Outdoor Theatre

In 2017, the Institute of Outdoor Theatre transitioned into its new partnership and management relationship with SETC. SETC is maintaining and building upon services that have long been valued by the outdoor theatre community, including Summer and Outdoor Theatre Auditions, an annual national conference, year-round consulting, and online resources. Scroll down to learn more!

60th National Conference on Outdoor Theatre!

2023 Conference Dates:  October 11 – 14, 2023

Location:  Niagra Falls, Buffalo, NY

Each fall, theatre leaders from all backgrounds convene for a multi-day networking event where conference attendees trade insights and explore new concepts in design/technology, management and artistic approach.

Registration: July 1 – September 30 (Early Bird ends August 15th)

Call for Speakers: May 1 – June, 30, 2023

Summer and Outdoor Theatre Auditions

SETC Summer & Outdoor Theatre Auditions: TBD

Location:  TBD

Registration: December 1st 

Registration Deadline:  December 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

SETC Outdoor Theatre hosts auditions for summer and outdoor theatres looking to cast acting, singing, dancing and stage combat positions. Interviews are also available for technical positions.  Both outdoor and indoor theatres are invited to participate. Click the link below to learn more about these auditions. 

Outdoor Theatre Pandemic Assistance Grant Winners 

During the pandemic 10 theatres were the recipients of an Outdoor Theatre Pandemic Assistance Grants. These were current SETC organizational members. Funds were used to support theatre operations related to reopening theatres and best practices for pandemic safety protocols including equipment, supplies, training, and/or other pandemic-related reopening expenses.



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