The AWTE conference is for theatre teachers, directors, technical directors, college students, university professors, performing arts center (PAC) managers and theatre education advocates. Conference enrollment includes annual membership in AWTE.

Friday, September 20, 2024

Reception opens 8am
Last session ends 3pm
Board meeting, 3-4pm


Madison College

Mitby Theater
1701 Wright St, Madison, WI 53704


Standard $75
Student $25
Retiree $25
Commercial Vendor $75
Nonprofit Vendor $45

DPI Advocacy Letter

Here is a letter from DPI, endorsing the value of fine arts professional development.

2023 Schedule

Time Room Title Presenter(s)
8:00am Weidner Lobby Reception, Vendors (all day), Continental Breakfast
9:00am Jean Weidner Theater Welcome/Keynote George Tzougros, Wisconsin Arts Board
9:45am Jean Weidner Theater AWTE Membership Meeting (includes election of 3 Board Members) Abby Kean, President
10:15am Jean Weidner Theatre Performing Comedy: From Ancient Rome to Today Dr. Rebecca Stone Thornberry, UW-GB
10:15am University Theatre (TH250) Exploring character development and building trust through creative movement Dr. Chell Parkins, UW-Madison
10:15am Studio One Roundtable: Building Your Program! led by Adam Steffan & Amber Kind-Keppel, AWTE Board (Directors at Wauwatosa West & Whitefish Bay HS)
11:15am Jean Weidner Theatre Power Dynamics, Consent and Boundary Work - Intimacy Direction Best Practices for Safety, Equity and Inclusion in the Rehearsal Room Jennifer Dobby, Carroll University
11:15am University Theatre (TH250) Exploring character development and building trust through creative movement Dr. Chell Parkins, UW-Madison
11:15am Theatre Hall (RM 110) Projection Design for the Stage Prof. Sera Shearer, UW-GB
12:15pm Signature Lounge Lunch & Networking
1:00pm Studio One Panel/round-table on Gender Identity in Auditioning and Production led by Dr. Thomas Campbell with Dr. Rebecca Stone Thornberry, Prof. Alan Kopischke, and Prof. Sera Shearer
1:00pm University Theatre (TH250) Unarmed or Armed Stage Combat for Educators Ron Parker, Appleton North & Renaissance HS
1:00pm Theatre Hall (RM 110) 3-D Printing and Theatre Justin Liepert, AWTE Board, Director Wisconsin Lutheran HS
2:00pm Jean Weidner Theatre Movement Workshop Prof. Alan Kopischke
2:00pm Studio One Round table: Post- Secondary for Tech areas & the Current Career Landscape led by Kristi Ross-Clausen, AWTE Board, (Madison College & Clearwing Productions)
2:00pm Theatre Hall (RM110) Thespys & International Thespian Festival Abby Kean & Adam Steffan, AWTE Board, Directors Kettle Moraine & Wauwatosa West
3:00pm Jean Weidner Theatre AWTE Board Meeting (Board Members Only)

Past Sites

2011: Madison College
2012: UW-Milwaukee
2013: Viterbo University
2014: Edgewood College
2015: UW-Stevens Point
2016: Wisconsin Lutheran College
2017: UW-Parkside
2018: Ripon College
2019: Edgewood College
2020: Online
2021: Wisconsin Lutheran College/Online
2022: UW-Oshkosh
2023: UW-Green Bay
2024: Madison College

State Theatre Festival

AWTE also sponsors professional development sessions at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Theatre Festival in November.