AATE 2014 Conference

2014 Master Classes

MASTER CLASS A: KATIE DAWSON, STEPHANIE CAWTHON, AND BRIDGET KIGER LEE



Thursday, July 31st
9 a.m.-12 p.m.

NAILING JELLO TO THE WALL: MEASURING THE IMPACT OF YOUR ARTS PROGRAMMING

How can research improve your practice and help communicate the value of your work to others? University of Texas Theatre Professor Katie Dawson, Education Professor Stephanie Cawthon, and Post Doctoral Research Faculty Bridget Kiger Lee will share a step-by-step process for creating a research and evaluation plan for arts and arts integrated programming based on core values and mission. Participants will consider how research questions, evaluation tools, and strategies for data collection can be used to document and assess the impact of theatre and education practices for personal and organization growth, as well as funding opportunities. Participants are encouraged to bring a project or program to consider for discussion and workshop.

MASTER CLASS B: CORY GILSTRAP


Thursday, July 31st
2-5 p.m.

LET'S BUILD SOMETHING!

This hands-on workshop will introduce a wide variety of affordable fabrication techniques, materials, and production ideas that are kid tested and teacher friendly. With an emphasis on the need to keep costs down and outcomes high, this workshop will help the participant to utilize recycled materials for building all things theatrical. Additionally, this workshop will present a variety of ways to integrate puppetry into the classroom for cross curriculum teaching in nearly any academic or theatrical circumstance.

MASTER CLASS C: KURT WOOTTON

Saturday, August 2nd
9:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

ROARING, ROLLING, AND GNAWING: DESIGNING EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES WITH THE PERFORMANCE CYCLE

For nearly twenty years, The Performance Cycle, developed by the ArtsLiteracy Project at Brown University, has provided a clear structure for integrating performance and various art forms into numerous educational settings in Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. Kurt Wootton, co-founder of the ArtsLiteracy Project and director of Habla, a lab school in Mexico, will introduce the Performance Cycle in a vigorous hands-on workshop. Wootton will focus on ways we can recover our sense of theatrical play with adults and students in schools and workplaces.


MASTER CLASS D: SUZAN ZEDER

Saturday, August 2nd
2-5 p.m.

THE ART OF GIVING AND RECEIVING FEEDBACK

One of the most neglected tools in the process of teaching Playwriting is the art of giving and receiving effective feedback. Whether in a classroom, a developmental workshop, or a post play discussion, we often make the assumption that "discussing" a play is a simple task, yet nothing could be farther from the truth. In this hands-on workshop, Susan Zeder will share techniques, developed over decades of teaching, on to how to structure feedback sessions that creatively involve an entire group by responding to work within the metaphor of the play. Participants will be asked to submit short plays (5-7 pages) that will become the touchstones for Feedback experiences.