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2012 National Conference Breakout Sessions Chairs and Presenters
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Conference Session Chairs and Presenters
 
 

Angela Sweigart-Gallagher, EndstationTheatre Company and Lock Haven University

Bio: Angela Sweigart-Gallagher is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Lock Haven University and the Education Director of Endstation Theatre Company (Amherst, VA).  She holds a PhD in Theatre and Drama from the University of Wisconsin--Madison.  Her research interests include the Federal Theatre Project and intersection of theatre, politics, and nationalism.  Her writing has appeared in SETC's THEATRE SYMPOSIUM and THEATRE JOURNAL.  She has served as AATE's 2009 and 2010 Distinguished Book Award Chair, and as the Applied Theatre Network Co-Chair in 2010.  She also helped organize the 2009 Applied Theatre PreConference.


Session Presenters:
Victoria Peterson Lantz, Independent Scholar

Bio: Victoria Pettersen Lantz completed her PhD in Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010.

In 2009, she was awarded a Dissertator Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School for her dissertation. She has book chapters in the collections, "Border-Crossings: Narrative and Demarcation in Postcolonial Literatures and Media" and "Re-writing Chekhov: The Text and its Mutations." She has taught at Gettysburg College and Franklin & Marshall College.
Mary McAvoy, University of Wisconsin--Madison

Bio: Mary McAvoy (mcavoy@wisc.edu) is a dissertator in Theatre Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she specializes in radical histories and ideologies within theatre and performance for young people. She recently assistant edited the 2011 publication, TYA, Culture, Society: International Essays on Theatre for Young Audiences. Her dissertation, Rehearsing Revolutions: Radical and Experimental Drama Pedagogies in United States Labor Colleges from 1920-1940, is in progress.


We're ALL in this Together Session Chair:
Anna Correa, Emerson College

Bio: Anna Correa is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and a recent graduate of Emerson College's Masters degree program in Theatre Education. She received her BA in theatre from Regis College in Weston, MA and hopes to stay in Boston a bit longer to do some community based research and playmaking with people who have undergone gastric-bypass surgeries. A member of the New Guard network and also its Multicultural and Diversity Liaison, Anna is looking forward to finding her place in the theatre education community.


Session Presenters:
Daniel Mahler, Emerson College

Bio: Daniel Mahler is a second year graduate student in Theater Education at Emerson College, in Boston, MA. He will be receiving his Master's degree in May of 2012. In addition to being a student, Daniel works with True Colors, a non-profit theater education program serving Boston area LGBT youth and their straight allies. Daniel completed his undergraduate work at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, where he studied the intersection of theatre, community, and education.


Add Verb's OUT & ALLIED Session Chair:
Charles  Adams, University of Minnesota

Bio: Charles Adams is ABD in the Theatre Historiography program at the University of Minnesota. His research is in areas of theatre and social change and Theatre of the Oppressed, especially in the fields of Theatre in Education, critical pedagogies, and identity formation. He has worked as a teaching artist for 17 years, training novice teaching artists as well as teaching educators in methodologies and philosophies for using embodiment as a means of resisting dehumanizing disciplinary structures such as hegemony, education, and ideology.


Session Presenters:
Cathy Plourde, Add Verb, University of New England

Bio: Cathy Plourde is a playwright and founder of Add Verb, a program of the University of New England that uses theatre for health and wellness education.  Touring productions that have traveled the US since 2000 include You the Man (dating abuse) and The Thin Line (eating disorders).  Cathy has a Master's Degree in Theatre for Social Change and mentors youth creating theatre to address important issues, most recently publishing Out & Allied, an anthology and handbook used to create allies for LGBTQ youth.



Becoming Mindful of the Hummingbird Session Chair:
Christina Marin, Emerson College

Bio: Christina Marin is an Assistant Professor of Performing Arts in the Program of Theatre Education at Emerson College. She teaches courses in Theatre of the Oppressed, Human Rights in Theatre, Drama as Education, and Theatre, Performance & Community. She is an educator, scholar, director, performer, and international practitioner of Theatre of the Oppressed. She has taught at Arizona State University, New York University, and Singapore Polytechnic Institute in the Diploma Program for Applied Drama and Psychology. She serves as the Communications Director for Member Resources on the Board of Directors of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education.


Session Presenters:
Abigail Russell, Notre Dame Academy

Bio: Abigail Russell received her B.A. in Theatre in 2005 from Wheaton College in Massachusetts and her M.A. in Theatre Education from New York University's Steinhardt School in 2007. She is currently the head of the NDA Players and Director of Performing Arts at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, Massachusetts and a freelance director in the Boston area.


Melissa Bergstrom, Emerson College

Bio: Melissa Bergstrom is a Boston-based actor, teaching artist, and activist who recently received her Master of Arts in Theatre Education at Emerson College. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance and History from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Melissa is the co-founder of The Charlottesville Women's Theatre Project and has worn many hats in the theatre, including that of actor, director, designer, and producer. She believes in the power of theatre as a transformational tool for dialogue, and her particular area of interest is using theatre as a means of addressing human rights issues and affecting social and political change.


