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Fundraising Is Storytelling

March 28 - 30, 2019

Seattle & Issaquah, WA

The 2019 Spring Conference was held in Seattle and Issaquah, WA on March 28-30, 2019, hosted by The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre.

This year’s Conference focused on fundraising, looking at how everyone at your theatre — from Development to Marketing to Artistic to Front-of-House — has a vital role in telling your story effectively. We also discussed the latest trends in foundation and corporate giving, capital and endowment campaigns, new developments in data-driven fundraising, and more.

Our host theatres rolled out the red carpet for us with shows and networking receptions, plus a pre-Conference Racial Equity Institute.


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)

Spring Conference Committee
Frank Stilwagner, Village Theatre (WA), Chair 
Charma Bonanno, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company (VT)
Charlie Frasier, ZACH Theatre (TX)
Jill Big Eagle, The 5th Avenue Theatre (WA)
Jeffrey Herrmann, Seattle Repertory Theatre (WA)
Chris Marcacci, The 5th Avenue Theatre (WA)

Agenda

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
1:30 - 5:00 pmEDI Workshop: Leading with a Racial Equity Lens for Structural Transformation (Add-On)

Seattle Repertory Theatre
155 Mercer Street
Seattle

Hosted by Seattle Rep. Supported by 4Culture, The Alhadeff Charitable Foundation, Broadway Licensing and the National Endowment for the Arts.

FREE! Just let us know if you plan to attend when you register.

Through exercises, discussions and presentations, participants will strengthen their knowledge of strategies and tools to achieve equity.  We will explore a framework for racial justice efforts that moves beyond merely valuing racial diversity to achieving racial equity. We will explore how leading with a racial equity lens is an essential component of a strategy for structural transformation to create equity for all.

Goals and Objectives

  • We will explore our own positions of advantage and disadvantage, how these impact our lived experiences (and communities we serve), and the importance of an intersectionality lens.
  • We will explore the differing ways to relate to differences — comparing colorblindness, diversity, cultural competency, and anti-oppression/equity lenses.
  • Understand the difference between equality and equity lenses.
  • Introduction of the difference between transactional and transformational approaches to create equity for all.
  • Introduction of Racial Equity Impact Assessment Tools to analyze and transform policies and practices to support the achievement of racial equity.
  • Explore differing roles for individuals to enact to achieve equity.

Please join us for this intensive pre-conference workshop. We look forward to beginning a dialogue together, and approaching each other with compassion and insight.


Scott Winn is a racial equity consultant who supports a variety of entities, from grassroots organizations to governmental institutions, in addressing racial and other inequities and transforming policies and practices to achieve equity for all. He provides training, facilitation, assessment, coaching and strategic development. He is a faculty member at the University of Washington, School of Social Work. For eight years he was a Policy and Development Lead for the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI). For the past 25 years he has been active with grassroots organizations engaged in racial, gender and economic transformation.

6:00 - 9:00 pmKick-Off Cocktail Party

Waterways Cruises
2441 N Northlake Way
Seattle

Hosted by Village Theatre

Join us for a gorgeous sunset cruise on the Olympic Star between Lake Union and Lake Washington, taking in points of interest such as Gasworks Park, the Ship Canal, Montlake Cut, Husky Stadium, Mount Rainier and the spectacular Seattle skyline. With hors d’oeuvres and drinks and lots of time for networking with colleagues while you take in the sites! 

Transportation will be provided from the W Hotel (1112 4th Avenue; buses will park on Seneca Street) from 5:45 to 6:30 pm. If you prefer to drive on your own, free parking is available at the Waterways site.

The boat will depart the dock at 7:00 and return at approximately 8:30. Return transportation to the W will be provided from 8:30 to 9:00.

Friday, March 29, 2019
8:00 - 9:30 amBreakfast and Check-In

W Hotel Seattle
Studio 4-5 (3rd Floor)
1112 4th Avenue
Seattle

Sponsored by Theatrical Rights Worldwide

9:30 - 10:00 amTransportation to Village Theatre

W Hotel Seattle
1112 4th Avenue (Seneca Street entrance)
Seattle

Busses will depart promptly at 9:30.

