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  • Directing Musical Theatre Webinar

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 08/20/2020 at 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Explore a unit on teaching directing for Musical Theatre.

    Theatre Educators Kristie Fuller and Brian Curl takes participants through a Model Cornerstone Assessment designed to teach high school students how to analyze a script and create a director's prompt book specifically for musical theatre. 

    Learning objectives:

    Understand the connection between a model cornerstone assessment and instruction.

    Identify strategies for teaching directing for musical theatre. 

    Kristie Fuller

    Indian River High School Theatre Teacher

    Kristie is an award-winning Theatre teacher from Indian River High School. Several of her productions have received Awards of Excellence in Directing from the Theatre Association of New York State.  For over 20 years, Kristie has been the New York State Theatre Education Association (NYSTEA) Curriculum Chair working with Theatre standards revision, curriculum development, assessment and certification. She is currently the Chair of the Arts Content Advisory Panel and the Theatre Chair for the IAAP Committee at the NYS Education Department.  She has been part of ETA’s Model Curriculum Project and Theatre Teacher Evaluation Workbook committee.  Her Theatre program was recognized as the Educational Theatre Association’s Outstanding School in 2007.  In 2012 she was awarded the National Reba R. Robertson Award for Outstanding Theatre Teacher and was the 2017 NYSTEA Rod Marriott Lifetime Achievement Award.  She was thrilled to have been a part of the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2013 and looks forward to returning again in 2020. 

    Brian Curl

    Teaching Artist

    Brian Curl is a performer and teaching artist from New York City who has been a popular presenter at EdTA’s National Conference and the International Thespian Festival.  He has served as the director and choreographer for Thespian Musicalworks as well as an EdTA representative at many chapter events. 

  • Story Drama Webinar

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 06/01/2020 at 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Story drama turns literature into an exciting jumping off point for creative drama and creative play. If you always wanted to work with young children and drama- this is for you!

    Story drama is a process in which literature is used as a springboard for participants to go beyond the text and explore characters and dramatic action. Perfect for working with young children, this gentle artform is introduced by Joshua Rashon Streeter of James Madison University.   Great for any teacher who wants to start working with young children- or who would like to create a drama outreach with their students. 

    Joshua Rashon Streeter

    Associate School Director, Assistant Professor of Theatre: Theatre Education - James Madison University

    Joshua Rashon Streeter is a drama/theatre educator and director. His scholarship analyzes the pedagogies used in rehearsals and classrooms and considers the relationship between process and product in a creative experience. He was named the 2015 Winifred Ward Scholar from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). Joshua was one of the twelve writers for the National Theatre Standards and has worked as a consultant for numerous state departments of education.

    Joshua's teaching primarily focuses on pre-service and in-service education in K-12 schools, Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA), musical theatre, and arts integration. He has created and facilitated workshops across the nation, including the American Alliance for Theatre and Education National Conference, Educational Theatre Association National Conference, Woodruff Arts Center Educator Conference, NYU Forum on Educational Theatre, National Association for the Education of Young Children National Conference, Tennessee Arts Academy, and Drama for Schools Summer Institute. As a professional theatre-maker, Joshua is a writer, director, and dramaturg. Currently, Joshua is developing new works with his two collaborators, Ryan Laney (in musical theatre) and Becca Drew Ramsay (in Theatre for the Very Young). 

    Joshua is a proud graduate of Millikin University (BA), Emerson College (MA), and the University of Texas at Austin (MFA). 

  • Creating an Elementary Theatre Curriculum Webinar

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 05/21/2020 at 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Learn how to structure a curriculum for elementary school based on creative dramatics techniques.

    This webinar offers a year-long model of standards-based elementary school curriculum based on creative dramatics techniques.  Included are tips for creating your own drama curriculum which is developmentally appropriate for this age group.   Designed for anyone who is currently teaching or wishes to teach drama to young children. 

