National Conference on Outdoor Theatre

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October 11-14, 2023 | Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY


 The 60th Anniversary Celebration of

National Conference for Outdoor Theatre!

2023 Conference Dates: October 11 – 14, 2023
Location: Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY

Unleash your creativity amidst the scenic backdrop of nature, and be inspired by the fusion of art and environment. Join us in celebrating the power of the stage under the open sky.

Conference Registration Includes:

  • Panel and Roundtable Discussions
  • Distinguished Expert Speakers
  • Tour of Niagara Falls
  • An Awards Dinner
  • Daily Lunches and Dinner
  • Opening "Buffalo" Wing Welcome
  • Networking Cocktail Parties
  • "ShakesFEAR" An outdoor haunted experience presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park
  • "Murder Ballad" by Juliana Nash & Julia Jordan
  • And MORE!!


In 2017, the Institute of Outdoor Theatre transitioned into its new partnership and management relationship with SETC. SETC is maintaining and building upon services that have long been valued by the outdoor theatre community, including Summer and Outdoor Theatre Auditions.

This groundbreaking national conference brings together renowned artists, directors, and enthusiasts from across the nation to explore the captivating world of open-air performances.

Each fall, theatre leaders from all backgrounds convene for a multi-day networking event where conference attendees trade insights and explore new concepts in design/technology, management and artistic approach.

Mark R. Sumner Award

Established in 1990, this award recognizes significant contributions by an individual to a specific outdoor drama, or to the outdoor drama movement as a whole, including but not limited to playwriting, directing, acting, design, theater architecture, patronage, scholarship, musical composition, technology and innovation, producing and administration. The award is presented annually at the National Conference on Outdoor Theatre.

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Summer and Outdoor Theatre Auditions
SETC Outdoor Theatre hosts auditions for summer and outdoor theatres looking to cast acting, singing, dancing and stage combat positions. Interviews are also available for technical positions. Both outdoor and indoor theatres are invited to participate. Click the link below to learn more about these auditions.