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 convened in the United States, Europe, and Australia to recognize and support 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 exemplary, high quality work. Veteran practitioners, emerging professionals, academics, and students have come together over the past 20 years to impel and inspire each other.

Please join us for the 17th Annual conference of the
International Museum Theatre Alliance:


August 22-25, 2019             Indianapolis, Indiana
hosted by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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 sessionsworkshops and demonstrations to professional debates and networking occasionsTopics addressed will include: Native American perspectives and Decolonization in museum theatre; Dementia and Autism programming; and Evaluating more than visitor satisfaction! Presentation of the 2019 Jon Lipsky Playwriting Award and IMTY Award will also take place at the conference. New this year is a full day of START UP WORKSHOPS and tours. Whether you are a veteran or newbie, you can be a part of challenging conversations that move this field forwardEvening events will also make sure you don’t miss the IndyFringe Festival with 80 groups performing 400 shows!

Conference Details

Dates: August 22-25, 2019
(Thursday Workshops & Tours; Conference Friday-Saturday and Sunday 1/2 day)

Conference site: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Hotel Info: Coming soon!

Cost: $275 members / $325* non-members  *includes start up membership
- Includes refreshments & a dinner. Transportation will be provided between sites & events.



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INSIGHTS - Fall/Winter 2019 


In this issue:

The Washingtons at Home: Using Seasonal Programming to Tell New Stories
by Elizabeth Keaney

Historic Holidays without Tiny Tim
by Catherine Hughes

Recap of the 2018 IMTAL Conference
by Douglas Coler


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!

Thank you to everyone involved with the
2018 IMTAL Global Conference in Los Angeles... what an amazing event!

For program/presentation information, please visit
Conference Resources in the "Members Only" section!

Build Your Library!

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.

Exploring Museum Theatre 
by Tessa Bridal

Theatre Games for Rehearsal:
A Director's Handbook
by Viola Spolin

Effective Exhibit Interpretation and Design
by Tessa Bridal

Kamishibai Man 
by Allen Say

Museum Theatre:
Communicating with Visitors Through Drama
by Catherine Hughes

Speak With Distinction: The Classic 
Skinner Method to Speech on the Stage 
by Edith Skinner

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

The Kamishibai Classroom: Engaging Multiple Literacies Through the Art of "Paper Theatre" 
by Tara M. McGowan

Process: An Improviser's Journey 
by Mary Scruggs

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America 
by Erik Larson

The Viewpoints Book 
by Ann Bogart and Tina Landau

Improvisation for the Theatre (3rd Edition) 
by Viola Spolin

Read The Value of History 
from the 
History Relevance Campaign.

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