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Congratulations to the North Dramafest Award Winners!

South Dramafest Award Winners!


Congratulations to the MTA 2023 Secondary Playwriting Winners

1st Place – Elliott Nix – Laurel – View from Inside the China Cabinet 

2nd Place – Emma Stapp – Louisville – Selfish Creatures 

3rd Place – Jordan Brown – Hazelhurst – Something Domestic 

We are looking forward to MTA 2023 to see a reading of View from Inside the China Cabinet!

Congratulations to the MTA 2023 Adult Playwriting Winners

1st Place – Thomas Easterling MS School of Math and Science – Flyover

2nd Place – Joedda Gore – ClintonCaldwell 

Third Place – Phillip Milner – Tupelo High School Theatre – Bum Rush

We are looking forward to MTA 2023 to see a reading of Flyover!

Congratulations to the MTA 2023 Adult Playwriting Finalists


Thomas Easterling MS School of Math and Science – Flyover

Randy Ferino – Meridian – Freedom Day

Joedda Gore – ClintonCaldwell 

Cindy Grammar – Biloxi – Four Part Harmony

Phillip Milner – Tupelo High School Theatre – Bum Rush

Stay tuned for the announcement of the Top 3 on December 3, 2022!

Congratulations to the MTA 2023 Secondary Playwriting Finalists

Elliott Nix – Laurel – View from Inside the China Cabinet 

Simone Smith – MSA Brookhaven – Flatline

Jordan Brown – Hazelhurst – Something Domestic 

Darren England – Ocean Springs, Azael’s Knife 

Emma Stapp – Louisville – Selfish Creatures 

Stay tuned for the announcement of the Top 3 on December 3, 2022!


MTA 2023 Festival Registration is Now Open

MTA 2023 Festival Registration is now open! Click HERE to register today!

Southern Regional 10 Minute Festival

10 Minute Festival Photos and Award


Playwriting Workshop

Improve your playwriting skills, workshop with likeminded creators, and learn more about the MTA playwriting competition in this virtual session!

Click HERE to RSVP today!


Regional 10 Minute Festivals

Join high school students from around the state in 3 Regional 10 Minute Festivals.

Click HERE for registration and information.


Theatre Workshop

The MTA Annual Workshop is a great place to learn new theatre skills and to network with theatre professionals from around the state.

Click HERE for registration and information.


Specialty License Plates

MTA is excited to pre-sell a specialty license plate, featuring our new logo, to bring awareness of the theatre community, and the power of theatre, across the State of Mississippi!

In order to print this specialty license plate, MTA must first pre-sell 300 tags before the Department of Revenue can begin production.

The deadline to reserve your tag is April 15, 2022. 
MTA is putting this opportunity is being put on hold. We hope to accomplish this goal in the future.

Economic Theatre Survey

The Mississippi Theatre Association is working with the Mississippi Arts Commission in the creation of an economic theatre impact study. To include your theatre in the study, complete the survey HERE.


Spring Theatre Workshop

Sustainable Design on a Dime
Presented by: Shannon Robert, Clemson University/Warehouse Theatre

Upcycling, Recycling, and Repurposing Materials:
Learn about the movement to keep live theatre out of landfills and oceans, how to green your practice, and source in environmentally responsible ways. Will discuss Broadway Green Alliance, tips and tricks on creating high impact looks while minimizing negative environmental impact. 

Details
Saturday, May 21, 2022
10:00 – 3:00 pm
William Carey College
Hattiesburg, MS

(CEUs will be available. You will receive information for this onsite and will pay Mississippi State University Directly)

Click HERE to register.


MTA Online Calendar of Events

A great way to promote your upcoming theatre productions is through the MTA Online Calendar!

To have your theatrical event included click HERE and complete the google form. Updates to the online calendar will be made each Friday.


Mississippi Theatre Listing

MTA would like to showcase “all” theatres in Mississippi! To be included, or to update, your theatre information, click HERE and complete the google form.


MTA at SETC 2022

Join MTA at SETC 2022, March 9 – 13, 2022 in Memphis, TN!

HERE is the link for SETC registration.

The following theatres will represent MTA at SETC:

Thursday, March 10 – 1:00 PM – Oak Grove High School – The Old Man and the Old Moon

Friday, March 11 – 12:00 PM – Northwest Rankin High School – Icarus

Friday, March 11 – 7:00 PM – Tupelo Community Theatre – The Safarer


MTA 2022 Festival Photos

Click HERE for MTA 2022 Festival Photos


MTA 2022 Festival Awards

Click HERE for Secondary, Theatre for Youth, Playwriting, Adult Individual Event, and Outstanding Contribution to Theatre Awards

Click HERE for Youth Individual Event Awards


MTA 2022 PROGRAM

Click HERE for the MTA 2022 Program

Click HERE for the MTA 2022 Tentative Schedule. Click HERE for the MTA 2022 workshop descriptions.


2022 Youth Individual Event Finalists

Click HERE for a full listing of MTA 2022 Youth Individual Event Finalists.


Register for 2022 MTA State Festival Today!

The Mississippi Theatre Association State Festival is a four-day event that includes college auditions, scholarship opportunities, one-act play festivals, theatre for youth festivals, individual events for high school students and adults, and workshops. MTA Festival is the one time each year that theatre-makers of all disciplines from across the state can gather together and celebrate each other’s work. Join us for MTA 2022! Mississippi Does Great Theatre!

2022 MTA State Festival will take place January 13-16, 2022 at the MSU Riley Center in Meridian, Mississippi.

Secondary Organizational Registration


Become A Sponsor Today

Exclusive corporate sponsorship levels are now available! Sponsorships are necessary to conduct MTA programs and festivals throughout the year. Know a great local bank, an active chamber of commerce, or a prominent executive who continues to support the arts?

Click here to become an official MTA Corporate Sponsor!

MTA 2022 Ad Sales

Purchase your ad space now in the MTA 2022 festival program! This festival program will reach over 800 individuals over a 4 day time period. 1/8 page, 1/4 page, 1/2 page, and full-page ads are available. Contact Executive Director, Stacy Howell for guaranteed placement of ads.

MTA 2022 Ad Sale Registration Form

Photographers Needed

The Mississippi Theatre Association is looking for 2 official photographers (1 lead and 1 assistant) to be a part of the MTA Festival Staff. These individuals will be a part of the annual festival staff in order to build continuity for the photographer over the years. This will be a one-year contract.

Festival Photographers Registration Form

Call for Workshop Presenters

MTA is seeking workshop presenters for its annual festival that is scheduled for January 13 – 16, 2022 at the MSU Riley Center in Meridian. We are seeking large and small workshops for all levels of theatre-makers.

Workshop Presenter Proposal

Dream Team Members Needed

The Mississippi Theatre Association is searching for a “Dream Team” of college students for the MTA 2022 Festival. This festival will be held January 13 – 16, 2022 at The Riley Center in Meridian, MS.

8 students who have aspirations of going into theatre, will be selected to assist the MTA Board and Staff with the running of this exciting state festival.

Dream Team Registration Form
Dream Team Alumni

Dream Team Application
Learn more about the MTA Dream Team.
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