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2014 LI Theatre In Our Schools Regional Mini-Conference
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March 8, 2014
8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Deer Park Schools District Office
Deer Park, NY

Cost: $35
$50 Vendor Tables (Vendor Table Payment Form Available Here)



The Deer Parks Schools will host the first-ever Theatre-in-Our-Schools Mini-Conference on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

It will take place at the District Office Building at 1881 Deer Park Avenue. This is at the junction of Deer Park Avenue and Lake Street, just north of the Long Island Railroad trestle. If taking the LIRR, get off at the Wyandanch station.

This is an exciting event for teachers of theatre and other subjects, teaching artists, other theatre professionals, administrators, and scholars. For further information call 631 274 4105.

Registration is $35. It is fundable through the Arts-in-Education programs of Nassau BOCES and Eastern Suffolk BOC ES. Professional development credit certificates will be provided. Please call 301-200-1944 to register if paying through BOCES.

The Theatre-in-Our-Schools Mini-Conference is a professional development opportunity for teachers and theatre people of all skill and grade levels. You’ll have a great time and learn a lot, whether you have been teaching theatre for years or are new to it. There will be a variety of workshops, as well as opportunities for sharing and networking. Lunch and light breakfast are included in the registration.The Long Island TIOS mini-conference will feature workshops on theatre education, focusing on play production, musical theatre, Shakespeare and Common Core Standards for teachers and administrators. The keynote speaker will be Broadway produce Stewart Lane. There will also be displays and opportunities for socializing/networking. The programming is designed to provide tools to teachers on Long Island to assist them in reinforcing their existing programs, to encourage them to start new ones, and to aid them in developing their skill set. This is the first time a Theatre in Our Schools event will be held on Long Island.

Keynote Speaker
Stewart Lane will be the keynote speaker for the Long Island Theatre in Our Schools Conference.


Mr. Lane’s talk is entitled, "What Schools Can Learn from a Broadway Producer.”

Stewart F. Lane is a five-time Tony award winning producer for War Horse, Jay Johnson: The Two & Only, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Will Rogers Follies and La Cage Aux Folles, as well as garnering an additional eight nominations for the Broadway Productions of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Sunday in the Park with George (revival), The Best Man (revival), Fiddler on the Roof (revival) starring Alfred Molina, Gypsy (revival) starring Bernadette Peters, 1776 (revival), The Goodbye Girl starring Martin Short, and Woman of the Year starring Lauren Bacall. Other productions include Cyrano De Bergerac starring Kevin Kline, Legally Blonde, Wait Until Dark starring Quentin Tarantino and Marisa Tomei, Enron, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, A Street Car Named Desire and many more. He has been nominated for and received numerous other industry awards including four Drama Desk Awards, a Drama Critics Circle Award, Outer Circle Critics Award, and a Drama League Award. In 2013 he won his first Olivier Award for Irving Berlin’s Top Hat in the West End. Mr. Lane is President and Chief Executive Officer> of Stellar Productions International, Inc. and Stewart F. Lane Productions, Inc. Mr. Lane is co-owner and operator of the legendary Palace Theatre on Broadway with the Nederlander Organization and a partner in the Tribeca Grill with Robert De Niro.Further information may be found on his

Workshop Descriptions

Workshop 1 Shakespeare Comes Alive

This workshop will take a trip into some of the lesser-known corners of Shakespeare. The first portion will comprise a broad, and by no means comprehensive, overview of the plays, the different printed resources available for study, the merits of several movie adaptations, how theplays have influenced other works (for example, West Side Story), and the efforts others have made to bring Shakespeare to a younger audience.

The second portion will provide an opportunity for workshop attendees to see a scene in progress from an upcoming local production of The Comedy of Errors. They will also get a chance to try their hands acting in short scenes or soliloquies under the guidance of an experienced theatrical director. By doing so, attendees will gain valuable insight into bringing Shakespeare alive back in their home settings.

