2017 Conference Education
Education Session information is tentative, subject to change.
All events at Sheraton Grand Los Angeles Downtown unless otherwise indicated

Primary Sponsor of the 2017
Conference Education Program

Agile Ticketing
Tools & Techniques Sessions
Early Bird Intensive Education Sessions
Theatre Tours
Keynote Address
Eye Opener Breakfasts: Peer Discussions
Resource Area - Historic Theatre Info Exchange

Last updated: 06.26.17

The League's National Conference Education Program includes 25+ sessions on restoration, safety, technology and programming along with important case studies of best practices from around the nation, offering something for everyone.

Late Sunday afternoon, we will offer four concurrent case study sessions that will demonstrate the best practices of several venues across the U.S.

Two segments of concurrent Tools & Techniques sessions will be offered on Monday, July 17, and one segment of concurrent sessions will be offered on Wednesday, July 19.

Tools & Techniques

Concurrent Professional Development Sessions

Facilitated discussions, workshops, panel discussions, and case studies provide real solutions to real problems. Four concurrent Tools & Techniques segments on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will offer best practices, emerging trends and practical information for improving your historic theatre, your business and your community. The majority of the sessions will be repeated following a 30 minute networking break to give each person an opportunity to attend as many sessions as possible. A few sessions will only be offered once (please note schedule below).

Click on each session name to read the full session description and get speaker informaion. Click where indicated to download the PDF for each specific Tools & Techniques Segment session details and speaker bios.

Click here to learn about this year's two optional Early Bird Intensive Education Sessions.

Tools & Techniques Segment 1 - Sunday, July 16

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5:00 - 6:00 PM | 4 concurrent 60 minute case studies, all only presented once

Tools & Techniques Segment 2 - Monday, July 17

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9:30 - 12:30 PM | 6 concurrent sessions; 3 of 6 will repeat after a 30 minute break

TT2 Sponsored by:

First Half (9:30 - 10:45 AM)

Second Half (11:15 AM - 12:30 PM)



Tools & Techniques Segment 3 - Monday, July 17

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2:00 PM - 3:15 PM | 6 concurrent sessions; all only presented once

TT3 Sponsored by:
Bloomsburg Carpet

Tools & Techniques Segment 4 - Wednesday, July 19

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9:15 AM - 12:15 PM | 6 concurrent sessions; 4 of 6 will repeat after a 30 minute break

TT4 Sponsored by:

First Half (9:15 - 10:30 AM)

Second Half (10:45 AM - 12:00 PM)

Hudson Scenic Studio

Conrad Schmitt Studios Inc.

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Early Bird Intensive Education Sessions

Sunday, July 16, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This year, the League will offer two optional "Early Bird" education sessions prior to the official conference kickoff on Sunday evening.

These sessions will have limited capacity, so they are first come, first served and will require advanced registration. Sessions are only available to full conference registrants and are included in the full conference registration fee.

1:00 - 3:30 PM - Historic Theatre Renovation 101: A Framework for Planning Successful Projects

Thinking about acquiring, restoring, and revitalizing a historic theatre? Already have one and need some help? This early-bird, in-depth session – featuring a team of leading experts in theatre planning, design, operation and tax credit financing – presents an overview of a historic theatre renovation project. Designed for historic theatre owners, community leaders, board members, senior staff and others who are considering, beginning or participating in the renovation of a historic theatre, this in-depth session will help you develop a clear understanding of your role in the process. Group who want to renovate a historic theatre are encouraged to attend as a team.

Presenters: Alec Stoll, ASTC, Principal, Stages Consultants, Highland Park, NJ (moderator); Michael DiBlasi, ASTC, IALD, Schuler Shook, Minneapolis, MN; Michael Schnoering, FAIA, Partner, Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC, Princeton, NJ; Susan Palmer, President, The Palmer Westport Group, Santa Fe, NM; and Janis Barlow, Principal, Barlow & Associates, Toronto, ON
Additional panelists may be added

2:00 - 3:30 PM - Best Practices for Non-Profit Board Members

A good Board of Directors can have a lasting, positive impact on a nonprofit. However, with even the best of intent, a Board of Directors can also be the nonprofit's worst enemy. In this 90-minute session, learn about the 10 Basic Roles of a Non-Profit Board and best practices for successful governance including hiring and supporting your chief executive, creating and reviewing your mission and vision, fiduciary responsibilities and board recruitment. This session will also include a Q&A for best practices around board fundraising roles. All participants will receive FIVE free book downloads including: Fundraising Responsibilities for Nonprofit Boards, Financial Responsibilities for Nonprofit Boards, Legal Responsibilities for Financial Boards, Govern More and Manage Less, as well as 10 Basic Responsibilities for Nonprofit Boards (a $158 value).

