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The next conference will be held October 21 – 22, 2016  in Chillicothe, OH, hosted by The Scioto Society, producers of Tecumseh!.   The conference will begin at 9:00 am on Friday, October 21 and conclude with the banquet on Saturday evening.  Deadline for conference registration is October 1, 2016. Check out the Preliminary Schedule.

An important feature of this year’s conference will be planning the transition of the IOT’s move to the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) next year.  Conference delegates will include the SETC leadership and several visioning sessions are scheduled to encourage member participation in future planning.  The Mark R. Sumner and Scott J. Parker awards will be presented at the banquet on Saturday evening and other sessions will include the Paul Green Seminar, round table reports, IOT business meeting and professional development sessions. The registration will be $200 per person.   Christopher Inn & Suites is offering us a rate of $90.95 per night (which includes a hot breakfast).   For reservations call 800-257-7042 and ask for the group block (IOT) Institute of Outdoor Theatre. The deadline for reservations to receive the group rate is Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

Members arriving by air can fly into Port Columbus International Airport (CMH), a 1  hour drive to Chillicothe.


IOT Conference Registration

2016 Registration Form

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The Mark R. Sumner Award recognizes significant contributions by an individual to a specific drama, or to the outdoor drama movement as a whole, including but not limited to playwriting, directing, acting, design, theater architecture, patronage, scholarship, musical composition, technology and innovation, producing and administration. The award is presented annually at the National Conference on Outdoor Theatre. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 16, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Sumner Nomination Form

The Scott Parker Award is presented to an exceptional volunteer in the field of outdoor theatre. This award includes a cash prize of five hundred dollars ($500) and recognizes an individual who has been nominated by an IOT member theatre for their extraordinary, dedicated and unpaid service to the organization over a significant period of time. These volunteers may have served on boards of directors or worked in any aspect of a theatre’s operation from the front office to backstage to the box office or usher corps. The award will be presented at the National Conference on Outdoor Theatre. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 16, 2016 at 5:00 pm.
Volunteer Nomination Form