Workshop Proposals

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access

SETC is resolutely committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in the life and culture of our organization. We are actively interrogating our policies and practices to deliberately take action and institutionalize anti-racist and anti-oppressive policies and practice. SETC will work to center marginalized voices, bodies, and stories. We will listen and learn about racism, discrimination, and adversity.

Each presenter is expected to be mindful of marginalized and vulnerable constituents and to incorporate/embrace inclusive and welcoming language/gesture to your program. A short, required webinar will be presented closer to the Convention to assist presenters in this endeavor.

If you are presenting on cultural diversity issues surrounding BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Disability, or other, please comment on whether or not you are a member of that community and/or your clear credential for teaching workshops on behalf of that community.

The submission period for workshop proposals has now ended. If you are still interested in submitting a proposal, please email

We have made the decision to move to a virtual workshop format for our 2021 Convention that will allow us to continue providing new and safe opportunities in theatre while protecting the health of SETC members.

Workshop slots will be offered on March 3rd – 6th at the following times:
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
11:30 AM – 12:30 AM
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Our new virtual workshop format will consist of 45-minute pre-recorded sessions that will conclude with a 15-minute live Q&A between presenters and attendees. If your workshop proposal is accepted, you will receive information about how to upload your pre-recorded workshop and the 15-minute Q&A session that will immediately follow your session.


Nov. 9, 2020
Proposal Submissions Open

Dec. 14, 2020 | 11:59 p.m.
Proposal Submissions Deadline

Jan. 11, 2021
Accept/Decline Notifications

Jan. 21, 2021
Early Bird Registration Deadline
Accepted Presenters must register by this date

SETC strives to achieve a balance of programming for all attendees. Each year, we seek innovative programming that provides practical development for emerging and seasoned professionals alike. Please know that this year’s workshop slots will be limited due to the constraints of technology and time. SETC Committees will review and select workshops for the following areas:

  • Acting
  • Applied Theatre
  • Arts Administration
  • Black Theatre
  • College/University Administration & Teaching
  • Community Theatre

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Design/Technology
  • Directing
  • Disability Inclusion
  • Faith &Theatre
  • History/Theory/Literature/Criticism

  • LGBTQ+
  • Movement & Physical Theatre
  • Musical Theatre
  • Playwriting
  • POC/Global Majority Theatre Artists Interest Group
  • Professional Theatre

  • Secondary School (High School)
  • Small Theatre Program
  • Stage Management
  • Theatre for Youth
  • Voice & Speech
  • Women + in Theatre

Each proposal will be reviewed on the criteria listed below:

  • Promotes Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
  • Collaborates with other professionals in the field
  • Provides professional development
  • Contains leading-edge information / theory / innovative practices

  • Emphasizes training, learning and performance
  • Provides how-to training
  • Focuses on skill-building
  • Provides information not easily accessible to your target audience

  • Offers strategies for growing educational, non-profit and/or for-profit organizations
  • Offers strategies for teaching, business, and design technologies

Review and Notification Process
You will receive electronic notification when your proposal has been received. You will also be notified via email by January 11, 2021, as to whether your proposal has been accepted or declined.

Convention Registration
SETC does not provide honoraria for presenters at our convention. SETC is a membership organization and all accepted workshop presenters, co-presenters, and panelists are required to be members of the organization and must pre-register as Adults (not as Students) for the SETC Virtual Convention by January 21, 2021.

Guidelines for Applicants

  • SETC will not select proposals that attempt to promote or sell a product or issue. Our sponsorship, exhibiting and advertising opportunities are better suited for those needs. For more info about those opportunities, please contact Lee Crouse at
  • To provide new and relevant programming for our attendees, we kindly ask that you do not submit a workshop proposal that you have presented in the previous three years.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Graduate students may present virtual workshops, but they must register as an ADULT (Not as a student).
  • All Presenters, Co-Presenters, and Panelists of an accepted workshop must register for convention as ADULTS by January 21, 2021.

Workshop Skill Levels
Presenters may choose to present workshops at the following skill levels:

  • Beginner/Basic: Introduction and exploration of concepts
  • Intermediate: Building on basic skills and developing competency
  • Advanced: Fine-tuning for professional artists and practitioners experienced with the concept