Presenter Profile

Aaron Burns

Guest Artist, Colorado Film School (Community College of Aurora)

Aaron Burns is a Denver-area commercial actor. He studied filmmaking at Chapman University where he earned an MFA. He went on to work in Los Angeles for the director Morgan Neville, as an assistant on THE COOL SCHOOL (PBS documentary) and on Todd Snider music videos. He is currently on the faculty of the Colorado Film School in Denver where he teaches acting and film production.

Aaron's Workshops


    On camera audition for Actors

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,

    Strategies will be discussed, presented and practiced for on camera auditions, with an emphasis on commercial.

Aaron Galligan-Stierle

Guest Artist

Aaron Galligan-Stierle is an accomplished actor, director and producer with critically acclaimed work that ranges from Broadway musicals to Shakespeare. He is also a highly sought-after audition coach providing exclusive workshops and one-on-one training for professionals in the Broadway community and at top universities across the country.

Galligan-Stierle debuted on Broadway as Papa Who in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas followed by a wide range of performances including Henry Ford in the Tony-nominated revival of Ragtime and Mike Nulty in the National Tour of White Christmas. Galligan-Stierle was selected by Hal Prince to replace the longest-running actor in a Broadway show, taking over the role of Monsieur Andre in The Phantom of the Opera. Additionally, Galligan-Stierle won the prestigious Best Actor SALT award for his performance of Leo Frank in Parade at Finger Lakes Musical Theater.

Galligan-Stierle is well-known across the country in premiere regional theaters that develop new works and top Shakespeare companies including 7 seasons for the Tony award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival. He was Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Late Night Cabaret at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and his commitment to new works development includes serving on the selection committee for the New American Playwright’s Project and the York Theater Developmental Reading Series. He also works regularly as a director for the NYU Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program.

Some of Galligan-Stierle’s highlights as an actor include Dromio in The Comedy of Errors, Feste in Twelfth Night, Smee in the regional Premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher, Clown #1 in The 39 Steps, Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice, Leo Davis in Room Service, Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew, Mordred in Camelot, Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes, Lt. Billis in South Pacific, Frankie in Forever Plaid, Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Motel in Fiddler on the Roof (Maine State Music Theater), Daryl Grady in Curtains (Papermill Playhouse and TUTS), Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), and Ted in the World Premiere of Island Song (Adirondack Theater Company).

Aaron was an Executive Producer and Casting Director for feature film Ruin Me (currently featured as a AMC’s SHUDDER exclusive) and served as Associate Director for Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Grand Old Opry and Madison Square Garden, as well as Twelve Angry Men and Charlie’s Aunt at The Utah Shakespeare Festival. Aaron directed The Tempest at Sacramento Theater Company and the world premiere of new musical Under the Bodhi Tree at The Royal Family Theater a block from Times Square in NYC.

Galligan-Stierle is the East Coast Director for MaxTheatrix, NYC’s premiere audition coaching company. Described by clients as “a dedicated heart-healer and champion of the creative spirit,” he has also taught at U. of Northern Colorado, Penn State, Shenandoah and William Jessup University. He holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Shenandoah University and an MFA in Acting from Penn State. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and two children. Unions & Affiliations: AEA, SAG-AFTRA

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Aaron Wood

Guest Artist, Casper College

Aaron M. Wood is a choreographer, educator, dancer, and mixed-media designer. From 2007-2014, Aaron danced with the world-renowned Repertory Dance Theatre, where he had the pleasure of performing the works of such dance legends as Merce Cunningham, Glen Tetley, Doris Humphrey, Michio Ito, José Limon, Murray Louis, Daniel Nagrin, Yvonne Rainer, Anna Sokolow, Shapiro & Smith, Charles Widman, and Laura Dean. He has had the opportunity to work with such esteemed teachers/choreographers as Tandy Beal, Ellen Bromberg, Della Davidson, William (Bill) Evans, Abby Fiat, Zvi Gotheiner, Susan Hadley, Satu Hummasti, Andrea Miller, and Peter Pucci. He has performed on stages throughout the US and abroad such as The Joyce Theatre (NYC), The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.); The White Wave Dance Festival (NYC); The American Dance Guild's 50th Anniversary (NYC); The International Choreographer's Showcase (Madrid, Spain). As a freelance dancer, Aaron has guested with Ririe Woodbury Dance Company where he enjoyed performing the works of dance innovator Alwin Nikolais. As a choreographer, his works have been seen internationally and nationally with appearances at the 2015 Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition and the 2016 Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival. Together, with fellow educator Sarah Donohue, he continues to further his choreographic and performance skills in their emerging dance company My Turkey Sandwich.

Aaron's Workshops


    Dance Improvisation

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,

    In this workshop, we will investigate improvisation in dance at the beginning level. We'll explore improvisational games and exercises that can inform and lead to short phrase work. We will also explore contemporary partnering.

