November 14-16th, 2020

The One Event to Exponentially Grow Your Career Through Inspiration, Motivation, and Connections

Join Live From the Comfort & Safety of Your Home

November 14th-15th, 2020 with a Bonus Day on November 16th

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In most years, 


Attending our annual conference is always a great way to tap into inspiration, motivation, and connections with hundreds 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 has been a rough one for the theater industry, but 2021 is right around the corner and we will be back in business soon! 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 2020 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 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 TheateMakers Summit is all about connecting you with people who have the answers.  

Ready to make a commitment to yourself and your career?


And an investment the we 100% guarantee will result in massive action and results? 

SECURE YOUR VIRTUAL SEAT

Before General Admission Pricing Jumps by $100 on November 1st!

  • Panels and Presentations: Access to all panels and presentations on November 14th and 15th!
  • Networking: Access to networking opportunities with hundreds of theater makers!
  • Swag: Exclusive TheaterMakers Summit swag bag mailed to your home!
  • Summit Archive: Access to the 2020 video recordings for a limited time!

**Price jumps $100 on November 1st!**

  • All General Admission Benefits: Panels and presentations, networking, and swag!
  • ​​BONUS DAY: Access to attend the Bonus Day on November 16th!
  • VIP Swag: Upgraded Swag bag with exclusive VIP goodies!
  • VIP Support: Upgraded email and chat support!
  • Summit Archive: Access to ALL past conference archive plus the 2020 video recordings!
  • VIP Speaker Breakouts: Invite to exclusive breakout sessions with select panelists and presenters! 
  • VIP Networking Event with Ken Davenport

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

2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Christopher Jackson is a Tony Award nominated actor as well as a Grammy and Emmy Award winning songwriter/composer best known for starring as George Washington in the critically acclaimed, award-winning musical, Hamilton, on Broadway, which hit Disney+ on July 3rd, 2020. According to Variety, Disney+ saw a 72% surge in U.S. downloads during the premiere weekend. 

Christopher can currently be seen starring in the hit CBS drama "Bull." He recently closed a limited run of Freestyle Love Supreme on Broadway alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, which has been adapted into a documentary, We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, directed by Thomas Kail now streaming on Hulu. Additionally, he starred in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix mini-series When They See Us with Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga and John Leguizamo. In December 2018, “One Last Time (44 Remix)” was released as a part of the Hamildrop series which featured Christopher alongside President Obama and BeBe Winans. 

His Broadway credits include Holler if Ya Hear Me, After Midnight, The Bronx Bombers (Derek Jeter), In The Heights (Benny), Memphis (Delray Farrell) and The Lion King (Simba). Off Broadway includes Bronx Bombers (Primary Stages), The Jammer (Atlantic Theater Co.), Lonely, I’m Not (Second Stage), In the Heights (37 Arts), and Cotton Club Parade (ENCORES at City Center). 

In film and TV, he has appeared in Freestyle Love Supreme (Pivot Network), Person of Interest, A Gifted Man, Fringe, Gossip Girl, Tracers, and Afterlife. Christopher has recorded an original song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for the Disney film Moana and was also the Composer/Songwriter for Sesame Street (6 Emmy nominations and 1 win), and co-Music Supervisor and Writer for The Electric Company (PBS). Christopher won an Emmy Award for his song with Will.I.Am, “What I Am”. 

In 2010 he released his first solo album titled, IN THE NAME OF LOVE with Yellow Sound Lab Records and is currently working on his 2nd album. Christopher has performed sold out concerts all over the U.S. including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

CHRISTOPHER JACKSON

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

OUR 2020 SPEAKERS & PANELISTS

JESSIE MUELLER
Tony Award-Winning Actress
ALAN MENKEN
Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony Award-winning Composer
STEPHANIE KLEMONS
Award-winning Performer, Choreographer and Director 
THOMAS SCHUMACHER 
President of Disney Theatrical Group
BEN BRANTLEY
Former Co-Chief Theater Critic for The New York Times
SONYA TAYEH 
Emmy and Drama Desk-Nominated Choreographer
DAVID HENRY HWANG
Award-winning Playwright, Librettist, Screenwriter
KELLY DEVINE
Olivier Award-winning Choreographer
DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU 
Award-winning Playwright
IRENE GRADY
Press Rep
DORI BERINSTEIN
Four-time Tony-winning Broadway Producer
JUSTIN GUARINI
Performer (American Idol)
CHRISTIAN DANTE-WHITE
Veteran Broadway Performer
MICHAEL ARDEN
Tony Award-nominated Director
PAUL TAZEWELL
Tony and Emmy Award-winning Costume Designer
SERIN KASIF
VP of Production for Really Useful Group
BRIAN MORELAND
Producer
JULIE COHEN THEOBALD
Executive Director of EDTA
JAMIL JUDE
Director, Producer, Playwright, and Dramaturg
CHARLOTTE ST. MARTIN
President of the Broadway League
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
RANDY BUCK
Chief Executive Officer TROIKA Entertainment, LLC.
QUIANA CLARK-ROLAND Executive Director for the American Association of Community Theatres (AACT)
JENNIFER TEPPER
Producer and Creative and Programming Director at Feinstein’s/54 Below
KEN DAVENPORT
Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer
JOSHUA BERGASSE
Emmy Award-winning Choreographer
KATE MAGUIRE 
Artistic Director and CEA of Berkshire Theater Group
T OLIVER REID
Broadway Performer
TOM KITT
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer

DOZENS MORE SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED!

