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. 

Museums Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity to join with other museum professionals
and supporters to make the case for museums. Museums Advocacy Day 2017
brought together over 380 advocates in Washington, D.C.

Why participate in Museums Advocacy Day?
Check out the many reasons, what you can do, and what we've accomplished in the past.

Can't make it to D.C.? Contact your representatives and let them hear your voice!

ALHFAM's 2018 George Chapman Memorial
First Person Interpreters Retreat

March 23-25, 2018

Registration is now up and running for ALHFAM's (Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums) 2018 George Chapman Memorial First Person Interpreters Retreat, hosted by the John Dickinson Plantation in Dover, Delaware. Scheduled from Friday March 23rd-25th, it will feature free tours, a reception, lantern tour of historic Dover, and a weekend of great sessions for the novice as well as the experienced interpreter.

Topics include Museum Theatre, interactive first person, business 101, trouble shooting in an improvisational setting, and a keynote presentation of Isaiah Thomas, Patriot Printer, who graced IMTAL’s most recent conference in Mystic CT! Other enticements are a dinner where you can strut your stuff in costume, as well as a round table discussion to pick the brains of the session leaders (all for a mere $75!) 

Visit and click through on the bottom of the home page to register! Download the bios and info on session leaders (ranging from Ron Carnegie of Colonial Williamsburg, to Maddie Biehl, 1940s house wife from Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth New Hampshire) and view a list of suggested hotels. Registrants will be contacted after registration for meal preferences and food requirements.

Find the ALHFAM First Person Interpreter's group on Facebook:


The Fall 2017 issue of our quarterly newsletterIMTAL Insights, is here and now also accessible to the public!

"How Do We Tell Difficult
Stories in Our Institutions?"

In this issue:

Open Mind, Willing Heart, Listening Ear
By Elizabeth Pickard

Road to Redemption:
Reflections on the Creation and Impact of "Journey to Redemption"
By Antoinette Brennan and Jamar Jones

On Hip-Hop, Identity,
and Disrupting Museum Spaces
By Laura Perez

Photos from the 2017 IMTAL Conference

...and more!


In addition to the PDF version (above), now you can also link to, comment on, and share articles on social media via the ARTICLES ONLINE section. We encourage you to explore and interact with this new format: leave a comment, start a dialogue, and spread the word about museum theatre!

Navigating the Seas of Change: IMTAL 2017

The 2017 Annual Conference
was a huge success!

Thank you to all of our amazing attendees, as well as Jen Brown of The Engaging Educator and our hosts: Mystic Seaport, Mark Twain House, and Gillette Castle State Park!

Click here for full official conference program.

If you couldn't join us this year, don't fret! Just announced:
Our 2018 IMTAL Global Conference will be held in Los Angeles, CA!
More details to come, hope to see you there!

Notification of T-Mobile Deployment in the 600MHz Band
As of November 1, 2017, T-Mobile USA Inc. has deployed commercial wireless services
in their 600MHz Spectrum blocks in a number of counties across the country.
Note: this may affect your institution's wireless microphone usage
as they are asking to cease all use of spectrum in these channel blocks.
For more information, please consult the following documents. 

Non Station Notification Letter FIPS Level Notification for Non Stations

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

Congratulations to our 2017 Award Winners!

Jon Lipsky Award
for Excellence in Playwriting

Lindsay Genshaft, Jessica Robblee, 
Mitch Slevc, and Mike Kasper
 for their
script, Art Emergency: Code Red!,
at the Denver Art Museum.

IMTY Award

Philip Yuris, Park Supervisor at
Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, CT
for his “undying support of the East Haddam
Stage Company, resident theatre company at
Gillette Castle State Park."

The winner of the Jon Lipsky Award will have
written the play that most exemplifies standards
of excellence in museum theatre.
The IMTY Award is given annually to recognize
Senior Management who show outstanding
support for museum theatre programming.

The awards were presented at the IMTAL Luncheon during the 
2017 American Alliance of Museums Conference in St. Louis, MO.

Congratulations to Your New Board Members!

Vice President: Todd D. Norris, Children's Museum - Indianapolis, IN
Secretary: Elysia SegalNew York Transit Museum - Brooklyn, NY
Publications Officer: Ilana Gustafson, Natural History Museum - Los Angeles, CA
Membership Officer: Mark Wehlage, Conner Prairie - Fishers, IN

Our thanks to outgoing Publications Officer Judy Fort Brenneman and
Secretary Amber Parham for their dedicated service.

Build Your Library!

Several of our presenters at our 2014 Chicago conference mentioned books that can help you and your institution get a better handle on museum theatre practices. Others in attendance were actually the authors of a couple of those books.

The following is a list of the available texts, along with a some of our recommendations. We encourage you to make a purchase through the links below, as IMTAL will receive a small percentage as an Amazon Associate.

Exploring Museum Theatre by Tessa Bridal

Effective Exhibit Interpretation and Design by Tessa Bridal

Museum Theatre: Communicating with Visitors Through Drama by Catherine Hughes

100 Neo-Futurists Plays: From Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) by the Neo-Futurists

Process: An Improviser's Journey by Mary Scruggs

The Viewpoints Book by Ann Bogart and Tina Landau

Improvisation for the Theatre (3rd Edition) by Viola Spolin

Theatre Games for Rehearsal: A Director's Handbook by Viola Spolin

Speak With Distinction: The Classic Skinner Method to Speech on the Stage by Edith Skinner

Kamishibai Man by Allen Say

The Kamishibai Classroom: Engaging Multiple Literacies Through the Art of "Paper Theatre" by Tara M. McGowan

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

Read The Value of History from the History Relevance Campaign.

Fall 2017 IMTAL Insights

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