Idyllic college setting with fall colors and text: MTASTC Statewide Theater Conference, June 12-14, 2020, Northfield, MN

Join us in 2021 on the beautiful campus of St. Olaf College, in the lovely small town of Northfield for three days of connection, workshops, and in-depth conversations.



Updated March 30, 2020

As we navigate new challenges and layers of uncertainty — for ourselves, our organizations, and our community — it feels important to put something on the calendar that we can count on together. With the evolving needs of our statewide community in mind, we’ve decided to postpone MTASTC until 2021.

MTASTC … now in 2021!

New Dates: June 12 – 14, 2021
St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN


While we are grieving the loss of this event this summer, we are very grateful to be able to plan ahead to host everyone next summer in Northfield. We know that a gathering in 2021 will be very important to our statewide performing arts community.

In the meantime, we are continuing to find ways to connect and serve the community over the next several months including organizing online gatherings, sharing resources, planning audience development initiatives, and supporting each other through this challenging time.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and website for updates, online gatherings, and resources.

A huge thank you to our amazing MTASTC Task Force, including our co-chairs Kelli Foster Warder and Ashlee Hartwig. We very much look forward to being together again soon.



The Minnesota Theater Alliance Statewide Theater Conference (MTASTC) is an annual gathering of performing arts leaders, practitioners, artists, and volunteers from across the state that provides space for learning, conversation, celebration, and connection.

MTASTC attendees reflect a broad range of Minnesotas performing arts individuals and organizations including various budget sizes (from <$10K to $15 million+ annually), models (professional, community, presenting, educational, and hybrids), types (theater, comedy, opera, musical theater, improv, storytelling, and dance), and community sizes (rural, remote, urban, and suburban.)

Please join us for workshops, keynotes, conversations, and camaraderie! This conference is an opportunity for the Minnesota performing arts community to learn from and with each other.




Subject to slight changes

Saturday, June 12, 2021

  • 7:30 AM – 5:15 PM         ADD ON: Pre-Conference Bus Tour
  • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM       Opening Happy Hour + Keynote
  • 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM      Social Activities

Sunday, June 13, 2021

  • 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM      Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM    Keynote
  • 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM   Breakout Sessions
  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM      Lunch
  • 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM        Breakout Sessions
  • 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM       Happy Hour & Plenary Session (offsite)
  • 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM       Dinner (offsite)
  • 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM      Social Activities

Monday, June 14, 2021

  • 7:30 AM – 9:15 AM       Breakfast
  • 9:15 AM – 9:30 AM       Open Space Introduction
  • 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM     Open Space Conversations
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM   Farewell




Registration price includes conference keynotes, plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and meals. A pre-conference bus tour of SE Minnesota is available as an optional add-on. Registration rates do not include lodging, though we highly recommend staying in the affordable on-campus dorm housing during the conference. Please see lodging information below.



Members Only Presale (February 2 – February 14, 2021)

  • Member Rate: $225
  • Member Group Rate (4+ from a member organization): $180

Early Bird Registration (February 15 – May 10, 2021)

  • Member Rate: $245
  • Member Group Rate (4+ from a member organization): $200
  • Non-Member Rate: $295

Regular Registration (May 11 – June 7, 2021)

  • Member Rate: $275
  • Member Group Rate (4+ from a member organization): $245
  • Non-Member Rate: $345


ADD ON: Pre-Conference Bus Tour pre conference: $50

Saturday, June 12, 2021; 7:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Join us for a tour of SE Minnesota, including stops at some of the region’s awesome venues and companies. Our tour will depart from and return to St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Bus tour ticket includes coffee & pastries and a boxed lunch.

Accessibility accommodations for the bus can be reserved. Please request as early as possible.


Is your membership expired or current?  Have you been meaning to join, but haven’t gotten around to it yet?  If you show up on this page, your membership is current. If you don’t see yourself here, time to renew or join the Theater Alliance!




It is highly recommended to stay in the on-campus dorm housing for the duration of the conference. This year, lodging is separate from conference registration rates. Please review the following rates, and reserve your on-campus dorm lodging during registration.

  • Double occupancy three nights (6/11 – 6/14): $117 per person
  • Single occupancy three nights (6/11 – 6/14): $149 per person
  • Double occupancy two nights (6/12 – 6/14): $78 per person
  • Single occupancy two nights (6/12 – 6/14): $100 per person

Two night minimum, no single night lodging available at dorms. All rooms have Twin XL beds, and include linens, towels, pillows, blankets, and microwave/fridge in each room.

If you select Double Occupancy, please specify your roommate. Your roommate should register separately using this form, and list you as their roommate. Couples who would like to room together should select Double Occupancy.

(If you have previously registered and need to make changes to your lodging requests, please email





In need of a ride, or have seats to spare? Find or offer a ride by joining our carpool list!




Remember to contact your area Regional Arts Council to ask about available funds for training opportunities like MTASTC!




The Minnesota Theater Alliance will be seeking breakout session ideas, as well as short presentations and/or performances (10 minutes or less) for “My MN Performing Arts” — a plenary session. The proposal submission process will open in early 2021.




If you are excited to learn more about sponsorship, you can email us to start that conversation. We would love to work with you to support the conference, and help you connect with a great group of performing arts practitioners!