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2013 Virginia Theatre In Our Schools Regional Mini-Conference
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Virginia TIOS Mini-Conference
February 23, 2013
Virginia Commonwealth University
VCU Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
922 Park Avenue, Richmond Virginia 23284
Richmond, VA


$40 Member/$60 Non-Member (Early Bird)

Early Bird Rate ends Saturday, February 16th.

           $55 Member/$75 Non-Member

$50 Vendor Tables (Vendor Table Payment Form Available Here)



The Virginia TIOS mini-conference in partnership with the Virginia Theatre Association will provide practicing prek-12 teachers and teaching artist’s entry points to using theatrical tools that enhance and enrich learning in their classroom and school communities. Through breakout sessions, a keynote presentation, and a networking lunch participants will gain useful tools that they can use in the classroom. Topics explored in this one day mini-conference will include: How can you foster creativity to also create multicultural understandings? This one day event will also offer the option of dinner and an evening performance by Theatre VCU. 


Key Note                                                  

D.W. Gregory writes in a variety of styles and genres, from historical drama to screwball comedy, but a recurring theme is the exploration of political issues through a personal lens. The New York Times called her "a playwright with a talent to enlighten and provoke” for her most produced play, RADIUM GIRLS (Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey), about dialpainters poisoned on the job in the 1920s. A resident playwright at New Jersey Rep, she received a Pulitzer nomination for the Rep’s production of THE GOOD DAUGHTER, the story of a Missouri farm family struggling to adapt to rapid social change. Other plays include THE GOOD GIRL IS GONE (Playwrights Theatre) , a black comedy about maternal indifference; OCTOBER 1962 (NJ Rep), a Cold War era psychological thriller; and MOLUMBY’S MILLION (Iron Age Theatre Co.), a comedy about the boxer Jack Dempsey, which was nominated for the 2011 Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play by the Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia.

 Her work has been developed through the support of the National New Play Network, the Maryland Arts Council, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and has been presented at the New Harmony Project, ShenanArts, The Playwrights’ Center, Theatre of the First Amendment, NYU’s HotInk Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Lark, Florida Stage, Geva Theatre, the Women’s Project, and the Young Vic, among others. D.W. also writes frequently for youth theatre. Her play SALVATION ROAD, about a boy whose sister disappears into a fundamentalist church, was developed through New York University's Steinhardt New Plays for Young Audiences program and is slated for several productions in 2012-13. A member of the Dramatists Guild, a former national core member of The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, and a recent inductee into the League of Professional Theatre Women, Ms. Gregory is also founding member of the Playwrights Gymnasium, a process oriented workshop based in metro Washington, D.C.

Featured Presenter


Science and Technology as a Basis for Drama

Presented by D.W. Gregory
In this interactive workshop, playwright D.W. Gregory walks you through the basics of dramatic structure and demonstrates how you and your students can pull a play out of the kind of narrative typically found in elementary or middle school science texts.

A Successful and Practical Approach to Staging a Dynamic and Exciting Play

Presented by Carol Cadby

Lean how to create dynamic staging by applying practical and simple directing concepts. You will learn the application of visual pauses, body positions, levels, psychological areas, stage positions, stage patterns, focus and visual progression. Your productions will energize both players and audience!

Carol Cadby has been directing and teaching acting for more than 25 years and currently teaches at George Mason University, Signature Theatre, Synetic Theatre, The Theatre Lab School of Dramatic Arts and Arlington Public Schools. She also lectures and coaches across the country through her company, Cadby Production, LLC. Along with a B.A. from Grinnell College and an M.A.I.S. from George Mason University with a focus on Self-development through Arts Education, she studied with renowned acting teachers, Uta Hagen and Herbert Bergof and is trained in Viewpoints, Laban Movement, Linklater voice and Meisner Acting Technique. She was also a professional stage and film actor (S.A.G., A.F.T.R.A., S.E.G., A.E.A. eligible) for ten years based in Miami, Florida. Her professional activities include Arts Commissioner for Arlington County, board member of Educational Theatre Company, Leadership Coach for Ola Consulting and the Theatre Arts Lead Teacher and a Mentor Teacher for Arlington Public Schools.

