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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.


Friday, March 23, 2018 (All times ET )
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


Atlantic Theater Company
Abigail Katz
Director of New Play Development
Barrington Stage Company
Branden Huldeen
Artistic Producer/Director of New Works
Creative Endeavor Office
Carolyn Miller
Creative Endeavor Office
Matthew Schneider
Goodspeed Musicals
Anika Chapin
Director of Artistic Development
Goodspeed Musicals
Eric Ulloa
Goodspeed Musicals
Donna Lynn Hilton
Artistic Director
Howard Gilman Foundation
Emily Sproch
Program Officer
Joey Monda Productions
Joey Monda
Joey Monda Productions
Frankie Dailey
New Works Director
Margot Astrachan Production
Margot Astrachan
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Betsy Militello
Executive Director
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Jen Whitton
Development Associate
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Ciera Iveson
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Kelly Kohlman
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Lady del Castillo
Company Manager
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Karin Nilo
Program Manager
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Adam Grosswirth
Member Services Director
Playwrights Horizons Inc.
Emily Penick
Musical Theatre Fellow
Playwrights Horizons Inc.
Kent Nicholson
SVP, Acquisitions & Artistic Services
RGN Theatrical
Fern Kershon
RGN Theatrical
Robin Gorman Newman
Robin Gorman Newman, Producer
Jill Rafson
Artistic Director
Transport Group Theatre Company
Stephanie Prugh
Development Manager
Weston Theater Company
Piper Goodeve
Artistic Associate/Director of Education
Coty Cockrell
Sharon Fallon
Producer/General Manager
Adam Gwon
James Campodonico
Mindi Dickstein
Stacey Luftig
Brian Hargrove
Douglas Cohen
Festival Alumni Writer
Barbara Anselmi
Timothy Huang
Composer, lyricist, Asian dude
Kevin Merritt
Gordon Leary
Bryan Leys
Playwright, Lyricist
lynnette barkley
Ray Leslee
Martin Casella
Beth Blatt
Phillip Palmer
Nick Stimler
Terry Berliner
philip stern
Jeff Bienstock
Andrea Daly

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