2013 STA Conference - What Dreams May Come
January 9 - 12, 2013

We hope you’ll join us for the upcoming STA Conference.  Hosted by the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), this year’s conference will be an exciting, engaging, and empowering event. 

Located on the campus of DeSales University in eastern Pennsylvania, PSF is the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is looking forward to its twenty-second season.  PSF is just south of Bethlehem, PA and is in the Lehigh Valley, the third most populous region in Pennsylvania. Easily accessible from three international airports and several major highways, PSF is near Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York City.  

Conference registration is now available online
Registration is $200.

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Welcome Letter

Dear STA Colleagues,

What Dreams May Come?

Follow the STA to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for our annual Conference. Hosted by the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the 2013 Conference will run from 9-12 January with the pre-conference workshop commencing on 6 January.

I had the good fortune to visit Patrick Mulcahy and Casey Gallagher at PSF’s base at DeSales University in Center Valley.  They have drawn up a stimulating programme with some dynamic guest speakers which will refresh and reinvigorate our thoughts about strategic planning.

Please contact Patrick or Casey if you would like to join a panel or recommend a topic.

Bethlehem has Moravian roots and boasts buildings from the 18th century.  I stayed at the gloriously comfortable Historic Hotel Bethlehem and can advise friends that the town offers everything from very fine dining to burgers and fries at a memorable micro-brewery - all within walking distance from the Historic and the Hyatt hotels.  The Historic has agreed to keep its bar open until 2am for those members who might wish to continue serious discussion into the early hours.

Vans will take delegates who do not have cars to and from DeSales University and its state of the art conference centre.

A beautiful location and sessions exploring “vision” and “strategy” mean that this will be an ideal conference for Board members.   Please do encourage them to come.

Promising you an epiphany or two....

Warmest,

Patrick Spottiswoode
President STA 2011-2012  


Conference Agenda

The theme of the conference is What Dreams May Come, and we will be looking at processes and insights member theatres can bring to mission, vision, strategic and long range planning, big ideas, and mechanisms to achieve them. And as always, we will detail, discuss, and debate the myriad of issues that relate to organizations dedicated to the production of Shakespeare’s plays. The conference format will run the spectrum from panel discussions, to direct address by figures in the field, workshops, small gatherings, receptions, and a closing banquet.  The topics explored in sessions this year will include:

  • Crafting a core aesthetic

  • Cultivating the next generation through internships

  • Strategic planning via a plenary with David Mallette of Management Consultants for the Arts with optional mini- sessions with individual theatres

  • Globe to Globe: 37 plays in 37 languages from Shakespeare’s Globe

  • Set in Stone, the first scientifically prepared study of its kind about the recent building boom of museums, performing arts centers, and theaters, and the lessons that can be learned from the cultural expansion.

  • Breakouts by budget size

The conference begins with the welcome reception on the evening of Wednesday January 9, 2013 and concludes with the closing banquet on the evening of Saturday January 12, 2013. 

Click here for the conference schedule of sessions and presenters.
 


Training Pre-Conference

The training pre-conference is an optional additional multi-day event that offers opportunities to train in new areas, to strengthen current practices, and to share resources & wisdom about the work of producing and teaching Shakespeare. Previous pre-conferences have included sessions on original practices, vocal dynamics & rhetoric, and clowning, comedy & fooling.

The pre-conference begins with the evening of Sunday January 6, 2013 and concludes the afternoon of Wednesday January 9, 2013. 

Click here for the pre-conference schedule of sessions, presenters and teachers.


Registration

Register online with your credit card.

Regular Conference Registration   $200
Regular Pre-Conference Registration $60

Note: The pre-conference is optional and can be added to your registration.

Registration is available to all full STA organizational members. For information regarding STA membership, visit the STA website – www.stahome.org.

A limited number of registrations are available to STA associate members. All associate members interested in attending must apply for conference acceptance to STA President Patrick Spottiswoode at spode4@hotmail.com and copied to conference host representative Casey Gallagher at casey.gallagher@pashakespeare.org

Note: If accepted, associate members applying before November 16, 2012 will be charged the early bird registration fee.
   
The conference registration fee covers a Wednesday evening welcome reception, Saturday evening closing banquet, and lunches on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Conference participants are responsible for their own dinners on Thursday and Friday, and pre-conference participants will be responsible for all of their own meals.  Please provide information on dietary needs or preferences when you register. A PSF representative will follow up if necessary.  If you need to purchase additional tickets for the closing banquet for non-conference attendees, please email Casey Gallagher at casey.gallagher@pashakespeare.org.
    
Travel between the conference location (PSF/DeSales University) and the conference hotels (in Bethlehem) will be provided by passenger vans for those without vehicles.  Parking at the conference location is free and abundant, and carpooling is encouraged. Participants are responsible for their own round trip travel and initial & final travel to and from the conference hotels.  Please see the Travel tab below for more information.

Lodging is not included in the registration fees. Please see the Lodging tab below for more information.  


