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Fundraising Today: Cultivating Community

March 29 - 31, 2023

Chicago, IL

Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier and Northwestern University’s Wirtz Theatre at Abbott Hall

This year’s Spring Conference returned to Chicago for an in-depth look at the state of musical theatre fundraising in 2023 and beyond. What are the challenges of the current moment? What tools are available to tell our stories and make our case to funders? How can we connect with donors over their entire lives, especially as different generations now communicate very differently? What effect is the current state of the industry at large having on development departments? How are we engaging with our community — both externally in our cities and internally in our company cultures?

As always, participants had plenty of opportunities to network with fellow NAMT members, meet new colleagues and reconnect with old friends, and explore Chicago and our amazing host theatres.

The 2023 Spring Conference was a hybrid event (with special online networking opportunities and exclusive content through our app), so members could have their entire staff participate, with some in person and some in the office! Discounts were available for multiple registrations, including add-on online attendees for those joining us live.


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Agenda

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 (All times CT)
5:30 - 7:30 pmKick-Off Cocktail Party

Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
800 East Grand Avenue

7:30 pmThe Comedy of Errors

Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
800 East Grand Avenue

In her final production as artistic director, Barbara Gaines revisits her signature interpretation of Shakespeare’s riotous comedy with newly rewritten scenes penned by Second City veteran Ron West. An eccentric group of stage and screen actors gather on a London movie set in 1940 to film the play as much-needed comic relief for the troops. Backstage antics and hilarious complications abound as Antipholus and Dromio search for their identical twins, lost since infancy.

$35 for Conference attendees; select tickets on your registration form. (Tickets are also available for the 1:00 matinee; see the Registration tab for details.)

Thursday, March 30, 2023 (All times CT)
8:30 - 9:45 amBreakfast

Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
800 East Grand Avenue

9:45 - 10:00 amWelcome Remarks

Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
800 East Grand Avenue

10:00 - 11:30 amPanel: The State of Fundraising in 2023

Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
800 East Grand Avenue

A skyline view from the Skyline Room of fundraising and the issues facing development staffs today. How are we handling the challenges of the moment? How can arts organizations and other non-profits take a collective approach?

Moderated by Mac Ingram (Signature Theatre), with Angela Cassette (Music Theatre Wichita), Ishan Johnson (Art Institute of Chicago), Daniel Noon (Northwestern University), Sam Ostrowski (CCS Fundraising) and Courtney Simms (The Muny).

11:45 am - 12:00 pmA View From Our Sponsor: AudienceVIew

Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Online

12:00 - 12:30 pmKeynote: Lisa Fielding

Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
800 East Grand Avenue

Lisa Fielding is an anchor and reporter for Newsradio 780. She brings three decades of news and sports, radio and television broadcasting experience to WBBM.

A graduate of Bradley University and a multiple award-winning journalist, Lisa began her career as an intern and reporter for WEEK-TV, the NBC affiliate in Peoria, then moved on to work for WROK-WZOK radio. In 1995, it was back to television journalism as the weekend anchor for WIFR-TV in Rockford. At the same time, she did some fill-in work as one of the first female voices on Chicago’s new all-sports station “The Score”. In 1999, she moved to Madison, Wisconsin to be the main anchor and executive producer for the brand new Fox 47 News at Nine and was able to travel to the Rose Bowl and to the Final Four with the Wisconsin Badgers.

Before coming to WBBM, she most recently served as main anchor of WVTV-WB 18 News at Nine in Milwaukee. She also spent seven years in minor league baseball as one of the few female public address announcers in the country and even was a contender to succeed Wayne Messmer as the public address announcer for the Chicago Cubs. She was featured in Baseball America and in several books about minor league baseball. Over the years, her work has been recognized by the Associated Press, The Chicago Headline Club, Illinois Broadcasters Association & The Radio, Television News Directors Association.

She co-anchors the afternoons with Keith Johnson and is a general assignment reporter but specializes in sports, entertainment, health and human interest stories. She is also the host of the Audacy podcast “Backstage Chicago” that focuses on arts and culture. A career highlight at Newsradio was covering the Chicago Cubs on the road for the 2016 World Series in Cleveland.

