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  • Culturally Inclusive Teaching: Creating an Action Plan

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 01/26/2021 at 7:30 PM (EST)

    This workshop will investigate what is culturally responsive teaching. Together, we will identify steps a teacher can take to unpack their own practice and re-think their curriculum and methods.

    In this ninety minute session you will work with Joshua Rashon Streeter to learn how to create a plan of action to guide culturally inclusive teaching in your classroom. 

    Objectives:

    • Define culturally responsive pedagogy and describe its primary characteristics.
    • Identify areas of growth and reflection in relation to culturally responsive pedagogy.
    • Explain shifts in practice that would support culturally responsive teaching in the theatre classroom or rehearsal room. 

    Length:  90 minutes

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      • Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Junior Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Thespian - Free!
      • Professional Member - Free!
      • EDTA Staff - Free!
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  • "Stage the Change" - Social Justice Through a Playwriting Based Curriculum

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 12/08/2020 at 7:30 PM (EST)

    In this webinar you will learn strategies to lead your students to use their arts voices to create work that makes a difference in their community and to help to develop them as empathetic engaged global citizens and artists, eventually becoming artists who understand the power of their young "arts voices."

    Engage your students "arts voices" by using a "playwriting based" theatre curriculum to Stage a Change in the classroom.  In this webinar you will learn a collection of strategies to lead your students' to identify their passions and use their arts voices to create work  that makes a difference in their community. This work engages students in a personal way and helps to develop them as empathetic engaged global citizens and artists, eventually becoming artists who understand the power of their young "arts voices."

    Learning goals for the webinar:

    1. Explore some guidelines to a respectful discovering of students' passions.
    2. Explore a pathway to begin students on a playwriting journey
    3. Understand methods using this work to give your theatre program a more prominent place in your community

    Length: 60 minutes

    Ruthie Pincus

    Executive Director - Stage the Change

    Ruthie Pincus, Executive Director - Stage the Change, the Arts as a SocialVoice is an award winning high school Theatre teacher at Hauppauge HighSchool on Long Island, New York. Ruthie came to teaching as a professionalactress and director and holds degrees from Michigan State University and StonyBrook University.  For the past 21 years she has been teaching theatre andenabling her students to create original theatre pieces based on issues such ashuman rights, celebrating diversity, equality and kindness. By creating thenon-profit Stage the Change, Inc. Ruthie has taken her cause beyond the wallsof her own high school, with her mission of enabling other schools to teachtheir students to use their "theatre voices" to change their world.Ms. Pincus has been published in EDTA’s Teaching Theatre and Stage the Changehas been featured in various teaching journals including Harvard UsableKnowledge.  As she continues to teach and empower other students andteachers, her goal is to help to create global citizens among our students andallow them and the communities that support them, to understand the power oftheatre and all of the arts in our educational systems and beyond.

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      • Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Junior Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Thespian - Free!
      • Professional Member - Free!
      • EDTA Staff - Free!
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  • SEL & Theatre Education Toolkit

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 11/12/2020 at 7:30 PM (EST)

    PA Arts and Humanities Consultant O. David Deitz shares the newly published social and emotional learning toolkit specific to theatre education.

    Join PA Arts and Humanities Consultant O. David Deitz as he shares strategies and ideas specific to teaching social and emotional learning in a theatre classroom.  Theatre education is a natural fit for social and emotional learning, however it must be intentional and planned.  The PA SEL & Theatre toolkit offers everything needed to bring intentional SEL instruction into the theatre classroom.

    O. David Deitz

    PA Fine Arts Education Consultant, PA Department of Education

    O David Deitz serves as a Fine Arts Education Consultant for the PA Department of Education. This position includes supervision/implementation of arts curriculum, assessment, and professional development initiatives. A retired music educator, Mr. Deitz taught for 40 years at the secondary and collegiate levels and recently served PDE as a member of the Educator Effectiveness team and co-writer of the assessment literacy training materials. He continues to be active as a guest conductor, choral music clinician/adjudicator, and teacher evaluation consultant. 

