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Friday, August 10  (Friday Session Chairs and Presenter Bios)
 

 

Investing in Quality: Collaborating  with Artists and Educators to Advance Quality Theater Teaching and Learning

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 9:30AM-11:00AM

Category: Professional Development

Level: Intermediate

You know quality when you see it, even more so when you don't. So, how do we as a theater education community evaluate and assess quality? Participants will engage in discussions about:

-              building a common language for quality

-              documenting evidence of quality arts teaching and learning, and

-              strategies for increasing quality

 

Calling All Directors

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: Professional Development

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Our panel of directors represents extensive experience in Youth, Children's Theatre, Community Theatre, Equity, Middle and High School, College/University and Freelance directing.  Our panel will serve to facilitate an open discussion and the exchange of ideas.  CALLING ALL DIRECTORS is one of a few sessions specifically for directors.  We examine similarities and appreciate our differences with an emphasis on cooperation and communication to benefit and facilitate our professional growth.  Before conference we will poll previous attendees to generate topics of common goals, problems and solutions and we anticipate you will bring Your's.  EVERYONE is invited for this exciting opportunity to collaborate.

 

Looking for Lilith demonstrates how to generate student-created original works, using Forum Theatre, modeling their award-winning "Choices: An Interactive Play on Cyberbullying and Suicide" .

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 9:30AM-11:00AM

Category: High School

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Using Looking for Lilith Theatre Company's award-winning, interactive, multimedia production Choices: An Interactive Play on Cyberbullying and Suicide as a model, we will explore the use of Forum Theatre techniques to address social issues with middle and high school students.  Participants will explore how teachers, teaching artists and students can work together to create a Forum Theatre piece addressing an issue that is specific to their school or community, which can then be performed by a student company in area schools.  In this hands-on workshop, participants will work together to develop an outline for a Forum Theatre based program addressing a specific issue facing young people today.

 

College/University/Research Panel

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 9:30AM-10:55AM

Category: CUR

Level: Beginner

The annual College/University/Research Network Debut Panel will include presentation of research by scholars who are new to AATE and have not presented at the conference in previous year. Presenters were selected by peer review, and presentations will be followed by comments from scholars in the field. Panelists include: Amanda Boyle (University of Missouri – Kansas City): "Laurie Brooks: A Coterie of Plays and Concepts” Ben Hardin (University of Texas Austin): "Theorizing Context Through Identity Exploration”


Bringing Stories to Life: Using Early Bridges Storytelling Strategies in Your Classroom

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 9:30AM-11:00AM

Category: Applied Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Being an effective storyteller is easy. With an understanding of story functions and the way that functional beats can help to organize the plot structure, storytellers of all ages are empowered to own the stories and tell them with ease. The Early Bridges program uses this story function strategy as a foundation for creating their curriculum to be used with early learners in classrooms around the Twin Cities. Workshop participants will be guided through interactive storytelling strategies used by teaching artists to engage early learners in story creation and constructing story chants and dances.

 

A Necessary Revolution: Using Process Drama to Explore Race and Privilege with Educators and Future Educators

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 9:30AM-11:00AM

Category: College/University/Research

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

This workshop is an interactive process drama followed by discussion about how to utilize this type of work with educators.  In this session, participants will engage in a process drama related to the theme of silencing and then discusses this theme in relation to race and privilege in education.  Attendees will experience participation in an in-role drama and will see how dramatic activities can be used in teacher training and professional development as a tool for social change. Activities in this workshop will be useful for teachers and those who train teachers and aspiring teachers, as well as anyone concerned about race and privilege in education.  This workshop will be hands-on and participatory.


Reveal, Revise, Repeat: How to develop quick and quality formative assessment tools with your Theater students.

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 9:30AM-11:00AM

Category: PreK-8

Level: Beginner; Intermediate

Reveal, Revise, Repeat. No, it's not your shampoo, but you might end up using it every day! Award winning  Theater Educator from New York City's public schools, Wilhelmine Hartong shares her own personal and professional journey with formative assessment in her Drama Classroom. Presenting her own action research and that of her cohort, participants will see examples of how to create criteria WITH their students that lead to greater learning outcomes in Theater. Ms. Hartong will model how she created quality assessment tools with limited teaching time. Suitable for Theater Educators and Teaching Artists working with PreK-8th grade students.


Applying Vygotsky's theory of compensation to the visually impaired child through process drama

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: PreK-8

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

This study focuses on the intersection of three components – the visually impaired child, Vygotsky's learning theories in relation to the 'blind child', and process drama as a teaching and learning medium. Initially a problem is identified: how do you teach a visually impaired child in a context (process drama) that is visually biased? The problem is then framed within Vygotsky's theories of 'defectology' – that a visually impaired child requires a mediation that addresses the development of "higher mental functions", which Vygotsky saw as being distinctly 'at risk' within children of special needs. The study proposes that process drama as a teaching tool offers a means of mediation for the unique learning and social needs of a visually impaired child.


STEM Science & Theater to Enlighten Minds

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: PreK-8

Level: Beginner; Intermediate

This workshop explores ways to introduce STEM-Science, Technology Engineering, and Math elements to preservice and practicing teachers using classic theater elements. I propose a new acronym "STEM" Science & Theater to Enlighten Minds!   Forty-four states have moved from a standards approach to the core curriculum for instruction. The core curriculum calls for a deeper understanding of fewer concepts.  Teaching through theater is the perfect vehicle to help students understand the complexities of science, technology, engineering and math. I model strategies that facilitate educators understanding and use of theater to teach STEM concepts more effectively.


Applied Theatre Techniques Swap: An exchange of exercises, techniques, ideas and resources for experienced and emerging applied theatre artists.

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: Applied Theatre

Level: Intermediate; Advanced

Are you a lone wolf in your Applied Theatre practice?  Although autonomy for an artist is freeing and rewarding, we also crave to engage with other artists who develop community based work.  Come and fulfill your craving for the opportunity to engage with like-minded artists to swap exercises, techniques, ideas and resources.  Selected presenters will demonstrate exercises for different purposes within this field with take home handouts.  Remaining time will be spent hearing from YOU about techniques and exercises that work in your community.


Advice from Nancy Swortzell: Reflections on her Legacy, Plans in Motion for the Future

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: College/University/Research

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Nancy Swortzell, award-winning university professor and administrator, producer, actress, director, author, mentor, philanthropist, dramaturg, set and lighting designer, stage manager, workshop leader, D.I.E. and T.I.E. specialist created visionary educational theatre programs, championed new plays for young audiences and mentored and inspired students, theatre artists and educators throughout the world. This session reveals how Nancy acquired these talents and worked to empower others to charge ahead in innovative ways.


