Annual SETC Convention

The 71st annual SETC Convention

Convention Dates: Feb. 26 – March 1, 2020
Convention Location: Louisville, KY
Kentucky International Convention Center

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. Thanks to everyone who joins us to share their passion for theatre.

SETC has received a few calls from our constituents regarding a hotel reservation scam. The caller identifies as being from SETC and/or a hotel reservation service. Please do not give any personal information or your credit card number to these scammers. The only secure way to book your hotel rooms is through the links published on the SETC website. SETC does not sell, share or release names of members/registrants.

Convention Registration:

  • Online Registration Opens: Oct. 15, 2019 @ Noon ET
  • Early-Bird Registration Deadline: Dec. 13, 2019 @ Noon ET
  • Refund Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020 @ Noon ET (See Refund Policy)
  • Deadline to Pre-Register: Jan. 22, 2020 @ Noon ET

Hotel Reservations:

Eleven hotels in downtown Louisville, KY, are offering discounted group rates to SETC Convention attendees. Please support SETC by staying at one of the hotels on our list.

Flying to Louisville?

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for Southeastern Theatre Conference. Go to and enter Meeting Event Code NY2WM under “Advanced Search”. You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NY2WM. *Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number. 

Stay Up to Date:

Pictured: STAINED GLASS by Ingrid DeSanctis, premiere, JMU Theatre, Virginia​, April 2018; Scenic Design by William Boles; Lighting Design and Photo by Richard Finkelstein.

Convention Activities

There are countless ways to participate in the SETC Convention. Registration gives you access to all keynote presentations, the Exhibit Hall, each production at all five theatre festivals, over 300 theatre workshops covering all interest areas and aspects of the industry, and general social and networking events. There are also more specialized events that require additional applications, fees, tickets, etc. With so many opportunities to engage with your theatre community, how will you get involved this year?

Apply for Awards:

Recipients of these awards will earn free registration for the 2020 SETC Convention in addition to other perks.

  • John Spiegel Theatrical Artist Award – For Students Pursuing Design/Tech Degrees
    Applications Accepted Oct. 16 – Dec. 6, 2019
  • KEAP Awards – For Deserving High School Students
    Nominations Accepted Nov. 1 – Jan. 15, 2020
  • Ready to Publish Award – For Playwrights
    Submissions Accepted Oct. 16 – Nov. 20, 2019
  • Tom Behm Award – For Professional Development in Theatre for Youth
    Applications Accepted Oct. 21, 2019 – Jan. 15, 2020
  • Young Scholars Award – For Undergraduate and Graduate Students
    Call for Papers Open Aug. 22 – Dec. 9, 2019

Audition or Interview:



  • Become a Commercial Exhibitor
    Early-Bird Commercial Booth Reservation Deadline: Oct. 15, 2019
    Final Commercial Booth Reservation Deadline: Dec. 13, 2019
  • Recruit in the Educational Expo
    Early-Bird Ed Expo Booth Reservation Deadline: Dec. 13, 2019
    Final Ed Expo Booth Reservation Deadline: Jan. 22, 2020


Professional Training:


Workshop Proposals:

Workshop Proposals are now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted!
Accept/Decline Notifications will be sent by: Nov. 1, 2019
Registration Deadline for Accepted Presenters: Dec. 2, 2019 @ Midnight ET

Looking Back: 70th Annual SETC Convention

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2019 SETC Convention in Knoxville, TN!