    Jennifer Ridgway

    Theatre Educator, Middle Grades Specialist

    Jennifer Ridgway is a Theatre Educator and Master Teaching artist from the DC Metropolitan area.  Jennifer holds an MFA, Theatre for Young People from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  

  • Lets Talk Intimacy Training

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 05/14/2020 at 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Explore the topic of intimacy training for young actors in this panel discussion. Part of the EdTA Lets Talk series of timely topics for theatre educators.

    Intimacy training for stage actors- What is it?  Why is it important?  Join Laura Rikard and faculty from Theatrical Intimacy Education in a live discussion of the need for intimacy training in theatre programs.  

    Larua Rikard

    Intimacy Choreographer & Head Faculty, Theatrical Intimacy Education

    Laura Rikard is an intimacy choreographer and coordinator, and co-founder and head faculty of Theatrical Intimacy Education. https://www.theatricalintimacyed.com/

    Her experience as a an acting teacher and stage movement specialist spurned her interests in developing a more progressive system for staging intimacy. In partnership with Theatrical Intimacy Educations cofounder Chelsea Pace, they created a systematic approach that does not inhibit creativity. Find out more at https://www.theatricalintimacy...


  • Recycle! Reuse! Reinvent! - Creative Reuse of Materials for Theatre Arts

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 04/28/2020 at 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Learn how to add more and save money for your theatre programs through creative reuse.

     Harriet Taub and John Kaiser from NYC’s premier reuse facility, Materials for the Arts, will share strategies in how to create your own reuse program and how to teach a variety of theater arts projects with free, reused materials.

    Harriet Taub

    Executive Director, Materials for the Arts

    Harriet Taub is the Executive Director of Materials for the Arts (MFTA), NYC’s premier reuse center for NYC nonprofit arts organizations, public schools, and City agencies. In 1998, Taub served as the Director of MFTA’s Education Program, where she encouraged teachers to incorporate nontraditional materials into classroom projects. Taub became Executive Director in 2000, and she now presides over MFTA’s 35,000 square-foot facility including its warehouse, classrooms, and art gallery.


    John Cloud Kaiser

    Education Director, Materials for the Arts

    As Education Director at Materials For The Arts and through his art group Free Style Arts Association, John Cloud Kaiser has been doing participation-based art in the museums, streets, and schools of New York City since 2000, appearing everywhere from The Queens Museum, to the NYC Parks Department, to The New York Times. Kaiser has a Master’s degree from NYU, lectures at international conferences, and in 2018 was awarded Arts Administrator of the Year by the NYC Art Teachers Association.


  • Developing Student Costumers Webinar

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 04/14/2020 at 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Easy to use techniques that work to develop student costumers and get them excited about design and construction.

    In a partnership spanning two school years, designer Shirlee Idzakovich worked with theatre educators Jessica Shaw and Joanna Fellows Chilcoat to develop two units on costuming that effectively teach students to design and construct costumes.  Join this dynamic trio as they share their ideas and examples of student work that illustrate standards-based instruction.

    Shirlee Idzakovich

    New York City Costumer

    Shirlee Idzakovich is a Costume Designer and stylist from New York City.  

    She has over a hundred builds to her name and she works all over the world costuming and educating young costumers.   Her passion is mentoring young designers on their path to building a career in the field of the costume world.  Her credits include film, tv, pre-Broadway runs, off-Broadway, and Broadway along with many communities and high school productions.   She is a talented stylist and works with many people preparing them for their events and red carpet walks.  Her travels have taken her to Asia and Australia and to nearly every state in the USA.  Her goal is to teach costuming in every state over the next few years.  She is an experienced editor and is asked to speak on many youtube channels about costuming.  She was chosen to work on the EDTA Curriculum Frame Work Team and plans on continuing her work there. 

    She runs a Facebook group dedicated to only costumers where anyone can get info from how to sew a pant to plotting out an entire show. 

