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  • Self Care for Theatre Educators

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 08/17/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Take a deep dive into self-care as we explore approaches, core beliefs, and tactical strategies that uplift well-being and joy.

    Take a deep dive into self-care as we explore approaches, core beliefs, and tactical strategies that uplift well-being and joy. Join us to open a door (or deepen the path!) to a self-care practice that contributes to continued ease and lessened stress. Many thanks to the generosity of the Maryland State Arts Council for donating this session to theatre educators everywhere.

    Dana Parsons

    Director of Grants and Professional Development

    Maryland State Arts Council

    Dana is a highly experienced performer, director, and arts educator and is currently the Director of Grants and Professional Development at the Maryland State Arts Council. Her career in the arts began as a member of the Resident Acting Company for Clear Space Theatre in 2004. For the past 15 years, she has taught and/or established performing arts classes and programs to students and adults of all ages and levels, specializing in honesty, connectivity, and excellence of craft. She has performed in and/or directed over 100 performance pieces (theatre, vocal, movement) on the east coast as well as abroad, including Puerto Rico, Italy, and England. Dana also teaches professional development as a Roster Teaching Artist for the Maryland State Department of Education’s Fine Arts Office.

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  • Quick Tricks to Incorporate Social and Emotional Needs into Your Theatre Classroom

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 08/05/2021 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn how to incorporate the social and emotional life of the class into your theatre classroom. Come away with a toolkit of ideas and strategies.

    Join Megan Kemple, Drama Therapist, to learn how to incorporate the social and emotional life of the class into your theatre classroom. Come away with a toolkit of ideas and strategies.

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  • Introduction to Equity-Based Vocabulary

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 07/27/2021 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

    An introductory exploration of important vocabulary to help us move towards being anti-racist.

    An introductory exploration of important vocabulary to help us move towards being anti-racist. Webinar includes time for reflection and discussion.

    Estella Owoimaha-Church

    As a first-generation American of Samoan and Nigerian descent, Estella recognizes how privileged she is to hold space among communities of international educators and across academia. Born and raised in South Los Angeles, she serves in her hometown as a secondary theatre teacher. Estella is heavily engaged within her union at the local, state, and national level. She is the current SoCal regional director of the National Education Association's (NEA) Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus (APIC) and was recently appointed to serve as chair of California Teacher Association's (CTA) Racial Equity Steering Committee as well as the Racial & Social Justice Advisory Committee. Estella also represents her local union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, as an elected delegate to the CTA state council and governing body. 

    Estella holds an M.A. in Education: Language Arts & Literacy from Loyola Marymount University and a B.A. in African-American Studies: Urban Education from California State University, Northridge. She holds a Secondary Credential in English as well as a Career Technical Education Credential in Arts, Media, and Entertainment. Estella teaches theatre in Los Angeles, helping youth to employ performing arts as a community service tool. Mrs. Church is an education consultant, as well as a curriculum and pathway specialist. 

    Estella began working in professional and community theatre at age 12, continued through high school and on to college. She is most comfortable in a tech booth, mid-performance, calling a show. With her experience as an educator and theatre creative, she has founded a non-profit, Education Ensemble which is dedicated to cultivating inclusive, creative spaces for youth by fostering community and utilizing art as a form of direct-action. She also serves on the board of the Drama Teacher’s Association of Southern California as Registrar and Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. 

    Though in the classroom full time, Estella remains active with several community organizations, including Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, helping to train teachers in human rights and social justice education. Estella is the Director of the Media Done Responsibly School of Media Literacy Education, providing accessible and equitable media literacy, anti-racist technology, and digital citizenship training and advocacy tools for schools and agencies in the media and technology sector.

    In 2017, Estella Owoimaha-Church was named a finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, now hailed as the Nobel for educators. In 2018, CTA presented her with the Human Rights & Equity Award for Peace & Justice for international service on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Estella has been invited to speak around the world on pressing education matters, including the Vatican, Dubai, Brussels, and across the United States. She faced Betsy DeVos when students' civil rights were under attack, helped launch several schools across Africa, and continues to develop local initiatives. Mrs. Church works to ensure marginalized youth everywhere have access to quality education with a focus on the arts and social justice. www.estellachurch.com

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  • From Classroom to Stage: Welcoming and Supporting The Neurodiverse Artist

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 07/19/2021 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

    Discover new strategies, resources, and techniques in welcoming and supporting the neurodiverse learner, whether in your theatre classroom or on stage.

    Discover new strategies, resources, and techniques in welcoming and supporting the neurodiverse learner, whether in your theatre classroom or on stage.