12:30 - 2:00 pmLunch

Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
800 East Grand Avenue

2:00 - 3:15 pmConcurrent Breakout Sessions

Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
800 East Grand Avenue

Affinity Group: Seasoned Professionals (in-person only), led by Mac Ingram (Signature Theatre) and Wynne Fedele (Pittsburgh CLO)

Affinity Group: Up and Coming Professionals (hybrid), led by Kate Loy (Pittsburgh CLO) 

Panel: Capital Campaigns (hybrid), with Colleen Doyno (Pittsburgh Musical Theater), Jennifer Jaquess (Red Mountain Theatre), Katie Pelky (Aurora Theatre) and Courtney Simms (The Muny) 

Discussion: Saying No to Donors (in-person only), led by Hillary Hart (TUTS) and Frank Stilwagner (Goodspeed Musicals)

3:45 - 5:00 pmPanel: Community-Centric Fundraising

Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
800 East Grand Avenue

Community-Centric Fundraising is a fundraising model that is grounded in equity and social justice, prioritizing the entire community over individual organizations, fostering a sense of belonging and interdependence, and presenting fundraising work not as individual transactions but holistically, encouraging mutual support between nonprofits. We’ll look at this model specifically, as well as how theatres can make sure their fundraising is in line with and in service of their EDI values and goals.

Moderated by Alana Roberts (NAMT), with Carlos Garcia León (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Lauren Miller (The Bushwick Starr), Anna Pruitt (Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University) and Paula Tharp (The 5th Avenue Theatre).

8:00 pmMy Kind Of Town: New Musicals From The Windy City To The World @ Mercury Theater Chicago’s Venus Cabaret

Mercury Theater Chicago
3745 N Southport Avenue

Chicago takes center stage in this exciting New Works Night! Join NAMT members and Festival alumni writers for a special evening of performances from one of the most inspiring hometowns for new musicals, and learn more about Chicago’s impact around the globe.

$20 (includes drink ticket); select tickets on your registration form

Friday, March 31, 2023 (All times CT)
9:00 - 10:00 amBreakfast

Abbot Hall, Chicago Campus of Northwestern University
701 N. Lake Shore Drive (enter on Superior Street)

10:00 - 11:15 amPanel: Telling Our Stories: Making the Case for Musical Theatre in 2023

Abbot Hall, Chicago Campus of Northwestern University
701 N. Lake Shore Drive (enter on Superior Street)

How do we make the case for musical theatre in a time of so many other “important” causes? How do we use the tools uniquely available to us as theatre-makers to tell our story?

Moderated by Eric Pugh (The Muny), with Harmony France (Firebrand Theatre), Kate Loy (Pittsburgh CLO), Molly Marinik (McCarter Theatre Center) and Evin Marie Rayford (Porchlight Music Theatre).

11:15 - 11:30 amA View From Our Sponsor: The 360° DonorView

Abbot Hall, Chicago Campus of Northwestern University
701 N. Lake Shore Drive (enter on Superior Street)

In this spotlight lesson, we’ll show you how an all-in-one software like DonorView can help you achieve your goals and improve your supporters’ experience as well, using features like subscription and theater seating ticket sales, multiple payment options like Venmo, PayPal, and Apple Pay, integrated credit card swipers, CRM tracking, donation pages, and communication features like email, mail merge letters, texting, and surveys built-in to the software.

11:30 am - 12:45 pmConcurrent Breakout Sessions

Abbot Hall, Chicago Campus of Northwestern University
701 N. Lake Shore Drive (enter on Superior Street)

Fundraising as an Integral Part of the Patron Lifecycle (hybrid), with Paul Larson (Blueprint Advancement) and Kyle Steigerwald (Blueprint Advancement) 

Donor Benefits (hybrid), led by Charlie Frasier (ZACH Theatre) 

Special Events (hybrid), led by Alex Olsen (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley)

Staff Churn (in-person only), led by Mark Fleischer (Pittsburgh CLO) 

Board Management Today (hybrid), led by Kate Galvin and Laura Lee (Village Theatre) 

12:45 - 2:15 pmLunch

Abbot Hall, Chicago Campus of Northwestern University
701 N. Lake Shore Drive (enter on Superior Street)

2:15 - 3:15 pmPanel: What Do Funders Want?

Abbot Hall, Chicago Campus of Northwestern University
701 N. Lake Shore Drive (enter on Superior Street)

A unique opportunity to hear directly from some prominent funders about what moves them to give and what they’re looking for in the current landscape.

