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  • Directing Musical Theatre

    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. 

  • Creating Student Learning Experiences with Nearpod

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 08/19/2020 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

    Nearpod, an online student engagement platform, provides theatre educators with powerful opportunities for increasing student engagement and student accountability. Whether Nearpod lessons are delivered remotely or in-person, Nearpod is exceptional for the ease with which teachers can engage students in both synchronous and asynchronous learning activities, organize powerful lessons, embed targeted formative assessments, and automatically record student response data. Nearpod is an extraordinary tool for theatre teachers who are struggling for effective means of delivering comprehensive, quality online instruction to students.

    1. Learn how to access Nearpod and explore Nearpod’s functionality by taking a virtual tour of the nearpod website.
    2. Learn how to deliver Nearpod lessons to students, how to embed media in lessons, and how to access student response data.
    3. Explore Nearpod as a tool for creating quality theatre instruction by explorating how nearpod facilitates both synchronous and asynchronous learning in addition to exploring how Nearpod can be incorporated into other online learning platforms (e.g. Zoom, Seesaw.)
    4. Explore how Nearpod can be used to teach a variety of Drama topics across grade levels.

    60 minutes

  • Master Class: Culturally Inclusive Teaching

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 08/18/2020 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn to reframe your understanding of culturally proficient learning activities and shift to culturally literate practices.

    Explore what it means to be a culturally responsive teacher and learn recommended practices and strategies. 

    Length:  60 minutes

    Tina Philibotte

    Educator, English & Performing Arts Department, Goffstown High School, NH

    Tina Philibotte is a graduate of Plymouth State University (PSU) where she earned her BA in English and later her Master’s in Education. Ms. Philibotte has been a member of the English & Performing Arts Department at Goffstown High School since 2008 where she founded one of the only concert dance programs in New Hampshire public schools. Since 2008, Ms. Philibotte has been the resident choreographer/co-director for GHS Performing Arts musical theatre having directed and choreographed well over 25 productions for GHS. Ms. Philibotte has taught Master Classes and choreographed for several New England schools including Wellesley College (MA), St. Andrew’s School (RI), Plymouth State University, New Hampton School, and the Holderness School. Ms. Philibotte is proud to be a founding member and the President of the New Hampshire Dance Alliance. She has also presented at numerous conferences and workshops including the National Dance Educator’s Organization 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Her work has been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine, WMUR’s NH Chronicle, and she is a regular contributor to the NH Department of Education curriculum committees. In addition, Ms. Philibotte is a two-time National Writing Project Fellow, a finalist in the NH Teacher of the Year Program, and recipient of the SAU 19 Dreamkeeper’s Award. She is a passionate advocate for developing a more culturally literate, inclusive, and diverse educational culture. She has presented at numerous conferences, including NEA NH annual conference, the Integrated Arts Conference (NH), and the New Teacher’s Retreat around developing cultural literacy in the classroom, facilitating important conversations, and anti-bias education. As a chair on her school’s Equity and Inclusion committee, Ms. Philibotte continues to lead her school and district to envision and enact a more equitable school culture. She has most recently been selected to serve on the Race & Equity in NH Advisory Group a project of the Endowment for Health.


  • Master Class: Shakespeare x Hip Hop

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/06/2020

    The fascinating world of Hip Hop meets the Bard, and both are better for it!

    Learn how hip hop becomes a way in to Shakespeare and script writing in this Master Class with Devon Glover, the Sonnet Man. 

    60 minutes

    Devon Glover

    The Sonnet Man

    Devon Glover is a teacher, rapper, poet, playwright and actor from Brooklyn, New York. He performs Shakespeare's Sonnets through Hip-Hop as The Sonnet Man in schools and theaters worldwide. Devon has appeared on NBC, MSNBC, BBC, and Conferences and Shakespeare Festivals worldwide, including Stratford, Ontario, and Stratford-upon-Avon. He has taught with Stratford Shakespeare, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Southern Shakespeare. Devon has wrote adaptations of Shakespeare for various theatre companies. In the Spring 2019, Devon was commissioned by the University of Warwick and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to write a hip-hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” for high schools. For more information, visit www.SonnetMan.com


  • Master Class: Color Your Stage

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 07/28/2020

    Master Class with designer Jorge Arroyo on color and stage lighting.

    Join professional designer Jorge Arroyo in this master class and learn about the use of color for stage lighting. 

