NATEAC Offers Discounted Hotel Rooms
The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) is offering discounted rooms at the Roosevelt Hotel for all registered NATEAC attendees. The rate is $219/day +tax and is available July 16, 17 & 18.
"We want to provide as carefree a stay as possible for our NATEAC guests", commented Bill Sapsis, conference director, "and staying at the Roosevelt Hotel is a big part of that. Not only is the conference taking place at the Roosevelt but several NATEAC networking events are within walking distance. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided by the hotel to all conference attendees".
NATEAC 2016, the third in a series of quadrennial events, will offer more than 60 panelists speaking at 24 sessions. Reynold Levy, past President of Lincoln Center, will offer the keynote address. Tyler Kicera of TAIT Towers and Raj Patel of Arup will team up to provide the plenary discussion.
"The room block at the hotel is moving quickly", noted Bill, "and latecomers might find room options limited”.
NATEAC announces two new networking events.
The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) has added two events to its roster of networking opportunities at the conference in July.
The first is a book signing which is planned for Sunday, July 17 in the ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel. A number of presenters and sponsors have recently published books and NATEAC wants to provide them with an opportunity to offer these books to the conference attendees. "This is a perfect extension of the NATEAC mission", commented John Huntington, the moderator of the Networks on Shows and in Venues session and author of Show Networks and Control Systems, "and I'm thrilled to be able to participate".
A closing night cocktail party is planned for Monday, July 18 at Eamonn's Bar & Grill on east 45th street, just a block away from the conference hotel. The cocktail party, which will be hosted by Richard Pilbrow, features a full open bar and appetizers. "The exchange of ideas doesn't begin and end with the sessions", noted Bill Sapsis, conference director. "NATEAC has always endeavored to give the attendees an opportunity to discuss the topics of the day in a less formal setting and an Irish pub should prove an ideal location." The cocktail party is made possible by the generous support of Fisher Dachs Associates and Staging Concepts.
These two events join the other three already scheduled get togethers; the Harbor Cruise on Saturday evening, the Conference Dinner at Sardi's on Sunday evening and the Backstage Tours on Tuesday morning.
NATEAC In the News
May 16, 2016
NATEAC in the News! Eddie Raymond gives us a guided tour of the upcoming conference in the current issue of Protocol.
This article first appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of Protocol,
the journal of ESTA (www.esta.org).
NATEAC Dinner to be charity event
April 25, 2016
The director and staff of the North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) are proud to announce that the conference dinner has been designated a charity event to benefit Behind the Scenes, a program of the Behind the Scenes Foundation.
The Behind the Scenes Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2005 to create and support charitable programs for the entertainment technology industry. Behind the Scenes provides financial assistance to industry professionals who are seriously ill or injured. Grants provided by Behind the Scenes may be used for basic living expenses or medical care. Bill Sapsis, NATEAC director commented, “The work Behind the Scenes does for our industry is enormous and supporting them with this dinner was a very easy decision. Generous donations from PRG and Altman Lighting helped make this event possible.”
The dinner, which is open to conference attendees, will be held on Sunday night, July 17 at Sardi’s, the iconic New York City theatre restaurant. Dinner will cost $100 per person, $75 of which will go directly to Behind the Scenes. Richard Winkler, the Broadway lighting designer and Tony Award winning Producer will be the guest speaker. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this event", noted Richard. “We’ll have some fun and raise money for a very worthy organization.”
Rick Rudolph, Chair of the Behind the Scenes Foundation noted, “This is a wonderful surprise and we’re honored NATEAC has chosen to support Behind the Scenes in this manner. It is fitting that the people gathering for NATEAC to consider the design and engineering of performance buildings and spaces should help support the individuals who earn their living working in them”.
NATEAC takes place at the Roosevelt hotel in New York City on July 17 and 18, 2016. Details for the conference and dinner can be found at http://nateac.org/
Please visit http://behindthescenescharity.org for more information on Behind the Scenes
NATEAC Registration Now Open!
April 1, 2016
NATEAC registration is now open!
NATEAC Announces Registration Date and Fees
Registration for the North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) will open on April 1, 2016. The conference, the third in a series of quadrennial events, takes place on July 17 & 18 at the Roosevelt Hotel, 45th St and Madison Ave in New York City.
The registration fee for NATEAC 2016 is $775.00. This fee includes the 2-day conference, breakfast and lunch both conference days, the always popular harbor cruise on Saturday evening, July 16th and backstage tours on Tuesday morning, July 19th.
Additionally, NATEAC has secured a special conference rate of $219.00/night plus tax.
"The first two conferences were very well received", noted conference director Bill Sapsis, "and the NATEAC staff has worked hard to ensure that NATEAC 2016 exceeds expectations. The session topics are extremely relevant and the caliber of the presenters is nothing short of extraordinary."
Over the 2 days NATEAC will offer 24 sessions presented by more than 50 industry professionals, a Keynote Address given by Reynold Levy and a Plenary session with TAIT Towers and ARUP.
