Live Time Inc. announced that a special keynote address highlighting redevelopment plans for Hollywood’s theater district will kick off the West Coast Theatre Conference at 9:30 a.m. on June 5 at the L.A. Convention Center.

The keynote panel includes Hollywood Theatre Row District president James Carey, Center Theatre Group’s Susan Obrow, Theatre L.A. exec director Karen Rushfield and Los Angeles Metro Rail public affairs officer Gil Saldana.

Scheduled for June 5-6, the theater confab includes eight panels covering such topics as new play development, contract negotiations, casting techniques and alternative stage construction materials.

The program is run in conjuction with the 10th annual ShowBiz Expo, June 5-7 at the Convention Center. Special effects whiz kids Dennis Muran and Robert Greenberg will participate in the Expo’s keynote event.

For information, call (213) 668-1811.

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