TETA TheatreFest 2018

Dallas Intercontinental September 26-29, 2018

Texas Educational Theatre Association’s TheatreFest is a celebration of Educational Theatre! This annual convention offers training and education for current Theatre practitioners, as well as, future educators. Included in this event: Over 300 Theatre and Film-related Workshops, a Playwriting Contest (PlayFest), Design Contest (DesignFest) and Scholarship Auditions! Add to this... Live Performances, Special Guest Artists from around the world, and over 100 Commercial and Educational Exhibitors! TheatreFest has something for everyone!! We have done our best to simplify the process. You must be a current TETA member with a current online membership account as the online TheatreFest registration form is only accessible to TETA members.


TheatreFest 2018 will be at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel (formally the Intercontinental Hotel).

The room block is now open.

Booking Website: https://book.passkey.com/e/49575173

Toll free number: 800-489-0793

Convention registration is yet to be opened, and more information will follow.

TheatreFest Workshop Proposals Needed...

Click HERE to submit a workshop proposal for TheatreFest 2018 to be held in Dallas onSeptember 26 - 29, 2018.

Thank you for your willingness to present a workshop at TheatreFest. Every effort will be made to accommodate your proposal as submitted. Please Note: Convention participants have requested participatory workshops targeted for students as well as adult membership.

The presenters of each workshop are responsible for all Audio/Visual needs. TETA does NOT provide A/V equipment at TheatreFest.


The Texas Educational Theatre Association offers Texas theatre students the unique opportunity to audition for colleges and universities from across the nation, with a minimal investment and far less time and travel than trying to audition for all of those schools separately! Students present a two-minute acting or musical audition or a five-minute technical portfolio presentation for up to 50 different college/university programs. During call-back interviews on the same day as auditions, college & university representatives visit with selected students face-to-face to answer questions about their programs and ask follow-up questions to potential candidates. Do not miss this exciting opportunity to be seen by a multitude of universities and colleges with quality theatre arts programs! All Texas high school juniors, seniors, or transferring college/university theatre students intent on majoring in theatre are eligible to submit an application to participate. Click HERE for more information.


DesignFest is a design competition and showcase for students, instructors and professionals which allows educators an opportunity to bring emphasis and recognition to the study and actuation of theatrical design and stage management. DesignFest is open to the first 100 participants who register. DesignFest is required for all students participating in the Technical Auditions. It is an opportunity for professionals and students to celebrate and share ideas about design, stage management and theatre technology. DesignFest allows participants to showcase their design work to over 1500 theatre artists from all over the United States and allows student participants to compete for cash awards! Click HERE for more information.


“Make a Film Using Your Smartphone” - The FilmFest Contest is designed specifically for TheatreFest students. The contest is envisioned as a fun way to bring student film makers from around Texas together to learn from and experience the work of their peers. During the 24 hour event, every team will receive the same prompt detailing the genre, a prop and some lines of dialogue. Each of these elements is required in a completed 2-3 minute film made with a smartphone. You and your team then have from Thursday at 3:30 pm until Friday at 3:30 pm, to create a dynamic short film. All creation must occur within the competition period: writing, rehearsing, shooting, editing, graphics, etc. The Competition is held at TheatreFest and the showings of the completed films will be shown on Friday night! There is no registration fee! Contest is open to all students that are registered for TheatreFest. Click HERE for more information.


PlayFest is a playwriting competition/event whose principal objective is to encourage the writing and production of new plays. The purpose of PlayFest is as follows: To encourage and promote the study of playwriting by all. To encourage and promote the writing of new plays. To provide a clearing house for the reading and evaluation of new plays in a working and teaching environment. To provide greater incentive to playwrights by establishing a working relationship between professionals, educators and playwrights. To produce new play productions. This may include staged readings, workshop productions, and new play seminars, annually at TheatreFest. Click HERE for more information.

Academic Symposium

The purpose of the Academic Symposium is to provide a forum at the annual TheatreFest for scholars, teachers, students, professionals, and others interested in the scholarly inquiry of theatre-related topics. Attendees gather to present papers and discuss the ideas set forth as a group, thus creating an opportunity to share ideas and promote scholarship in the academic and professional theatre community. While special consideration is given to submissions intersecting with the determined annual theme, scholarly research presentations focusing on any topic relating to all aspects of theatre studies are welcomed.

Scholarly Debut Papers Panel

The purpose of the Scholarly Debut Papers Panel (SDPP) is to provide a forum at the annual TheatreFest for young scholars (debut presenters – both undergraduate & graduate level) interested in the scholarly inquiry of theatre-related topics. Selected winners are invited to TheatreFest to present their papers and discuss their ideas within a supportive scholarly group comprised of academics and theatre professionals. While special consideration is given to submissions illuminating the annual conference theme, SDPP welcomes any debut scholarly papers that focus on any topic relating to theatre studies.


Pay online when you register or send a check to our HOUSTON address.


650 W. Bough Ln.

Suite 150-199

Houston, Texas 77024

If you choose to send a check, it must be postmarked by September 10th to receive the early-bird discount.

If you register early, but your payment is postmarked after September 10th, your registration will be changed to a regular registration and your invoice will be adjusted to reflect the change. If you need to pay on-site, we do NOT accept personal checks at the event.

** Refunds: TETA Memberships are non-refundable.

Refunds for TheatreFest registration costs must be requested no later than one month prior to the event.

To request a refund, send an email to communications@tetatx.com.