This is REAL education:  Multiple dimensions of adolescent learning and development through drama/theatre, a research synthesis.

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: High School

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Secondary theatre educators know from experience that young people benefit in significant ways through deep engagement in drama/theatre participation.  Yet we do not always have access to data that supports our beliefs, and, as Sir Ken Robinson reportedly once said, "Without data, you're just another person with an opinion."  This paper synthesizes research studies to describe multiple dimensions of adolescent learning through theatre participation.  While many of the categories listed overlap, the paper will look at specific learnings and benefits to young people in the following areas:  "doing" and appreciating theatre; psychological development; emotional/social development; physical/psychomotor skills; public speaking and presentation skills; cognitive functions & skills; linguistic skills; attitudes, values, work ethic. The paper presentation will invite audience response and discussion.


Physical Theatre Through the Lens of Human Rights

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: High School

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Learn to lead a powerful human rights physical theatre devising project with your high school drama students!  Appropriate for students from beginning to advanced!  This engaging project has ample opportunities to challenge your most experienced students, while supporting your newest actors with clear and detailed scaffolding.  Session examples focus on humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and Democratic Republic of Congo, but could apply to many human rights situations currently taking place around the globe.  This is a hands-on seminar.  You will do a mini-version of the project you will learn to lead!  Come ready to be active.  Wear clothes that let you move and play!


Texting the Sun: Creating Original Work With Educational Content (that doesn't patronize, condescend, or induce eye-rolling)

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: Youth Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Exploring the challenge of developing theatre with strong thematic components for young audiences.  How to create theatre that leaves audiences thinking, talking, and asking questions vs. message-based work that reduces complex choices to simple bumper sticker prescriptions.

* Identifying relevant and compelling content

* Addressing points of learning or inquiry organically within a narrative structure

* Talking UP to your audience, whatever their age

Session will include:

- Demonstrations/readings of original work developed at Oregon Children's Theatre, including "Texting the Sun" (media literacy),  "1 ½" (bullying, social, emotional & psychological implications of childhood obesity), and "The Pressure Point!" (peer pressure, positive decision making)

- Development processes dissected

- Best practices: from producers to playwrights

- Assessment strategies and what to do with what you learn

 

Hey, Kids, Let's Put on a Show: How to Create Original Works of Children's Theatre in the New York City Public School System

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: PreK-8

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

For four years, theatre artist Adam Crescenzi and elementary educator Katie Kaufmann have been developing original children's theatre plays at Public School 3 in New York City's West Village.  Not only are these unique plays written specifically for and performed by a classroom of 2nd and 3rd graders, but their themes and content meet New York City Department of Education Curriculum standards.  Come learn about their creative process and see some of their work performed!


The Blue Violets Project: Creating an Empowering Community of Multiple Age Groups through Devised Theatre

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: Youth Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate

 In The Blue Violets Project, an ensemble of college and middle school women devised a play about confidence and community. Through bringing the women eye-to-eye to share, create, and learn from one another, the ensemble formed not only mentorships, but also a supportive family of girls their age and older. The ensembles discovered commonalities in the experiences of both age groups, and formed a community where both groups impacted one another.

In this session, we will explore the challenges and benefits of creating theatre with multiple age groups, and reflect on bridging communities and fostering mentorships through collaborative theatre.  Session attendees will participate in devising activities used throughout this project, and create short pieces inspired by issues and questions relevant to the participants.  

 

Publishing in the 21st Century: The Online Revolution

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 4:00PM-5:15PM

Category: Playwriting

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

A sit-down with Jonathan Dorf, playwright and co-founder of YouthPLAYS (www.youthplays.com), one of the premiere online publishers of plays for children and youth, to discuss the state of new play publishing today.  In this Q and A with playwright D.W. Gregory, Jonathan will talk about the origins and development of YouthPLAYS, and how the Internet and social media has revolutionized the way playwrights find their audiences and drama teachers (and students) can find hundreds of new works using the Web.  Since its founding, YouthPLAYS has grown to represent nearly one hundred playwrights and their works for young actors and audiences. Sit down with Jon to hear about his adventures in publishing and be ready to join a lively discussion.

 

New Guard Debut Session

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 4:00PM-5:15PM

Category: New Guard

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

The AATE New Guard proudly presents two new presenters to the AATE Conference. This session will serve as an opportunity for first-time conference presenters to share their work in the fields of educational theatre, creative drama, and theatre for young people. Join us for these fresh, new, and innovative presentations by the newest members of the field. (More specifics to follow with names of presenters and the topics.)

 

Maximizing Impact: Community Engagement for Social Justice

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 4:00PM-5:15PM

Category: Youth Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

How can we deepen community engagement beyond building audiences and class attendance without breaking the bank? How can theater programs use their staff talents and resources to impact community at multiple levels? In this interactive discussion, staff from The Theater Offensive (New England's premiere queer theater) will share how the organization's youth program, True Colors: Out Youth Theater, served as the model for the restructuring and new strategic vision of our entire organization. Join us as we discuss our program model, invite participants to share their own successes and challenges, and work together to create a list of best practices in community engagement for social justice.


Queering the Curriculum: Interrogating the K-12 Curriculum with Theatre & Drama as an Exploration of Identity Construction and Performance

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 4:00PM-5:15PM

Category: High School

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

This hands-on workshop focuses on the use of drama and theatre strategies as they are applied through a queer theoretical lens in the K-12 classroom. This drama work will create spaces for educators to question their own pedagogy with the intention of authenticating their curriculum. As a result, educators will have another resource to help them inspire self-motivated, autonomous, critically engaged students as lifelong learners.


Slamming Ahead: Idea Slams about the Future

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 4:00PM-5:15PM

Category: Professional Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Join fellow education directors, program managers, education coordinators etc. for an informal "idea slam" about challenges and opportunities facing the future of theatre and education.  Session participants will be invited to give their own two minute slam on a topic of interest followed by breakout conversations to explore ideas in-depth.  Bring your biggest ideas to add to the mix and be prepared to question everything.

 

powerless: A Superhero Drama Structure Based on Themes From the YA Novel by Matthew Cody.

