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. 

Thank you to everyone involved with the
2018 IMTAL Global Conference in Los Angeles... what an amazing event!

For program/presentation information, please visit
Conference Resources in the "Members Only" section!

 - Summer 2018

"Lighting the Spark,
Feeding the Flame"

In this issue:

A Museum Director on the Power
of Theatre to Connect Guests to Art
An interview with IMTY winner
Heather Nielsen by Ilana Gustafson

An Immersive Journey with the
Characters of Old Sturbridge Village
An interview with Lipsky winner
P.J. Griffith by Ilana Gustafson

A Meeting of the IMTAL Minds!
Recap of the AAM Luncheon
by Douglas Coler


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!

Congratulations to our 2018 Award Winners!

The awards were presented at The IMTAL luncheon during the
American Alliance of Museums Conference and Expo in Phoenix on May 7.

The recipient of this year's Jon Lipsky Award for Excellence in Playwriting is P.J. Griffith, for his play Midwinter Mischief at Old Sturbridge Village.

Midwinter Mischief is a two-hour theatrical adventure that follows a wily Yankee Peddler as he barters his way through the village, having spent all of his earnings at Bullard Tavern the night before. After being confronted over his debt, The Peddler asks to fill his cup with ashes from the tavern’s hearth, promising the tavern owner that he will “return with a cup overflowing with gold” and heads out into the village. The audience is sent in pursuit of The Peddler, challenged by the town constable to gather enough evidence to convict him. They meet the residents of the town who tell stories of what The Peddler has done and where he was going.

Check out P.J.’s website to learn more about this outstanding work. 

This year’s IMTY Award recipient is Heather Nielsen of the Denver Art MuseumThe IMTY Award was established to recognize CEOs or Senior Staff members who have demonstrated strong support for museum theatre. 

IMTAL Global Conference 2018
Los Angeles, California             September 10-12, 2018


KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Brent Blairdirector of USC's Institute for Theatre and Social Change
Brent Blair is an associate professor of theatre practice at the USC School of Dramatic Arts and the Director of USC's Institute for Theatre and Social Change. He is a Linklater-designated voice instructor and a former Fulbright scholar in the Igbo traditional theatre of West Africa. He founded the applied theatre arts focus at the School of Dramatic Arts and is the founding director of the Center for Theatre of the Oppressed and Applied Theatre Arts in Los Angeles, based on the works and training methods of Augusto Boal. He has formed numerous collaborative and curricular programs that partner with community members using theatre as a vehicle for education, therapy, and social change. Blair teaches courses in voice, theatre for youth, theatre and therapy, theatre in education and theatre in the community.

OFFICIAL HOTEL: Radisson Midtown Hotel at USC
(Discounted rate: $219 +tax/night, includes breakfast)
Online discounted reservations can be made here using event code "IMTAL" under "More Search Options" or by calling (800) 333-3333. The hotel is within walking distance of the conference, however parking is also available for $25/night. Last day to make discounted reservations is August 8, 2018.

Call for Proposals!
Interested in presenting at the conference?
Here are some ideas that we are curious about…

  • New techniques or technologies used to inspire audiences.
  • Connecting old concepts to new ideas.
  • Empowering audiences to take next steps.
  • Reaching new audiences.
  • Overcoming audience bias.
  • The next generation of museum theatre: what’s the future?

Did we SPARK your interest? Want to be on a panel?

More information to come including registration,
field trips, session topics and more... STAY TUNED!

Build Your Library!

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

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

Effective Exhibit Interpretation and Design
by Tessa Bridal

Kamishibai Man 
by Allen Say

Museum Theatre:
Communicating with Visitors Through Drama
by Catherine Hughes

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

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

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

Process: An Improviser's Journey 
by Mary Scruggs

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

The Viewpoints Book 
by Ann Bogart and Tina Landau

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

Read The Value of History 
from the 
History Relevance Campaign.

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