Conference Chair Sherry Eaker 
along with Co-Chair J.W. Arnold invite ATCA members to

New York City for ATCA-NY18
Friday thru Sunday | November 2-4, 2018

Register now to take advantage of our lower fees
Rates increase beginning October 1, 2018

Conference highlights include:

  • A visit to the Museum of Jewish Heritage, home of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in downtown Manhattan with a stunning view of the Statue of Liberty
  • Two panel discussions focusing on diversity and inclusion with New York artistic directors and playwrights who boldly present their ideas on stage
  • Following the journey of King Kong – set to open November 8 on Broadway – with the show’s creators and lead producer
  • Conversing with top national tour producers and learning more about the process of choosing the shows that tour and the complex logistics involved with sending the production on the road
  • Mingling with some of Broadway’s leading actors, playwrights, and directors at our traditional "Luncheon with the Stars" at Sardi’s Restaurant
  • A one-on-one discussion with Mia Yoo, the artistic director of La MaMa E.T.C. – the New York-based winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Regional Theatre

Also, take advantage of the many press invitations to new Broadway and Off-Broadway shows that are already coming in! (Please email for a list of Broadway production press representatives in Word or Excel.)

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Members or Guests | Valid until October 1, 2018

  • $155.00 - Registration for the full conference (panels and luncheon)
  • $  90.00 - Registration for the panels only (without luncheon)
  • $  80.00 - Registration for the luncheon only (without panels)

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VENUE: Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place | Directly accessible by most subway lines

  9:00 AM:  Check-In | Continental Breakfast

  9:45 AM:  Welcoming Remarks

10:00 AM:  Panel

Beyond Straight White Men: Diversity on Page and Stage
Part 1: The Theatre Companies

Discussion with the artistic directors of six diverse New York theatre companies about how they approach the challenges of diversity and inclusion in their work, the challenges they meet, and their perspectives on today’s theatre criticism.

Panelists: Chongren Fan (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre), Lameece Issaq (Noor Theatre), Chris Massimine (National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene), Jacob PadrĂ³n (The Sol Project), Nicholas Viselli (Theatre Breaking Through Barriers) and  Charles Weldon (Negro Ensemble Company).

Moderator: Jan Simpson, Director of Arts and Culture Reporting
                                           Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY

11:15 AM:  Break

11:30 AM:  Panel

Beyond Straight White Men: Diversity on Page and Stage
Part 2: The Playwrights

Discussion with playwrights on how they approach diversity and inclusion in their work, the challenges they meet, and their perspectives on theatre criticism.

Panelists: Kristoffer Diaz, Mike Lew, Martyna MajokNikkole SalterChristopher Shinn. and additional panelists to be confirmed.

Moderators: Kerry Reid of The Chicago Tribune and playwright Doug Wright.

12:45 PM:  Buffet Lunch

  1:45 PM:  Travel to Next Venue

VENUE: The Theatre Center
210 W. 50th Street | Just west of Broadway

3:00 PM:  Panel

Taking a Broadway Show on the Road:
Tour Producers Discuss the Trade

What makes a particular show “right” for touring? How are the regional markets for each show determined? How do critics evaluate a Broadway show on tour?

Panelists: Jack Eldon (vice president of domestic touring, Disney Theatrical Production), Steven Schnepp (president, Broadway Booking Office NYC), Orin Wolf (president, NETworks), a representative from Broadway Across America and others still to be confirmed.

Moderator: J.W. Arnold of South Florida Gay News

4:15 PM:  Break

4:30 PM:  Panel

From Page to Stage: The Journey of a New Musical

We’ll follow the journey of KING KONG, a new musical opening on Broadway on November 8, from its conception to a fully-staged Broadway show.

Panelists confirmed so far are Marius DeVries (composer, music producer), Peter England (scenic and projections designer), Drew McOnie (director, choreographer), Carmen Pavlovic (lead producer), and Jack Thorne (book),.

Moderator: Jim Farmer of Out on Film
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VENUE: "Luncheon with the Stars" at Sardi’s Restaurant
234 W. 44th Street | Between 7th and 8th Avenues)

Mix and mingle with actors, playwrights and directors
at this ATCA tradition at Sardi's, the theatre district landmark.

10:00 AM:  Registrant Check-In | No Host Bar

10:30 AM:  Celebrity Guest Arrivals

Last year’s guests included Richard H. Blake (A Bronx Tale), John Cariani, Katrina Lenk, and Ari’el Stachel (The Band’s Visit), Lee MacDougall and Sharon Wheatley (Come From Away), Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez (Frozen), J. Quinton Johnson (Hamilton), Ito Aghayere and Michael Siberry (Junk), Jin Ha (M. Butterfly), Ashley Bryant and Jonathan Fielding (The Play That Goes Wrong), and Caitlin Houlahan (Waitress).

11:30 AM:  Lunch and introduction of guest theatre artists by their ATCA member hosts.

 1:00 PM:  Luncheon Concludes

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VENUE: Don’t Tell Mama
343 W. 46th Street | Between 8th and 9th Avenues

  9:00 AM:  Continental Breakfast

  9:30 AM:  Membership Meeting

10:30 AM:  Open Forum

Processing Diversity and Inclusion: Planning for the Future

Moderators: Members of the ATCA Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

11:30 AM:  Guest Speaker

A conversation with Mia Yoo, artistic director of La MaMa E.T.C. – the New York-based winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Regional Theatre.

* Subject to change and availability of invited guests.

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Please contact Sherry Eaker via email or at 917-239-5467 with any conference questions.


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