Lindsay Weitkamp, Emerson College

Bio: Lindsay Weitkamp recently completed her Masters degree in Theatre Education at Emerson College. Prior to moving to Boston, she worked with the TRIO educational opportunity program, Upward Bound, in Kirksville, MO. As Assistant Director of the program, she supervised the residential and academic-year staff, planned program curriculum, and worked to provide holistic support services to low-income, first-generation college students in 11 target schools. Prior to her work with UB, Lindsay was an actress and dancer in regional theatres and in New York City. She holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre and English from Truman State University.


I'm Not Afraid of the Dark Session Chair:
Kathleen Arcovio, Arizona State University

Bio: Kathleen Arcovio is a second year MFA in Arizona State's Theatre for Youth program. She is focusing on theatre education and plans to get her teaching certification. Prior to coming to ASU, Kathleen attended Northwestern University and worked as a teaching artist in Chicago. Kathleen also works as a director and a teaching artist.


Session Presenters:
Bradford Forehand, Arizona State University

Bio: Bradford H. Forehand is a first year MFA in Theatre for Youth student at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.  He received his Bachelor's of Music in Musical Theatre from the University of Mobile in Alabama.  Prior to starting grad school, Bradford spent the past two years working as first an Arts Administrative Intern and then as a Directing/Performance Journeyman.  Bradford is working towards a not-for-profit certification with his degree and upon graduation in 2014 hopes to work in a professional theatre for young audiences company.
Shayanna Jacobs, Arizona State University

Bio: Shayanna Jacobs is an undergraduate theatre student at Arizona State University.


Utilizing Primary Resources to Connect Drama, Visual Arts, and Social Studies Session Chair:
Robert Duncan, Kentucky Department of Education

Bio: Robert Duncan is the Arts and Humanities Consultant at the Kentucky Department of Education. He was a high school visual art teacher in Tennessee and Kentucky for 28 years prior. He received his BFA from Murray State University in 1979. Duncan's primary visual medium is photography.

He has been active in school and community theatre programs in Kentucky and Tennessee as actor, director and designer. He has appeared in "The Odd Couple," and has directed "Bus Stop." Most recently, Duncan has appeared in two local independent films, "Another Apocalyptic Zombie Movie" and "Hidden in the Bluegrass."


 Session Presenters:

Jeff Jamner, Kentucky Center for Performing Arts

Bio: Jeffrey Jamner is Director of School Programs at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts where he helped to create, develop and direct such programs as Arts Academies for teachers, the Gheens Great Expectations young artist concert and residency program, World Rhythms education programs and cultural marketplace and the Arts in Healing program. 

Jamner received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 1996 and has taught arts administration classes at University of Kentucky and Jefferson Community & Technical College. He co-presented at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the Southern Arts Federation.


Jane Dewey, Danville Independent School District

Bio: Jane Dewey is the Director of Arts Education for the Danville Schools. Prior to coming to the Danville Schools, Jane worked as an arts educator, arts administrator and as a professional actress. She teaches part-time in the Dramatic Arts program at Centre College in Danville and is a drama teacher for the Governor's Scholars program. In addition, Jane serves on the Kentucky Department of Education's Arts Education Advisory Committee, has collaborated on a number of arts-related projects with Kentucky Educational Television, and regularly collaborates with the Kentucky Center on issues surrounding professional development in arts education.


Building and Sustaining Programs Session Chair:
Janet E. Rubin, Brevard Community College

Bio: Janet E. Rubin, Ph.D. teaches at Brevard Community College and directs for Surfside Playhouse where she oversees the youth theatre program. Since retiring from Saginaw Valley State University, she has remained active as a scholar, director, teacher, consultant, and arts educator. Rubin has numerous publications and presents her work nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of many awards and has served as President of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Rubin has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan arts and humanities councils. Her Ph.D. is from The Ohio State University.

 

Session Presenters:
Jeanine Henry, Brevard Community College

Bio: Jeanine Henry is the Director of Theatre Arts at Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida. Prior to joining BCC, she served as Casting Director and Production Assistant for PGT Entertainment, a provider of entertainment for the cruise ship industry.  She has worked in theatre for youth as Director of the Rising Stars Theatre at the Titusville Playhouse, artist in residency at area elementary schools, and founder of the Utopian Theatre Company.  She is co-author of The Emperor's New Clothes, published by Dramatic Publishing.  Jeanine holds a B.A. in Theatre from Agnes Scott College and an M.A. from Florida State University.

Susan Wood, Arts Consultant

Bio: Susan D. Wood is an arts consultant based in Detroit, Michigan specializing in Strategic Planning, Arts Philanthropy, Performing Arts, Arts Education and Community Arts.  Her recent clients include the C. S. Mott Foundation, Americans for the Arts, the Kresge Foundation, and the Ruth Mott Foundation.  For fifteen years she was the Executive Director of Flint Youth Theatre, which garnered statewide and national attention for its work in arts-based civic dialogue and its critically-acclaimed original productions.  She has been a panelist and peer reviewer for the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Museum Theatre Session Chair:
Adam Luckey, Kentucky Historical Society

Bio: Adam Luckey works at the Kentucky Historical Society as a Museum Theatre specialist where he researches, writes and performs plays based on Kentucky history.


