The mission of the International Museum Theatre Alliance is to inspire and support the use of theatre and theatrical technique 
to cultivate emotional connections, provoke action, and add public value to the museum experience. 

IMTAL was established in 1990. Since 1998, our conferences have recognized and supported the best in museum theatre innovation and practice. These meetings of museum and theatre professionals from around the world have advanced the field of museum theatre, helping to encourage growth of new programs as well as best practices and high quality work. Veteran practitioners, emerging professionals, academics and students come together to impel and inspire each other.

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Frustration. Uncertainty. Anger. Heartache. 2020 has given us much. We’ve also been harshly reminded that climate change is upon us, that politicians equivocate, that people have opinions, and that murder hornets are a thing. Our industry has been hit particularly hard. Many of us have been let go. Positions have been redefined, reassigned, or eliminated entirely. Institutions are downsizing, and there is no guarantee that the museum world will return bearing any resemblance to its former self.   Circumstances caused us to cancel our in-person conference, but we are happy to announce that we will mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of IMTAL with a virtual conference. We’ll do it on what has become the de facto means of gathering, Zoom. In acknowledgement of our collective circumstances, the conference sessions are free to all registrants.  IMTAL Founder Catherine Hughes will present the keynote.  Sessions include: Museum Theatre and Social Justice, What We Did in the Lockdown, A Look Back at Thirty Years of IMTAL, reports from IMTAL Europe and IMTAL Asia-Pacific, Those We Left Behind, and Idea Thunderdome Roundtable.  Register here. Zoom link will be sent to registrants the week before the event.  Join us as we embrace Pandemic, Protests, and PossibilitiesFrustration. Uncertainty. Anger. Heartache. 2020 has given us much. We’ve also been harshly reminded that climate change is upon us, that politicians equivocate, that people have opinions, and that murder hornets are a thing. Our industry has been hit particularly hard. Many of us have been let go. Positions have been redefined, reassigned, or eliminated entirely. Institutions are downsizing, and there is no guarantee that the museum world will return bearing any resemblance to its former self. 


Circumstances caused us to cancel our in-person conference, but we are happy to announce that we will mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of IMTAL with a virtual conference. We’ll do it on what has become the de facto means of gathering, Zoom.

In acknowledgement of our collective circumstances, the conference sessions are free to all registrants.


IMTAL Founder Catherine Hughes will present the keynote.


Sessions include:

Museum Theatre and Social Justice, What We Did in the Lockdown, A Look Back at Thirty Years of IMTAL, reports from IMTAL Europe and IMTAL Asia-Pacific, Those We Left Behind, and Idea Thunderdome Roundtable.


Register here. Zoom link will be sent to registrants the week before the event.


Join us as we embrace Pandemic, Protests, and Possibilities

New Board of Directors!

IMTAL welcomes two new board members appointed as a result of our recent elections. 

Fiona Meagher

Fiona Meagher                 Caryn M. Boehm 

Publications Officer:  Fiona Meagher of The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History Secretary: Caryn M. Boehm, recently of The Peabody Essex Museum

They join President Todd D. Norris (Children’s Museum of Indianapolis), Vice President Elysia Segal ( Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum), Treasurer Mason Absher ( Minnetrista), Outreach Officer Nora Quinn ( National Constitution Center). and Member-at-Large Douglas Coler.

2019 Jon Lipsky Award for Excellence in Playwriting

Betsy Maguire
for her play

Tales from the Dungeon: Life at Newgate
Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine
East Granby, Connecticut


above: Theatre Guild of Simsbury performing Tales from the Dungeon: Life at Newgate

The 2019 Lipsky Award was presented to Betsy Maguire at the IMTAL Annual Conference,
hosted this year by The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana



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