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  • Soul Stomping – Experiencing the Influence of African Dance on Broadway

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 04/29/2021 at 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Examine the influence of West African dance on American vernacular and Broadway dance styles and choreography.

    Examine the influence of West African dance on American vernacular and Broadway dance styles and choreography. Broadway choreographies have always and are currently showcasing dances that have connections to many Africanistic dances. Choir Boy, Lion King, and FELA! are just some of the musicals exhibiting Africanist movement as well as many others.

    Length: 60 minutes

    Madia Cooper-Ashirifi

    Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Dance, Brenau University

    Madia Cooper-Ashirifi, is a Liberian dance educator, West African and Social Dance Performing artist, choreographer, and modern technique educator. She is the Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Dance at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. Madia shares her culture and knowledge of West African and social dances to all ages.

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  • Active Empathy

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 04/13/2021 at 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Transform your classroom using theatre improvisation, performance and storytelling to promote mutual understanding, empathy and respect.

    Learn about Social and Emotional skills in the theatre classroom through the lens of empathy. Transform your classroom using theatre improvisation, performance and storytelling to promote mutual understanding, empathy and respect.

    Length: 60 minutes

    Laura Gallagher Byrne

    Artistic Director, Director of Theatre and Education; The Nantucket Dreamland Foundation

    Laura Gallagher Byrne is the Artistic Director of Dreamland Stage Company and Director of Theatre and Education with the Nantucket Dreamland Foundation. Byrne is a graduate of Shenandoah University and Conservatory of Music with a degree in Musical Theater, holds a masters degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and is completing the MFA in Applied Theatre in April, 2021. Further training includes Meisner Technique at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and Shakespeare with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. In 2017, Byrne founded The Dreamland Stage Company (DSC), serving as its Artistic Director. As an arts educator, Byrne created the theatre arts curriculum for Nantucket Public Schools. Byrne recently served on the panel to rewrite The Massachusetts Frameworks for Theatre Arts, and is a recipient of The 2011 Advocacy for Children Award. Byrne is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the American Alliance for Theatre in Education, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and TYA USA.

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  • Headspace Theatre

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 03/18/2021 at 7:30 PM (EDT)

    It flies in the face of theatrical trends in terms of physical movement. It restricts the actor to a head in a box. It requires the playwright to start with the setting then find the characters and conflict, and it may be the perfect theatre project for our times! Join playwright and director Michael Bigelow Dixon to explore the innovative Headspace Theatre format.

    It flies in the face of theatrical trends in terms of physical movement. It restricts the actor to a head in a box. It requires the playwright to start with the setting then find the characters and conflict, and it may be the perfect theatre project for our times!   

    Join playwright and director Michael Bigelow Dixon to explore the innovative Headspace Theatre format. Website:  https://www.headspacetheatre.com/

    Learning goals:

    • learn the history and philosophy of Headspace Theatre
    • explore examples of Headspace productions
    • identify ideas for using Headspace theatre in your classroom - virtual or otherwise

    Michael Bigelow Dixon

    Playwright, Director

    Michael Bigelow Dixon is a playwright, director and dramaturg who has worked at regional theatres across the nation. He is a former resident director at the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, Literary Director at the Guthrie Theatre, and former literary manager and associate artistic director at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville.   

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  • Engaging Students in Virtual Learning

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    Teaching for student engagement in a distance learning environment is a continuously evolving process. Join theatre educator Gai Laing Jones as she shares ideas for impact in this participatory webinar. Explore virtual learning through participation as Gai models strategies to help you identify best practices, create an ensemble based theatre classroom all while factoring in the importance of self care.

    Teaching for student engagement in a distance learning environment is a continuously evolving process. Join theatre educator Gai Laing Jones as she shares ideas for impact in this participatory webinar.

    Explore virtual learning through participation as Gai models strategies to help you identify best practices, create an ensemble based theatre classroom all while factoring in the importance of self care.  