Her directing and teaching awards include representing Virginia at the 2010 Southeastern Theatre Conference with her production of Nora’s Lost, receiving a Wolftrap Scholarship for Performing Arts Teachers (2008-09), an Elizabeth Campbell Award for Excellence in the Arts from the American Association of University Women (2009), twenty-one Virginia Governor School Presidential Citations for Outstanding Educator (1998-2012), two Arts Teacher Recognition Awards from the Educational Theatre Association (2001)  and an Outstanding Theatre Program Award from the Educational Theatre Association (2001).  

NCCAS Feedback Session

Presented by Linda Krakaur

The philosophical grounding for the new National Standards in the Arts, currently being devised by over seventy arts educators across the nation, states that "The central purpose of education standards is to identify the learning that we want for all of our students and to drive improvement in the system that delivers that learning.”  Yet, in a field as diverse as theatre arts, many questions have been raised regarding the processes, products, and essential understandings unique to our discipline.  You now have the opportunity to learn more about this ground-breaking process and to add your voice to the conversation.  In this session, Linda Krakaur, member of the Theatre Arts writing team, will share her insights on the writing process and listen to your priorities.  You are invited to participate in this dialogue as writing team members continue refining their work, including the shaping of cornerstone assessments to measure achievement in the performance standards.


Linda Krakaur is an arts integration instructor and consultant, specializing in drama in education.  Ms. Krakaur’s transformative practice and theoretical insights, based on culturally responsive pedagogy, authentic instruction, and brain-based learning, evolved from her twenty years of classroom teaching and graduate studies at the International School for Drama in Education at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Recent articles published in Very Special Arts and the Journal on Social Justice and the Arts highlight the quality and impact of Ms. Krakaur’s unique approach, particularly as it relates to improved motivation and academic performance for urban students. Ms. Krakaur has presented both at national and international conferences including the Drama Across the Curriculum and Beyond Conference at New York University and the International Drama in Education Association conference in Hong Kong.  She feels honored to be a member of the Theatre Arts writing team for the National Core Arts Standards (NCCAS). Ms. Krakaur is currently a doctoral student and program assistant for the newly designed Master’s in Teacher Leadership with a Focus in Arts Integration at the University of Maryland.

Mr. Stanislavski, Tear Down That Fourth Wall!


Interpersonal Communication Skills for Collaborative Problem Solving

Presented by Becki Jones

This 80 minute workshop will introduce participants to a variety of activities and games aimed at creating a cooperative and comfortable atmosphere in the small group setting.  The focus is on the interpersonal communication and awareness that arise when communicators are in a shared space, just as actors and audience are physically present in the same space in a live theatre performance.

Becki Jones worked for a year as a Research Assistant at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, UK.  Her experiences there led her to Shakespeare performance and education courses at the Globe, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford, UK, and the Folger Shakespeare Company, Washington, DC. Becki holds both a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Pedagogy and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has presented on "Instant Shakespeare!" in  middle school, high school, and university settings, and at the Virginia Thespian and American Shakespeare Center conferences.  She teaches theatre full time at the Thomas Dale Specialty Center for the Arts in Chesterfield County.





Presenter A

Presenter B


9:00am – 9:20am

Gathering, Check-in, Onsite Registration, Continental Breakfast




Lobby Location

9:20am – 9:40am

Welcome; Opening Speaker

Steve Barker & Valerie Baugh - Opening




Main Stage

9:45am - 11:05am

Breakout Sessions A

DW Gregory


Playwriting: Science and Technology as a Basis for Drama

Carol Cadby


New Practical Approaches to Staging a Dynamic and Exciting Play


Classrooms A & B

11:10am – 12:30pm

Breakout Sessions B

Linda Krakaur


NCCAS – Feedback Session



Puppetry in the Classroom

Classrooms A & B

12:35m – 1:10pm

Catered Networking Lunch




Main Stage

1:15pm – 2:35pm

Breakout Sessions C



Voicing the Archetypes of Myth and Legens

Becki Jones


Mr. Shakespeare…Tear down this Fourth Wall

Classrooms A & B

2:40pm – 2:55pm

Snacks & Speed Friending


Steve Barker


Valerie Baugh


3:00pm – 4:00pm



Performance from VCU with Talkback Following


Shout-outs & Goodbyes



Main Stage

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