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September 10-14

Navigating the Seas of Change: IMTAL 2017


at Mystic Seaport


Call for presentations and full details 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 Phillip 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 SegalNew York Transit Museum, Vice President: Todd D. NorrisChildren's Museum, IndianapolisPublications Officer: Ilana GustafsonNatural History Museum, Los Angeles

Their terms begin in May. Our thanks to outgoing Publications Officer Judy Fort Brenneman and Secretary Amber Parham for their dedicated service. We will hold a special election later in the year to select a new Membership Officer (the position that Mr. Norris vacates when he assumes the Vice Presidency.)

Build Your Library

(This post originally appeared on our blog. We've re-posted on the home page because if you make a purchase through the links below, IMTAL will receive a small percentage as an Amazon Associate.)

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, and the following is a list of the available texts, along with a some of our recommendations.

Tessa Bridal (Sunday Pre-Conference Workshop)

Exploring Museum Theatre

Effective Exhibit Interpretation and Design

Catherine Hughes (Monday session "Opening Doors")

Museum Theatre: Communicating with Visitors Through Drama

Greg Allen (Tuesday Keynote)

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

Michael Gellman (Tuesday Keynote, Thursday session "Process Theatre")

Process: An Improviser's Journey

Josh Sigal (Tuesday session "Class Act: Using Basic Theatre Techniques to Invigorate the Learning Experience"

The Viewpoints Book

Heather Barnes and Natalie Shipman (Tuesday sessions "Improv 101" and "Improv 202")

Improvisation for the Theatre (3rd Edition)

Theatre Games for Rehearsal: A Director's Handbook

Douglas Coler (Wednesday session "An Actor Walks Into an Exhibit...")

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

Tara McGowan (Wednesday Session "Asian Picture Storytelling Performance in the Museum")

Kamishibai Man

The Kamishibai Classroom: Engaging Multiple Literacies Through the Art of "Paper Theatre"

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

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