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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/05/2024

    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: 05/30/2024

    Teachers will explore the strategic process of crafting theatrical seasons that go beyond entertainment and serve as catalysts for growth in your drama program, campus, and community. You'll learn how to choose productions that challenge students and foster connections, whether you're flying solo or teaming up. By the end, you'll have all the tools you need to craft theatrical experiences that inspire growth and bring your community closer together.

    Teachers will explore the strategic process of crafting theatrical seasons that go beyond entertainment and serve as catalysts for growth in your drama program, campus, and community. In this session, educators will gain insights and practical strategies to empower student development, enhance emotional intelligence, and build meaningful connections through show selection. You'll learn how to choose productions that challenge students and foster connections, whether you're flying solo or teaming up. By the end, you'll have all the tools you need to craft theatrical experiences that inspire growth and bring your community closer together.

    Jade Maia Lambert

    Jade Maia Lambert is the proud director-dramaturg who serves as the executive producer of Lambert Smith Media, a creative hub dedicated to producing groundbreaking entertainment through multimedia performance. LSM most recently produced the broadway hit, FELA! The Musical to sold out crowds in Atlanta, Georgia Through the mission of LSM she currently manages a creative coaching and consulting firm, “The Everyday Actor,” which guides artistic visionaries through techniques to realizing their dreams. Jade’s Living Authentically Method of Artistry (LAMOA), is a transformative training experience for the21st century artist grounded in performative practices that encourage creatives to develop their authentic voice. Jade previously served as the theatre director at Tri-Cities High School, instructor of acting at Spelman College and as artistic associate, dramaturg, and teaching artist at the Alliance Theatre.  Jade currently serves the theatre community in Atlanta through LAMOA workshops and college coaching, as returning adjunct lecturer at her alma mater Spelman College, and as an associate producer at True Colors Theatre Company. You can find jade on Instagram, Facebook and Tiktok @theeverydayactor and on Youtube at The Everyday Actor.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate

    Join Karen Salvador in an exploration of Divisive Concepts Laws, their impacts on education, and resources and strategies that can help theatre teachers cope.

    Join Karen Salvador in an exploration of Divisive Concepts Laws, their impacts on education, and resources and strategies that can help theatre teachers cope. In this session, the presenter will define divisive concepts laws (DCLs) and offer information on how to find out what laws and policies affect you where you teach. Dr. Salvador will summarize data from her research on how these laws are impacting music curriculum and pedagogies, students, and teachers--focusing on information that is likely applicable in theatre education. Then she will offer strategies and resources to help educators cope with the DCLs and their impacts (which extend beyond the states and districts where DCLs are in effect). Viewers will leave the presentation better-informed with resources regarding DCLs and strategies for coping with them.

    Karen Salvador

    Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education

    Michigan State University

    Karen Salvador is Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education at Michigan State University, where she teaches courses on early childhood and elementary general music as well as graduate seminars in music education psychology and research. She previously taught elementary general music (K-4) in Eaton Rapids, MI; choir and drama in New Zealand; children’s choirs in Grand Rapids, MI; and early childhood music at the UM-Flint Early Childhood Development Center. Currently, she directs the early childhood music education programs at Michigan State’s Community Music Schools and conducts the MSU Children’s Choir.

    Dr. Salvador’s research pertains to how music educators meet individual student needs, particularly in early childhood and elementary general music. This research extends into music teacher education, exploring both program practices for music educator preparation and the lived experiences of music educators who are working to become more inclusive and responsive educators. Over the past two years, she has focused on the impacts of divisive concepts laws on music education and educators. A frequent presenter, Dr. Salvador is in demand for workshops on early childhood and elementary and as a facilitator working with music teaching and learning organizations to strategize toward more inclusive, responsive, and sustaining practices.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 05/07/2024

    Students active in a neuro inclusive school and theatre program discuss the root of the issue of neurodiversity and offer some solutions for increasing the accessibility and inclusion.

