Workshop Proposals

71st Annual SETC Convention

Present a Workshop at One of the Nation’s Largest Theatre Conventions

SETC seeks workshop proposals for the 2020 SETC Convention in Louisville, KY. Submit a proposal to present a workshop and share your theatre expertise with the SETC community. Please review all guidelines and details below. Contact SETC Program Manager Bradley Branham with any questions.

Workshop Dates: Feb. 26-29, 2020
Convention Location: Louisville, KY
Kentucky International Convention Center

Workshop Proposal Submission Timeline

June 3, 2019
Aug. 30, 2019
Sept. 13, 2019
Oct. 15, 2019
Nov. 1, 2019
Dec. 2, 2019
Workshop Proposal Submissions Open at 9 a.m.
Deadline: Submit Workshop Proposals with AV Requests by 5 p.m.
Deadline: Submit Workshop Proposals without AV Requests by 5 p.m.
Convention Registration Opens at Noon
Accept/Decline Notifications Sent by This Date
Deadline: Accepted Presenters Register by Midnight

Before beginning your proposal, please review the information below to learn what we’re looking for and what you can expect.

Program Design

We strive to achieve a balance of programming for all attendees. SETC is excited to enrich its program offerings for our next convention. We are seeking innovative programming that provides practical development for emerging and seasoned professionals alike. Each proposal is reviewed on the criteria listed below.

Guidelines for Applicants

  • SETC will not select proposals that attempt to promote or sell a product or issue. Our sponsorship, exhibiting and advertising opportunities are better suited for those needs. For more info about those opportunities, please contact Bradley Branham.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Graduate students may present workshops, but they must register as an ADULT (Not as a student).
  • Undergraduate students may only assist with workshops, and they must register as an ADULT (Not as a student).
  • All Presenters, Co-Presenters and Assistants of an accepted workshop must register for convention as ADULTS by midnight ET on Dec. 2, 2019.
  • Presenters should not propose the same workshop from the previous year’s convention, unless approved by SETC Program Manager, Bradley Branham.

Evaluation Criteria

Before submitting, please consider the following questions.

Does this workshop . . .

  • Collaborate with other professionals in the field?
  • Provide professional development?
  • Contain leading-edge information / theory / innovative practices?
  • Emphasize training, learning and performance?
  • Provide how-to and hands-on training?
  • Focus on skill-building?
  • Provide information not easily accessible to your target audience?
  • Offer strategies for growing educational, non-profit and/or for-profit organizations?
  • Offer strategies for teaching, business and design technologies?

What Attendees Want

According to our 2019 SETC Convention Survey, attendees are seeking the following workshops:

More programming geared toward:

  • Administration and Management
  • Professional Career Building
  • Directing
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Women in Theatre

More programming that is:

  • Hands-on and practical
  • Advanced material for advanced audiences
  • Professional
  • Relevant and not recycled

Workshop Skill Levels

Workshops will be offered at the following skill levels:

  • Beginner/Basic: Introduction and exploration of concepts
  • Intermediate: Building on basic skills and developing competency
  • Advanced: Fine tuning for professional artists and practitioners experienced with the concept

Review and Notification Process

You will receive electronic notification when your proposal has been received. You will also be notified via email by Nov. 1, 2019, as to whether your proposal has been accepted or declined.

Convention Registration

SETC does not provide honoraria for presenters at the convention. SETC is a membership organization and all accepted workshop presenters and their co-presenters, panelists and assistants are required to be members of the organization and must pre-register as Adults (not as Students) for the SETC Convention by midnight ET on Dec. 2, 2019.

70th Annual SETC Convention Recap

Thank you to everyone who presented a workshop in 2019! The photos below offer a small sampling of the wide variety of workshops that took place at the 70th annual SETC Convention in Knoxville, TN. For a full overview of the 2019’s workshop programming, browse the online schedule. Photos by Caitie McMekin.

Madia Cooper-Ashirifi's "African Diasporic Dance Styles of Broadway"
Joseph Payne's "Integrating Lights, Sound and Projection Design"
Roula Roulette's "Body Positive Burlesque Movement"
Marie Quintero and Meghan Bernstein's "Oh, What a Drag! Makeup for Stage"
Terry Jachimiak's "The Art of Hot Glue Casting and Molding"
Tenika Dye Burgess' "Playback Theatre Demonstration" with the WordPlayers' Playback Troupe
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