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 recognized and supported 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 
growth of new programs as well as best practices and high quality work. Veteran practitioners, emerging professionals, academics and students come together to impel and inspire each other.

See you next year!

In acknowledgement of the worldwide disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the strain it has placed on our institutions, the IMTAL board of directors and the organizing committee have made the difficult decision to cancel our annual conference, which was scheduled to begin in late September in St. Paul, Minnesota. We are indebted to our friends at The Science Museum of Minnesota and Minnesota History Center for their plans to host this conference. 

We are still planning to find a way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of IMTAL. Meanwhile, to our members, friends, and supporters, we remain dedicated to the art of museum theatre, those who practice it, and those who are moved by it and look forward to seeing you at our global conference next year!

New Board of Directors!

IMTAL welcomes two new board members appointed as a result of our recent elections. 

Fiona Meagher

Fiona Meagher                 Caryn M. Boehm 

Publications Officer: (This link open in new tab) Fiona Meagher of (This link open in new tab) The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History 
Secretary: (This link open in new tab) Caryn M. Boehm, recently of (This link open in new tab) The Peabody Essex Museum

They join President Todd D. Norris ((This link open in new tab) Children’s Museum of Indianapolis), Vice President Elysia Segal ((This link open in new tab) Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum), Treasurer Mason Absher ((This link open in new tab) Minnetrista), and Outreach Officer Nora Quinn ((This link open in new tab) National Constitution Center).

2019 Jon Lipsky Award for Excellence in Playwriting

Betsy Maguire
for her play

Tales from the Dungeon: Life at Newgate
Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine
East Granby, Connecticut

above: Theatre Guild of Simsbury performing Tales from the Dungeon: Life at Newgate

The 2019 Lipsky Award was presented to Betsy Maguire at the IMTAL Annual Conference,
hosted this year by The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana

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