Voyages Across the Spectrum Session Chair:
Alicia Fuss, Nashville Children's Theatre

Bio: Alicia Lark Fuss is the Director of Education at Nashville Children's Theatre, where she's been a part of the team since May of 2009. She is also an adjunct professor for Belmont University's theatre education program. Alicia holds an MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Central Florida, and has also trained as an intern through the Kennedy Center Institute for Arts Management in Washington, D.C. As an undergraduate, Alicia studied Theatre Arts at Florida State University. She is proud to support NCT's mission through her work in Middle Tennessee.


Session Presenters:
Rachel Hamilton, Nashville Children's Theatre

Bio: Rachel Hamilton is the Education Program Manager at NCT and a recent graduate of the MFA in Theatre for Youth program at Arizona State University.  Through her countless opportunities at ASU, she discovered her main interests: theatre in healthcare settings and theatre for the very young.  She studied abroad through an internship with the COME OUT Festival for Young People in Adelaide, Australia.  Landing in Tennessee in 2011 just in time for the rush of summer programming, Rachel has found a delightful place at NCT as a part of a phenomenal education team.


International Network Debut Panel Session Chair:
Bethany Lynn Corey, University of Texas at Austin

Bio: Bethany Lynn Corey is a second year MFA candidate at the University of Texas at Austin where much of her current research surrounds Theatre for the Very Young. Bethany spends much of her time creating Theatre for the Very Young and teaching classroom residencies and professional development workshops for the Drama for Schools program. She has worked nationally and internationally as an actress, director and teaching artist. A longtime member of AATE she is a co-chair for the International Network.


Translation in Scale Session Chair:
Laurie Melnik, Southeast Center for Education in the Arts

Bio: Laurie is the Director of Theatre Education for the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In her role at SCEA, she mentors K-12 teachers to integrate theatre into their curriculum and rethink their classrooms as a place for active learning.


Session Presenters:
Cindy Pride, Mount Pleasant Middle School for the Visual and Performing Arts

Bio: Cindy Pride is the Kids on Stage Coordinator at Mount Pleasant Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts. In this role, Cindy leads the Arts Wing and coordinates the integration of the arts into all aspects of education, including arts classes, non-arts classes and a comprehensive counseling program. Mrs. Pride is a qualified administrator and holds the Master of Education in Administration and Supervision degree from Tennessee State University. She is no stranger to the Arts, having spent 14 years as an instrumental music teacher and has experience with all grade levels of students from kindergarten through high school.

Jordan Tatom, Mount Pleasant Middle School for the Visual and Performing Arts

Bio: Jordan Tatom is the Professional School Counselor at Mount Pleasant Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts. In this role, he serves approximately 500 students by implementing the Tennessee Comprehensive School Counseling Program through individual counseling, small group counseling, classroom guidance, and other services. He serves teachers through consultation and co-teaching counseling integrated lessons including both arts and non-arts classes. He often collaborates with parents on how their child's needs can best be met. Mr. Tatom is a certified Professional School Counselor and holds the Master of Education in Professional School Counseling degree from Freed-Hardeman University.


The Living Literature Project Session Chair:
Matt Omasta, PhD, Utah State University

Bio: Matt Omasta leads the B.F.A. Theatre Education program and teaches courses in drama/theatre pedagogy, theatre history, dramatic literature, performance theory, and criticism. He serves as co-chair of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education's College/University/Research Network, Treasurer of the American Educational Research Association's Arts & Inquiry in the Visual & Performing Arts in Education Special Interest Group, and as Editor of the American Society for Theatre Research's ASTR Online.Dr. Omasta's recent and forthcoming publications appear in Theatre Journal, Youth Theatre Journal, Arts & Learning Research, and the recent anthology Children under Construction: Critical Essays on Play as CurriculumBefore coming to USU, Dr. Omasta earned a Ph.D. in Theatre for Youth / Educational Drama from Arizona State University, a M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and a B.A. in Drama from Ithaca College. He has taught at Emerson, ASU, Providence College, and the University of Rhode Island, and has worked with a variety of organizations including Trinity Repertory Company, Florida Studio Theatre, and Walt Disney Entertainment.. His doctoral dissertation, "Adolescent Audiences' Affective Engagement with Theatre," won the American Educational Research Association's Arts & Learning Dissertation Award, and his stage adaptation of Lois Lowry's Gathering Blue won AATE's Unpublished Play Reading Project Award and was selected as a semi-finalist at the Bonderman Playwriting for Youth Symposium at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. He regularly presents at national and international venues including the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, the International Drama Educators Association, the American Society for Theatre Research, the American Educational Research Association, the International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network, and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. His research interests include educational drama across the curriculum, corporate theatre for young audiences, and performance & cognition.


