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2012 National Conference Special Events
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Dramatic Change Pre-Conference

In a first-ever joint collaboration, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and Theatre for Young Audiences USA have come together to create DRAMATIC CHANGE: An Anti-Bullying Initiative.  We believe that we as theatre artists, scholars and educators are uniquely well-positioned to make a difference in the landscape of bullying.  We know that theatre and its techniques allow participants the opportunity to explore, challenge and examine social issues and topics through a fictional fourth-wall, but with a real look at the life changing consequences. With our national communities of playwrights, producing theatre companies, teaching artists, researchers, classroom teachers and drama specialists, our mandate is to tackle the epidemic of bullying in all its complexity, in ways that only the theatre arts can.  

This pre-conference will go in-depth, exploring performances, interactive applied theatre models, lesson plans, and media resources to raise the awareness needed to empower our youth to make changes toward reaching a more civil society that celebrates our differences rather than exploiting them. The day-long event will feature interactive workshops from highly respected theatre programs from around the country allowing participants access to the best anti-bullying theatre work available.

Registration is $95 for AATE and TYA members / $135 for non-members 

Performance by Pride Players
Pride Players is an award winning teen theater troupe from the Omaha Theater Company at the Rose. Now in its 14th year, Pride Players uses improvisation to create skits, scenes, parodies, poetry, songs, and true story monologues exploring issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight allied teens. They have performed for national and regional conferences promoting LGBT safety in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas City and Boston as well as local colleges, churches, high schools and community meetings. Pride Players earned prestigious awards such as the Performing & Community Transformation Grant (Rockefeller Foundation), the Human & Civil Rights Leadership Award (National Education Association), Omaha Arts and Entertainment Award, and were named Grand Marshalls of the 2011 Heartland Pride Parade.

Panel Discussion: National Arts Standards Revision
Over the last two years AATE members have been actively engaged in the Next Generation Arts Standards Project. Led by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), a collaboration of eight arts and education organizations (including AATE), project participants are leading the revision of the 1994 National Standards for Arts Education. These new web-based voluntary standards will describe what students should know and be able to do as a result of a quality curricular arts education experience. The revised standards will support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, be grounded in arts education practice drawn from the United States and abroad, and draw on comprehensive and reliable developmental research. Join NCCAS Project Director (and Lexingtonian), Philip E. Shepherd, AATE and Educational Theatre Association NCCAS Leadership members, and theatre writing team representatives for a discussion about the standards process and how they can contribute to the ongoing work of theatre educators and artists. The discussion will be moderated by AATE Advocacy Director, Amy Petersen Jensen.

Local Youth Theatre Performances
The Youth Arts showcase will be a series of performances by young artists from throughout Central Kentucky who will share their passion and artistry. Some of Kentucky’s finest arts groupswill be represented to offer an evening of high quality performances.

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