10:00 - 10:30 amWelcome Remarks and Success Story Lightning Round!

Village Theatre First Stage
120 Front Street North
Issaquah

10:30 - 11:30 amKeynote Presentation: Development Across Departments

Village Theatre First Stage
120 Front Street North
Issaquah

The Seattle Symphony’s Jane Hargraft will share a dynamic presentation on breaking down silos and furthering the culture of philanthropy within your organization.

11:30 am - 12:45 pmPanel: Arts Funding in Challenging Times

Village Theatre First Stage
120 Front Street North
Issaquah

A from-the-trenches look at how our fundraising is affected by the current political and media climate. How do we position the arts as “important” and worthy of donations when so many causes and campaigns are vying for attention? How do you cut through the noise of a constant news cycle? How can arts organizations work with other types of non-profits instead of fighting against them for dollars?

Moderated by Keith Cromwell (Red Mountain Theatre Company), with Bernie Griffin (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Hillary Hart (Theatre Under The Stars), and Anthony Rodriguez (Aurora Theatre Company).

12:45 - 2:00 pmLunch and NAMT Membership Update

Village Theatre Francis J. Gaudette Theatre Building
Waters Rehearsal Studio
303 Front Street North
Issaquah

Lunch sponsored by Concord Theatricals.

2:00 - 3:00 pmBreakout Sessions

Concurrent presentations and small group discussions on various topics:

Loyalty-Driven Fundraising
Presentation and discussion led by Lindsay Anderson (TRG Arts)

In the ever-changing landscape of philanthropy, are you making data-informed decisions to stay in front of the opportunities? For this break-out session, TRG Arts will collect and analyze topline individual giving data from participating organizations, inspiring new ideas for your 2019 Annual Fund. [To get the most out of this session, TRG asks that you provide some data for a hands-on workshop. Please click here if you’re interested in attending and TRG will send you a short data collection worksheet.]

Pehrson Studio

Getting Started with Planned Giving
Presentation and discussion led by Charlie Frasier (ZACH Theatre)

Don’t Put Off to Tomorrow, What You Must Do Today. In this presentation and roundtable discussion we will explore the importance of ensuring your organization’s future into perpetuity through the development of planned giving and bequests. We’ll discuss the steps to setting up a dedicated program, benefits of membership and the fiduciary responsibility we each have to the health of the organization long after our time there has passed.

First Stage Studio

Increasing and Sustaining Board Engagement
Roundtable discussion led by Donna Lynn Hilton (Goodspeed Musicals)

How do we most effectively engage our boards to tell our stories? Share your board recruitment and engagement success stories (or learn from your colleagues’).What tools do you use to engage your board — in new initiatives? in creating exciting solutions to new or continuing challenges? to reach into new communities and constituencies?

Waters Studio

Special Events and Milestones
Roundtable discussion led by Dani Franich (Village Theatre)

Special Events not only create an opportunity to raise funds for your organization, but they also build relationships, increase awareness, and can provide a sense of connection for your guests. What tools, event planning skills and successful approaches can allow the true spirit of your event to shine through? Join the discussion as we share effective strategies and learning opportunities.

Tompkins Studio

Changes to Federal Tax Law and Their Impact on Non-Profits
Presentation by Jennifer Becker Harris (Clark Nuber)

2017 Tax Reform made the charitable deduction the most valuable itemized deduction to high income taxpayers. As such the IRS has been issuing guidance that affects how non-profits raise funds now and in the future. This includes how the preliminary guidance on use of donor advised funds (DAFs) is impacting donors and the organizations they fund. We will also discuss whether there really is less “drive by philanthropy” as some claim, or if giving is just shifting to a different platform? If it is just a shift, how do charities tap the well safely and effectively? And last, if there is time, we’ll look at trends in alternative revenue sources for charitable organizations.

