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July 19 - 20

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

NAMT is heading to the Twin Cities for the 2018 New Works Roundtable! In between opening night for Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ Mamma Mia and Theater Latté Da’s NEXT Festival, NAMT members and Festival alumni will spend a day discussing new musical development.

This year at the New Works Roundtable we will examine best practices to cultivate new musicals in your community. With an eye towards new work development, we’ll explore ways to foster local talent and build community among local artists; discuss case studies on building regional new work development programs; and share ways to maximize local partnerships and engage your communities.


Registration for the Roundtable is only $80 for NAMT organizational members and Alumni Writers; $60 for additional attendees from a NAMT organizational members; and $95 for NAMT Associate Members.

Your registration includes the Roundtable (including breakfast and lunch); Thursday evening’s welcome reception followed by complimentary tickets to opening night of Mamma Mia! at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts; and Friday evening’s NEXT Fest performance of Gun & Powder at Theater Latté Da.

Registration closes on July 12.



Thursday, July 19, 2018
6:00 - 7:30 pmOpening Reception

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN

7:30 - 9:30 pmMamma Mia!

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN

Friday, July 20, 2018
9:30 - 10:15 amBreakfast

Ritz Theater Lobby
345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN

Hosted by Theater Latté Da

10:30 - 10:45 amWelcome & Introductions

Food Building
1401 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN

10:45 am - 12:00 pmCommissioning and Sourcing Early-Stage Work

Food Building
1401 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN

  • How are regional organizations benefiting from developing shows in early stages?
  • What are commissioning best practices?
  • How do organizations find early-stage work if it isn’t being submitted in traditional ways?
  • What do early-stage development programs look like?
12:15 - 1:30 pmNew Processes for New Works

Food Building
1401 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN

  • What are the current trends in regional development programs?
  • How are organizations creating new processes?
  • How can the traditional Festival structure evolve to best support your organization’s needs?
  • How can community partners support your programs?
1:30 - 2:30 pmLunch

Food Building
1401 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN

Lunch provided

2:30 - 3:45 pmMaximizing Partnerships in New Musical Development

Food Building
1401 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN

  • What are best practices in creating partnerships for developing a new musical?
  • How do you find commercial (and regional) partners for projects?
  • What role does technology play in sharing our work with potential artistic partners?
4:00 - 5:15 pmYour Local Artistic Ecosystem

Food Building
1401 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN

  • What support do artists need to stay in your community?
  • How can your new works program support local writers long-term?
  • Do shows with regionally specific content or local writers give you a new opportunity to cultivate audiences?
7:30 - 9:00 pmTheater Latte Da NEXT Festival

Theater Latte Da
345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN

Gun & Powder
Book & Lyrics by Angelica Cheri
Music by Ross Baum

Inspired by the true story of Mary and Martha Clarke, fair-skinned African-American twin sisters who passed for white. According to family legend, the ladies were outlaws. The musical follows the girls’ journey into forsaking their true identity and becoming respected white women of the West. It is a story about defying social and racial bounds, the honor of family legacy, the bond of sisterhood and the power of identity.

Rough schedule as of 5/8/18. Subject to change.

Hotels & Accommodations

Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown

12 Sixth Street South
Minneapolis, MN


(612) 351-2554

Count on a unique stay at Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown. Formerly the Plymouth Building, a multimillion-dollar renovation transformed this city landmark into our all-suite hotel. Enjoy a blend of modern amenities and historic details like granite staircases, marble corridors, tall entry doors and oversized guest room windows. Suites also have a dining area, ergonomic workspace, complimentary WiFi, and a walk-in shower. Choose a two-room suite or executive suite for more space, a sofa sleeper and better views. Start your morning with free made-to-order breakfast, or pick up treats in our convenience shop. Join us any night at our complimentary Evening Reception, and enjoy cocktails at the stylish lobby bar. Take a relaxing swim in the heated indoor pool, work out in the 2,000 sq. ft. fitness center, and refresh in the locker rooms. We're also directly linked to the Minneapolis Skyway System for quick access to offices, restaurants, shops, nightlife and pro sports venues.

Guests are welcome to make their own reservations via the link provided or by phone at (612) 351-2554, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, or toll-free to our 24/7 Reservation Center at (855) 242-3285. Let the agent know you are a part of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's group block when booking on the phone.

Book before June 29 to take advantage of our discounted rate!

Arrival Date: July 19, 2018
Departure Date: July 21, 2018
Price per night: $159

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