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|2012 AATE National Conference|
This year, 2012 marks the 25th Anniversary of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. So we decided to focus our time in Lexington, Kentucky on Looking Back and Charging Ahead in Theatre and Education. It is such a privilege and honor to welcome you all to the Bluegrass, where you will find nothing but beauty, comfort and hospitality. We can’t wait to share it with you! Click here for our online brochure.
The conference in Lexington is shaping up to be extremely exciting with our preconference focused on our national project Dramatic Change: an Anti-Bullying Initiative in partnership with our sister organization TYA/USA. Our keynote events will consist of a panel of Past Presidents and Leaders who will look back at where AATE has been and share their visions of our future. The conference will also bring us an update from the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. Teresa Eyring from Theatre Communications Group will join us and discuss the impact of Theatre and Education across our nation. Pride Players from Omaha Theatre for Young People will be here to share their invigorating work. David Gonzalez will share his thoughts on Innovation, Technology and Storytelling to close our conference as we charge ahead in Theatre and Education. We will have paid workshops that focus on developing our artistry: Puppet Building with Eric Abele, Stage Combat with Gary Minyard, Playwriting/Beat Poetry with José Casas, and Johnny Saldaña will share a workshop on Ethnographic Based Theatre and David Gonzalez on Storytelling.
We have worked hard to create a magnificent experience that should energize and ignite your passion for Theatre and Education!
2012 Conference Committee and Jeremy Kisling, Conference Chair
Conference intern applications are now available. Click here for more information and to apply. Deadline: May 31
Lexington, Horse Capital of the World, is a vibrant city nestled in the heart of Kentucky's famed scenic Bluegrass Region. Just minutes from the center of town are acres and acres of manicured pastureland, miles of white fences, magnificent barns, dozens of ways to see horses, the 1,200 acre Kentucky Horse Park, the Thoroughbred Training Center, Keeneland Race Course and more.
Though surrounded by 450 horse farms,Lexington is surprisingly cosmopolitan. Accustomed to hosting international royalty, Lexington boasts a wide variety of superb dining opportunities and unique shopping experiences. Historic downtown Lexington is a compact mixture of art galleries, parks, theaters, restaurants, business offices and charming neighborhoods. Five minutes from downtown you’ll find the largest mall in the state of Kentucky. History buffs will enjoy exploring why Lexington has held its cultured reputation since the early 1800’s.
Just minutes from the center of the city, you’ll find picturesque Bourbon distilleries in historic settings still producing the quality products enjoyed around the world. This region is the birthplace of Bourbon, America’s only native spirit, but the late 1700’s it was also home to the nation’s first commercial wine growing operation. That heritage has been revived today by a young but robust wine industry.