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 4:00PM-5:15PM

Category: PreK-8

Level: Beginner; Intermediate

This hands-on session will invite participants to engage in a drama structure based on themes presented in the Young Adult novel Powerless by Matthew Cody.  In a world of mystery where people believe they live in "the safest town in America," a newcomer discovers a small band of school friends who are 1) endowed with secret super powers, and 2) engaged in a fierce struggle against a hidden menace. In addition to the exciting premise of mystery and adventure, the drama will offer opportunity to reflect upon such concepts as powerlessness, betrayal, bullying, and the "superpowers" that lie within all of us.

 

Teaching Through Theater: An Arts-Integrated Approach to Exploring the Traditional K4-8th Grade Curriculum

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 4:00PM-5:15PM

Category: Applied Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

First Stage's arts-integrated Teaching Through Theater programs strive to teach curricular subject content while simultaneously helping students develop character skills that will help them throughout life

These week-long theater-in-education programs utilize grade appropriate activities based in creative drama and process drama to teach lessons throughout the elementary and middle school curricula.  With over 15 established Teaching Through Theater lessons spanning the K4-8th grade Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science curriculum, First Stage offers meaningful and challenging curricula that respects all learners, develops their character, and helps them succeed. 

This session will actively explore a variety of First Stage's Teaching Through Theater programs, spanning different grade levels and subject content, and examine First Stage's process in the development, implementation and evaluation of these arts-integrated lessons.  

 

Pride Players: Devising through Improvisation to Create an Issue-Based Teen Theater Performance

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 5:30PM-6:45PM

Category: Youth Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Pride Players, an Omaha Theater Company teen theater troupe, is celebrating its 13th year of creating an annual improvisational play about being a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or straight-allied teen.  After our Keynote Performance to kick off the 2012 AATE Conference, the directors and teen actors will lead a hands-on workshop to share our process in creating our performance pieces.   Session participants will actively participate in improv games, small group discussion, and improvisational scene creation.   We'll also share how our project has been affected by community connections, a surprising financial growth, and  increased youth activism in the community.  We will end with a reflection and brainstorming session on how to use this process in other settings.


For Youth Inquiry: Devising Sexual Health Plays and Workshops through Applied Theatre Techniques

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 5:30PM-6:45PM

Category: Applied Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Join FYI for a performance and interactive workshop on using theater to ignite authentic dialogue about sexual health and sexual violence with young audiences. The session will begin with a showcase of our participatory play Project Us, which was 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 experience the creative tools used to devise Project Us and discuss how these techniques can 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.

 

Teaching the Art of Life through the Magic of Theatre: Identifying and Communicating Your Theatre Program's Life Skills Curriculum

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 5:30PM-6:45PM

Category: Youth Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Best-selling author Daniel Pink suggests that the future belongs to holistic thinkers, designers, and storytellers who utilize right-brain thinking to create solutions for the changing marketplace. How can theatre educators best identify and communicate the ways that their program cultivates life skills that extend beyond the stage? Participants will discuss the research supporting the integration of life skills and arts education. They will then engage in a hands-on demonstration and discuss how to effectively identify and communicate the artistic, academic, and social value of their program to their constituents.

 

Elements and Integration: An Holistic Approach to Theatre in High Schools

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 5:30PM-6:45PM

Category: Professional Development

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

StageLab principals will lead teacher participants in activities that are designed to engage and energize student participation in the drama and/or arts and humanities classroom, as well as in school productions. This session will focus on four specialties of the presenters: Shakespeare, Linklater Voice Work, Viewpoints, and Stage Combat. Through these specialty topics, teachers will a) review the fundamentals of theatre b) learn new skills and techniques to take back to their students and c) gain new insights into integrating theatre into other curriculum areas.

 

2012 AATE Research Awards Presentations

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 5:30PM-6:45PM

Category: College/University/Research

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

The AATE Research Award and The Distinguished Dissertation/Thesis Award are offered annually for significant research in any area of drama/theatre for young people.

 

Studio in the Classroom: An Interdisciplinary Investigation into the Art of Teaching in the Arts

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 5:30PM-6:45PM

Category: Professional Development

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Led by Maia Morgan and Nicole Losurdo, faculty for The Teaching Artist Development (TAD) Studio, this session will begin with an overview of the TAD studio, a comprehensive training program for teaching artists, followed by hands-on activities drawn from the curriculum. Participants will take part in an active investigation of the relationship between their practice as theater professionals and the work they do as teaching artists in schools and communities.  They'll discover how to develop dynamic curricula that is rooted in their own ideas and practice as artists and that engages students as creators in the artistic process. We'll wrap up with discussion of the TAD studio and the burgeoning teaching artist field as well as how it relates specifically to theater teaching artists.

  

Friday, 8/10/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: College/University/Research

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Examines the performance of patriotism on the stage(s) of the 1930s labor movement, in the street protests of the Tea Party and Occupy Wallstreet movements, and on the Gettysburg Battlefield with its frequent historical reenactments.  The panel explores the use of public and collected memory in the education, and possible manipulation, of each performance's intended audience(s), all of which includes adults as well as youth.   The panel considers how each "performance" included in the discussion frames particular moments of U.S. history in order to create or appeal to a perceived shared sense of national identity and to invite/encourage encourages their audience(s) to perform acts of patriotism or to perform as "patriots."

  

We're ALL in this Together/But WHO are WE? Using Drama Activities to Discover the Collective Identity of your Classroom Community

Friday, 8/10/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: New Guard

Level: Beginner

This workshop will focus on the exploration of identity construction for beginning teachers. We will employ drama activities, theatre games, and writing exercises to inform how we can discover who we are in the room with (including ourselves as teachers) in order to develop a classroom community identity that honors diversity and celebrates inclusion.


Add Verb's OUT & ALLIED Project:  acting for LGBTQ ally activism, youth empowerment while dodging the didactic, dull, and dangerous.

Friday, 8/10/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: Applied Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Artistic director and founder of Add Verb Productions Cathy Plourde will immerse workshop participants in the Out & Allied Project. Out & Allied is a youth-driven performance arts for activism project, featuring youth written or youth centric works dedicated to cultivating allies for LGTQ youth.  Workshop participants will: see samples of youth work (AV);  explore existing works (perform readers theatre-style, or quick-rehearse blocking); create the start of new works (prompts and improv). 

Throughout, participants will be asked to consider: ethics and safety concerns, especially when raising issues of gender, sexuality and orientation; embedding pedagogy without oversimplification; pros and cons of working with youth personal narratives; engaging community partners and resources; dramaturgy and capturing works developed.  Participants will leave with strategies, opportunities for their youth groups, and resources.

