NCPC Annual Meeting Decorative Banner with the following information: Wortham Performing Arts Center, Asheville, North Carolina, June 17-19, 2024

NCPC Annual Meeting 2024: Together We Grow
hosted by the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts & The Renaissance Asheville Downtown Hotel in Asheville, NC

The NCPC Board of Directors invites you to the 2024 Annual Member Meeting in beautiful Asheville, NC! There’s something for everyone, so bring your work team and enjoy a gentle mountain breeze while exchanging ideas with colleagues, attending professional development sessions, hearing artist and agent pitches, and seeing live showcases. This year, we will dive into what our new membership category encompasses and have insightful conversations regarding professional speakers.

Learn more and register below!

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Thank You to Our Annual Meeting Event Sponsors!

Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.    Renaissance Asheville Hotel    Ultra Artists   The Stander Group, Inc.Jazz Legacy ProjectGeorgia Players Guild 

Conference Schedule

Professional Development Sessions

Session One: Introducing Professional Speakers 

NCPC recently announced the addition of a new membership category to our community: Professional Speakers. This exclusive category caters to professional lecturers, motivational speakers, authors, and humorists who truly excel in their respective fields. This session will allow presenters, at various types and sizes of venues, to see the cultural and economic benefits of adding engaging and dynamic speakers to their performance seasons.

Session panel: Debra Benson (Changemaker Talent), Phyllis Rush (24/7 Talent) Latoya Marsh (Guilford College Bryan Series), Lenore Teer (Well Spring Retirement Community)
Session Moderator: Cathy Gouge

Click Below to Learn More About Our Session One Panelists

Decorative Headshot Image: Deborah Benson   Decorative Headshot Image: Phyllis Rush   Decorative Headshot Image: Latoya Marsh    Decorative Headshot Image: Lenore Teer 

Session Two: Optimizing Film in Your Community with Ryan O'Quinn

Special guest Ryan O’Quinn is an American film and television actor and producer. He is also the founder and CEO of Damascus Road Productions, a Los Angeles-based film and television production company specializing in family content. Ryan will share his life experience as a filmmaker and a best-selling author, and discuss the cultural and economic impact that a curated film series can have in your community. He will also share ideas on how to incorporate film events into your seasonal programming. 

Session moderator: Joey Bennett

South Arts - Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Session Three (Choose One): The Arts Means Business: Connecting the Arts to Economic Development

The arts are a vitally important economic industry, generating revenue, creating jobs and developing communities. Join this panel discussion of how to connect the arts to your town, city or county’s economic development.
Session leaders: Jason Cannon (Economic Development Director, Town of Wake Forest) & Sharon Jablonski, Director (CoMMa Performing Arts Center, City of Morganton)

Click Below to Learn More About Our Session Three Panelists

Decorative Headshot Image: Jason Cannon   Decorative Headshot Image: Sharon Jablonski

Session Three (Choose One): Thriving in Our New Marketing Reality: Using First Party Data to Sell More Tickets Than Ever Before

If it feels like marketing has gotten harder recently, you're not alone!  New privacy standards and changing state laws have greatly limited how advertising platforms (like Facebook and Google) track and target users. This, in turn, has made ads and reporting in these platforms less effective than they were just a few short years ago. This session faces our new advertising reality head on and offers up new insights and real-world strategies to increase your marketing effectiveness and ultimately increase the number of tickets you sell each year.

Session leader: Aaron Bare (ETIX/Rockhouse Partners)

Session Four: Making the Connection

Let’s face it, the arts industry has changed since Covid-19 descended upon the world. The great reshuffle brought many new presenters and artist representatives into the field while many seasoned performing arts professionals have had to learn how to navigate the business of the arts in a post-pandemic world. One question we've all been asking is how can we connect meaningfully and do business?

This open and honest conversation between presenters and agents/artists is sure to give us new understanding and direction. 

Session Panel: David Briggs (High Point Theatre), John Brown (Duke Arts/John Brown Jazz Group), Corinne Bass (Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County), Barbara Meyer (Admire Entertainment), Ron DeStefano (EPIC Arts Management), Victor Haskins (Victor Haskins) Rae Geoffrey (Wortham Center for the Performing Arts) 

Session Moderator: Rae Geoffrey (Wortham Center for the Performing Arts)

Click Below to Learn More About Our Session Four Panelists

Decorative Headshot Image: Rae Geoffrey  Decorative Headshot Image: John Brown  Decorative Headshot Image: Barbara Meyer  Decorative Headshot Image: David Briggs   

Decorative Headshot Image: Ron DeStefano  Decorative Headshot Image: Corrine Bass     

Travel & Accommodations


Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) 9 mins from downtown and hotel.

Charlotte Douglas International (CLT) 3 hours from downtown Asheville and hotel.


Renaissance Asheville Downtown Hotel
4-minute walk to the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts and downtown restaurants and shops.
$159 per night + tax
Parking at the hotel is $10 self-parking or $29 valet parking

Last day to book for the room block rate is May 29th!

Reserve Your Room Today!

Accessibility Information

In an effort to ensure inclusivity for individuals with diverse abilities and disabilities, please find the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts Accessibility Information

NCPC aims to create events where everyone, regardless of their abilities, can participate fully and independently. If you require any accommodations to participate in this event (whether included in the above services plan or not) please reach out to MaryJo Birschbach at to make arrangements. 


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Wortham Center for the Performing Arts

Carolina Theatre of Durham

The Wilson Center


Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts

BiCoastal Productions

NC State Live

UNCW Kenan Auditorium

AMAZ Enterntainment

CoMMA Performing Arts Center


Sampson CenterStage

Admire Entertainment

The Clayton Center

Cain Center for the Arts

Thalian Hall

Loyd Artists

Siegel Artist Management

Ed Keane and Associates


NC Arts Council

South Arts

National Endowment for the Arts

Our State Magazine

Arts North Carolina


Randy McKay, John Ellis, Joey Bennett, Karen Morgan


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