    Lyrical Jazz

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,

    Through explorations of classical and contemporary jazz dance, dancers will be encouraged to experiment with their own unique movement expression. Use of breath, shifting of weight, and changing levels will be explored in this athletically lyrical jazz dance experience.

    Musical Theatre Dance

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,

    This workshop in musical theatre dance will explore and develop basic comprehension of musical theatre dance styles, technique, and terminology. Students will learn basic musical theatre dance steps to prepare for future auditions. Styles such as Robbins and Fosse will be taught culminating in a fun and exciting dance number. Students will explore performance skills such as style, projection, focus, energy, movement quality and concentration. No experience is required, just come ready to have fun and dance!

Adam Rose

Guest Artist, AMR Accents

I’m Adam Michael Rose, a Los Angeles-based dialect coach and teaching artist.

HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE I’ve been teaching accent workshops and accent coaching productions in high schools across the country for almost a decade. I’ve coached more shows that will fit here, but a few of my all-time favorites include Mary Poppins, Shrek, Steel Magnolias, Noises Off, Peter and the Starcatcher, Guys & Dolls, Arsenic and Old Lace and many more. I’ve been teaching accent workshops at high schools for almost 10 years. I’ve also coached school productions throughout the country including Mary Poppins, Shrek, Steel Magnolias, Noises Off, Peter and the Starcatcher, Guys & Dolls, Arsenic and Old Lace and many more.

FESTIVALS I present accent workshops at conferences and festivals throughout the country including EdTA’s International Thespian Festival, EdTA’s National ConferenceCA State Thespian FestivalGA State Thespian FestivalTX State Thespian FestivalNV State Thespian FestivalMD State Thespian FestivalOR Thespian Festival, and CETA High School Theatre Festival.FILM/TV I coach on set in film and TV. I’ve worked with actors that have appeared in Orange Is the New BlackThe AmericansThe Blacklist, Grey’s Anatomy, La La Land, and HBO’s Big Little Lies. I was also the production dialect coach for ABC’s American Crime season 3, where I worked with Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Regina King, Lili Taylor, Janel Moloney, and Cherry Jones.TRAINING I am a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and I’ve trained at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, Playwrights Horizons, The Theatre Lab of Washington DC, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, and with Knight-Thompson Speechwork. I’ve also studied voice and speech with members of England’s RSC (British American Drama Academy/BADA).AFFILIATIONS I’m a member of VASTAEdTACETA.

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ADDY GREEN

Guest Artist, RELATIVITYS CHOOL

Originally from Boston, MA, Addy began performing on stage at the age of eight in musicals including The Sound of MusicGrease and Oliver. She continued to build repertoire appearing in main stage productions of Robin HoodThe Crucible and Blood Wedding. Upon graduation, Addy found her niche in film and television and has booked multiple feature films, episodics, commercials, and music videos, including work with The Black Keys, American Poltergeist and Sophie Gold: The Diary Of A Golddigger.Addy’s passion for travel and assisting young talent makes her an ideal candidate for nurturing Relativity School applicants and allowing them to find their holistic trajectory in the entertainment + media industry.Education Doctoral Degree, Walden University (In Progress) Master of Fine Arts, Film Production, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre + Performing Arts, The Massachusetts College of Liberal ArtsSAG/AFTRA affiliatedaddygreen.com

ADDY's Workshops


    Taking the Mystery out of Auditioning

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    The student will have a clearer idea on all of the different types of auditions and a achieve a confidence that will propel them into their next audition. Also, learning the many differences between theatre and film acting for auditions.

Alan Ostrander

Guest Artist

Alan Ostrander has been a professional theatrical artist since 1988, working on stage/film/live productions around the world.  He has been a consultant/artist/representative for Mehron, Inc makeup for many years, and is the owner of AEO Studios, a makeup/fx, production facility based out of Orlando FL.  He is well known as an expert guest lecture/teacher in the Theatrical and Haunted Attraction Industries.  Past clients include WDE, Universal Studios-Orland, Ocean Park-Hong Kong, Toshimaen Park-Tokyo, Six Flag Amusement and more. 

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Alexander Evert

Guest Artist, Fearless Theatre

Alexander Evert is a Denver-based theatre director, writer, producer and actor. He is co-founder and Artistic Director of Fearless Theatre. His Fearless directing credits include Bent and Mosque, as well as bold re-imaginings of Julius Caesar and High School Musical. Fearless Theatre was formed in the summer of 2014 with the mission of producing a wide variety of shows designed to stimulate modern theatre audiences, and to forward social change. Now entering its fifth season, Fearless is bringing a youthful, political energy to shows including Legally Blondeand Titus Andronicus

Alexander's Workshops


    Handling Mature Content on Stage and in Rehearsal

    Beginning, , / Acting, , Musical Theatre, Tech, ,

    Let’s face it, there’s a lot that high school theatre doesn’t touch. Join members of Fearless Theatre as they break down all of the R-rated stuff that happens onstage after you graduate. Finally, a place where you can ask anything and get an honest answer! When is the right time to include mature content in a scene? How do you rehearse intense scene in a safe environment? How do you protect yourself when doing intense work? Bring questions and mature IE’s!

