Sunday, September 16, 2007

Welcome to the Illinois Theatre Association 2007 Convention

Almost one hundred members of the Illinois Theatre Association met for their annual convention in Champaign/Urbana, IL on September 14 and 15. The group saw scenes from a forthcoming production, Approaching Africa, at the University of Illinois' Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and attended an evening performance of the Station Theatre's production of James Still's Iron Kisses. Other activities included a reception, educational workshops, and an Awards Dinner. Special guests at the convention included keynote speaker Michael Rohd, Artistic Director of the Sojourn Theatre in Portland, Oregon and Ra Joy, Executive Director of the Illinois Arts Alliance.

Keynote Speaker Michael Rohd

John Muszynski, President of the ITA (left), listens to special guest Ra Joy,(right) Executive Director of the Illinois Arts Alliance on the importance of political advocacy for the arts.

Several awards were presented.

Members chatted informally in the lobby.

Small groups met to learn new techniques and discuss practical problems of theatre production.

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