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Virtual Management Conference

2024 Virtual Community Theatre Mgmt Conference (CTMC)
Find solutions with fellow theatre makers

Offering a choice of two virtual conferences in April 2024
  • Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7 (Pacific Time Zone) Facilitated by Dorinda Toner
  • Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14 (Eastern Time Zone) Facilitated by Steven Butler

Screen shot of online participantsEach session will be limited to 50 participants, in order to facilitate brainstorming, dynamic sharing, and building idea upon idea. Enroll in the time zone that best suits your ability to participate fully.  

CTMC 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.

Participants learn through a customized series of intensive, topic-specific, large and small group discussions that speak directly to participants’ unique challenges and experiences within their own theatre and community. The Conference's virtual format allows more people to take part, while protecting the health of participants, and eliminating expenses for travel and accommodations.


Through a pre-conference questionnaire, those enrolled in the conference will prioritize and suggest topics for discussion. 

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Other Sources of Earned Income
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Event Planning
  • Volunteers
  • Season and Play Selections
  • Classes, Educational and Outreach
  • Box Office Operations
  • Virtual Programming
  • Board
  • Zoom Board/Staff Meetings
  • Safety
  • Reopening

Conference Schedule

Note: For the March conference, hours below indicate Eastern Time; for the April conference, hours indicate Pacific Time

7 pm – 9 pm: Introductions and Lightning Round Discussions
After introductory remarks and introductions, the online conference will begin with small-group Lightning Round discussions, to address lighter subject matter and give everyone to get to know fellow participants. At the end of each session, the large group will reconvene to share the Best of the Best—valuable ideas unearthed in the Lightning Round.

9 pm – 9:30 pm: Wrap-Up

11 am - 1 pm: In-Depth Topic Exploration: Parts 1 & 2
Participants choose from in-depth topic discussions that begin with a panel of conference attendees who have identified that topic as a strength. The panel will engage in a 20-minute discussion on the designated topic, after which smaller breakout sessions will allow all participants to discuss the topic from their own perspective. As with the Lightning Round, each Exploration ends with a sharing of the Best of the Best.

1 pm - 2 pm: Break
2 pm – 4 pm: In-Depth Topic Exploration Parts 3 & 4
4 pm – 4:30 pm: Wrap-Up

1 pm – 3 pm: In-Depth Topic Explorations Parts 5 & 6
3 pm – 5 pm: Break
5 pm – 6:30 pm: Volunteer and Paid Staff Specific Discussions
This set of discussions on relevant topics will be for two smaller groups, one for those from all-volunteer theatres, the other for those with paid staff.

6:30 pm – 7 pm: Final Thoughts

As previous years’ attendees know, the Community Theatre Management Conference will send you home with ideas, a renewed enthusiasm for your theatre management role, and a nationwide network of colleagues. And for 2024, there are no costs for travel and lodging, since you can participate from your home or office.

Conference Facilitators

The conference will be co-facilitated by  Dorinda Toner, and Steven Butler.

Photo of Steven ButlerSteven H. Butler is the Artistic Director at Players Centre for Performing Arts in Sarasota, Florida. He was formerly Executive Director of the Florida Theatre Conference, Inc. a non-profit theatre arts education program serving high school, middle school, and youth theatre groups throughout the State of Florida. He also is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Actors’ Warehouse, Gainesville, Florida, which provides access, opportunity and a safe space for marginalized voices to be heard through the performing arts and community engagement. In 2017 Steven and his company, Actors’ Warehouse, was chosen to represent the United States at the Mondial du Theatre in Monaco. Steven serves on various arts organization Board of Directors: AACT, Southeastern Theatre Conference, and the University of Florida Friends of Theatre & Dance.

photo of Dorinda Toner

Dorinda Toner has been performing on stages across North America for over 35 years. She studied Theater/Directing at university in her native Canada, where she is also a multi-album Canadian recording artist. A prolific director, she has won several awards for her work, and has contributed both as a guest columnist for AACT’s Spotlight magazine and as a panelist for AACT’s ongoing virtual Roundtables. Dorinda has served on several nonprofit boards and is currently a proud board member of PATA (Portland Area Theatre Alliance). She is currently Producing Artistic Director of Twilight Theater Company in Portland, Oregon.

By February 15 After February 15
AACT Member $135 AACT Member $150
Non-Member $150 Non-Member $175
  • Register Here for Session I - April 5 -7, 2024  (Pacific Time Zone)
  • Register Here for Session II - April 12 - 14, 2024 (Eastern Time Zone)

CTMC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships

AACT will be providing two scholarships for each CTMC Virtual Conference session to support and mentor theatre makers of color. Click here to apply.  Application deadlines March 15, 2024.

Refund Policy
Transfer/substitution requests are welcomed 48 hours prior to the event date. Only one attendee transfer/substitution per registration. The amount paid, minus a 20% cancellation fee, will be applied to all refunds. No refunds are eligible after the 48 hour window period.   

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