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      • Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Junior Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Thespian - Free!
      • Professional Member - Free!
      • EDTA Staff - Free!
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  • Teaching Improvisation/Theatre Games Online

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 11/11/2020 at 7:30 PM (EST)

    In this workshop, James Thomas Bailey will offer techniques on teaching improv/theatre on Zoom, and take the fear out of the process! Learn how to engage students through the screen, with practical exercises you can use tomorrow.

    In this ninety minute session you will work with James Thomas Bailey to learn techniques for teaching improv/theatre in an online format.

    Learning Objectives

    • Teachers will learn Zoom techniques to enhance the digital experience of teaching and performing improvisation
    • Teachers will learn exercises to successfully teach improvisation, and enhance their existing curriculum
    • Teachers will learn how to make exercises and rehearsals work on a digital platform

    Length:  90 minutes

    James Thomas Bailey

    Artistic Director and Producer of ComedySportz

    James Thomas Bailey is director/producer of ComedySportz, LA’s longest running show (32 years). Additionally, he has produced more than fifty other professional productions in Los Angeles. Mr. Bailey is well known as a master teacher, with clients such as Google, Disney, ABC, and Microsoft. He serves as Cultural Specialist for the U.S. State Department and regularly teaches theatre techniques in Cyprus. His youth program, the ComedySportz High School League®, is the largest teen improvisational theatre program in the United States. Other improvisational productions include the all-female Shakespearean Chickspeare (which performed in Hollywood for 8 years, and for five years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and U-sical, a full-length improvised musical based on the life of an audience member. He is Past-President of the CA Educational Theatre Association, and inducted into both the CA Thespian Hall of Fame and EdTA’s national Hall of Fame. He is a proud theatre educator at Justin-Siena HS (Napa). James is also author of the book Teaching Improv: A Practical Guide for Theatre Educators.  

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      • Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Junior Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Thespian - Free!
      • Professional Member - Free!
      • EDTA Staff - Free!
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  • Making the Case for Your Theatre Program

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 10/08/2020

    In the COVID-19 era of education, school theatre programs are more important than ever. And they have never been more at risk, given the challenges of our time—the pandemic, social justice, economic hardship and more. This webinar will introduce attendees to EdTA’s new Rapid Response Advocacy Center and how to use its tools and resources to support theatre education supporters in their efforts to maintain access to the discipline for all students, whether at the federal, state, or district level.

    EdTA's Director of Educational Policy, Jim Palmarini, will introduce attendees to EdTA’s new Rapid Response Advocacy Center and discuss how to use the tools and resources to support theatre education for all students, whether at the federal, state, or district level. 

    Learning goals for the webinar:

    Participants will:

    • Gain a full awareness of the Advocacy Center’s tools and resources through a section-by-section review of the site.
    • Learn how to use each section’s contents through specific advocacy application scenarios at the federal, state and district levels.
    • Understand the value of sustained, actionable advocacy that includes both short- and long-term goals.

    Length: 60 minutes

    Jim Palmarini

    Director of Educational Policy, Educational Theatre Association

    James Palmarini is the Educational Theatre Association Director of Educational Policy. He was the founding editor of Teaching Theatre journal. James serves on the Arts Education Partnership Advisory Board; the Washington D.C.-based Arts Education  and ESSA Working Groups; National Federation of High Schools Speech, Debate, and Theatre Committee; the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) Leadership committee; the Innovation Collaborative Board; the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education Board; and manages EdTA’s Advocacy Leadership Network.  Most recently, he led a staff team that created the EdTA Recommendations for Reopening Theatre Programs guide. In 2005, he was awarded EdTA’s Founders Award, for significant contributions to the growth and development of theatre education, research and practice.

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      • Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Junior Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Thespian - Free!
      • Professional Member - Free!
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  • Hosting a Virtual Event 101

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 10/06/2020

    In this introductory session, we will review key definitions, share what tools to use, and provide tips on how strategically design a virtual event for maximum engagement.

    In this session, the Educational Theatre Association's Events Director, Elizabeth Young, will introduce you to virtual event tools and techniques  and provide tips on how to strategically design and execute your own virtual conference, symposium or other similar event. Theatre Educator Pro- raising the bar on professional learning for theatre educators.

