Travel and Lodging

This page details travel and lodging information for the 2018 Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed Conference in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

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Conference Location

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1011 South Drive, Indiana, PA, 15705, USA.

Conference Registration and Main Space: Waller Hall, 401 South Eleventh Street, Indiana, PA, 15705, USA.

Conference Site Parking Information
IUP Stadium South Lot — 711 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA
IUP Wayne Ave. Lot — 1100 Wayne Avenue, Indiana, PA

Airport Information

PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, 1000 Airport Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15231,

The airport is approximately 1-1.5 hours away from the conference site depending on traffic. PTO is subsidizing a shuttle. More info below.

Shuttles To and From Conference Site/Airport

PTO is subsidizing a shuttle to and from the airport to the conference site. The ride is approximately 1-1.5 hours each way, depending on traffic, for $10 USD per person each way.

Spaces on the shuttle bus will be available on a reserve system that will be available here on the website soon. Shuttles are scheduled for the following times below, essentially covering the day before the pre-conference begins, the day the conference begins, and the final day of the conference. If you are arriving outside of those main arrival days (June 8th or June 9th), you will still be able to reserve a seat for a shuttle run by IUP volunteers based on your flight arrival.

Shuttles on June 8th and June 9th will be university vans driven by student drives authorized by the university. The cost for those off-day shuttles will also be $10 USD each way. Please note that if you need access to a shuttle on June 8th or June 9th, you will be asked about your flight arrival time so that we can plan for specific shuttle times to meet the needs of everyone who utilizes these options.  Once registration closes, PTO will schedule shuttle times on June 8th and June 9th with IUP volunteers and follow up with those shuttle registrants to let you know when shuttle times will be leaving the airport.

Scheduled Airport Shuttles: Online Registration Closed but if you get a ride on one of these shuttles, you can still pay once you arrive at the conference
$10 per person ~1-1.5 hours

  • Monday, June 4 (Airport to Pre-Conference): 12pm, 6pm, 10pm
  • Thursday, June 7 (Airport to Conference): 12pm, 5pm
  • Friday, June 8 (Airport to Conference): 5pm
  • Sunday, June 10 (Conference to Airport): 6am, 12pm, 2pm

You can also make a reservation for a shuttle from the Pittsburgh Performing Arts Center to the Conference (and back) on Saturday, June 9th, Only.

  • Saturday, June 9th (Pittsburgh Center of the Arts to Conference): 7am
  • Saturday, June 9th (Conference to Pittsburgh Center of the Arts): 9:30pm



Deadline to sign-up for affordable on-campus lodging is May 21st!
These very recently-built dorm rooms in excellent condition are available for reservation at IUP, with enough availability to accommodate as many guests as necessary. Just a short distance (~0.2 miles or 0.32 kilometers) from the conference site makes these great options for getting to and from the conference quickly and easily. Each dorm includes bathrooms in each suite, high-speed wired and wireless internet, microwaves and refrigerators, air conditioning, trash disposal and laundry on each floor. Dorms are smoke free.

Semi-Private Room: Each semi-private suite includes two bedrooms (each with twin beds), a common area (with table, microwave and fridge) and bathroom. Reservation is for one person. The second bedroom in the suite will be shared with another PTO guest. $28 USD per person, per night plus one-time $25 USD linen fee.

Private Room: Each private suite includes one bedrooms (with a twin bed), a common area (with microwave and fridge) and bathroom. Reservation is for one person. $45 USD per person, per night plus one-time $25 USD linen fee.

PRICES EXPLAINED: for pre-conference and/or conference stays at Ruddock Hall at IUP.
For the sake of transparency, here is how the pricing breaks down:

$28/night/person in a semi-private suite
$45/night/person in a private suite
$25 one-time fee per person for linens, which includes: bed sheets, a blanket, bath towels, and a pillow.

Please note that we only allow block registrations for campus housing. This means you can register for June 4-June 7 (pre-conference), June 7-June 10 (conference), or June 4- June 10 (pre-conference and conference).  If you arrive on-site after your reservation begins or leave before it ends, you will still be expected to pay for the full block for which you registered. As you go through registration for campus housing, please select one of the three following block options:

1. Pre-Conference Block Totals (June 4-June 7, 3 nights)

Semi-Private Suite: $109/person
Private Suite: $160/person

2. Conference Block Totals (June 7-June 10, 3 nights)

Semi-Private Suite: $109/person
Private Suite: $160/person

3. Pre-Conference AND Conference Block Totals (June 4-June 10, 6 nights)

Semi-Private Suite: $193
Private Suite: $295

Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed stands firmly in solidarity with trans, non-binary, intersex, and gender-nonconforming people and strives to create a welcoming and safe lodging (and conference) environment for all people, especially those marginalized on the basis of sex, gender identity, and gender expression. For those selecting to stay in the semi-private on-campus residence hall options, we will not segregate people based in their gender unless individuals indicate a specific preference.

During registration for semi-private on-campus lodging, prospective residents may indicate any disability accessible accommodations as well as whether they have a preference for being housed with someone of a specific gender. Please note that if you select be housed with other “women” that this includes anyone who lists themselves as a woman, including trans women, non-binary women, and cis women.  We will apply a similar process to all gender-specific housing requests.  If you are uncomfortable with our process for placing people in housing options, please consider registering for a private suite or staying in one of the conference hotels.


  • How far away is this housing option from the conference site? The residence hall is only 0.2 miles (~0.32km) away from the primary conference building.
  • What happens if I lose my room key card? Anyone who loses their key card will be charged $45 to acquire a replacement card.
  • How does check-in and check-out work?  PTO will send all on-campus housing registrants additional check-in, lodging, and check-out details as the conference date approaches.
  • If I choose a semi-private room, who will be my roommate? As you register you’ll be able to request your roommate in a shared suite. If you do not name a roommate another PTO guest will be assigned.

HOTELS: PTO Block Rate Deadline is May 1st!
Please notice that you can still register for space at these hotels if rooms are available, but the deadline has passed to take advantage of the PTO Block Rate.
Shuttle service will be available to the conference site from hotel.

Hampton Inn Indiana: $149/night (not including tax)
Location: 1275 Indian Springs Rd, Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: 724-349-7700
Distance: 1.3 miles from campus
Breakfast complimentary daily
Non-smoking, King bed only

PTO2018 Group Block
Group Rate Cut-off date: May 1, 2018

Park Inn and Suites Indiana
$89/night (not including tax) for Thursday night
$129/night (not including tax) for Friday & Saturday night
Location: 1395 Wayne Ave, Indiana, PA 15701
Phone: 724-463-3561
Distance: 2 miles from campus
Non-smoking, King bed only

PTO2018 Group Block
Group Rate Cut-off date: May 1, 2018