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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.   

Tournament Standards & Duets: How to Expect the Unexpected

As the tournament season quickly approaches, ICTA initiates an online conversation about tournament standards with coaches who have already hosted, or are about to host.  The conversation will seek to offer guidance for coaches, students, and judges to help prepare for a new world of competition.  Topics discussed will range from how to prepare your students to film, to judging guidelines for online competition.  In addition, the panel will discuss the importance of duets and offer some suggestions about how to film and coach your students to success.

When: October 25, 2020, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Where: Zoom, online

Cost: Free for active ICTA members; $10 for others.

Click here to register: Registration is OPEN

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