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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.   

For the latest information on the 2021 Convention, go to

2021 Convention Page

ICTA is seeking Nominations for 2021 Awards

Nominate a Colleague!                            Nominate a Student!

Deadline: May 21, 2021

Go to "News" for more information & to make a nomination.

Previous Events:

Integrating Diversity to Amplify Voices

This online session provided participants with specific examples of speeches to show in class, plays to work on, and assignments to generate. The goal is to provide stronger presence for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ speakers and playwrights on all levels in the hope of providing stronger historical context, different perspectives on the world, and creation of empathy.

Panel hosts were:

Sunny Serres, Assistant Professor of Speech at Harold Washington College (one of the City Colleges of Chicago)

Rachel Iannantuoni, Director of Theatre at Harold Washington College

Active members may watch the video recording, which can be accessed in the Members-only content page after you log in. 

IHSA Update and Q&A

This session provided attendees an opportunity to hear information regarding the IHSA virtual speech: individual events state series for 2021. Additionally, participants will be able to ask IHSA Assistant Executive Director Susie Knoblauch and State Final Manager Jan Heiteen questions regarding the event for this year.

This event was held on Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Active members may watch the video recording, which can be accessed in the Members-only content page after you log in. 

Sponsorship Opportunity

ICTA is always looking for sponsors, especially for our conventions. We offer ad space in our convention program, booth space to interact directly with our members at convention, as well as opportunities to be singled out as a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Sponsor. Please see our sponsorship form for more details. If you have any questions, please contact Executive Director Ed Schwarz (eschwarz@prairiestate.edu)

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