 

Becoming Mindful of the Hummingbird: Embracing the teachings of Wangari Maathai and Thich Nhat Hanh in Drama Education

Friday, 8/10/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: International

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

 This session will offer a brief introduction to the teachings of global activists Wangari Maathai and Thich Nhat Hanh. Their theories and writings will be employed to critically examine our practices as drama educators and offer us several ways to harness the energy we create through theatre and transform this animated spirit into a concentrated focus for writing exercises and reflective activities. This tranquil session will provide participants the opportunity to practice breathing and meditation practices from around the world to experience the potential of mindfulness to help us center ourselves and our students. Join us as we follow the hummingbird to the fire and contribute what we can to accomplish our goals and objectives in theatre education.

 

I'm Not Afraid of the Dark, I'm Afraid of What Might Be In The Dark: A discussion of scary plays for young audiences

Friday, 8/10/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: Professional Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Through guided discussion and sharing of experiences, participants will explore the ideas of "darkness" and "scariness" in plays for young audiences. Presenters will frame and guide the discussion, as well as sharing their experience of producing Susan and the Scissor Women, a scary new play for young audiences.

 

Utilizing Primary Resources to Connect Drama, Visual Arts and Social Studies

Friday, 8/10/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: Professional Development

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Join Kentucky arts educators Jane Dewey, Robert Duncan, and Jeff Jamner for a discussion around utilizing primary sources to develop dramatic activities for students to learn and exhibit deeper learning of content from other academic disciplines. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their own performance activities with the resources provided and are encouraged to share their own techniques of using drama to teach information from other academic content areas. Participants may also have the opportunity to discuss with students how drama helps them learn by using drama.

 

Building and Sustaining Programs: Challenges and Changes

Friday, 8/10/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: College/University/Research

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

This facilitated discussion focuses upon the challenges inherent in building and sustaining programs in theatre and theatre education, with the desired outcomes of sharing best practices, identifying common problems, recognizing viable solutions, and learning from each other. Topics include programming issues in higher education, professional theatre, touring theatre, community theatre, and arts consulting.  Participants will explore how successful past practices might be applied to current endeavors and contemplate the application of both innovative and practical solutions to today's challenges.  The session is designed as an open forum for sharing ideas, supporting each other, and generating networking opportunities. 

 

Museum Theatre: Primary Sources, Creative Voices.

Friday, 8/10/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: Applied Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

This session will include a performance and script analysis of Theater of War: Unresolved Conflict of Vietnam as well as a discussion about the concept, practice and impact of Museum Theatre on Museum campuses and in the school.  The piece is a one man, 18 minute performance that takes the audience on a tour of the Vietnam War through the eyes of Kentucky soldiers.  Afterward, participants will take a few moments to analyze the Theatre of War script to discuss how the script was created through the use of primary source material.  The session will conclude with a discussion on the Museum Theatre program's incorporation of creative dramatics in school workshops as well as in the traditional museum setting to enhance the general visitor's experiences.

 

Voyages Across the Spectrum: Adapting Curriculum to Fit the Needs of Youth With an Austism Spectrum Disorder

Friday, 8/10/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: Professional Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate

Across the last two years here at NCT, we've been adapting our Theatre Voyagers Series of classes to fit the needs of young people with an autism spectrum disorder.  It's been a process of "learn as you go," both for us and for the students involved;and it's been immensely rewarding.

Along our journey, we've sought connections with other organizations doing drama work with kids on the spectrum, and found a lack of resources and conversation relating to recreational drama for youth with an ASD.

Through this facilitated discussion, we hope to share our experiences with other theatre education practitioners, and open a dialogue that will share best practices and inspire other groups to feel empowered in programming for this underserved group of young people.

 

International Network Debut Panel: Sharing International Experiences in the Arts with and for Youth

Friday, 8/10/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: International

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

This will serve as the International Network's second debut panel. It will feature panelists new to AATE who will share their experiences abroad working with and for youth in the arts. It is our intent for this panel to give participants an opportunity to bring their experiences to the AATE community and for the community to gain an understanding of the participants work, its value to the culture of the host nation and the lessons learned.

 

Translation in Scale: Developing a Drama Program Based on Big Dreams

Friday, 8/10/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: PreK-8

Level: Beginner; Intermediate

A person's dream became a reality when they built a school that gave every young person from their community the opportunity to learn about, and through, the arts.  When a middle school located in rural town was given resources to build a visual and performing arts wing, the possibilities seemed endless.  After years of living in their space, it became clear that just having the stuff was not enough to give the arts an important role in this particular community, especially when it came to their drama program.  Through the lens of a school administer, counselor, and a program provider, participants will be guided through a middle school's approach to developing a drama program based on big dream, but tailored to their community's reality.

 

The Living Literature Project: Incorporating Drama into the English Curriculum

Friday, 8/10/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: High School

Level: Beginner; Intermediate

The Living Literature Project is a high school outreach program designed by theatre students at Utah State University, which aspires to bridge the gap between performance and core content standards. Our session will provide educators with the tools necessary to provide students with an appreciation of dramatic literature outlined within the core curriculum. These tools will provide a multiplicity of modalities to reach students who may struggle within the traditional methods of education. The Living Literature Project utilizes tried and true drama strategies to present dramatic literature in a new light. Interdisciplinary collaboration is the foundation for higher order thinking skills in students, and our project provides teachers with exciting ways to bring theatrical content into classical literature.

 

Do We Have to be Oppressed?: Engaging Theatre of the Oppressed Techniques Toward Diverse Goals

Friday, 8/10/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: Applied Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

This there a contradiction in using TO techniques without an eye toward alleviating oppression? Boal charged practitioners to alter the techniques when working within communities.  Simultaneously, Boal created a drawing of the tree of TO where politics, solidarity, ethics, philosophy, economics and history provide the nutrients for the roots of image, sound a word.  These roots grow to comprise TO's many branches.  This perceived contradiction between multiplying the applications of TO and the adherence to the foundational nutrients is a vital one to address within TO and educational communities.  Through games, exercises, and discussion, this workshop provides practitioners opportunities to physicalize this dilemma and see how/if what emerges detracts from the foundational intentions of TO or pushes it to explore new dimensions of the work.

 

Youth Theatre Network: Games Exchange XI

Friday, 8/10/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: Youth Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

We're back!! Join us for a hands-on exchange of dynamic and purposeful games and exercises for those working in Youth Theatre. The goal of the exchange is to help identify and share games and exercises for building foundational theatre skills (e.g. ensemble, trust, risk-taking, active listening etc…) and an understanding of the process' of theatre (e.g. character creation, sequencing, objective/obstacle, etc...). Participants receive packets with detailed games for rehearsal and for class.