Moderated by Betsy King Militello (NAMT) with Geoffrey Banks (The MacArthur Foundation), Miah Michaelsen (Indiana Arts Commission), Greg Reiner (National Endowment for the Arts), Emily Sproch (Howard Gilman Foundation) and Melanie Wang (City of Chicago).

3:30 - 4:30 pmPanel: Now What?

Abbot Hall, Chicago Campus of Northwestern University
701 N. Lake Shore Drive (enter on Superior Street)

Members of our Spring Conference Committee will lead participants in a final discussion of next steps. What about this Conference excites and scares you? What’s your plan for the next six months? Where do you think we’re headed between now and the next time we gather?

Moderated by Charlie Frasier (Zach Theatre), with Martha Bangiola (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Kerrie Brinkman-White (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Mac Ingram (Signature Theatre) and Courtney Simms (The Muny).

4:30 - 4:45 pmClosing Remarks

Abbot Hall, Chicago Campus of Northwestern University
701 N. Lake Shore Drive (enter on Superior Street)

6:30 pm360 Chicago Sip + View

The John Hancock Center Observatory

Toast the conclusion of the Spring Conference at sunset 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile. Following a walk-through exhibition celebrating Chicago’s history, we’ll ride to the 94th floor for breathtaking 360-degree views of Chicago’s dazzling skyline and majestic lakefront from the 17,000-square foot observation deck and the CloudBar.

$35 (includes drink); select ticket when you register

As of 3/29/23. Subject to change!

Conference Locations

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel to Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Walking directions via Google Maps

Directions and parking info on Chicago Shakes’ website

To walk: Make a right out of the hotel on Walton Pl. Walk to Lakeshore Dr. and make another right. At Ohio Street, you’ll see some stairs on your right. Take these to an underpass under the Drive. (There are also ramps available on both sides.) Follow the path through the park towards the right and Navy Pier. Either walk to the right of the building, or through it, until you reach Chicago Shakespeare Theater. (Note that Apple Maps puts the Knickerbocker Hotel on Delaware Street when giving directions for some reason. It’s on Walton Place!)

By transit: Make a right out of the hotel on Walton Pl. and then another right onto N Mies Van Der Rohe Way. After 3 blocks, cross E. Chicago Ave and go to the bus stop on your right. Take the 66 Bus to Navy Pier and walk to Chicago Shakes as above. (Bus fare is $2.25 and can be paid on board with cash, a CTA Ventra Card, or Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay.)

 

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel to Abbott Hall

Walking directions via Google Maps

Directions and parking info on Northwestern’s website

To walk: Make a right out of the hotel on Walton Pl. Walk to Lakeshore Dr. and make another right. At Superior Street, make a right and you’ll see the side entrance to the building!

