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THE 5th ANNUAL THEATER MAKERS SUMMIT
"PLACES, PLEASE..."

Hosted Virtually with In-Person Networking in NYC
November 6th and 7th, 2021

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  • BONUS DAY ACCESS ($197 Value)
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Dear Theater Maker, 


We are absolutely thrilled to invite you to our 5th annual Theater Makers Summit! Attending our annual conference is always a great way to tap into inspiration, motivation, and connections with thousands of theater makers from across the globe. 

But this year, attending The TheaterMakers Summit could be the most impactful thing you do for your career . . . period. 
Joe Iconis (2019 Keynote)

Here's what we mean:


2020 was a rough one for the theater industry, but 2021 is here and we are back in business! But, are you ready to navigate creating theater in the new world? 

The TheaterMakers Summit about CONNECTING WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE. It's about CREATING MORE THEATER. Join us at our 2021 TheaterMakers Summit and you'll discover solutions to your biggest challenges and you'll gain clarity to get you to the next level. 

Over the three days of The TheaterMakers Summit we will go deep in discussions that will shape the future of theater and share expert insights on topics that matter to YOU.

You'll walk away with:

  • Clarity: On your next steps 
  • A Plan: To take your show or career to the next level
  • Tools: Implementation tools to help you make it all happen 
  • Connections: New collaborators and connections that will help you advance your career 
  • Insights: Into how the theater industry is planning for the reopening and where you fit in
  • ​And more . . .
Stephanie J. Block (2019 Keynote)

It's not going to be a monologue . . . 


...It's going to be a dialogue between you and other participants on the topics most important to the theater industry and YOU right now.

We'll know what burning questions you want answered . . . because we ask! All our attendees receive a pre-conference survey to help us better curate the questions our moderators ask ahead of time. PLUS you'll be able to chat in questions LIVE and even "up vote" questions you really want answered so that the most urgent topics start trending! 

You're going to help us determine what's most important to discuss, what's frustrating you the most, what your fears are, and we'll get you the answers. 

Because . . . The TheaterMakers Summit is all about connecting you with people who have the answers.  

Ready to make a commitment to yourself and your career?

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"TRULY AN EYE OPENING, INFLUENTIAL AND INSPIRING EXPERIENCE!" - Greggory Nekrasovas

HEAR FROM OUR 2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKER & ATTENDEES

"After attending the Conference last year I WALKED AWAY INSPIRED!” - Julian Betchelor

A FEW OF OUR 2021 SPEAKERS & PANELISTS
Dozens more TBA!

SIERRA BOGGESS
Internationally-recognized Actress (The Phantom of the Opera, It Should've Been You)
ANDREW LIPPA
Tony Award-nominated Composer (The Addams Family, The Wild Party)
KEN DAVENPORT
Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer
BRANDON KAZEN MADDOX
Award-winning Performer, Choreographer and Director 
BRIAN MORELAND
Tony Award-nominated Producer (Thoughts of a Colored Man)
DORI BERINSTEIN
Tony Award-winning Producer (Company, Is This A Room / Dana H.)
DAVID KORINS
Tony Award-nominated Designer (Hamilton, Beetlejuice)
DOUGLAS LYONS
Composer and Playwright
(Polka Dots, Chicken and Biscuits)
GEORGIA STITT
Multi-faceted Composer and Lyricist (Snow Child, Samantha Spade, Ace Detective)
BLAKE ROSS
Broadway At Work
IRENE GRADY
Press Rep
DORI BERINSTEIN
Four-time Tony-winning Broadway Producer
JUSTIN GUARINI
Performer (American Idol)

BRANDON KAZEN-MADDOX 
ASL Interpreter and Co-Founder (Up Until Now Collective)

RYAN SCOTT OLIVER
New York City-based Composer-Lyricist (35 MM, Future Demons)
MELVIN TUNSTALL III
Actor, Writer, and Composer (Beautiful, Senior Class)
ALIE B. GORRIE
 Disability Inclusion Consultant and Creator (ABLE: A Series)
JACOB STUCKELMAN
Tony Award-nominated Creative Producer (Sea Wall/A Life, Fairycakes)

SAMMI CANNOLD
Documentarian and On-Sight Director (The Show Must Go On, Evita)

CODY RENARD RICHARD
Stage Manager (Pass Over) and Producer (Thoughts of a Colored Man)
DANIEL J. MERTZLUFFT
TikTok Sensation and Composer (Ratatouille)
ERIC BERRYMAN
Drama Desk Award-nominated Actor (Marriage Story, Empathy, Inc.)

