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The 2012 BIZ OF THE MUSICAL THEATRE BIZ Conference took place July 20-23 at The NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood.

LA Stage Times posted a great overview of the Conference, which you can view by CLICKING HERE.

The opening remarks by Scott Wittman can be viewed by CLICKNG HERE.

Friday, July 20, 2012

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Opening Schmooze

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Anecdotes and insiders-only stories, tips (and possibly gossip) directly from produced writers who've been there and lived to tell the tale.

Cheri Steinkellner (Tony nominated bookwriter of Sister Act)
Paul Gordon (Lyricist/Composer of Daddy Long Legs, Tony nominated lyricist/composer of Jane Eyre)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Networking Coffee Break

Informal, casual milling, handshaking, and introductions to your fellow conference participants.

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM


Meet the staff of the Academy for New Musical Theatre, followed by the conference Keynote Address by Scott Wittman (Smash, Hairspray), laying the framework for the weekend and contemplating the future of the American Musical. (Mr. Wittman will be joining us by pre-recorded video Skype from his studio in New York City.)

Scott Wittman (Smash, producer and writer)

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM


An aggressive, fast-paced thirty-minutes of pitching your show, career, and ambitions to dozens of like-minded artists. Opportunities to sell your show, link up with new collaborators, or find networking opportunities for your next project.

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Coffee Break Schmooze

11:15 AM - 1:00 PM


How do you get your musical noticed? A discussion of the pros and cons of various different festivals, workshops, and fringes for new musicals: Featuring insider information from writers and producers who have taken part in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Village Theatre Festival, Stages Musical Theatre Festival, the Finger Lakes Festival, Edinburgh, the Los Angeles Festival of New American Musicals, the ASCAP/Dreamworks Workshops, the UC Irvine Festival of New Musicals, and more.

Elise Dewsberry (Artistic Director, NMI/ANMT)

Erik Przytulski (Princesses/ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop 2012)
Jordan Beck (Peter Pan - ASCAP/DreamWorks 2012, Creator of The Sunset Players web series, LA Festival 2010)
Jonathan May (Peter Pan - ASCAP/Dreamworks 2012)
Bob Klein (LA Festival of New Musicals)
Gary Busby (Associate Professor, Musical Theater; UC Irvine)
Lindsay Lefler (Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre)

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Lunch Schmooze

2:15 PM - 4:00 PM


Always one of the highlights of the Conference: a free-wheeling exchange between writers and entertainment attorneys, on whatever topic you'd like to ask them. Copyright questions? How do you acquire rights to a movie? How do you get out of a disasterous collaboration? Do you need permission to write a musical about [you fill in the blank] question is off-limits. It's like a free hour-and-three-quarters of attorney time (you do that math -- this panel alone is worth the price of the conference!).

Michael Blaha (Entertainment Lawyer, Producer)
Gordon Firemark (Entertainment Lawyer)

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Coffee Break Schmooze

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM


A powerful panel, packed with the people who greenlight musicals for production. They're ready to take your questions: What are they looking for at their theatre? How should you approach them? How should you NOT approach them? What's coming up next season for them? What do they want to see two years from now?

Terence McFarland (CEO, LA Stage Alliance)

Kevin Bailey (Producer, NoHo Arts Center)
Daniel Henning (Founding Artistic Director/Producer, The Blank Theatre Company)
Steven Glaudini
Tim Dang (Producing Artistic Director, East West Players)
Karyl Lynn Burns (Producing Artistic Director, The Rubicon Theatre)
Michael Michetti (Co-Artistic Director, The Theatre @ Boston Court)
JohnMichael Beck (Artistic Director, Celebration Theatre)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


This panel is comprised of folks who are on YOUR side in the biz: We've invited representatives from ASCAP, Dramatists Guild, Theatrical Rights Worldwide, etc. Find out what your rights are, and what kind of treatment to expect from producers, theatres and publishers. Also - reps from the unions you might need to deal with if you are involved in producing a show including Actors' Equity and the Musician's Union and Theatre Musicians' Assocation.

Dan Berkowitz (Co-Chair of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights)

Larry Dean Harris (Dramatists Guild)
Michael Kerker (ASCAP Director of Musical Theatre)
Michael Ankney (Business Representative Live Performance/Referral Service Professional Musicians Local 47, AFM)
Michael Van Duzer (Actors' Equity Association)
Paul Castillo (Theater Musicians Association/AFofM)

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch Schmooze

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Frank, eye-opening discussion about the logistics and politics of raising money for theatre production. From small productions to million-dollar funds, get the inside scoop from the people who do this for a living.

