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2014 NJ Theatre In Our Schools Regional Mini-Conference
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March 29, 2014
Appel Farm Arts and Music Center
Elmer, NJ

Cost: $25 Student/Retired/$35 Member/$45 Non-Member (Early Bird Rate)

$35 Student/Retired/$45 Member/ $55 Non-Member

$25 Vendor Tables (Vendor Table Payment Form Available Here)







Appel Farm Arts & Music Center joins together with AATE to celebrate National Theatre in Our Schools Month by hosting a one-day professional development conference. This event brings together educators, administrators, education majors, teaching artists and theatre professional giving us the opportunity to honor our work, explore new possibilities, and connect. This years event will include: interactive workshops, geared to all ability levels, with plenty of practical take-aways; a dynamic keynote speaker; a catered lunch allowing conference attendees the time to mix and mingle; and plenty of active discussion time. Join the conversation now and stay up-to-date with the latest conference developments by following us on Facebook at, "New Jersey 'Theatre in Our Schools' mini-conference.


Musicals with a Message – Teaching Tolerance by Andrea Green

For over 30 years, Andrea Green has been writing and directing musicals for children with the primary focus on teaching tolerance and acceptance. Andrea will share her experiences of working with diverse groups of children. Via video and live presentation, Andrea will take the participants on an active inward look into the 'musical' creative process and demonstrate how her unique approach brings children together in harmony, no matter what their background or level of ability may be. Participants will engage in an active experience, utilizing songs and script, as they discuss how a musical can "take down fences" of indifference and help children see and accept others, in a more positive equal way.


Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges with Boal by Kerri Sullivan and Millie Struve

This interactive workshop will open a dialogue on how we can use the theatre classroom to explore diversity in our community. Kerri and Millie will draw on experiences we have in our own schools and community through devising work and the tools we have used to help spark new ways of thinking amongst ourselves, our students and our administrators. The group will explore how we can retain control of the classroom and make it ours, while negotiating the needs of the schools, community, the Common Core and new National Standards for Theatre.

HOMEROOM the Musical Performance and Q&A

Join us for selections from HOMEROOM THE MUSICAL by Andrea Green & Selma Tolins-Kaufman, from Orchard Valley Middle School. The show consists of a group of kids in a homeroom class believing that they have nothing in common except for their last name starting with the letter "V.” The teens come together to share their feelings regarding relationships, academic success and failure, social acceptance and alienation and the significance of bullying, secrets, lies, loss, love and lockers. Their individual stories weave together a musical that addresses the objectives and standards of character education through themes of understanding, acceptance, independence and responsibility and by encouraging communication. After the performance, the student performers and their director will share their insights on their process with this musical and participate in a Q&A session.

Theatre Games Exchange

Here is your chance to share with the group! Bring your favorite theatre game and walk away with a multitude of ideas to use in your classroom.

Networking Lunch

The conference includes a catered lunch giving you the chance to network with colleagues from across the state and learn about what is happening in other programs and communities.

Schedule of Events

  Registration & Coffee 
9:30‐9:40      Welcome 
9:50‐11:05  Musicals with a Message – Teaching Tolerance  
11:05-11:20 Break
11:20‐12:35   Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges with Boal 
12:45‐1:30  Networking Lunch (provided) 
1:30‐2:45       HOMEROOM the Musical performance, followed by Q & A with the directors and                             student performers        
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-3:45 Theatre games exchange 
3:45‐4:00        Reflection & Closing


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