4th Annual Theatremakers Summit to be Held November 14 and 15

The TheaterMakers Studio (Tony® Award-winning Producer Ken Davenport, founder) presents the fourth annual TheaterMakers Summit
on November 14 and 15. This year, the event will be held virtually for attendees and speakers.

The TheaterMakers Summit is the destination for all theater makers. This two-day event aims to unite aspiring writers, producers,
directors, actors, and other theatre professionals and fans alike with industry leaders to learn about and discuss the business of Broadway.

The weekend will offer a series of panels and presentations on topics ranging from How Theater Comes Back, Streaming: Monetization Methods and Business Models to Make You Money (Even During a Pandemic), Equality: How We Can All Work to Raise Voices of BIPOC On and Off Stage, Safety: Creating a Safe Space for Audiences, Actors, and Your Team During the Pandemic and Beyond, and more.

In addition to Keynote speaker, Grammy, Emmy, and Drama Desk Award Winner and Tony® Award nominee Christopher Jackson (_Hamilton; In The Heights; Freestyle Love Supreme_), this year’s summit participants include EGOT-winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast; Aladdin; Little Shop Of Horrors; Newsies), two-time Tony-winner Jessie Mueller (Waitress; Beautiful The Carole King Musical), former Chief Drama Critic of The New York Times Ben Brantley, Tony Award-winner Paul Tazewell (Hamilton; MJ The Musical), Justin Guarini (Women On The Verge…; American Idol), Dori Berinstein (The Prom; Legally Blonde), The Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin, Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden (Once On This Island;, Deaf West’s Spring Awakening), Tony-nominated choreographer Sonya Tayeh (Moulin Rouge), producer Brian Moreland (Sea Wall/A Life), Drama Desk-winner Asmeret Ghebremichael (West End’s Dreamgirls), Thomas Schumacher (President of Disney Theatrical Group), Tom Kitt (Pulitzer Prize winning composer), and many more.

Moderators include Naila McKenzie (Disney Theatrical) Drew Gasparini (The Karate Kid Musical Composer), Nicholas Edwards (Frozen), Emmy
Award-winner, Felicia Fitzpatrick (Social Media Director at Playbill), Frank Dilella (“On Stage” on NY1), Marc Hershberg (Forbes), Sirius XM Radio host Julie James, Blake Ross (Broadway at Work), and many more.

“The theater is facing the greatest challenge in its history,” said producer Ken Davenport. “But we will solve its problems the same way we create theater . . . by collaborating.”

The TheaterMakers Summit is bringing together 100 of the theater’s brightest business and artistic
minds from Broadway, Off Broadway, Regional Theater, International Theater, High School Theater and beyond, to help educate and inspire
writers, directors, actors and theaterakers from all over the world to make more theater . . .and make better theater. Because when this is over, boy are we going to need it.”

“For three years, The TheaterMakers Summit took place live and in person in New York. When I first learned that we wouldn’t be able to gather in a room, I thought about canceling the conference. But I couldn’t. Because, first, the subjects we are going to discuss, from streaming to equality to safety in our venues, are so important, we can’t wait another moment to start figuring out and actioning solutions. And second, because we’re 100% online, more people from all over have the opportunity to hear the words of the world’s experts on these matters and so many more, without the expense or hassle of travel. That’s why we’re expecting our biggest and most exciting conference ever. And just because we’re online, doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun. Expect
some surprises that we couldn’t do with an actual live conference!”

Secure your general admission ticket now through October 31st for $297 (that is $100 off of the regular general admission price.) In addition to the virtual conference programming, registrants who purchase VIP admission for $497 attend VIP virtual networking events and exclusive add-on events like the Bonus Day on November 16. To purchase tickets and for further details, visit TheaterMakersSummit.com.

By Susie Potter

Susie Potter is a 2009 graduate of Meredith College where she majored in English. She holds graduate degrees in teaching and American literature from North Carolina Statue University. In addition to her work for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, she is an award-winning author of short fiction. Works have appeared in The Colton Review, Raleigh Quarterly, Broken Plate Magazine, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, the Chaffey Review, and Existere. For more information visit SusiePotter.com.