    Jessica Shaw

    Speech & Drama Teacher - Mt. Vernon High School

    Jessica Joy Satryan Shaw is the Theatre Arts director at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA. She is passionate about theatre curriculum development, presenting on it at conferences and serving on the EdTA Model Curriculum Framework Project, the 2019-2020 VDOE Theatre Arts Standards of Learning Review Project Committee, and multiple FCPS Curriculum Project Teams for Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Theatre from Villanova University, concentrating in directing and theatre education, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Grove City College.


  • All Things Sound - A Webinar and Facebook Event

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 03/24/2020 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

    WEBINAR & LIVE EVENT RESCHEDULED FOR MAR 24th 7 PM Eastern Join Charles Crews, Director of Technical Theatre for Lake Highlands High School and Donny Covington, Director, Technical Theatre Magnet, Richardson, Texas, as they broadcast live from the stage and demo all things sound.

    This “how to” webinar, brought to you by the Educational Theatre Association, will go into the basics of sound and sound systems for theatre educators and their students.  If you are the one in your school district who manages the sound system, the theatre program director, or a theatre educator who would like to train students to help, then this webinar is for you.  Designed as a video primer on sound with the added advantage of an “ask the experts” time for those more experienced viewers, the webinar will have something for all levels of experience. Broadcast live from the stage thanks to a partnership with the Richardson Independent School District, Richardson, Texas
    Length:  60 minutes

  • Theatre of the Oppressed Webinar

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 03/18/2020 at 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Learn about Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed and how to teach it in your classroom.

    This webinar will introduce participants to the work of Augusto Boal and provide a framework for exploring Forum Theatre with high school students.  

    Brian Jennings

    Theatre Educator

    Brian Jennings is a Hartford, CT based director, actor, playwright and teacher. He creates issue-driven theatre as a member of Hartbeat Ensemble. He serves as Head of the Theater Department at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Chair of the Musical Theater program at Wesleyan University’s Center for Creative Youth, and a member of the Actor Training faculty at the Hartt School. He has worked as a teaching artist in Cape Verde and South Africa. He has been recognized as the GHAA Artist-Instructor of the Year and as Teacher of the Year by the Art Schools Network. He holds degrees from Princeton University and the National Theater Conservatory. He lives in Bolton, CT with his wife, Eileen. 

    Kate Lee

    Performance Artist

    Originally from Australia, now based in New York, Kate Lee is a performance artist, director and educator. She has made theater in remote Aboriginal communities; spent years in a run-down glass factory studying Japanese performance systems, and performed in a legendary Samurai town west of Tokyo. Among many things, she’s told the Orestia to seven-year old's and watched as they debated revenge and trial by jury and collaborated with scientists, danced with people experiencing Cerebral Palsy, and performed internationally with OzFrank (Australia), the Lotos Collective (London), Suzuki’s Toga Summer Festival (Japan), at BAX and Witness Relocation (New York City). https://www.katelee.space/

  • Student Mental Health: Project Speak Up

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    This webinar explores the mental health crisis as it impacts students through the lens of a dynamic performance piece. Length: 45 Minutes

    In this important webinar the founders of Project Speak Up share their experiences touring a student devised play that gives voice to some of the most troubling and traumatic issues facing young people today.  The speakers offer solid advice for theatre educators wishing to perform this royalty free piece along with a toolkit to help those interested in creating a mental health team in their school.  

    Amy Luskey-Barth

    Executive Artistic Director of Theatre on Purpose

    Amy Luskey-Barth, MPC 

    Executive Artistic Director

    Amy holds a Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Trinity College of Graduate Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from USC. A veteran theatre director and teacher whose career spans over thirty years in educational theatre, Amy founded Tri-School Conservatory Theatre for Servite, Connelly, and Rosary High Schools in Southern California and served as Executive Artistic Director from 1989 – 2004 where she directed over 100 productions.  Tri-School Theatre was awarded Theatre Program of the Year by the Educational Theatre Association in 1996. Currently Amy is in her tenth year as Artistic Director for the Talon Theatre program at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. She taught in the International Baccalaureate (IB Theatre) program from 2010 - 2016. She chartered and sponsored two Thespian Troupes for Servite and Santa Margarita and received the Honor Troupe Award by the California State Thespians in 2015. 

