National Conference Education

Conference Education Session information is tentative, subject to change.

All 2023 events and Education Sessions presented at Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center unless otherwise indicated.

Registration Now Open!

Updated 07.07.2023

The League's National Conference Education Program includes 23 Tools & Techniques sessions on restoration, fundraising, marketing, operations, facilities, DEIB and film programming along with important case studies demonstrating best practices from around the nation, offering something for everyone. Late Sunday afternoon, July 16, we will offer two "Early Bird" sessions for those who can't wait to get started. Two segments of concurrent Tools & Techniques sessions will be offered on Monday, July 17, and three more segments on Tuesday, July 18, and one on Wednesday, July 19. Several of the Tools & Techniques sessions will be repeated following a networking or lunch break to give each person an opportunity to attend as many sessions as possible.

The Early Bird and Tools & Techniques Sessions will be held at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center.

Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC
Official Education Sponsor

Tools & Techniques

Concurrent Professional Development Sessions

Monday, July 17 - Wednesday, July 19 (times vary)

Facilitated discussions, workshops, panel discussions, and case studies provide real solutions to real problems. 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.

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 Segment session details and speaker bios.

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Tools & Techniques Segment 3
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(A) 9:45am - 11:00am | 5 concurrent sessions; 4 sessions will repeat in Segment 3B
(B) 11:30am - 12:45pm | 5 concurrent sessions; 4 sessions repeat from Segment 3A; 1 session will repeat in Segment 4

Tools & Techniques Segment 4
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2:30pm - 3:45pm | 5 concurrent sessions; 1 session repeated from Segment 3B

Tools & Techniques Segment 3B Sponsor: AudienceView
Tools & Techniques Segment 3B Sponsor: AudienceView

Early Bird Education Sessions

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Sunday, July 16, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

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

There is no additional fee, but these sessions will have a limited capacity so they are first come, first served, and will require advance registration. Early Bird Sessions are included in the Full Conference Registration fee. If you want to attend but are not registering for the Full Conference, please contact LHAT to determine what the fee will be to attend. Cold drinks and light snacks will be provided.

Click on each session name to read the full session description and get speaker information.

You will be able to add the Early Bird sessions after you register if you are undecided now.

A third session may be added - details will be posted once confirmed and available.

Facilitated Networking Sessions

Monday, July 17, 8:30am - 8:45am with breakout discussions from 8:45am - 9:45am
Tuesday, July 18, 4:45pm - 5:00pm with breakout discussions from 5:00pm - 6:00pm

We'll kick off the first full day of the conference by doing what LHAT does best: sharing best practices from around the nation. We learned during the pandemic that LHAT Happy Hours were a way to stay connected and hear what others were doing to remain relevant in their communities. We tried a live version of this “informal” networking in Cleveland last year and received rave reviews, so this year, we're building in even more time for this type of networking.

We'll begin the discussion as one large group, then divide into four smaller groups based on programming type and theatre size so you can take a deep dive into any topic desired. Share things you have learned since the Cleveland conference or ask questions about topics that are most important to your theatre's future success. Think of it as an in-person LHAT-CHAT Network!

Tuesday afternoon, we'll gather again for more networking using the same format, but this time, we'll all grab cocktails first, then break into smaller groups based on different topics or demographics than the day before. We want to make sure you get the chance to connect with as many different peers as possible to share experiences and ask for advice. There's no better opportunity for you to tap into the League's “Brain Trust.” Whether you're a first-time attendee, new to the historic theatre field, or have been at your theatre for many years, there's always something new you can learn to improve your theatre, solve a problem, or make your job easier so you don't have to “reinvent the proverbial wheel.”

The Compass Group, Inc.
Monday's Facilitated Networking Session & Breakouts Sponsor
The Compass Group
Jujamcyn Theaters
Tuesday's Facilitated Networking Session & Breakouts Sponsor

Theatre Tours

Sunday, July 16 & Wednesday, July 19

Pre-Conference Historic Theatre Ramble (Optional)

Sorry! The Ramble is SOLD OUT.

Sunday, July 16, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Optional Activity - Additional Fee Required, Limited capacity - Includes continental breakfast and lunch

Downtown Kansas City Theatre Tours

Monday, July 17, 11:30am - 1:30pm

Wednesday, July 19, 10:40am - 12:40pm

Eye Opener Breakfasts: Peer Discussions and Networking

Monday, July 17, Tuesday, July 18, & Wednesday, July 19 AM (times vary) - Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

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

Resource Area - Historic Theatre Information Exchange

Open Sunday afternoon, all day Monday & Tuesday - Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

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 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

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 • Season Brochures and Programs