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Conferences, Meetings, & Festivals



American Alliance For Theatre and Education National Conference

The American Alliance for Theatre & Education connects and inspires a growing collective of theatre artists, educators, and scholars committed to transforming young people and communities through the theatre arts.

American College Theater Festival (Kennedy Center) (General)

Region 7

Region VII:Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

    The regional, or in some instances the state, festival is a gathering of people to see one another's work and to share ideas. In addition to performances, there are a wide range of activities that in the past have included workshops and seminars on such topics as playwriting, auditioning, voice, movement, stage combat, theater for children, scene painting, scenery construction, and so on. There are sessions for the beginning theater artist and the experienced faculty member.

    American Theatre Critics Association Annual Conference

    The American Theatre Critics Association, Inc. is the only national association of professional theatre critics. Our members work for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and on-line services across the United States.

    Membership is open to all who review theatre professionally, regularly and with substance for print, electronic or digital media.

    Americans for the Arts:  Events

    Americans for the Arts' mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.

    ArtsEd Holds annual meetings

    Arts Northwest Booking Conference

    The largest gathering of artists, their management and presenters of the performing arts in the region.  Attendees will enjoy activities including dynamic performance showcases, an expanded roster of late night showcases, keynote speakers, professional development seminars, workshops, block-booking sessions, networking opportunities, a packed exhibit hall, sales spotlights and social events, all adding up to four highly productive and professional days.

    Ashland Center for Theatre Studies Theatre Teacher Training Program

    Earn your Master of Theatre Studies in Production and Design over three summers.

    American Society for Theatre Research/Theatre Library Association Annual Conference

    ASTR meets annually in November in cities across North America with an interesting theatrical history. Recent conference locations include Phoenix, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Diego, Philadelphia, and New York. Graduate students and working scholars alike find the informal atmosphere an ideal environment for the exchange of ideas and for the chance to learn about the wide variety of programs in theatre and performance studies in the U.S. and other countries. 300 to 400 members typically attend each conference, which is co-sponsored by the Theatre Library Association.

    Association for Theatre in Higher Education Annual Conference

    The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is a comprehensive non-profit professional membership organization. Founded in 1986, ATHE serves the interests of its diverse individual and organizational members, including college and university theatre departments and administrators, educators, graduate students, and theatre practitioners.

    Bernard Shaw Society

    Conferences and Symposia

    Centrum's Port Townsend Writers' Conference

    Whether you’re new to writing, and seeking an inspirational environment to create new work; looking for advanced post-MFA revision workshops; or simply desire to renew and recharge yourself in a writing retreat, the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference gives you the craft and connections to make breakthroughs in your work.

    Congress on Research in Dance Conferences

    Annual Conferences and Special Topics Conferences

    Costume Society of America National Symposia

    The Costume Society of America advances the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance. We work to stimulate scholarship and encourage study in the rich and diverse field of costume.

    Dance Critics Association Conference

    DCA hosts a yearly conference in the late spring or early summer where critics, editors, writers, scholars, dancers and choreographers convene to discuss issues that impact the world of dance in general, and the art form of dance criticism in particular.

    Dance/USA Annual Conference

    The Annual Conference is the only national gathering of dance professionals in the United States. Executive directors, artistic directors, company managers, choreographers, artists, presenters, agents, service providers, and other individuals associated with the professional dance field (educators, marketing and development staff, etc) meet for four days of networking, information sharing, professional development, discussion on important issues facing the dance field, and performances.

    Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities

    To provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various arts and humanities related fields from all over the world to come together and learn from each other. An additional goal of the conference is to provide a place for academicians and professionals with cross-disciplinary interests related to arts and humanities to meet and interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines.

    Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Encuentro

    Every two years, the Hemispheric Institute hosts an Encuentro—part academic conference, part performance festival—in a different site in the Americas. Fostering experimentation, dialogue, and collaboration, each Encuentro brings together approximately five hundred scholars, artists, activists and students to take part in a ten-day program of keynote lectures, work groups, performances, installations, roundtable discussions, visual arts exhibits, video screenings and hands-on performance workshops.

    International Brecht Society

    The IBS is committed to sponsoring major international symposia that bring together scholars and performing artists from all over the world.

    International Federation of Theatre Researchers Conferences

    The International Federation for Theatre Research exists to promote collaboration and the exchange of information between individuals and organisations concerned with theatre research. To this end the Federation supports conferences and publications and assists its members in all such activities and projects.

