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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    *This On-Demand Webinar will be available beginning 2/15/24* Classroom management. We all need it, but what does it entail? This webinar will explore some different approaches on how to build relationships and utilize different strategies to create classroom rapport.

    Classroom management. We all need it, but what does it entail? How do you actually improve at it? This webinar will explore some different approaches on how to build relationships and utilize different strategies to create classroom rapport.

    Erin Moughon-Smith

    Erin Moughon-Smith is a playwright and teacher based in New York City. She is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild and an Arthur Miller Fellow as well as a semi-finalist for the F.L.A.G. award. Erin also loves being a cat mom to two tuxedo kittens and being married to David. Some of her short plays can be found in several editions of The Best Ten Minute Plays edited by Lawrence Harbison and two of her monologues about teaching can be found in Voices of America Vol 1 and 3 edited by Mike Lesser of the Playground Experiment. Check more of her plays out on the New Play Exchange and follow her on Instagram: @erinplaywright!

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    This interactive work session will take participants through the process of reflecting on their core values as they embark on the task of curriculum mapping for their theatre classroom. The session will walk participants through building units of study, while utilizing backward mapping, identifying skill-based theatre instruction, writing lines of inquiry, developing assessments both formative and summative in alignment with National Core Arts theatre standards. This session is a great for the veteran teacher looking to refresh their curriculum and the new teacher starting the process.

    This interactive work session will take participants through the process of reflecting on their core values as they embark on the task of curriculum mapping for their theatre classroom. The session will walk participants through building units of study, while utilizing backward mapping, identifying skill-based theatre instruction, writing lines of inquiry, developing assessments both formative and summative in alignment with National Core Arts theatre standards. This session is a great for the veteran teacher looking to refresh their curriculum and the new teacher starting the process.

    Dr. Jennifer Katona

    Executive Director

    Educational Theatre Association

    Dr. Jennifer Katona is the current Executive Director of the Educational Theatre Association and President of the Educational Theatre Foundation where she works to serve theatre educators across the United States with comprehensive resources to build, support and sustain their theatre programs. Dr. Katona is also the President of 3 Looms Creative Education Consulting which serves as program manager for the NYC DoE Filmed Theatre Partnership with the National Theatre, London and the Connecticut expansion of the Arthur Miller Foundation theatre teacher development program. Dr. Katona is the former Founder and Director of the Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York, CUNY where she developed and taught Curriculum Development, Theatre Directing Foundations, Arts Integration and Student Teaching Seminar. Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in Urban Education: Arts Policy and her current research explores Factors Which Influence the Decision of a School Leader to Maintain or Eliminate Arts Programming in their School and building sustainable arts programming in urban schools. Jennifer has spoken and presented on this topic at many conferences across the country.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 11/14/2023

    Theatres are often complex spaces with multiple systems requiring regular maintenance and skilled operators; this informative webinar gets to the heart of the issues and offers timely advice. Great for anyone who manages a theatre space.

    Theatre educators are often asked to take on the management of their performance spaces, sometimes with little or no prior knowledge and few resources. The problem is, that without resources to help gain a more complete understanding of the unique needs of these spaces, they can fall quickly into disrepair, or worst case scenario, become dangerous. Tech Theatre expert Dana Taylor takes us through the basics of managing theatre spaces, offers tips and advice, and points the way to advocacy for your program needs.    

    Dana Taylor

    USITT Board

    Dana W. Taylor spent over twenty-five years teaching technical theatre at the Mt. Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy (Mt. Vernon, IN). He is a writer in the area of technical theatre and served ten years as technical editor for "Dramatics Magazine" and "Teaching Theatre Journal" and was also technical editor for "Basic Drama Projects" 9th Edition and “Concert Lighting: The Art and Business of Entertainment Lighting” 4th Edition. He received the Founder's Award from the Educational Theatre Association in 2011 and in 2014, was the first high school educator to receive the United States Institute for Theatre Technology's Distinguished Achievement Award for Education.

    Dana is a past board member of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association and is a current board member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. He is the working group leader for the BACKstage Exam, a joint effort of EdTA and USITT.  https://www.usitt.org/education-training/backstage-exam

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    WE REGRET THAT THERE WILL BE A DELAY IN PROVIDING THIS WEBINAR- PLEASE CHECK BACK IN MARCH In the realm of arts education, it is crucial to question the existing norms and explore new approaches that foster liberation, empowerment, and inclusivity. This dynamic webinar invites educators, practitioners, and advocates to critically examine the traditional model of arts education and discover strategies for integrating a more liberatory framework into their work.

    In the realm of arts education, it is crucial to question the existing norms and explore new approaches that foster liberation, empowerment, and inclusivity. This dynamic webinar invites educators, practitioners, and advocates to critically examine the traditional model of arts education and discover strategies for integrating a more liberatory framework into their work.

