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As we move toward the third decade of the 21st century, innovative new modes of teaching and learning have provided educators and students better access to the resources they need to succeed in all subject areas, including theatre. But while quality arts education programs are readily available in some districts, others offer few or limited opportunities, particularly in schools with highly diverse populations. Recognizing, understanding, and including those students in meaningful theatre education experiences is one of the most important issues facing our field today. Join us in 2016 for an exploration of the changing face of theatre education.

Read the EdTA National Conference blog to learn more!

Submit proposals now to teach workshops and PDIs at the 2016 EdTA National Conference!

Keynote Speaker: Drew Lynch

Drew Lynch moved to Los Angeles with aspirations of becoming a fully articulate film actor. Then something unpredictable happened; during a softball game, Drew was struck by a ball, causing damage to his vocal cords which left him with a stutter. However, his injury sparked a positive change in Drew and shaped what he stands for today: Embrace life even when it throws you a curveball. Inspired by comedians Bo Burnham, Louis C.K., and his friend Samuel J. Comroe, Drew is on a mission to make you laugh while bringing light to the hardships of dealing with a newly-found speech impediment. Making his television debut on America’s Got Talent in 2015, Drew was awarded first runner-up in the television competition. Drew is an alum of Thespian Troupe 5273 at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts.





Keynote Speaker: Ken Davenport

Ken Davenport is a Broadway producer whose credits include Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening, Allegiance, Kinky Boots (Broadway - Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto and West End), The Visit (Tony nomination), Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Will Ferrell's You're Welcome America (Tony nomination), and Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury (Broadway, West End and National Tour. Ken was featured on a national commercial for Apple's iPhone, named one of Crain's “40 Under Forty,” and is one of the co-founders of TEDxBroadway.  Ken's productions are being produced internationally in over 25 countries including Germany, Mexico, France, and Korea. He created the Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star, as seen on “The Today Show.” He runs several theatrical websites including and, for which he also developed a smartphone app. His blog,, has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist, and more. He has written articles for Forbes, Mashable, Imedia, and others. Current projects include his adaptation of the novel and film Somewhere in Time, which premiered at Portland Center Stage, and Gettin’ The Band Back Together, which premiered at George Street Playhouse, as well as bringing the first ever revival of A Few Good Men to Broadway. For more information, visit


Tropicana Las Vegas

Tropicana Las Vegas provides a casually elegant experience on the Las Vegas Strip just minutes from the airport, convention centers, and top entertainment stadiums. After a complete South Beach-inspired transformation, our resort is now one of the best casino hotel properties with all-new rooms and suites, a casino, award-winning restaurants, a spa and fitness center and first-class entertainment.

Book your hotel room for the event at special rates, available here on an exclusive basis.

Rates for Sunday through Thursday are $99.99 per night plus 12% tax.
Rates for Friday through Saturday are $159.99 per night plus 12% tax.

The EdTA room rate includes the following amenities
• Overnight accommodations
• In-room high-speed wireless Internet
• Daily fitness center access
• Two complimentary bottles of water in-room per stay
• Buy-one, get-one-free signature cocktails, wine by the glass, and craft beer in the Biscayne Lounge from  5-7 p.m. daily
• 2-for-1 Preferred and VIP tickets to The New ILLUSIONS
• 2-for-1 tickets to the Laugh Factory (excludes Fri-Sat)
• 30% off VIP tickets, $20 off Preferred tickets and $10 General Admission for the Raiding Rock Vault
• Complimentary self-parking
• Complimentary local calls
• Complimentary incoming and outgoing faxes
• Complimentary photocopies


2016 EdTA National Conference Rates and Fees

By registering for 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.

Early registration ends May 16, 2016. Advance/onsite registration ends September 18, 2016

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, theatre-related products, and key decision makers in the theatre world
• Continental breakfast served Friday and Saturday morning
• Evening receptions on Thursday and Friday evenings
• Network luncheon on Friday afternoon
• Mid-morning and afternoon coffee/snack break on Friday and Saturday

Early Registration     
Before May 16
Advance / Onsite Registration
Between May 17-September 18, 2016 
EdTA Member   $470  $500
Non-member with a one year membership   $545  $575
EdTA Pre-Professional, Emeritus, Chapter Directors        
 $330  $350
One Day Registration   $250  $250
Professional Development
 $200  $200

Cancellations received prior to August 25 will result in a $100 penalty. No refunds will be given for any cancellations received after August 25.

Registration opens soon!

Las Vegas SuperShuttle Service

Let SuperShuttle Las Vegas pick you up from your hotel and take you to and from Las Vegas Airport. Our Las Vegas Airport Shuttle is convenient and more economical than a taxi or limo.

SuperShuttle passengers share the ride with others going in their direction in one of our comfortable blue vans. Advanced reservations and pre-payment for your Las Vegas airport ride takes the time and hassle out of getting to and from the airport. Confirm your Las Vegas airport shuttle now!

How to Get to SuperShuttle After You Land

Terminal 1: Upon arrival, follow the signs to the baggage claim and collect your luggage. Exit door 11 from baggage claim area and proceed right to the SuperShuttle booth. Door 11 is located behind Starbucks.

Terminal 3: See the SuperShuttle Booth inside Terminal 3 Baggage Claim.


Thank you to our 2016 National Conference Sponsors