2018 AATE National Conference

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AATE 2018 Conference
August 1-5, 2018

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Hold on to your Hotdish because AATE’s 31st National Conference will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 1-5, 2018! This year our conference will celebrate the work and the future possibilities of the AATE community with:

  • Two reflective Pre-Conference opportunities
  • Dynamic Keynote Speakers
  • Master Classes facilitated by artists and change-makers from across the field
  • Sessions by presenters from across the county suited for a variety of arts educators, including Pre-K - 8, High School, College/University/Research, Advocacy, Applied Theatre, Playwriting, Professional Theatre, and Youth Theatre (list and link updated as Sessions are announced)

This year there is no better place for us to gather than the great city of Minneapolis. From its nationally recognized names to small independent venues, Minneapolis ranks as the fifth-most “creatively vital” city in the country. Home to more than 45 presenting theatres, 150 professional theatre companies, and a multitude of college/university theatre programs, Minnesota has a vibrant theatre community that also plays host the Minnesota Fringe, an arts service organization with programs that include the 25th Annual Minnesota Fringe Festival and the inaugural Family Fringe - both taking place during the 2018 AATE Conference. The Fringe Festival includes 133 works from producers across the artistic spectrum in a variety of genres. Family Fringe showcases 6 curated shows geared towards young people ages 8-13. Together the festivals promise nearly 700 performances in 11 days.

Minnesota is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," and in fact Minneapolis means “City of Lakes.” The arts, clean water, and the environment are vitally important to Minnesotans, who continue to work to protect these precious resources through the Legacy Act. Join us in exploring what it means to Rise Up; to use art and activism to make positive change in our communities. We can’t wait to host you in the hometown of Prince, where we can eat comfort food, drink craft beer, and watch a multitude of theater performances going on all over town!

Register Now!

 Early Bird Rates End April 27, 2018

$200 Student/Retired Member
$325 Member
$500 Non-Member (includes a one year membership to AATE)
$175 First Time Attendee
(Early Bird Rates) 


$225 Student/Retired Member
$375 Member
$500 Non-Member (includes a one year membership to AATE)
$175 First Time Attendee
$200 One Day 

On-Site Registration Cost
(August 1-5):

AATE Family Inclusion Policy

First Time AATE Conference Attendee

The First Time Initiative is for people who:
  • have never been to one of our national conferences

If you are a First Time Attendee, please complete the First Time Attendee form HERE.

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.

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