Special Events

CETA is pleased to provide a variety of special events. Be sure to check back often for updates!

Thursday Night Theatre

Join us on Thursday, October 7th at 7:30 pm to kick off the conference!

A ticket to South Coast Rep is included in your registration, as South Coast Rep returns to the stage with the opening of our conference!

A Shot Rang Out
by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Tony Taccone
featuring David Ivers

South Coast Repertory’s past and future join forces in a compelling new play about the present. After a long period of isolation, an actor returns to the stage, alone and shaken. This is his story—his moment of reckoning—about what led to his seclusion. Along the winding journey, he draws inspiration from movies and theatre, reflects on missteps and unravels mysteries of love. Artistic Director David Ivers takes the stage in a play written specially for him by one of SCR’s most celebrated legacy playwrights, Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain).

Post-show talk back for CETA with David Ivers!




President’s Welcome

Join us for a special coffee reception with CETA President Michael Despars and the CETA Board to welcome you on Friday morning!

A Conversation with Playwright Ken Ludwig

Every educational theatre artist knows playwright Ken Ludwig for his six shows on Broadway, seven in London’s West End, and the many works that have become a standard part of the American repertoire.  His 28 plays and musicals  have been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages and are produced throughout the United States every night of the year. Ken joins us for our opening session on Friday to discuss why we need comedy more than ever, especially as we return to “normal.”

Ben Guillory, Featured Speaker

Our theme is “Next2Normal,” so what is normal in the mainstream theatre world–the national Euro-centric theatre world?  Who sets those standards, and how are they set? What mindset and consciousness governs the thinking? Mr. Guillory will discuss these issues, opening a wide door to how we make changes in our theatre culture and values to create a new “mainstream.”

Professional Development Intensives

We’re offering PDI’s on both Thursday (Dr. Jim Ansaldo) and Sunday (Dr. Daphnie Sicre) as an opportunity for you to extend your conference experience. We also have a SPECIAL EVENT DIGITAL PDI, on Sunday, 10/17 with playwright KEN LUDWIG. Click here to find out more about all of our intensives!


Join us on Friday evening for this special performance of 110 STORIES by Sarah Tuft. Performed by fellow theatre educators at the CETA Conference, this staged reading commemorates 9/11, marking the 20th anniversary of this American tragedy. From the first crash at the Towers to a last goodbye at Ground Zero, 110 STORIES is a moment-by-moment journey through 9/11 as told by eyewitnesses, survivors, and recovery workers. These “everyday people” include a photojournalist, a mother, an iron worker, a nurse, a massage therapist, and a homeless man who saved lives that day too. Their unflinching, freaked-out, and sometimes funny stories take us back to when 9/11 was unimaginable, capturing the shock and horror of the day as well as the resilience of New York City in the tragedy’s aftermath. 110 STORIES memorializes September 11th without politics or hyperbole. Instead, it restores the human side to history by honoring our capacity for compassion.

Followed by a talk-back with playwright Sarah Tuft.

He Said, She Said

Need a night to laugh? This Friday night option is a night to remember when two comedy legends take the stage for an evening of hilarious live standup, and only a five-minute walk to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts!

Rita Rudner has been a house-filling favorite in Las Vegas since she opened as one of the hottest tickets in town in June 2000. Known for her epigrammatic one-liners, she’s sold over one and a half million tickets to become the longest running solo comedy show in the city’s history. With numerous HBO and PBS comedy specials, her own BBC/A&E television show, best-selling memoirs and novels, acting, screenwriting and producing credits, and live stand-up performances whenever her schedule permits, Rita Rudner is one of the most accomplished performers working today.

Iconic comedian Louie Anderson is a three-time Emmy Award® winner, named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time. Anderson’s career has spanned more than 30 years and he continues to deliver his inimitable brand of humor and warmth to standing room only crowds wherever he goes. In addition to his live comedy performances, Anderson is a best sellng author and has starred on television in his own standup specials, sitcoms (Basket, Grace Under Fire) and produced and starred in the award-winning animated show, Life With Louie.

For tickets, click here and select the show date on the calendar.

CETA Awards

Join us for CETA’s special 75th Diamond Jubilee dinner and celebration, honoring individuals and organizations that have made an important contribution to educational theatre!

Theatre Tour

Join in a special tour of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, just for CETA.

Past Presidents Council Theatre Library Sale

Our retiring members often donate their theatre libraries to CETA. Take advantage of these great collections and often one-of-a-kind treasures!  All proceeds benefit our scholarship funds.

Regional Meet and Greet


Our Regional Meet and Greet is just one of the opportunities you’ll have to connect personally with your fellow theatre educators!  Be sure to join us for coffee and cocktails, where important connections are often made!

New Teacher Mentoring

We’ll have a special session for new theatre educators to orient them to CETA, plus all of the opportunities in the state, including festivals, organizations and more.  CETA will also provide connections between new educators with experienced mentors.


All-Conference Session on New Arts Standards, Arts Framework, Theatre Credential
CETA Annual Business Meeting and Elections