    Learning goals:

    • Participants will reflect on their best practices for application for engagement and impact in distance learning.
    • Participants will take part in ensemble Theatre experiences for immediate implementation.
    • Participants will gather tips based on experience. 

    Length: 60 minutes

    Gai Laing Jones

    Author, Educator, Consultant

    Gai Laing Jones is the author of Raising the Curtain, Activities for the Theatre Arts Classroom and is the founder of CaliforniaYouth in Theatre and Theatre Teachers Bootcamp. She taught Theatre at ElDorado High School for 34 years; upon her retirement, the Black Box Theater wasnamed The Gai Jones Theater. She hasserved on the boards of CETA and DTASC, past CA Thespians Chapter Director and is proud to serveon the EdTA Board of Directors as President. Gai is also a recipient of theEdTA President’s Award. Gai writesTheatre education books, directs, and is a guest artist and inspirationalspeaker at various conferences, an arts provider, and is a SAG/AFTRA member. 

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  • Culturally Inclusive Teaching: Creating an Action Plan

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    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

    Joshua Rashon Streeter

    Associate School Director, Assistant Professor of Theatre: Theatre Education - James Madison University

    Joshua Rashon Streeter is a drama/theatre educator and director. His scholarship analyzes the pedagogies used in rehearsals and classrooms and considers the relationship between process and product in a creative experience. He was named the 2015 Winifred Ward Scholar from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). Joshua was one of the twelve writers for the National Theatre Standards and has worked as a consultant for numerous state departments of education.

    Joshua's teaching primarily focuses on pre-service and in-service education in K-12 schools, Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA), musical theatre, and arts integration. He has created and facilitated workshops across the nation, including the American Alliance for Theatre and Education National Conference, Educational Theatre Association National Conference, Woodruff Arts Center Educator Conference, NYU Forum on Educational Theatre, National Association for the Education of Young Children National Conference, Tennessee Arts Academy, and Drama for Schools Summer Institute. As a professional theatre-maker, Joshua is a writer, director, and dramaturg. Currently, Joshua is developing new works with his two collaborators, Ryan Laney (in musical theatre) and Becca Drew Ramsay (in Theatre for the Very Young). 

    Joshua is a proud graduate of Millikin University (BA), Emerson College (MA), and the University of Texas at Austin (MFA). 

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  • Teaching Radio Theatre: Creating an Old Time Radio Drama

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    Larry Groebe, founder of the Generic Radio Workshop, has been recreating old time radio for nearly 40 years. This year he turned to the Zoom app to create Project Audion, which has produced video-augmented radio shows using voice actors from across the country. Join Larry and learn how he did it!

    Teaching radio drama makes a virtue of necessity while also opening new possibilities. It’s ideally suited for working remotely. It’s budget-friendly, requiring no sets and few, if any,  licensing fees. Blending vintage scripts and production methods with modern technologies broadens the educational possibilities. And at the core, by minimizing (or removing) the video, we encourage both students and audience to reactivate their imagination in ways they rarely do anymore. A radio show puts limits on what you can do, but it also removes limits at the same time. Students don’t have to look the part - they just have to sound the part. If you want to to make a superhero fly, on the radio you can do it easily and on budget. It just takes a good imagination.  In short, it’s a real ear-opener.

     

    Learning Goals:

    1. Explore some of the reasons for creating radio drama guidelines for a respectful discovering of students' passions.
    2. Learn about easily available resources.
    3. Understand best practice for re-creating old style radio, from script selection to sound effects to technologies that make it possible. 

    Length: 60 minutes

    Larry Groebe

    Founder, Generic Radio Workshop

    Generic Radio Workshop

    Larry Groebe is a founder of the Generic Radio Workshop, Texasʼ oldest established audio theater troupe. He’s the maintainer of the internet's largest online repository of old time radio scripts - genericradio.com. He has by now produced audio dramas and portrayed vintage radio roles both in-person and online for considerably longer than the Golden Age of Radio actually existed. When Covid prevented in-person live radio plays, he created "Project Audion", online vintage radio dramas performed collaboratively by actors from audio theatre groups in different parts of the country. By day Larry is a creative director and Internet developer for a Dallas communications company. 