 

Theatre, Drama, and the 21st Century Skills Movement

Friday, 8/10/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: High School

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

This discussion will provide attendees with an overview of the "21st Century Skills" movement, particularly how it relates to secondary education.  The discussion will then move forward to an examination of the role that theatre and drama can and should play as schools evolve to teaching "21st Century Skills".

 

Project Rwanda: A Theatre for Reconciliation and Development Collaboration

Friday, 8/10/2012, 2:30PM-3:45PM

Category: Applied Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Development was conceived as a multi-year program whereby faculty and students from the CUNY MA in Applied Theatre were invited to travel to Rwanda to assist Rwandan students and teachers to acquire applied theatre skills. The project has been active for two summers. This workshop will share the challenges and illuminate approaches used to address them. Participants will be encouraged to explore processes and try out activities that were found to be effective in the service of the twin goals of training for the future while building a creative community in the present. Among strategies explored will be the use of Theatre of the Oppressed models and the creation of a cross-cultural play in a day.

 

Advancing Youth Theatre: The 2012 Summit,Identify, Explore, and Reflect: Defining Best Practices in the Field of Youth Theatre

Friday, 8/10/2012, 2:30PM-3:45PM

Category: Youth Theatre

Level: Intermediate; Advanced

In January of 2012, members of the Youth Theatre Network, teaching artists, education directors, and administrators gathered together for a 2 ½ day 'advance' at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD. The goal of the summit was to identify, explore, and reflect on best practices in working with young people aged 8-18. We worked with students.  We worked with each other.  We discussed what we do on camera. See the outcomes of this exciting weekend and gear up to plan your own "Network Advance"! 

 

TheatreBridge: Using visual theatre to enhance literacy

Friday, 8/10/2012, 2:30PM-3:45PM

Category: Professional Development

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Using selections from work by Shel Silverstein, this workshop encourages participants to explore physical interpretations to poetry. The process enhances the participant's acting skills and their access to the text.

 

Spiritual Reflection through Drama and War-Themed Plays: Strategies For Discussion & Engagement

Friday, 8/10/2012, 2:30PM-3:45PM

Category: High School

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

In secular settings where theatre is practiced with youth, discussions of spirituality, and by extension religion, are often skirted to avoid possible repercussions from administrators, parents, colleagues and community members. This workshop focuses on the roles of spirituality, faith and religion in drama and theatre with for and by young people. We build upon last year's successful Chicago session and approach spirituality from the theme of war to question how young people engage the concept of armed conflict. In this session, scenes (I Never Saw Another Butterfly for middle school, and A Piece of My Heart for High School) are presented as session members participate in strategies that foster discussion among students, and reflection upon the pedagogical implications of these spiritually framed practices.

 

From Selection to Performance: The Production Processes of Young Playwrights Festivals

Friday, 8/10/2012, 2:30PM-3:45PM

Category: High School

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Find out how a young playwrights festival works. Get helpful tips for your student playwrights. Representatives from different young playwrights programs will present information on how script submissions are reviewed and how selected scripts are developed for performance. Topics to be explored may include specific details and qualities that a festival looks for in student writing and how young playwrights are incorporated into the revision and rehearsal processes. Ideas and techniques discussed may be applied to classroom or studio settings. The session will conclude with brief excerpts of young playwrights' scripts in performance and a question and answer session with the presenters.

 

Dresses for The Hundred Dresses: How TYA Fosters Real Audience Participation

Friday, 8/10/2012, 2:30PM-3:45PM

Category: College/University/Research

Level: Intermediate; Advanced

This session will follow the narrative of Brigham Young University's TYA touring production of The Hundred Dresses and the details of its outreach and educational goals. The overarching project included performances in several venues-university settings, public libraries and numerous elementary schools.  The project also included a statewide dress drive; the clothing drive gave immigrant and refugee women, young and old, the opportunity to own gently used dresses to wear for special occasions.  While the project's educational goals were present in both the production and outreach, they were strongest in the post-performance workshops actors facilitated with audience members, which this session will also cover.  The session will include photos, video and discussion led by the director and dramaturg for The Hundred Dresses.

 

Devising Arizona: A community-based, collaboration

Friday, 8/10/2012, 2:30PM-3:45PM

Category: Playwriting

Level: Intermediate

Participants will have the opportunity to hear about the three-year process of  devising and playwriting collaboration that resulted in ASU's community based production of UNTOLD STORIES/UNSUNG HEROES, and will also be invited to participate in a short devising exercise that incorporates a mix of old and new forms.  Our mission is to inspire them to try this process in their own work, or to do as we did, and mix a myriad of forms together to create their own unique process.  A process that honors the stories of all participants, who may discover a wealth of untold stories and unsung heroes not only within the immediate ensemble, but also within their community at large

 

Student-Driven, Critical Discussion in the Classroom-- New Observation Protocols for Measuring Speaking, Listening and Comprehension Skills through Critical Pedagogy and Reflection

Friday, 8/10/2012, 2:30PM-3:45PM

Category: PreK-8

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

How do we strengthen and ultimately measure students' comprehension, speaking and listening skills in the classroom? The Neighborhood Bridges Program of Minneapolis Children's Theatre Company (CTC) has partnered once again with the University of Minnesota to develop a new discussion observation protocol, aligned with state and national language and theatre arts standards, to explore and assess these vital skills.

By engaging in interactive storytelling, followed by critical discussion , participants will experience first-hand how this new observation protocol is being pilot tested in the public schools, the philosophy behind the design of the tool, and participants will also have an opportunity to utilize the tool during the session.

 

Youth Theater Collaboration Model: How Three Queer Youth Theaters Got Together For A Weekend Of Fun, Learning, And Sharing

Friday, 8/10/2012, 4:00PM-5:30PM

Category: Youth Theatre

Level: Intermediate; Advanced

This past September, youth and directors of three queer youth theaters from Omaha (Pride Players), Pittsburgh (Dreams of Hope) and Boston (True Colors) gathered at The Theater Offensive in Boston for the first-ever Queer Youth Theater Summit. This provided a unique opportunity for attendees to connect around their shared goals: theater for self-expression, exploring identity, advocating for LGBT issues, and becoming engaged civically.  In this session we will present the successes, challenges, and impact the summit had on the participants.  In addition to sharing the activities and structure of this summit, participants will also explore ways this model can be used with other youth theater programs in the same city or further apart.

