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  • Unearthing Our Bias

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 08/26/2021 at 7:30 PM (EDT)

    Join the dialogue as we workshop methods to dismantle bias in educational theatre.

    Come join the dialogue as we workshop methods to dismantle bias in educational theatre. You'll get to take an honest look at where our preferences and biases live within our personal experience and how they influence our teaching methodology, casting, and rehearsal process. Then you can use this knowledge to examine racial and intersectional representation in curricula and share best practices for fostering equitable spaces for your students. 

    Jade Lambert-Smith

    Jade Lambert-Smith is a theatre practitioner who is intentional about creating opportunities in the arts for underrepresented communities. She is the founder of PG Entertainment, a family-focused production company committed to developing innovative and inspiring arts experiences for today’s modern family. Previously, Jade served as the instructor of acting at Spelman College and as artistic associate, dramaturg, and teaching artist at the Alliance Theatre. She is a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for Georgia Thespians, and she happily serves as the troupe director for Troupe #5395 at Tri-Cities High School in East Point, GA.

    Lilliangina Quiñones

    Lilliangina Quiñones is the IB Theatre and Film Teacher and International Thespian Society Troupe Leader for Troupe #5422 at North Atlanta High School. An alumni of the National Association of Independent Schools’ Diversity Leadership Institute, she has facilitated conversations on anti-bias education both at the local and national levels. She has served as Co-Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Trinity School in Atlanta; Latinx Affinity Group Facilitator for the National People of Color Conference; and is currently a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for Georgia Thespians.

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  • Self Care for Theatre Educators

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 08/17/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Take a deep dive into self-care to explore approaches, core beliefs, and tactical strategies that uplift well-being and joy.

    Take a deep dive into self-care as we explore approaches, core beliefs, and tactical strategies that uplift well-being and joy. Join us to open a door (or deepen the path!) to a self-care practice that contributes to continued ease and lessened stress. Many thanks to the generosity of the Maryland State Arts Council for donating this session to theatre educators everywhere.

    Dana Parsons

    Director of Grants and Professional Development

    Maryland State Arts Council

    Dana is a highly experienced performer, director, and arts educator and is currently the Director of Grants and Professional Development at the Maryland State Arts Council. Her career in the arts began as a member of the Resident Acting Company for Clear Space Theatre in 2004. For the past 15 years, she has taught and/or established performing arts classes and programs to students and adults of all ages and levels, specializing in honesty, connectivity, and excellence of craft. She has performed in and/or directed over 100 performance pieces (theatre, vocal, movement) on the east coast as well as abroad, including Puerto Rico, Italy, and England. Dana also teaches professional development as a Roster Teaching Artist for the Maryland State Department of Education’s Fine Arts Office.

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  • Quick Tricks to Incorporate Social and Emotional Needs into Your Theatre Classroom

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 08/05/2021 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

    Gain ideas and strategies for how to incorporate the social and emotional life of the class into your theatre classroom.

    Join Megan Kemple, Drama Therapist, to learn how to incorporate the social and emotional life of the class into your theatre classroom. Come away with a toolkit of ideas and strategies.

    Megan Kemple

    Drama Therapist

    Megan Kemple is a spoken-word poet, teaching artist, and drama therapist graduating NYU Steinhardt in September 2021. She was trained in Project REAL (Reinforcing Education through Artistic Learning) through Barter Theatre, and currently teaches at The Door: A Center for Alternatives in NYC. She earned her B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Niagara University in 2013. She is a decorated slam poet coming in 3rd place at the Rookie Slam at the National Poetry Slam in 2017, and 3rd place in the NUPIC Slam at the 2018 National Poetry Slam, where her team, Pure Ink, also placed in the top ten teams nationally. She has been published in The Drama Therapy Review, Buffalo Spree, and multiple anthologies. Her first chapbook, American Blasphemies, was released through Ghost City Press (2017), and was subsequently staged as an immersive dance piece. Her plays have been professionally produced by Buffalo United Artists, ART of WNY, and her alma mater. She is passionate about using poetry, movement, and drama therapy to holistically process trauma, and looks forward to becoming a Licensed Certified Art Therapist.

