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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 Includes a Live Web Event on 02/18/2021 at 7:30 PM (EST)

    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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  • 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 the reasons for creating radio drama.uidelines to 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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  • "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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  • SEL & Theatre Education Toolkit

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 11/12/2020

    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.

    Time: 60 minutes

    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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  • Teaching Improvisation/Theatre Games Online

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 11/11/2020

    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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  • Color Conscious Casting

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 10/30/2020

    Lindsay Kujawa from Re: Theatre explores color conscious casting in educational settings.

    Join Lindsay Kujawa, frequent EdTA presenter in an exploration of color conscious vs. color blind casting.  Lindsay bring a lively mix of helpful tools and insights into how to unlock theatre’s full potential in your community through purposeful casting.  

    Lindsay Kujawa

    Artistic Director, Re:Theatre

    Originally from Wisconsin, Lindsay Kujawa is bi-coastal a director and dramaturg, splitting her time between NYC and Seattle. In 2009, she founded Introspect Arts, a fine arts company comprised of individuals under 25 who created, produced, and performed original art to inspire community dialogue. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, she has pursued her passion of telling and creating stories that encourage empathy through her work onstage and in the classroom at organizations including 5th Avenue Theatre, Intiman Theatre, and Normal Ave. She is the current artistic director of Re:THEATRE and host of the podcast Flipping the Script.

    www.retheatreco.com

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  • Launching Into Canvas in a Pinch

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 10/21/2020

    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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