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. 

Since 1998, IMTAL 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 
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.

With a cutting-edge call to Get Critical: Forging the Future of Museum Theatre, this year’s conference
offered a range of professional learning opportunities, from performances and plenary sessionsworkshops and demonstrations to professional debates and networking occasions

Thank you to everyone who attended for making this such an amazing and inspiring conference --
we hope to see you again next year!

2019 Jon Lipsky Award for Excellence in Playwriting

Betsy Maguire
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 was presented to Betsy Maguire at the IMTAL Annual Conference,
hosted this year by The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana

INSIGHTS - Spring 2019 

When Things Don't Go as Planned...

In this issue:

Mitigating Failure Through
Unscripted Expertise: a polemic
by Molly M. Ritchie

Adaptation and a Solo Performer's Journey
by Lisa Hayes


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!

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