, who will direct and choreograph the production. “This touching musical is the perfect show to launch our new Public Works Houston initiative because it speaks to the power of creativity and how it can positively impact our communities.”

Theatre Under The Stars Public Works Houston is a community engagement program that seeks to connect with the people of Houston by inviting them to be creators and not just spectators. This nine-month program culminates in the musical theatre company’s summer show in July at Miller Outdoor Theatre when individuals from the community partners participate in the production with professional actors and artists.

Through the Public Works Houston initiative, TUTS provides tailored programming for four community partners – Dress for Success Houston, Wesley Community Center, New Hope Housing Reed, and YMCA of Greater Houston.

Public Works Houston is an affiliate of the Public Theater’s highly-successful Public Works program in New York City, founded in 2013.

Reserve your tickets when you register.

Friday, July 19, 2019
9:00 - 9:15 amIntroductions
9:15 - 10:00 amMaking Your Theatre the Center of the Community

How can your theatre partner with other organizations to become a destination in and a service to your community? How does this fit with your mission and programming?

10:00 - 10:45 amMaking Your Community the Center of Your Theatre

How do you expand engagement beyond your four walls? What are the best ways to ask and listen to the community, to respect what they want and need? Where does this work intersect with what you do “at home?”

10:45 - 11:00 amBreak
11:00 am - 12:00 pmModels for Doing the Work

Participants will share how (or if) community engagement is set up at their organizations. Is there a dedicated staff? Is it part of another department? Who controls or guides the programming? What have you found works and what doesn’t? If you’re just getting started, what do you most want to know? Every theatre and community is different, so we’ll discuss a wide range of possibilities across the NAMT membership.

12:00 - 1:00 pmGetting the Word Out...and In

How do you get everyone in your organization on board and excited about integrating the work that you’re doing throughout the organization? How do you build successful marketing strategies of the programs you are doing when the work itself may not directly generate revenue?

1:00 - 2:00 pmLunch
2:00 - 3:00 pmTUTS Public Works: Artist Q&A
3:00 - 4:00 pmPublic Works Case Studies

Q&A with The Public Theater, Seattle Rep and TUTS about how the Public Works program came to be, and how theatres around the country have adopted and adapted it to suit their spaces and cities.

4:00 - 5:00 pmPreparedness and Emergency Response

Theatre can be a catalyst for a community’s healing process, and a theatre – both the building and the art – can be a resource in a time of crisis. We’ll hear from experts at PAR/NCAPER about Houston’s recovery after Hurricane Harvey, and more.

5:00 - 5:15 pmWrap-Up
8:15 pmPublic Works: Seussical

A second opportunity to see Seussical for those who can’t make it on Thursday. Reserve your tickets when you register.

As of 5/17/19. SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

Hotels & Accommodations

Hampton Inn Houston Downtown

710 Crawford Street
Houston, TX



Fax 713-224-0012

Stay in the middle of all the action at our Hampton Inn Houston Downtown hotel. From the minute you walk into our modern and stylish lobby, you’ll feel right at home. This upscale, high-rise building is in an excellent location to walk to attractions, restaurants, shopping and businesses. Just 30 minutes from both major Houston airports, it’s easy to see why travelers choose our Hampton Inn for their Houston stay.

Walk to the George R. Brown Convention Center, Discovery Green urban park and Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. Network with other business professionals at the convention center and in the downtown Houston Central Business District. After a day of exploring, relax in a clean and fresh Hampton bed® with free WiFi and your laptop on the lap desk. Start your day with free, hot breakfast served daily featuring fresh-baked waffles, hearty oatmeal with toppings and several other items. If you need to get to a meeting, grab Hampton’s On the Run Breakfast Bags™, available Monday through Friday for a quick and healthy option.

Choose a room on a higher floor for better views or a corner room with Discovery Green urban park views. Our corner rooms feature two queen beds with a sitting area, perfect for your family or group stay.

A limited number of rooms is available for $149/night from July 17 to July 21. Book by June 26 to receive this special rate!

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