70th 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 5,000 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

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Convention Dates: Feb. 27 – March 3, 2019
  • Convention Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Registration Opens: Oct. 15, 2018 (Noon ET)
  • Hotel Reservations Open: Nov. 12, 2018
  • Early-Bird Registration Deadline: Dec. 14, 2018 (Noon ET)
  • Online Registration Deadline: Jan. 22, 2019 (Noon ET)

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Choose Your Activities

There are countless ways to participate at the SETC Convention. With so many opportunities to engage with your theatre community, how will you get involved this year?



College/University Reception
Design/Tech Mixer
Disney Reception
Mentorship Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities



Design Awards Ceremony
Friday Lunch
Saturday Banquet & Award Gala



Festival Performances:
High School, Community, 10-Minute Play, Fringe and Theatre for Youth

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.