Teachers Institute

The SETC Teachers Institute is an all-day seminar designed for: middle and high school teachers who use or integrate theatre techniques into their classroom; directors of theatre arts programs; teaching artists; and students studying to be theatre educators.

15th Annual Teachers Institute

When: Wed. Feb. 26, 2020, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kentucky International Convention Center
Louisville, KY | 71st Annual SETC Convention

Registration Opens: Oct. 15, 2019 at Noon ET
Regular Registration Deadline: Jan. 22, 2020 at Noon ET
Cost: $85 (Includes Lunch)

We look forward to announcing the presenter and programming for our 15th annual Teachers Institute.

Recap: 14th Annual Teachers Institute

Thank you to Tim Webb and all the teachers and teachers-to-be who joined us for the 14th annual Teachers Institute, Wed., Feb. 27, 2019, in Knoxville, TN, for a day of learning, inspiration and creative renewal.

The theme for the day was “Theatre for All Abilities.” It was an honor to welcome Tim Webb, co-founder of Oily Cart in the U.K., which makes “All Sorts of Theatre for All Sorts of Kids.” Since 1981, Oily Cart Theatre has created original, interactive, multi-sensory theatre that has captivated audiences around the globe. We hope everyone took home new tools to reach students on the autism spectrum, those with learning disabilities, and those who have nontraditional learning styles.

Read more about the day’s activities and about Tim Webb’s practices in Hop on the Cart: Making Theatre the Oily Cart Way, featured in the Spring 2019 issue of Southern Theatre Magazine.

Teacher Takeaways

“I enjoyed the chance to play, create and collaborate with fellow theatre teachers at the Institute! We’re so busy in our own ‘silos’ all year long that we rarely get the chance to create with colleagues, and that was such a fun and creative experience!”

Maria Karres-Williams, Theatre Teacher
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, Atlanta

“Tim said something that really resonated with me: ‘Leave space for kids to have their voice.’ I feel that this is essential, not just in theatre but in education as well. Students should not need permission to react honestly to an educational experience, and I plan to establish that concept in my classroom as I grow as an educator.”

Kelsey Kott, Drama and English Teacher
Indian Land High School, Fort Mill, SC

“So much of theatre is based off of sight, and you don’t realize it fully until you close your eyes and try to perform a piece. Incorporating all of the senses can transform a show from a performance to an immersive experience.”

Adam Messenger, Professional Teaching Artist
West Virginia University Youth Theatre Academy

“Tim Webb’s workshop was delightful. Not only did we hear about his extensive theatre work, but we also got to experience his devising process in action. Rather than hear a lecture about engaging young people, we constructed and shared co-created experience with each other. It has changed how I view the devising process.”

Andy Waldron, Assistant Professor
Fresno (CA) State University

Professional Development / Continuing Education

Take advantage of gaining CEUs and professional development credits at SETC’s Teachers Institute AND the more than 300 workshops offered at the convention. Contact SETC Central Office for more information on continuing education units and/or professional development documentation. Contact your local education agency or fine arts coordinator in your county to find out what you need to qualify for Professional Development Credits. SETC provides a form to track classes and hours and a certificate of attendance for verification. It is the responsibility of the teacher to work within their school system or accreditation bodies to receive their CEUs.