Annual Convention

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.

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

70th Annual SETC Convention

Save the Date

  • Convention Dates: Feb. 27 – March 3, 2019
  • Convention Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Registration Opens: Oct. 15, 2018 (Noon ET)
  • Early-Bird Registration Deadline: Dec. 14, 2018 (Noon ET)
  • Online Registration Deadline: Jan. 22, 2019 (Noon ET)
  • Hotel Reservations Open: TBA
  • Conference Hashtag: #SETC2019

Present a Workshop

SETC seeks workshop presenters for one of the nation’s largest theatre conventions. Submit a proposal to present a workshop and share your theatre expertise with the SETC community.

Workshop Proposal Deadlines:
With Audio/Visual Requests: Aug. 31, 2018
Without Audio/Visual Requests: Sept. 14, 2018

Perform in a Festival

SETC is now inviting applications to perform in the 2019 Theatre for Youth Invitational Festival as part of the 70th annual SETC convention in Knoxville, TN.

Application Deadline: Sept. 15, 2018
Selection Notifications: Nov. 1, 2018
Festival Date: Feb. 28, 2019

2018 Convention Recap

Thank you to more than 4,500 theatre artists, managers, teachers, students and volunteers who helped make our 69th annual SETC Convention in Mobile, AL, March 7-11, 2018, a success!

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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.