    In this webinar, a panel of students including  2023-2024 ITO Arushi Maheshwar and her friends Nila Venkataratnam, and Ariana Tootoonchi, discuss the importance of neurodiversity in theatre and offer strategies to create more neuro inclusive thespian troupes, productions and theatre program based on their own experiences and passions.  

    Arushi Maheshwa

    ITO

    EdTA ITO 2024

    Arushi Maheshwar is extremely grateful to be serving as an International Thespian Officer for the 2023-2024 school year. From Saratoga High School's Troupe 6354, she is passionate about increasing the neurodiversity in theatre arts education in addition to empowering students to serve as change makers in their local communities. Additionally, Arushi is keen about exploring the intersection between the business and the theatre world, which has led to her interest in producing as well as marketing. In her free time, she enjoys reading Marvel comics, analyzing films, and singing in the car with her friends.

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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 04/02/2024

    This webinar is designed for new theater teachers navigating their first year in the field. Gain essential insights on managing classroom dynamics, fostering student engagement, and learning how to prevent burnout while maintaining a fulfilling career in theater education. Don't miss this opportunity to kickstart your journey as a confident and effective theater teacher!

    This webinar is designed for new theater teachers navigating their first year in the field. Gain essential insights on managing classroom dynamics, fostering student engagement, and learning how to prevent burnout while maintaining a fulfilling career in theater education. Don't miss this opportunity to kickstart your journey as a confident and effective theater teacher!

    Participants will:

    1. Develop strategies for surviving the emotional toll of first year teaching.
    2. Learn how to combat self-doubt.
    3. Develop methods for planning and strategies for how to stick to the plan.
    4. Be introduced to some common issues and setbacks in first year teaching.

    Lisanne Shaffer-Dickerson

    Assistant Professor of Theater Education/Theater for Young Audiences

    Lisanne Shaffer-Dickerson is an Assistant Professor of Theater Education/Theater for Young Audiences.  Prior to her appointment at ECU, she served for nine years as a Theater Teacher and Director of Musical Theater at Brooklyn High School of the Arts, an esteemed public performing arts school in New York City.  Alongside her work as a high school theater teacher, she served as an adjunct professor at The City College of New York in the graduate program in Educational Theater. In her role at CCNY, she mentored prospective theater teachers in the Internship Seminar classes, as well as taught Curriculum Development and Drama in Education.  Lisanne also served as lead theater teacher at the Summer Arts Institute held every summer in NYC, lead teacher at Lincoln Center’s Middle School Bootcamp, and as Director for Piper Theater Company’s Starlings program. Lisanne has also taught Speech and Communication at City College of New York’s Center for Worker Education, worked at Camp Wicosuta as a drama director, Town Hall as a teaching artist and as a touring children’s theater actress with Virginia Repertory Theater (formerly Theater IV).   In 2020, Lisanne was awarded the Excellence in Arts Education award given by the Arthur Miller Foundation. Lisanne received her MS in Educational Theater in 2014 from The City College of New York and her BFA in Musical Theater from East Carolina University in 2003.

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      • Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Junior Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Thespian - Free!
      • Professional Member - Free!
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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 03/07/2024

    This webinar will explore how the design of your season can fulfill many of your goals. Participants will walk away with a blueprint for getting community buy in to your theatre program to take your program to the next level.

    In this session, we will start with an analysis of your program - what’s working, what makes money, what brings in a large audience, and how do you connect your program with your community. Then we will look at how the design of your season can fulfill many of your goals. Participants will walk away with a blueprint for getting community buy in to your theatre program to take your program to the next level. 

    Krista Carson Elhai

    Krista Carson Elhai taught HS theatre for 38 years and is currently supervising student teachers at the collegiate level. She has directed over 300 productions and enjoys presenting workshops around the country.

    She sits on the CA State Thespian Board, the CA Educational Theatre Association board, and serves as the EdTA board President.

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      • Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Junior Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Thespian - Free!
      • Professional Member - Free!
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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 02/07/2024

    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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      • Junior Thespian Troupe Director - Free!
      • Thespian - Free!
      • Professional Member - Free!
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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 01/26/2024

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