 

Reflecting Forward: Challenging and Changing our Present and Future Through Reflections on our Best Practice

Friday, 8/10/2012, 4:00PM-5:30PM

Category: High School

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

This session will begin as participants share stories naming the best of what we do as theatre teachers. We will build from these narrative reflections of best practice, to physical and improvised explorations of "what could be" and final reflections and sharing of "what will be" now and in our future theatre classrooms and practice. Prompted by excerpts from the presenters' ethnographic study of theatre teachers' practices around the country, this exchange of personal story, discussion, improvised performance and final reflection will serve as a catalyst for celebrating and strengthening our current and future practice.

 

Workshopping New Plays with Playwrights: Models and Strategies for Middle and High School Directors

Friday, 8/10/2012, 4:00PM-5:30PM

Category: Playwriting

Level: Intermediate

Participants will observe and discuss two examples of workshopping new plays with professional playwrights and a secondary school directors.  The directors and playwright will work with the students for an hour or two prior to the session and then continue the work for 20 to 30 minutes during the session.  The session will provide concrete examples of how middle and high school teachers can work with a playwright in residence to develop a new work in a way that cultivates the script while engaging students in the process of creating new works.  Participants will receive copies of articles that depict other examples of workshopping new plays in middle schools and high schools.

 

Future of the Field: How Soon-To-Be Leaders of the TFY Field Imagine the Next 30 Years of TYA

Friday, 8/10/2012, 4:00PM-5:30PM

Category: Professional Development

Level: Beginner; Intermediate

The world is changing. Giants in the field of Theatre for Youth are retiring and professional theatres, non-profits, and education programs are reevaluating how they can stay solvent and viable in the economic instability that has become part of our everyday lives. As students with diverse interests and talents, we would like to share our interests and trends that we are seeing take place throughout the United States in the field of Theatre for Youth. Join us for a dialogue and share your experiences and views on how the field is changing.

 

Creating an Accessible Theater: Breaking the Barriers of Empathy and Engagement

Friday, 8/10/2012, 4:00PM-5:30PM

Category: Professional Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

This session would look at ways to make theater more accessible to audiences with Autism and sensory processing disorders. Focusing specifically on behavioral barriers and barriers created by deficits in empathetic abilities, it will look at how we've defined appropriate audience engagement up until now and how changing our benchmark for successful engagement in theater can make it more accessible to nontraditional populations. Using a workshop format with a balance between activities and reflection, we'll consider our spoken and unspoken expectations of audience members, what value we place on the experience of seeing theater (considering both Aristotle's push for empathy and Brecht's push for the Alienation Effect), and what theater can become as an experience for diverse populations both in our schools and in performance.

 

Representations of Latino/as for, by, and with Youth

Friday, 8/10/2012, 4:00PM-5:30PM

Category: College/University/Research

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

In this interactive session, participants will read scenes from published bilingual plays written to be performed for and by children and youth. Professional directors, publishers, playwrights and producers will discuss how these plays have been received in various communities throughout the U.S.  After reading play selections, participants and panel guest will discuss the larger implications behind doing TYA. Topics include:  Issues of race and casting, Accessibility and affordability, Marketing, Community engagement and investment.

 

Theater Teachers and Students with Learning Disabilities: Taking a Vital Role in Our Students' Lives as Learners

Friday, 8/10/2012, 4:00PM-5:30PM

Category: High School

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

This workshop invites participants to think and talk about the role of theatre teachers in the lives of students with disabilities.  What can we contribute to the process of creating and implementing meaningful accommodations for students with disabilities?  What do we know about our students as learners and how can we support them and help them connect what they learn in our classes to their academic work?  Participants will examine  sample student's work in theatre and in standard academic classes as a way of exploring these questions. The presenter will share what she has learned through interviews with theatre students with disabilities to bring their perspective to the discussion.  Participants will leave the workshop prepared to participate in IEP meetings effectively and to share their unique perspective on learning with academic teachers, special educators, parents, and students.

 

Literacy for All: Words and Action.  Learning in literacy through professional development in the arts. Examine authentically shared concepts in literacy and theater

Friday, 8/10/2012, 4:00PM-5:30PM

Category: Professional Development

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

This interactive session will examine how the arts-infused professional development Arts Impact program empowers teachers to engage ALL students in reading and writing. Participants experience lessons demonstrating shared concepts (inference, character, story structure) and shared learning processes (reflection, generating ideas, making meaning). Arts Impact is a nationally recognized arts professional development program for teachers.

Participants will be asked to filter their experience using the following questions: In what ways can professional development in the arts improve teacher practice across disciplines? What processes involved in professional development through the arts is different from professional development in other disciplines? What attributes of arts-infused instruction enhances learning for students? How does arts-infused teaching and learning move the needle away from the "silo" approach to teacher and learning?


Creating a SPARK!: Devising Interactive Storytelling Performances for Very Young Audiences

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: Professional Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Experience the devising process used by SPARK! Theatre Ensemble in creating Interactive Storytelling performances specifically designed for children under the age of four. This is a participatory workshop where participants will be led through SPARK!'s five part collaborative process to allow them the experience of creating a short Interactive Storytelling performance. Throughout the process the SPARK! artists will share the underlying philosophy behind their process, considerations in creating/devising pieces for very young audiences and what they have learned using this process as an ensemble over the past year to create monthly Interactive Storytelling performances for the Austin Children's Museum.

 

Envisioning the InQUEERsive Classroom: Finding strategies to create and foster a LGBTQ-inclusive drama classroom environment

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: Youth Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate

How can youth theatre educators create and foster an LGBTQ-inclusive space in the classroom? What are some activities that teachers can use to address issues of bullying, sexuality, and gender identity? In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore techniques and discuss strategies that theatre educators can use, both in the classroom and in the rehearsal room, to create and foster a safer and more supportive space for students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ). In addition to modeling some techniques through role-playing and movement exercises, we will also be engaging participants in dialogue about how to be more aware of the long-lasting effects of verbal and non-verbal actions in the classroom.

 

Overcoming Differences and Charging Ahead: How a Secondary Theatre Program Brought Differing Communities Together

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: PreK-8

Level: Intermediate

This session will highlight the theatre program that was developed as a result for the Lin Wright Professional Teaching Grant. Session presenters will guide participants through the process students engaged in to develop an original piece about cultural barriers. Presenters will get to see examples of the student's work from varying stages of the process, as well as the teacher's process for developing this as a key part of their theatre curriculum. This will be an interactive session where participants will be guided through parts of the process as well as gain insight of what the experience was like. Moments will be embedded to ask questions about the process and reflect on the guided activities during the session.  This will be an opportunity for the 2011 Lin Wright Professional Teaching Grant winner to discuss their experience, receive feedback, and share ideas with a community of theatre educators.