    La MaMa Umbria International

    La MaMa Umbria International is a nonprofit cultural center and artists’ residence founded by Ellen Stewart in 1990. Dedicated to the creation of activities which foster cultural exchange and international understanding, the center provides the opportunity for culturally diverse artists to live together while working on productions or participating in workshops and to develop their artistic skills immersed in a creative, natural environment.

    League of Historic American Theatres Annual Conference and Theatre Tour

    The League of Historic American Theatres, Inc., a non-profit membership association, is a professional network dedicated to sustaining America’s historic theatres for the benefit of their communities and future generations.  ince 2005, the League has been making a transition from an organization best known for a membership which helps save historic theatres to a membership increasingly concerned with the tools, techniques and technologies of sustaining historic theatres at the center of their communities.

    Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Annual Conference

    MDA holds the belief that theater is a vital art form that has the power to nourish, educate, and transform individuals and their communities and that dramaturgy is central to the process of theater-making.

    Magnetic North Theatre Festival

    The Magnetic North Theatre Festival is the premiere festival of new Canadian theatre. Like the Magnetic North Pole itself, the festival moves around the country, treating Canadians to excellence in English theatre from across Canada. Magnetic North gives us the opportunity to share our stories, to interpret our history and our times, and to explore how we see the world.

    Mid America Theatre Conference

    An annual theatre conference sponsored by what was once the Mid-America Theatre Conference section of the American Theatre Association (ATA) which consisted of the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

    National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture Conference

    NAMAC fosters and fortifies the culture and business of independent media arts.  Through dialogue, collaboration, research and advocacy, we connect, organize and develop organizations.

    National Black Theatre Festival

    Held biennially, the NBTF enables Black theatre professionals to express cultural values and perspectives inherent to the African Diaspora candidly, dramatically and powerfully.  Staged components of the NBTF foster the creation and sharing of new works while educational components document and preserve the history and traditions of the genre. Intense week-long interactions focus on renewing their commitment to preserve professional Black theatre and to revitalize its genre.

    National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts Conference for Community Arts Education

    The Conference for Community Arts Education provides essential professional development and networking opportunities for staff, faculty, trustees, and teaching artists.

    Pacific Contact

    Pacific Contact is the BC Touring Council’s annual tradeshow and booking conference for the performing arts.  It includes artist showcases, a contact room (tradeshow booths of artists and agent/managers) workshops, and networking.

    Pacific Northwest Writers Association Annual Summer Conference

    PNWA's mission is to develop the writing talent from pen to publication through education, accessibility to the publishing industry, and participation in an interactive, vital writer community.

    Performance Studies International

    Annual Conference

    PSi is a professional association founded in 1997 to promote communication and exchange among scholars and practitioners working in the field of performance. We seek to create opportunities for dialogue among artists, thinkers, activists and academics.

    Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association National Conference

    The individuals who comprise the PCA/ACA are a group of scholars and enthusiasts who study popular culture. The PCA/ACA offers a venue to come together and share ideas and interests about the field or about a particular subject within the field. It also provides publication opportunities and sponsors the PCA/ACA Endowment.  Their conference is held each year in a major U.S. city.

    Puppeteers of America National Festival

    Puppeteers of America, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1937, provides information, encourages performances, and builds a community of people who love puppet theatre.

    Society of Dance History Scholars Annual Conference

    The annual conference of SDHS draws dance scholars and scholars in related fields from around the world. Typically meeting in June on a university campus, SDHS members gather to share information and ideas, to attend performances, and to engage one another on the state of the field. In addition to formal papers presenting current research, lecture-demonstrations, and roundtable discussions of special topics, the society’s eight working groups hold informal meetings to discuss their own special interests.

    Southeastern Theatre Conference, Inc. Annual Convention

    Since 1949, SETC has been hosting an annual convention held each year during the first week of March. Participants can choose from a multitude of events and activities to find their niche or interest.

    Theatre Communications Group National Conference

    Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, was founded in 1961 with a grant from the Ford Foundation to foster communication among professional, community and university theatres.  The conference is for TCG members and attendance is by invitation only.

    United States Institute for Theatre Technology Annual Conference & Stage Expo

    The Institute provides an environment for these professionals to connect, create, share, and communicate their craft. This is outlined in the Institute’s Mission and Vision and carried out through its Organizational Structure.  USITT has 3800+ members throughout the United States, Canada, and 40 other countries.

    Washington State Arts Alliance

    Hold cultural congresses

    William Inge Center for the Arts - William Inge Theatre Festival

    Plunge into four extraordinary days overflowing with live performances, workshops, panels, discussions, tributes, parties and great food.  Sit in on a master classes with Broadway veterans, thrill to terrific classic and contemporary  plays, and join theater buffs nationwide in saluting the best sages of the stage!