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2016 Utah Theatre In Our Schools Regional Conference
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Onsite Registration is Available.

Cost: Student: $15, AATE Members: $40, Non-members: $50 


Embracing inclusive theatre through Suzan Zeder’s Ware Trilogy

The focus of our conference is on inclusive theatre, specifically the use of ASL and Deaf actors in The Ware trilogy - our goal is to promote ways for directors to include as many diverse people as possible in the audience and on the stage, specifically for pre-service and in-service theatre teachers.

Friday, March 25, 2016

                Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602




  • 3 PM, Registration  
  • 4 PM, Staged Reading of Utah Valley University’s Mother Hicks


            A foundling girl known only as Girl, a Deaf boy, and an eccentric recluse, Mother Hicks, who is suspected of being a witch, find themselves, and each other, in a   troubled time. Presented using poetry and sign language.

            By Suzan L. Zeder, Directed by Dr. John Newman


  •  6 PM, dinner break on your own.  There is a food court available next door in the Ernest L. Wilkinson Center
  •  7:30 PM Brigham Young University’s production of The Taste of Sunrise. Tickets are included in the price of registration, guaranteed seats if registered by March 9th

            This bilingual play–performed in American Sign Language and spoken English–    takes place in the mind and memory of Tuc, a Deaf man who struggles to  navigate the path of loss, love, and language in his silent world. Set against the backdrop of the Roaring Twenties in Illinois, this award-winning drama explores the cultural complexities of deafness with great humor and compassion.


            By Suzan L. Zeder Directed by Julia Ashworth

  • post-show: ASL story-slam with members of the local Deaf community


Saturday, March 26, 2016

                Harris Fine Arts Center, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602

  • 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast provided
  • 9 AM keynote speaker, Suzan Zeder
  • 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, staged reading of The Edge of Peace

The Edge of Peace is the third and final play in the acclaimed Ware Trilogy. Set in 1945 in the last desperate days of World War II, this play deals with the impact on a family and a community after a young man from the town is declared missing in action and the soldier's little brother refuses to believe what seems inevitable. In the visual poetry of sign language, Tuc, who is now a mechanic and the Deaf postman for the town, takes us on a journey of hope through a landscape of loss.

Presented by Utah Valley University


  • 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM, lunch break with sack lunch provided
  • 12:15 to 1:30 PM, breakout sessions

The Taste of Sunrise will play at 2pm on Saturday.  You are encouraged to attend the Friday evening performance but this is an option if Friday night is not possible for you.



Suzan Zeder is one of the leading playwrights for young and family audiences in the United States. Her plays have been produced by professional, university and community theatres in all 50 states as well as internationally. She is a six-time winner of the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance of Theatre & Education, including 2015 awards for both Wiley and the Hairy Man (musical) and The Edge of Peace. She is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre and the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas at Austin, where she headed the playwriting program for 23 years. Zeder was the first holder of an Endowed Chair in Theatre for Youth and Playwriting in the United States. She now resides in Santa Fe, N.M.

Victoria Brown is the director of the Lucy School in Middleton, Maryland. The mission of the school is "to provide a child-centered and individualized arts enriched program" for young people. Brown has been working in the areas of theatre and youth for over three decades, and served as a consultant to Suzan Zeder, the playwright for The Taste of Sunrise.

Cheryl Lundquist is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Gallaudet University in Washington DC. As stated in Gallaudet University’s mission statement, it is a “bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English.” Lundquist specializes in creative drama, gesture theatre and Deaf theatre.



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