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2013 Connecticut Theatre In Our Schools Regional Mini-Conference
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Event Postponed
(tentatively rescheduled to Saturday, April 13, 2013)   
Connecticut TIOS Mini-Conference
February 25, 2013
Hartford Stage
Education Center
942 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
$20 Student/Retired/$35 Member/$45 Non-Member
$30 Student/Retired/$45 Member/$55 Non-Member (On Site)

The Connecticut TIOS mini-conference will feature breakout sessions, a panel discussion, and a keynote presentation, that will assist participants in exploring the value and benefits of school theater programs and will help them develop and implement their own action plans for the upcoming Theater in our Schools month, March 2013. Topics explored in this one day event will include: How can we maximize the impact of Theatre in Our Schools month in our institutions? 

Russell Granet was appointed Executive Director of Lincoln Center Institute (LCI) in August 2012.  Prior to joining LCI he founded Arts Education Resource (AER).  He is an internationally recognized leader with more than 20 years of experience in arts education. He draws on his background as an academic, artist, and teaching artist in his work with cultural institutions, nonprofits, and public and private schools to ensure that all students receive a sequential, quality arts education.

Granet founded AER after a decade at The Center for Arts Education (CAE) - The NYC Annenberg Challenge, where he was Director of Professional Development. Prior to joining CAE, he was Director of Education at The American Place Theatre and a senior teaching artist at the Creative Arts Team. Since 1995 he has been on the faculty at New York University, where he developed and teaches the course Drama with Special Populations. He serves on the boards of The Association of Teaching Artists, The American Alliance of Theatre Education, and The American Place Theatre and was a founding board member of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable and the chair of arts education for the Columbia County (NY) Arts Council.

 A frequent commencement and keynote speaker, conference presenter, and panelist on arts education, Granet has worked on projects in Egypt, England, India, Kenya, Mexico, Tanzania, Turkey, and throughout the United States. Granet was awarded the Founder’s Award from The Bronx Charter School for the Arts for his work in Arts Education.

8:45AM Coffee and Introductions

9AM Breakaway Sessions 
  • HartBeat Ensemble's Startin' Drama and Youth Play Institute Programs
  • Arts Integration for the Common Core – Several Successful Projects
9:55AM Break

10AM Breakaway Sessions
  • Creative Community: Richard J. Kinsella Magnet School for the Performing Arts
  • Safer Theatres Initiative
10:55AM Break

11AM Keynote by Russell Granet

Noon Lunch and Roundtable Discussions

1PM Panel facilitated by Jennifer Nario Taliercio
Panelists (More TBA):
  • Micaela Erin Connery, Executive Director, Unified Theater®
  • Jennifer Katona, Program Director /Professional Graduate Program Educational Theatre of the City College of New York (CUNY)  

Breakaway Sessions


  • HartBeat Ensemble's Startin' Drama and Youth Play Institute Programs

    HartBeat Ensemble's Startin' Drama combines interactive theater with evidence based assessment tools to teach the essential elements needed for a positive school climate; empathy, engagement, and empowerment. Their Youth Play Institute (YPI) is an 8-week professional paid internship in acting, playwriting, theater design, or stage management for young adults between the ages of 16 and 21 years old. In each YPI session, a group of 15-20 young people create and perform their own one-act play. Julia Rosenblatt, co-Artistic Director at HartBeat Ensemble, will conduct an interactive presentation on both programs and explore how participants might apply the strategies used in these programs in their own work with young people.

  • Arts Integration for the Common Core – Several Successful Projects

Classroom teachers, history instructors, arts specialists share projects created around one topic – the Civil War – offering creative approaches for student engagement directly linked to the Common Core State Standards and the National Standards for Arts Education. A series of short presentations designed to generate ideas for utilizing similar techniques applied to curriculum in your own classroom.


  • Creative Community: Richard J. Kinsella Magnet School for the Performing Arts

Eddie Duran, Artistic Director at Richard J. Kinsella Magnet School for the Performing Arts will present on the strategies the school uses to foster a creative community. This PreK-Grade 8 school's mission is to provide each child with an enriched educational environment, which fosters artistic, independent, and critical thinking through performing arts integrated instruction.

  • Safer Theatres Initiative

    This session, previously presented at AATE's National Conference, is part of an initiative of AATE's Professional Theatre Network to encourage theatres and theatre educators to critically examine their work with young people and develop dialogue regarding best practices for working with young performers. Issues of safety, in the largest sense, will be explored and youth theatre professionals, teaching artists, and school drama directors will have opportunities to brainstorm action steps they could take to better protect the young people in their care.

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