Central Ohio Theatre Conference


The Central Ohio Theatre Conference is the premiere event for the Greater Columbus, OH theatre community, offering attendees the opportunity to network with industry professionals, share philosophies on trending issues, develop skills, and build community. Whether you’re a performer, a technician, or a member of your theatre’s management team, the COTC, is the place to get the information and contacts you need to take you or your organization to the next level.

The day-long event will feature workshops, panel discussions and a keynote address covering various aspects of theatre performance, technical theatre and the business of theatre.

Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 9am – 7pm
Location: Shadowbox Live
(503 S. Front St #260, Columbus, OH 43215)
Online pre-registration begins Feb 15.


Registering to attend is simple:

Step 1: Please pay first here: https://squareup.com/store/theatre-roundtable/

Step 2: After your payment has been confirmed, you will receive a link that allows you to sign up for workshops you want to attend. Check out the full list of workshops below:


Improv Comedy: Stay in the moment and think on your feet in this high energy workshop led by Mad Lab Theatre’s Brad Shimp.  


Sketch Comedy: In this lively and entertaining workshop, led by instructors from Shadowbox Live, you’ll learn to create and perform hilariously funny comic sketches and characters.


Stage Combat: Learn the basics or improve your existing skills in this physical hands-on workshop led by Actors’ Theatre of Columbus’ Jason Speicher.


Contemporary Broadway Dance: Learn a contemporary Broadway style dance number in this fun-filled dance workshop led by Anthony Ingram of Hillard Arts Council.


Costume Emergency: We’ve all been there – moments before an actor’s entrance a wardrobe malfunction threatens to turn your G-rated family show into Burlesque.  Learn time-honored and newly invented tips and tricks in this entertaining and informative workshop led by Emily Jew.


Design on a Dime: Producing great theatre doesn’t have to break your bank. In this workshop, the Little Theatre Off Broadway’s Kat Wexler shares a wealth of valuable information to help your company produce first-rate theatrical productions and stay within your budget.


Stage Management: Become a more confident and effective stage manager in this important and informative workshop led by King Avenue Players’ Barb Shoulders.


Basic Light & Sound: Learn the fundamentals of stage lighting and design and sound mixing and design in this very useful workshop led by Kurt Muller from Theatre Columbus State.


Volunteer Management: Volunteers are, perhaps, the most valuable members of most theatre organizations. This workshop, led by Janet Rife, will give you the tools you need to maximize the potential of your volunteer army.


Grant Writing: The process can be intimidating and discouraging, but it doesn’t have to be.  In this workshop you’ll explore the world of grants for artists and theatrical organizations and learn both where to find them and how to write more successful proposals.


Improving Your Vocal Instrument: Want to be a better belter? How about sharpen your projection skills? Or maybe you just want to survive the rehearsal and the run without losing your voice? In this important actor/singer workshop, tune-up your technique and get the tips you need to keep your

vocal instrument in perfect working order.


Fundraising: Fundraising can actually be fun!  In this workshop you’ll get easy and effective ideas on fundraising projects and events that will not only increase your theatre’s bank account, but also increase its brand awareness.


Casting Directors Panel Discussion:  Get Noticed.  Get Cast. A very informative discussion by a panel of Central Ohio directors, including April Olt

(Tipping Point) and James Blackmon (Roundtable President), about how to

create an effective audition or interview that gets you noticed and gets you cast.  


Diversity Panel Discussion: An important discussion by a diverse panel of Central Ohio actors who reveal their frustrations with casting opportunities for women, ethnic minorities and actors of color, older actors, non-traditional looking actors and Trans actors.


Keynote SpeakerTom Katezenmeyer, Greater Columbus Arts Council