National Conference

National Conference and Theatre Tour


42nd National Conference & Theatre Tour

July 15-18, 2018 - Austin, TX
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

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Downtown Austin Courtesy of Geoff Duncan, Visit Austin

Downtown Austin Courtesy of Geoff Duncan, Visit Austin
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Why Should You Attend?

Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, Texas continues to top the "Best Place to Live and Work" lists propelling it from a sleepy college town to the 11th most populous city in the United States. Everyone either wants to live here or visit here thanks to the many festivals, restaurants, artists and yes, even the cowboy boots.

But in the middle of all that hype sit the historic Paramount and State Theatres operating as the Austin Theatre Alliance. This mighty, little nonprofit has beaten all the odds continuing to draw large crowds and present sold out shows despite an overwhelming number of for profit, competing venues popping up each year. Join us as we find out how they do it.

With seven theatre tours and over 46 hours of professional development sessions -- including an in-depth case study of the Austin Theatre Alliance -- the League's 42nd Annual Conference will leave you both exhilarated and exhausted.

Our keynote speaker is Duff Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of GSD&M Idea City, a company that helped elect a president, launch an airline, turn Walmart into a global retail force, and even gave Texas its rallying cry – Don't Mess With Texas!

When the conference day is done, your head might be full, but your eyes and your stomach will still have plenty of opportunities to feast on the legendary nightlife happening in the 6th Street, Warehouse, 2nd Street and Rainey Street Districts – and yes, our hotel is located right in the middle of it all. I promise you, we'll be talking about this one for years to come… or maybe we should all agree that what happens in Austin, stays in Austin.



About the National Conference & Theatre Tour

The League's annual conference is the largest annual gathering of historic theatre professionals, community leaders, and service providers and suppliers, attracting participants from across the U.S. and Canada for idea sharing and network building. Professionals, volunteers and devotees join together for four days of networking and peer information exchange, tools & techniques sessions, and tours of local historic theatres, plus events, banquets and receptions.

By defining our field, creating a shared vocabulary and identifying best practices, the educational components of the League's annual conference strengthen efforts to sustain historic theatres of various sizes, operating structures and programming philosophies. During theatre tours, docents emphasize how each venue has dealt with the specific challenges of sustaining their operations to serve their communities, now and in the future. The conference takes place in different locations across North America each year.