January 4-6, 2023 | Open Jar Studios | New York City
Our annual conference brings together musical theatre educators from all over the world to share ideas about curriculum, recruitment, production, and professional placement. The conference also unites the organization with the top professional theatre artists in their respective fields.
Every other year, the MTEA conference convenes in New York City (or in recent years, virtually from anywhere all over the globe). As the cultural hub of American Musical Theatre, the bi-annual New York convention not only allows members to gather for workshops and organizational discussions, but also to see the most current Broadway and Off-Broadway offerings as well as to connect with alumni working in the profession.
Unlike our regional US and international conferences, where evening group activities are planned and there is a centralized conference hotel to host the gathering, the New York conference leaves the evenings open for members to explore the best of the city and MTEA does not provide a conference hotel.
Recent conferences have also begun expanding to student involvement: graduate students from programs such as San Diego State, Penn State, and Boston Conservatory, who represent the future of MT educators have been included as participants and presenters, and undergraduates from around the world have attended as performers and session demonstrators, uniting the community not only through fellow pedagogical colleagues, but also through the very students we strive to educate.
This has lead us to the recent creation of an “apprentice” membership, to encourage current and recent students to stay plugged into the higher education conversation and community.
NOTE: Each conference has a per-person registration fee, separate from membership. MTEA Members receive a slew of exclusive benefits, including reduced rates.
For a sneak peek at what we have in store, check out the 2023 program. We are excited to share with you what we have on the docket.
Come join us to participate in some incredibly exciting presentations, panels, performances, workshops, and more!
It's not too late to join us virtually. Recordings of the conference will be sent out for you to watch on your own time.CLICK HERE FOR THE PROGRAM!
Check out which package is right for you to join us at the MTEA Conference January 4-6, 2023 in NYC! Early Bird Discount ends December 15, 2022
Join us for the first two days of our conference! Enjoy a variety of presentations, guest speakers, performances, and networking with other musical theatre professionals live and in person in NYC.
Join us for the full three days of our conference! Enjoy a variety of presentations, guest speakers, performances, and networking with other musical theatre professionals live and in person in NYC. On the third day, join us for breakout sessions with MTEA Dance, Voice, and Acting.
Enjoy a variety of presentations, guest speakers, and performances from the comfort of your own home! Recordings will be sent out following the end of the in-person conference.
Accounting Note: If your institution requires you to pay by a method other than credit card, please contact Stephen Brotebeck at [email protected].
Economic Hardship Policy: MTEA recognizes that many individuals experience economic hardship. If you are a member who needs financial assistance for membership or conference fees, please email [email protected] with subject line "MTEA Financial Assistance" explaining your need and we will be in touch with you.
"MTEA was founded to create a forum for teachers from around the world to engage in a vital conversation on the practical and pedagogical issues only we face in preparing students for these exciting careers. I have made life-long friends and colleagues and seen my teaching life transformed through the relationships MTEA has fostered. No part of my professional life has been more rewarding than being part of this organization."
This conference’s theme, OPENING UP, reflects our joy and excitement in the re-opening of institutions across the nation after a very difficult year. It also encapsulates the long overdue social justice reckoning that continues to be at the forefront of our work as artists, and how moving forward we all invest in the continuation of inclusive and equitable dialogue.
This conference will feature panels and workshops presented by musical theatre educators and professionals from all over the world. Each one will focus on how musical theatre is ever changing, while both honoring and challenging the past.
The conference will also feature some exciting special keynote speakers that we can't wait to announce soon!
While rubbing elbows (virtually or in-person) with like-minded people and industry peers, conference attendance can also enhance both your professional and personal development. This conference can provide you with the tools you need to navigate this brave new world of online/hybrid learning, give you insights on new developments in 21st century musical theatre, and perpetually increase the diversity of artists who love and contribute to this beloved art form.
Meet like-minded people and industry peers.
As an academic professional, making connections and sharing research is vital to the development of open discussion and education. Some of the best ideas and discoveries come from great minds joining together in the pursuit of knowledge and inspiration. By meeting others in this community, you can learn new ways to achieve your career goals and take advantage of other methods of success.
Expand your knowledge and learn beyond your field or interest.
By attending a conference, you may learn things about other areas of musical theatre research outside of your particular discipline, professional development, or career. We are all united by a love of musical theatre but projects and presentations are often multidisciplinary, and usually extremely inspiring and entertaining.
Meet and learn from people you admire.
Industry professionals are often members of MTEA and always part of our conference content, thus giving you the opportunity to meet and possibly work with experts and mentors face to face.
Focus on you.
Take some time to focus on yourself as a student; whether that's from the comfort of your own home, a hotel room, or exploring New York City. Give yourself permission to slow down and reflect on the work so that once you go back to your regular routine, you'll feel re-energized.
Check out some of these hotels that are within blocks of Open Jar Studios (49th and Broadway.)
We have no affiliations with any of these hotels; they are merely suggestions. Feel free to reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions or would like assistance in finding a place to stay.