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  • Director's Cut (Curating. Unbiased. Theatre.)

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    Theatre arts educators and directors play a pivotal role in establishing an inclusive artistic environment that embraces diversity and is demonstrative of truth in storytelling. This webinar is designed to support participants in evaluating the discriminatory practices and exclusionary behaviors that divide our American stages. The hope is that through guided discussion and assessment, the participants will identify best practices that curate anti-racist theatre that is created for, is a reflection of and is inclusive to all cultures and communities.

    As theatre arts educators and directors, we play a pivotal role in establishing an inclusive artistic environment that embraces diversity and is demonstrative of truth in storytelling. This webinar is designed to support participants in evaluating the discriminatory practices and exclusionary behaviors that divide our American stages. The hope is that through guided discussion and assessment, the participants will identify best practices that curate anti-racist theatre that is created for, is a reflection of and is inclusive to all cultures and communities.

    Nikki Toombs

    Director of Education at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company

    Nikki Toombs is a notable American playwright, director, actress, and producer who hails from the “Magic City” of Birmingham, Alabama. She has authored eight plays, has directed 40+ productions, and is a nationally commissioned presenter and curriculum specialist.

    Throughout her impressive career, this virtuoso has held many titles from playwright, to actress, to commissioner and more. Currently, Toombs proudly serves as the Director of Education at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of her duties include but are not limited to: teacher training, professional development coordinator and facilitator, master and acting class presenter, director, producer, host of the Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, and Director for the Theatre for Young Audiences program.

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  • "Stage the Change" - Social Justice Through a Playwriting Based Curriculum

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 12/08/2020

    Ruthie Pincus, Executive Director of Stage the Change, will provide 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."

    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:

    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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  • The Business of Theatre

    Contains 32 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 09/28/2020

    Learn to tap into effective business practices to ensure sustainability and make your job easier.

    One of the most important, but least addressed topics in K – 12 theatre education is the “business of theatre”—producing, marketing, managing, administration, and associated activities.  School theatre programs are often without the expertise of a designated producer or general manager, usually the overall financial and managerial functions for a production, a season or an ongoing program, fall to the theatre educator in charge, often with very little support.  In response to this need, with the support of a grant from the MackIntosh Foundation, the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), offers this three part course combining video testimonials and tips from the field with real life scenarios from educators, artistic directors, Broadway producers and more.  

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  • Theatre Educator Evaluation Workbook Course

    Contains 10 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    This course explores the 2016 Theatre Educator Evaluation Workbook, a guide designed to help teachers align their practice to the best frameworks for teaching and to help supervisors efficiently and effectively evaluate the ongoing improvement of the professional theatre educators with whom they work.

    The EdTA Theatre Educator Evaluation Workbook Course was created to provide a helpful tool for teachers or administrators interested in using the Theatre Educator Evaluation workbook as a guide for teacher professional development and growth. 

    This course is divided into two video-based sections. The first section introduces the workbook and explains its structure and components. The second section brings the workbook to life through video interviews between a theatre educator and an administrator in which the teacher demonstrates and reflects on evidence of distinguished performance. These rich video interviews illustrate excellence in teaching specific to theatre in the commonly recognized four domains of practice:  Planning & Preparation; Maintenance of a Productive Classroom Environment; Instructional Practice; and Contributions to School or District.

    The Theatre Educator Evaluation Workbook Course provides straightforward, step-by- step guidance for getting the most out of the workbook, with the ultimate goal of helping theatre teachers and theatre programs provide students with the best opportunity to learn and grow in their theatre knowledge and skill. Teachers and administrators are encouraged to use it to explore the workbook as a resource for personal reflection and improvement.  

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