For those who can’t make the trip to the International Thespian Festival in person, Virtual ITF is an option. (Editor’s update: registration now closed). Streaming video, streaming Broadway, and now streaming ITF, all with teaching stars from events and venues from round the nation, lending their talents to the small screen so that you can have an ITF experience from the comfort of your home.
Although virtual ITF is centered around real-time workshops offered virtually, all sessions are also recorded for on demand service, just in case you have a conflict. And if that isn’t enough, here are 4 reasons to love the Virtual Experience at ITF 2022.
Reason #1 – The Shows!
Think back to any big event you’ve been to; it probably began with a long wait in a long line to get into the venue. No long lines at virtual ITF. We’ve saved you the best seat in the house for the exciting Opening Ceremony and the closing Thespy Showcase. As a virtual experience attendee you bypass the lines and go right on in. Kick back with your favorite snack and join EdTA’s online master of ceremonies, Hans Weichert, as he talks you through what you are about to see, with shots in real time from his “Cam on the Street”. There may even be a surprise guest or two!
Grab some popcorn or candy and settle in to enjoy enjoy mainstage shows as only virtual thespians can, with an International Virtual Thespian Watch Party! Tune in for Sponge Bob the Musical, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, and Arsenic and Old Lace with your new theatre friends from around the world.
Reason #2 – The Singing, Dancing & Acting!
As a virtual ITF participant you get to dance with your own personal dance instructor. Perfect those Broadway moves with Brian Curl, leading the “Broadway Dance Experience” and get your hip-hop groove on with AMDA’s Santana Trujillo and her “Industry Hip Hop” workshop. Instructors will be live online with you, demonstrating the steps and then watching and coaching as you perform them.
And it’s not a proper thespian gathering if you don’t have a chance to hone your acting skills. How sad is a crumpled piece of paper? How resilient is a rubber band? Find the inner life of common objects to inspire a role in “Creating Characters with Everyday Objects” led by Carrie Brown, or deep dive into research by “Unlocking Your Character Through Dramaturgy” with Lindsay Kujawa. Shift gears a bit with Elaine Bromka’s “Making Your Monologues Hot,” or brush up on viewpoints techniques in Erin Carr’s “Impulses through Viewpoints” workshop.
Reason #3 – The Career Advice!
Maybe you still haven’t really decided if theatre is for you, or maybe you think it could be but aren’t sure what to do next. Then be sure to catch Roman Sanchez in his workshop “Universities, Conservatories, Colleges, Oh My!” which is all about pursuing theatre beyond high school. Also learn how to make social media work for you in Madia Cooper Ashrifi’s workshop, “Turning Your Social Media Into A Resume Builder.”
Reason #4 – The Tech Theatre!
Maybe backstage is your favorite place to be, or maybe you’ve never tried the “dark side” but you are curious! Two awesome workshops may just make a technical theatre person out of you. Eric Barnes brings back his popular “Blood, Guts, & Gore” special effects workshop and Spencer Lau meets you right where it’s at with “You Want Me to Do What?” which offers things to know and things to ask so you can get started as a designer. ♦
The ITF Virtual Experience happens June 20-24, 2022, as a part of the International Thespian Festival. (Editor’s update: Watch for similar offerings for ITF 2023, too!)