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Creating Safety as Students Engage in Challenging MaterialContains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 11/07/2021 at 7:30 PM (EST)
Participants will explore different strategies to use when working with their students on difficult, challenging and dramatic material.
Participants will explore different strategies to use when working with their students on difficult, challenging and dramatic material. Presenters will share strategies and activities they practiced while working with a variety of challenging plays and devised projects (The Yellow Boat by David Saar, The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort, Who WIll Carry the Word by Charlotte Delbo and The Laramie Project by the Tectonic Theatre Project.)
Indian River High School Theatre Teacher
Kristie is an award-winning Theatre teacher from Indian River High School. Several of her productions have received Awards of Excellence in Directing from the Theatre Association of New York State. For over 25 years, Kristie has been the New York State Theatre Education Association (NYSTEA) Curriculum Chair working with Theatre standards revision, curriculum development, assessment and certification. She is currently the Theatre Chair of the Arts Content Advisory Panel and the IAAP Committee at the NYS Education Department. She has been part of EdTA’s SEL Lesson Plan Project, Model Curriculum Project and Theatre Teacher Evaluation Workbook committee. Her Theatre program was recognized as the Educational Theatre Association’s Outstanding School in 2007. In 2012 she was awarded the National Reba R. Robertson Award for Outstanding Theatre Teacher and won the 2017 NYSTEA Rod Marriott Lifetime Achievement Award.
Building a Career in Theatre and the Entertainment IndustryContains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 10/19/2021 at 5:00 PM (EDT)
An exploration of discovering a career in the entertainment industry - a perfect webinar to share with your students.
Join Producing Director Michael Shann of Casting Spells Productions in an exploration of discovering a career in the entertainment industry. A perfect webinar to share with your students as Michael shares his journey and offers practical advice for turning your talents into a career.
Casting Spells Productions
Michael Shann is a live event producer with over thirty years of experience across the globe. His track record includes large conferences, product launches, arena shows, film premieres, product launches, cruise line entertainment, theatrical presentations (plays and musicals) and large-scale sporting event ceremonies.
His career began as a stage director/manager in U.S. regional theaters, the New York stage and regional symphony orchestra and opera companies. He graduated to larger events beginning at Disneyland in California and ultimately across the United States, Europe, Asia and So America. Assignments included Disneyland Show Development, Disney Business Productions, Walt Disney World Resort Entertainment, Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea Entertainment Development the Grand Opening of Disney’s California Adventure. Michael helmed Disney-themed entertainment including but not limited to: Pocahontas premiere (NY Central Park), Fantasia’s 50th Anniversary (Japan), the Calgary Stampede and Canadian National Exposition.
Following his two decades with Disney, Michael spent seven years with Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) as Executive Producer, Events - producing targeted seminars, international events and annual Global Leadership Conferences in over 30 countries.
Michael is experienced with handling production logistics, projects in non-traditional venues, headline talent, on-field projection mapping, pyrotechnics and collaborating with tv camera directors to play to the television as well as the in-stadium audience.
Unearthing Our BiasContains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/26/2021
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 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 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.
Self Care for Theatre EducatorsContains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/10/2021
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.
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.
Quick Tricks to Incorporate Social and Emotional Needs into Your Theatre ClassroomContains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/05/2021
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 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.
Introduction to Equity-Based VocabularyContains 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.
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
From Classroom to Stage: Welcoming and Supporting The Neurodiverse ArtistContains 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.
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.
The Director’s ToolboxContains 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.
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 – 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/
Virtual Performances – Applying Lessons LearnedContains 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 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.