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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.   

The Future of ICTA

At the end of ICTA’s annual convention in September, members of the Executive Board engaged in a wide-ranging discussion about the mission, vision and future of the Association. We’d like to invite you to join this conversation on December 7, 2021, at 6:00 pm

Here are a few of the topics on which we’d like your thoughts:  

  • How can ICTA better meet the needs of members (online resources, social media, mentoring, advocacy, etc.)
  • What can ICTA do to attract more members?
  • What should future ICTA conventions look like?
    • Online, In-person, or hybrid?
    • If in person, at a hotel, at a college?
    • Which days are best? (Thursday, Friday, Saturday…)
    • Which dates are best in 2022? (Traditional schedule: Sept 22-24, 2022)
  • What other EVENTS (workshops, seminars) would be helpful?

This should get us started, but we can go in any direction that attendees want to go. We hope you’ll join us!

Registration is FREE, and anyone can attend--you just need to register. Then, a couple days before the event, a Zoom link will be sent to all who have registered


This event is being coordinated by

Dana Trunnel, First Vice President and 2022 Convention Planner

Harry Bodell, Communications Co-Director 

Bryan Asbury, Immediate Past President

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