TEAM Conference

TEAM Conference, August 17-19, 2018
Salt Lake City, Utah


August 17-19, 2018, in Salt Lake City, Utah
Hosted by Hale Centre Theatre

AACT TEAM is an educational conference offering tracks in
Technical Theatre Skills
Educational Programming Directors
Artistic Direction Vision
Marketing/Development Skills

TEAM Conference in progress

Come as an individual or get even more out of the conference by putting together a team - the four tracks will be held simultaneously, so participants can share rides and rooms. Registrants select the track that best suits their individual needs. The insights you gain will pay for the conference registration many times over.  

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Technical Theatre Skills Track
The Technical Theatre Skills track is for those who work behind the scenes. Learn to master the challenges you face as you work within the amenities of your theatre, from stage size, lighting systems, and scenery to costumes. Experts will give hands-on training in several areas of technical theatre. This track will help you find resources and supplies you can utilize in your theatre, increase your excitement in the magic of technical theatre, and provide you with a nationwide network of fellow techies! A team of technicians will facilitate this track.  No technical theatre training is required, but even experienced techies will benefit.

Kacey Udy & Rob Kinmont
Technical Theatre Skills Facilitators

Kacey UdyKacey Udy serves as the Technical Director and Resident Scenic Designer for the Hale Centre Theatre. Approaching his 100th production with Hale Centre, his design for the regional premiere of The Pirate Queen won the 2016 USITT Design Expo.
He earned his BFA in Theatre Arts (focusing on Graphic and Scenic Design) from the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University (USU) in Logan, Utah. While at USU, Kasey’s designs received multiple regional design awards and were included with the U.S. delegation at the Prague Quadrennial. He was also awarded Undergraduate Researcher of the Year by USU.

Rob Kinmont has served as the Head of (Stage) Construction for the Hale Centre Theatre for the past several years. He hasRob Kinmont fabricated numerous innovations for the Theatre, including its first automated tracking system for moving set pieces (Footloose) and “bigger and better fire” pyrotechnics (Zorro the Musical) by creating a more efficient and repeatable ignition system. Rob and the technical team he manages, whose skills range from specialized metal fabrication to state-of-the-art electronics, love the challenge of creating something that’s never been done before. Rob takes inspiration from Walt Disney who is credited with saying, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” 

Educational Programming Directors Track
Boost your theatre’s education program, exchange ideas and experiences, and learn skills to better manage your programs. The Educational Programming Directors track will give you skills to tackle theatre education issues, a renewed enthusiasm to build your educational programs, and provide you with a network of colleagues from all over the country. The Educational Programming Directors track is for anyone, whatever his or her title, who is responsible for their theatre’s education program.
Jennifer Hamilton
Educational Programming Facilitator

Jennifer HamiltonMost recently serving AACT as facilitator for the Youth Leadership Conference at AACTFest 2017 in Rochester, Minnesota, Jennifer began her AACT involvement in 2008 facilitating the Education Directors Workshop in Kansas City, Missouri. Since that time, she has also presented a workshop at AACTFest 2009 in Tacoma, Washington, and served on both the Education and Workshop committees.
Jennifer began her professional theatre work as Education Director for Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy in Topeka, Kansas, a position she held from 2002 until 2014. In that role, she administered year-round classes for ages four through adult, developed and grew a summer camp program from 30 students to 300+, worked with a teen improvisation group, developed outreach programming for area schools and under-served communities, directed over 50 youth and Theatre for Young Audiences productions, and secured program funding through grant writing.
Earning her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Sterling College in 1993, Jennifer subsequently earned her Master of Arts in Theatre & Film from the University of Kansas in 2003.

Artistic Direction Vision Track
Choose the right plays for your next season; learn solutions for choosing directors, recruiting actors, and solving technical problems; and examine long-range planning. Discover and re-envision exciting ways to produce high quality theatre as you exchange ideas and experiences with fellow producers and artistic directors. Artistic Direction Vision track is for anyone, whatever his or her title, who is responsible for the overall artistic direction of their theatre.

