Conference Schedule

The 56th National Conference on Outdoor Theatre will be hosted by The Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico, October 1-3, 2019.

Registration Now Open!

The Conference will be packed with round table discussions, networking events, tours of The Santa Fe Opera complex, and informative presentations including surprising new concepts in projection design/technology for outdoor performances, creating/presenting site specific theatre pieces and much more.

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

  • 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM  |  Welcome & Dinner
    Double Tree by Hilton Santa Fe
    Taco Bar, Cash Bar
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM  |  Roll Call & Company Exchange
    Traditional sharing of successes and challenges from the past year
    Double Tree by Hilton Santa Fe
    Facilitators:  TBA

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

  • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM  |  Buzz & Brainstorm – An Un-Conference Conversation on the Future of Outdoor Theatre
    Looking for the next great idea?  Or want to chat up a problem? The National Conference on Outdoor Theatre will include participant driven buzz sessions where peer-to-peer sharing and learning, collaboration, and creativity will energize and intrigue.  From tried and true to something new, these provocative brainstorming sessions will send you home with fresh insight and inspiration.  During these sessions, participants will have the opportunity to introduce issues they want to talk about, making for a discussion and experience that is relevant to each professional and organization at the table.
    The Santa Fe Opera
    Facilitator:  TBA
  • 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM  |  Tour of The Santa Fe Opera Part 1
    The Santa Fe Opera has just completed its 63nd season of operation in the open air Crosby Theatre. With every renovation and new construction project the company has made an effort to become more energy and water efficient and user-friendly.  This tour will share the ideas and solutions the company has brought to fruition.
    The Santa Fe Opera
    Tour Leader:  Paul Horpedahl, Production and Facilities Director, the Santa Fe Opera
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  |  Lunch
    The Santa Fe Opera
  • 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM  |  Developing New Work through Community Engagement
    Sponsored by the Paul Green Foundation

    This session will be a practical examination of the community engagement and impact of the new play “Night Witches.” Elena will discuss the opportunities that can be found in visible, creative labs for diverse artist and organizations to enhance connections beyond the play, and the innovative use of existing spaces as an opportunity to develop new work. We will explore how “Night Witches” culminated in an airplane hangar in the Piedmont River Valley and educated viewers on buried history and revealed the potential for what theatre could be to a rural community – a mirror for the physical prowess and presence of women. Attendees are encouraged to bring a seed of a story that excites them.
    The Santa Fe Opera
    Presenter:  Elena Kritter, Producer and Director of “Night Witches”
  • 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM  |  Place-Making Theatre
    The Santa Fe Opera
    Presenter:  TBA
  • 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM  |  Reception, Dinner & Awards
    The Santa Fe Opera
  • 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM  |  Get Downtown Santa Fe
    A chance to check out the city.
    Santa Fe
  • 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM  |  Late Night Hospitality
    Location TBA

Thursday, October 3, 2019

  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM  |  Buzz & Brainstorm Part 2
    Building upon Wednesday’s provocative roundtable discussions we will continue to cover topics from, creating new content for outdoor theatres, to ideas to foster alternative income, to brainstorming on a variety of operational and artistic challenges that theatres are facing.
    The Santa Fe Opera
    Facilitator:  TBA
  • 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM  |  Projection Design for Outdoor Theatre
    Examine the use of projection as location information, atmospheric enhancement and just plain magical light. Types of performances applications will include dance, theatre and outdoor drama. The session will highlight this marriage of technology and design and show how projection media can be bold or subtle as the situation demands for outdoor theatre.
    The Santa Fe Opera
    Presenters: David C. Harwell, Associate Professor and Theatre Program Director at The University of Alabama in Huntsville and
    Alexander Hillgartner, Projectionist at Unto These Hills
  • 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM  |  Learned Lessons From Hurricane Harvey and Emergency Preparedness
    Sponsored by USITT
    The Santa Fe Opera
    Learn how the Alley Theatre’ Neuhaus stage recovered from 19 feet of water during Hurricane Harvey. Karin Rabe, Alley Theatre Properties Master, shares her story of being thrust into the world of disaster triage and recovery of props, theatre equipment and heritage items. Recently trained to be a Texas Heritage Responder with TX-CERA, Rabe will cover the best practices for emergency preparation and recovery, including sharing specific tools to aid other organization’s planning and preparedness in the case of a natural disaster.
    Presenter: Karin Rabe, Properties Master, Alley Theatre
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  |  Lunch
    The Santa Fe Opera
  • 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM  |  Tour of The Santa Fe Opera Part 2
    This tour of The Santa Fe Opera facilities will explore and share the recently completed $38M renovations and improvements that are benefiting audience members, theatre staff, the environment and the local community.
    The Santa Fe Opera
    Tour Leader: Paul Horpedahl, Production and Facilities Director, the Santa Fe Opera
  • 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM  |  Adventures in Fundraising
    The Santa Fe Opera
    Presenter:  TBA
  • 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM  |  Meow Wolf
    We’ll enjoy creative inspiration by way of a tour of Meow Wolf, an immersive storytelling experience and exhibition which has interactive performance elements. Tour costs are covered within your conference registration fee.
    Santa Fe
  • 7:30 PM  |  Closing Session:  Dinner, Reflection & Wind Down
    Double Tree by Hilton Santa Fe
    Facilitators: TBA

Cost of Conference: $295 (includes meals). You need not be an SETC member to attend.
Registration for this event closes Sept. 13, 2019.

Stay tuned to this space for updates in the programming schedule for the event!

To view the previous 2018 and 2017 program schedules, see the links below.

To view the 2018 conference programming schedule, click here to see the PDF.
To view the 2017 conference programming schedule, click here to see the PDF.