Booking Hamilton

To Book a Hamilton Appearance:

Contact Information:


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Personal Management: Please email Hal directly for availability.

Rate of Stipend: Varies.  Lower rates are often available for non-profits and educational organizations. 

Length of performance: Varies. For a traditional program, the length is anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours, depending on the event. In addition Hal can perform Hamilton as an after dinner speaker, keynote or other address, or other formats as desired. 

Expenses to include: Airfare, rental car where appropriate, a vouchered meal allowance for every day of travel and work, parking costs, mileage, per diem, and miscellaneous expenses. 

Travel arrangements: Where appropriate, the hosts prepay airfare and send an "eticket" or Hal can bill the organization following the event. 

Work conditions: Hal will gladly do two events (most commonly one performance and one media event or publicity event) each day, and make himself available for additional public relations events. He is happy to work with hosts before an event to do promotion with local radio, TV, and print media remotely prior to a performance. He particularly enjoys radio work, especially public radio. School programs are welcome, but they must be supervised. Students should, if possible, prepare for his appearance. Accommodations: Please book a room in the hotel/motel of your choice. Generally Hal prefers to have the privacy of public accommodations. He prefers clean, efficient motels to bed & breakfasts or places with “character.”  

Meals: Hal is happy to share a meal with his hosts and their friends before or after performances, if convenient for the hosts.  

Videotaping: Tape what you please in whatever media you wish. It is asked only that Hal receive a copy of any videotapes/DvDs made, and copies of audio recordings. 

Format: In traditional Chautauqua programs, Hal generally begins by delivering a five to twenty-five minute opening statement, tailored in length and content to the audience. He then takes questions in character for about forty minutes. At the end, Hal breaks character and makes a few remarks as a humanities scholar. At this point the audience is encouraged to ask questions about the place of Hamilton in American history, or any other subject of interest. For other formats, such as after dinner remarks, keynotes, and others, Hal will work with the host to tailor his presentation to the particulars of the event.  

Publicity: Please save copies of publicity materials for his files.  

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