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Theatre In Our Schools on Broadway

Posted By Nicole Lorenzetti, AATE NY State Representative, Thursday, March 15, 2012

The 2012 New York Theatre In Our Schools conference is fast approaching—Monday, April 2 will be here before we know it. We are so excited about our program this year, and we hope our event can live up to years past.

Our goal with the New York TIOS conference has been to provide our attendees with a toolbox that they can put into practice immediately in their work. I, with my co-chairs Jennifer DiBella and Lisa Mitchell are working hard with our amazing committee to create the most interactive, meaningful, and refreshing day possible.

The New York TIOS serves as a mid-year "refresher"; a time for those in our state to convene, reenergize, and learn from their colleagues in their area and head back into the office or classroom with new ideas. New York can sometimes be a very isolating place, and one can go months without meeting those in the same field. The event serves New York State teachers of all stripes, but particularly theatre, humanities, and English teachers as well as teaching artists and theatre administrators from Education departments and more.

We have three breakout sessions to announce at this time, all of which will be amazing. We have Robyn Burland with Creating Living Newspapers, Darrin L. Pearson and Tracy Cook-Pearson with Decoding the Bard, and Alex Sarian with Engaging with Teens: Embracing a Controversial Partnership. Each of these sessions brings a fresh eye to the question, "How can we engage our communities using theatre?” A community can be an afterschool program, an in-school workshop, or a partnership with a non-school related organization. Communities may include persons as young as small children—and they may include persons as young as seniors.

Detailed descriptions of these sessions can be found on the New York TIOS webpage, so head over there, read up on the programming (with more to come!), let your excitement build, and get registered.

We have more programming to announce in the coming weeks, but we would also like to hear from you. What would you like to see at a TIOS conference? What kind of breakout session would get your juices flowing? What are the biggest issues surrounding "Creating Communities, Engaging Minds” that you would like to discuss?

See you on April 2 at Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre!

Nicole Lorenzetti is the Education Manager at Young Playwrights Inc.  She is the co-chair of the New York Theatre In Our Schools conference and serves as New York State Rep with Jennifer DiBella of Roundabout Theatre Company.

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