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
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
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
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
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
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
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.