The 58th National Conference on Outdoor Theatre in 2021 was a success! Please plan to join us again in October 2022 for the 59th annual gathering!

Where theatre leaders share their experience and explore new concepts!
exploration   |   innovation   |   transformation

2022 Conference Dates and Location:  TBD
Registration Opens: July 7, 2022



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Check out our 2021 conference schedule below to see the type of programming we offer each year:

Thursday, September 30, 2021

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM ET
Roll Call and Company Exchange
Traditional introduction of attendees and a virtual lightning round of successes and challenges from the past year. All are invited to share.

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM ET
Theatricum Botanicum – A Secluded Bohemian Outpost for Artists and Rattlesnakes
With beginnings in the mid-1950’s as an artistic retreat for McCarthy-era blacklisted actors and folk singers, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum has blossomed into a natural sanctuary for the arts.  Generations of family tending to Will Geer’s legacy have for decades sculpted Theatricum’s repertory to reflect the circumstances of the original troupe with a contemporary relevance.  Come hear about Theatricum’s extraordinary history, thought-provoking programming, pandemic reinvention, equity and inclusion work, artist development, and future plans.  Recently featured in The New York Times!

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Lunch Break

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM ET
Innovations in Outdoor Theatre – New Year, New Model with Miami New Drama
Forced to change course in the ongoing pandemic, Miami New Drama found exciting inspiration in empty storefront windows. Hear how their team’s reimagination of Thornton Wilder’s 10-minute plays led to sold out audiences and national exposure. This session will invite new thinking and conversation around the way in which theatre can be presented. Additionally, we will hear how Miami New Drama assembled a diverse playwriting team to help audiences process through story what it means to live in America.
Sponsored by The Paul Green Foundation

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM ET
Wine Down Discussion
We invite you to bring your technology and your cocktail as we wind down the first day. This is an opportunity to reflect on previous sessions or to introduce relevant issues or questions for the Outdoor Theatre community.

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM ET
Dinner Break

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM ET
After Hours (Optional)
This Zoom room is set aside for new and returning attendees alike to continue socializing in a relaxed environment with no prompt or structure. Come as you are and enjoy community with fellow theatre leaders.

Friday, October 1, 2021

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM ET
Company Exchange and Open Discussion
Bring your lingering questions and kick off the day with open discussions on the previous day’s topics. This is also an opportunity to hear more about SETC’s current Outdoor Theatre consulting projects and their progress.

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM ET
Unmute Your Virtual Ticket Sales: Making the On-Screen Leap
A discussion with the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College that explores how they found their virtual niche during the pandemic. Attendees will learn how the Wilson Center maneuvered online and managed to sell a robust line-up during the ongoing pandemic. We will explore the production and execution of a virtual performance and the opportunities that became available to the Wilson Center by producing theatre online. Whether you’ve experienced, produced, or have no experience with virtual theatre, we invite attendees to bring any and all questions.

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM ET
Lunch Break

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM ET
Eliminating Interference: Understanding Best Practices for Wireless Microphones in Outdoor Theatre
Sponsored by CIAv

Each year, the National Conference on Outdoor Theatre welcomes experts in design and technology to present on the latest equipment that can help advance your venue and wow your audiences. During this Webinar, CIAv will discuss the key concepts and techniques to make your wireless microphone system perform optimally.
Join CIAv and RF Venue as they discuss eliminating dropout and interference, understanding local and interference and range, understanding multi-path interference, and understanding cross-polarization fades.

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET
Awards Ceremony Followed by Closing Discussion
Join us as we present the prestigious Mark R. Sumner Award, presented to an individual who has made major contributions to the field of outdoor theatre, and the Scott J. Parker Volunteer Award, presented to an exceptional volunteer in the outdoor theatre community. Following the awards, we invite all attendees to bring insights from the week and thoughts on the work ahead of us.

Not sure if NCOT is for you?
Click here to check out the 2020 Conference webpage.