Each April, a reflective weekend conference at the Museum draws attendees from across the country. It features American popular culture scholars, theatre historians, former troupers, intriguing research and lively discussion. Participating in the joy of a bygone era makes this conference different from any other theatre history program.

The Theatre Museum

Mount Pleasant, Iowa

The National Society for the Preservation of Tent, Folk

and Repertoire Theatre

Presents:

Annual Theatre History Conference

“ROYALTY OF THE ROAD”

The conference will focus on the variety of entertainment that toured the heartland of America from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century. Papers may include but are not limited to:

TENT REP     CIRCLE STOCK     TAB SHOWS

OPERA HOUSES     SHOW BOATS     MINSTREL SHOWS

POPULAR PLAYS     BELOVED ARTISTS AND COMPANIES

The 2020 Conference is
April 17-19, 2020

The Theatre Museum of Repertoire Americana invites submissions for papers, performances, or panel discussions that explore the sites and sounds of rural American entertainment forms. We particularly encourage submissions relating to tent shows, circle stock, showboats, Lyceum, and Chautauqua, but also welcome submissions about such topics as minstrelsy, circus, vaudeville, repertoire, Uncle Tom’s Cabin Shows, and freak shows. The conference is open to anyone interested in theatre history, performance, popular culture, or any other aspect of rural entertainment. It features theatre historians, popular culturalists, former troupers, intriguing research, lively discussion, and performances.

The deadline for papers is: April 5, 2020.

Please send proposals to: theatremuseum@yahoo.com

Via postal mail:
The Theatre Museum
405 East Threshers Road
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641

To print a registration form click here.

For a complete list of past conference topics click here.