The Southeastern Theatre Conference is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and dynamic membership organization serving a diverse constituency and reaching out across 10 states* in the southeast region of the United States and beyond.
As of July 13, 2020, the membership has 4,461 active individual members and 347 organizational members (theatres, educational institutions and arts organizations). Hover over the map to see how many active SETC members are in each U.S. state as of June 19, 2019.
* The 10 state region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Mission, Vision and More
SETC’s mission, vision, nondiscrimination and advocacy statements represent that values that drive the organization. See what they have to say.
Central Office Staff
Based in Greensboro, NC, the Central Office serves as headquarters for SETC and its state, regional and national members. Meet the staff, and don’t hesitate to get in touch!
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History and Structure
The Southeastern Theatre Conference was organized in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in March 1949, and incorporated under the laws of the state of Florida in 1962.
SETC’s board of directors includes representatives from each of the 10 southeastern theatre state organizations. Five board members represent the divisions of the organization: Theatre for Youth, College and University Theatre, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, and Secondary (High) School Theatre. The eight-member executive committee includes a representative from the divisions and the states. An extensive structure of committees (Advisory Board) joins the voting board and central office staff to create a theatre network and partnership that serves professionals, practitioners, academicians and students regionally and nationally.
As of July 1, 2017, the Institute of Outdoor Theatre (established in 1963 with a mission to serve the historical outdoor drama movement in the United States) is under the management of the Southeastern Theatre Conference. With their respective service missions to the field of theatre, SETC and IOT have a long history of shared values that facilitated this merger under the SETC banner.
The SETC Archives are housed in the Jackson Library of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and may be used for research. The archives of the IOT pre-dating the merger will remain a part of the Special Collections Division of the East Carolina University Joyner Library.