Management Conference

Community Theatre Management Conference (CTMC)
June 2017, prior to AACTFest 2017 National Festival

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Conference in sessionThe Community Theatre Management Conference (CTMC) is offered in tandem with (but separately from) the AACTFest National Festival, and is modeled after the renowned National Full Time Community Theatre Directors Conference (often called the "Madison Conference"), and is for anyone with responsibility for managing a community theatre.

This educational gathering brings together administrators from all levels of theatre--from the volunteer who "runs things around here" to the "just starting" part-time administrator to the full time professional manager. Learning is through a series of intensive, topic specific, roundtable discussions with participants sharing experiences--both problems and solutions. Participants prioritize and suggest topics through a pre-conference questionnaire.

The National Community Theatre Management Conference will be held Sunday June 25 – Tuesday June 27 just prior to AACTFest 2017 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota. 

Ron ZieglerRon Ziegler will facilitate the conference.  Ron serves as Festivals Coordinator for the American Association of Community Theatre and free-lances as a director and teacher. He resides in North Port, Florida, and is "mostly retired." He has directed productions for Venice (FL) Theatre, Ocala (FL) Civic Theatre, and most frequently for Iowa's Des Moines Playhouse. He was the first Artistic/Managing Director for the Des Moines Playhouse’s Kate Goldman Children's Theatre. Ron founded and managed the Iowa Fringe Festival and was the first executive director for Orlando (FL) Repertory Theatre. He is a past president of the American Association of Community Theatre, was named an AACT Fellow, and served twice previously as facilitator for the National Artistic Directors Conference. 

The Community Theatre Management Conference can send you home with ideas that will pay for your trip, a renewed enthusiasm for your theatre management job, and a nationwide network of colleagues! And because the CTMC will be held immediately preceding the national festival in Rochester, you can attend two events in one trip. 

AACTEd Hours:  AACT will provide you with documentation of your participation in quality educational activities through AACT.
Full participation in a track earns 20 AACTEd Hours

AACT Member
by June 1 - $260
after June 1 - $290
Discount if also registering for national festival - $15
by June 1 - $335
After June 1 - $365

Registration covers all sessions, materials, snacks, and a copy of Boards in the Spotlight by Twink Lynch

Sunday, June 25
     3-6 pm                Session 1
     6 pm                   Dinner Break
     7-10 pm              Session 2
Monday, June 26
     8:30-11:30 am    Session 3
     11:30 am             Lunch Interest Groups (Dutch Treat)
     1:30-5:30 pm      Session 4
     5:30 pm              Dinner Break
     6:30-8:30 pm      Session 5
Tuesday, June 27
     8:30 am-12 pm   Session 6

Hotel & Ground Transportation for the CMTC are the same as AACTFest rates and discounts. 


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