2022 Conference Education

Education Session information is tentative, subject to change.

All events at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Playhouse Square and all sessions presented at The Idea Center® at Playhouse Square unless otherwise indicated.

Updated 06.22.2022

Registration now open!

The League's National Conference Education Program includes 16 Tools & Techniques sessions on restoration, fundraising, marketing, operations, facilities, and film programming along with important case studies of best practices from around the nation, offering something for everyone. Late Sunday afternoon, July 10, we will offer three "Early Bird" sessions for those who can't wait to get started. Two segments of concurrent Tools & Techniques sessions will be offered on both Monday, July 11, and three more segments on Tuesday, July 12. Five 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 sessions will all be held at the Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square. All Tools & Techniques Sessions will be held at The Idea Center® at Playhouse Square located directly across the street from the hotel.

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Official Education Sponsor

Tools & Techniques

Concurrent Professional Development Sessions

Monday, July 11 - Tuesday, July 12 (times vary) - The Idea Center® at Playhouse Square

Facilitated discussions, workshops, panel discussions, and case studies provide real solutions to real problems. Tools & Techniques segments on Monday and Tuesday 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.

Tools & Techniques Segment 2 - Tuesday, July 12

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(A) 9:45 am - 11:00 am and (B) 11:30 am - 12:45 pm| 4 concurrent sessions; 1 session will repeat after the lunch break

Early Bird Education Sessions

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Sunday, July 10, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Crowne Plaza Hotel at Playhouse Square

This year, the League will offer three 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.

Plenary Session: Social Justice and Equality

Tuesday, July 12, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Working from a script of To My White Friends That Know Me, written by Deborah L. Plummer and directed by Tony F. Sias , is a 25-minute vignette from a three-act play, designed as Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Edutainment. Through engaging, substantive, and often humorous dialogue, audiences are kept actively engaged and ready to participate in the post-show discussion facilitated by Dr. Plummer.

To My White Friends Who Know Me is brought to LHAT by Karamu House, the oldest, producing African American theatre in the nation and in partnership with Getting To We, Inc. Karamu House stands tall in our nation as an inclusive institution that has served as a common ground for Cleveland’s diverse community since 1915. Getting To We’s initiatives and programs serve to incubate new ideas for building social trust as the bedrock of a healthy society and a foundational aspect for achieving equity. Audiences of the performance will leave with information and inspiration…achieving racial equity one friend at a time.

Some of My Friends Are... The Daunting Challenges and Untapped Potential of Cross-Racial Friendships by Dr. Deborah Plummer Plenary Session Sponsored by Jujamcyn Theaters

Facilitated Networking Session

Wednesday, July 13, 9:00 am - 9:30 am with breakout discussions from 9:30 am - 10:30 am

It’s time for everyone to come together and do what LHAT does best: share best practices from around the nation. During COVID, the LHAT Happy Hours were a way to stay connected and hear what other were doing to remain relevant in their communities. In this live version, LHAT’s Board of Directors will lead discussions and answer questions. We’ll begin as one group and then divide into three groups (Large Venues, Smaller Venues, Film Houses) and take a deep dive into any topic you desire. Share things you have learned during the week in Cleveland or ask questions about topics that didn’t get covered. This is your chance before returning home to make those important connections that will help you stay in touch after we have left Cleveland.

Theatre Tours

Sunday, July 10; Monday July 11, & Wednesday, July 13

Pre-Conference Historic Theatre Ramble (Optional)

Sorry! The Ramble SOLD OUT in the first five days and the waiting list is now also full!

Sunday, July 10, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Fee-paid Option, Limited capacity – Includes continental breakfast and lunch

Playhouse Square Theatre Tours

Monday, July 11, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Note: The Hanna Theatre will not be on the Monday tour. It will only be toured during the Pre-Conference Theatre Ramble. The Allen Theatre tour will be on Tuesday evening.

Gordon Square District Theatre Tours

Wednesday, July 13, 10:45 am - 12:45 pm

Eye Opener Breakfasts: Peer Discussions and Networking

Monday, July 11, Tuesday, July 12 & Wednesday, July 13 AM (times vary) - Crowne Plaza Hotel at Playhouse Square
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 - Crowne Plaza Hotel at Playhouse Square

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 Cleveland 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