Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 5:30 PM CDT
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM CDT

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Saturday, 8/25:
Drury Lane Theatre

100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook, IL 60181

Sunday, 8/26:
Hilton Suites
10 Drury Lane
Oakbrook, IL 60181

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Aimee-Lynn Newlan 
Illinois Theatre Association 

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A must-not-miss celebration! Join the ITA as it honors excellence in all divisions of theatre. This two-day event features red carpet entry (black tie optional!), cocktails (cash bar) and hors d'oeuvres, piano ambiance by Andrew Blendermann, dinner and awards, a performance of Drury Lane Theatre's "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" on Saturday, and a keynote speaker by Erica Daniels - Victory Gardens Theater, ITA's Board Induction Ceremony, division meetings, and more on Sunday!

One-day passes available.


Saturday, August 25th (at Drury Lane Theatre)

  • 5:30p-6:15p - Red Carpet Entry, Photos, Cocktails (cash bar), Hors d'oeuvres, Piano ambiance by Andrew Blendermann, and Master of Ceremonies (Judy Klingner, Kevin Long, and Jonathan Meier)

  • 6:15-8:15 - Dining and ITA's Annual Awards of Excellence Presentation, Honoring Excellence in:

    College/University Theatre
    Community Theatre
    Creative Drama
    Professional Theatre
    Secondary School Theatre
    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Also Presenting:
    Anne Thurman Mentorship Award
    ITA's Awards of Honor

  • 8:30p - Performance of "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof"

Sunday, August 26th (at Hilton Suites)

  • 9:30a-10:15a - Light Breakfast, Networking
  • 10:15a-11:00a - Keynote Presentation by Erica Daniels (Managing Director of Victory Gardens Theater)
  • 11:00a-11:45a - ITA's Annual Membership Meeting and Board Induction Ceremony
  • 11:45a-12:15p - Division Meetings
  • 12:15p-12:30p - Wrap Up

Hotel Information

The ITA is pleased to offer a $99/room discounted group rate at:
Hilton Suites
10 Drury Lane
Oakbrook, IL 60181
A link for reservation will be provided after registering for the event.


ITA Members:
2-Day Package - $99 (ending 7/27) / $124 (starting 7/28)
1-Day Package (Satutrday Only) - $75 (ending 7/27) / $95 (starting 7/28)
1-Day Package (Sunday Only) - $25

2-Day Package - $125 (ending 7/27)/$149 (starting 7/28)
1-Day Package (Saturday Only) - $100 (ending 7/27)/$120 (starting 7/28)
1-Day Package (Sunday Only) - $30

Register Now!