Keynotes & Masterclasses

Check back soon for the full list of keynote speakers, distinguished career designers, masterclass presenters and special guest artists who will join us for the 68th annual SETC Convention in Lexington, KY, March 1-5, 2017.

Keynote Speakers

Oskar Eustis – Artistic Director

Saturday Keynote, 2017 Distinguished Career Award Recipient

The Artistic Director of the Public Theater joins us Saturday, March 4, at the 68th annual SETC Convention for a keynote presentation and the annual Awards Banquet where he will be presented with SETC’s 2017 Distinguished Career Award for his continuing legacy of nurturing creative excellence, diverse perspectives and honest storytelling through theatre.


J. Allen Suddeth – Fight Director

Friday Keynote

As a fight director and stunt coordinator, J. Allen Suddeth has worked on 12 Broadway shows, over 150 Off-Broadway shows, hundreds of LORT productions, and over 750 television shows. He is the author of Fight Directing For The Theatre and a Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors.

Alice Ripley – Actor, Singer, Songwriter

Thursday Keynote

Alice Ripley is an award-winning Broadway actress known for her work as Diana in Next to Normal (Tony and Helen Hayes Awards) and as conjoined twin Violet Hilton in the cult hit Side Show (Tony and Drama Desk Awards). She has numerous other theatre, television and film credits to her name. She recently finished filming for a new Netflix series Girlboss.

Wed., March 1: Alice Ripley Masterclass & Pizza Party for High School Students
Thurs., March 2: Keynote Presentation
Fri., March 3: LIVE in Concert: Ripley’s Greatest Hits



OSHA, Special Training

SETC is pleased to offer a two-day, 10-hour general health and safety training for the entertainment industry from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) on Feb. 28 and March 1, 2017. The program will provide a variety of information for both workers and employers with modules specially designed for the live entertainment industry.

The cost for this special training is $30, which includes an OSHA training booklet and an OSHA membership card. You must pre-register by Jan. 27, 2017, to participate.

An “Active Way” of Directing with Preston Lane

Thurs., March 2, 10:30AM – 12:30PM
In this directing masterclass open to all, Preston Lane (Triad Stage) demonstrates transforming traditional “text analysis” into “play exploration” using physical action to discover meaning and direction. Attributing his methodology of discovery of the connection between Stanislavski’s earliest and last work, Lane says “Everyone gets stuck on An Actor Prepares. Nobody reads that last book! Stanislavski was constantly changing.” Directing and re-directing a scene from Chekov’s The Seagull, Lane will work with two actors exploring truth through physical language to tell the story. Attendees will observe and get a chance to try examples within the process. For early career directors, grad students, professors and others who are seeking a less conventional approach to directing.