EdTA National Conference
The Educational Theatre Association’s National Conference is held each year to provide educators with the opportunity to meet and network with their peers during an event featuring a wide range of professional development content. In 2017, we’ll explore one of the most important new trends in education in recent years: the integration of the sciences, math, and the arts subject areas to help prepare students for college, career, and life readiness. Join us for The Rise of STEAM—Real World Theatre Skills for the 21st Century, as we explore the impact of STEAM on middle and high school theatre education through workshops, keynotes, and information sharing opportunities.
Learn more about STEAM.
Interested in teaching at the 2017 EdTA National Conference? Submit a proposal!
Conference registration and pricing
By registering for the 2017 EdTA National Conference, you can become a professional member of the Educational Theatre Association and have access to valuable resources, a network of peers, and professional development. Registration fee includes:
• Admittance to two full days of workshops and master classes.
• Admittance to all panel discussions and keynote speaker presentations.
• Access to Conference exhibitors-key decision makers in the theatre world and products.
• Breakfast served Friday and Saturday morning.
• Evening cocktail and hors d’oeurve receptions on Thursday and Friday evenings.
• Annual meeting, awards and networking luncheon on Friday afternoon.
• Mid-morning and afternoon beverage break on Friday and Saturday.
Early registration Advance/on-site registration
Registration rates On or before May 22 May 23 - September 14, 2017
EdTA member $495 $525
Non-member with a one-year membership
EdTA pre-professional member, emeritus member,
or chapter director
One day registration
Professional Development Intensive (six-hour intensive workshop
offered Thursday and Sunday)
Registration opens soon! Early registration ends May 22, 2017 and advance/on-site registration ends September 14. Cancellations received prior to August 25, 2017 will result in a $150 penalty. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after August 25.
Sheraton Music City
The 2017 EdTA National Conference will be held at the Sheraton Music City in Nashville, September 14-17. Set within Century City Office Park, and minutes away from the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Larry Keeton Theater, and Nashville International Airport, Sheraton Music City Hotel is an ideal destination for this year's Conference. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Grand Ole Opry, Nashville Shores Waterpark, and Opry Mills Mall are all within a 10 mile radius. So are Nissan Stadium, the Nashville Zoo, and other cultural and entertainment venues.
The Educational Theatre Association has a preferred rate of $179.00 plus applicable taxes per night. Your overnight room rate includes the following:
• Overnight accommodations
• Complimentary guest room internet
• Complimentary on-site parking
• Complimentary airport shuttle between the hours of 5:00am - 11:00pm daily
• Complimentary shuttle to Nashville Music City on Friday and Saturday between 7:00pm - 11:00pm
The discounted rate will be available until August 13, 2017, or until the block is full, so make your reservation today to guarantee a room!
Check out some of the great moments from the 2016 Conference on Thespian Nation!
2016 Conference keynote speaker Dr. Monique Chism is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) at the U.S. Department of Education. In this role she serves as a principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary on grant programs and initiatives in the Offices of Academic Improvement, Safe and Healthy Students, School Support and Rural Programs, Impact Aid Program, Migrant Education, and Indian Education. Prior to joining the department, Dr. Chism held a number of positions in the field of education as a teacher, researcher, and state policy maker at the Illinois State Board of Education, where she served as the Assistant Superintendent for Innovation and Improvement. In these positions she has influenced and shaped education policy with the goal of ensuring that every student has access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to learn. She is committed to creating environments that foster educational excellence, and continues to focus on effective strategies for improving equity and access for all students, closing opportunity gaps, and cultivating culturally diverse schools.
Watch Dr. Chism's 2016 Conference presentation here.
To learn more about the EdTA National Conference check out Conference 2016's event schedule and list of workshops.
Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!