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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. In 2020, The TheaterMakers Summit will be held virtually for theater makers across the globe to attend from the safety of their homes. 

Broadway is changing. The world and our industry are in a state of chaos, which has ripple effects for the theatrical community across the country and even the world. 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 SUMMIT SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

FIRST STAGE

11:00 AM EST: Virtual Doors Open
12:00 PM EST: Special Surprise 
12:30 PM EST: Welcome From Ken Davenport
1:00 PM EST: Visionary Directors On Their Visions For Directing Theater in The New World
2:00 PM EST: How Award Winning Writers Keep Writing and What Will They Write Now?
3:00 PM EST: Best Practices for Collaboration . . . Virtually Or Not.
4:00 PM EST: Networking Break
4:30 PM EST: Self Care For TheaterMakers to Make Sure You Keep Creating
5:30 PM EST: Designing Your Story: Designing Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Virtual Theater
6:30 PM EST: Where are we headed? A Frank Conversation with The President of Disney Theatricals and The Chairperson of the Broadway League, Thomas Schumacher
7:30 PM EST: End of Day 1

SECOND STAGE

11:00 AM EST: Virtual Doors Open
12:00 PM EST: Special Surprise on Main Stage
12:30 PM EST: Welcome From Ken Davenport on Main Stage
1:00 PM EST: How We Rebuild The Road: The past, present and future of National Tours.
2:00 PM EST: Safety: Creating a Safe Space for Audiences, Actors, and Your Team During the Pandemic and Beyond
3:00 PM EST: POC: Producers of Color on What They Want To Produce
4:00 PM EST: Networking Break
4:30 PM EST: How Theaters Around The US Are Pivoting During The Pandemic (and what they'll do when it's done)
5:30 PM EST: Streaming: Monetization Methods & Business Models to Make You Money (Even During a Pandemic)
6:30 PM EST: Where are we headed? A Frank Conversation with The President of Disney Theatricals and The Chairperson of the Broadway League, Thomas Schumacher. On Main Stage.
7:30 PM EST: End of Day 1

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15

FIRST STAGE

12:00 PM EST: Doors Open
12:30 PM EST: A Career in the Theater with Ben Brantley
1:00 PM EST: Equality: How We Can All Work to Raise Voices of BIPOC On and Off Stage
2:00 PM EST: The Next Gen of Broadway Producers: What Are They Looking For?
3:00 PM EST: Actors as Collaborators: Creating New Work with Actors and Using Their Voices to Shape Your Story
4:00 PM EST: Keynote by Christopher Jackson
5:00 PM EST: Closing Remarks by Ken Davenport
5:30PM EST: End of Day 2

SECOND STAGE

12:00 PM EST: Doors Open
12:30 PM EST: A Career in the Theater with Ben Brantley on the Main Stage
1:00 PM EST: Making Your Musical Move: Choreographers Talk Storytelling Through Movement
2:00 PM EST: From Netflix to Broadway
3:00 PM EST: "But What I Really Want To Do Is": Emerging Artists Talk The Art of the Pivot
4:00 PM EST: Keynote by Christopher Jackson on Main Stage
5:00 PM EST: Closing Remarks by Ken Davenport on Main Stage
5:30PM EST: End of Day 2


BONUS DAY - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16

Registration for the Bonus Day is not included in General Admission tickets. VIP tickets holders will have access to the Bonus Day. 

FIRST STAGE

11:30 AM EST: Guest Check-In
12:00 PM EST: Dramaturgy Deep-Dive
1:00 PM EST: Formatting Your Script with Final Draft 
2:00 PM EST: Creative Finance for TheaterMakers with Broadway Joe 
3:00 PM EST: Anti-Bias Training for a More Inclusive Theater Community
4:00 PM EST: End of Day 3

SECOND STAGE

11:30 AM EST: Guest Check-In
12:00 PM EST: Livestream Technology Explained!
1:00 PM EST: Backstage x Casting
2:00 PM EST: How To Build Your Website In 10 Easy Steps 
3:00 PM EST: Creating The Perfect Pitch with a Broadway Producer
4:00 PM EST: End of Day 3
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**Subjects, speakers, and schedule are subject to change.

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

WHAT PAST ATTENDEES HAD TO SAY...

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHEN AND WHERE IS THE THEATERMAKERS SUMMIT?

The TheaterMakers Summit will be hosted virtually on November 14th and 15th, 2020. We're also adding a bonus day on November 16th that will include intensives, strategy sessions, and more!

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.

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.

WHY IS THIS SUMMIT LESS EXPENSIVE THAN PREVIOUS YEARS? AM I GETTING LESS?

You're getting MORE! Because we're bringing this conference online, we're cutting our costs, which means we can offer more affordable ticket prices than ever before. We know this is a tough time and want to make sure as many theater makers can be a part of this weekend as possible, because some important conversations will be happening that could shape the future of the theater. This year we'll have twice as many panels and presentations than ever before, which mean more guests, more attendees, and more networking . . . for less! 

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!