Our programming serves to enable a deeper understanding and passion for the craft of teaching acting, while fostering collaboration and discussion.

Every year, the National Alliance of Acting Teachers hosts a National Congress. All members of the organization are invited to attend the event and in response to the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, we’ve re-imagined this year’s annual event as a one-day opportunity to come together in person to celebrate the work we do and break some bread together. This mini-Congress will be held Saturday, July 31st, at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. A time to reconnect and rejoice together.

We will bookend the day with simple social time – coffee in the morning and cocktails in the evening. During the afternoon hours we propose an open space for reflecting on the past 16 months and moving forward into a new academic year. We invite you to contribute through the sharing of exercises, talks, inspiring texts, affinity group discussions, questions and hopes with other members– to reconnect and rejoice. Or, if you simply wish to show up and be present with others, that is the most important thing. We would love to see you.

There is no registration fee for this year’s Congress. We would like to offer you a space, some food and drink, and community.

There is a loose schedule but drop in any time. Come when you can, leave when you must!

2021 National Congress of Acting Teachers

Reconnect & Rejoice!
A Mini-Congress In-Person Celebration of Membership

Saturday July 31st
Manhattan School of Music, New York City

*In accordance with the latest guidance from the CDC, please plan to attend only if you will be fully vaccinated and are feeling well on the day of the event.



2021 Congress

  • 11:00am-1:00pm – Coffee Klatch Social Time
  • 1:00pm-5:00pm – Open Space for Sharing (If there is anything you would like to present or share during this open space please email Jane at jmcpherson@actingteachers.org)
  • 5:00pm-7:00pm – Cocktail Hour Social Time


Participation in the National Congress is by invitation, extended to members of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers. A more detailed schedule, registration info and fees, and workshop presenter applications are shared directly with members via email.

If you have any questions regarding attending this year’s Congress or did not receive info by email, please contact Jane McPherson at jmcpherson@actingteachers.org.

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