 

Activating Literature: Theatrical Tools for the ELA Classroom

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: High School

Level: Beginner; Intermediate

In light of the recent focus on the Common Core Learning Standards, theater educators, must be able to work creatively to engage students in the ELA curriculum. This session, leads participants through an active exploration of sequential, on-your-feet activities that serve as entry points into character, setting, plot, tone and POV in order to further inspire student learning. 

 

Strengthening our professional development practice and alliance through the use of technology

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: Professional Development

Level: Intermediate

As technology becomes more advanced and accessible it challenges the ways theater educators present content, document work, and share with colleagues.  Rather than sit idly by, we want to harness the possibilities that technology presents in order to advance the field of arts education practice. To that end, the PD Network co-chairs will share a short presentation on the Best Practices Video Archiving Project in the hopes of garnering feedback, generating new approaches and soliciting video submissions.  They will then lead a discussion on ways we can create greater connectivity among AATE members beyond the scope of the conference, ways we are all currently using technology in our own practice, and brainstorm future PD/technology goals and needs to be shared with the AATE leadership.


Beings and Becomings: Emergent Perspectives on Performance, Identity and Youth

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: College/University/Research

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Our panel will look forward into the future of TYA by focusing on ongoing research from ASU doctoral students. This work explores ethnicity, cultural hybridity, girlhood, agency and identity structures created and understood through performance and theatrical techniques. Dr. Stephani Etheridge Woodson will moderate the panel and a senior scholar will provide focused response. We aim to explore the possibilities ahead for the field of TYA by providing a space for dialogue with AATE conference participants regarding research and scholarship on theatre for, with, and by youth.

 

Dramatic Play for Development: creating interactive drama programming for families with children on the autism spectrum

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: Applied Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

In this MFA thesis project, drama practitioner and behavior therapist Tina Ulrich teamed up with the Heart of Texas Autism Network in Central Texas to create a series of creative play workshops for parents and children on the autism spectrum. The project explores the applications of drama-based activities to encourage social and communication skills in young children (ages 3-5) on the autism spectrum, while simultaneously teaching parents to use responsive teaching strategies to engage and enhance the quality of play with their child. This project also explores the integration of arts-based strategies with evidence based "best practices" in the field of special education, and the challenge of building bridges between what many perceive to be disparate areas of research.

 

Middle School Methods: Devising Theatre with the Teen Set

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: PreK-8

Level: Beginner; Intermediate

Can devised theatre help us understand the deeper themes of literature? This interactive information presentation, led by the Wingspan Arts Education Staff, will discuss how Teaching Artists can combine the arts with core curriculum through devised theatre. Participants will be provided with tools and resources for future use.

 

Calling All Directors

Thursday, 8/9/2012, 9:30AM-10:45AM

Category: Professional Development

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Our panel of directors represents extensive experience in Youth, Children's Theatre, Community Theatre, Equity, Middle and High School, College/University and Freelance directing.  Our panel will serve to facilitate an open discussion and the exchange of ideas.  CALLING ALL DIRECTORS is one of a few sessions specifically for directors.  We examine similarities and appreciate our differences with an emphasis on cooperation and communication to benefit and facilitate our professional growth.  Before conference we will poll previous attendees to generate topics of common goals, problems and solutions and we anticipate you will bring Your's.  EVERYONE is invited for this exciting opportunity to collaborate.

 

Dorothy Heathcote: Transforming Teaching and Learning.

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: PreK-8

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Drama in education was revolutionized by the praxis of Dorothy Heathcote (1926-2011). Using recent examples from classroom teaching P-12 as illustrations, this session will explore applications of some of her core inventions and approaches: teacher in role, expert frames, inquiry, negotiation, and laughter.

 

Process drama as a prereading strategy in the elementary classroom

Saturday., 8/11/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: PreK-8

Level: Beginner

Use process drama to motivate students to read and empower them to learn especially if they are reluctant learners and struggling readers. We will use a variety of process drama strategies (tableau, hot-seating, inner hot-seating, teacher in role, and using the art work found in textbooks as a pretext for drama. We will use the Common Core standards that are appropriate for most states.

 

Charging Ahead through Project-Based Learning: UT Austin's Living Newspaper Project

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: Professional Development

Level: Beginner; Intermediate

Explore the University of Texas at Austin's Living Newspaper Project, an arts-based partnership between the University of Austin and Austin Independent School District.  Participants will engage in an active exploration of this project-based learning model, and a discussion of the role of project-based learning in English Language Learning classrooms.   Come experience this expanding, changing program with one of its teaching artists.

 

Provocative Histories, Innovative Pedagogies, and Shifting Ideologies: Research in International TYA

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 11:00AM-12:15PM

Category: International

Level: Advanced

In this panel we will reflect on the provocative histories, innovative pedagogies and shifting ideologies in Mexican, Japanese, Korean and Russian TYA. Using a variety of sources and methodologies, each paper seeks to explore/explain shifting ideologies that have shaped TYA in each country both in the present, and historically.  The first paper will discuss TYA in Mexico following the Mexican Revolution. The paper will explain how new government programs coupled with ideologies about children and childhood changed and were exhibited in the TYA of the period. The second paper will discuss shifting ideologies of Japanese TYA during and post the 1945 American Occupation. This paper will discuss the scripts censored by Americans during the occupation. The third paper will explore the National Theatre of Korea's attempts to set up a National Theatre for Young Audience company and their relationship (both practically and theoretically) to USAmerican TYA companies. This paper will discuss the status quo of TYA in Korea and in the US and explore the reasons for stasis or possible change in both nations. The fourth paper will discuss experiences of process-oriented work in Rostov Russia. The paper will discuss a recent applied theatre project at a Russian school as part of the Rostov TYA Festival, Minifest. A moderated discussion will follow the paper presentations.

 

The OSU/RSC Stand Up for Shakespeare Partnership Program: The Classroom as Rehearsal Room

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 3:30PM-4:45PM

Category: High School

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

For the last three years, the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Ohio State University have worked together to introduce the RSC's Stand Up for Shakespeare program to North America. The pedagogical manifesto of this partnership is simple, but effective: See It Live – Do It on Your Feet – Start It Earlier.