    Quanice Floyd

    Quanice G. Floyd (she/her) is a renaissance woman who wears many capes. Born and raised in NYC, she has spent over a decade in Washington, DC where she has received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from Howard University and Kent State University respectively. Her passion for arts administration led her to pursue her second Master’s degree in Arts Management at American University and is currently a doctoral student at Drexel University. Quanice was recently appointed as the Executive Director of National Guild for Community Arts Education after previously serving as the Executive Director at Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance, an arts education advocacy and service organization. She is also the Co-Founder of the Arts Administrators of Color (AAC) Network, an organization committed to empowering artists and arts administrators by advocating for access, diversity, inclusion, and equity in the arts in the DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas. She has also been a public-school music educator where she taught elementary and middle school general music, chorus, band, and orchestra. Quanice serves as a commissioner for the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities and is an alumna of Fractured Atlas’ Artist Campaign School, the National Guild for Community Arts Education's Leadership Institute (CAELI), ArtEquity's Racial Facilitator Cohort, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Educators and Arts Administrators Academy, 4.0 Schools' Essentials Program, and the Arts Education Collaborative’s Leadership Academy. Quanice received the Americans for the Arts' American Express Emerging Leader Award and the Arts Advocate of the Year Award from the Coalition of African Americans in the Performing Arts.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 10/24/2023

    This webinar will provide educators with techniques to help students write monologues that tell stories about themselves or their peers. It will also provide educators with an outlined plan to gradually take students through the process of monologue writing and then sharing their work.

    Many middle and high school aged students experience heightened levels of stress and anxiety caused by their uncertainties about the world they are growing up in and the pressures of growing up. Concerns about where they fit in, who they want to be, and what the future holds for them in a society that is so politically polarized, often trigger even more heightened emotional response from students of color. Journaling and creative writing have proven to be useful tools for anyone with a need to channel heightened emotions. Monologue writing is an even more direct way to channel and then express these emotions. 

    The act of writing a monologue is a creative endeavor, allowing the writer to tell a story with a purpose that extends beyond themselves. The monologue is extended beyond the page once it is performed. Whether or not the writer is the performer, monologue writing allows the opportunity to share personal feelings out to the world; to have a voice in the telling of one’s story. Self identity is informed by history and history is learned through telling-stories. The more confident that young people feel about who they are, the more articulately and productively, they are able to communicate feelings. 

    This webinar will provide educators with techniques to help students write monologues that tell stories about themselves or their peers. It will also provide educators with an outlined plan to gradually take students through the process of monologue writing and then sharing their work.

    Candice Handy

    Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

    Candice Handy is the Education Director at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) and founder of the LLC Cincinnati Black Theatre Artist Collective (CincyBlackTAC). An Alabama native, Candice has been a regional theatre actor and teaching artist for the past 13 years. Ms. Handy coordinates workshops, touring shows, and educational matinee programs reaching nearly 25,000 students a year in the Cincinnati, Kentucky, and Indian region. As an actor, some of her favorite projects include Gaslight (CSC and Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Trouble in Mind (CSC), The Winter’s Tale (Island Shakespeare Festival), The Cake (The Human Race Theatre), and The Pirates of Penzance (Theatre Monmouth). Candice recently directed Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (CSC), The Twunny Fo’ (The Know Theatre Cincinnati), To Be Black (CincyBlackTAC), and looks forward to directing CSC’s production of James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner this January. Ms. Handy holds an MFA in Acting, with a focus on African American theatre aesthetics.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 09/12/2023

    Tina Barone shares how a focus on student identity creates a caring and collaborative community for learning in a theatre classroom.

    Join theatre educator Tina Barone in an exploration of a unit on pantomime for upper elementary students that focuses on celebrating each student’s individual identity in order to create a collective identity as a theatre community.  As she shares the unit, Tina will provide  examples of student work and the amazing impact that celebrating identity had on her students, including better student engagement and a sense of belonging. Take away strategies and tips to use or modify this lesson plan in your own classrooms.

    Tina Barone

    Tina Barone is a New York City native boasting two decades of teaching expertise. Armed with a theater performance degree and a masters in elementary education from Wagner College, Tina's mission is to unearth the potential within each student. Her classroom thrives on diversity and creativity, cultivating interactive learning experiences. Beyond academics, Tina imparts life skills and values through community engagement and workshops. With an unshakable belief in the untapped potential of all, Tina's influence extends well beyond her 20 years in education, leaving behind an inspiring legacy of empowerment and growth.

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  • Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/26/2018

    Adjudicator training for scoring Thespy student events. Revised July 19th, 2023.

    This Thespy Adjudication Course has been designed for training adjudicators who will be viewing and scoring student work as a part of the EdTA Thespy program. 

    The course provides an overview of scoring student work using a rubric, then demonstrates how to use these skills with the rubrics for Thespy events.  The learner should download and save or print the exemplar rubrics found in the "Handouts" tab of this course to use while moving through the course modules.  Upon completion of the training, the user may print a certificate as proof of training which may be presented if required for either Thespy adjudication at the International Thespian Festival or for Thespy adjudication at a Chapter qualifying event.  

    NOTE:  Online adjudicator training should be combined with an in-person practice session to allow the adjudicators to deeply understand how to apply the rubric and come to a common agreement on the meaning of each descriptor.  This process is called "norming". 

