Washington DC TIOS Mini-Conference
March 16, 2013
Cost: $25 Student-Senior/$35 Member/$45
Non-Member (Early Bird)
Early Bird Rate ends Wednesday, February 20th.
$30 Student-Senior/$45 Member/$55
$35 Student-Senior/$55 Member/$65
Non-Member (On-Site Registration)
DC area TIOS Mini-Conference will provide preK-12 teachers and teaching artists
entry points to using theatrical tools to enhance and enrich learning in their
classroom and school communities. The day will consist of interactive workshop
sessions focused on community access and arts integration from the region’s
best theatre and theatre education companies. In the heart of the nation’s
capital, the DC event will feature a national advocacy expert in raising
national awareness for arts education programs.
IN A CHARACTER’S SHOES: DEEPER MEANING THROUGH MONOLOGUE
Hall Surface is an internationally
recognized playwright and director who specializes in theater for family
audiences and multidisciplinary collaborations. Her plays have been produced at
major professional theaters, museums, universities, and festivals throughout the
US and abroad, with fifteen productions with the Kennedy Center’s Theater for
Young Audiences and National Symphony Orchestra. She has been nominated for
nine Helen Hayes Awards (receiving the award in 2002 for Outstanding Director
of a Musical), and has published two books of monologues for middle school
students, twelve plays, and three award-winning original cast albums of her
plays, Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales, Perseus Bayou,
and The Odyssey of Telemaca. She is the recepient of the Charlotte
Chorpenning Prize from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education for her
outstanding body of work as a playwright.
Honored for her Service to the Arts from the DC Mayor’s Arts Awards, Ms
Surface is the Artistic Director of the INTERSECTIONS Festival at DC’s Atlas
Performing Arts Center where she has programmed over 400 multi-disciplinary
performances and championed innovative community engagement with festival
artists. For more than 20 years, Ms. Surface has brought her enthusiasm for the
"power of the playwriting-pen” into classrooms throughout the United States, to
national arts education conferences, and to teachers nationwide.
ADVOCATING FOR THEATER ON A DISTRICT LEVEL
Mark Emery is Administrator for After-School Programs for Fairfax
County Public Schools and oversees the development and implementation of
after-school programs in 27 middle schools.
He is also Chair of the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time and
serves on the Board of Directors of the Fairfax County Boys’ and Girls’
Club. He was Project Director of
Extended Learning and Development for the Council of Chief State School
Officers and is a former Chairman of the Fairfax County School Board. Dr. Emery retired from Naval Research
Laboratory after 25 years as a Research Physicist. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from University
Mary Stone Hanley, PhD
of HanleyArts and Education Associates
Session Title: Choreopoetry as
Culturally Relevant Drama Education
For more than 30 years advocates of multicultural education have promoted the
need for culturally relevant education (CRE) for all students, but particularly
marginalized students. I will present poetry, movement, and music as CR Drama
education and an arts integration technique that connects the drama, social
studies, and language arts standards to the prior and new cultural knowledge of
students so that imagination and creativity drive the learning.
Level: Elementary & Middle School
Teachers & Teaching Artists
Dr. Rosalind Flynn of
The Catholic University of America
Session Title: Adjusting Theatre Games to Connect to School Curriculum
There are so many Theatre Games that we all use (and know and love) purely to
strengthen acting tools and skills. In this workshop, experience and explore
how to make simple shifts in these theatre games so that they address social
and academic skills valued in classrooms.
Level: Elementary, Middle School & High
Ken Skrzesz of Performing
and Visual Arts Magnets, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Session Title: Playing Actions to Achieve Objectives
During this interactive workshop, participants will explore the concepts of
action and objective through improvisation. Following the improvisatory
exploration, monologues will be distributed, analyzed and read using action and
objective as the focus.
Level: High School Teachers
Joanna Lewton of Capital
City Public Charter School
Session Title: Jumping Off the
Page: Using Theatrical Tableaus To Explore Stories
Stories are not just meant to stay on the page! In this workshop, participants
will learn how to use theatrical tableaus (frozen group states) to help their
students understand and embody central ideas, themes and characters in stories.
When creating tableaus, students are working creatively and collaboratively.
Students are up on their feet and having fun, but classroom management is not
too overwhelming for the teacher! Large class size? A classroom full of
desks/chairs? No problem!
Level: Elementary & Middle School
More sessions to be