Since 1998, IMTAL conferences have recognized and supported the best in museum theatre innovation and practice.
Please join us for the 17th Annual conference of the
GET CRITICAL: FORGING THE FUTURE OF MUSEUM THEATRE
August 22-25, 2019 Indianapolis, Indiana
With a cutting-edge call to Get Critical: Forging the Future of Museum Theatre, this year’s conference promises to offer a range of professional learning opportunities, from performances and plenary sessions, workshops and demonstrations to professional debates and networking occasions.
We will enjoy Greece-inspired dishes at the entrance of the Children's Museum's new gallery, Take Me There: Greece. Remarks and presentation of the Lipsky Award will be in the gallery, followed immediately by the interactive Museum Theatre piece, "Opa! A Big Fat Greek Wedding Reception."
A full day of startup workshops and tours on Thursday, August 22. Workshops will include: Demystifying Grants, Collaborations, Creating Extraordinary Characters, among other sessions. (Those not attending the start-up Workshop will travel to Minnetrista, for a field trip and box lunch outside of the city.)
And, a special guest panel: Authenticity in Representation and Interpretation: A Native American Indian Perspective. This panel of award-winning Native American Indian museum practitioners, performers, and scholars, with credentials ranging from Academia to Hollywood to Living History, share their experiences and perspectives on engaging audiences.
Attendees will also see performances at Minnetrista, the Indiana State Museum, and other local venues.
Whether you are a veteran of past conferences or a newcomer to IMTAL, you can be part of challenging conversations that move this field forward.
Evening events will also make sure you don’t miss the IndyFringe Festival with 80 groups performing 400 shows!
Someone once proclaimed, "Movies will make you famous; Television will make you rich; But theatre will make you good." What's the good that we are making in museums with our theatre? Join Dr. Porchia Moore, Critical Race Theorist, Museum Strategist, and cultural heritage thought leader in a riveting keynote address examining how 21st century museums can better understand the "critical" in our daily praxis. Dr. Moore will outline the benefits of approaching diversity, equity, access, and inclusion as a function of Critical Race Theory application. Explore why deepening the "critical" creates deep satisfaction for both museum professionals and their visitors. This keynote will discuss the important role of museum theatre as a tool for strengthening the language of inclusion and providing pathways for dialogic community-based work as a means of addressing issues of social justice, transformation and change, and power. Let's turn what's good into greatness by understanding the nuances of critical museum work and the application of radical inclusion and empathy in our field.
Dates: August 22-25, 2019
Conference site: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Hotel Info: Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Downtown
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Cost: $275 members / $325* non-members *includes start up membership
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2019 Jon Lipsky Award for Excellence in Playwriting
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 will be presented to Betsy Maguire at the end of August during
a celebratory dinner at the IMTAL Annual Conference, hosted this year
by The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana
INSIGHTS - Spring 2019
In this issue:
Mitigating Failure Through
Adaptation and a Solo Performer's Journey
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