The annual SETC Convention features five theatre performance festivals, where talented theatre artists showcase original and revised works of art. Performances are open to all registered convention attendees.

Festivals don’t just produce great theatre; audiences and production companies can learn from highly qualified respondents who view the performances and respond to what they see.

Community Theatre Festival

The Southeast region’s top community theatres gather for multiple days of performances, critiques and social events during the annual SETC Convention. Every other year, two SETC winners advance to compete at the American Association of Community Theatre’s national festival (the next AACTFest year is 2021). Theatres start the process during the fall within each of the 10 Southeastern states.

Fringe Festival

The Fringe Festival at the annual SETC Convention welcomes a variety of performances, including one-person shows and experimental theatre. Interested performers are invited to apply.

Secondary School Theatre Festival

Up to 20 high schools represent their respective states during a multi-day theatre festival that presents, critiques and celebrates high school theatre at the annual SETC Convention. Interested in participating? The process starts in the fall at festivals in each of the 10 Southeastern states and concludes with a Saturday-night award ceremony at the SETC Convention.

Ten-Minute Play Festival

Playwrights, directors and actors join together to write, cast, rehearse and perform 10-minute plays within 24 hours! Sign up to participate when you register for the annual SETC Convention.

Theatre for Youth Invitational Festival

There is no more vital theatre than that which is created to open the minds of our children. Three performances featuring quality theatre for young audiences take place Thursday morning during the annual SETC Convention. Respondents highly respected in the field offer their feedback and insights in a critique session following the festival. Groups interested in performing are invited to apply.

Want to participate? Need more information?

The Secondary School and Community Theatre Festivals begin at the state level in the fall prior to the SETC Convention. Winners from the state festivals will represent their state as they advance to the regional level at the SETC Convention. Each state follows a particular format and will be pleased to forward you information; contact your stage organization to learn more. To contact the SETC Central Office, email info@setc.org.


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