First Stage

3:15 - 3:30 pmA Word From Our Sponsor: Cinevative

Village Theatre First Stage
120 Front Street North
Issaquah

3:45 - 4:45 pmCase Studies: Special Campaigns

Village Theatre First Stage
120 Front Street North
Issaquah

NAMT members will present from the trenches on various stages of capital and endowment campaigns. What’s working? What isn’t? How can theatres invest in their futures and campaign to fund programs that may seem less tangible than buildings to donors.

Moderated by Charlie Frasier (ZACH Theatre) with Wynne Fedele (Pittsburgh CLO), Janell Johnson (Village Theatre), Sharon Maroney (The Broadway Rose Theatre Company), Catherine Merlo (Seattle Opera) and Marc Robin (Fulton Theatre).

4:45 - 5:45 pmPanel: Building Corporate Partnerships

Village Theatre First Stage
120 Front Street North
Issaquah

You have relationships with your corporate sponsors just like any other donor. How do you nurture those to make sure everyone is happy? We’ll look at big companies and small, national and local, giving cash support and in-kind. 

Moderated by Frank Stilwagner (Village Theatre), with Sarah Bednar (Seattle Rep), Kent Bridges (Ogunquit Playhouse), Ryan Hicks (Seattle Symphony), Daniel Thomas (42nd Street Moon) and Lori White (The 5th Avenue Theatre).

5:45 - 7:30 pmReception and Village Originals Cabaret

Village Theatre First Stage
120 Front Street North
Issaquah

Village Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jerry Dixon and Associate Artistic Director, Brandon Ivie will host a showcase of songs from musicals in development. This will be a fun-filled evening of cocktails, food and performances by Iris Elton (In the Heights, Cubamor), Nathaniel Tenenbaum (Dreamgirls, String), Sarah Russell (Dreamgirls), and Hannah Schuerman (…Howard Barnes); as well as a performance by members of Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE Originals program.

7:30 pmTransportation to W Hotel Seattle

From Village Theatre First Stage, Issaquah

For those not attending Curious Incident.

8:00 pmThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Add-On)

Village Theatre Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street North
Issaquah

Winner of five Tony Awards and seven Olivier Awards, this compelling sensory drama is based on the award-winning book of the same name.

10:30 pmTransportation to W Hotel Seattle

From Village Theatre Main Stage, Issaquah

Saturday, March 30, 2019
8:30 - 9:45 amBreakfast

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Metropole Room
411 University Street (enter on 4th Avenue)
Seattle

Hosted by The 5th Avenue Theatre

9:45 - 11:00 amPanel: Team Fundraising

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Metropole Room
411 University Street (enter on 4th Avenue)
Seattle

Teams from our Conference host theatres will share how they work together to raise money and make the case for their organizations.

Moderated by Betsy King Militello (NAMT), with teams from The 5th Avenue Theatre (Jill Big Eagle, Chris Marcacci, Orlando Morales), Seattle Rep (Jeffrey Herrmann, Jamie Herlich) and Village Theatre (Jerry Dixon, Robb Hunt, Frank Stilwagner).

11:00 - 11:15 amCoffee Break

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Metropole Room
411 University Street (enter on 4th Avenue)
Seattle

11:15 am - 12:15 pmPanel: Data for Fundraising

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Metropole Room
411 University Street (enter on 4th Avenue)
Seattle

How are NAMT members using data for both donor identification and engagement (data on donors) and better storytelling to donors (data on the theatre and its impact)? How can theatres with different budgets and levels of technical interest apply these techniques in ways that work for them?

Moderated by Jill Big Eagle (The 5th Avenue Theatre), with Naomi Beeman (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Wayne Bryan (Music Theatre Wichita), Alex Harris (Tessitura), Jennifer Jaquess (Red Mountain Theatre Company), and Amy Lampi (Theatre Under The Stars).

12:15 - 1:45 pmLunch and a Keynote Conversation with Ahrens & Flaherty

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Metropole Room
411 University Street (enter on 4th Avenue)
Seattle

Although long-time songwriting teams have become a rarity, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have proved the exception. In 1988, they burst onto the New York theatre scene with the comic musical Lucky Stiff, and their partnership in words and music has flourished ever since.