Registration will be available online beginning Friday, April 1, 2016 and ending July 11th. After July 11th the registration fee will rise to $850.00. Please visit http://nateac.org for more information.
Press Contact: Bill Sapsis Bill@NATEAC.org 267-278-4561
NATEAC Announces Keynote Speaker - Reynold Levy
March 4, 2016
The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) is proud to announce that Mr. Reynold Levy will offer the 2016 keynote address to open NATEAC on Sunday morning, July 17.
Mr. Levy, author, philanthropist and an arts management icon, is probably best known to the live performance industry as the President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts from 2001 to 2014. During his tenure at Lincoln Center, award winning and critically acclaimed programs flourished. Simultaneously, an unprecedented and much applauded $1.2 billion physical transformation occurred. Mr. Levy authored an account of the transformation in his book, They Told Me Not To Take That Job: Tumult, Betrayal, Heroics and the Transformation of Lincoln Center.
"I am deeply honored to have Reynold Levy give the keynote address", noted Bill Sapsis, NATEAC Director. "I can't think of anyone who has done more in and for the Arts than he has. I am very much looking forward to hearing his thoughts on where the design of performance venues, old, new and those not yet planned, is headed".
Most recently, Mr. Levy was appointed president of the Robin Hood Foundation, the largest and most consequential philanthropy devoted to reducing poverty in New York City and relieving the plight of those who remain in that condition. He is also a senior advisor to the private equity firm, General Atlantic, Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's School of International Affairs, a consultant to nonprofit institutions and foundations and a Director of First Republic Bank. A member of the board of overseers of the International Rescue Committee, he was also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of the National Book Foundation and a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2014, he was elected to serve a three-year term as a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee.
The 2016 North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference takes place in New York City on July 17-18 and will bring together over 300 leaders in the Architectural, Engineering, Manufacturing and Consulting fields to discuss the issues faced in designing and building performance venues in North America in the 21st century.
Press Contact: Bill Sapsis Bill@NATEAC.org 267-278-4561
NATEAC seeks sponsors for upcoming conference
January 4, 2016
The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC), is seeking sponsors for its upcoming conference which takes place on July 16 - 18, 2016 in New York City.
NATEAC is the only event in North America dedicated solely to the design, construction and renovation of performance venues. Bill Sapsis, Conference Director noted, "Sponsorship of this quadrennial conference provides a unique marketing opportunity that will not be available again until 2020".
TAIT/Stage Technologies has reserved the first of two available Platinum sponsorships and ETC has secured one of the four available Gold levels. These companies, along with our Silver and Bronze sponsors, clearly understand the need for the conference and offer their support to help ensure its success. "Industry support", Bill added, "is essential if we're to provide the caliber of sessions and presenters that have come to be expected at NATEAC".
In 2012, NATEAC attracted over 280 industry professionals, venue owners and end users from 10 countries on 4 continents. The conference was very well received and offered an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences. Networking was also an important and enjoyable aspect of the conference, as evidenced by the traditional, and very popular, harbor cruise and a post conference dinner at the iconic NYC restaurant, Sardi's.
Press Contact: Bill Sapsis Bill@NATEAC.org 267-278-4561
NATEAC 2016 Announces TAIT Stage Technologies as Platinum Sponsor
November 12, 2015
I'm very happy to announce that TAIT Stage Technologies is once again the first Platinum Sponsor for NATEAC 2016. Their continued and generous support of NATEAC is greatly appreciated. TAIT Stage Technologies clearly understands NATEAC's mission and the need to further the dialog begun in 2008 and resumed in 2012."
NATEAC, and conferences like it, rely on the support of the industry for their success.TAIT Stage Technologies is a leader in Entertainment Automation and their support will help provide the caliber of speakers and panels that have come to be expected at NATEAC.
Our mission is to promote better communication between everyone responsible for designing and building new theatres and renovating existing facilities in North America. We also want to improve the level of interaction between design professionals and end users.
I invite you to help support NATEAC by becoming a sponsor. Please visit
nateac.org/sponsors.htm for more information.
Announcing NATEAC 2016
Greetings from Philadelphia.
I'm very happy to tell you that the next North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) will take place July 17 & 18, 2016 in New York City at the Roosevelt Hotel. The always popular harbor cruise is set for Saturday evening, July 16th and the conference dinner at Sardi's is Monday night, July 18th. Details on the hotel and cruise can be found here. www.NATEAC.org
Please note that the dates are in 2016. We wanted to give you plenty of time to save a spot on your calendar.
Look to your inbox over the summer for announcements regarding registration, programming and other topics of interest. The mailing list, which is up and running, will be the primary means of communication so please take a minute to update your profile. www.nateac.org/maillist.htm You should also pass this on to your friends and colleagues who might benefit from attending the conference.
I'm currently accepting programming recommendations and so, if you have a topic you think the NATEAC attendees would find interesting, please contact me at bill@NATEAC.org
Thanks for your past support. We're looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you in 2016.