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What is ICTA?

ICTA is a professional association for high school and higher education teachers and coaches of communication, speech, debate, theatre, and media.

Mission Statement

The Illinois Communication and Theatre Association cultivates teaching, learning, service, and advocacy by supporting and developing educators through innovative pedagogies and promoting and advancing public discourse knowledge and skills as integral to learning and life-long citizenry. 

Vision Statement

The Illinois Communication and Theatre Association envisions a future in which communication and public discourse is understood as practical and necessary for developing competencies in professional and personal contexts.   

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2021 Convention Page

Video Available!

Pre-convention Panel

Attention high school speech coaches!

As the 2021-2022 speech season approaches, we are yet again faced with uncertainty.  While we have become experts at online tournaments, the transition back to face-to-face tournaments may be more difficult anticipated due to various state, local, and district level restrictions. This virtual session (Sunday, August 29) was designed to set everyone up for success and talk about how to best support students and coaches.  We looked at the IHSA’s plan for 2021-2022 as well as multiple flexible options for hosting tournaments.  The panel included early-season tournament hosts that outlined their plans for the tournament; panel members also shared concerns and suggestions from their administrators about hosting.

If you missed this panel, the video is now available: Click here to watch the video (about 1 hour long). 

Illinois Communication and Theatre Association

C/O Edward Schwarz

Prairie State College

202 S. Halsted St.

Chicago Heights, IL 60411 


Joining us gives permission to share any photos or video taken at conference or shared by other members. We need to advocate for ourselves and our students' futures in Illinois in the areas of communication and theatre. If you wish to not have a photo published on the web, please contact illinoiscta@gmail.com