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  • Introduction to Equity-Based Vocabulary

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 07/27/2021

    An exploration of important vocabulary to help us move towards being anti-racist.

    An introductory exploration of important vocabulary to help us move towards being anti-racist. Webinar includes time for reflection and discussion.

    Estella Owoimaha-Church

    As a first-generation American of Samoan and Nigerian descent, Estella recognizes how privileged she is to hold space among communities of international educators and across academia. Born and raised in South Los Angeles, she serves in her hometown as a secondary theatre teacher. Estella is heavily engaged within her union at the local, state, and national level. She is the current SoCal regional director of the National Education Association's (NEA) Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus (APIC) and was recently appointed to serve as chair of California Teacher Association's (CTA) Racial Equity Steering Committee as well as the Racial & Social Justice Advisory Committee. Estella also represents her local union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, as an elected delegate to the CTA state council and governing body. 

    Estella holds an M.A. in Education: Language Arts & Literacy from Loyola Marymount University and a B.A. in African-American Studies: Urban Education from California State University, Northridge. She holds a Secondary Credential in English as well as a Career Technical Education Credential in Arts, Media, and Entertainment. Estella teaches theatre in Los Angeles, helping youth to employ performing arts as a community service tool. Mrs. Church is an education consultant, as well as a curriculum and pathway specialist. 

    Estella began working in professional and community theatre at age 12, continued through high school and on to college. She is most comfortable in a tech booth, mid-performance, calling a show. With her experience as an educator and theatre creative, she has founded a non-profit, Education Ensemble which is dedicated to cultivating inclusive, creative spaces for youth by fostering community and utilizing art as a form of direct-action. She also serves on the board of the Drama Teacher’s Association of Southern California as Registrar and Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. 

    Though in the classroom full time, Estella remains active with several community organizations, including Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, helping to train teachers in human rights and social justice education. Estella is the Director of the Media Done Responsibly School of Media Literacy Education, providing accessible and equitable media literacy, anti-racist technology, and digital citizenship training and advocacy tools for schools and agencies in the media and technology sector.

    In 2017, Estella Owoimaha-Church was named a finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, now hailed as the Nobel for educators. In 2018, CTA presented her with the Human Rights & Equity Award for Peace & Justice for international service on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Estella has been invited to speak around the world on pressing education matters, including the Vatican, Dubai, Brussels, and across the United States. She faced Betsy DeVos when students' civil rights were under attack, helped launch several schools across Africa, and continues to develop local initiatives. Mrs. Church works to ensure marginalized youth everywhere have access to quality education with a focus on the arts and social justice. www.estellachurch.com

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  • From Classroom to Stage: Welcoming and Supporting The Neurodiverse Artist

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 07/19/2021

    Strategies, resources, and techniques for welcoming and supporting the neurodiverse learner in the classroom and on the stage.

    Discover new strategies, resources, and techniques in welcoming and supporting the neurodiverse learner, whether in your theatre classroom or on stage.

    Sean Elias

    Chair, Upper School Dept. of Performing Arts, Jemicy School

    Sean Elias is a Tony Award-nominated, internationally award-winning educator, actor, and director. With a background in both performance and theatre for community development, Sean is committed to holding space for the stories of underprivileged communities to be heard, seen, and ultimately — felt. Sean Elias currently serves as the Founding Chair of the internationally award-winning Upper School Department of Performing Arts at the Jemicy School. The Jemicy School is a private school in Owings Mills, Maryland serving neurodiverse students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Sean also serves as Artistic Director of Iron Crow Theatre, Baltimore's award-winning professional queer theatre and sits on the Board of Directors for Maryland Thespians, an Educational Theatre Association Affiliate. Sean also sits on the LGBTQ Cultural Advisory Board of Visit Baltimore - the official destination marketing organization (D.M.O.) for Baltimore City, has served as a panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council's Theatre Review Board, and continues to serve as a coach to individuals, arts organizations, and Fortune 500 companies. Sean holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from The University of the Arts, and an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, Educational Theatre Association, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and the Association of Independent Maryland & D.C. Schools.

