January 31, 2020
55th ANNUAL MEETING AND RETREAT FOR ADMINISTRATORS
March 25 – 28, 2020
Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor
REMINDER – PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING AND MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Annual Meeting sessions will offer the opportunity for consideration and discussion of issues significant to the activities of theatre units and the well-being of administrators, faculty, and students. Some of the topics to be considered include theatre as a means to open dialogue, promoting and protecting the value of theatre study, enhancing and advancing student learning, developing and maintaining rapport with upper administrators, establishing community connections, enrollment trends and projections, and broadening awareness of student mental health issues.
Training sessions will be offered for individuals preparing for accreditation reviews, new and current visiting evaluators, and administrators contemplating new or planning to amend undergraduate curricular programs. Informational sessions will be offered regarding accreditation processes and procedures; annual reporting requirements; and federal issues. Continuing a comprehensive review of its standards, NAST will offer an open hearing specifically devoted to discussion pertaining to operational standards for both free-standing theatre institutions and proprietary institutions. Opportunities will be provided to exchange ideas and share thoughts during discussion groups. Attendees will also gather socially to enjoy fellowship and renew connections during scheduled meals and social functions.
In addition to the Annual Meeting, NAST will offer two full-day pre-meeting workshops for theatre administrators on Wednesday, March 25. The Pre-Meeting Workshop for New and Aspiring Theatre Administrators will be offered from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Pre-Meeting Workshop for Seasoned Theatre Administrators will be offered from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Attendees of the two workshops will come together for a joint box lunch to facilitate open discussion and promote mentoring opportunities, and again in fellowship during a reception scheduled from 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Annual Meeting events will begin on Wednesday, March 25 at 4:15 p.m. with the Orientation for Newcomers to NAST. Prospective attendees should note that the Workshop: Preparing for NAST Evaluation will be held on Thursday, March 26 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.
The Business Meeting of the Association will take place on Thursday, March 26 at 12:30 p.m.
All registrants are welcome to attend the President’s Reception on Thursday, March 26 from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. The NAST President will provide a welcome and brief remarks; members of the Board of Directors will be introduced. This reception will provide an opportunity for attendees to speak with Board members, establish connections with individuals new to theatre administration, and rekindle acquaintances.
Detailed information regarding the Annual Meeting may be found at the NAST website.
Meeting Registration. Registration for Pre-Meeting Workshops and the Annual Meeting registration will close at 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 28. The basic registration fee through that date is $225. After February 28, all registration for Pre-Meeting Workshops and the Annual Meeting must take place at the NAST registration desk on site at the hotel and will incur an additional charge of $25. On-site registration will open at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25.
Hotel Reservations.The Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor is holding preferred reservations for NAST through Tuesday, March 3 at a group rate of $170 for single or double occupancy. Please be aware that if the NAST room block should be filled before that date, group-rate rooms will most likely not be available. Prospective attendees are encouraged to make reservations well before the March 3 cut-off date, and then cancel later if plans change (please review the information on the hotel website to confirm the time frame for cancelling reservations without penalty).
If questions arise about the Annual Meeting or the registration process, please send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.