Morrie Enders
Artistic Direction Vision Facilitator

Morrie EndersServing as Executive Director of Lincoln Community Playhouse in Lincoln, Nebraska since 2010, Morrie brings over 30 years of theatre management and artistic vision development to this year’s TEAM Conference. He also served as Artistic Director at Kalamazoo Civic Theatre (Kalamazoo, Michigan) from 2005-2009 and Artistic/Managing Director of La Crosse Community Theatre (La Crosse, Wisconsin) from 1987-2005.
Morrie earned his MFA in Directing at the University of Utah and his BFA in Theater at Central Michigan University. Since then, his productions have earned numerous awards at state, regional, national, and international festivals. He has also been a frequent workshop and conference presenter both nationally and internationally, including twice leading AACT Managing Directors Conferences (2007 and 2013).
His involvement and leadership in AACT has a long history. Most recently serving as Chair of the Adjudication Task Force, Morrie is also a former member of the Board of Directors and Membership Committee Chair. In addition, he has served as a festival adjudicator at multiple state, regional, national, and international festivals—most recently AACTFest 2017 in Rochester, Minnesota.

Marketing/Development Skills Track
Discover strategies and tactics to increase your fundraising and marketing abilities, and learn ways to create loyalty to your organization and promote its place in your community. The Marketing/Development Skills track will help you understand methods for small, medium, and large sized arts groups to enlist donors and sponsors, build audiences, and to use marketing and branding in today’s changing social media world. The Development/Marketing Skills track is for anyone from board members to staff who raises funds or promotes their theatre.

Kristi Quinn
Marketing/Development Skills Facilitator

Kristi Quinn

Kristi has an extensive background in marketing, development, and fundraising. She has previously served in many capacities throughout the Sioux City area, including: Development Director for the Art Center, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director of the Sioux City Community Theatre, as well as Community and Economic Development Director. She currently multi-tasks as Executive Director for Susan G. Komen Siouxland, Theatre and Speech Director for Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School, and Artistic Director of Warrior Theatre.
She attended the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morningside College in Iowa.
Kristi is also a past Vice-President of Festivals for AACT, and is currently a member of the Festival Commission. A popular festival adjudicator, Kristi served as one of the national adjudicators for AACTFest 2017 in Rochester, Minnesota.

AACTEd Hours:  AACT will provide you with documentation of your participation in quality educational activities through AACT. Full participation in the TEAM Conference earns 17 AACTEd hours.

AACT Member Group (3 or more)     $250
AACT member Individual                 $300
Non-member Individual                   $350

  • Attendees receive a complimentary ticket ($40 value) to a Hale Centre Theatre Show: Newsies or Pinocchio (registrant choice)--for show info, go to:

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Conference Schedule:

Friday, August 17, 2018
5:30 - 6:30 pm           Dinner* and Tour of Mountain America Performing Arts Centre
                                * Dinner is optional and requires an added $10 fee
7:00 - 10:00 pm        Session 1
Saturday, August 18, 2018
8:30 am - 12:30 pm  Session 2
12:30 pm                   Lunch provided
1:30 - 5:30 pm          Session 3
7:30 pm                     Hale Centre Show*
                               * Newsies or Pinocchio (registrant choice),  a complimentary $40 value ticket to a Hale Centre Theatre Show!
Sunday, August 19, 2018
8:30 am - 12:30 pm   Session 4

Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City/Sandy
277 West Sego Lily Drive, Sandy, Utah 84070
Tel: +1-801-352-9400
Fax: +1-801-352-9401
Rate: $119 for King/ Queen Standard (double occupancy--additional guests in room are only $7 each) and includes breakfast
Online Reservation Link - Click here to book your group rate with AACT -- August 2018 -- HGI Sandy
Call for Reservations:  801-352-9400 - Group Code is A8C
Deadline for Group Rate:  July 26, 2018

Hotel Amenities:

  • Within walking distance to the Hale Centre Theatre
  • Near Rio Tinto Real Stadium, The Shops at South Town and Mormon Tabernacle
  • Hotel will provide shuttle for AACT guests to attractions and restaurants within a 3 mile radius
  • 24-hour work-out facility, indoor pool and whirlpool
  • Complimentary WiFi/wired internet
  • Complimentary 24-hour business center
  • 24-hour Pavilion Pantry®

For general information contact the AACT Office: 817-732-3177, or by email at



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