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Put Professional Learning at the Top of Your 2020 To Do List with Theatre Educator Pro Winter Webinars

Stephen Schwartz speaking in front of an audience at the 2019 Theatre Educators Conference

Just in time for your New Year’s resolution list, EdTA is announcing a winter line up of live professional learning webinars scheduled to begin in January. All webinars will be recorded and archived for access “on demand” whenever you wish.

The webinars will become part of a growing library of professional learning opportunities on the new learning center site, Theatre Educator Pro.  Education Manager Cory Wilkerson has been surveying members through exit polls and at events to determine topics for winter and spring.

 “I’m seeing requests for professional learning opportunities in theatre for social issues and also theatre for young children” says Wilkerson.  “The winter lineup includes webinars to respond to those requests.”

To register for the webinars visit the webinar section of Theatre Educator Pro, and scroll down to the “webinars” section.  All webinars are included with EdTA membership.

“We are excited to add the winter and spring offerings to our existing archives which includes webinars on performance, design, tech theatre and more.” Wilkerson notes.Webinar dates, times and descriptions:

January 9, 2020 Bringing Human Rights and Social Justice into the Classroom
7:30 PM Eastern
Based on a popular workshop by Karen S. Watson, this webinar will demonstrate theatrical exercises you can use with your students to explore speeches by well-known human rights activists and everyday defenders with the end goal of creating a devised monologue, scene or play.
Presenter: Karen S. Watson
Karen is an actress and 16-year Drama Teacher with the NYC Department of Education.  She is a 2015 recipient of a Robert F. Kennedy Human rights award for her work in theatre and human rights. 

February 11, 2020 – Teaching Basic Stage Combat
7:30 PM Eastern
This webinar teaches the basics of fight choreography for the classroom using video examples for each exercise.     
Presenter:  Jason Robert LeClair
Jason Robert LeClair is a theatre educator from Rhode Island who also works as a freelance designer, technical director and fight choreographer.

March 18, 2020 – Theatre of the Oppressed
7:30 PM Eastern
Learn about the work of Augusto Boal along with a framework for exploring Forum Theatre with high school students.  Teachers will receive step-by-step instructions for creating and assessing Forum Theatre work in their own classrooms.   
Presenters: Brian Jennings and Kate Lee
Brian Jennings is a Hartford, CT based director, actor, playwright and teacher.
Kate Lee is a performance artist, director and educator trained in devised theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed based in New York. 

JANUARY 10, 2020 BONUS WEBINAR: All Things Sound Webinar On Facebook Live 
7:00 PM Eastern
This “how to” webinar will go into the basics of sound and sound systems for theatre educators and their students. Follow us on Facebook where the webinar will be broadcast live from the stage thanks to a partnership with the Richardson Independent School District in Texas, with Charles Crews, director of technical theatre for Lake Highlands High School and Donny Covington, director, technical theatre magnet at Richardson High School. 


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