Session Presenters:
Millie Struve,

Bio: Millie Struve is a senior in the B.F.A. Theatre Education program at Utah State University.  She participated in the Living Literature Project as a teacher and performer.  She has taught at Fast Forward Charter High School and Logan High School.


Machaela Burt,

Bio: Machaela Burt is a junior in the B.F.A Theatre Education program at Utah State University. She was the co-lead for the Living Literature project. She has taught at Hill Air Force Base and Logan High School.


Do We Have to be Oppressed Session Chair:
Peter Duffy, University of South Carolina

Bio: Peter heads the MAT program in theatre education at the University of SC. He works within schools and community organizations demonstrating how theatre can be used as a learning/teaching tool.  Previous to USC, Peter was the Director of Education at the Irondale Ensemble in Brooklyn, NY. Additionally, Peter taught grades 7-12 English and Drama for a decade in Maine and New Jersey. He worked as an actor/teacher in New York City schools and co-edited the book, Youth and Theatre of the Oppressed.  His research interests include cognition and the arts, theatre as community development, critical pedagogy, and theatre as research.


Session Presenters:
Christina Marin, Emerson College

Bio: Christina Marin is an Assistant Professor of Performing Arts in the Program of Theatre Education at Emerson College. She teaches courses in Theatre of the Oppressed, Human Rights in Theatre, Drama as Education, and Theatre, Performance & Community. She is an educator, scholar, director, performer, and international practitioner of Theatre of the Oppressed. She has taught at Arizona State University, New York University, and Singapore Polytechnic Institute in the Diploma Program for Applied Drama and Psychology. She serves as the Communications Director for Member Resources on the Board of Directors of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education.


Youth Theatre Network Session Chair:
Wendy Maples, Step UP Theatre

Bio: Wendy is the Founder/Artistic Director of Step UP Theatre in San Diego, CA.  A proud member of AATE since 2005, she has presented her work in Chicago, Vancouver, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and San Francisco.  She currently chairs the Youth Theatre Network.


Session Presenters:
David Markey, Imagination Stage

Bio: David Markey is the Director of Education at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD. He oversees the arts education program for an estimated 3,000 students each year. Mr. Markey is also a teaching artist with Imagination Quest (I.Q.); the arts-integration program at Imagination Stage.  David is also a professor with the School of Education, Teaching and Health at American University. He holds an MA from University College Dublin, an MFA from Trinity College Dublin and his teaching qualification from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. David is Chair of the Youth Theatre Network of AATE and also a member of British Equity.


Theatre, Drama, and the 21st Century Skills Movement Session Chair:
Henry Hamilton, The Benjamin School, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Bio: Henry Hamilton is a faculty member at the Upper School campus of The Benjamin School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where he teaches in both the Performing Arts and English departments and serves as the faculty sponsor of the upper school drama club.  Henry received an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University and a BA in Theatre and Dance from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.


Project Rwanda Session Chair:
Co -Chairs: Chris Vine and Helen White, The CUNY School of Professional Studies M.A. in Applied Theatre and the Creative Arts Team

Bio: Chris Vine is the the Academic Program Director for the new M.A. in Applied Theatre at The City University Of New York. He is the former Artistic and Education Director of CAT.

Helen White is co-creator and faculty member for the M. A. in Applied Theatre. She is also the Artistic Director of the CAT Youth Theatre and former recipient of the AATE Youth Theatre Director of the Year Award.


Advancing Youth Theatre Session Chair:
David Markey, Imagination Stage

Bio: David Markey is the Director of Education at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD. He oversees the arts education program for an estimated 3,000 students each year. Mr. Markey is also a teaching artist with Imagination Quest (I.Q.); the arts-integration program at Imagination Stage.  David is also a professor with the School of Education, Teaching and Health at American University. He holds an MA from University College Dublin, an MFA from Trinity College Dublin and his teaching qualification from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. David is Chair of the Youth Theatre Network of AATE and also a member of British Equity.


Session Presenters:
Diane Nutting, Imagination Stage


Theatrebridge Session Chair:
Erica Siegel, Quest Visual Theatre

Bio: Erica Siegel recently became the full-time Education/Outreach Coordinator for

Quest: Visual Theatre.  She is currently leading the TheatreBridge project, a four-year grant, given by the United States Department of Education, to research the correlation between Visual Theatre and literacy in deaf students.  Along with this position, she has performed in several different shows with the company, including Mosaic, Alice, I Carry the Flag, Nano and Road Signs. She has a Bachelor' s Degree in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Erica has extensive Educational Theatre experience, having spent two years traveling locally with Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Programs teaching children about peer pressure. She has performed in "Evita" and "Story Theatre" with Open Circle Theatre. She recently performed in "Playing from the Heart" at Imagination Stage, where she played the world-famous, deaf percussionist, Evelyn Glennie. She was last seen as Sarah Norman Leeds in "Children of A Lesser God" at the Barksdale Theatre, in Richmond, Virginia, which earned her a Best Actress nomination from The Richmond Theatre Critics Circle.