Ahrens and Flaherty have received theatre, film and music’s highest honors — the Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Olivier Award and Gold Record; as well as nominations for two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes and three Grammys. They serve on the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America and founded the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program. In 2014 they received the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement and in 2015 they were inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

Lunch sponsored by Music Theatre International and The Hollywood Pantages

1:45 - 2:00 pmA Word From Our Sponsor: AudienceView

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Metropole Room
411 University Street (enter on 4th Avenue)
Seattle

2:00 - 3:00 pmPanel: Foundation Trends

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Metropole Room
411 University Street (enter on 4th Avenue)
Seattle

What are foundations looking for in the organizations and projects they support in 2019? How is this critical piece of our fundraising landscape moving forward in uncertain financial times? We’ll hear from grant-writers and the foundations themselves about what they expect from each other.

Moderated by Elisbeth Challener (ZACH Theatre), with Amy Chasanov (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Mark Dederer (Biller Family Foundation), Lorin Dunlop (M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust) and Alix Wilber (UW World Series).

3:00 - 4:00 pmPanel: Tell Your Story

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Metropole Room
411 University Street (enter on 4th Avenue)
Seattle

How are you telling your theatre’s stories to funders? What new tools and technology works for you? What tried-and-true methods do you keep going back to? What takeaways from this Conference will you start using next week?

Moderated by Orlando Morales (The 5th Avenue Theatre), with Nancy Altschuler (Goodspeed Musicals), Chantry Banks (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Nick Keenan (Gameflow Interactive), Michelle Moga (The 5th Avenue Theatre) and Stephanie Rhoads-Bickham (42nd Street Moon).

4:00 - 4:30 pmClosing Remarks

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Metropole Room
411 University Street (enter on 4th Avenue)
Seattle

Adam Grosswirth and Betsy King Militello (NAMT)

5:30 - 8:00 pmClosing Cocktails (Unofficial)

Trace at the W Seattle
1112 4th Avenue
Seattle

Before you head to the theatre or leave town, join the NAMT staff for a drink at the W bar. Don’t leave without saying goodbye! (Cash bar.)

8:00 pmMarie, Dancing Still (Add-On)

The 5th Avenue Theatre
1308 5th Avenue
Seattle

An exquisite new musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, based on a famed masterpiece by Edgar Degas and the unknown dancer who inspired it.

Sunday, March 31, 2019
8:45 amSunday at the Seattle Center with NAMT (Add-On)

Meet in the W Hotel lobby to take the monorail (tickets provided) to the Seattle Center.
1112 4th Avenue

A five block walk from the W, the Seattle Center Monorail is the nation’s first full-scale commercial monorail system and a beloved Seattle landmark. The Monorail departs approximately every 10 minutes, so you can meet us at the Center if you miss the group.

9:30 amTour of Seattle Opera Center

363 Mercer Street

Join us for a tour of Seattle Opera’s new building, which was just completed late last year.

10:30 amTour of Seattle Rep

155 Mercer Street

11:30 amSpotlight Tours of the Museum of Pop Culture

325 5th Avenue N

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) houses some of the world’s most legendary pop culture artifacts, aiming to make creative expression a life-change force through their offered experiences. In addition to receiving an admission ticket, NAMT members will receive spotlight tours of the Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic and Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction galleries. The first tour will begin at 11:30am and the second will follow at 12:30pm. Following the tours, you’ll be free to explore the museum for as long as you’d like before it closes at 5pm.

12:30 pmLunch on Your Own

Armory

Grab lunch on your own at the Armory, a newly updated food court featuring fresh, local foods and beverages.

2:00 pmA Doll's House, Part 2 (Add-On)

Seattle Repertory Theatre
155 Mercer Street

Nora Helmer’s unexpected homecoming is met with recriminations and the family drama unfolds in this explosively entertaining continuation of Henrik Ibsen’s acclaimed A Doll’s House.

As of 3/19/19. Subject to change!

Directions & Activities

DIRECTIONS & TRANSIT

From SEA-TAC airport to the W Hotel

Follow signs in the airport to the Light Link Rail.