    60 minutes

    Jorge Arroyo

    Lighting Designer

    Jorge is a freelance Lighting Designer based in Boston and New York. His work has been seen at venues such as The Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, The Public Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, La Mama, Weston Playhouse, TheatreSquared and others. He has previously served as the Resident Lighting Designer for Dreamcatcher Repertory Theater, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, and Luna Stage. He has created designs for over 50 shows at both the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center for artists such as Alicia Keys, Gabriel Iglesias, the Wayans Brothers, the Chieftains, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Paquito D'Rivera, Phoebe Snow, Stanley Jordan, Kenny Garrett, Jackie Mason, and others. He has also worked with choreographer Stacey Tookey, three-time Emmy nominee for her choreography on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, on her production of Moments Defined in both New York and California. In 2004 he was selected by Lighting Dimensions Magazine for feature in an article on "designers to watch" and has co-authored the last three versions of the Lightwright manual and tutorial. Jorge received his MFA from New York University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Lighting Design at Boston University  and is a member of USA Local 829.

  • Master Class: Teaching Acting with the Chekhov Technique

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 07/21/2020

    Acting teacher Jeffrey Kaplan shares his knowledge of the Chekhov Technique.

    In this webinar, Jeff Kaplan presents foundational ideas in Chekhov technique.  The nephew of playwright Anton Chekhov, Michael Chekhov (1891-1955) developed a body-based approach for linking imagination to action that is enjoying a resurgence in professional theater training.  This course provides practical instruction on key exercises for lesson plans, with adaptations for student age groups and demonstrations of the technique in action for online learning.


    60 minutes

    Jeffrey Kaplan

    Assistant Professor, Dance & Theatre, Manhattanville College

    Jeff Kaplan is an Assistant Professor in Dance & Theatre at Manhattanville College, in the New York City area.  He holds a PhD in Theater and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, in addition to an MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University.  His performance career includes a body of solo “text and movement” work in which he speaks and dances simultaneously.  Evening-length creations include The Erl King, where Kaplan plays the ghost of a World War I German cavalry officer who enters the world of Goethe’s classic ghost poem Der Erlkönig; K.Lear, a solo rendition of Act III (the “storm scene”) of Shakespeare’s King Lear, in which Kaplan plays all the characters in the act as voices in his head, while dancing in a straightjacket; and Beowulf is min Nama…, where he recites the third section of the Beowulf epic (Beowulf’s encounter with the dragon) in West Anglo-Saxon, while dancing.  His book, Involuntary Motion: The Somatics of Refugee Performance (Routledge, forthcoming Fall 2020), interprets refugees as bodies in motion, and so uses dance a lens to interpret problems in refugee performance.  His current book projects include Protean Act: Dorothy Sands and the Performance of Theater History, which features Dorothy Sands (1893-1980), a Depression-era actress who performed one-woman shows in which she impersonated stars of the past, working in the styles in which they would have performed; and Critical Lenses, which focuses on photojournalists who cover the refugee crisis.

  • Master Class: Sound

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 07/09/2020

    Master Class with sound designer Cheryl Williams.

    This sound webinar will focus on several aspects of sound for theatre; distinguishing between sound design and sound re-enforcement, set up for performers and musical instruments, specifics of how sound designers create sound, a look at some platforms for sound re-enforcement and ways of teaching sound design online.  

    60 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

  • Creating Live Zoom Theatre

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/30/2020

    Director Patrick Nims of Zoom Theatre Company, Portland, Oregon, shares the methods he used to create three live theatre productions using Zoom over a ninety day period. This webinar offers a detailed "how to" for anyone interested in replicating their process. The webinar will last 90 minutes with a 30 minute Q & A following the session. Free to the public on Facebook, EdTA Members may register for the Zoom room to be able to participate in the Q & A

    Using web based conferencing software, the Zoom Theatre company  out of Portland, Oregon, delivers live theatre to a live audience with shows selected and staged specifically for webcam presentation.  In this informative webinar, director Patrick Nims will tell you how they do it.   This webinar consists of 90 minutes of a very detailed presentation, followed by 30 minutes of a question and answer session.

    120 Minutes 

    Patrick Nims


    PATRICK NIMS has directed over 50 productions, and currently splits his time between the SF Bay and Portland OR. Most recently Pat directed Actually, Lungs and Reunion and Dark Pony for Zoom Theatre, Sweeney Todd and OLIVER! for 6th Street Playhouse, West Side Story for Stumptown Stages, The Humans for Novato Theatre Company and Crimes Of The Heart for Ross Valley Players (both TBA recommended). Favorites include Company (TBA Best Production), Drood, Peter & The Starcatcher, This Is Our Youth, Heathers (BWorld SF Best Director), Spring Awakening, In The Heights, Cyrano De Bergerac, and Into The Woods (NYA Best Director). Upcoming projects include Macbeth  for Zoom Theatre, The Sound Of Music for Clackamas Repertory, How I Learned To Drive for Valhalla Theatre Festival, The Full Monty for Stumptown Stages and Tinderella: The Modern Musical for The Funhouse Lounge.


  • Processing the Pandemic

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/18/2020

    Strategies of self care for Theatre Educators.

    Join Amy Luskey Barth, California Theatre Educator and Cindy Warden, licensed life coach and practitioner of Neurolinguistic programming as they unpack our responses to the pandemic and suggest ways to process. The team will be exploring ideas for maintaining community and connection, strategies for supporting your own social and emotional needs, grief, loss and meaning-making during these extraordinary times.    