Session Presenters:
Stella Antonio, Maryland School for the Deaf

Bio: Stella Antonio was born deaf and raised in Manila, Philippines until the age of 20.  She graduated with BA in theatre specialized creative drama education at Gallaudet University, Washington DC in 1993.

She joined Cleveland Signstage Theatre Company as an ensemble actress and outreach educator in Cleveland, Ohio for 6 years. Favorite roles include, Lydia in Children of Lesser God, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, and many more.  In 2002, Stella joined the National Theatre for the Deaf touring company.  With NTD, she played Rosa in "Oh Figaro!"  

For the last 13 years, she has worked as the drama teacher for Maryland School for the Deaf, teaching students from pre kindergarten to middle school grades.  She works with the students on ASL storytelling, facial expressions, improvisation, imagination, and body movement.  She also directs some plays and directs the graduation ceremonies.


Susan Maginnis, Maryland School for the Deaf

Bio: Susan Maginnis has been a teacher at the Maryland School for the Deaf for 26 years.  During that time she has taught all subjects levels K-8 but she has spent the last 16 years in the middle school department teaching language arts, social studies, and science to students with additional learning challenges.  She has experience in using visual theatre techniques to support and enhance literacy skills through a three year play writing project she helped design with Center Stage of Baltimore.  Ms. Maginnis has seen the benefits of using visual theatre in the classroom and therefore is very excited to continue this work through her participation in the Theatrebridge Project.


Spiritual Reflection through Drama and War-Themed Plays Session Chair:
Gustave Weltsek, Indiana Universtiy/Ivy Tech Community College

Bio: Gustave Weltsek BA, M.A.T, Ph.D is a visiting professor, Indiana University, School of Education and the Department of Theatre and Ivy Technical College Indiana. He is the current Editor for the Youth Theatre Journal. His own publications include; "Critical Performative Spaces:  Identity, stance and discourse in process drama as critical literary interpretation" and "Using Process Drama to Deconstruct/Reconstruct Western Canonical Literature." Professional presentations include; Literacy in The Gutters: Reading, writing and meaning making between the lines of Graphic Novels. NCTE   and En-Acted Learning: Transcending Passivity Through Drama AATE. He teaches Drama/Theatre for Elementary and Secondary Educators, Critical Literacy and Pedagogy


Session Presenters:
Christina Marin, Emerson College

Bio: Christina Marín is an Assistant Professor of Performing Arts in the Program of Theatre Education at Emerson College. She teaches courses in Theatre of the Oppressed, Human Rights in Theatre, Drama as Education, and Theatre, Performance & Community. She is an educator, scholar, director, performer, and international practitioner of Theatre of the Oppressed. She has taught at Arizona State University, New York University, and Singapore Polytechnic Institute in the Diploma Program for Applied Drama and Psychology. She serves as the Communications Director for Member Resources on the Board of Directors of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education.


Jo Beth Gonzalez, Bowling Green High School

Bio: Jo Beth Gonzalez (MFA, PhD) has taught theatre and English at Bowling Green High School for eighteen years. She is the author of Temporary Stages: Departing From Tradition in High School Theatre Education (Heinemann 2006) and is currently drafting the second edition (Intellect P.).A member of the Educational Theatre Association, she also serves of the board of the Children's Theatre Foundation of America, and is president-elect of AATE.  


From Selection to Performance Session Chair:

Jim DeVivo, NYU and Playwrights Theatre of NJ

Bio: Jim DeVivo is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Educational Theatre at NYU and the Artistic Associate for their New Plays for Young Audiences Series. He is also the Director of Education for Playwrights Theatre of NJ where he administers local and statewide playwriting residencies and festival performances. Jim has taught classes at NYU and Middlesex County College and is an independent teaching artist specializing in the creation of new work by and for young people.


Session Presenters:
Jacob Stoebel, Actors Theatre of Louisville

Bio: Jacob Stoebel is the Associate Director of Education for Actors Theatre of Louisville.  Now in his fourth season at the theatre, Jacob works to share the resources of Actors Theatre with local communities and the nation in the form of the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival, A Living Newspaper, student matinees and more.  Jacob is also an artist in residence at St. Francis High School in Louisville and on the executive board of the Kentucky Theatre Association.  Jacob is interested in expanding creativity and artistry in communities across Kentucky and the nation.  He holds a B.A. in theatre from Pitzer College.

Nicole Lorenzetti, Young Playwrights, Inc.

Bio: Nicole Lorenzetti, currently the Education Project Manager at Young Playwrights Inc., received her M.S. in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University.  She has worked in theatre education at such theatres as the Alliance Theatre, the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Children's Museum of Atlanta, and New York City Center.  Nicole was the New South Young Playwrights Festival Coordinator for Horizon Theatre Company for four years, and served as the Program Director for LeadAmerica's Theatre Arts program for five years.  Nicole serves as the co-chair of the annual New York State Theatre In Our Schools conference.