JJ MALEY
 Tony Award-nominated Producer (What the Constitution Means to Me, Indecent)

MAX GROSSMAN
 Literary Partner and Agent (Abrams Artists Agency)
RASHAD V. CHAMBERS
 Tony Award-nominated Producer, Talent Manager and Lawyer (Ain’t Too Proud, American Son)

LARRY ROGOWSKY
Tony Award-winning Producer (Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge)


STEPHEN BYRD
Tony Award-nominated Producer and (Ain’t Too Proud, MJ: The Musical)

TYLER MOUNT
Tony Award-winning Producer and Digital Media Personality (The Tyler Mount Vlog, Tyler Mount Ventures)
STEVE H. BROADNAX III
Director, Educator, and Writer (Thoughts of a Colored Man, Skeleton Crew)

PUN BANDHU
Tony Award-nominated Actor of Stage and Screen (WIT, House of Cards)
JAMIL JUDE
Atlanta-based Artistic Director (True Colors Theater Company)
SYDNEY CONNORS
Executive Producer of Digital Theater (Dreamgirls on Clubhouse)
KATE MAGUIRE
 Boston-based Artistic Director (Berkshire Theatre Group)

ANNIE SCHIFFMAN
 Digital Marketing Consultant (Downstage Media) 
JOHN SIMPKINS
Penn State University Educator and Director (Love in Hate Nation)
RJ CHRISTIAN
TikTok Personality and Composer (Ratatouille TikTok Musical)
VALENTINA BERGER
Results driven producer and education professional (GO Broadway)

