College and University Theatre Professionals,

Planning is well underway for this year’s MTA Festival. This year the festival will be held on January 15 – 17, 2021.  The MTA Board of Directors have decided, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, to make this year’s festival a virtual event. It will be a unique experience, but we are excited about the opportunities that this will provide.

The Junior / Senior auditions will be recorded, and participating Colleges / Universities will receive access to a Flipgrid with all of the auditionees’ videos and you will be e-mailed the auditionees’ information. You will receive access to this Flipgrid and information on, or before, January 14, 2021. You will have contact information to reach out to students who you may be interested in attending your institution.

In addition to this, MTA is setting up zoom times for colleges / universities, during the MTA Festival, in an effort to connect you with potential students.

With there being less opportunities for face-to-face connections, MTA is also offering colleges / universities an opportunity to broadcast a 30 second commercial throughout the broadcasting of MTA 2021. If you would like to air more than one commercial, MTA will be selling additional on air commercial time, instead of ads, for this unique online festival.

All of these benefits will be included with your $75 college registration fee. Registration will be available on September 1, 2020 at

MTA is also looking at the possibility of hosting workshops during MTA 2021 (time permitting). MTA is also planning additional to host virtual workshops throughout the year for teachers, students, and community theatre personnel. If you would be interested in hosting a workshop, please sign up for this as well.

Thank you for all that you are doing during this unique time in theatre history. If you have any questions, or ideas, please let us know.


Sadie Shannon
MTA College / University Division Chair

Michael Barnett
MTA College / University Division Vice Chair

If you are interested in serving as an adjudicator for one of the high school regional festivals, please send an email to Stacy Howell.

*Individual MTA 2021 Registration
*School Vendor MTA 2021 Registration
*Present a Workshop at MTA 2021
*College Auditions Registration

SETC Professional Screening Auditions

MS/SETC State Auditions: Nov. 21-22, 2020, Virtual

Registration opens September 15. Deadline to register is October 31.

For more information visit the SETC link or contact SETC State Auditions Coordinator, Elissa Sartwell.

Best Practices for Professors – SETC Screenings

2019 SAC Handbook

SETC Screening Audition Flyer

Dream Team Application… New!

Are you, or do you know of, a college student who is interested in pursing theatre? Are you interested in building your resume and networking with theatre professionals? If so, the MTA Dream Team may be for you. We are looking for  college / university students to assist us with the running of the MTA 2020 Festival. Download this application for registration information. Contact Executive Director, Stacy Howell, for more information.

MTA 2018 Dream Team (The Inaugural Team)
*Beth Accardy
*Emma Denson
*Jackson Jones 
*Kylie Mason
*Keirston Murphy
*Serena Slie
*Caleb Sloan
*Jermaine VanBuren, Jr.

If your department has new faculty added, please send a list with all new faculty including mailing and email addresses to Stacy Howell. They will be added to the MTA listserv and the MTA database.

Mississippi College/University Theatres:
16 Records Found
Theatre NameWebsite
Belhaven University Website
Blue Mountain College Theatre Website
Hinds Community College Website
Jackson State University Department of Speech, Communication and Theatre Website
Milsaps College Website
Mississippi College Website
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Jefferson Davis Campus Website
Mississippi State University Department of Communication, Theatre Website
Mississippi University for Women Department of Theatre Website
Northeast Mississippi Community College Website
Northwest Mississippi Community College Website
Pearl River Community College
University of Mississippi Theatre Department Website
University of South Alabama Website
University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance Website
William Carey University Website