Join us in person October 19-21, 2022 for the 59th annual gathering of the National Conference on Outdoor Theatre!

Where theatre leaders share their experience and explore new concepts!

exploration   |   innovation   |   transformation

Location:  Unto These Hills in Cherokee, NC.
Registration is Now Open and is $295. Registration Deadline is Sept. 29, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET.
Note:  this year ALL meals are included in your registration fee.

Scroll down the page see the full conference schedule!
Our Host Hotel is: the Fairfield Inn & Suites Cherokee
Casino District, 568 Paint Town Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719 – scroll to bottom of page for Group Rate link

The 2022 National Conference on Outdoor Theatre Program

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Attendees Arrive – airport shuttle schedules (no cost) for both Knoxville, TN and Asheville, NC airports:
Tues. Oct. 18 at Noon and 4 PM ET
Fri. Oct. 21 at 7 AM and 10 AM ET

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for the SETC- National Conference on Outdoor Theatre
Please click here to book your flights.
You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111 Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code  NY22C
There is no service fee for reservations booked via Delta’s reservation 800 number.

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM     Welcome and Dinner – Host Hotel (TBA)
Traditional sharing of successes and challenges from the past year.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM     Roll Call and Company Exchange – Host Hotel (TBA)
Traditional sharing of successes and challenges from the past year.


Wednesday, Oct. 19

8:30 AM – 8:50 AM    Morning Coffee HourMuseum of the Cherokee Indian (MCI)
Coffee and breakfast snacks available.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM    Roll Call and Company Exchange – MCI
Traditional sharing of successes and challenges from the past year.

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM    Wormfarm Institute: Fostering a Cultureshed  MCI
Located in Sauk County, Wisconsin, Wormfarm Institute is known for cultivating connections between rural and urban neighbors, art, food, and the land. By investing in its “cultureshed” Wormfarm has developed its regional culture by developing artistic efforts that involve artists, farmers, chefs, scholars, and more! Their annual programs integrate culture and agriculture to create cross-sector collaboration through their residency program and events like their 50-mile self-guided excursion that includes artwork, pasture performances, poetry, and local nourishment. In this session, we will hear about the founding of Wormfarm and how they’ve become an evolving laboratory of the arts, ecology, and fertile ground for creative work.
Presenter:  Donna Neuwirth, Wormfarm Institute Founder, and Executive Director

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM     Lunch Break – MCI
Lunch is provided for conference attendees.

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM     Board Development Session:  Board Roles and Responsibilities – MCI
Available to Board members of attending theatres, virtually and free of charge. This session will focus on sustainability, profitability, and capacity building for non-profit boards. Specifically this presentation will provide an outline of best practices, responsibilities and expectations, for Board and staff relations for non-profits. Spirited discussion guaranteed!
Presenter:  George Walker Wilson, Walker Wilson Consulting

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM     Community Partnerships:  How Montford Park Players Opened Their Doors MCI
Responding to the needs of the Asheville community, Montford Park Players utilized their venue to support ballet rehearsals, potluck gatherings and everything in between. Hear from Montford Park Players’ Executive Director, John Russell, as he discusses the benefits of partnerships and community.

4:00 PM     Transportation to Asheville, NC – Departing from MCI
Shuttle provided for attendees for day trip to Montford Park.

5:30 PM     Reception and Dinner – Montford Park
Provided by Montford Park Players.

7:00 PM     Performance:  Scenes from HAMLETMontford Park, Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre
Tickets to this performance are provided by Montford Park Players at no cost. This is an outdoor performance.

8:30 PM     Transportation to Cherokee, NC – Departing from Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre
Shuttle provided for attendees back to host hotel.

10:00 PM     After Hours Wine Down – Host Hotel
Optional networking opportunity for conference attendees.


Thursday, Oct. 20

8:45 AM – 8:55 AM     Coffee and Conversation – Unto These Hills, Mountainside Theatre
Coffee and breakfast snacks available.

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM     Tour of UTH Campus and OIV – Unto These Hills, Mountainside Theatre
Unto These Hills debuted on July 1, 1950. Join local leaders on a tour of the historic Cherokee Mountainside Theatre, followed by an interactive visit to Oconaluftee Indian Village.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM     Lunch Break MCI
Lunch is provided for conference attendees.

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM    Getting it Right with Cultural Appropriation and Accurate Portrayals of Native Americans – MCI
A presentation on what cultural appropriation is and how the members of the
National Conference on Outdoor theatre can appropriately portray the customs practices and ideas of Native Americans in our productions. Beyond cursory land acknowledgments, this presentation and discussion will focus on how we should present Native American culture and roles in our plays responsibly and authentically. This session offers space for attendees to discuss Outdoor Theatre with an EDIA lens.
Presenter:  Shana Bushyhead-Condill, Executive Director of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM     Run the Show:  An Introduction to QLab Technology – MCI
Whether you are sinking your technology, running the show, or designing, QLab makes managing your audio, video, and lighting needs an effortless job. In this session, attendees will learn more about the possibilities that come with QLab’s user-friendly system.
Presenter:  Shawn Paul Evans ,Professor of Theater at the Department of Theater, Dance, and Film Studies at Washington and Lee University 

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM     Tour:  Museum of the Cherokee – MCI
Optional opportunity for attendees. Experience 13,000 years of Cherokee history at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

5:15 PM – 6:45 PM     Reception, Dinner and Awards – Stand 3, Unto These Hills, Mountainside Theatre
The prestigious Mark R. Sumner Award will be presented to an individual who has made major contributions to the field of outdoor theatre. It is a highly guarded secret until the announcement! The Scott J. Parker Volunteer Award will recognize an exceptional volunteer within Unto These Hills outdoor theatre community.

7:30 PM – 9:15 PM     Performance:  DRACULA – Unto These Hills Mountainside Theatre (Curtain 8pm)
Tickets to this performance are provided by Unto These Hills at no cost. This is an outdoor performance.

9:30 PM – 10:30 PM     Post Show Wine Down – Stand 3, Unto These Hills Mountainside Theatre
Optional networking opportunity for conference attendees.


Friday, Oct. 21

8:45 AM – 8:55 AM     Coffee and Conversation – MCI
Coffee and breakfast snacks available.

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM     Closing Session – MCI
Reflection and looking forward.

Attendees Depart – Airport shuttle schedules (TBA)

Host Hotel Details: the Fairfield Inn & Suites Cherokee
Casino District, 568 Paint Town Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719

King Rooms | $109.00          Double/Double | $109.00          No deposit required
Cutoff Date is October 10th at 11:59 PM ET
Check-In Time: 3:00 PM ET     Check-Out Time: 12:00 PM ET
Cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to arrival.
Free parking available onsite.
Complimentary breakfast buffet provided each morning.
Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and lobby.

Group Block Name: SETC National Conference on Outdoor Theatre
Hotel Reservation Link:  TBA 9/26/22
SETC Group Rate Code:  TBA 9/26/22