March 18, 2017 9:30 am-4 pm

Stone Ridge School
Bethesda, MD

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

We have seen the positive effects of theatre in our schools, on reading comprehension, peer mediation, engagement in learning activities. We know of theatre's connective and empathetic power - let's use it to bridge economic, racial and social chasms.Theatre has been at the heart of culture and community for thousands of years. Throughout the country, each year, Teaching Artists and Educators gather in order to learn more about Theatre as a teaching technique in the regular education classroom. In addition to Arts Integration, it is also important to provide young people with authentic theatre experiences to enrich their world view, empathy, creativity, and imagination. The 2017 Theatre in Our Schools Month Event for the DC Region will focus on reaching an audience beyond the theatre and the classroom - pun intended. The theme this year is Theatre for Social Justice and Community Building. This conference will offer a variety of workshops and presentations on this subject by some of the areas leading experts in this field. In addition to broadening your horizons, networking and opportunities for reflection will be available. 

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Theater as Community: Developing the Voices of Students with Autism

The collaborative creation of original theater pieces offers young people immense opportunity to process the world around them, express themselves, and form meaningful connections with their peers. Students with autism, who often communicate differently and struggle to form relationships with their peers, can present a challenge to even the most adept theater educators. However, the creative process can be an exciting opportunity to discover and develop those students’ voices, thereby encouraging self-determination and making the theater classroom welcoming for all.  This session will provide attendees an overview of autism spectrum disorders before inviting participants up on their feet to experience instructional strategies in action.

Presenter: Jenna Gabriel, Manager, Special Education, The Kennedy Center

Focus 5, Inc Techniques

Focus 5, Inc., a national arts integration consulting company, has developed a specific body of work centered on classroom community building called Acting Right. This program is foundational in the John F. Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts schools, as well as the nation’s Turnaround Arts schools.  Join Michele Vicino as she shares two strategies from this engaging and transformative drama program.

Presenter: Michele Vicino 

Intro to Theatre of the Oppressed

An interactive session that introduces the variety of techniques of theatre of the oppressed, focusing most time on game play and Forum Theatre format. Some time will be spent on theory, but most time will be spent actively playing games and building short Forum Theatre scenes. Best suited to those who have never experienced theatre of the oppressed games.

Presenter: Annalisa Dias, The Washington DC Coalition for Theatre and Social Justice

If you have any questions, please contact Alexis, AATE Director of Operations at [email protected]