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:

Stay tuned for more details! But first...

Submit a session proposal!
Interested in running a workshop, facilitating a performance/discussion, or managing a panel session?

Some Ideas to think about…

  • Obstacles or potential obstacles and how to overcome them.
  • Supporting museum theatre professionals that are new/newer to the field.
  • Supporting museum theatre professionals that are more experienced in the field.
  • Overcoming ongoing challenges with money, hiring, institutional buy in, etc.
  • Adapting to changes in the field and keeping up with those changes.
  • The next generation of museum theatre. What’s the future of museum theatre?

    Submit your proposal using the IMTAL 2017-Session Proposal Form
    Proposal Deadline: JUNE 30, 2017

    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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