JONATHAN RAND
Playwright for High School Audiences (Check Please, Crazytown)
CYNTHIA J. TONG
Creative producer. Making things happen on stage and on screen (Associate Producer at Tom Kirdahy Productions, The Inheritance, Little Shop of Horrors, a Fellow of WP Theater’s 2020-2022 Lab, and a founding member of The Industry Standard Group)
DEDE AYITE
Costume Designer (A Soldier's Play, Slave Play, American Son, and Children of a Lesser God)
TOM KIRDAHY
Tony and Olivier Award-winning producer (Hadestown, Little Shop of Horrors, The Visit, Mothers and Sons, After Midnight, Ragtime, Master Class)
MARK MAURIELLO
Brooklyn-based performer and theater artist (Little Horrors & The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
STEPHANIE KLEMONS
Performer, Choreographer (Hamilton)
JUDY MANOCHERIAN
Producer (The Great Society, The Prom, Once On This Island, Gettin’ The Band Back Together, and The Lifespan of a Fact)
NIKKI M. JAMES
Actress, Singer (Les Miserables)
NEIL GOODING
International Theatre Director, Producer & Writer (Nominated for a 2009 Helpmann Award and a 2009 Green Room Award for the Australian premiere of Gutenberg! The Musical)
MEGAN ANN RASMUSSEN
Award-Winning Producer, Director, and Educator impacting multigenerational audiences (Heaven Come Home, The Rocking Boy, and Joy On Broadway)
KEVIN COVERT
Performer and educator (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Memphis, and Spamalot)
ALEX BRIGHTMAN
Tony-nominated Actor (Beetlejuice, School of Rock)
TINA LANDAU
Director, Playwright (SpongeBob SquarePants The Musical)
LEIGH SILVERMAN
Leigh Silverman: Director (Tony Nominee for Best Direction of a Musical for the musical Violet)
CLINT RAMOS
 Costume Designer (Eclipsed, Once On This Island, Slave Play)
GENEAN SCOTT
Broadway League Director of Equity
RON SIMONS
Performer, Producer, and CEO of Simonsays Entertainment (Tony Award for Best Musical, Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk, New Drama Critics and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play, Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play, and AEA’s Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award.
MACY SCHMIDT
Orchestrator, Producer, Composer (The Broadway Sinfonietta)
ILANA LEVINE
Actress (Friends With Kids, Just Looking)
STEVEN TARTICK
Executive Creative Director at RPM
ALEX SWITZKY
Director, Writer (Bloodsucking Books)
LAUREN BARKET
Investor (Dear Evan Hansen, Gettin’ The Band Back Together)
DAMIAN BAZADONA
 Founder of Situation Interactive
DARRYL REUBEN HALL
Artistic Director (Stage Aurora Theatrical)
RUTHIE FIERBERG
Writer, Reporter, Editor, Storyteller (Playbill)
CHARLIE COOPER
TV Reporter (Broadway.com)
JIM MCCARTHY
 Co-creator and Founder of Stella
BESS WOHL
Playwright, Screenwriter, Actress (Grand Horizons, Small Mouth Sounds)
ANNA-LEE WRIGHT
Actress, Singer, Dancer (Miss Saigon)
JULIE JAMES
Sirius XM Radio Host ("On Broadway")
DARYL ROTH
Tony-winning Producer (Kinky Boots, Annie, Caroline, or Change)
ALEXANDER TOM
Interim Associate Program Head of BFA Musical Theater at Pace University
CHRISTY ALTOMARE
Actress, Singer-Songwriter (Anastasia, Carrie The Musical)
BRET SHUFORD
Actor (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Wicked)
DR. ALISA HURWITZ (DR. DRAMA)
Clinical Psychologist
SAMMI CANNOLD
Director and  Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 
COLLEEN JENNINGS-ROGGENSACK 
Vice President for Cultural Affairs for ASU
ROBERT DIAMOND
President/Editor-in-Chief of BroadwayWorld.com
ASMERET 
GHEBREMICHAEL 
Drama Desk Award-winning Actress
ARVIND ETHAN DAVID
Producer and Writer
NATASHA KATZ
Lighting Designer
DREW GASPARINI
Award-winning  composer/lyricist,
and singer/songwriter
BILL BERRY
(Producing Artistic Director – The 5th Avenue Theatre)
MATTHEW STERN
Stage Manager
RACHEL SUSSMAN
Tony Award-nominated producer
SEAN CERCONE
CEO/President of Broadway Licensing
SIMONE GENATT
Broadway producer and founder and chairperson of Broadway Asia
JOE LONGTHORNE
Producer, General Manager, Blogger, and Theatrical Entrepreneur
STEPHEN BYRD
Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer
LISA DAWN CAVE
Stage Manager & Founding member of Black Theatre United
ALEX FREEMAN
BroadwayWorld
STEVE ROSEN 
Writer, composer, lyricist and performer 
STEVEN PASQUALE
Award-winning Actor
TONY HOWELL
Digital strategist for Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Oscar, and Olivier award-winning artists
NALIA MCKENZIE
 Director at Disney Theatrical Group
RON SIMONS
 Five-time Tony Award-nominated and four time Tony-winning producer
KRISTYN BURTT
Commercial dance journalist, TV host and producer
PATRICK PACHECO
Emmy Award-winning TV commentator and arts
journalist
JEANNE NEWHOUSE
NCPsyD
DAVID ROCKWELL
President of Rockwell Group
NICHOLAS EDWARDS
Broadway Performer
TEMAH HIGGINS
Bond Theatricals
MATT ROSS
Matt Ross PR
GREG NOBILE
Co-founder and CEO of Seaview Productions
BRET SHUFORD
Actor and Broadway Life Coach
FRANK DILELLA 
 Emmy Award winning host of “On Stage” on Spectrum News NY1
RICK MIRAMONTEZ
President and Founder of O&M Co.
ALIA JONES
Tony Award-winning Prodicer
FELICIA FITZPATRICK
Playbill's Director of Social Media
KEN CERNIGLIA
Dramaturg
WENDI LEBOW
Chief Venue Officer for Goldstar.com and Stellar

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BE PREPARED WHEN BROADWAY REOPENS

The TheaterMakers Summit is a gathering of the world’s top theatrical talent for a weekend of education, inspiration, and connection. 

The TheaterMakers Summit will be held virtually again in 2021 for theater makers across the globe to attend, making this the largest virtual gathering of theater makers! We will also be hosting in person networking events in NYC in 2021.

Our industry has changed and the world is a different place than it was a year ago. At The TheaterMakers Summit, hundreds of the world’s smartest creators will gather in one virtual space to learn about the current state of the theater and how to make theater in a new world, as well as connect in virtual breakout rooms and private one-on-one virtual sessions.

If you’re an actor, director, producer, playwright, or theatre professional trying to navigate the new normal, then The TheaterMakers Summit is YOUR event. Welcome home.

