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. 

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Navigating the Seas of Change: IMTAL 2017
The 2017 Annual Conference is upon us once again...
Book your spot today and join the nation’s museum theatre practitioners at Mystic Seaport!
September 10-14, 2017

Keynote Speaker:  Jen Brown of The Engaging Educator
(Jen will also conduct a workshop for all participants!)

Sessions: Featuring topics such as bringing historical documents to life, storytelling, using primary sources, and more!

Field Trips: Mark Twain House, Gillette Castle State Park (2017 IMTY Award recipient), and a local winery tasting!

Plus a private reception aboard a steamboat!

Hotel: Hyatt Place Mystic 
Be sure to mention the IMTAL Conference for our group rate! Block closes August 10!

Airports: We suggest seeing which airport has the best flights from your city.
Members: Check the Forums on the website if you would like to arrange ride sharing to Mystic!
Hartford, CT (BDL - 43 miles)
New Haven, CT (HVN - 45 miles)
Providence, RI (PVD - 46 miles)

Amtrak: Mystic Station - Northeast Regional line

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


images 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 recognize Senior Management who show outstanding support for museum theatre programming, goes to Philip Yuris, Park Supervisor at Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, CT for  “undying support of the East Haddam Stage Company, resident theatre company at Gillette Castle State Park."


Congratulations to Your New Board Members!

Vice President: Todd D. Norris, Children's Museum - Indianapolis, IN
Secretary: Elysia SegalNew York Transit Museum - Brooklyn, NY
Publications Officer: Ilana Gustafson, Natural History Museum - Los Angeles, CA
Membership Officer: Mark Wehlage, Conner Prairie - Fishers, IN

Our thanks to outgoing Publications Officer Judy Fort Brenneman and
Secretary Amber Parham for their dedicated service.

Build Your Library!

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.


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

Effective Exhibit Interpretation and Design by Tessa Bridal

Museum Theatre: Communicating with Visitors Through Drama by Catherine Hughes

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

Process: An Improviser's Journey by Mary Scruggs

The Viewpoints Book by Ann Bogart and Tina Landau

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

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

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

Kamishibai Man by Allen Say

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

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


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