2023 AATE National Conference
July 27-29, 2023

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MASTER CLASS A: Creative Drama for Mental Wellness with Seattle Children’s Theatre

Presenter: Seattle Children's Theatre
Wednesday, July 26 from 2-5pm

$60 per ticket

Creative Drama for Mental Wellness is Seattle Children's Theatre's school residency program designed to uplift and empower young people to make positive choices about mental health. This workshop, led by SCT Teaching Artists, will give participants a taste of how WA-area students experience the program in their school classrooms. It will also offer participants strategies for integrating positive psychology and social-emotional learning (SEL) into their practice as theatre educators.Creative Drama for Mental Wellness is a brave, active, and community-focused theatre experience for students in grades 6-12. Guided by SCT Teaching Artists, participants engage in creative play to strengthen trust and collaboration and then focus their energies inward using structured activities that encourage self-reflection. We encourage and guide students to rehearse strategies for mental wellness and self-care with us, using our somatic first aid toolkit. Then, when a true crisis does occur in a student’s life, they have already rehearsed and practiced the techniques that are in their mental wellness toolbelt, and are therefore able to use them more effectively. CDMW bridges theatre education with evidence-based strategies in SEL to help students develop self-awareness and make positive choices in addressing their mental health needs, even in situations that are unjust or outside of their control.

MASTER CLASS B: Neurodivergence in Theater Education: Tips for Educators 

Presenter: Troy Sawyer
Friday, July 28th from 2:45-3:45pm (EDT)

$40 per ticket

This class is for Theater educators that want to be more inclusive! This hour-long session will give the basics about sensory processing differences, what neurodivergence is, and how to support neurodivergent individuals in an educational theater setting.

MASTER CLASS C: Let Them SING! : De-gendering the Way We Approach Vocal Instruction and Music Direction

Presenter: The 5th Avenue Theatre
Saturday, July 29th from 1:00pm-4:00pm 

$60 per ticket

How can we de-gender the way we approach vocal instruction and music direction in our educational and performance spaces? Join The 5th Avenue Theatre for this session led by guest artists to learn about ways you can structure your practices to center and celebrate each student’s unique voice. Learn how to make compositionally informed choices and get tips and creative solutions for re-orchestrating music to support a diverse range of students’ vocal ranges, needs, and growth. This workshop is intended and applicable for any arts educator, Teaching Artist, vocal coach, music director, or industry professional.
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