Management Conference

Community Theatre Management Conference
June 21-23, 2020 in Venice, Florida

Conference session

The Community Theatre Management Conference (CTMC) will be held Sunday, June 21, to Tuesday, June 23, 2020, just prior to aactWORLDFEST, in Venice, Florida.  Ron Ziegler will be the facilitator (see below).

The Conference is offered in tandem with (but separately from) aactWORLDFEST, and is modeled after the renowned National Directors Conference and is for anyone with responsibility for managing a community theatre.

This educational gathering brings together administrators from all levels of theatre--from the volunteer who "runs things around here" to the "just starting" part-time administrator to the full-time professional manager. Learning is through a series of intensive, topic-specific, roundtable discussions with participants sharing experiences--both problems and solutions. Participants prioritize and suggest topics through a pre-conference questionnaire.

Participants prioritize and suggest topics through a pre-conference questionnaire. Topics discussed but are not limited to: Sales & Marketing, Other Sources of Earned Income, Fundraising and Development, Event Planning, Volunteers, Board, Season & Play Selections (Winners and Losers), Classes -  Educational and Outreach, Programming, Box Office Operations. (The final list of topics will be determined by the participants.

Conference schedule (subject to change)

Sunday, June 21  
1 pm              Registration & begin Roundtable Discussions
5:30 pm    Dinner Break
7 pm - 10 pm   Roundtable Discussions
10:00 pm    Sessions end for the day
Monday, June 22  
8:30 am  Roundtable Discussions
11:30 am  Lunch with AACTWorldFest $15 (optional)
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm Roundtable Discussion
Tuesday, June 23  
8:30 am  Roundtable Discussion
Noon     Wrap-up!

Ron Ziegler will facilitate the conference.  Ron free-lances as a director and teacher. He resides in North Port, Florida, and is "mostly retired." He has directed productions for Venice (FL) Theatre, Ocala (FL) Civic Theatre, and for Iowa's Des Moines Playhouse. He was the first Artistic/Managing Director for the Des Moines Playhouse’s Kate Goldman Children's Theatre. Ron founded and managed the Iowa Fringe Festival and was the first Executive Director for Orlando (FL) Repertory Theatre. He is a past president of AACT, was named an AACT Fellow, and has served previously as facilitator for the National Artistic Directors Conference. 

AACTEd Hours:  AACT will provide you with documentation of your participation in quality educational activities through AACT. Full participation in CTMC earns 20 AACTEd Hours.

Registration Fees 
  by June 1 after June 1
AACT Member $260 $290
Non-Member $335 $365
aactWORLDFEST attendees receive $15 discount

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Refunds: Refunds request must be made by June 5, 2020. A 20% administrative fee will be charged for processing. Please contact Karen Matheny at to request a refund.


Ramada by Wyndham Venice Hotel Venezia
425 U.S. 41 Bypass N
Venice, FL 34285

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Standard rooms: $105
Suites: $135




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