Attendees

321 Theatrical Management
Nancy Gibbs
Producer
In Person
Adirondack Institute
Neal Herr
Writer
Online
AMS Planning & Research
Jon Faris
Director
In Person
AMS Planning & Research
Meg Friedman
Consultant & Knowledge Manager
In Person
AMTP
Daniel Noon
Director of Development Alumni Relations
In Person
AMTP
Tor Campbell
Northwestern MFA Director/Choreographer
In Person
AMTP
Tanya Palmer
Executive Artistic Director - School of Communication
In Person
AMTP
Pete Brace
Marketing/Communications Manager - Wirtz Center
In Person
AMTP
Brannon Bowers
Producing Director
In Person
AudienceView
Chris Rambo
In Person
AudienceView
Nick Ronan
Senior Director, Business Development
In Person
AudienceView/TheaterMania
Stefan Prescott
Senior Sales Director, Arts & Culture
In Person
AudienceView/TheaterMania
Kirk Maile
Support Team Lead
In Person
AudienceView/TheaterMania
Rosemary Maggiore
VP, Sales
In Person
AudienceView/TheaterMania
Anish Chakravorty
Senior Director, Arts & Culture
In Person
Aurora Theatre
Anthony Rodriguez
Co-Founder/Chairman of the Board
In Person
Aurora Theatre
Katie Pelkey
Managing Director
In Person
Aurora Theatre
John Geertsen
Complex General Manager
Online
Baylor University Theatre Department
Lauren Weber
Senior Lecturer Musical Theatre
Online
Blueprint Advancement
Paul Larson
President
In Person
Blueprint Advancement
Kyle Steigerwald
Vice President
In Person
Break-Away Tours
Barry Tobias
Break-Away Tours
In Person
Break-Away Tours
Willis Allen
Past Executive Director - Pioneer Center
In Person
Break-Away Tours
Alexander Tobias
Break-Away Tours
In Person
Break-Away Tours
Ronnie Plasters
In Person
Broadway Across Borders
Aaron Thielen
Co-Founder
Online
Broadway Licensing
Colleen McCormack
Director of Professional Play Licensing
In Person
Broadway Licensing
Sara Skolnick
Director of Acquisitions & New Work
In Person
Broadway Rose Theatre
Holly Richards
Development Manager
In Person
Brooks & Distler, Attorneys at Law
Marsha S Brooks
Partner
Online
C&H Productions
Kevin P. Hill
Owner/Producer
Online
Capacity Interactive
Shira Green
Director of Business Development
In Person
CCS
Elisabeth Long Edwards
Director
In Person
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Rick Boynton
Creative Producer
In Person
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Carlos García León
Individual Giving Manager
In Person
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Michael Ross
Interim Executive Director
In Person
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Aislinn Frantz
Associate Producer
In Person
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Martha Bangiola
Associate Director of Development
In Person
Concord Theatricals
Theresa Posorske
Director, Professional Licensing
In Person
Concord Theatricals
Michelle Yaroshko
Senior Vice President, Professional Licensing (North America)
In Person
Concord Theatricals
Bill Gaden
President
In Person
Constellation Stage & Screen
Kate Galvin
Casting Director/Creative Producer
Online
Constellation Stage & Screen
John Armstrong
Development Director
In Person
Donor View
Alaina Calloway Bolton
Customer Success Liaison
In Person
Donor View
Kimberly Perron
Customer Success Instructor
In Person
Dream Warrior Group
LaMae Weber
CEO
In Person
Fever
Jason Kovacs
Head of Theater Partnerships
In Person
Future Demand
Benedikt Zacher
COO
Online
Future Demand
Hannes Tronsberg
Online
GasOmeter Copenhagen
Soren Moller
Artistic Director
In Person
Goodspeed Musicals
Mary Miko
Special Events and Corporate Relations
In Person
Goodspeed Musicals
Gloria Gorton
Director of Major & Planned Gifts
In Person
Goodspeed Musicals
Donna Lynn Hilton
Artistic Director
In Person
Goodspeed Musicals
Frank Stilwagner
Director of Development
In Person
Goodspeed Musicals
David Mai
Development & Membership Associate
In Person
Howard Gilman Foundation
Emily Sproch
Program Officer
In Person
Kaplan Insurance Agency
Jeff Danovsky
Director of Sales and Marketing
In Person
Kaplan Insurance Agency
Kelsi Rakevet
Director of Operations
In Person
La Jolla Playhouse
Julia Foster
Director of Philanthropy
Online
La Jolla Playhouse
Clara Bird
Philanthropy Coordinator
Online
La Jolla Playhouse
Dominique Kaestner
Stewardship Coordinator
Online
La Jolla Playhouse
Keely Daximillion
Associate Director of Philanthropy
Online
Live Design Group
Caroline Abraham
Interior Designer
In Person
Live Design Group
Jenny Hester
Marketing Director
In Person
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Mia Sherlock
Development – Special Projects
In Person
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Michael Baron
Producing Artistic Director
In Person
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Michael Bratcher-Magallanez
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
In Person
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Ashley Wells