We propose a workshop session at this year's AATE conference that demonstrates the "classroom as rehearsal room" techniques fundamental to Stand Up for Shakespeare. We will demonstrate introductory exercises to Shakespeare's Hamlet that can be used for students of all levels, and can be particularly effective for students who have difficulty with traditional methods. No previous experience with Shakespeare is necessary for participation.

 

Devised Theatre: Here, There and Everywhere! Using various dramatic strategies to create theatre with young people while strengthening literacy skills.

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 3:30PM-4:45PM

Category: PreK-8

Level: Beginner; Intermediate

This devised theatre workshop will explore a variety of educational theatre techniques creating original work with young people while improving literacy skills.  We will explore devising through dramatic strategies such as story drama, process drama, monologue/scene/ensemble work, image theater and improvisation. Participants will actively engage in these activities being inspired by personal experience and literature (including Ferdinand the Bull and The House on Mango Street). This work can be activated with a variety ages, with particular focus on both urban and suburban PK , 8th communities.  This workshops uses strategies that have been part of the educational theatre field for years, but moves ahead by focusing on giving students a voice through devised theatre.

 

Improbable Players: using applied theater in addictions prevention

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 3:30PM-4:45PM

Category: Applied Theatre

Level: Beginner

Applied theater has the power to raise awareness and generate change. In this workshop you will learn techniques that Improbable Players use to inspire playmaking about alcohol and other drug prevention through improvisation and true-to-life stories.

 

New Research in Secondary Theatre Education: Findings & Applications

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 3:30PM-4:45PM

Category: College/University/Research

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

This interactive research session includes presentations on new studies exploring contemporary theatre education in high schools.  Topics include teacher & administrator perceptions of the roles and value of theatre education, teacher beliefs regarding best practices in the classroom, and the latest research methodologies. 

Presenters will briefly share results of their research projects, and then engage participants in discussion and activities surrounding each topic.  Participants will discuss how the data can be put to practical use in terms of both program advocacy and everyday teaching practice.


Dramaturgy in the Classroom:  Real World Connnections from the Theatre to the Classroom

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 3:30PM-4:45PM

Category: PreK-8

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Dramaturgy by Students connects the classroom to the real world of the theatre. 

This interactive workshop includes discussion and hands-on activities that would be experienced in a dramaturgy partner classroom, grades 3-12.

The Alliance Theatre Institute for Educators and Teaching Artists has created  "˜Dramaturgy by Students' where a teaching artist partners with a teacher and students. This team works as a unit serving as dramaturgs for an Alliance stage production.

If you are a professional theatre educator or a classroom teacher, you will take away  strategies for authentic learning experiences to create a variety of research based projects:  Notebook for director/actors/designers; dramaturgy boards for the theatre lobby or study guides.

 

UNspoken Stories: An Exploration of Gender & Race  in Our Community/Society.

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 4:45PM-6:00PM

Category: New Guard

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Unspoken Stories: An Exploration of Gender and Race in Our Society is an interactive theater and movement workshop that offers you the experience of embodying another gender or racial identity other than your own.  This experience will allow you to personalize, and explore story, circumstance, and character from a different perspective. What would it feel like to take on or adopt another body language--shape/form, behavior, gesture, qualities/characteristics, psychology and to tell a story out of that lived history or collection of experiences.

 

COMMON CORE & COMMON SENSE:  CONNECTING LANGUAGE ARTS & THE ARTS IN REAL CLASSROOMS

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 4:45PM-6:00PM

Category: College/University/Research

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

What is the  Common Core and where did it come from?  What does it have to do with Theatre Education and Arts Integration?  Join the conversation.  You will hear about one elementary school's approach to re-focus Arts Integration through the Common Core.  Then, participate in a group exploration of the broader patterns of success and challenge in our field today, with an eye always toward tomorrow.


Using Drama-based Instruction to Engage Early Learners

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 4:45PM-6:00PM

Category: Professional Development

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Explore exciting drama strategies in this participatory workshop designed for artists and educators to explore the use of drama-based instruction in the early childhood classroom. Learn new ways to use the tools of the actor; the body, voice, mind and imagination through drama strategies and techniques that engage young students in higher order thinking around core content. Throughout the session the facilitator will share the insights she has gained using drama-based instruction in preschool through kindergarten classrooms. Participants will be asked to draw on their own experience, bringing their activities and knowledge of early childhood drama work into the space and allowing the group to benefit from all the expertise in the room.

 

Charging Ahead and Taking the Reins of Facebook, Twitter, Google, Online Fundraising, and YouTube: How can Theatres and Organizations be on the Cutting Edge of Technology?

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 4:45PM-6:00PM

Category: Professional Theatre

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

What is a hashtag? Should I be communicating with minors over Facebook? What is online fundraising anyway? This session will examine these questions as well as provide information about innovative and exciting ways technology is being used as an Outreach and Engagement tool by theatres and organizations in our field. We will explore Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google, and Online Fundraising in relation to TYA and Education. Exciting strategies and ideas will be offered as well as time to discuss the questions we have about technology and it's both exciting and dangerous qualities. #Come play!

 

Charging Ahead with Drama-Based Instruction/Creative Drama: A Focus on Classroom Management and Learning Theory in K-8 Classrooms

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 4:45PM-6:00PM

Category: PreK-8

Level: Beginner; Intermediate

This session will generate conversation around and offer ideas for classroom management when using drama-based-instruction (DBI) (also called creative drama) in the classroom from the lenses of various learning theories. Participants will first actively explore several important foundational theories underlying classroom management and DBI work. Together, we will then work to create a definition of "effective classroom management" and use it to develop ideas for specific strategies participants can use to address their teaching needs. This session is great for participants who want to collaboratively explore how to enact specific effective classroom management strategies and the theories that ground them. No prior knowledge is needed- just a positive attitude and willingness to collaborate!

 

Costume Parade: The full venue, from teaching the costume design process to designing a full-length play

Saturday, 8/11/2012, 4:45PM-6:00PM

Category: PreK-8

Level: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced

Building on years of experience a director and a costume designer have come up with a process of designing and building costumes that fit and work for students of all sizes, from Middle School to High School.  In this session you will experience a "costume parade" with examples, modeled by students, from shows like ZINK, A WOMAN CALLED TRUTH, AFRICAN TALES OF EARTH AND SKY, MULAN, ALADDIN and more!  Learn more about the color palette, fabric choices and setting the mood for the show.  You will come away with hand-outs on how to teach entry level costume design to your classes and perhaps discover a budding costume designer in your school community.

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