70th Annual SETC Convention

Convention Dates: Wed. Feb. 27 – Sat. Mar. 2, 2019*
Convention City: Knoxville, Tennessee

Each year, the Southeastern Theatre Conference invites theatre lovers of all kinds — actors, singers, dancers, designers, technicians, stage managers, directors, playwrights, teachers, students, professionals, academicians, etc. — to gather together in celebration of the art of theatre. The annual SETC Convention brings over 4,000 members of our theatre community together for three and a half days of workshops, keynotes, performance festivals, auditions, college recruiting, job interviews, and more. Join us to share your passion for theatre.

*  Part 1 of the OSHA Training Program (pre-registration required) and a small number of board meetings begin on Tues. Feb. 26. Additional board meetings take place the morning of Sun., Mar. 3.

Stay Up to Date:

Gay Street Bridge-Knoxville, Oil on Canvas by Knoxville, TN artist Mike C. Berry

On-Site Registration / Check-In

Thank you to everyone who pre-registered for the 70th annual SETC Convention. Upon arrival, most attendees* should head to the SETC Registration Desk at the Knoxville Convention Center’s Clinch Concourse (use the Clinch Ave. entrance) to check in and pick up their convention program and SETC name badge (required for entry to all convention events).

If you plan to register for the convention on site, please download, complete and print the On-Site Registration Form in advance to save time at registration.

It’s not too late to sign up for these convention add-ons:

On-Site Registration / Check-In Hours**:
  • Wed., Feb 27: Noon – 8pm
  • Thurs., Feb. 28: 8am – 5pm
  • Fri., March 1: 8am – 5pm
  • Sat., March 2: 8am – Noon
On-Site Registration / Check-In Location:

* Please Note: Commercial (not Ed Expo) Exhibitors and Professional Hiring Company Representatives should go directly to the Exhibit Hall (Knoxville Convention Center, Third Floor) to check in. Look for specific instructions sent from SETC leading up to the event.

** The SETC Registration Desk will open a half-hour early (7:30-8am) on Thurs., Fri. and Sat. to serve only Professional Auditionees so they can beat the lines and complete check-in before each day’s mandatory morning briefing.


There are several options for parking in and around downtown Knoxville. Many garages and lots are free on weeknights and on weekends. Explore parking options.

Convention Sites

Knoxville Convention Center

Main 2019 Convention Site

701 Henley St, Knoxville, TN
View Location in Google Maps


Austin-East Magnet High School

2019 Community Theatre Festival Site

2800 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Knoxville, TN
View Location in Google Maps

Knoxville Civic Auditorium

2019 High School Theatre Festival Site

500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN
View Location in Google Maps


Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park / The Park Pavilion

Workshops & Events

525 Henley St, Knoxville, TN
View Location in Google Maps

UT Conference Center

Workshops & Events

600 Henley St, Knoxville, TN
View Location in Google Maps

Check out www.visitknoxville.com for all kinds of information, including dining options.

Future Convention Dates & Locations

71st Annual Convention
Feb. 26 – Mar. 1, 2020
Louisville, KY

72nd Annual Convention
Mar. 10–14, 2021
Cincinnati, OH

Behind-the-Scenes Videos

KET, a Kentucky-based PBS educational television network, stopped by the 2017 SETC Convention in Lexington, KY, to shoot behind-the-scenes educational videos featuring the Design Competition and High School Theatre Festival.