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 2017 Annual Conference:


Keynote Speaker: Jen Brown of The Engaging Educator. Jen will also conduct a workshop for all participants.

Field Trip day: visits to The Mark Twain House and Gillette Castle State Park (recipients of the 2017 IMTY Award).

Private Welcome Reception aboard a Steamboat.

Complete list of speakers and activities coming soon!

2017 Jon Lipsky Award for Excellence in Playwriting
The recipients of this year's award are Lindsay Genshaft, Jessica Robblee, Mitch Slevc, and Mike Kasper for their script
Art Emergency: Code Red! at the Denver Art Museum

image courtesy Denver Art Museum

In 2014, IMTAL established an annual award dedicated to the memory of playwright Jon Lipsky. Jon was Professor of Acting and Playwriting at Boston University’s School of Theater, and he created many wonderful short plays on science themes for Boston's Museum of Science. The winner of the Lipsky award will have written the play that most exemplifies standards of excellence in Museum Theatre. The award will be presented at The IMTAL luncheon during the American Alliance of Museums Conference and Expo in St. Louis on May 9.

2017 IMTY Award
This year's IMTY Award, given annually to Senior Management who show outstanding support for museum theatre programming goes to Philip Yuris, Park Supervisor at Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam, CT for “undying support of the East Haddam Stage Company, resident theatre company at Gillette Castle State Park."


Secretary: Elysia Segal, New York Transit Museum - Brooklyn, NY

Vice President: Todd D. Norris, Children's Museum - Indianapolis, IN

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.


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.

Tessa Bridal (Sunday Pre-Conference Workshop)
Exploring Museum Theatre by Tessa Bridal
Effective Exhibit Interpretation and Design by Tessa Bridal

Catherine Hughes (Monday session "Opening Doors")
Museum Theatre: Communicating with Visitors Through Drama by Catherine Hughes

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

Michael Gellman (Tuesday Keynote, Thursday session "Process Theatre")
Process: An Improviser's Journey by Mary Scruggs

Josh Sigal (Tuesday session "Class Act: Using Basic Theatre Techniques to Invigorate the Learning Experience"
The Viewpoints Book by Ann Bogart and Tina Landau

Heather Barnes and Natalie Shipman (Tuesday sessions "Improv 101" and "Improv 202")
Improvisation for the Theatre (3rd Edition) by Viola Spolin
Theatre Games for Rehearsal: A Director's Handbook by Viola Spolin

Douglas Coler (Wednesday session "An Actor Walks Into an Exhibit...")
Speak With Distinction: The Classic Skinner Method to Speech on the Stage by Edith Skinner

Tara McGowan (Wednesday Session "Asian Picture Storytelling Performance in the Museum")
Kamishibai Man by Allen Say
The Kamishibai Classroom: Engaging Multiple Literacies Through the Art of "Paper Theatre" by Tara M. McGowan

Natalie Shipman (Thursday session "White City...Then and Now)
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

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