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  • The Director’s Toolbox

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 07/15/2021

    Discover seven basic tools to improve your directing and guide the actors and design team through the process.

    Directors interpret the script, and find a unifying concept that brings a complete and quality production to the stage. They guide the actors and design team through the process as they realize this vision. The Director uses seven basic tools to accomplish this:

    Tool 1: Self —Training/background & Research

    Tool 2: Script — Personalize Script and Text Analysis

    Tool 3: Actors — Communicate with actors

    Tool 4: Rehearsal — Auditions to Opening Night

    Tool 5: Space — Emphasis on Focus

    Tool 6: Design — Speak the Language of Design

    Tool 7: Evaluation and Self-Assessment 

    James Van Leishout

    James has been a professional director and producer for more than four decades, including 14 years as the Artistic Director of the Washington Shakespeare Festival. James has taught at South Puget Sound Community College, University of Illinois: Edwardsville, Brigham Young University, and as a Master Teacher at the Vancouver Film School (Canada). James has given workshops at numerous national theatre conventions and state Thespian conferences. He has adjudicated for Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, International Thespian Festival and several state Thespian festivals. He holds a B.A. in theatre with an emphasis in acting and an M.F.A. in directing.

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  • Bringing Biography to Life!

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 07/13/2021

    Uncover the powerful stories inside you and learn to guide your students to devise theater organically and vividly.

    Bring biography to life to uncover the powerful stories inside you!

    Get out of your head to unearth the telling details that make your writing come alive. This unorthodox approach to writing is fun even for those who've never written before. Bring pen and paper/notebook, wear comfortable clothes, and park your self-judgment at the door! After an autobiographical exercise, we'll move on to focus on characters, whether historical or contemporary, fleshing them out through voice, rhythm, body energy center, and point of view. You'll learn to guide your students to devise theater organically and vividly.

    Length: 90 minutes

    Elaine Bromka

    ELAINE BROMKA – Film, TV, Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theater –roles from Much Ado's Beatrice to Shirley Valentine. The Blacklist, Friends from College, Maniac, Girls, The Sopranos, Sex & the City, E.R., Dharma & Greg, all Law and Orders, Providence, Playing for Time with Vanessa Redgrave and Catch a Rainbow, for which Ms. Bromka won an Emmy. Cindy, the Uncle Buck mom, and the crazed Stella in Days of our Lives. Her Off-Broadway solo show, “TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty,” tours nationwide. Smith College phi beta kappa and guest artist at 150 colleges, high schools, and PDs. Virtual workshops now available as well.  http://elainebromka.com/

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  • Virtual Performances – Applying Lessons Learned

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/28/2021

    Join this informative webinar for tips and tricks useful even after we return to a traditional performance format.

    Explore the ins and outs of creating and designing virtual performances. Many of us have had to do this already, and hopefully theatre will be coming back in person soon. However, virtual performances can open up opportunities and avenues to help expand and build your program, even after we come back to a more traditional format. Join this informative webinar for tips and tricks useful even after we return to a traditional performance format.

    Matt Ringrose

    Matt Ringrose currently teaches theatre and film at Grimsley High in Greensboro, NC. Ringrose is active in the local film community as a filmmaker and an advocate for integrating film study/creation into education. He has participated in the creation of numerous short films, critically acclaimed web-series, and award winning community outreach video projects. He serves on multiple state boards, including NC Thespians. Ringrose is a co-creator of the EdTA Thespian Filmworks program, as well as the director and co-creator of NC Filmworks.

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  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Panel: Theatre for Social Change

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/25/2021

    Hear from a diverse panel of theatre practitioners, educators and researchers in an exploration of theatre as an agent for social change. Consider how theatre practice, theatre works, and theatre education connect to goals for equity, diversity and inclusion. Come away with ideas you can use to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in your troupe or school.

    Hear from a diverse panel of theatre practitioners, educators and researchers in an exploration of theatre as an agent for social change. Consider how theatre practice, theatre works, and theatre education connect to goals for equity, diversity and inclusion. Come away with ideas you can use to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in your troupe or school. Expert presenters on the panel include Rikki Howie, Baltimore area performer, director and choreographer, Donatella Galella, University of California Riverside, Dr. Natka Bianchini, Loyola University Theatre Department of Fine Arts, Jorge Arroyo, LaGente Latinx Theatre Design Network, and Hugh Fletcher Troupe Director and Theatre Educator from New York City. 

