Face to Face Conference



The American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s 32nd annual conference will be held in dynamic and vibrant New York City from August 1-5, 2019. In a city known for its culture and art, conference attendees will explore how artists, educators, and scholars can be responsive and effective in the current socio-political climate. AATE Members are uniquely poised to be a force for action and empathy building at this pivotal moment when the need for self-expression and dialogue is so palpable. The conference will provide a place for the theater education community to come together and spend time discussing the current issues through curated sessions and facilitated conversations. Join us in 2019 to question, to learn, to celebrate – and to Activate AATE.

About AATE: The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), among the most recognized arts education organizations, works to ensure that every young person experiences quality theatre arts in their lives provided by proficient, talented artists and educators. AATE is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Through its membership of theatre artists, inservice and pre-service teachers, professors, directors, scholars and playwrights, AATE serves more than a million students in 48 U.S. states and 19 countries worldwide.


Blick Art Materials: 

At Blick Art Materials, our family owners and dedicated staff support the Visual Art Community by providing the widest selection of art supplies at the lowest prices. With extraordinary service and integrity, we strive to provide artists, educators, students, and our employees with the tools, assistance, and training they need to grow, innovate, and reach their creative potential. Blick’s CultureAchieving our Mission depends on having engaged associates across the company. We strive to nurture a culture of trust, mutual respect, and an entrepreneurial commitment to our Mission. Blick works to foster an environment where associates enjoy the same respect and care we have provided to our customers for more than 100 years.



TDF is a not-for-profit service organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. Educators and theatre-makers may be especially interested in two of our programs that make both attending and creating art easier and more affordable:

TDF Costume Collection Rental Program

In operation for over 40 years, the TDF Costume Collection Rental Program offers costume rentals to theatre, dance, cultural productions, film, television and more – with deeply discounted prices for schools and non-profit organizations! Over 85,000 costumes, Experienced designers on staff and Easy to use!

TDF Memberhip

TDF members get special access to deeply discounted tickets available online and in advance for hundreds of Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theatre shows, dance performances and music concerts in NYC and beyond.

Benefits of TDF membership:

  • All tickets cost only $11-$49 – even for top Broadway shows! Save up to 70% on hundreds of theatre, dance and music shows daily.

  • Buy tickets in advance right from the comfort of your computer or mobile device.

  • Give back. Your membership supports TDF’s many arts education and theatre accessibility programs.

Learn more and join TDF today! 

Lenox Coffee: 

Lenox Coffee is a specialty coffee house and Micro Coffee Roaster opened by Jeffrey Green in 2011. It is currently owned and operated by Monica and Rosa Prado and is located in Central Harlem, at 60 West 129th Street just off the corner of Lenox Avenue. In addition to our own unique line-up of seasonal Single Origin Drip Coffees, Single Origin Cold Brews and Espresso Blends we serve light breakfast and brunch items including croissant and bagel breakfast sandwiches, hearty in house made artisanal lunch sandwiches and vegan soups, pastries, oatmeal, baked goods, sweet breads, small deserts and cookies.
Lenox Coffee is currently roasting out of Red Hook Brooklyn and we source our milk from Battenkill Valley Creamery. Our coffee is rich in flavor and the espresso is a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity that functions well in milk drinks. The shop itself has a mix of rustic old world charm with modern trendy touches. Some of our local vendors include: Davidovich Bakery, The Good Batch, Colson Patisserie, Anne’s Cupcakery and Union Beer.
In addition to bringing great coffee and food to the community, Lenox Coffee draws on Harlem’s rich cultural history and current arts scene.  The cafe is constantly buzzing with freelance designers and artists sharing work and stories.

Dell Graphics: 

Dell Graphics is a multifaceted print production company with over thirty-five years of experience. Our tenure in the graphic arts industry has provided us with an extensive knowledge base in every aspect of print production. We begin by consulting with our clients to gain an understanding of their project parameters, and then make bespoke recommendations on the best method of production with careful consideration of our clients needs and budget.
Dell Graphics is proud to offer a full array of services. We deliver professional-quality products you can be proud of. Our staff manages all phases of production to ensure that your project is completed on time and within budget.

Disney Theatrical Group: 

PRODUCTIONS (DTP) operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher and is among the world’s most successful commercial theatre enterprises, bringing live entertainment events to a global annual audience of more than 20 million people in more than 50 countries. Under the Disney Theatrical Productions banner, the group produces and licenses Broadway productions around the world, including Beauty and the BeastThe Lion King, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, TARZAN®, Mary Poppins, a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh, The Little MermaidPeter and the StarcatcherNewsiesAladdin, and Frozen.  Other successful stage musical ventures have included the Olivier-nominated London hit Shakespeare in Love, stage productions of Disney’s High School MusicalDer Glöckner Von Notre Dame in Berlin, and King David in concert.  DTP has collaborated with the country’s leading regional theatres to develop new stage titles including The Jungle BookThe Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Freaky Friday. Disney Theatrical Productions also delivers live shows globally through its license to Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney on Ice and Marvel Universe Live!, bringing beloved Disney stories and characters annually to over 12 million guests in nearly 50 countries worldwide. In addition, DTP licenses musical titles for local, school and community theatre productions through Music Theatre International, including The Lion King Experience, a unique holistic arts education program wherein accredited elementary and middle schools produce condensed, age-appropriate JR. and KIDS adaptations of The Lion King.

New York State Council on the Arts: 

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York’s citizens. At NYSCA, our efforts are guided by our belief in the fundamental importance of arts and cultural expression in people’s lives and a commitment to serving our three constituencies: artists, arts and cultural organizations, and the public. We believe that: Artists are at the center of creative endeavor. Therefore, we are committed to providing artists with opportunities for artistic development and the public presentation of their work.

Strong arts and cultural organizations are vital to connecting the arts to people’s lives. We are committed to assisting a wide range of arts and cultural organizations – small and large, new and established – to achieve their artistic, programmatic, educational, community, and organizational goals.

Every citizen of New York State can have a meaningful connection to creativity and every community has a right to cultural self-determination. The Council is also committed to making the arts accessible to all the citizens of New York State. We aim to support worthy artistic and cultural activities that serve traditionally underserved communities or populations. These are the economically disadvantaged, people with disabilities, rural populations, and those who may experience discrimination on the basis of age, gender, ethnicity, culture, or sexual orientation. We are committed to fostering public understanding and enjoyment of arts and culture through support of arts education, public participation, and lifelong learning programs in schools and community settings for children and adults.

The City College of New York Educational Theatre Program: 

The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at the City College of New York is proud to host the Face to Face Conference for it’s eighth year.  Led by Program Director, Dr. Jennifer Katona, the program prides itself on providing quality training for Theatre Teachers and Teaching Artists. CCNY Ed Theatre believes strongly in its three pillars;  Pedagogy, Artistry, and Advocacy and prides itself on its unique outreach experiences for candidates in the program as well as the Harlem Community.










NYC AiE Roundtable