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  • Bringing Human Rights and Social Justice into the Classroom

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 01/09/2020 at 7:30 PM (EST)

    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. 

    Karen S. Watson

    Theatre Educator

    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.

  • Devising as Constructivist Teaching Practice

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 10/24/2019

    Bethany Nelson, Emerson College offers this webinar to address the theory underlying the practice of devising theatre. Length: 60 minutes

    Whether you are focused on integrating core curriculum into your drama class or drama into your core subject curriculum, Devising/Playmaking is an effective and accessible multi-purpose tool.  Designed for the more seasoned educator, this webinar addresses the theory underlying the practice of Devising, as a constructivist teaching model which incorporates the best of what we know about how children learn, including learning styles, multiple intelligences, project-based learning and social-emotional learning.  

  • Online Workshop: Teaching Costuming with Cosplay

    Contains 7 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    Cosplay makes a great vehicle for exploring the costumer's design process. Learn how to teach costuming with found materials in this online workshop. The time estimate to complete the workshop is 90 minutes.

    In this online workshop you will have the opportunity to explore the art of costume design through cosplay.  The course includes a lesson plan that breaks down the process, a video tutorial on basic costume creation techniques using plastic and tape, a great inspiration article that shares what it is like to be a cosplay participant and all of the tools you need to research and create a cosplay design.  

    Learning objectives:

    Identify a step by step procedure for creating a cosplay costume or teaching others.  

    Understand the design process and how costumers use croquis, measurements and research.      

    Student connection:  Get your students excited about Cosplay and costume design with articles and resources on dramatics.org


  • Introduction to Costuming in the Theatre Classroom

    Contains 11 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    New York City costumer Shirlee Idzakovich and Colorado theatre educator Kari Armstrong offer some advice about costuming and teaching student costumers. Suitable for those just starting out or those who want to learn more; includes curriculum and assessment tools for those who would like to teach costuming as a part of their theatre education program. This course is estimated to take 60 minutes to complete and may be completed at your own pace.

    Learning objectives:

    Identify effective practices for costuming and/or teaching costume design and construction.

    Envision and articulate course impact on your own practice. 


    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. 

    Kari Armstrong

    Costume Director/Instructor - Poudre High School

    Kari Armstrong has been the costume director/instructor with the Poudre High School Theatre program in Fort Collins Colorado since 2005. She has sewn for most of her life, has a background in fine arts, illustration, graphic design, fashion design and enjoys many artsy distractions.

     

  • Playmaking in the Drama Classroom

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    Playmaking is a wonderful tool for effective teaching! Learn how playmaking enlivens drama/theatre classrooms and teaches critical thinking skills. Length: 60 Minutes

    Bethany Nelson, Emerson College Boston, demonstrates how playmaking is a crucial practice for the development of critical and creative thinking  as well for the creation of a generation of original performance pieces.   Designed for teachers who are new to creating original plays with students, either in the drama classroom or in core subject classes, this webinar will offer a practical, accessible approach to doing this work with students grades 2-10.  Length: 60 minutes.

    Bethany Nelson, PhD

    Graduate Program Director of Theatre Education, Emerson College

    Bethany Nelson is an Assistant Professor, Area Head of Undergraduate Theatre Education, and Graduate Program Director of Theatre Education at Emerson College.  She teaches in the areas of theatre education, playmaking, and multicultural education at the graduate and undergraduate levels.  She created and runs the Institute for Urban Teaching, an intensive which brings together the academic study of culturally relevant teaching with practical strategies for using drama/theatre for emerging best practice.  She has taught drama and theatre K-12 in urban, suburban, and rural settings, and conducts workshops throughout New England on diversity, equity and multicultural education.  Her research interests are focused on using Applied Drama and Theatre for meeting best practice in multicultural education with at-risk urban youth.  Research on the effects of in-role drama, process drama, and playmaking are published in Youth Theatre Journal, Drama Australia Journal, Drama Research: international journal of drama-in-education, Research in Drama Education Journal: the journal of applied theatre and, most recently, in Applied Theatre Research Journal. She regularly presents workshops and papers at national and international conferences and is a contributor to international textbooks on the state of the field.  

    She is the winner of the 2012 ATHE/KCACTF Prize for Innovative Teaching, the 2014 Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2014 Leonidas Nickole Theatre Educator of the Year Award for the New England Theatre Conference, the Emerson College Distinguished Alumni award for 2015 and the 2018 Ann Flagg Multicultural Award. 

     

    Bethany Nelson, PhD

    Graduate Program Director of Theatre Education, Emerson College

    Bethany Nelson is an Assistant Professor, Area Head of Undergraduate Theatre Education, and Graduate Program Director of Theatre Education at Emerson College.  She teaches in the areas of theatre education, playmaking, and multicultural education at the graduate and undergraduate levels.  She created and runs the Institute for Urban Teaching, an intensive which brings together the academic study of culturally relevant teaching with practical strategies for using drama/theatre for emerging best practice.  She has taught drama and theatre K-12 in urban, suburban, and rural settings, and conducts workshops throughout New England on diversity, equity and multicultural education.  Her research interests are focused on using Applied Drama and Theatre for meeting best practice in multicultural education with at-risk urban youth.  Research on the effects of in-role drama, process drama, and playmaking are published in Youth Theatre Journal, Drama Australia Journal, Drama Research: international journal of drama-in-education, Research in Drama Education Journal: the journal of applied theatre and, most recently, in Applied Theatre Research Journal. She regularly presents workshops and papers at national and international conferences and is a contributor to international textbooks on the state of the field.  

