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Clayton Center for the Arts, Maryville, Maryville College, Southern USA

TENNESSEE THEATRE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE AT MARYVILLE COLLEGE: DAY TWO

Keeping up with the Tennessee Theatre Association (TTA) conference at the Clayton Center this weekend? The festivities have just about wrapped up, but with  a new President elected (Dr. Heather McMahon of Maryville College) and auditions completed, students of all ages are sure to have enjoyed a weekend of honing and showcasing their skills.

“This year, TTA’s conference is focusing on reaching out to middle schools, high schools, Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) auditions, college students, as well as community theatre companies and professionals,” Dr. Anna Filippo, TTA Executive Director told ETEB this week. “We try to reach out and support all theatre professionals across the state, and this conference is the best way we know to do that.”

Students from schools across the state looking to audition or participate in workshops congregate in the Clayton Center Grand Foyer early Thursday morning. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Students from schools across the state looking to audition or participate in workshops congregate in the Clayton Center Grand Foyer early Friday morning. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

The Tennessee Theatre Association (TTA) conference took place from Thurs. Oct. 23 - Sun. Oct. 26, with state schools and theatre programs helping to provide workshops in which actors could hone their skills. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

The Tennessee Theatre Association (TTA) conference took place from Thurs. Oct. 23 – Sun. Oct. 26, with state schools and theatre programs helping to provide workshops in which actors could hone their skills. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Colleges such as King College and East Tennessee State University (ETSU) provided information booths for prospective students looking to pursue theatre educations. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Colleges such as King College and East Tennessee State University (ETSU) provided information booths for prospective students looking to pursue theatre educations. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Students rose early during the conference in order to attend auditions and special programs designed to help enhance their acting, dancing, and associated skills. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Students rose early during the conference in order to attend auditions and special programs designed to help enhance their acting, dancing, and associated skills. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Maryville College's small choir ensemble "Off Kilter" performed several songs in between activities on Fri. Oct. 24, including Lorde's "Royals," and Delta Rae's "Bottom of the River." Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Maryville College’s small choir ensemble “Off Kilter” performed several songs in between activities on Fri. Oct. 24, including Lorde’s “Royals,” and Delta Rae’s “Bottom of the River.” Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Students congregated in the Clayton Center Grand Foyer as they watched Maryville College's "Off Kilter" perform songs and prepared for Friday's scheduled activities. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Students congregated in the Clayton Center Grand Foyer as they watched Maryville College’s “Off Kilter” perform songs and prepared for Friday’s scheduled activities. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

TTA Board Members met for a luncheon on Friday afternoon, including representatives from SETC, such as Meleia Lewis (far left), SETC Auditions Chair, Herb Parker (fourth from left), and Tiza Garland (fifth from left). Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Current TTA President Chris Luter presided over the Board Members' Luncheon on Friday, introducing guest speakers and local government officials. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Current TTA President Chris Luter presided over the Board Members’ Luncheon on Friday, introducing guest speakers and local government officials. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

Local government officials attended the TTA Board Members' Luncheon as representatives from the area, including Maryville City Mayor Tom Taylor (far left), Alcoa City Mayor Don Mull (center), and Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell (far right).

Local government officials attended the TTA Board Members’ Luncheon as representatives from the area, including Maryville City Mayor Tom Taylor (far left), Alcoa City Mayor Don Mull (center), and Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell (far right).

TTA Board Members, including new President-Elect Dr. Heather McMahon (center) of Maryville College, lined the Fulmer Family Special Events Room of the Clayton Center for Friday's luncheon. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

TTA Board Members, including new President-Elect Dr. Heather McMahon (center) of Maryville College, lined the Fulmer Family Special Events Room of the Clayton Center for Friday’s luncheon. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

TTA Board Members and invited officials enjoyed lunch after conducting business at Friday's luncheon in the Haslam Family Special Events Room during this weekend's conference. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

TTA Board Members and invited officials enjoyed lunch after conducting business at Friday’s luncheon in the Fulmer Family Special Events Room during this weekend’s conference. Photo by Alex Cawthorn.

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