    Sean Elias

    Chair, Upper School Dept. of Performing Arts, Jemicy School

    Sean Elias is a Tony Award-nominated, internationally award-winning educator, actor, and director. With a background in both performance and theatre for community development, Sean is committed to holding space for the stories of underprivileged communities to be heard, seen, and ultimately — felt. Sean Elias currently serves as the Founding Chair of the internationally award-winning Upper School Department of Performing Arts at the Jemicy School. The Jemicy School is a private school in Owings Mills, Maryland serving neurodiverse students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Sean also serves as Artistic Director of Iron Crow Theatre, Baltimore's award-winning professional queer theatre and sits on the Board of Directors for Maryland Thespians, an Educational Theatre Association Affiliate. Sean also sits on the LGBTQ Cultural Advisory Board of Visit Baltimore - the official destination marketing organization (D.M.O.) for Baltimore City, has served as a panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council's Theatre Review Board, and continues to serve as a coach to individuals, arts organizations, and Fortune 500 companies. Sean holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from The University of the Arts, and an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, Educational Theatre Association, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and the Association of Independent Maryland & D.C. Schools.

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  • The Director’s Toolbox

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 07/15/2021 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn to use seven tools to better your directing.

    Directors interpret the script, and find a unifying concept that brings a complete and quality production to the stage. They guide the actors and design team through the process as they realize this vision. The Director uses seven basic tools to accomplish this:

    Tool 1: Self —Training/background & Research

    Tool 2: Script — Personalize Script and Text Analysis

    Tool 3: Actors — Communicate with actors

    Tool 4: Rehearsal — Auditions to Opening Night

    Tool 5: Space — Emphasis on Focus

    Tool 6: Design — Speak the Language of Design

    Tool 7: Evaluation and Self-Assessment 

    James Van Leishout

    James has been a professional director and producer for more than four decades, including 14 years as the Artistic Director of the Washington Shakespeare Festival. James has taught at South Puget Sound Community College, University of Illinois: Edwardsville, Brigham Young University, and as a Master Teacher at the Vancouver Film School (Canada). James has given workshops at numerous national theatre conventions and state Thespian conferences. He has adjudicated for Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, International Thespian Festival and several state Thespian festivals. He holds a B.A. in theatre with an emphasis in acting and an M.F.A. in directing.

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  • Bringing Biography to Life!

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 07/13/2021 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

    Bring biography to life to uncover the powerful stories inside you!

    Bring biography to life to uncover the powerful stories inside you!

    Get out of your head to unearth the telling details that make your writing come alive. This unorthodox approach to writing is fun even for those who've never written before. Bring pen and paper/notebook, wear comfortable clothes, and park your self-judgment at the door! After an autobiographical exercise, we'll move on to focus on characters, whether historical or contemporary, fleshing them out through voice, rhythm, body energy center, and point of view. You'll learn to guide your students to devise theater organically and vividly.

    Length: 90 minutes

    Elaine Bromka

    ELAINE BROMKA – Film, TV, Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theater –roles from Much Ado's Beatrice to Shirley Valentine. The Blacklist, Friends from College, Maniac, Girls, The Sopranos, Sex & the City, E.R., Dharma & Greg, all Law and Orders, Providence, Playing for Time with Vanessa Redgrave and Catch a Rainbow, for which Ms. Bromka won an Emmy. Cindy, the Uncle Buck mom, and the crazed Stella in Days of our Lives. Her Off-Broadway solo show, “TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty,” tours nationwide. Smith College phi beta kappa and guest artist at 150 colleges, high schools, and PDs. Virtual workshops now available as well.  http://elainebromka.com/

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  • RESCHEDULED: Flipped Classrooms Ideas and Resources

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 06/30/2021 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn more about this blended learning model and explore ideas and resources for the flipped classroom.

    The flipped classroom is a blended learning model in which traditional ideas about classroom activities and homework are reversed or “flipped.” This model can be very successful as students explore new ideas and material on their own, and then use class time to apply concepts in greater depth through activities with the instructor. Join us for this webinar where we will explore ideas and resources for the flipped classroom! 

    Length: 60 minutes

    Camille Dempsey

    Associate Professor, Edinboro University

    Camille Dempsey, D.Ed. is an Associate Professor at Edinboro University teaching pre-service teachers. In addition to teaching educational technology at the university level, she has also taught at the pre-k to twelfth-grade level for over twenty-five years. Her educational background includes an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology from Duquesne University, an M.A. in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts. Camille presents and consults widely and most recently received the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology Association’s “Educational Technology Impact Award,” for her article, The spirit of the times: Virtuality culture and technology-mediated human presence. Recent projects include serving as faculty in the International Society for Technology in Education and General Motors’ Artificial Intelligence in Education’s program, as well as assisting teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic with online teaching and learning ideas and strategies. 