    Ken Bolinsky

    Arts Curriculum and Assessment Consultant

    Ken Bolinsky holds an MFA in Directing from Syracuse University and is a licensed arts educator who taught theatre on both the secondary and post-secondary levels for more than twenty years. As an educational consultant he's worked with national, regional, state and local educational and arts organizations to develop standards-based curricula, instructional formats and assessment methodologies in the arts, and served fourteen years as State Coordinator of the NEA's Poetry Out Loud initiative for the Mississippi Arts Council. 

    Ken is also a stage director with seventy-seven productions under his belt, covering the gamut of educational, community, and professional theatre. With credits ranging from New York's Off-Broadway to Chicago's Off-Loop, he is a member of two theatrical Unions: Stage Directors & Choreographers Society and Actors' Equity Association.

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  • Contains 13 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 09/08/2023

    Adjudicator training for scoring Thespy student events. Anyone may take the course- click on the Register button above.

    This Thespy Adjudication Course has been designed for training adjudicators who will be viewing and scoring student work as a part of the EdTA Thespy program.   You not need to be a member of EdTA to take the training, but you must click on the "Register" button.  When you click on the "Register" button you will be asked to log in by creating a free account.  EdTA members should simply use their EdTA login.  

    The course provides an overview of scoring student work using a rubric, then demonstrates how to use these skills with the rubrics for Thespy events.  The learner should download and save or print the exemplar rubrics found in the "Handouts" tab of this course to use while moving through the course modules.  Upon completion of the training, the user may print a certificate as proof of training which may be presented if required for either Thespy adjudication at the International Thespian Festival or for Thespy adjudication at a Chapter qualifying event.  

    NOTE:  Online adjudicator training should be combined with an in-person practice session to allow the adjudicators to deeply understand how to apply the rubric and come to a common agreement on the meaning of each descriptor.  This process is called "norming". 

    Ken Bolinsky

    Arts Curriculum and Assessment Consultant

    Ken Bolinsky holds an MFA in Directing from Syracuse University and is a licensed arts educator who taught theatre on both the secondary and post-secondary levels for more than twenty years. As an educational consultant he's worked with national, regional, state and local educational and arts organizations to develop standards-based curricula, instructional formats and assessment methodologies in the arts, and served fourteen years as State Coordinator of the NEA's Poetry Out Loud initiative for the Mississippi Arts Council. 

    Ken is also a stage director with seventy-seven productions under his belt, covering the gamut of educational, community, and professional theatre. With credits ranging from New York's Off-Broadway to Chicago's Off-Loop, he is a member of two theatrical Unions: Stage Directors & Choreographers Society and Actors' Equity Association.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    Learn how to start or improve your elementary theatre program with theatre educator Jennifer Ridgway.

    Starting an Elementary Theatre Program; five tips for making the switch from panic to play. 

    Learn how to start or improve your elementary theatre program with theatre educator Jennifer Ridgway.

    This detailed webinar breaks down the art of teaching drama in the elementary grades into easy to use sequential steps that offer practical tips you can start using right away.  Use theatre vocabulary and various dramatic strategies to create a safe, low risk, learning environment for students and teachers.

    Jennifer Ridgway

    Jennifer Ridgway is a teaching artist and Imagineer consultant who activates artistry, amplifies ordinary stories, increases empathy, agitates change, and creates joy.  Since receiving her MFA (UNC-Greensboro), she earned a certificate in Arts/Culture Strategy (University of Pennsylvania). She is an inaugural cohort member of Anti-Racist Educators of the Arts Learning Lab (A-REALL). In 2016, she co-founded the Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic to support, empower and advocate for mid-Atlantic Teaching Artists. In 2020 she launched Yard Dramas to bridge connections, increase learning and grow new ideas, pathways, and solutions to challenges!

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  • Contains 12 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/10/2023

    Updated July 2023. Training for adjudicating productions for feed back and/or productions submitted to be considered for inclusion at the International Thespian Festival.

    Welcome to the Production Adjudication Training, originally published in 2021, updated July of 2023. It is required that all adjudicators go through regular training, whether you are a veteran adjudicator who has not gone through the training in the past 5 years or someone new to the process. Thank you for investing your time to be part of this important service we provide our member schools and students. 

    In the first half of this course you will watch five training videos. After each of the first four there is a short quiz or discussion prompt.  You must complete each section to move on to the next portion of the training.  When you finish the 5th Video section of the training you will be asked to download an adjudication form and then view and score the first 40 minutes of a production of "She Stoops to Conquer".  You will submit your completed form to The Learning Center, using the upload function in the last section of the course. (If you cannot open a Microsoft Word document, download the .pdf version of this form from the handout tab).

    To be an adjudicator, you need to have a strong knowledge of all the aspects involved with putting on a quality show. Adjudicators are expected to be knowledgeable about directing, acting and the technical aspects of a production. Being an adjudicator is an important and time-consuming job. You need to be able to commit the time to view a show, and the hours involved afterwards when you will be completing the adjudication form. 

    We thank you for your interest in being a show adjudicator. EdTA could not offer this valuable service without you.  If you have any questions, please email events@schooltheatre.org

    Production Adjudication Committee and EdTA Events Team


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