Executive Producer
Online
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Jim Reynolds
Managing Director
In Person
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Kerrie Brinkman-White
Director of Development
In Person
Maine State Music Theatre
Ally Collins
Assistant Development Director
In Person
Maine State Music Theatre
Stephanie Dupal
Managing Director
In Person
Maine State Music Theatre
Morgan Rodgers
Development Director
In Person
Maine State Music Theatre
Curt Dale Clark
Artistic Director
In Person
McCarter Theatre Center
Shelby Siwczak
Manager of Individual Giving and Special Events
Online
McCarter Theatre Center
Piper Burrows
Director of Development
Online
McCarter Theatre Center
Molly Marinik
Director of Grants and Development Communications
In Person
McCoy Rigby Entertainment
Tom McCoy
President/CEO
In Person
Music Theater Works
Joseph Keefe
Development Director
Online
Music Theater Works
Electra Kontalonis
President- Board of Directors
Online
Music Theatre International
Matthew Boethin
Professional Licensing Director, N. America
In Person
Music Theatre International
Richard Patterson
International Licensing Director
In Person
Music Theatre Wichita
Angela Cassette
Managing Director
In Person
Musical Theatre West
Yadira Del Rincon
Donor Relations & Special Events
Online
Musical Theatre West
Brice Cordon
Marketing Director
Online
Musical Theatre West
Paul Garman
Executive Director/Producer
In Person
Musical Theatre West
Tad Fujioka
Assistant Box Office Manager & Marketing Associate
Online
Musical Theatre West
Bren Thor
Associate Producer
Online
Musical Theatre West
Douglas Senecal
General Manager
In Person
MusicalFare Theatre Company
NELL MOHN
Director of Strategic Development
Online
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Adam Grosswirth
Member Services Director
In Person
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Skye Cone Ivey
Program Assistant
In Person
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Emily Vortherms
Operations and Communications Associate
In Person
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Betsy Militello
Executive Director
In Person
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Frankie Dailey
New Works Director
In Person
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Alana Roberts
Development Manager
In Person
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Erica Jeudy
Online
Ogunquit Playhouse
Brooke Baerman
Manager of Campaign and Special Projects
In Person
Ogunquit Playhouse
Deborah Warren
Managing Director
In Person
Ogunquit Playhouse
Rachel Prest
Manager of Individual Giving & Donor Engagement
In Person
Ogunquit Playhouse
Taylor Dickinson
Research and Grants Associate
In Person
Ogunquit Playhouse
Brad Kenney
Executive Artistic Director
In Person
Olney Theatre Center
Michael Mercier
Deputy Director of Advancement
Online
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Leah Dixon
Director of Individual Giving
In Person
Paper Mill Playhouse
Adrienne Feiger
Director of Major Gifts
Online
Paramount Theatre
Sarah Tesch
Director of Individual Giving
In Person
Performing Arts Alliance
Bertrand Evans-Taylor
Manager, Communications and Administration
Online
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Olivia Broderick
Manager of Institutional Giving
Online
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Nathan Schultz
Director of Development
Online
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Jessica Pasquariello
Associate Director of Development
Online
Pittsburgh CLO
Dayna Sowers
Board Liaison
Online
Pittsburgh CLO
Lydia Grimenstein
Development Coordinator
Online
Pittsburgh CLO
Shirley Gaudette
Manager of Individual Giving
Online
Pittsburgh CLO
Kate Loy
Manager of Institutional Giving
In Person
Pittsburgh CLO
Wynne Fedele
Director of Development
In Person
Pittsburgh CLO
Mark Fleischer
Executive Producer
In Person
Pittsburgh CLO
Melissa Goodfriend
Development Data Coordinator
Online
Pittsburgh Musical Theater
Colleen Doyno
Executive Director
In Person
Pittsburgh Musical Theater
Allison Hannon
Development Director
Online
Porchlight Music Theatre
Evin Marie Rayford
Development Director
In Person
Porchlight Music Theatre
Jeannie Lukow
Executive Director
In Person
Red Mountain Theatre
Jennifer Jaquess
Managing Director
In Person
Red Mountain Theatre
Kim Bourn
Director of Development
In Person
Red Mountain Theatre
Drew Francis
Director of Operations
In Person
SD&A Teleservices, Inc.
Mary Jane Avans
Vice President, Business Development
In Person
Segal Centre for Performing Arts
Alexandra Yanofsky
Director of Development
Online
Sharon Fallon Productions, Inc.
Sharon Fallon
Producer
In Person
Signature Theatre
Mac Ingram
Director of Development
In Person
Signature Theatre
Gina Napolitano
Board Liaison
Online
Spektrix
Samantha Bagwell
Global Fundraising Lead
In Person
