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: 06.18.19

The League's National Conference Education Program includes 27 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

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Bloomsburg Carpet

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

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1:45 PM – 2:30 PM and 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM (Note: times may shift) | Six concurrent sessions; five will repeat after a 30 minute break

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

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

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Donor Perfect

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Early Bird Intensive Education Sessions

Sunday, July 15, 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
Option 2:
In-House Promoting 101

Plenary Session

Tuesday, July 17, 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM - Philadelphia 201 Hotel

Learn about current best practices in Programming from a panel of experts.

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2019 Theatre Tours

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

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.

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All theatre visits are still being confirmed and are subject to change, but we hope to visit the following theatres: Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE; Playhouse on Rodney Square, Wilmington, DE; Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, Media, PA; and two more theatres to be added. We’ll return to the conference hotel in time for you to freshen up before the Opening Night Festivities begin.

Conference Theatre Tours

(all times and theatres are subject to change)

Tuesday morning, July 16, we’ll leave the conference hotel by motor coach and visit the Academy of Music and Merriam Theater.

Wednesday morning, July 17, we’ll leave the conference hotel by motor coach and visit the Forrest Theatre and Walnut Street Theatre.

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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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