Dresses for the Hundred Dresses Session Chair:
Julia Ashworth, Brigham Young University

Bio: For the past fifteen years Julia has worked extensively in the field of arts-in-education, both in Utah and New York, as a teacher, artist and administrator.  Currently she serves as head of the Theatre Education program at Brigham Young University, where she teaches, directs and supervises undergraduate students in its pre-service theatre teacher program.  Her work focuses on youth and family theatre and applied theatre practices.


Session Presenters:
Katherine Williams Olsen, Brigham Young University

Bio: From Munich, Germany Katherine Williams Olsen came to Utah in 2009. She is currently a graduate student in theatre critical studies at Brigham Young University. In her academic work she specializes in multicultural studies with an emphasis in Maori dance performance and the study of haka. Her previous credits at BYU include dramaturg and dialect coach for Babe, The Sheep Pig, for which she received a Meritorious Achievement award. Katherine received a BFA in acting from The Theater School at DePaul University in Chicago where she graduated with honors.


Devising Arizona Session Chair:
Pamela Sterling, Arizona State University

Bio: Pamela Sterling is an Associate Professor of Theatre, serving on the faculty of Arizona State University's School of Theatre and Film since 1999.  She is a recipient of AATE's Distinguished Play Award for her adaptation of The Secret Garden and is the author of additional plays published by Dramatic Publishing Company and New Scripts, Inc. She has been Artistic Director of The Coterie Theatre, Honolulu Theatre for Youth and Idaho Theatre for Youth. Award winning productions directed include DRAGONWINGS, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, ALICIA IN WONDER TIERRA and ROMEO AND JULIET.


Session Presenters:
Teresa Minarsich, ASU

Bio: Teresa Minarsich completed her third year in the TFY PhD program at ASU this year. Teresa received her Masters degree in Education at Pepperdine University and her B.A. in Theatre from Seattle University. Her current research involves creating theatre with youth by incorporating Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, puppetry and a blend of other art forms in order to explore girlhood and gender construction.

Leslie Stellwagen, ASU

Bio: Leslie Stellwagen holds a BA in theatre arts and teaching certification from Beloit College, Wisconsin.  Leslie has worked as a teaching artist internationally in Australia and Hong Kong and throughout the United States, including Childsplay and Nashville Children's Theater.  As a community artist, she has worked in residence at the Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development and is in training for iCreate at Phoenix Children's Hospital.  She hopes to use drama as a tool for exploration with refugee, homeless, incarcerated, abused, youth communities in Arizona and abroad. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Theatre For Youth at Arizona State University.

 
Megan Flod,

Bio: Megan Flod Johnson is a first year MFA candidate for the Theatre for Youth program at ASU.  Hailing originally from Saint Paul, MN, Megan has spent the last four years as a classroom drama specialist and director at a private, Infant-8th grade Montessori school.  Combining passions for writing original drama curriculum for residencies and after-school programming and collaborating with young people on performance projects, her creative work engaged children, families and the greater communities.  Beginning in 2008, Megan founded an arts enrichment program that brought families in the Montessori community out experience a diverse array of live performances, creating ongoing relationships between the arts companies and its community. At ASU, Megan is interested in creating original, community specific works and interactive installations for young people performed in public spaces.


Student-Driven, Critical Discussion in the Classroom Session Chair:
Tessa Flynn, Minneapolis Children's Theatre Company - Neighborhood Bridges Program

Bio: Tessa has served for the past four years as the Community Engagement Manager at the Children's Theatre Company (CTC) in Minneapolis, MN and as teaching artist for CTC's Neighborhood Bridges critical literacy program. She has taught arts literacy residencies throughout the Minneapolis/St Paul area, and performs locally with Frank Theatre. She studied Theatre Arts at Augsburg College.


Session Presenters:
Rachel Bernstein, Minneapolis Children's Theatre Company - Neighborhood Bridges Program

Bio: Rachel Austin Bernstein is an actor and teaching artist in the Twin Cities. A graduate of Macalester College, Rachel has worked with the Guthrie Theater, Penumbra Theatre Company, SteppingStone Theatre for Youth, and Stages Theatre Company. She currently serves as the Early Bridges Manager for the Neighborhood Bridges program at the Children's Theatre Company.


Youth Theater Collaboration Model Session Chair:
Amanda Kibler, Omaha Theater Company

Bio: Amanda Kibler is the Associate Education Director of the Omaha Theater Company.  She earned her MFA in Theater for Young Audiences from University of Central Florida during which time she worked at the Orlando Repertory Theatre and University Performing Arts Center, both in Orlando, and Visible Fictions Theatre Company in Glasgow, Scotland. At The Rose she works as a teaching artist with students from pre-school through high school, as well as a member of the resident acting company.  She has co-directed the award winning teen group Pride Players for the past three seasons.