Gordon Firemark (Entertainment Lawyer)

Michael Shapiro (Kensington Entertainment)
Heather Provost (Broadway, film, and television producer)
Rick Culbertson (Producer, Divorce, the Musical)
Peach Reasoner (Producer, Hoboken to Hollywood)
Murphy Cross (Tony Award and Ovation Award-winning Producer, Wetrock Entertainment, Inc. (Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!))
Schoen Smith (Venture Hill Entertainment)
Marco Gomez (Venture Hill Entertainment, DOMA Theatre Company)

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Coffee Break Schmooze

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Should you produce your own show? Should you raise your own money? Find out directly from the people who work in the trenches of self-production and self-promotion. Get tips on promoting your show from marketing and publicity gurus. Evaluate your own risk/reward scenario, and prepare yourself for what lies ahead if you want to produce or finance your own work.

Ken Werther (Public Relations)
David Elzer (Producer, Writer, Demand PR)
Michael Antin (Writer, Sophia)
Debbie Kasper (Writer-Producer, Boomermania)
Pat Sierchio (Writer-Producer, Boomermania)
Peter Colley (Writer, Cagney, I'll Be Back Before Midnight)
Anne Tamanaha Mesa (Producer, Director, Senior Staff at Write Act Repertory)
Stefany Northcutt (Associate Director of Artistic Development, Write Act Repertory)

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Coffee Break Schmooze

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


We're assembling a powerful panel of producers who actually want to hear about YOUR musical. You'll be given an opportunity to submit a written pitch of your musical and/or a sample sound file, and they will be frank-but-supportive about what's appealing to them about your pitch. We'll also take their temperature about the future of the American Musical, and ask their advice for writers of the next few seasons of new musical theatre in America.
All registrants will be given the opportunity to submit a one-page pitch about your project and/or a single mp3 file. All written pitches will be handed directly to the producers for them to discuss during the panel; all sound clips will be sampled live in the room (up to 1 minute per entry).

ADDED BONUS: Sign up by the early registration date, and you'll get a chance to send your one-page pitch to ANMT ahead of time for an evaluation - giving you a chance to get your spiel 'pitch perfect' before submitting to the Producer panel.

An ADDITIONAL bonus for everyone who's registered for the conference (at LEAST for the Sunday session), we've compiled a long list of producers of new musicals who've agreed to receive an email pitch from you: you send us two paragraphs -- one about you and one about your project -- and we'll send it directly to them. The regional theatres and commercial producers who have already agreed to be part of the list (so far!) includes:

Geffen Playhouse
New York Theatre Barn
5th Avenue Theatre
Abrams Artists Agency
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Music Theatre of Wichita
Cumberland County Playhouse
Red Mountain Theatre Company
The Broadway Consortium, LLC
Musical Mondays Theatre Lab
Junkyard Dog Productions
Musical Theatre West
Arizona Theatre Company
Walnut Street Theatre
Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Ogunquit Playhouse
SenovvA, Inc.
California Musical Theatre
Mercury Musical Developments
Broadway Rose Theatre
Act II Playhouse
New Line Theatre
Danish Academy of Musical Theatre
Dallas Theater Center
Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music
Tacoma Musical Playhouse
Uptown Players
Millikin University
Theater Latté Da
Pennsylvania Centre Stage
321 Theatrical Management
American Musical Theatre Project (AMTP)
Western Stage
ZACH Theatre
Denver Center Theatre Company
Brigham Young University
Amas Musical Theatre
1113 Productions, Inc.
CAP21 - Collaborative Arts Project 21
NETworks Presentations
Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre
Cabrillo Music Theatre
North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
NOTE: Bring your proposed pitch to the Sunday panel for feedback; but note that you will be given the opportunity to REVISE your pitch and submit it via the ANMT website anytime prior to August 9, which is when we will actually be submitting the pitches to the list.

Scott Guy (Executive Director, NMI; Lyric Lab Instructor, ANMT)

Brian McDonald (Resident Director, Rubicon Theatre Company)
Michael Jung (Vice President, Theatrical Development, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment)
Oanh Nguyen (Artistic Director, Chance Theatre, Anaheim)
Gregg Maday (Warner Entertainment )
Schoen Smith (Venture Hill Entertainment)

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Final Schmooze

L  O  C  A  T  I  O  N

 The 2012 BIZ Conference took place at:

The NoHo Arts Center
11136 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 

ANMT * 5628 VINELAND AVE * NORTH HOLLYWOOD * 91601 * 818.506.8500 *