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  • Virtual Performances – Applying Lessons Learned

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 06/28/2021 at 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Join this informative webinar for tips and tricks useful even after we return to a traditional performance format.

    Explore the ins and outs of creating and designing virtual performances. Many of us have had to do this already, and hopefully theatre will be coming back in person soon. However, virtual performances can open up opportunities and avenues to help expand and build your program, even after we come back to a more traditional format. Join this informative webinar for tips and tricks useful even after we return to a traditional performance format.

    Matt Ringrose

    Matt Ringrose currently teaches theatre and film at Grimsley High in Greensboro, NC. Ringrose is active in the local film community as a filmmaker and an advocate for integrating film study/creation into education. He has participated in the creation of numerous short films, critically acclaimed web-series, and award winning community outreach video projects. He serves on multiple state boards, including NC Thespians. Ringrose is a co-creator of the EdTA Thespian Filmworks program, as well as the director and co-creator of NC Filmworks.

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  • Teaching LGBTQIA+ Theatre

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 06/21/2021 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

    In this on-demand session, gain tools to expose students to diverse, queer voices in the classroom and rehearsal room.

    This On-Demand Webinar will be available on June 21. Please register here and you will receive an email when the recording is uploaded.

    This webinar focuses on the recent history (post-Stonewall to the present day) of LGBTQIA+ playwrights and plays and provides educators tools to expose their students to diverse, queer voices in the classroom and rehearsal room. The session will also provide information about inclusive language and pedagogy, and how to best support LGBTQIA+ students.

    Learn from Dr. Natka Bianchini, who currently serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Loyola University Maryland. Dr. Bianchini has taught a wide array of courses in theatre history, directing, and dramatic literature including courses on Urban Drama, Queer Theatre and Film, and Black Lives Matter on Stage. As a scholar, she has published two books; Samuel Beckett’s Theatre in America (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), and Albee and Influence (Brill Press, 2021), as well as numerous chapters, articles, and reviews.  Dr. Bianchini is a resident artist and board member with Iron Crow Theatre, Baltimore’s award-winning, professional queer theatre where she has directed three highly acclaimed productions.  As a professional director, she has more than 30 directing credits on the regional and educational level.

    Dr. Natka Bianchini

    Dr. Natka Bianchini is a director, theatre scholar, and educator with more than 17 years of teaching experience.  Currently as Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Loyola University Maryland, Dr. Bianchini has taught a wide array of courses in theatre history, directing, and dramatic literature including courses on Urban Drama, Queer Theatre and Film, and Black Lives Matter on Stage.  As a scholar, she has published two books; Samuel Beckett’s Theatre in America (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), and Albee and Influence (Brill Press, 2021), as well as numerous chapters, articles, and reviews.  Dr. Bianchini is a resident artist and board member with Iron Crow Theatre, Baltimore’s award-winning, professional queer theatre where she has directed three highly acclaimed productions.  As a professional director, she has more than 30 directing credits on the regional and educational level.  Dr. Bianchini holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in drama from Tufts University, and a B.A. in sociology from Wellesley College.  

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  • Creating a Set on a Slim Budget

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/07/2021

    Streamline your design and create a compelling set on a budget by concentrating on the needs of the story.

    Set designer George Ledo discusses how to streamline your design and create a compelling set on a budget by concentrating on the needs of the story. This is Part I of a two part webinar series on set design.

    George Ledo

    George is a freelance set designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied set design at California State University Northridge and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, then served for fifteen years in the architecture field, mostly on corporate and government projects. He also served as head of the design studio and project manager at a major scenic fabrication company in upstate New York, where he designed or managed jobs for Universal Studios, Six Flags, the Washington Opera, television, Union Properties (Dubai, U.A.E.) and other clients.

    He has created sets for numerous production companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, Altarena Playhouse, Stage 1, Ohlone College, Moreau Catholic High School, Junipero Serra High School, Bay Area Children's Theatre, and others.

    Since 2010, George has served as a judge at the annual Ohlone College High School Theatre Festival in Fremont, CA, usually in the Set Design, Graphic Design, and Build-a-set events. He also presented a Set Design (mini) Boot Camp at the EdTA National Conference in Las Vegas in 2016.

    George has published in various theatrical and entertainment trade journals, and you can find his blog on design and technical issues at www.setdesignandtech.wordpress.com. His web site is at www.georgefledo.net.

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