2018 AATE National Conference
August 1-5, 2018

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Master Classes

MASTER CLASS A: Water Connects Us

Presenters: In the Heart of the Beast: Puppet and Mask Theatre
Thursday, August 2, 2018, 9am-12pm


Since it's founding in 1973, HOBT has been bringing people together for the common good through the power of puppet and mask performance. By creating original productions, touring performances, annually producing the MayDay Parade & Festival, teaching in schools, and working with various communities and activists, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre delivers exceptional learning experiences to artists and audiences of all ages, abilities, and adaptive styles.
The company believes Puppetry’s power lies in the act of transformation - of bringing something inanimate to life. This act in itself speaks to our lives, which rise and fall and rise again. As we share this act of building and performing, we find that theater brings people together. It builds community. 

Join HOTB for a masterclass where we will unlock an unlimited imagination to tell stories that explore the struggles and celebrations of human existence. Drawing inspiration from the world's traditions of puppet and mask theatre and its lively roots in transformative ritual and street theatre, learn how HOBT creates vital, poetic theater for all ages and backgrounds.

Learn more about what HOBT does here: https://hobt.org/
Learn more about the company's creative process: https://youtu.be/xQm2puzilb0
See the company's 2017 MayDay ceremony: https://vimeo.com/218671964
See clips from HOBT's MayDay 2014 parade: https://youtu.be/h-u8rQw-u8Q

MASTER CLASS B: From the Page to the Stage

Presenters: TruArtSpeaks
Thursday, August 2, 2018, 1-4pm


This highly participatory workshop focuses on spoken word poetry as the living word. One of the most popular art forms amongst young people, spoken word is a manner of expression, documentation and a means of connecting with those around you. It has transformed the way we receive poetry because of the way it is delivered. Spoken word language and story of our lives, this workshop offers tools and the techniques required to take a poem from the page to the stage to better engage with the youth you serve.
To learn more about TruArtSpeaks visit: http://truartspeaks.org/
To learn more about the Be Heard: Youth Poetry Slam Series: https://youtu.be/3NkbtREIUXA 
To learn more about TruArtsSpeaks: https://youtu.be/cPbTz3CZEUM

MASTER CLASS C: Creation and Authenticity

Presenters: The Moving Company
Friday, August 3, 2018, 12:45-3:45pm


Learn the elements of creating and devising theatre, following your thoughts and keeping authentic to who you are. The Moving Company's mission is to create and produce new and challenging theatre that builds on the past is grounded in the present and looks to the future. To maintain and nourish an atmosphere for the development of new ideas. The Moving Company is dedicated to creating new works of theatre for audiences locally, nationally and throughout the world, and to a collaborative process that nurtures and empowers the creativity of all artists. The Moving Company has a long history with the theatre community in Minneapolis and around the country. Their work is enriched by the shared vocabulary and shared history of its creators. This history gives them a strong foundation and proven track record of extraordinary work that’s been seen both locally and nationally.

To learn more about The Moving Company visit: http://themovingco.org/

MASTER CLASS D: HEALING JUSTICE:  Fostering Voice & Healing From Trauma

Presenters: Young Adult Teaching Artists of Color from Irreducible Grace Foundation
Saturday, August 4, 2018, 1:15-4:15pm


Founded in 2012, IGF came about through listening session with youth ages 18-29  who experienced foster care, homelessness or incarceration. These young people did not ask for a home or a meal, they asked for a voice, they said other people spoke for them, judges, educators lawyers, social workers.  In partnership with Social Justice Theatre director Jan Mandell they co created a performance “I’ve Got Something To Say” with a workshop, “Fostering Voice” and toured for  two years. The success of this work lead IGF youth to a year long training in healing from trauma that transformed them and birthed this new workshop/performance “Healing Justice”.  
IGF young adult facilitators work with youth to access and amplify voice, with adults in systems to promote systems change and with law enforcement to build a more positive relationship between the police and the community.
Fostering Voice & Healing From Trauma is led by youth facilitatorsParticipants will engage in building community and creating safe space.  They will witness narratives and healing journeys of young facilitator’s, learn the biology of stress and the power of breath through interactive puppet show and performances that involve and empower audience in the tradition of Augusto Boal . Finally, they will engage in breath work and grounding activities to reflect on roots of personal stress and uncover gifts of resilience and practices of self care.  

Meet us at the intersection of theatre, social justice and healing from trauma!

To learn more about the Irreducible Grace Foundation: http://www.irgrace.org/
MASTER CLASS E: Project SUCCESS: Helping students dream, ignite, and grow

Presenters: Project SUCCESS
Sunday, August 5, 2018, 9am-12pm


Learn about Project SUCCESS – an organization focused on helping kids dream with their eyes open - and how we achieve our mission. For nearly 25 years, the mission of Project SUCCESS has been to motivate and inspire young people to dream about the future, help them take steps to get there and give them the tools they need to achieve their goals. Project SUCCESS believes in the power of theater to illuminate the world. We use professional theater as a tool to inspire students, help them look at the real-life issues they face, demonstrate they are members of a larger community and act as a springboard for discussion in the classroom workshops and at home. In addition, the organization also uses hands-on theater experiences in the schools to help students build confidence and skills and build peer and community support. We have seen the transformative power of theater to help propel students to a brighter future.

In our Master Class you will get a comprehensive overview of Project SUCCESS’s history of working with students, including our proven methodology and outcomes. You will then have the opportunity to participate in one of our dynamic classroom workshops – experience learning in action! This workshop will allow you to experience our activities first hand and understand the way that Project SUCCESS connects theater to student goals and dreams!  Our students always say that their Project SUCCESS workshops are their favorite day of the month in school. 

To learn more about Project SUCCESS: https://www.projectsuccess.org/

Watch their story: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWaxiAvJ8gDq-wQvY08gBzg

Hear from Project SUCCESS students, teachers and partners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkYsmXQ4Cx4&t=274s

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