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2013 DC Theatre In Our Schools Regional Mini-Conference
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Washington DC TIOS Mini-Conference
March 16, 2013
Washington, DC

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

Early Bird Rate ends Wednesday, February 20th.

          $30 Student-Senior/$45 Member/$55 Non-Member

          $35 Student-Senior/$55 Member/$65 Non-Member (On-Site Registration)







The DC area TIOS Mini-Conference will provide preK-12 teachers and teaching artists entry points to using theatrical tools to enhance and enrich learning in their classroom and school communities. The day will consist of interactive workshop sessions focused on community access and arts integration from the region’s best theatre and theatre education companies. In the heart of the nation’s capital, the DC event will feature a national advocacy expert in raising national awareness for arts education programs. 



Mary Hall Surface is an internationally recognized playwright and director who specializes in theater for family audiences and multidisciplinary collaborations. Her plays have been produced at major professional theaters, museums, universities, and festivals throughout the US and abroad, with fifteen productions with the Kennedy Center’s Theater for Young Audiences and National Symphony Orchestra. She has been nominated for nine Helen Hayes Awards (receiving the award in 2002 for Outstanding Director of a Musical), and has published two books of monologues for middle school students, twelve plays, and three award-winning original cast albums of her plays, Sing Down the Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales, Perseus Bayou, and The Odyssey of Telemaca. She is the recepient of the Charlotte Chorpenning Prize from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education for her outstanding body of work as a playwright.  Honored for her Service to the Arts from the DC Mayor’s Arts Awards, Ms Surface is the Artistic Director of the INTERSECTIONS Festival at DC’s Atlas Performing Arts Center where she has programmed over 400 multi-disciplinary performances and championed innovative community engagement with festival artists. For more than 20 years, Ms. Surface has brought her enthusiasm for the "power of the playwriting-pen” into classrooms throughout the United States, to national arts education conferences, and to teachers nationwide.


Mark Emery is Administrator for After-School Programs for Fairfax County Public Schools and oversees the development and implementation of after-school programs in 27 middle schools.  He is also Chair of the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time and serves on the Board of Directors of the Fairfax County Boys’ and Girls’ Club.  He was Project Director of Extended Learning and Development for the Council of Chief State School Officers and is a former Chairman of the Fairfax County School Board.  Dr. Emery retired from Naval Research Laboratory after 25 years as a Research Physicist.  He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Iowa.

Session Presenters

Mary Stone Hanley, PhD of HanleyArts and Education Associates
Session Title:
Choreopoetry as Culturally Relevant Drama Education
For more than 30 years advocates of multicultural education have promoted the need for culturally relevant education (CRE) for all students, but particularly marginalized students. I will present poetry, movement, and music as CR Drama education and an arts integration technique that connects the drama, social studies, and language arts standards to the prior and new cultural knowledge of students so that imagination and creativity drive the learning.
Level: Elementary & Middle School Teachers & Teaching Artists

Dr. Rosalind Flynn of The Catholic University of America
Session Title
: Adjusting Theatre Games to Connect to School Curriculum
There are so many Theatre Games that we all use (and know and love) purely to strengthen acting tools and skills. In this workshop, experience and explore how to make simple shifts in these theatre games so that they address social and academic skills valued in classrooms.
Level: Elementary, Middle School & High School Teachers

Ken Skrzesz of Performing and Visual Arts Magnets, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Session Title
: Playing Actions to Achieve Objectives
During this interactive workshop, participants will explore the concepts of action and objective through improvisation. Following the improvisatory exploration, monologues will be distributed, analyzed and read using action and objective as the focus.
Level: High School Teachers

Joanna Lewton of Capital City Public Charter School
Session Title
: Jumping Off the Page: Using Theatrical Tableaus To Explore Stories
Stories are not just meant to stay on the page! In this workshop, participants will learn how to use theatrical tableaus (frozen group states) to help their students understand and embody central ideas, themes and characters in stories. When creating tableaus, students are working creatively and collaboratively. Students are up on their feet and having fun, but classroom management is not too overwhelming for the teacher! Large class size? A classroom full of desks/chairs? No problem!
Level: Elementary & Middle School Teachers

More sessions to be announced soon.

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