    This session was first offered at 2021 International Thespian Festival.

    Rikki Howie

    Performer, Director, Choreographer

    Richelle "Rikki" Howie works with several theater companies as performer, director and choreographer and most recently teaching artist and Diversity consultant/liaison. With over 100 shows under her belt, she is the proud owner of Confidence Theatrics, a theatrical consulting and training company set on bringing diversity conversations and accessible theatrical industry training to the DMV and theatrical community at large. Ms Howie is a board member The Free Theatre ,Greenbelt Arts Center, and ArtsCentric of Baltimore. Change starts with one conversation and continues with continued exploration, be the catalyst!!!

    Donatella Galella

    Associate Professor

    University of California, Riverside

    Donatella Galella teaches at the University of California, Riverside. Her book America in the Round: Capital, Race, and Nation at Washington DC's Arena Stage is a critical history of the first professional theatre in the US capital. She has been cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, and NPR, among other venues, for her work on race, casting, and musical theatre. She is currently researching how yellowface persists in contemporary theatre and how Asian American artists have worked against racism.

    Dr. Natka Bianchini

    Associate Professor

    Department of Fine Arts – Loyola University

    Dr. Natka Bianchini is a director, theatre scholar, and educator with more than 17 years of teaching experience.  Currently as Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Loyola University Maryland, Dr. Bianchini has taught a wide array of courses in theatre history, directing, and dramatic literature including courses on Urban Drama, Queer Theatre and Film, and Black Lives Matter on Stage.  As a scholar, she has published two books; Samuel Beckett’s Theatre in America (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), and Albee and Influence (Brill Press, 2021), as well as numerous chapters, articles, and reviews.  Dr. Bianchini is a resident artist and board member with Iron Crow Theatre, Baltimore’s award-winning, professional queer theatre where she has directed three highly acclaimed productions.  As a professional director, she has more than 30 directing credits on the regional and educational level.  Dr. Bianchini holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in drama from Tufts University, and a B.A. in sociology from Wellesley College.  

    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.

    Hugh Fletcher

    Troupe Director & Theatre Educator

    Hugh Fletcher is the Theatre Director at Dr. Roland Patterson Middle School. He is also the Jr. Thespian Troupe Director of Troupe 89019. He has been teaching since 2002, and founded the Theatre Department in 2008. He is also a playwright, actor, singer and director. He's had two plays produced professionally and has worked as an acting teacher and coach at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. He is a proud alumnus of Thespian Troupe 2888.

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  • Leveling the Playing Field: Finding Talented Musical Theatre Students in Diverse Populations

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/23/2021

    Dig deep into research and practical advice on how to continually grow programs to include special needs students, diverse ethnicities, and low-income students. All programs need to evaluate their effectiveness in the inclusion of community, diversity, and cultures. You'll begin to intrinsically create an awareness of your own program, reflecting the community you serve, and learn how to move forward creating an even better program.

    Dig deep into research and practical advice on how to continually grow programs to include special needs students, diverse ethnicities, and low-income students. All programs need to evaluate their effectiveness in the inclusion of community, diversity, and cultures. You'll begin to intrinsically create an awareness of your own program, reflecting the community you serve, and learn how to move forward creating an even better program.

    This session was first offered at 2021 International Thespian Festival, in addition to useful tips for educators, it is a perfect teaching tool.

    Joanne O'Kain

    In 2004 Joanne began founded an after-school musical theater program for students at Roy Waldron Elementary in LaVergne, TN. Joanne also works with Carpe Artista, a Smyrna, TN arts program. She directs the musical theater programming gives students of all abilities an opportunity to participate in musical theatre. She has received several awards and recognition nationally for her work in theatre. Joanne received her Bachelors of Science degree in K-8 Education and her Master’s in Curriculum and Development from Trevecca Nazarene University, and her Doctorate of Education at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.

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