Travel

By Air:

There are three nearby recommended airports.

  • Lehigh Valley International (ABE) [also known as Allentown Bethlehem Easton Airport] is a 10 minute drive from the conference hotels.  Depending on where you are traveling from, ABE could be a cheaper or more expensive option.

  • Philadelphia International (PHL) is 60 miles south and a 75 minute drive (depending on the time of day) from the conference hotels. 

  • Newark International (EWR) is 80 miles east and a 90 minute drive (depending on the time of day) from the conference hotels. 

Please plan to make your own arrangements from the airport to the conference hotels and from the hotels back to the airport.  A rental car from the airport will give attendees maximum flexibility and freedom.  One cannot hail a cab in our area.

By Car:

PSF is easily accessible from a number of major highways traveling through eastern Pennsylvania.

From New Jersey and East:
Take I-78 west toward Allentown, PA to exit 60A and Route 309 South. Follow Route 309 South, and turn left onto Route 378 North. Take Route 378 North to the traffic light at Preston Lane and turn right onto Preston Lane. Enter the DeSales campus and at the first stop sign turn right onto Landis Mill Road. Continue to the stop sign and then turn left onto Station Avenue. Make the first left into the parking lot for the DeSales University Center.

From Scranton and North:
Take I-476 South (the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike) to Exit 56 Allentown. Go East on Route 22 about 1/8 mile to Route 309 South. Route 309 South merges with I-78, then take Exit 60 off of I-78 to continue on Route 309 South. Follow Route 309 South, and turn left onto Route 378 North. Take Route 378 North to the traffic light at Preston Lane and turn right onto Preston Lane. Enter the DeSales campus and at the first stop sign turn right onto Landis Mill Road. Continue to the stop sign and then turn left onto Station Avenue. Make the first left into the parking lot for the DeSales University Center.

From Harrisburg and West:
East on I-78 to Route 309 South, Exit 60. Follow Route 309 South, and turn left onto Route 378 North. Take Route 378 North to the traffic light at Preston Lane and turn right onto Preston Lane. Enter the DeSales campus and at the first stop sign turn right onto Landis Mill Road. Continue to the stop sign and then turn left onto Station Avenue. Make the first left into the parking lot for the DeSales University Center.

From Philadelphia and South:
Take I-476 North (the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike) to Exit 44, Quakertown. Turn left onto Route 663 towards Quakertown to Route 309 North. Turn left on Route 309 North, and go 6.4 miles to Route 378 North and turn right onto Route 378 North. Take Route 378 North to the traffic light at Preston Lane and turn right onto Preston Lane. Enter the DeSales campus and at the first stop sign turn right onto Landis Mill Road. Continue to the stop sign and then turn left onto Station Avenue. Make the first left into the parking lot for the DeSales University Center.

From Conference Hotels:
Take Route 378 South to the traffic light at Preston Lane and turn left onto Preston Lane. Enter the DeSales campus and at the first stop sign turn right onto Landis Mill Road. Continue to the stop sign and then turn left onto Station Avenue. Make the first left into the parking lot for the DeSales University Center.


Lodging

There are two conference hotels which are a six to seven minute walk from each other.
 
Historic Hotel Bethlehem
437 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Local: 1-610-625-5000
Toll-Free: 1-800-607-2384

Historic Hotel Bethlehem is a beautifully decorated and newly renovated historic hotel which is located in the heart of the downtown Bethlehem.  Experience world-class service, charming guest accommodations, elegantly appointed lobby and common areas, and award winning cuisine.

STA Rate: $109.00
Amenities include full hot breakfast and free Wi-Fi.
Note: STA rate not available online.  You must reserve by phone and mention Shakespeare Theatre Association conference to receive rate.
 

Hyatt Place Bethlehem
45 West North Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Local: 1-610-625-0500
Toll-Free: 1-888-492-8847

Located ¼ mile from Historic Downtown Bethlehem, the Hyatt Place Bethlehem hotel is new with spacious guestrooms that are stylishly furnished with a plush Hyatt Grand Bed, a Cozy Corner oversized sleeper and a 42-inch flat panel HDTV that can be easily integrated with your laptop or MP3 player.

STA Rate: $89.00
Amenities include continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi.
Note: STA rate not available online.  You must reserve by phone and mention Shakespeare Theatre Association conference to receive rate.

Both hotels have fitness centers, and the Hyatt has an indoor pool.  Both hotels have a bar; however the bar at the Hyatt closes at midnight while the bar at Hotel Bethlehem can stay open until 2am.


Planning Your Visit

Lehigh Valley weather during early January will be cold, and there could be snow.

There are lots of activities and attractions in the Lehigh Valley including: the Da Vinci Science Center, the Crayola Factory, the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, the Martin Guitar Museum, the Allentown Art Museum, and more.  To find out all about the Lehigh Valley, please visit Discover Lehigh Valley.

Philadelphia is 75-90 minutes by car and New York City is 2 hours by car.  Both are great cities to visit before or after the conference.