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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IMTAL at 30: Pandemic, Protests, and Possibilities
73 of you took the time to join us on one or both days, and your enthusiasm and energy was evident across multiple time zones and zoom screens!
Thank you to Catherine Hughes for her powerful keynote, to Jo Clyne and IMTAL Asia-Pacific, to Angela Pfenninger and IMTAL Europe, to Paul Taylor and David Henry Wrigley and Tesla’s Dream, to George Buss and Mason Absher and The Bob Ross Experience, to those of you who stayed up late, and those who got up early, to our members and friends who listened, to those who spoke out and spoke up, and to those of you who shared your frustrations and your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your strengths, your stories, and your passions.
We didn’t solve all the world’s problems. We didn’t dismantle systemic racism. We didn’t put a dent in economic imbalances, we didn’t untangle the webs of social injustice, and we didn’t smash the patriarchy. But we did identify more of the tools we need to take on those jobs, we did find common ground, more members of our tribe, more souls dedicated to art and education and truth; and above all, we connected with, and were inspired by friends. Not too bad for a few hours, really.
Next year - Athens!
New Board of Directors!
IMTAL welcomes two new board members appointed as a result of our recent elections.
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 Past-President/Member-at-Large Douglas Coler.
2019 Jon Lipsky Award for Excellence in Playwriting
Tales from the Dungeon: Life at Newgate
The 2019 Lipsky Award was presented to Betsy Maguire at the IMTAL Annual Conference,
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