2016 AATE National Conference

Learn, Reflect & Get Inspired in Boston!

Don’t miss AATE’s 29th National Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, July 27 – 31, 2016. In the city with a complex history of race relations and activism, we’ll engage in provocative dialogues about diversity and inclusion to move forward on multiple fronts. Join us as we bring some of Boston’s most renowned cultural, historic, and civic sites to life through the dynamic medium of theatre. Interact with characters from the past in order to understand the present and build a better future. The Freedom Trial, Museum of Fine Arts, Swan Boats, Shakespeare on the Common, and a historic pub crawl await!

$150 Student/Retired Member
$265 Member
$450 Non-Member (includes a one year membership to AATE)
$200 Non-Member(Student/Retired)
(Early Bird Rates) 

$185 Student/Retired Member
$310 Member
$450 Non-Member (includes a one year membership to AATE)
$235 Non-Member (Student/Retired)
$175 One Day

AATE members receive conference discounts, so be sure to sign in to the website before you register or join AATE today to receive copies of Youth Theatre Journal (AATE's peer-reviewed scholarly journal), networking opportunities, as well as discounts to the conference and other great learning programs. 

Conference Scholarships and Opportunities

Devise a Piece at the 
National Conference

Explore our conference theme by bringing a vital piece of local history to life through theatre. Work with some of Boston’s top directors and theatre educators to explore critical themes and questions raised by negotiations between city officials and singer James Brown as they attempted to quell violent protests following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Discover how primary source documents can serve as catalyst for creating theatre for people of all ages. Using a variety of devising methods, groups will create dynamic theatre pieces that challenge us to see history through multiple perspectives. These methods can be used to develop theatre with and for youth, as well as in applied theatre, applied drama, community building, and more. Groups will share their pieces at selected sites in and around the historic Boston Park Plaza at an all conference event! For more information, please go HERE.


AATE is excited to announce a bold new member benefit that we believe will increase the number of voices participating in the essential and challenging conversations happening in our field. The Add-A-Voice Program is a member-driven initiative that will diversify and strengthen AATE’s national voice. 

The Add-A-Voice program is a new member benefit that encourages AATE members to invite a friend, colleague, or student who is NOT an AATE member to our national conference in Boston for free. Simply put, for each paid registration at any level, that conference attendee will receive one (1) Add-A-Voice registration to be given to a person of their choosing. The Add-A-Voice registration includes one (1) full conference registration AND a 1-year membership to AATE for that person at no cost! For more information click HERE.

Conference Internships

Save on conference registration fees by applying to be a conference intern! Internships are open to anyone interested in the field of theatre and education; however, priority will be given to full-time students currently studying in the field. Applications are now available. Please click HERE. Application deadline is Friday, May 13, 2016. 

Opening Keynote-Wednesday Night: Ali Stroker

Wednesday, July 27th, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Ali Stroker is a groundbreaking performer with an inspiring story. In 2009, Ali became the first actress in a wheelchair to earn a degree from the NYU Tisch Drama Department. This year, the GLEE and GLEE PROJECT star made history as the first actress in a wheelchair to appear on a Broadway stage, where she is currently originating the role of Anna in Deaf West's 2015 revival of Spring Awakening. Her performance in the role of Olive in The Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee earned Ali a Barrymore Award nomination, and exceptional acclaim when reprised at the Papermill Playhouse, thirty minutes from her hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey. In addition to her work on and off-Broadway, Ali has enjoyed solo performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and New York's Town Hall, as well as concert appearances at Lincoln Center. An ardent humanitarian and advocate, Stroker is a co-chair of WOMEN WHO CARE, which supports United Cerebral Palsy of NYC. BE MORE HEROIC, an anti-bullying campaign which tours the country connecting with thousands of students each year counts Ali as a founding member. Her devotion to educating and inspiring others has taken Ali to South Africa with ARTS InsideOut, where she holds theater workshops and classes for women and children affected by HIV and AIDS. Ali's remarkable ability to improve the lives of other people through the arts, whether they be disabled or not, is captured in her principle of "Making Your Limitations Your Opportunities.


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