Spektrix
Holden Wertheimer-Meier
Account Executive
In Person
Starhawk Productions
Wendy Gillespie
President & CEO
In Person
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Paula Tharp
Director of Philanthropy
Online
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Bill Berry
Producing Artistic Director
In Person
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Kate Speck
Senior Philanthropy Manager
Online
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Shannon McQueary
Events Manager
Online
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Neen Williams-Teramachi
Director of New Works
In Person
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Jill Big Eagle
Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Online
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Christine Johnson
Associate Director of Philanthropy
Online
The Muny
Sara Saul
Director of Strategic Partnerships
In Person
The Muny
Kwofe Coleman
President & CEO
In Person
The Muny
Courtney Simms
Director of Advancement
In Person
The Muny
Eric Pugh
Director of Marketing and Communications
In Person
TheaterWorks
Nicole LaFlair Nieves
General Manager
Online
TheaterWorks
Erica Tracy Sullivan
Development & Community Engagement Associate
Online
TheaterWorks
Dina Silva
Director of Development
Online
Theatre SilCo
Shawnna Gauss
Director of Development
Online
Theatre SilCo
Jess Short
Director of Marketing and Communications
Online
Theatre SilCo
Chris Alleman
Producing Artistic Director
Online
Theatre Under The Stars
Melissa Jurik
Director of Development
In Person
Theatre Under The Stars
Chris Brislin
General Manager-Production
Online
Theatre Under The Stars
Emily Manck White
Annual Fund Manager
Online
Theatre Under The Stars
Breana Carrier
Major Gifts Officer
Online
Theatre Under The Stars
Kathleen Blute
Development Associate
Online
Theatre Under The Stars
Hillary Hart
Executive Director
In Person
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Alex Olsen
Events Manager
In Person
Transport Group Theatre Company
Peter McKown
Board Member
In Person
TRG Arts
Bill Watson-Canning
VP, Software Products
In Person
TRG Arts
Brian Feldman
Client Development Executive
In Person
University of Northwestern St. Paul
Jennifer Hunter
Artistic Director and Professor of Theatre
In Person
Village Theatre
Bobbi Kotula
Individual Giving Manager
Online
Village Theatre
Tina Davis
Annual Fund & Stewardship Manager
Online
Village Theatre
Laura Lee
Managing Director
In Person
Village Theatre
Aileen Forde
Institutional & Major Gifts
Online
Village Theatre
Danielle Franich
Director of Development
In Person
Village Theatre
Tracie Mahadeo
Annual Fund & Stewardship Manager
Online
Weston Theater Company
Emily Schriebl
Director of Development
Online
Weston Theater Company
Gwen Maiella
Development Manager
Online
Weston Theater Company
Susanna Gellert
Executive Artistic Director
Online
Wonder City LLC
Lauren Stevens
Producer/Managing Partner
In Person
ZACH Theatre
Jamie Herlich
Managing Director
In Person
ZACH Theatre
Wallis Dean
Individual Giving Associate
Online
ZACH Theatre
Jacqueline Blanchard
Individual Giving Manager
Online
ZACH Theatre
Charlie Frasier
Chief Development Officer
In Person
ZACH Theatre
Hunter Regian
Campaign and Events Manager
Online
Grace Kosaka
Producer
Online
Aaron Sanko
CEO
In Person
Molly Morris
In Person
Yuri Worontschak
Composer
Online
Nadja Danciger
Online
Kittie Fahey
Online
Michael Murphy
Online
Judy Loseff
Commercial Producer
In Person

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 all of our Conferences, Roundtables, Festivals and other events, both online and in-person, 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
  • Recognize that some people are comfortable responding quickly and verbally and others are not, and create space for those who may need more time to be heard
  • 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
  • Use “I” statements and avoid generalizations
  • Assume good intentions but acknowledge impact
  • Ask questions if something isn’t clear, and receive both questions and answers with openness and generosity
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and language
  • Respect confidentiality requests by speakers and other participants

We 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 perceived by NAMT staff and/or Board to be in conflict with the above guidelines. 

We know that learning and working together can produce both joy and conflict. We recognize that to learn is to stumble, and we are striving to provide a space for risk, creativity, respect, appreciation, growth and collaboration. When addressing conflicts of any type, we commit to these Participation Guidelines.

Thank you to every NAMT community member for helping to make all of our events informative, inclusive and respectful.

This page was last updated on 08/03/2023