Educator Conference

Arts Education

The Alliance Theatre Educator Conference

The Alliance Theatre Educator Conference: Centering Justice will occur virtually June 8-9, 2021. Designed to serve educators of all grade levels (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12) and all content areas, this event will explore Performing Arts Instruction (Theater, Dance/Movement, Dramatic Writing), Arts Integration, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), and Allyship in an environment that is inclusive, equitable, and united.


Online registration is now open! A conference pass ($75 per person) includes access to all real-time events, plus workshop recordings.

Discounts are available for groups of 5+ people (10%) and 10+ people (15%). If you are interested in arranging a large group order, please contact

Daily Schedule (all times EST)
9 - 9:45 AM > Wellness Activation
9:45 - 10 AM > Break
10 - 11 AM > Keynote
11 - 11:15 AM > Break
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM > Concurrent Workshops
12:30 - 1:30 PM > Lunch
1:30 - 2:45 PM > Concurrent Workshops
2:45 - 3 PM > Break (End of Day)
3 - 4 PM > Social Hour (June 8 only)


We are thrilled to announce two outstanding keynote speakers:

Tuesday, June 8: Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum (president emerita of Spelman College, clinical psychologist, expert on race relations, and thought leader in higher education)

Wednesday, June 9: Idris Goodwin (multiple award-winning playwright, breakbeat poet, director, educator, and culturist)

Professional Learning Hours

The Alliance Theatre Educator Conference: Centering Justice offers up to 5 hours of real-time professional learning each day (10 hours of real-time professional learning total). Additionally, workshop recordings will offer up to 10 hours of virtual, asynchronous professional learning.

Participants who attend the Educator Conference in real-time and access workshop recordings may complete up to 20 hours of professional learning total. Following the event, participants will receive a certificate to document the total number of professional learning hours completed.


This year, the Alliance Theatre is thrilled to provide up to (20) Educator Conference Scholarships to early-career educators including students currently enrolled in a post-secondary teacher preparation program and teachers with less than 5 years’ experience in the classroom.  Related professionals (e.g. nonprofit or community organization representatives) and recent post-secondary graduates (with a degree in education, arts education, or a related field) are also encouraged to apply; however, priority will be given to teachers in training and current classroom teachers.  

Scholarship recipients will have free access to all real-time events, plus workshop recordings.

Educator Conference Scholarship applications are due by Friday, May 14, 2021. The Alliance Theatre Institute team will notify all applicants of their status on a rolling basis and no later than Friday, May 28, 2021.


Conference Kits 

Conference attendees will receive a conference kit by mail (while supplies last).  Conference kits will contain a Sketchbook, the Alliance Theatre’s ACTivism card game, and a copy of Do You Love the Dark?, an original picture book by Maya Lawrence with illustrations by R. Gregory Christie.  These items will enhance the conference experience, but no materials are essential for participation in the event.  Participants are encouraged to register by Monday, May 31 to allow ample time for shipping prior to the start of the conference.  Participants who register on or after Tuesday, June 1 will receive a conference kit following the event.

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Educator Conference is Supported by:

Zeist Foundation, Inc.
The Woodruff Arts Center

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