Presenters: Ken Stein, President & CEO, League of Historic American Theatres, Austin, TX

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2017 Theatre Tours

During the conference, we will visit historic theatres in and around Los Angeles. On Sunday, attendees of the optional pre-conference ramble will travel by motor coach to visit historic theatres in outside of downtown LA. Tuesday we will travel by motor coach to tour historic theatres in Hollywood. Wednesday we will tour historic theatres within walking distance of our hotel and enjoy discussions led by each venue's executive staff about the theatres' history, current programming and operations, recent renovation projects, and other successes and challenges.

Optional Pre-Conference Historic Theatre Ramble (theatres subject to change)

Sunday, July 16, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fee-Paid Option - Includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch.

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All theatre visits are still being confirmed and are subject to change, but we hope to visit the following theatres: Theatre at Ace Hotel, The Wiltern, Saban Theatre, Wilshire Ebell Theatre, and Million Dollar Theatre. The group will enjoy lunch at the Saban Theatre and return to the conference hotel in time for ramblers to attend the late afternoon Tools & Techniques sessions and to freshen up before the Opening Night Festivities begin.

Conference Theatre Tours

(all times and theatres are subject to change)

On Tuesday, attendees will take a motor coach to Hollywood to tour the El Capitan Theatre, Pantages Theatre Egyptian Theatre, and TCL Chinese Theatre.

On Wednesday, attendees will walk from the hotel to the Orpheum Theatre, Globe Theatre, Palace Theatre, and Los Angeles Theatre.

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2017 Keynote Address

Tuesday, July 18, 4:45 PM - Sheraton Grand Hotel Downtown

Following our day of theatre tours in Hollywood, we will return downtown for this year's Keynote Address and welcome out special guest:

Laura Fredricks

Laura Fredricks is the Billion Dollar A$K Maker Powerhouse, who, as CEO and Founder of THE A$K©, trains and coaches nonprofits and businesses on How to A$K for Money…and More of It. She is the first to combine the most trusted professions, law and philanthropy, to show how any person, charity or business can raise money to unprecedented levels. For over 25 years, she has advised organizations around the globe on current trends within the philanthropic world and emerging thoughts on management of their assets, personnel, and organizational structure. Her five books, including THE A$K©, are the international industry leading go-to guides. Her latest book: "THE ASK: For Business, For Philanthropy, and Every Day Living" will be out October 2017. Laura is today's Money Wellness Expert and Media Personality.

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Eye Opener Breakfasts: Peer Discussions and Networking

Monday, July 17 & Tuesday, July 18 AM (times vary) - Sheraton Grand Hotel Downtown

Seek advice from your LHAT colleagues and share experiences in historic theatre operations, programming, management and facilities development through highly interactive information exchanges two mornings during the conference. A favorite of LHAT conferences, this breakfast session introduces you to valuable resources within the League's network.

Tuesday Breakfast Sponsored by Staging Concepts

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Resource Area - Historic Theatre Information Exchange

Open Sunday afternoon, all day Monday & Wednesday til Noon, Sheraton Grand Hotel

The LHAT Conference is the nation's largest annual gathering of historic theatre professionals because it's all about peer information exchange. To enhance that experience, we need your help.

Please bring copies of any materials from your theatre that you think a fellow attendee might find valuable -- anything they can look at (or even better -- take home) to add to what they learned during conference sessions and peer networking. We want attendees to leave L.A. re-energized, with all kinds of tools and ideas that they can share with their staff and board members back home that will help them forge ahead and plan for the success of their historic theatres.

What to bring

• Season Brochures and Programs • Capital and Annual Campaign Flyers • Volunteer Training Guidelines • Front of House Manuals • Employee Manuals • Emergency & Preparedness Plans / Safety Handbooks • Patron Code of Conduct • Sample Patron Incident Forms • Rental Rates / Sample Rental Agreements & Guidelines • Tech Sheets • Economic Impact and Feasibility Studies • Sample RFPs for Services • Sponsorship and Membership Brochures • Sample Offer & Venue Contract Riders •

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