Convention 2020

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Convention 2020

Welcome to the online registration for the ICTA Convention 2020. The registration process will walk you through all steps you need to register.

(including yourself)
Fill in your registration information on this page. If you are registering additional people, you will be able to enter their registration information after you complete this page and click "Continue".
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Please include your theatre affiliation.
Event Fee(s)
Total Fee(s) for this participant

Stage Intimacy for Directors & Actors
Presented by Audra Yokley
Assess your theatre community readiness to provide a safe place for all involved. Practice effective communication techniques and establish boundaries for staging scenes involving levels of physical contact.

Artists Not Kids: Finding You in Youth
Presented by David VanCleave
Develop a more active collaboration with young artists by balancing the play (noun) and play (verb), and discovering when to lead, how to learn, and what to leave. In other words, let’s fight some dragons, discover magic, and save the princess!

Big Costuming on a Small Budget
Presented by Emily Paull
Explore planning strategies, shopping techniques and bartering tips for costuming any size show – even period shows. Share ideas and network with participants to expand opportunities.

Active Shooter Training
Presenter TBA
Learn critical response skills from law enforcement officials to use in potentially violent situations to protect your theater.

Creative Collaboration w/Scenery: Page to Stage & The Path to Get There
Presented by Ronnie Wells
Join Ronnie as he shares his process for creating award winning set designs in intimate theatre venues. From the first design meeting to Opening Night, he’ll share his process, tips, tricks, and the resources used for detailed sets at a fraction of the cost…all while being a volunteer. 

Directing Your Audience, Coaching Your Actors
Presented by Michael Hollister
Examine ways to captive your audiences through motivated blocking, stage composition and character tension. Discuss ideas for coaching an effective performance from actors at every level of expertise.

A Guide to Stage Management:Panel Discussion
Hear tips for excellence in stage management, learn how stage managing can make or break a production, and gain insight into what directors expect from a stage manager.

Grant Opportunities through the Iowa Arts Council
Presented by Jennie Knoebel, Arts Learning Manager and Accessibility Coordinator, Iowa Arts Council
Learn about the grant opportunities available for Iowa Community Theatres from the Iowa Arts Council. Tips on how to submit a successful application will be provided, as well as an opportunity to ask questions about specific proposal ideas.


  • Early Bird Pricing (through February 15, 2020):
Package Price
All Access Package (all events & meals)$100
Management Conference only (includes Friday daytime, lunch & 1 break) $20
Friday evening only (includes Welcome Reception) $25
Saturday daytime only (includes lunch & 2 breaks) $35
Awards Gala Dinner & Ceremony $35
Awards Gala Ceremony (without dinner) $5
  • February 6-March 2, 2020: Prices increased from early bird by 10%
  • March 2 – March 20, 2020: Prices increased from early bird by 20%, last day to register and have meals included is March 20, 2020
  • March 21 – March 26, 2020: Prices increased from early bird by 30%, meals not included
  • March 27-28, 2020 (Same-day registration): Package prices increased from early bird by 50%, Gala Ceremony tickets $10, meals not included

Hotel Information

The Convention 2020 hotel is the Sheraton West Des Moines located at 1800 50th St, West Des Moines, IA 50266. The group rate is $115.00 plus state & local tax (12%) for a single room for reservations made before 3/7/20. Call 1-888-627-8043 or click on:

The Iowa Community Theatre Association Convention block of rooms for Friday March 27 and/or Saturday March 28, 2020 will be held until March 7, 2020, after which time all rooms reserved will be at the regular price.

ICTA Convention 2020
Des Moines, IA
Schedule of Events

Friday, March 27

12:00-5:00 pm ICTA Management Conference Registration  (Lunch is provided as part of your registration fee) Des Moines Playhouse 831 42nd Street Des Moines IA 50312
5:00-6:30 pm Dinner on your own or with Management Conference Team  
6:30 pm  

7:00 pm
ICTA Convention 2020 Registration Welcome Reception:       Cocktails available
Preshow Talk by cast of Singing in the Rain
Des Moines Playhouse
7:30 pm Singing in the Rain performance: Main Theatre  

Saturday, March 28

Time Event Location
8:30-9:00 AM Registration: North Entrance (Vendors & displays in Cafeteria until 3 PM) Des Moines Young Artists Theatre at Franklin Jr High 4801 Franklin Ave Des Moines, IA 50310
9:00-10:30 AM Workshop Session 1: Choose A, B, OR C
A. Stage Intimacy for Director & Actors by Audra Yokley (will be repeated in Session 2)
B. Artists Not Kids: Finding You in Youth by David VanCleave
C. Big Costumes on a Small Budget by Emily Paull
Franklin Jr High Classrooms
10:30-10:45 Break: Pastries & beverages provided (sponsored by Ankeny Community Theatre)Franklin Jr High Cafeteria
10:45-12:15 PM Workshop Session 2: Choose A, B, OR C
A. Stage Intimacy for Directors & Actors by Audra Yokley (repeat of Session 1 workshop)
B. Active Shooter Training
C. Creative Collaboration w/Scenery: Page to Stage & The Path to Get There
Franklin Jr High Classrooms
12:15-1:15 PM Lunch with Round Table Discussions (Lunch is provided as part of your registration fee) Franklin Jr High Cafeteria
1:15-2:00 PM HOPE Drama Troupe presentation, Des Moines Young Artists Theatre Franklin Jr High Cafeteria
2:00-3:15 ICTA Annual Membership Meeting Franklin Jr High Cafeteria
3:15-3:30 Break: cookies & beverages provided (sponsored by Webster City Community Theatre)Franklin Jr High Cafeteria
3:30-5:00 Workshop Session 3: Choose A, B, OR C
A. Directing Your Audience, Coaching Your Actors by Michael Hollister
B. A Guide to Stage Management: Panel Discussion
C. Grant Opportunities through the Iowa Arts Council by Jennie Knoebel
Franklin Jr High Classrooms
5:00-6:30 PM Free Time
Dress for Awards Gala (suggested attire: shirt & tie, semi-formal dress)
On you own
6:30-7 PM Registration
Cocktails (open bar)
Sheraton Hotel 1800 50th St West Des Moines, IA 50266
7:00 PM Dinner (Meal Ticket required, registration deadline to attend dinner is March 20, 2020) Sheraton Hotel
8:00 PM ICTA Awards Presentation (open to all those with a Meal Ticket or those who have preregistered), tickets available at the door for $10Sheraton Hotel