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.

2022 Update

The 2022 Teachers Institute will be held as part of the 2022 SETC Convention in Memphis, TN. Join us Saturday, March 12 for a two-part Teachers Institute that focuses on the creation of inclusive theatre classrooms where students are empowered to tell contemporary stories that matter to them.

Part I: Classrooms for Social Change with Corey Mitchell

Part II: Co-Creating a Fair and Just World Through Devised Theatre: Reimagining Youth- and Community-Based Theatre Practice through the Lens of Social Justice with Joy Brooke Fairfield, Emily Marks, and Brooke Sarden

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Professional Development / Continuing Education

Take advantage of gaining professional development credits towards CEUs and SETC’s convention AND more than 300 workshops offered at the convention. Contact SETC Central Office for more information on 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.

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


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