2019 Conference Education
Education Session information is tentative, subject to change.
All events at Philadelphia 201 Hotel unless otherwise indicated.

Primary Sponsor of the 2019
Conference Education Program

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

Last updated: 07.12.19

The League's National Conference Education Program includes 28 sessions on restoration, development, marketing, operations, facilities, 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 two "Early Bird" Intensive sessions for those who can't wait to get started.

Two segments of concurrent Tools & Techniques sessions will be offered on both Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16. On Wednesday, one segment of concurrent Tools & Techniques sessions will be offered.

Tools & Techniques

Concurrent Professional Development Sessions

Monday, July 15 - Wednesday, July 17 (times vary) - Philadelphia 201 Hotel

Facilitated discussions, workshops, panel discussions, and case studies provide real solutions to real problems. Four segments of concurrent Tools & Techniques sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will offer best practices, emerging trends and practical information for improving your historic theatre, your business and your community. Several 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 information. Click where indicated to download the PDF for each specific Tools & Techniques session details and speaker bios.

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

Tools & Techniques: 1st Segment - Monday, July 15

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9:30 AM – 10:45 AM and 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM | Six concurrent sessions; Four will repeat after a 30 minute break

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

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



Tools & Techniques: 2nd Segment - Monday, July 15

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2:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Six concurrent sessions; all only presented once

TT2 Sponsored by:

Bloomsburg Carpet

Tools & Techniques: 3rd Segment - Tuesday, July 16

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1:15 PM – 2:30 PM and 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Six concurrent sessions; five will repeat after a 30 minute break

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Second Half (3:00 PM - 4:15 PM)

Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP

Tools & Techniques: 4th Segment - Wednesday, July 17

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9:00 AM – 10:15 AM | Five concurrent sessions; all only presented once

TT4 Sponsored by:

Donor Perfect

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Early Bird Intensive Education Sessions

Sunday, July 14, 2:00 PM - 5:00 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.

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Option 1: 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.
Robert Bull, Managing Partner, The Compass Group, Baltimore, MD
Michael DiBlasi, ASTC, IALD, Partner, Schuler Shook, Minneapolis, MN
Molly Fortune, Executive Director, Newberry Opera House, Newberry, SC
Michael R. Schnoering, FAIA, Partner, Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC, Princeton, NJ
Alec Stoll, ASTC, Principal, Stages Consultants, Highland Park, NJ (moderator)

Option 2: In-House Promoting 101

You have saved and renovated your historic theatre, and now you need to do something with it. You’re finding out the hard way that nobody cares about your perfect acoustics, or that you’re a nonprofit, and artists don’t actually like intimate shows in small theatres, because they don’t like small and intimate paychecks. This 3-hour workshop is an introductory master class for owners and operators who want to start programming their venue themselves. The emphasis is on talent buying and the promotion of touring artists, but other programming options will be discussed, including film, theatrical producing, theatre rentals and co-promoting.
John Bell, President & CEO, Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL
Jeffrey Gabel, Founding Executive Director, Gettysburg College's Majestic Theater, Gettysburg, PA
Numa Saisselin, President, Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc., Jacksonville, FL

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Plenary Session

Tuesday, July 16, 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM - Philadelphia 201 Hotel

Ready, Set, Book! A Discussion of Strategies to Help Grow your Audience through Innovative Programming

Historic theatres face numerous challenges from technical limitations to reduced capacity. This will be a lively discussion focusing on what agents and producers are looking for when booking their shows and what you as a the presenter can do to incentivize them to play your theater
Tyler Bates, Director of Programming, ATG North America & General Manager, Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
Steven Ehrenberg, Director of Production Kings Theatre, Ambassador Theatre Group, New York, NY (moderator)
Luanne Franklin, Director of Peforming Arts, Lexington Center Corporation, Lexington, KY
Temah Higgins, Principal, Bond Theatrical Group, New York, NY
Mollie Mann, Principal, Bond Theatrical Group, New York, NY
Seth Wenig, Executive Vice President, NETworks, Columbia, MD

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2019 Theatre Tours

Sunday, July 14, 8:30 AM - 5:45 PM, Tuesday, July 16, 9:40 AM - 11:50 AM, Wednesday, July 17, 10:25 AM - 1:00 PM

This year will include the traditional Optional Pre-Conference Historic Theatre Ramble on Sunday and tours of four additional theatres, two each on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Visit the Theatre Tours page for more detailed information on our confirmed theatres. Theatres and timing are subject to change. Please check back often or check your conference app for the most up to date information.

Optional Pre-Conference Historic Theatre Ramble

Sunday, July 14, 8:30 AM - 5:45 PM
Fee-Paid Option - Includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch.

We're sorry, but the 2019 Pre-Conference Historic Theatre Ramble is SOLD OUT!

We are no longer taking any names for the waiting list.

All theatre visits are subject to change, but we are currently confirmed to visit the following theatres:
Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE
Playhouse on Rodney Square, Wilmington, DE
Ambler Theater, Ambler, PA
Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
Plays & Players Theatre, Philadelphia, PA

We’ll return to the conference hotel in time for you to freshen up before the Opening Night Festivities begin.

Pre-Conference Ramble Sponsored by:  Ticketmaster

Conference Theatre Tours

All times and theatres are subject to change. Tours will board buses at the specified time at the side entrance of the conference hotel on 17th Street.
Tuesday, July 16, from 9:40 AM to 11:50 AM we hope to visit the following theatres:
Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA
Merriam Theater, Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, July 17, from 10:25 AM to 1:00 PM we hope to visit the following theatres:
Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA

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Eye Opener Breakfasts: Peer Discussions and Networking

Monday, July 15, Tuesday, July 16 & Wednesday, July 16 AM (times vary) - Philadelphia 201 Hotel

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 networking breakfast introduces you to valuable resources within the League's network.

Monday Breakfast Sponsored by Choice Ticketing     ¦     Tuesday Breakfast Sponsored by Staging Concepts

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Resource Area - Historic Theatre Information Exchange

Open Sunday afternoon, all day Monday & Tuesday - Philadelphia 201 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 Austin 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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