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Together Again: Illinois Theatre Association Annual Membership Meeting & Award Celebration

  • 09/24/2022
  • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center, 2111 Butterfield Rd Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Please join us at Illinois Theatre Association's 2023 Annual Membership Meeting & Award Celebration!

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9:00-9:30 AM Welcome Breakfast Mix and Mingle

9:30-10:30 AM Keynote Address: Michael Novak, Artistic Director for the Paul Taylor Dance Company

Michael began studying dance at the age of ten, finding it a source of self-expression after having developed a severe speech impediment at the age of twelve. In 2009, Michael graduated with a BA in Dance from Columbia University's School of General Studies. Since then, Michael has earned a nomination for the Clive Barnes Foundation Dance Award, danced 57 roles in 50 Taylor dances, and created roles for five of the Taylor Company Commission choreographers. In 2018, Michael was appointed as the Artistic Director at the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation.

10:45-11:45 AM Annual ITA Membership Meeting - State of the ITA, Induction of 2022-2024 Board of Directors

12:00 -1:30 PM Annual Red Carpet Award Gala Luncheon

2022 Awards of Excellence

  • Creative Drama/Theatre for Young Audiences: Marjorie Hillocks
  • Secondary School Theatre: Kim Freeman
  • College/University Theatre: Dr. David Allan Kuester
  • Community Theatre: Vermillion Players
  • Professional Theatre: Teatro Vista

Anne Thurman Mentorship Award: Judy Klingner

2022 Awards of Honor: Festival 56


Each of the five ITA Divisions are planning workshops geared towards their own specific type of theatre: Professional, College, Secondary Education, and Creative Theatre. More details to come.

Decroux and Laban meet Macbeth

Division: CD/TYA

Presented by: Elisabeth Westphal; Nichols Middle School, ITA CD/TYA Division

Explore the complementary techniques of Ettiene Decroux and Rudolph Laban as we look at the unique ways movement can be used in the 2nd Witches scene from Macbeth.  Elisabeth Westphal was a student of Ettienne Decroux in Paris and is an admirer of Laban's system of movement.

Collaborative 10 Minute Play Writing: Hearing Every Voice

Division: CD/TYA

Presented by: Fr. Dominic Garramone; Saint Bede Academy, Peru IL: House: Ravenclaw

Learn a method to facilitate collaborative script writing that can be adapted for any age group, any group size, and any style or genre of theatre. Using Post-It notes and affinity charts, just can take your group from concept to finished script in about 6-8 sessions, (plus individual work). Best of all, the method ensures that no one person or viewpoint can dominate or silence other voices. I've used this method with grade school classes, middle school summer camps, high school drama clubs, English teachers, and community theatre groups, and gotten great results every time.

Creating the Best Audition Package for You

Division:  Professional

Presented by: Paul Stancato & Felicia Finley; Timber Lake Playhouse

Before you go to auditions, make sure you have the best audition material that will make you stand out from the rest. This workshop is designed for actors, dancers and MT performers to present the best material for you in a unified audition setting.

Six Degrees of Preparation – How to Choose the Best Path

Division: Professional

Presented by: Tracy Nunnally; Northern Illinois University, Vertigo

BA, BS, BFA, MA, MFA, Ph.D – All are degree paths which can lead to a career in the entertainment industry, but which one is right for you?  Large program or small?  Liberal arts or conservatory?  Choosing the best school is like choosing the best pair of shoes, and the type of shoe you need depends on where your journey is going to take you.  Join a panel of educators to discuss the advantages of various degree paths and types of programs that will assist you in mapping your path to a career in entertainment.

Creating a Costume Inventory

Division:  College/University

Presented by: Rebel Mickelson and Dan Schmidt; Western Illinois University

An in-depth look into how WIU updated its costume inventory, discussing the choices made in stock items, architecture, and procedures.

OUCH! Hits, Kicks, and Other Combat Tricks

Presented by: Kyle Cassady; S.A.F.D (Society if American Fight Directors)

Learn how to safely guide your students through the most commonly occurring stage combat moves utilized in plays and musicals: slaps, punches, trips, kicks, and falls. (Dress ready to move)

Division:  Secondary School

1:45-2:45 PM Workshop Session 1

3:00-4:00 PM Workshop Session 2

4:15-5:15 PM A Special Workshop

"Intimacy Direction: Best Practices in teaching boundaries and consent in theatrical spaces with minors”

Division:  Secondary School

Presented by: Kim Shively , MFA; Theatrical Intimacy Education

This workshop is designed for those who are interested in bringing the Theatrical Intimacy Education Best Practices to working with minors. From viewing the consent-based principles through the lens of working with minors to effective strategies for training up the next generations of theatre artists, this workshop offers a practical approach for both the classroom and the profession.

5:15-6:15 PM Closing Remarks from Carmel DeStefano & Happy Hour with Drinks and Appetizers


Join us at 7:30 at Drury Lane Theatre for Murder on the Orient Express! (Additional ticket required, ITA bundle sales end 9/11. Purchase tickets after this date directly through Drury Lane)

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