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The Next Frontier:  Enhancing the Development Process

March 23

New York, NY

At this year’s Writers’ Roundtable, we explored how the musical theatre development landscape is changing, and what we—NAMT Festival Alumni Writers and producers from NAMT member organizations—can do to proactively address the needs of all involved. We looked at this “Next Frontier” through three different lenses: development program structures and the most effective ways to utilize resources; opportunities to ensure that our processes fully embrace equity, inclusion and diversity considerations; and the creation of safe spaces in development and communication, especially during times of tension and potential conflict.

Agenda

Friday, March 23, 2018
11:30 amCheck-in and Introductions
12:00 pmUtilizing Development Resources

• What development program structures are particularly effective for writers and producers now?
• How do we want to see new works programs evolve?
• As musical theatre styles change, what resources are necessary?
• How do budgetary and artistic factors balance when making a development plan?

1:15 pmInclusivity and Developing Your Next Project

• Has a focus on equity, inclusion and diversity (EDI) changed the early stages of creating a new musical? If so, how?
• What conversations are most valuable between producer and writer around EDI in a new musical development process?
• When adjustments to our process are necessary, where do we start?
• Outside of the rehearsal room, what support from an organization is most valuable?

2:30 pmCreating Safe Spaces in Development

• What are best practices when difficult conversations come up in the development process?
• What does a safe space look like for writers? Beyond compensation, what makes a meaningful difference in the process?
• What does a safe space look like for producers and artistic staff?

3:30 pmNetworking Reception

Attendees

Atlantic Theater Company
Abigail Katz
Director of New Play Development
Barrington Stage Company
Branden Huldeen
Artistic Producer
Creative Endeavor Office
Matthew Schneider
Producer
Creative Endeavor Office
Carolyn Miller
Producer
Dailey-Monda Theatricals
Frankie Dailey
Producer/General Manager
Dailey-Monda Theatricals
Joey Monda
Producer/General Manager
Goodspeed Musicals
Eric Ulloa
Goodspeed Musicals
Anika Chapin
Artistic Associate
Goodspeed Musicals
Donna Lynn Hilton
Producer
Howard Gilman Foundation
Emily Sproch
Program Officer
Margot Astrachan Production
Margot Astrachan
Owner
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Betsy Militello
Executive Director
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Ciera Iveson
New Works Director
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Karin Nilo
Program Associate
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Kelly Kohlman
Office Coordinator
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Jen Whitton
Development Associate
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Adam Grosswirth
Member Services Director
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Lady del Castillo
Program Intern
Playwrights Horizons
Emily Penick
Musical Theatre Fellow
Playwrights Horizons
Kent Nicholson
Musical Theater Producing Associate
RGN Theatrical
Fern Kershon
RGN Theatrical
Robin Newman
Producer, RGN Theatrical
Roundabout
Jill Rafson
Director of New Play Development
Transport Group Theatre Company
Stephanie Prugh
Development Associate
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
Piper Goodeve
Artistic Associate/Director of Education
Coty Cockrell
Sharon Fallon
Adam Gwon
James Campodonico
Composer
Mindi Dickstein
Stacey Luftig
Lyricist
Brian Hargrove
Writer
Douglas Cohen
Composer, Lyricist, Bookwriter
Barbara Anselmi
Composer
Timothy Huang
Kevin Merritt
Gordon Leary
Bryan Leys
Lynnette Barkley
Ray Leslee
Composer
Martin Casella
Beth Blatt
Phillip Palmer
Jennie Redling
Librettist
Nick Stimler
terry berliner
Director
Philip Stern
Jeff Bienstock
Andrea Daly