The Institute of Outdoor Theatre (IOT) was founded in 1963 to serve the rapidly expanding field of outdoor drama. Originally located at UNC-Chapel Hill, it is now housed in the College of Fine Arts and Communication at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Since its inception, the Institute’s scope has grown to include a wide variety of theatrical organizations across North America who perform in outdoor settings including Shakespeare festivals, historical dramas, religious dramas, renaissance festivals, dramatic and musical theatre. These organizations are united by their dedication to producing outstanding theatre in outdoor settings and their unique roles in providing exceptional entertainment and tourism attractions for their region.
The IOT’s Venture powered website serves as an integral component to expanding their already firm status as the leading outdoor theatre service organization.