Annual SETC 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

Perform in a Festival

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

Get involved in your state for a chance to compete in our regional Community Theatre Festival (two groups will advance to nationals at AACTFest) or High School Theatre Festival.

The 10-Minute Play Festival is open to all SETC convention attendees. All you have to do is apply and be ready to CREATE and PRODUCE a production within 24 hours. Applications will be available as part of the online convention registration process.

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.