Take the Northbound/University of Washington train to University Street Station

Exit at 3rd Avenue and University Street

Walk one block to 4th Avenue (please note that this is up a fairly steep hill), make a right and walk one block to Seneca Street. The W is on the corner of 4th and Seneca.

The train comes about every 10 minutes and the trip takes about 45 minutes.

From the W Hotel to Seattle Rep/Seattle Center

Take the 1, 2, 13, or D buses, or the Seattle Center Monorail. (Bus tickets can be purchased using the Transit GO app (iOS | Android); monorail tickets at the station.)

Weather permitting, it’s a 35 minute (flat!) walk.

Ride-hailing and cab services are of course also available.

W Hotel to Village Theatre

Lyft: About 30 minutes, $35 (plus tip)

554 Bus (Bus tickets can be purchased using the Transit GO app (iOS | Android))

W Hotel to Fairmont Hotel Metropole Room

Exit the W via either exit. If you’re on Seneca Street (the exit closest to the registration desk), make a left, and then a right onto 4th Avenue. If you’re already on 4th Avenue (the restaurant level), make a right.

Walk to the middle of the next block (past Shuckers restaurant) and you’ll see an entrance to the hotel.

Attractions & Activities

If you have free time while you’re in Seattle with us, check out these recommendations from the NAMT staff and our host theatres.