J. Timothy Conlon, has been active in theater ever since playing Boris Kolenkov in his senior class's production of You Can't Take It With You in 1977. He has been involved with local theater for close to three decades and is a proud board member of the Synergy Ensemble Theatre Company in Islip, where he serves as its treasurer. He has acted and directed for the stage and is the author of the children's play The Scary Forest.

Workshop 2 Rodgers and Hammerstein in the 21st Century--Connecting Classic Musicals with Kids

Learn about R & H's contributions to the forward movement of the Broadway Musical, starting with what made "Oklahoma!" such a revolutionary idea and then about how societal ills became themex in their subsequent shows. Then learn and discuss WHY, as with classical music - Handel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, classical literature - Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen— certain masters of this art form should continue to be performed.

Dr. Kathleen Conklin earned her D.M.A. in musical theatre from Five Towns College. She has spent the majority of her career teaching middle school and high school choral/vocal music in the Syosset Schools as well as teaching private piano and voice. This year she began a new phase of her career teaching elementary school music in Syosset. She has written the curriculumfor the Musical Theatre, Theatre Dance, General Music 6 - 8 and co-written the Sight Reading Curriculum for the Syosset schools. Kathleen has performed various roles in professional touring theatre companies across Long Island.

Workshop 3 Spamalot for Schools – More girls and a little less "naughty”

Learn how the Tony® Award Winning Best Musical, SPAMALOT can be produced in your school. Approved changes, creative casting suggestions, resources for costumes, props, sets, SFX, accompaniment tracks and projections will be discussed. Directors who have already produced Spamalot are welcome to join us to share your experience.

Jim Hoare, Director of Licensing, Theatrical Rights Worldwide. Before TRW, Jim taught Theatre, including playwriting and composition for 31 years. He has presented workshops throughout the USA, and in 2011 he received the New York State Theatre Education Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Workshop 4 Thespian Musicalworks: Write a New Musical

This workshop will examine the process of creating a NEW musical and Thespian Musicalworks, a new writing contest for students. From the initial concept, to assembling a creative team, we'll explore the process, and offer guidance.

Jim Hoare, Director of Licensing, Theatrical Rights Worldwide. Before TRW, Jim taught Theatre, including playwriting and composition for 31 years. He has presented workshops throughout the USA, and in 2011 he received the New York State Theatre Education Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Workshop 5 Directing a Play without Disrupting the School

Can you produce a play without creating havoc in the school building? Whether you’ve never directed a play before, or you’re a veteran producer, learn how to make sure your play is a success with both your audience and your administration. This workshop will be a step by step guide to being a successful teacher-director, from the selection of a play to striking the set.

Dr. Eliana K. Levey is the principal of Robert Frost Middle School in Deer Park, NY and a full-fledged theatre lover. She has her Bachelor’s in Drama from Syracuse University and her Masters in Educational Theatre and English from New York University. She was an English teacher for 6 years and was successful in creating and implementing an 8th grade Theatre Arts elective for students. In addition, she directed her school’s first play, and the program is still going strong after 14 years.

Workshop 6 Theatre and the Common Core Standards

Theatre, being the most literary of the arts, fits naturally with the literacy requirements of the Common Core Standards. Learn how to infuse the Standards into your theatre instruction and theatre instruction into the Standards. Learn more about what the Common Core Standards are, how they will affect arts learning, and what is the role and alignment of Arts education in the CCSS Instructional Shifts.

Carol D. Brown is the Coordinator for Arts in Education and Exploratory Enrichment for Eastern Suffolk BOCES, representing Arts-in-Education and arts education throughout Suffolk County. She has represented arts education, arts-in-education and museum education on national, state and regional boards and is the current President of the Board of the NYS Alliance for Arts Education and Co-Chair of the NYS BOCES Arts-in-Education Coordinators Network. She is the founder of the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association, an organization for visual arts education teachers and leaders. Her background includes Education and Program Director at the LI Children's Museum and Coordinator of Distance Learning and Videoconferencing at Nassau BOCES.


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