"The quality of professionals who spoke at the conference was EPIC." 
- Kathleen Boluch

THE 2021 SUMMIT SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6

STAGE A

12:15 PM EST: Emcee Introductions
12:30 PM EST: Special Performance
12:40 PM EST: Welcome Address
1:00 PM EST: "How You Get Me To Produce Your Show": Tony Award-Winning Lead Producers Tell All 
2:00 PM EST: Designing Your Story: Designing Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Virtual Theater
3:00 PM EST: Maintaining Momentum: Advancing Equity for BIPOC TheaterMakers Onstage And Off
4:00 PM EST: Break 
4:30 PM EST: 4 Niches That Have Found Their Audience & Thrive
5:30 PM EST: How I Got "Discovered": The TheaterMaker's Journey Getting Produced to Broadway
6:30 PM EST: A "How It Got To Broadway" Case Study: Thoughts of a Colored Man
7:30 PM EST: In-Person Mixers

STAGE B

1:00 PM EST: Creating the World of Your Show: Award-winning Directors Tell You How They Do It 
2:00 PM EST: Getting Your Work Produced Across the Country: The Untapped Potential of Universities
3:00 PM EST: The Next Gen of Broadway Producers: Paving The Way On The New Broadway
4:00 PM EST: Break 
4:30 PM EST: The Future of Regional Theaters: Artistic Directors Tell You What They're Looking For In Your Show
5:30 PM EST: The Future Is Female: How These Women Shaped Their Careers on Broadway and How You Can Too

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7

STAGE A

11:00 AM EST: A "How It Got To Broadway" Case Study: New Broadway Show
12:00 PM EST: Getting Repped: When and How To Find the Right Agents, Managers, and Lawyers 
1:00 PM EST: The Non-Negotiable MUST Knows on Access & Inclusion in Theater
2:00 PM EST: Accessing Your Creativity and Productivity Through Self-Care
3:00 PM EST: Musical Theater TikTok: How Shows Have Found A Digital Audience
4:00 PM EST: Keynote
4:30 PM EST: Closing Remarks 

STAGE B

12:00 PM EST: Why Broadway Investors Invest: A Frank Conversation with Three Broadway Investors
1:00 PM EST: Getting Your Show Produced on the BEST Unconventional Platforms
2:00 PM EST: Going Viral: Level Up Your Social Media For You And Your Show
3:00 PM EST: Out-of-The-Black-Box: Making Theatre Not In a Theatre


BONUS DAY - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8

STAGE A

12:00 PM EST: Actors as Collaborators: Creating the World with Actors and Using Their Voices to Shape Your Story
1:00 PM EST: Get Your Show Off The Ground 
2:00 PM EST: Facebook Ad Strategies for Building Massive Audiences on Autopilot 
3:00 PM EST: The Nutshell Technique: Cracking the Story
4:00 PM EST: Submitting and Presenting Your Work: How to Get Them to Read It and Avoid a Bad First Impression 
5:00 PM EST: 10 Hacks For Final Draft & Formatting Like An Award-Winning Playwright

STAGE B

12:00 PM EST: Heuer Publishing
1:00 PM EST: Legal Aspects of Producing 
4:00 PM EST: Self-Producing Essentials: Build Your Own Budget

“LIFE AFFIRMING. CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT YEAR." - Dennis Blackmon

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHEN AND WHERE IS THE THEATERMAKERS SUMMIT?

The TheaterMakers Summit will be hosted virtually with an in person component on 6th and 7th, 2021.

WHAT ABOUT NETWORKING?

We know that conferences are a great networking opportunity, so we're building in even more networking breaks, happy hours, and opportunities than ever before. We will also have an in person networking component in 2021. 

Our conference technology also allows you to set up your own virtual networking rooms to discuss subjects that are important to YOU, and invite individuals to private networking rooms to talk face-to-face.

No more chasing people down in the halls because we'll have the virtual business card exchange feature enabled and you'll be able to create your own profile and view profiles of all attendees to stay in touch! There are so many ways to connect with fellow theater makers that we can't wait to share with you!

ARE THERE "TRACKS" THIS YEAR?

You bet! We're curating content for all areas of theater and professions ranging from playwriting to stage management, raising money to collaborating virtually. We'll have the different tracks clearly labeled so you can tell if a session is relevant to you or not.

WHAT IF I MISS A SESSION?

Don't worry! All of our sessions will be recorded and available for a period of time after the conference! This is a great chance to watch sessions you may have missed, or re-watch sessions you attended to get re-inspired or reminded of important tips, tools, and information!

Have a question we haven't covered? Email us at support@theatermakersstudio.com and we'll be happy to help!