AACTFest 2017: Headliners

3 Headliner Workshops

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Words to the Wise: In addition to a generous assortment of workshops, the national festival is featuring three exciting and thought-provoking workshops, one by Barry Hughson, Executive Director, National Ballet of Canada;  a second by composer, lyricist, and librettist Michael John LaChiusa; and a third by David Stewart, Director of Production, for the Guthrie Theater.

Insights into Arts Management

Barry Hughson

Barry Hughson, Executive Director, National Ballet of Canada
With a wide range of leadership in the arts, Barry Hughson has served as arts advocate, consultant, and educator, including teaching and speaking engagements in the US, Europe and South America. He is a founding member of Dance/USA’s National Leadership Council, and has served as a mentor to emerging arts executives through the Institute for Leadership Training. He is the Vice Chair of Dance/USA, North America’s largest service organization for professional dance, and serves on the Steering Committee for the Canadian Arts Summit. Under his leadership as Executive Director, the Warner Theatre in Torrington, Connecticut, successfully mounted the largest capital campaign in the community’s history, restoring the art deco theatre to its former grandeur in 2002. Hughson also served as the Festival Chair for the 2003 AACTFest held in Torrington.  [Photo by Karolina Kuras]
Presentation: Thursday, 9 - 10:15 am

The Journey of a New Musical--from Idea to Production

Michael John LaChiusaMichael John LaChiusa, composer, lyricist, and librettist
Michael John LaChiusa is a five-time Tony Award nominee for his Broadway productions of The Wild Party, Marie Christine and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. His acclaimed off-Broadway musicals, for The Public Theater and Lincoln Center, include Giant, Queen of the Mist, See What I Wanna See, First Lady Suite, Bernarda Alba, Hello Again, Little Fish, and Four Short Operas: Break, Agnes, Eulogy For Mr. Hamm, Lucky Nurse, and First Daughter Suite. LaChiusa also received commissions from Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among others.  Writes Stephen Holden of the New York Times, Broadway musicals “need composers as talented as Mr. LaChiusa, who have the courage to sacrifice commerciality and go their own way.” Winner of two Emmys for the children’s animated series The Wonder Pets, he teaches at both NYU and Columbia University. 
Saturday, 9 - 10:15 am

The State of Theatre in America (and how we can prepare for the future)

David StewartDavid Stewart, Director of Production, Guthrie Theater
David Stewart has served as an AEA stage manager for Madison Repertory Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, St. Louis MUNY, Kansas City Starlight Outdoor Musicals, The Little Theatre on the Square, and Austria’s English Theatre. He is chair of the People of Color Network at USITT and sits on their board of directors. He co-founded the highly successful Gateway mentorship program, pairing diverse young talent with professionals who can help them navigate the industry as they build their careers. He has two nationally published articles on diversity in theater production, and is technical editor for two theatre management books. Awarded the Distinguished Alumni Achievement award from his alma mater, Webster University, he served as the University of Wisconsin, Madison Production Manager and Head of Stage Management, as well as Director of Production for the Multi-Cultural Arts Institute. 
Friday 9 - 10:15 am





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