It’s a big deal for amateurs and professionals in local theaters across the southeast. It’s like the “SEC Championship” of local theaters.

The Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) holds its signature 75th annual meeting in Mobile from March 13-17.

Organizers and actors from local theaters will take over venues in Mobile and neighboring Baldwin County.

SETC describes itself as “The largest theatre network in the nation is dedicated to fostering artistic excellence, professional development, and community within the performing arts industry.”

Here is the official invitation:

Join us in commemorating a momentous occasion as SETC, the nation's most expansive and comprehensive theatre network, marks its 75th anniversary. Prepare for the celebration as we usher in a new era in the vibrant style of Mardi Gras!

Please download the Whova App for real time updates. Download Link.  You can also use the app to interact with others before and during the convention on your phone more conveniently wherever you go! 


We are thrilled to offer a wider array of events and activities as part of your registration for SETC 2024. While most events are included, some may require an add-on for participation.

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·        Main Events: Mobile Convention Center | 1 S. Water St. Mobile

·        Receptions/Mixers: Battle House Renaissance | 26 N Royal St, Mobile

·        Auditions: Renaissance Riverview | 64 So. Water St., Mobile

·        Secondary School Play Festival: Mobile Civic Center | 401 Civic Center Dr, Mobile

·        Community Theatre, Theatre for Youth, and Fringe Theatre Festivals: Murphy HS Performing Arts Bldg | 100 S Carlen St, Mobile, AL.

 The extensive agenda of sessions over the March 12-15 convention is here.

SETC was formed as a non-profit in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1949. They are now headquartered in Greensboro, N.C.

Additional information about SETC is on their Facebook page and here.

"I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village, a great theatre is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture." - Sir Laurence Olivier.

Jim Zeigler is former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at