ATCA-WI18 at American Players Theatre
JULY 11-15, 2018 | SPRING GREEN, WI

Hosted by American Players Theatre

SCHEDULE: Your conference fee includes:

The full conference schedule will be available in May.

ACCOMMODATIONS: The House on the Rock Resort will be the official conference hotel. Located just down the road from American Players Theatre, the resort features two-room suites, breathtaking views, indoor and outdoor pools, and a 27-hole championship golf course. The conference rate is $139 per night. Mention the American Theatre Critics Association Conference when reserving at 608-588-7000. Click here for more information.

HOW TO GET HERE: Fly to Madison, then either rent a car for the beautiful forty-mile trip to Spring Green or the host committee will arrange a ride from the airport for you. (Stay tuned for additional information on this option.) If you’re driving from elsewhere in the Midwest, Spring Green is approximately a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Chicago and a four-hour drive from Minneapolis.


American Players Theatre has been producing classical theater in the woods of Wisconsin since 1980. Located on 110 acres of hilly woods and meadows just outside of Spring Green, APT has two unique theater spaces: the newly renovated 1089-seat outdoor amphitheater and 201-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre.

Built on the foundation of classical works, Shakespeare in particular, APT is devoted to creating a unique and personal experience for our broad audience through clear and compelling storytelling inside of language-based, poetic plays. They believe that works widely regarded as classics are relevant to the now, and that APT’s role as a classical theatre requires it to seek out the classics of the next generation. From June through November, APT produces nine plays in rotating repertory. With annual attendance of nearly 110,000 and an annual budget in excess of $6 million, APT ranks as the country’s second largest outdoor theater devoted to the classics.

In 2017, Terry Teachout wrote in the Wall Street Journal: “American Players Theatre is the great open secret of American regional theater. Founded in 1980 in the tiny rural village that is also home to Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin estate, APT produces nine plays each year, eight in the summer and one in the winter, performed in a handsome pair of theaters by a resident ensemble of 13 actors augmented by 31 summer-only performers, many of them company veterans as well. The repertory consists of classics and 20th-century masterpieces, and the audience is mostly drawn from the surrounding area. Surprisingly few people outside Wisconsin know of APT’s existence, yet it is America’s finest classical theater festival, unrivaled for the unfailing excellence of its productions. Nowhere else – not even in New York or Chicago – will you see such plays done more stylishly or excitingly.”


There’s something just a little otherworldly about APT’s home town. In part, it’s the land – those verdant rolling hills and spectacular stony bluffs, artfully divided by the Wisconsin River. The landscape is a scene in and of itself, and one that doesn’t look quite of this country, let alone this state. We can thank the glaciers for that. Or rather, we can thank them for gliding strategically around our little slice of the heartland, leaving Spring Green and the surrounding area lush and compelling and completely unique in the region.

But it’s not just the earth beneath our feet that makes this place what it is. It’s the atmosphere; the subtle thrill of being part of a perfect summer day. It’s the people; the eclectic mix of arty and earthy that runs through the folks that call this place home (whether they live here or not). There’s an inexpressible something here that draws the best out of people. Creative people like the artisans who curate and cook and create the wares in our irresistible local shops. Like Frank Lloyd Wright, who chose to make Spring Green not just his home, but the home of his architecture school, Taliesin, located just up the road from APT.

Sure, it’s a bit off the beaten path. A tad shy of the typical mint-on-the-pillow amenities you might find in more cosmopolitan areas. But what Spring Green has to offer is something a little harder to come by, and a lot harder to recreate.

Images courtesy of American Players Theatre.


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