Pre-Registration Closes Jan 8

There are only a few days left to pre-register for the MTA 2010 Festival being held in Tupelo, MS January 14-17, 2010.  You don’t want to miss a weekend filled with theatre!  18 productions, over 15 workshops, vendors, a community theatre summit, 10-minute play festival, Theatre for Youth Festival, Individual Events, social events and more.  The festival offers opportunities for theatre lovers at all levels.  If you enjoy theatre you will love MTA 2010!

For more information on the festival and to view the festival schedule click here

Pre-Registration is Closed.  Tickets will available at the Lyric Theatre each day.

  • We can accept 3 forms of payment – check, credit card or PayPal. 
  • Pay by Check:   Complete the registration form and select PAY BY CHECK (picture of a check below the PayPal image) on the “select payment page”.  
  • Credit Card:       To enter your own credit card click the PAYPAL image on the “select payment page” and find the section that reads:  “Don’t have a PayPal account? Use your credit card or bank account (where available).”  Click Continue and you will be able to enter your own credit card and you won’t have to create a PayPal account.
  • Pay Using PayPal:  Complete the registration form, select PayPal image on the “select payment page” and then login to your PayPal account. 

Ticket Information:

Anyone not interested in staying for the entire festival including the awards luncheon on Sunday can purchase tickets at the door.  Tickets for a block of shows (2-3 shows) are $5,  $15 for an entire day and $25 for the weekend.  These tickets do not include admittance to the workshops or the Sunday luncheon.

For your convenience, we have a caterer providing pre-ordered lunches for Friday and Saturday. You must pre-register online in order to purchase a lunch.  You have the option of ham, turkey, white cheddar pimento and chicken salad.  They may have extras but we cannot guarantee this.  (If you already pre-registered and you want to add a lunch just do the registration again. You don’t have to select the membership/festival registration options….just add your lunches.)


  • 9 community theatre productions and 9 high school productions
  • Workshops on a variety of topics including lighting 101, playwriting, integrating theatre into the classroom, directing, social networking, improvisation, sword fighting, prop swap, and many more.  List of Workshops
  • Community Theatre Summit:  If you are involved in a community theatre you need to be sure to have your theatre is represented at the Community Theatre Summit.  Topics include opportunities and services provided by the Mississippi Theatre Association, publicity for community theatres, social networking, grant writing, as well as topics identified by participants. As a part of the Summit, the Mississippi Arts Commission will conduct an extended workshop that will help participants apply for the next round of grants from the Commission. The meeting will be held in the Mimosa Room of the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo, MS at 1:00 p.m. and will last until 5:30 p.m. Individuals interested in participating should pre-register for the free event at
  • Gary Garrison leads extended playwriting workshop.  We are very excited to have Gary Garrison attending our festival this year to participate in the Playwriting Competition and to conduct an extended, two-hour workshops on playwriting. The workshop will be held Saturday afternoon (11:00 a.m. / BancorpSouth Center: Mimosa Room).  If you are interested in playwriting, you need to attend this workshop.  Garrison is a playwright and author, as well as the Executive Director for Creative Affairs of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Artistic Director and Division Head of Playwriting for the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts. He is the former National Chair of Playwriting for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, as well as the Artistic Director for the First Look Theatre Company and the recently formed Playwrights PlayGround. In 2005, Gary was named Outstanding Teacher of Playwriting by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. For more information on Garrison visit  
  • George Calhoun to speak at the 2010 MTA Festival.  Actor and Moss Point native George M. Calhoun will share the secret of his success as the guest speaker for the 2010 Mississippi Theatre Association Festival in Tupelo, Jan. 14-17.  Calhoun has performed over 1,300 times with Covenant Players, a professional traveling repertory company based near Los Angeles.  While performing with the company, he has earned their David Garrick Acting Award for his body of work.  As a director of more than 60 one-acts and short plays on the road, his greatest pleasure comes from helping actors realize confidence in themselves. During his time at the festival, Calhoun will share tricks and tips of fashioning true stories into theatrical drama.  Also, a representative from the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) will tell how old interviews discovered new life through the Center for Oral History & Cultural Heritage.  Included is a presentation of the end result of the work of these two, the commissioned one-act play Tumblin’ Down, written by George Calhoun and performed by WINGS Performing Arts of Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.
  • Individual Events:  If you are planning to participate in the Individual Events for student or adults – you must pre-register.  You will need to register using the MTA registration form and then register on the Joy of Tournaments site.  The Individual Events are another way of showing off your talent.  Events include 60 second monologues, duets, song selections, as well as design events.  For more information visit the IEF site.    If you have questions about these – just ask us.  We are happy to further explain the registration and IEF process. 
  • College/University Auditions:  High school juniors, seniors and community college students can audition for colleges/universities by participating in the College/University Auditions being held Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m.  Students need to pre-register at here.   The fee is $15 per student.  (If your college/university is interested in participating in the audition process, visit this site.) 

With all these opportunities we hope you won’t miss MTA 2010!

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