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May 28th, 7:30 PM Eastern – Pivoting Toward Creativity – Ken Skrzesz

Participants will identify emotional distress related to current daily life and uplift those feelings through the creative process.  Bring your favorite pen, pencil and journal, along with the courage to dig deep and respond creatively.  Produced through the generosity of the Maryland State Arts Council.

Live webinar - open to the public! 

Speaker's Bio:  Ken Skrzesz is the Executive Director of the Maryland State Arts Council. Ken is an active master teacher of acting and dance and he has performed, choreographed and directed both nationally and internationally. He holds a choreography/performance M.F.A from UNC-Greensboro and a dance B.F.A. from Towson University. Ken is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. www.kenskrzesz.com

Pre-registration required.  Space is limited. 



May 30, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Tips for Directing and Capturing Online Performances - Special Saturday Session  

Join Andrew Schmedake, professional lighting designer, and Jay Lee, actor and director, as they share tips for coaching your actors for a livestreamed performance using familiar tools such as Zoom.  Andrew draws on his extensive work lighting online productions to offer advice on production design, broadcasting your work online, and lighting that will make your virtual productions shine; while Jay will share his experiences directing their recent livestreamed production of The Importance of Being Earnest to discuss acting techniques for a digital medium.

Offered free to the public on EdTA's Facebook page.  EdTA members may register to participate in the Zoom through Theatre Educator Pro as a benefit of membership.


Speakers' Bios: 

Andrew Schmedake is a Los Angeles-based lighting designer for theater, dance and live events. He has pivoted in the coronavirus era to providing remote lighting and production design, streaming engineering and audio-visual support to live performers broadcasting out of their own homes. Past credits include collaborations with Center Theatre Group, South Coast Repertory, Gabriel Iglesias, After Hours Theatre Company, and Antaeus Theatre Company. Andrew holds an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and lectures on lighting design at UC Santa Barbara. schmedakelightingdesign.com  

Jay Lee is a Los Angeles based actor, director, and teacher. He works with various theatre companies around LA, as well as in TV and film. He has also taught acting, served as an assistant instructor, and directed in the School of Dramatic Arts season at his alma mater, USC. During the pandemic, he has been expanding his toolkit to encompass creative processes for digital media. Recent collaborations and notable credits include: USC, After Hours Theatre Company, Antaeus Theatre Company, A Noise Within, Coeurage Theatre Company, Looking for Alaska (Hulu), American Vandal (Netflix), and the CBS Diversity Sketch Showcase. 



June 9, 4:00 p.m. Eastern -  Teaching Tech Theatre Online – Lessons Learned from Spring of 2020
Join Theatre Educator Matt Kizer, as he shares some exciting tips and ideas for tech theatre online.  Matt offers lessons learned from the past three months along with tips and tools and even a vision for the future.  Connect with tech theatre ed tools in this webinar offered free to the public on EdTA's Facebook page.  EdTA members may register to participate in the Zoom through Theatre Educator Pro as a benefit of membership.


Speaker's Bio
Matt Kizer is a theatre educator, professional designer and resident scenic and lighting designer for Plymouth State University, where he has been the head of the design and technology program since 1996.  Matt is the creator of the hugely popular Online Lighting Color Lab,  a web based free program open to all, and the newly launched subscription based Cue Builder Lab, which recreates a light board's functionality all in a web based program. 

Members Only: Processing the Pandemic

June 18th, 7:30 PM Eastern - Processing the Pandemic: Strategies of Self Care for Theatre Educators

Join Amy Luskey Barth, California Theatre Educator and Cindy Warden, licensed life coach and practitioner of Neurolinguistic programming as they unpack our responses to the pandemic and suggest ways to process. The team will be exploring ideas for maintaining community and connection, strategies for supporting your own social and emotional needs, grief, loss and meaning-making during these extraordinary times.     

Speaker’s Bios:  Amy Luskey Barth has served as Artistic Director at Santa Margarita Catholic High School since 2010. She is the Executive Artistic Director of Theatre On Purpose, a non-profit 501(c)3 Corporation that uses the arts as a means for self-discovery, cultural understanding, societal transformation and global citizenry, and blogs at Theatreonpurposeblogspot. 

Cindy Warden is a certified life coach, transformation expert and speaker. She is the owner and founder of Reinspire Your Life™ — a company wildly dedicated to helping smart and successful men and women turn challenging events into opportunities for personal growth and bold new beginnings.   Cindy received her initial life coaching certification from the Coach Training Alliance. She then gained a supplementary accreditation in Strategic Intervention from the Robbins Madanes Center (the coach training program created by personal development expert, Tony Robbins, along with world-renowned psychotherapist, Cloe Madanes). Cindy is also a Certified Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistics Programming.