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At EdTA’s National Conference, educators can sharpen their skills and expand their body of knowledge through workshops and master classes taught by experts and professionals. These sessions cover a wide variety of topics including theatre curriculum, choreography, script analysis and technical theatre. Attendees can pick from a wide variety and choose what classes address their needs.



Workshops are 90-minute, hands-on learning sessions focusing on a wide variety of topics in theatre education.

Confirmed workshops for 2014:

#AntigoneInFifteenSeconds: Using Instagram as a collaborative learning tool in theatre, presented by Dan Dobrovich
Advancing the public value of theatre education, presented by Jonathan Katz
Breaking from Realism: Playwriting for the 21st century, presented by Michael Bigelow Dixon
Bringing it all together: A schoolwide project in the arts, presented by Elaine Eckstein
Building your technical theatre program, part I: Why, how, and helpful hints, presented by Bob Fowler
Building your technical theatre program, part II: Establishing a student design program, presented by Bob Fowler
Casting for today’s students and tomorrow’s stars, presented by D. Lynn Meyers
Collaborating on A Shared Endeavor, presented by Donna Collins and Jim Palmarini
College audition prep: Help your students get into a great college program, presented by Joe Deer
Complete dance styles (abridged), presented by Maggie Perrino
Creation through Viewpoints, presented by Erin Carr
Defending your shows, presented by Howard Sherman
Empowering your students to become dramaturges: A practicum, presented by Krista Carson Elhai and Gai Jones
Expectation and focus: A look at how classroom management strategies can allow amazing work from your students, presented by Shawnda Moss
Good work: Teaching the app generation, presented by Phillip Moss
Historical dance made simple: Easy and creative ways to add historical dance and staging to your productions, presented by Dee Anne Bryll
Improvisation: It’s not about being funny, presented by Melissa Whitis
Jokers belong with Batman: Using improvisation as a skill, presented by Melissa Whitis
Playwriting 911: Getting all of the 411 you need when you need it right away, presented by Jonathan Dorf
Project-based teaching: A student-centered curriculum, presented by Maggie Perrino
Shakespeare applied, presented by Richard Carter
Speaking and listening for subtext: What you say, or how you say it...which matters more? presented by Rocco Dal Vera
Sponsored workshop: Life and mortality in musical theatre: The Addams Family and Big Fish, presented by Theatrical Rights Worldwide
Sponsored workshop: Resources for Musical Theatre, presented by Music Theatre International
Theatre: The STEAM Roller at the CORE of Education, presented by Ed Grooms
The 4 R's: Secrets to making a great digital portfolio, presented by Jerry Tsai
The character detective: A fun and innovative approach to character analysis, presented by James Van Leishout
The connected theatre teacher: 2.0 Tools, tips, and tricks for the “other” tech, presented by Nick Cusumano and Danielle Filas
The director as collaborator: Keeping your artistic vision among too many cooks, presented by Dee Anne Bryll and Ed Cohen
The gray zone: How media and theatre can work in symphony to strengthen your program, presented by Bradley Moss
The National Core Arts Standards: Navigating the website, presented by Cory Wilkerson
The National Core Arts Standards: Understanding the Model Cornerstone Assessments, presented by Mary Schuttler and Leslie Van Leishout
The National Core Arts Standards: Unpacking the standards for your classroom and stage, presented by Amy Petersen Jensen, Jim Palmarini, Mary Schuttler, Leslie Van Leishout, and Cory Wilkerson
The National Core Arts Theatre Standards: An overview and Q&A, presented by Amy Petersen Jensen and Jim Palmarini
The theatrical art of teaching and leading: Patterns for success at any level, presented by AnnRené Joseph
Thespian Musicalworks: Everything your students need to know, presented by Jim Hoare

Confirmed Master Classes for 2014

Brush up your Shakespeare: Speech and acting technique, presented by Corbin Abernathy
Do what the big boys do, on a smaller scale: Applying professional theater management to your department, presented by James Van Leishout
Viewpoints training: Teaching creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication through movement, presented by Richard Hess

Professional Development Intensives

The Educational Theatre Association’s Professional Development Intensives (PDIs) are one- or two-day interactive, hands-on opportunities for theatre educators to develop their arsenal of professional skills on a specific topic. PDIs 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 lighting. Participation in our PDI seminars also allows attendees to advance a graduate degree or earn credit required for continuing education.

Confirmed PDIs for 2014 are posted on the Professional Development Intensives page.