The Educational Theatre Association’s Professional Development (PDs)
programs consist of one- or two-day interactive, hands-on opportunities for
theatre educators to develop their arsenal of professional skills on a
specific topic. PDs are in-depth crash courses taught by experts and
thought-leaders in the field of theatre education. Topics range from
directing a musical to curriculum development to stage
Participation in our PD seminars also allows attendees to advance a
graduate degree or earn credit required for continuing education.
The Professional Development program is typically run in conjunction
with other Association events, such as the Thespian Festival or the
annual Conference so that attendees can minimize their time out of the
classroom, maximize their budget for professional development, and allow
for wider networking opportunities.
Professional Development seminars will occur at:
2014 EdTA National Conference
July 24 - 27
The cycle of teaching theatre Leslie Van Leishout
Teaching theatre is more like a cyclical or recursive process than a linear one. This workshop will prepare both new and experienced teachers to leap forward from the New National Theatre Standard using their current curriculum to create observable, measureable, specific, and attainable learning objectives. Teachers will translate their updated learning objectives into scaffolded activities; create instruments of assessment for formative, intermittent, and summative measurements of students’ needs and learn how to educate administrators about your classroom.
Lighting in the 21st century Dana Taylor and technicians
The session will explore lighting innovations of the last ten years including the advent of solid state lighting (LED fixtures) and its impact on lighting design, theatre design, and architecture. Participants will have the opportunity to use these powerful tools. Location: Vincent Lighting in Erlanger, KY.
Teaching costuming: Basic design and construction techniques for your high school Terry McGonigle
Participants will develop skills in script and character analysis and figure drawing as they pertain to costume design. In this session, we will also discuss using a swatch book to teach basic sewing techniques. Lessons include: skirts in twenty minutes, vests in no time, and converting modern clothing to period looks. Participants will leave with electronic and hardcopy versions of all handouts and teaching materials.
Terry McGonigle has been a theatre arts teacher and director for four decades. He is in his fourth year at Alma High School in Arkansas. He holds a B.A. in theatre from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, an M.A. in technical theatre and design from Emporia State University, and a second M.A. in journalism from Pittsburgh State University. A long-time supporter of the International Thespian Society, Terry was inducted into the Educational Theatre Association’s National Theatre Educator Hall of Fame in 2008, the Georgia Thespians Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Kansas Thespians Hall of Fame in 2004. In the summer of 2012, an instructional video featuring McGonigle’s work as a costume designer and educator was released by Interactive Educational Video. Terry served as the costume designer for the National Thespian casts of Ragtime and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Dana Taylor teaches technical theatre for the Mount Vernon High School Fine Arts Academy in addition to serving as director of Vocal Music at Mt. Vernon Senior High School. Dana’s articles have appeared in Dramatics, Teaching Theatre, and Projection Lights and Staging News (PSLN). He was named Technical Theatre Educator of the Year in 2005 by Stage Directions magazine. He is a member of the Educational Theatre Association, the American Choral Directors Association, United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), and PLASA.
Leslie Van Leishout is currently the Theater Education Coordinator in the Department of Theater and Dance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). Leslie is a member of the Theatre Writing Team for the National Coalition for CORE Arts Standards (NCCAS) and a former Co-Chapter Director of Washington State Thespians. She was inducted into the EdTA National Hall of Fame in 2013.