The theatre world is home to many different conferences and events that are designed to spread information and make you into a better theatre practitioner. It can be hard to get a good overview of the best ones out there. And that’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the greatest theatre conferences around the world in 2022, sorted chronologically!
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1. MATC Mid-America Theatre Conference
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Next Dates: March 9-12, 2023
The MATC➝ is an event-packed theatre conference that zones in on a different theme each year. This year’s conference is about “Impossible Theatre” and will focus on making the impossible possible.
2. NAMT Conferences
Location: Chicago, IL
Next Dates: March 29 – 31, 2023
The National Alliance for Musical Theatre Conferences➝ take place in the spring and in the fall. These generally include a special performance and tour of the area, along with panels, speakers, networking, and parties!
3. Last Frontier Theatre Conference
Location: Valdez, Alaska
Next Dates: June 10 – 17, 2023
The Last Frontier Theatre Conference➝ has been taking place since 1993. Not only do the attendees catch great classes and inspirational stories from successful theatre artists, but they also get to attend special evening performances.
4. Black Theatre Network Annual Conference
Location: St. Louis, MO
Next Dates: July 20-23, 2023
The BTN Conference➝ focuses on strengthening the Black theatre community through the sharing of information, networking, master classes, workshops, and social gatherings. The conference is jam-packed with exciting events and takes place on a yearly basis.
5. International Conference on Theatre Design, Theatre and Screen
Location: Berlin, Germany
Next Dates: July 22 – 23, 2023
At the ICTDTS➝, academic scientists, researchers, and scholars come together to exchange their experiences and information on all things related to theatre design for stage and screen. Current trends, ideas, and challenges in the industry will also be discussed throughout the event.
6. IFTR: The Stories We Tell
Location: Accra, Ghana
Next Dates: July 24 – 28, 2023
At the International Federation for Theatre Research➝ annual conference, different themes are discussed each year – and the theme for 2023 is “The Stories We Tell”.
7. ATHE Annual Conference
Location: Austin, TX
Next Dates: August 3-6, 2023
The Association for Theatre in Higher Education hosts a yearly conference in which different themes are explored in depth. The theme of the 2022 ATHE Conference➝ is “Building from the Rubble: Centering Care”. At this conference, you can expect an exciting range of discussions, workshops, and key-note speakers that are all designed to move you forward.
8. EdTA National Conference
Location: St. Pete Beach, FL
Next Dates: September 28 – 30 2023
The annual EdTA National Conference➝ hosts 500+ participants and is held in cities around the USA. The event is home to interesting keynote speakers, workshops, networking, and exciting professional development intensives.
9. American Society for Theatre Research Conference
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Next Dates: November 9 – 12, 2023
The American Society for Theatre Research Conference➝ is an annual event in which theatre artists can explore a specific theme or issue. This conference offers a wide range of talks, performances, and activities.
10. ETC International Theatre Conference
Next Dates: TBD
The ETC International Theatre Conference➝ is held twice a year in different cities around Europe, and every year follows a different theme. Although this is a “closed” event for members of the theatre network and selected guests, it is possible to experience the conference with an exclusive invite. And if you’re lucky enough to attend, you’ll experience talks from international experts, panel discussions, networking, and performances!
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Author: Stacy Karyn
Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.