SETC Convention Workshops

SETC has the largest offering of theatre workshops at one single event! This year, the SETC Annual Convention will have over 300 theatre workshops covering all aspects, levels and areas of theatre taught by theatre practitioners from all over the country. Access to workshops is included with SETC convention registration.*

Download the SETC 2017 Sched App to start making your own schedule!

* Additional fees may be required for special training sessions and masterclasses.


Workshop topics include but are not limited to…

  • Arts Administration/Management
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • College/University Admin and Teaching
  • Community Theatre
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Design and Technology: Costumes, Lighting, Props, Technical Direction, Theatrical Make-up, Special Effects, Set Design, Sound
  • History/Theory/Literature/Criticism
  • K12 Teaching Strategies
  • Musical Theatre and Dance
  • Playwriting
  • Professional Development
  • Religion and Theatre
  • Small Theatre
  • Stage Management
  • Stage Movement
  • Theatre for Youth
  • Voice, Speech and Dialect
  • Women in Theatre

Don’t miss out on the largest gathering of theatre workshops!

Masterclasses and Professional Development

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. Learn more and view schedule.

12th Annual Teachers Institute

Thanks to Shannon Robert and Matt Leckenbusch of Clemson University; Maura Cravey of Virginia Commonwealth University; Michael Smith of Elon University; SETC Teachers Institute Chair Elaine Malone; and Dallas-based technical theatre teacher Robert Kallos for leading this day of inspiration and hands-on learning for theatre artists and educators, Wed. March 1. This year’s theme is “All About Tech.” Learn more.

An “Active” Way of Directing

This advanced, open masterclass is designed for early career directors, grad students, professors and anyone seeking a less conventional approach to directing. Director, playwright and teacher Preston Lane will direct and re-direct a scene from Chekov’s The Seagull, working with two actors to explore truth through physical language in order to tell the story. The masterclass will take place Thurs., March 2, from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Check the convention program and mobile app for more information and location details. Learn more.

Producing Theatre Forums

Professional panels explore the director’s role in facilitating the vision for a company’s artistic mission and the business side of making money over and beyond the performances on Sat., March 4 from 9:00am to 11:45am. First, theatre directors discuss their processes for work selection, collaboration and more in The Dynamics of Directing. Then, theatre managers discuss alternative revenue streams to support and sustain an organization in Build Your Revenue Sources. Check the convention program and mobile app for more information and location details. Learn more.