    Amy served as Director of Educational Theatre for the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, California for two years where she renovated the amphitheater and established a summer theatre conservatory program for youth and adults.   

    Other Educational Theatre positions have included Department Chair of Performing Arts at Rosary and Cornelia Connelly High Schools.  

    Amy served three years as the California State Advocate for the Arts for the Educational Theatre Association and four years on the California State Board of the International Thespian Society.  She developed the Playworks Program for emerging young playwrights for the California State Thespians. She is a member of the California Educational Theatre Association (CETA) and the International School Theatre Association (ISTA) and has taken students to the ISTA Festivals in the Czech Republic and in Atlanta, Georgia. Her students have performed main stage at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Amy was the recipient of the University of Notre Dame Great Teacher Award in 1996 and was named one of the Top 25 Teachers in Orange County by OC Parenting Magazine in 2014. 

    Amy has taught memoir writing for the North Orange County Community College District Continuing Education Program and is currently on the faculty of Community Programs at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. She is a certified bereavement facilitator and Pastoral Counselor specializing in writing as a form of healing grief and loss. 

    She has mentored and coached students for some of the premier college theatre programs and conservatories around the country. Her students have attended  NYU, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, UCLA, DePaul, Chapman, Mary Mount Manhattan, UCI, The Atlantic Theatre Company, University of Redlands, Boston Conservatory, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  

    Amy has a passion for working with students to devise and create original works. Her process-oriented approach is rooted in her educational theatre philosophy of Theatre on Purpose.

    Amy bi-locates between San Luis Obispo County and Long Beach, California.



    A parent advocate for Project Speak Up!; Heather Raney’s experience in media relations, educational campaigns, communications, issues management and marketing spans the corporate, nonprofit and startup sectors. Her many years in public relations and communications strategy began at Edelman, the world’s largest independent public relations firm, and continues with independent consulting.


    Dr. Blake Oldfield

    School Psychologist, Santa Margarita High School

    Dr. Blake Oldfield has worked in private and public education since 2002.  Since the start of the 2015-2016 school year, Dr. Oldfield has held the position of school psychologist at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, and has worked extensively with the student body in providing support across the social, emotional, and academic realms.  Dr. Oldfield has a bachelor's degree in Psychology, a master's degree in Psychology, a master's degree in School Psychology, a master's degree in School Psychology and a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology. 

    Hannah Loessberg

    Project Speak Up Co-Author

    Hannah Loessberg is one of the authors of Speak Up! and an alumni of Santa Margarita Catholic High School. She currently is in her second year Columbia College Chicago as an Acting BFA major and Playwriting minor. 

  • Bringing Human Rights and Social Justice into the Classroom Webinar

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    Karen S. Watson offers this webinar on theatre for social justice and devising techniques.

    This webinar will guide you on the journey of human rights defenders — from oppression to speaking truth to power. Karen will demonstrate theatrical exercises such as Role on Wall and others from Theatre of the Oppressed, tableaux that you can use with your students to explore speeches by well-known human rights activists and everyday defenders with the end goal of creating a devised monologue, scene or play.  Length:  45 minutes

    Karen S. Watson

    Theatre Educator, Actress

    Karen Sarah Watson is an actress and a 16th year Drama Teacher with the NYC DOE. She was the NYC coordinator of programming for The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Organization and created a theater lesson for the worldwide curriculum. She has presented her workshops at colleges, teacher trainings throughout the country as well as conferences( Stage the Change, Educational Theatre Association National Conference) Karen is the recipient of the 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights award for her work in theatre and human rights. Karen has BFA from Syracuse University and a Masters in Educational Theatre from City College.