New York City | November 2-4, 2018

Meet the creators of King Kong and hear them discuss the adventures of this “monstrous” mega-musical (budget is $35 mil), from its conception in Australia to its debut on the Broadway stage.

It’s been reported that the show’s star is a real diva. (Click to read!)

See King Kong while you’re here! We have received a limited number of tickets for ATCA members for Saturday evening,
November 2. (Official opening is November 8.)

Other conference highlights include:

  • Invitations to an entire weekend of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows! (You will receive the information once your registration is complete.)
  • 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.
  • Panel discussions focusing on diversity and inclusion with New York artistic directors and playwrights who boldly present their ideas on stage.
  • Conversing with national tour producers about tour routing, tour press and marketing, and the logistics involved with sending Broadway or Off-Broadway production on the road to a theatre near you.
  • 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 the artistic director of La MaMa E.T.C. – the New York-based winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Regional Theatre.

(You may request a current list of Broadway publicists via email here.)

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Members or Guests

  • $165.00 - Registration for the full conference (panels and luncheon)
  • $100.00 - Registration for the panels only (without luncheon)
  • $  90.00 - 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: Mike Lew, Martyna MajokNikkole Salter, and Christopher Shinn.

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: Bob Bucci (president, marketing division, Broadway Across America), Jack Eldon (vice president of domestic touring, Disney Theatrical Production), Kent McIngvale (senior vice president, marketing, press & planning, Broadway Booking Office NYC), and Orin Wolf (president, NETwork Presentations).

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 de Vries (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

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

  1:00 PM:  Luncheon Concludes

  5:00 PM:  OPTIONAL EVENT: National Critics Institute Reception (Read More & RSVP)

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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.
Moderator: Jonathan Mandell of the blog New York Theater

* Subject to change and availability of invited guests.

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