    60 minutes

    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.

    Cindy Warden

    Certified Life Coach at Reinspire Your Life™

    Cindy Warden is a certified life coach, resilience expert, and speaker. She is the owner and founder of Reinspire Your Life™ — a company wildly dedicated to helping smart and successful men and women turn challenging events into opportunities for personal growth and bold new beginnings.  She received her initial life coaching certification from the Coach Training Alliance. She then gained a supplementary accreditation in Strategic Intervention from the Robbins Madanes Center (the coach training program created by personal development expert, Tony Robbins, along with world-renowned psychotherapist, Cloe Madanes). With a (previous) 20-year career as an actress (and a background in music/theatre education), Cindy is uniquely familiar with the stresses and sensitivities that students and teachers in the arts may be navigating during this time of uncertainty. 

  • The Show Must Go On......LINE!

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/17/2020

    How Orange County School of the Arts produced a full-length musical called Now. Here. This. almost entirely under quarantine by recording performances and editing them together with a video editing software.

    A look at how the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) produced a full-length musical called Now. Here. This. (almost) entirely from quarantine, as well as a discussion on ways we can create meaningful performance and learning opportunities for our students during these unprecedented times. Led by OSCA co-director Scott Barnhardt and Now. Here. This. co-author Susan Blackwell, and featuring the perspectives of co-author Hunter Bell, composer/lyricist Jeff Bowen, co-director Peter Marinaro, music director Christopher W. Smith, and several OCSA students and stakeholders.

    60 minutes
    Panel Discussion format

    Scott Barnhardt (Moderator)

    Director of the Musical Theatre Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts

    Scott Barnhardt is currently the Director of the Musical Theatre Conservatory at the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) and is on the board of the Professional Arts Education Center. He is a graduate of Wagner College (BA, Theatre/Speech) and UCLA (MFA, Playwriting). Scott has performed on Broadway in The Book of Mormon and Deaf West's Big River and is committed to creating innovative, nurturing and creative artistic experiences for his students and staff.

    Susan Blackwell (Moderator)

    Performer, Writer, Interviewer, Educator

    Susan Blackwell (Book) is on a mission to free people's creativity and self-expression. She champions this cause as a performer, writer, interviewer and educator. She played a character based on herself in the original Broadway musical [title of show], and the off-Broadway musical Now. Here. This. She created and hosts the freewheeling chat show "Side by Side by Susan Blackwell" on Broadway.com, now in its 11th year. With Laura Camien, she co-hosts The Spark File, a podcast obsessed with creatives and creativity. As a teaching artist, she delivers inspiring entertainment and educational offerings aimed at freeing people's creativity and self-expression. susanblackwell.com thesparkfile.com Twitter: @Susan_Blackwell Insta: @susanblackwell

    Hunter Bell

    Playwright, Actor, Author

    Hunter Bell (Book) Credits include: [title of show] (Broadway, Vineyard Theatre; Tony Nomination, OBIE Award), Silence! The Musical (Lucille Lortel Nomination), Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre), Bellobration! (Ringling Bros. Circus), Villains Tonight! (Disney Cruise Lines),  Found (IAMA Theatre, Atlantic Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Drama Desk Nomination), Julie Andrews’ The Great American Mousical (Goodspeed), Other World (Bucks County Playhouse). Proud graduate, distinguished alumnus of Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. Instagram: @huntbell


    Jeff Bowen

    composer, lyricist

    Jeff Bowen (Music & Lyrics) has composed, performed, written or designed for Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, regional theatre, summer stock, television, film, web series, cruise ships, trade shows and theme parks.  He’s a member of ASCAP, AEA, Writers Guild, Dramatists Guild, and the National Audubon Society. He serves as a faculty member of the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. He also serves on the advisory board of Unsung Musicals and Stetson University’s School of Music. He is married to director/actor, Michael Berresse. 

    Peter Marinaro

    Director, Teaching Artist

    Peter Marinaro - Proud director and teaching artist based out of LA. Originally from NYC, Peter received BA in Theatre, Wagner College. Select credits: Young Frankenstein (Little Theatre), South Pacific (Norris Theatre), and As You Like It (OCSA). Currently, Peter is completing his MA in Arts and Culture Management from University of Denver.

    Christopher W. Smith

    Music Director, Pianist, Vocal Coach

    Christopher W. Smith holds an MFA in Music form UC Irvine and is an accomplished music director, pianist and vocal coach. He currently serves as the resident music director of the Musical Theater Conservatory of Orange County School of the Arts where he has music directed many shows including Now. Here. This. (Virtual Module Version). A few other highlights include: Westside Story (McCoy/Rigby), Les Miserables (Musical Theatre West) and CHICAGO (No Square Theatre)