Attendees

42nd Street Moon
Peter Sorensen
Treasurer
42nd Street Moon
Daniel Thomas
Executive Director
AudienceView
Joseph Guglielmo
Sr. Solution Specialist
AudienceView
Nick Ronan
Sr. Director, US Arts & Culture
Aurora Theatre
Anthony Rodriguez
Co-Founder/Producing Artistic Director
Broadway Licensing
Tralen Doler
Director of Licensing & Marketing
Broadway Rose Theatre Co.
deShauna Jones
Director of Development
Broadway Rose Theatre Co.
Sharon Maroney
Producing Artistic Director
Brooks & Distler, Attorneys at Law
Lawrence Brooks
CFO
Brooks & Distler, Attorneys at Law
Marsha S. Brooks
Partner
Cinevative
Mark Ciglar
Creative Director
Concord Theatricals - R&H/Tams/TMC
Michelle Yaroshko
Vice President - Professional Licensing
Concord Theatricals - Samuel French, Inc.
Abbie Van Nostrand
VP Client Relations and Community Engagement
EMK International
Jayme McDaniel
EMK International, Representative
Fredericia Theater & New Works Development Centre Uterus
Soren Moller
Creative Producer
Fulton Theatre
Nicole Hackmann
Director of Donor Relations
Fulton Theatre
Jeff Coon
Annual Fund and Foundation Manager
Fulton Theatre
Marc Robin
Executive Artistic Producer
Goodspeed Musicals
Donna Lynn Hilton
Producer
Goodspeed Musicals
Nancy Altschuler
Director of Development
Junkyard Dog Productions
Kenny Alhadeff
Producer
Junkyard Dog Productions
Marleen Magnoni Alhadeff
Producer
Lake Dillon Theatre Company
Shawnna Dodd
Director of Development
Live Design Group
Craig Krawczyk
Architect | Principal
Live Design Group
Jenny Hester
Director of Marketing
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Chantry Banks
Development Officer
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Jim Reynolds
Managing Director
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Kerrie Brinkman-White
Director of Development
Maine State Music Theatre
Curt Dale Clark
Artistic Director
Marriott Theatre
Aaron Thielen
Artistic Director
McCoy Rigby Entertainment
Tom McCoy
President
Murdock Charitable Trust
Lorin Dunlop
Program Director
Music Theatre International
Michael Macaione
Int'l Amateur Licensing, TYA & Concert Library Representative
Music Theatre International
Matt Boethin
Professional Licensing Director, N. America
Music Theatre Wichita
Brian J. Marcum
Director-Choreographer
Music Theatre Wichita
Wayne Bryan
Producing Artistic Director
Musical Theatre West
Bren Thor
Company Manager
MWM Live
Ted Rawlins
Producer
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
Jen Whitton
Development Associate
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Karin Nilo
Program Associate
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Kelly Kohlman
Office Coordinator
Ogunquit Playhouse
Kent Bridges
Managing Director
Ogunquit Playhouse
Dan Breen
Director of Development
Ogunquit Playhouse
Bradford Kenney
Executive Artistic Director
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Kelli Foster Warder
Director of Education & Producing Associate
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Leah Dixon
Director of Individual Giving
Paper Mill Playhouse
Mike Stotts
Managing Director
Pittsburgh CLO
Wynne Fedele
Director of Development
Proforma Marketing Agency/42nd Street Moon
Stephanie Rhoads-Bickham
Founder
Red Mountain Theatre Company
Jennifer Jaquess
Managing Director
Red Mountain Theatre Company
Keith Cromwell
Executive Director
Red Mountain Theatre Company
Lynne Hutton
Director of Development
Riverside Theatre Inc.
Jon Moses
Managing Director/ COO
SD&A Teleservices, Inc.
Mary Jane Avans
Vice President, Business Development
Seattle G&S
Catherine Weatbrook
Board President
Seattle G&S
Phil Lacey
Executive Artistic Director
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Jeffrey Herrmann
Managing Director
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Jamie Herlich
Director of Development
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Chris Quillici
Donor Services Specialist
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Melissa Husby
Associate Director of Development - Institutional Giving
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Anna Strickland
Donor Stewardship Associate
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Sasha Habash
Annual Giving Director
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Elisabeth Farwell-Moreland
Producing Director
Shea's Performing Arts Center
Michael Murphy
President
Starhawk Productions
Wendy Gillespie
President & CEO
Tessitura Network
Alex Harris
Director, Business Development
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Michelle Moga
Vice President of Philanthropy
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Jill Big Eagle
Individual Giving Officer
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Naomi Beeman
Development Writing & Research Manager
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Amy Chasanov
Foundation & Gov't Relations Manager
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Roland Carette-Meyers
Individual Giving Officer
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Andrew Roland
Development Assistant
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Tina Yu
Membership Coordinator
The Hollywood Pantages
Jeff Loeb
General Manager
The MUNY
Kwofe Coleman
Managing Director
The Phoenix Theatre Company
Olivia Homewood
Grants and Donor Engagement Manager
TheaterWorks
Ronnie Plasters
Director of Development
Theatre Under The Stars
Amy Lampi
Director of Development
Theatre Under The Stars
Hillary Hart
Executive Director
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Phil Santora
Executive Director
Transport Group Theatre Company
Stephanie Prugh
Development Associate
TRG Arts
Lindsay Anderson
VP of Client Development
TRW
Bradley Lohrenz
Asst. VP Professional & International Licensing
TRW
Lysna Marzani
Director of Professional and International Licensing
University of Notre Dame
Matt Hawkins
Assistant Professor, Head of Musical Theatre
Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre
Michael Ballam
Founding General Director
Vendini
Thao Le
Regional Account Executive
Village Theatre
Janell Johnson
Associate Development Director Endowment & Planned Giving
Village Theatre
Aileen Forde
Development Manager
Village Theatre
Danielle Franich
Event & Annual Fund Manager
Village Theatre
Patrick Ostrander
Development Assistant
Village Theatre
Tracie Mahadeo
Donor Stewardship Manager
Village Theatre
Frank Stilwagner
Director of Development
Village Theatre
Robb Hunt
Executive Producer
Village Theatre
Diane Wright
Director of Finance
Woodminster Summer Musicals
Joanne Romeo
Jill of helping in any way
Woodminster Summer Musicals
Sebastian Romeo
Executive Board Secretary
Woodminster Summer Musicals
Jeff Fong
Advisory Board Member
Woodminster Summer Musicals
Ed Loss
Corporate Board Director
Woodminster Summer Musicals
Natalie Fong
Marketing/Social Media
Woodminster Summer Musicals
Harriet Schlader
Producer/Managing Director
ZACH Theatre
Charlie Frasier
Chief Development Officer
ZACH Theatre
Elisbeth Challener
Managing 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.