Session Presenters:
Evelyn Francis, The Theater Offensive

Bio: Evelyn Francis, Director of Programs at The Theater Offensive, holds a master's degree in theatre education from Emerson College and a BEST certificate in Youth Work. In addition to her work with The Theater Offensive, Evelyn has served as an arts manager and theater teaching artist at community organizations throughout Greater Boston. Evelyn oversees the daily operations of and leads long-term visioning and planning for all of the programs of The Theater Offensive.  As the former Director of True Colors, Evelyn continues to work as the lead teaching artist for True Colors in the summer.

Nick Bazo, The Theater Offensive

Bio: Nick Bazo, Assistant Director of Programs and Director of True Colors at The Theater Offensive, worked with True Colors for over two years as a graduate intern and teaching artist. He previously was Manager of School Programs at the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston, directed in the after school City Spotlights program, and provided direct theater instruction using collective creation methodologies in various Boston neighborhoods. He holds an MFA in Theater for Young Audiences from the University of Central Florida and wrote his graduate thesis on LGBT youth theater programs across the nation (including True Colors).

Brian Guehring, Omaha Theater Company

Bio: Brian Guehring is the Playwright in Residence and Education Director of the Omaha Theater Company, whose education department does drama education outreach for every single child in over 71 local schools each school year (reaching over 27,000 students). His scripts have been honored by AATE, New Visions/New Voices, and Nebraska Arts Council.  Brian's teen theater troupe Pride Players (which uses improvisation to explore being a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or straight allied teen) has been honored by several regional and national groups, including the National Education Association. He earned his MFA in TYA from University of Texas at Austin.


Reflecting Forward Session Chair:
Amy Jensen, Brigham Young University

Bio: Amy Jensen is Chair and Associate Professor in Theatre and Media Arts at BYU. In addition to teaching and research, Jensen coordinates the undergraduate program in theatre and media arts and the media education master's degree program. She has received a number of awards for her work and has authored many works included the recently published co-edited book (Re)imagining Content-area Literacy Instruction.


Session Presenters:
Joan Lazarus, The University of Texas at Austin

Bio: Joan Lazarus teaches and heads the teacher education program at The University of Texas at Austin. She has served as President of AATE and Co-Chair of the AATE Think Tank on Education of Teachers of Theatre and on a number of national boards and advisory committees. She has spoken at national and international conferences and is the author of books on theatre education including a newly revised and amplified edition of Signs of Change: New Directions in Secondary Theatre Education to be released in 2012.

Julia Ashworth, Brigham Young University

Bio: Julia Ashworth has been working with young people as a theatre educator and director for over a decade and is now teaching Theatre Education at BYU. After teaching high school and serving as a performing arts coordinator, she worked as an administrator and teaching artist in such places as the Provincetown Playhouse, Lincoln Center and for other programs in  the New York City area.


Workshopping New Plays with Playwrights Session Chair:
Dr. John Newman, Utah Valley University

Bio: Dr. John Newman is the director of the Noorda Theatre Center for Children and Youth at Utah Valley University.  He is a professor in the UVU Theatre Department, teaching theatre for young audiences, playwriting, and new play development.   Dr. Newman taught and directed theatre at Highland High School in Salt Lake City for eighteen years and served as Artistic Director of the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts.  He serves on the board of directors for AATE.  Newman is playwright of THE SECRET SCHOOL and co-author of THE PLAYS AND PLAYWRITING OF SANDRA FENICHEL ASHER, available from Dramatic Publishing. 


Future of the Field Session Chair:
Leslie Stellwagen, Arizona State University

Bio: Leslie Stellwagen holds a BA in theatre arts and teaching certification from Beloit College, Wisconsin.  Leslie has worked as a teaching artist internationally in Australia and Hong Kong and throughout the United States, including Childsplay and Nashville Children's Theater.  As a community artist, she has worked in residence at the Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development and is in training for iCreate at Phoenix Children's Hospital.  She hopes to use drama as a tool for exploration with refugee, homeless, incarcerated, abused, youth communities in Arizona and abroad. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Theatre For Youth at Arizona State University.


Session Presenters:
Ashley Hare, Arizona State University

Bio: Ashley Hare aims to make the arts available to youth of every ability, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. She has worked with nationally recognized organizations such as Girls Inc. and Campfire USA as well as the Omaha Theater Company and Imagination Stage, offering creative arts programming to various populations. She recently created theatrical programming in collaboration with visual artist Gregory Sales on his "It's not just black and white" exhibition, which examines conflicting viewpoints, perspectives and values of the criminal justice systems. She is currently artist in residence at the Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, a resource center for homeless youth. While there, she continues to create devised theatre performances and daily digital storytelling projects. She is currently seeking a Master in Fine Arts in Theatre for Youth at Arizona State University.

W. Riley Braem, Arizona State University

Bio: W. Riley Braem holds a BS in Theatre Performance/Theatre Design with a Minor in Dance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Riley has worked as a director, actor, and teaching artist in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arizona. As a theatre artist, he hopes to work with theatres to expand their current education programs to include classes for the autistic community while also helping to develop performances that take into consideration the sensory sensitivities the ASD community has. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Theatre for Youth and Graduate Certificate for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Arizona State University.