    She is the winner of the 2012 ATHE/KCACTF Prize for Innovative Teaching, the 2014 Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2014 Leonidas Nickole Theatre Educator of the Year Award for the New England Theatre Conference, the Emerson College Distinguished Alumni award for 2015 and the 2018 Ann Flagg Multicultural Award. 

     

  • Developing Student Stage Managers

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    Learn how to train your students in stage management to enrich your curriculum and strengthen your program. Length: 90 Minutes total

    Equity Stage Manager Cheryl J. Williams demonstrates how to train your students to become stage managers in a step by step method designed to be delivered as a standards based curriculum unit.  Suitable for educators wishing to expand their programs or for beginning stage managers.  Includes handouts and forms needed to successfully stage manage a show.  Length:  90 minutes

    Cheryl Williams

    Lighting Designer

    Cheryl J. Williams is the founder of CJ Williams Consultant.  Cheryl has been a professor of theatre for over 25 years, having taught a wide range of theatre courses, at various universities to include: Morgan State; University of Maryland, College Park and Baltimore County; Old Dominion University, Virginia Union University and the University of Ghana (West Africa).   She also teaches the Metaphysical Interpretation of the Bible and World Religion for the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary.  In addition to teaching Cheryl’s professional work includes teaching artist, director, lighting & sound designer, production/stage manager, workshop leader, motivational speaker, and videographer.

    For further information please visit her website: Cjwilliamsconsultant.com

  • Standards-Based Lesson Planning in the Elementary Theatre Classroom

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    Developing standards-based curriculum doesn't have to mean starting your lessons from scratch. Learn how to align your teaching material with the National Core Arts Standards and your state standards, following a case study of early childhood learning in a multi-grade setting.

    Developing standards-based curriculum doesn't have to mean starting your lessons from scratch. Learn how to align your teaching material with the National Core Arts Standards and your state standards, following a case study of early childhood learning in a multi-grade setting.

    In this course, you will learn how to:

    • Develop standards-based lesson planning in your theatre classroom
    • Cross-map the National Core Arts Standards with your state standards
    • Adopt standards-based lesson planning for early childhood theatre

    This course includes:

    • Instructional article explaining the process of aligning your lesson plans to arts standards
    • Video complementing the article
    • The complete National Core Arts Standards for reference
    • Quiz to reinforce your learning


    • Standards-Based Lesson Planning in the High School Theatre Classroom

      Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Certificate

      Developing standards-based curriculum doesn't have to mean starting your lessons from scratch. Learn how to align your teaching material with the National Core Arts Standards and your state standards, following a case study of curriculum mapping in a High School setting. Length: 60 minutes.

      Developing standards-based curriculum doesn't have to mean starting your lessons from scratch. Learn how to align your teaching material with the National Core Arts Standards and your state standards, following a case study of early childhood learning in a multi-grade setting.

      In this course, you will learn how to:

      • Develop standards-based lesson planning in your theatre classroom
      • Cross-map the National Core Arts Standards with your state standards using curriculum mapping. 

      This course includes:

      • Instructional article explaining the process of curriculum mapping.
      • Sample curriculum maps developed by Jo Strom Lane.
        Video complementing the article.
      • The complete National Core Arts Standards for reference
      • Quiz to reinforce your learning


    • Writing Your Own Musical

      Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate

      Greg Bossler presents an online version of his popular workshop "How to Write A Musical".


      Playwright Greg Bossler will share a tested formula for creating a musical either for yourself or to use as a unit of instruction with your students. Suitable for anyone wanting to start down the path of musical creation.

      Gregory Bossler

      Playwright

      Gregory Bossler is publications director for EdTA and program director for Next Generation Works. He studied with Maury Yeston at BMI’s musical theatre workshop and has taught writing at Arena Stage. His musicals include the one-act Here We Are and the full-length Raven Brings Light.

    • Tech Theatre Toolkit

      Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 09/05/2019

      Learn how to construct a project based curriculum for teaching Tech Theatre. Length: 60 Minutes

      Texas theatre educator B.K. Goodman shares his "Tech Theatre Tool Kit" and describes how he built a tech theatre curriculum based around student centered project based learning. Great for anyone wishing to create or invigorate a Tech theatre curriculum. 

      B.K. Goodman

      Theatre Educator, Technical Theatre Director

      BK Goodman serves as the Vice President and Director of Operations for Texas Thespians. Mr. Goodman is the Head Theatre Director at Morton Ranch High School as well as the Director of the Performing Arts Center . He produces over 6 main-stage productions a year in addition to many other events that center around student growth and development through theatre arts. He has created a Special Needs theatre program on his campus that provides opportunities for students of all abilities to use theatre therapy as a means to enhance student achievement. He has been in field of education for 10 years, accumulating many accolades for the success of his students in the University Interscholastic League One-Act Play competition. Mr. Goodman received his Bachelors Degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and his Masters in Theatre from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Mr. Goodman also serves as the founder of two summer theatre camps in Texas. He loves spending time reading plays, designing sets, and helping other teachers grow in the classroom.