About Us

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.


Leadership plays a vital role in the success of SETC. Learn more about the inner working of the organization and the people who make it all happen.

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!

State Organizations

Each of the 10 southeastern states has its own theatre organization that holds conferences, events, workshops, competitions, auditions and theatre festivals.


SETC is committed to making our events accessible to anyone interested in participating. Please find accessibility information at the link below.

Articles, Bylaws & Rules

SETC’s Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Rules of the Association are key governing documents for the organization.

Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plam outlines goals for SETC to realize in the next five years. Many of these goals are easily defined and achieved while others are more broad and ongoing. The Executive Director leads Central Office Staff in deciding the actions necessary to achieve these goals; pursuing tangible outcomes; and setting applicable deadlines.

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.


We are 110% committed to our constituents, inclusion, and the craft of theatre.