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The 5 Challenges to Your Theatre
in the Post-COVID World

A Webinar presented by Patrick Hardy,
CEO of Hytropy Disaster Management
Sponsored by the Community Theatre Division
of the Illinois TheatreAssociation

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
at 7:00 to 8:30 pm

The end of the pandemic seems to be at hand, but that doesn't mean the challenges to our theatre operations are not. COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the operational character of how we will operate as theatre managers and provide a safe venue to the public. Furthermore, other disasters such as floods, fires, and security issues will remain a constant threat that we must account for during our disaster preparedness. This webinar will help your theatre identify these challenges and focus on real-life solutions that you can implement quickly and effectively.


Hosted by the Community Theatre Division of
Illinois Theatre Association

Any questions? Contact Don Shandrow,






Monday, March 1, 2021


Thanks to both the Illinois Thespian Society and the Illinois Theatre Association for their joint endeavour in making Theatre In Our Schools (TIOS) Month happen!  Every week we will send out suggestions for how you and your students can help support and promote TIOS.  

The theme for this week is THESPIAN SPIRIT WEEK!!  


  • Having your thespians/theatre students send in photos of them wearing their favorite school show shirts!

    • Tag @illinoisthespians, @edta, @ILthespians, @illinoistheatreassociation on instagram/twitter

    • Use the hashtags

      •  #tios2021

      • #Theatreinourschoolsmonth

      • #ILthespians

      • #ITA

  • Make a creative, in-depth display set up in your high school/community center showing the positive effects of high school theatre participation in general as well as including specific examples from your own troupe and incorporate works like empathy, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking.

    • Video/slideshow to share with other members or your school

    • Share with your school board

  • Send a press release!

  • Plaster your school (virtually and in person) with the TIOS poster:

  • Have your thespian troupe create a TIK TOK to a favorite musical theatre song, and try to make it go VIRAL

  • Thespian Troupe? Apply to be eligible for the Outstanding Impact Award!

Not Yet a Thespian Troupe? 

Not Yet a Member of ITA?



Parts 2 & 3 in the Series!

Culture Panel Discussion: 

 Thriving Through Contemporary Events!

      Sponsored by the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Culture Committee of the Illinois Theatre Association     

Join us for a series of virtual panel discussions featuring representatives from Illinois theatre programs sharing their methods for addressing issues that those in the performing arts have faced this past year. These panels will include professional, community, and educational theatrical programs.

Culture Panel #2 - Thursday, March 25, 2021
at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Culture Panel #3
- Thursday, April 22, 2021
at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm


A Statement from the Illinois Theatre Association - Click Here***


A Message from the ITA President Re: Covd-19 - Click Here


Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 7pm
Illinois High School Theatre Festival's

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Serve on ITA's Board of Directors: The ITA is accepting submissions for consideration to serve on the ITA's Board of Directors for upcoming seasons. All interested individuals must fill out an interest form. Visit the Board page at

Submit a Nomination for ITA's Annual Awards of Excellence and Honor: Each year the Illinois Theatre Association recognizes both individuals and organizations for their significant contributions of promoting quality theatre throughout the state of Illinois. Recipients are nominated by the Illinois theatre community, approved by ITA's Divisional Representatives, and accepted by ITA's Board of Directors. Visit the Awards of Excellence page at
 for details.

Other Items of Interest:

  • Interested in serving on the Illinois High School Theatre Festival Planning Committee? Click here.
  • Interested in directing an IHSTF All-State production? Click here.
  • Each week the ITA sends out "Friday Announcements" to its Listserve (currently comprised of more than 4,500 theatre artists and educators from throughout the state). If you'd like to submit an item for inclusion in the weekly announcements, please click here[Suggestions for inclusion include: audition announcements, job postings, interesting theatre stories/experiences, lesson plans, community/life events, etc., theatre opportunities, etc.). To submit an announcement click here.
  • Also, please remember to submit your upcoming performances and/or events to the ITA's on-line performance calendar!!! Click here
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Looking for a creative way to end cell phone usage during your theatrical events? ITA Board Member Stacy Deemar has just the answer! Download and play this Public Service Announcement before all of your shows!

The ITA is now able to process membership applications and renewals on-line! Click here for more details.

ITA financial records are available for your perusal at any time. Visit for ITA's most recent financial reports, or call the ITA office at 312-265-5922 to request a copy.