Kathleen Arcovio, Arizona State University

Bio: Kathleen Arcovio is a second year MFA in the Theatre for Youth program at Arizona State University. She is focusing on theatre education and plans to get her teaching certification. Prior to coming to ASU, Kathleen attended Northwestern University and received a BA in Theatre. Kathleen has worked as a teaching artist in Chicago and Phoenix, working with students from ages 4 to 30. Recent projects include teaching at Childsplay and directing Susan and the Scissor Women, a new play for young audiences, at ASU.
Emily Freeman, University of Texas at Austin

Bio: Emily Freeman is a second year MFA candidate in the Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities program at The University of Texas at Austin. Emily graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with a BA in Theatre and Sociology, and has worked in Chicago, IL, London, UK, Washington, D.C., Sarasota, FL, Orlando, FL and most recently Austin, TX as a director, applied theatre artist, and teaching artist. She's applied drama and theatre as medium for social justice and for social change in retirement communities and nursing homes, schools, juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters and with young people who have autism, cerebral palsy, and down syndrome.


Creating an Accessible Theater Session Chair:

Marielle Duke, City College of New York, Adaptive Arts Theater Company

Bio: In the Independent Theater community in New York, she has worked as a designer, stage manager, and producer, but her main role is that of director. She has directed for Boomerang Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Source, Center Stage, and World Theater Day, among others. While serving as Artistic Director of  Adaptive Arts Theater Company, she has directed Brecht's "Good Woman of Setzuan," Barrie's "Alice Sit by the Fire," and multiple readings and workshops for their "Autism Initiative" new works program. She recently completed her Masters Thesis in Educational Theater at City College. During the day, she teaches theater to children across the five boroughs.


Representations of Latino/as for, by, and with Youth Session Chair:
Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, University of Texas at Austin

Bio: Roxanne Schroeder-Arce currently serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre Education at the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance. She has also taught at Emerson College in Boston and California State University Fresno.

Aside from her teaching, Schroeder-Arce is a director, performer, and playwright. Her bilingual plays have been presented to children and youth in theatres around the United States. Her plays Señora Tortuga and Legend of the Poinsettia and Sangre de Un Angel are published by Anchorage Press PLAYS. She has taught workshops on issues of diversity in theatre for young audiences nationally and internationally.


Session Presenters:
Gillian McNally, University of Northern Colorado

Bio: Gillian currently serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre Education at the University of Northern Colorado where she teaches K-12 pre-service teachers, graduate level students and produces TYA plays for the local community. She is the recipient of the Alliance for Colorado Theatre's 2011 Higher Education Theatre Educator of the Year Award. Her writing has been published in Stage of the Art, Incite/Insight, and Theatre for Young Audiences Today. She serves on the executive board of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA.
Laura McCammon, University of Arizona

Bio: Laura A. McCammon is Professor and Teacher Certification Program Coordinator at the University of Arizona in Tucson.


Theater Teachers and Students with Learning Disabilities Session Chair:

Sarah H. Mayper, Boston University

Bio: Sarah Mayper is a veteran theater educator with 20 years of experience in high schools, professional theater, and teacher education.  Her current research focuses on students with disabilities who are talented in the arts.


Literacy for All Session Chair:

Sibyl Barnum, Puget Sound Educational Service District

Bio: Sibyl Barnum is Director of Arts Education for Puget Sound Educational Service District in Washington State, home of Arts Impact, an in-depth professional development program that trains teachers to integrate visual and performing arts into the core curriculum. Arts Impact is a nationally known model for arts education and has received six U.S. Department of Education (DoEd) arts in education grants. She has been Arts Education Director at PSESD for eight years. Previously, Sibyl served as Education Director for Eugene Ballet and Eugene Opera in Oregon. Sibyl holds a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oregon.


Session Presenters:
Rachel Atkins, Teaching Artist - Arts Impact; playwright

Bio: Rachel Atkins, Theater Artist Mentor, is Scriptwriter and Education Director for Living Voices in Seattle. She works as a master teaching artist for Seattle Repertory Theatre and Book-It Repertory Theatre, and is a member of the Washington State Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster. Previously, she was the Scriptwriter/Dramaturge and Director of Education for Ardeo Theatre Project in St. Julien l'Ars, France. Rachel has over sixteen years of writing, teaching and directing experience in Seattle, New York and France. She graduated from Dartmouth College and holds her Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University. Rachel joined Arts Impact in 2008.

Dave Quicksall, Teaching Artist - Arts Impact and others

Bio: Dave Quicksall, Theater Artist Mentor, received a BA in Theater at the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MFA in acting at UCLA. Dave has worked as a professional actor, director, and writer for all the major theatres in Seattle. Dave has worked as a Teaching Artist for Arts Impact since 2003. He received training and experience in aesthetic education under the tutelage of Eric Booth and was a teaching artist with the Wolftrap Center in Washington DC. Dave has worked as a teaching artist for Intiman's "Living History," the Seattle Children's Theatre and the Seattle Shakespeare Company.

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