National Directors Conference | AACT

National Directors Conference

New Perspectives, Vital Insights
November 19-21 in San Antonio, Texas

Photo from 2019 Directors Conference Personalized to meet your needs, the National Directors Conference is back!

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Community theatre managing directors will gather November 19-21, 2021, at the Drury Plaza Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, to share stories of challenges and solutions, learn about other theatres' operations, and network with colleagues from across the country.

This three-day, biennial conference is held exclusively for individuals who are employed full-time in an administrative or artistic position in a community theatre organization.

Online/On-site Rates
   > AACT Member Rate $350
   > Non-Member rate $400

Registration includes all conference materials, lunches, and social events.

Submission indicates your acceptance of these Registration Policies

  • Registration gives AACT permission to publish photos or footage taken of registrant during the event.|
  • Program, schedule, and participants are subject to change without notice. 
  • Transfer/substitution requests are welcome through October 31, 2022.
  • No refunds after October 15, 2021. Medical exemptions may qualify. Please contact for a refund request.  

Photo of Michael FoxConference Moderator Michael D. Fox
Michael D. Fox will soon celebrate his 19th anniversary with Utah's Hale Centre Theatre. He currently serves as its Chief Operations Officer, but over the years has played on stage, worked as box office manager, accounting specialist, director of operations, stage manager and sound board engineer. He attended Southern Utah University, home of the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, on a performance scholarship after an injury derailed a pitching career in the major leagues. He is a student of human thought and loves to extrapolate meaning from all forms of dialogue; in person, on the page and in music.

Photo of Drury Plaza Hotel, San Antonio RiverwalkHotel

Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk
105 S. St. Mary’s Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

The Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk is located on the San Antonio River, in walking distance from shops, restaurants and entertainment. Relax in the sun on the deck of the rooftop pool, which also has two whirlpools. Formerly the Alamo National Bank, this 24-story renovated skyscraper features 50-foot ceilings, travertine flooring and stained glass windows. Average November temperature during the day is 72°.

 >> Click here to reserve your room (Discount code is included on the form)

Airline Discounts

When booking with either airline below, use the appropriate AACT discount code as provided.

United Airlines
Z Code: ZK45
Agreement Code: 536641

Delta Airlines

Conference Schedule

Thursday - 11/18/2021

5:30pm – 7:00pm  Pre-conference Event: Cocktails in Lobby

Friday -11/19/2021
9:00am Morning Session
12:30pm Lunch buffet – provided by AACT
1:30pm Afternoon Session
5:30pm Dinner on your own – Explore the Riverwalk!
7:30pm Evening Session
10:00pm Adjourn for the day

Saturday -11/20/2021
9:00am Morning Session
12:30pm Lunch buffet - provided by AACT
1:30pm Afternoon Session
5:30pm Dinner on your own – Explore the Riverwalk!
7:30pm Evening Session with MTI Music Theatre International
10:00pm Adjourn for the day.

Sunday -11/21/2021
9:00am Morning Session
11:30am Conference adjourns

Vaccinations & Masks

Based on recent CDC guidelines due to the recent developments in the Delta Variant and increased infection rates in certain areas of the country, AACT is requiring all conference attendees to be fully vaccinated, and may also be required to wear masks during the event.

Under this policy, conference attendees will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine in order to attend a conference, and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the event, or at time of registration.  "Fully vaccinated” means the conference date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

Exceptions can be made for people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination. These registrants must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the conference start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the conference start time. Proof of negative test and/or vaccination can be sent to











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