Illinois TIOS Mini-Conference
in partnership with the Illinois Theatre Association
March 10, 2012
Early Bird Registration: $40 for AATE and ITA members, $60 for non-members
partnership with the Illinois Theatre Association (ITA), the Illinois TIOS
Mini-Conference encompasses the full diversity of the pioneering work happening
in the Land of Lincoln. Illinois has become host to a number of unique
residencies that push the boundaries of meaningful collaborations between
theatre companies and organizations that are prime to reap the benefits of arts
education. Steppenwolf, American Theatre Company and Adventure Stage Chicago
are just a few of the trail blazing companies that will be represented at this
dynamic and thought-provoking conference. This program is supported in part by
a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
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Morning workshop descriptions
A major component of Emerald City’s educational programming
involves teaching children to work together in creating their own pieces of
theatre. Emerald City’s Theatre School
students and teaching artists employ a variety of methods for creating these
pieces, but one of the most common is adaptation. Participants in this session will learn
strategies for teaching adaptation to students, have the opportunity to choose
a grade-level and put their knowledge into practice by adapting a story for
their chosen age-group. After each group
has shared their adaptations, participants will have an opportunity to discuss
challenges that arose during their process, strategies for implementing this in
the classroom, and any other unanswered questions. The techniques presented in this session can
be used in a variety of classroom situations.
Alyssa Vera Ramos:
Join FYI for an interactive workshop on using theater to ignite
authentic dialogue about sexual health and sexual violence with young
audiences. The session will begin with an introduction to our participatory
plays, which were created in direct partnership with diverse Chicago youth. We
will then explore the various games, storytelling methods and structures that
we utilize in our programming. In this
hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use applied theatre
techniques to elicit safe, youth-centered conversations about sexual health. Workshop participants will be exposed to
multiple skills and methods used in FYI workshops, as well as models for how to
apply these tools to their own programming, goals, and interests.
Unique Residencies Process Panel:
Participants will hear from multiple companies utilizing unique
residency programs. Adventure Stage
Chicago will share the process of revising their program outcomes, reworking their
assessment tools and how that led them to the creation of a new mission
statement. They will share some of the
assessment tools and show a timeline of their progress. The challenges and outcomes of the work will
also be discussed. Participants will also
hear about Erasing the Distance, a company focusing on sharing stories of lives
affected by mental illness. They will share the common obstacles the company
has faced, suggestions they have for overcoming these obstacles and maximizing
success and impact with programming.
Participants will be able to take these lessons and apply them to their
Unique Residencies Programming Panel:
Participants will listen to a variety of organizations presenting
their unique residencies. Participants will learn about American Mosaic which
is a 6 week residency focused on a play in American Theater Company's season. Participants will also hear about Global Voices
Initiative, a playwriting/theatre pedagogy program which partners with local
Foreign Language classrooms, teachers and English language learners abroad in
hopes of increasing language fluency and "deepening intercultural understanding".
Participants will also hear from Hallie
Gordon, who will discuss how the residency of Steppenwolf for Young Adults
utilizes aesthetic education and the capacities for imaginative learning
learning. She will be accompanied by Rachel Jamieson, drama teacher from
Franklin Fine Arts Academy, and Lawrence Grimm, who is a facilitator/teaching
artist for the program.
In this interactive workshop, participants
will learn about a classroom-based arts integration program developed in collaboration
with a school community over 5 years.
Participants will hear about techniques for successful partnership
between teaching artists, teachers, and principals, as well as how one program
evolved and impacted student learning.
The workshop will also explain how in- and out-of-school educators can
work together to develop an inquiry-based method of teaching that supports and
leads to innovative integration work.
Participants will experience one of the lessons that evolved from this
partnership, and receive a handout of the lesson plan.
For 46 years, Imagination Theater has been working
with diverse communities using theater as a means to address various social
issues, including teasing/bullying, respect, sexual abuse prevention,
diversity, and effective communication, among many others. In
this Master Class workshop, Jeremy Schaefer will demonstrate several ways that
theater can be used to help middle school students combat bullying at their
schools. The session will showcase
various theater exercises, statue work, and Forum Theater all of which can be
used within the classroom to create dialogue and engage students in exploring
solutions to frequently difficult problems.