Regional Conferences

The League typically hosts two regional conferences each year, one in the spring and one in the fall, in different locations across the United States. Regional conferences provide intensive, intimate professional development and networking experiences, and the condensed format fits into participants' busy schedules. Members of the League's national Board of Directors act as the conference presenters and share practical and pertinent insights based on their experiences as leaders in the historic theatre field.

Typical conference topics include: The Historic Theatre Advantage; Making the Case for Investment; Raising Capital Campaign Money; Film Presentation 101: Programming, Promotion and Projection; Writing Contracts, Operations Basics; Maximizing Concession Profits; Marketing Q&A; Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards; Historic Theatre Renovation 101; Reducing Risk and Other Insurance Issues.


2020 Spring Regional Conference - Boston, MA

Making the Case for Historic Theatres

April 15-16, 2020 Cancelled

Held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Emerson Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA
Emerson Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA

Schedule (Tentative)

  • Wednesday, April 15
    9:00 AM - 5:15 PM followed by a networking social
  • Thursday, April 16
    8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Registration Fees (Subject to Change)

  • League members:
    • $185 first attendee
    • $165 each additional attendee
  • Non-members:
    • $230 first attendee
    • $200 each additional attendee

Fee includes: Beverages during entire conference, lunch and a networking social on Day 1, a Networking Coffee on Day 2, and a tour of the Emerson Colonial Theatre.

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Session Highlights (Subject to Change)

Sessions and schedule are subject to change. Download the PDF schedule here.

  • The Historic Theatre Advantage
  • Making the Case for Investment in the Arts and Your Historic Theatre
  • Optional sessions: Renovation 101 Intensive and "Ask the Experts" (theatre operations – programming, marketing & more)
  • Need Money, Ask for Advice: Raising Capital Money for Your Historic Theatre
  • Security Concerns - From Main Street to Broadway
  • Programming 101
  • Concessions/Bar - An Important Revenue Stream
  • Reducing Risk and other Insurance Issues
  • Film Presentation 101: Programming, Promotion, Projection & Popcorn
  • Board Governance Best Practices
  • Plus:
    • one lunch, an evening networking reception and a morning networking coffee, beverages and snacks
    • a Nuts & Bolts Icebreaker
    • a tour of the Emerson Colonial Theatre

Speakers / Networking (Subject to Change)

Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts
Laura Corman, Austin, TX
Christine Delaney, Tibbits Opera House
Steven Ehrenberg, Ambassador Theatre Group / ATG North America
Molly Fortune, Newberry Opera House
Becky Hancock, Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation
Chris Loeser, AIA, DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky
Keith Marston, The Shubert Organization
Ken Stein, LHAT President & CEO
Randy McKay, Jefferson Live!
Maureen Patton, The Grand 1894 Opera House
Michael R. Schnoering, FAIA, Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC
Stephanie Silverman, Belcourt Theatre
Kevin Sullivan, National Trust Insurance Services/MDP Programs

Special Thanks to our 2020...

National Partners

Ambassador Theatre Group Disney Theatrical Group DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky National Trust Insurance Services, LLC The Nederlander Organization The Shubert Organization

Regional Conference Partners

Agile Ticketing Jujamcyn Theaters Schuler Shook