    Elizabeth Young

    EdTA Events Director

    Elizabeth Young, Events Director, Educational Theatre Association, is an accomplished marketing and event management professional with expertise in national event planning and meeting management for nonprofit and entertainment organizations at a variety of venues. For the last 15 years, she has helped organizations grow their signature events, diversify their event portfolios, and improve attendee engagement, whether the event is for 100 attendees or 100,000. 

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      • Non-member - $49
      • Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Junior Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Thespian - Free!
      • Professional Member - Free!
      • EDTA Staff - Free!
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  • Streamplays: Lighting, Sound and Software for Virtual Productions

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    Anonymous Ensemble theatre company demonstrates virtual lighting, sound and streaming techniques to incorporate into online productions.

    Anonymous Ensemble theatre company has been working in virtual realms since 2008 as a theatre artform that transcends geographic boundaries.  Join this creative team as they demonstrate what they have learned about lighting, sound and streaming tools for the creation of virtual theatre works. This session was first presented at the 2020 EdTA Virtual Conference- Future Proofing Your Theatre Program.

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      • Non-member - $49
      • Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Junior Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Thespian - Free!
      • Professional Member - Free!
      • EDTA Staff - Free!
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  • Launching Into Canvas in a Pinch

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    Is this your first time using an LMS? Having a hard time knowing how to get started? Join Professor Russ Saxton, Dixie State University, for a quick start webinar on instruction and resources for f2f, hybrid, or online learning in Canvas.

    Instructions and resources for using Canvas learning management system to help organize and deliver instruction. 

    Participants will:

    • Discover, through a presentation, a quick introduction for onboarding the busy theatre teacher to Canvas basics for f2f, hybrid, or online instruction.
    • Takeaway resources to better apply, create, and deliver meaningful theatre instruction on Canvas (LMS). 
    • Discuss how Canvas course elements such as modules, assignments, discussions, and quizzes are used to accomplish good course design outcomes.

    60 minutes

    Russell Saxton

    Theatre Methods Instructor, Dixie State University

    Russ Saxton recently retired after 35 years as a secondary education Theatre Teacher.    Currently, he teaches Theatre Methods to preservice theatre students at Dixie State University.  He teaches an online GE course, Introduction to Theatre, which he wrote and designed with Canvas.

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      • Non-member - $49
      • Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Junior Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Thespian - Free!
      • Professional Member - Free!
      • EDTA Staff - Free!
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  • Race, Equity, and Inclusion in Musical Theatre Education

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 09/28/2020

    Learn more about ways to address diversity, equity and inclusion within your musical theatre program.

    Join Professor Rufus Bonds, Syracuse University, in a discussion of race, equity and inclusion in musical theatre education. 

    Rufus Bonds

    Assistant Professor, Musical Theatre, Syracuse University

    Rufus Bonds Jr is an Assistant Professor for musical theater performance in the Syracuse University Department of Drama. Professionally he continues his national and international work as a director, actor, and writer. Mr. Bonds performed in London the title role of Porgy in Porgy and Bess at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theater.  Carnegie Hall welcomed Mr. Bonds as the Baritone-Soloist for Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music. Broadway; Rent, Once On This Island, and Parade winning the Drama Desk Nomination for Best Supporting Actor. National tours include The Color Purple as Mister, Lion King as Mufasa, Miss Saigon as John.  Directing projects include Lysistrata, Shakespeare R&J, Once On This Island, Mama Mia, Tarzan, The Wiz, Into The Woods, The Wizard of Oz and Children of Eden. Mr. Bonds is a Eugene O’Neill Semi-finalist for his play The Sisters of Rosewall High.  “Faith”


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  • Directing Musical Theatre

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/20/2020

    Explore tips for directing musical theatre online or off.

    Theatre Educators Kristie Fuller and Brian Curl share tips for directing musical theatre online or off.

    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. 

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      • Non-member - $49
      • Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Junior Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Thespian - Free!
      • Professional Member - Free!
      • EDTA Staff - Free!
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