    Heavy Metal Shakespeare

    Beginning, , / Acting, , Musical Theatre, Tech, ,

    Can Slipknot be on the soundtrack for a production of Julius Caesar? Does Romeo need to be costumed in puffy pants and wield a dagger? Does Hamlet have to be a boy? As theatre artists, we are always striving to bring scripts to audiences in the most direct, impactful way. So how do we take scripts with 400 years of baggage and focus on the characters and stories? Examine how modern media and theatre techniques can make classical scripts as fresh and relevant as anything written today. Actors, techies, designers, and directors are invited to release preconceived notions and imagine how they would produce Shakespeare, and other classics, with their voice.

Alexis Black

Guest Artist, Adams State University

Alexis Black is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Adams State University, where she teaches acting, directing, theatrical movement and stage combat.  As a professional actor, she has worked with regional theaters, international tours, and in numerous shows in NYC.  On the small screen you can find her on AMC and The Discovery Channel.  

As a fight director she has choreographed in Europe, South Korea, regionally in the US, for the NY Fringe, Off-Off Broadway, Off Broadway, and served as Assistant Choreographer for Fool for Love on Broadway, starring Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda.  

Alexis received her MFA in Performance Pedagogy with an emphasis in movement from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is a certified teacher in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and a member of Actor's Equity Association. 

 

 

 

Alexis's Workshops


    Stage Combat: Slapstick vs Brutal

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Get "slap happy" while you discover the power of dynamic physical choices in acting. After learning unarmed stage combat skills, different tools and motivations will be explored to change the style of the fight from silly to serious, with the same moves! Have fun, and "fight" your way to techniques that will take your character building and acting choices to a new level.

Allison Watrous

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

ALLISON WATROUS is the Director of Education and has celebrated the DCPA as her artistic home for the past 20 years as an educator, actor and director. Allison is a collaborative leader of artists, teaching artists, actors, and educators and an innovative teacher who is passionate about working with students of all ages. She is currently on the faculty of Denver School of the Arts and the University of Colorado Denver. Acting work includes Kelly Young in Just Like Us, A Christmas Carol, John Brown’s Body and Scapin (DCPA Theatre Company); Girls Only – The Secret Comedy of Women (DCPA Cabaret); Astronomical Sunset (Curious Theatre Company), and Savage in Limbo, Crimes of the Heart, American Notes, Talley’s Folly and Gidion’s Knot (Sis Tryst Productions) Directing work includes Bus Stop (Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities), The Revolutionists (BETC), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Miners Alley Playhouse), Big Love (University of Denver), and Failure: A Love Story, The Laramie Project, Eurydice, Wintertime, Arcadia and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Denver School of the Arts) Allison earned a Masters Degree in Fine Arts in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory.

Allison's Workshops


    Activate Your Spontaneity through Improv

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    This fast paced workshop will explore the power and fun of spontaneity. Improve your improv, ignite your presence, activate your entire body, tap into your instincts, and drop into the moment. Don’t just play the middle ground- be bold

    The Business of Acting

    , , Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Moving from the classroom or studio into the professional world of theatre work is better when having a goal, a plan, and the best resources possible toward success. You may not always get the job, but with this workshop, you’ll get insights on strategies and best-practices to keep you energized and focused to do what you love.

    The Story of Your Song

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Every great song tells an incredible story! This workshop will explore the vital ingredients to activate the lyrics and text of your song. Don’t miss this opportunity to dive into an acting workshop the focuses completely on the power of lyric. Take your song to the next level!

Andrea Forsythe

Guest Artist

Andrea is a local Equity musical theatre actress, vocal coach, and theatre teacher.  Acting work includes Evita (Lone Tree Arts Center), Tarzan (Arvada Center), Ragtime (Pioneer Theatre Company, UT), Jekyll and Hyde (Westchester Broadway Theater, NY), Ariel in Disney Dreams (Disney Cruise Line), The Blonde Muse in Hercules (Disney Cruise Line).  Andrea has been a vocal coach for 20 years and currently owns her own studio in Centennial, CO.  Andrea taught theatre in Douglas County School District for several years. She earned a Bachelor's in Theatre Education at Brigham Young University. 

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Andrea Kehler

Guest Artist, Broadway Training Intensive

Andrea Kehler is the Producing Artistic Director of Broadway Training Intensive, and the Marketing Director of Broadway Bound Kids in NYC. She began her professional performing career in her teens when she appeared with the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Andrea has been honored to work along-side legendary entertainers including Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen, Terrence Mann, Alix Korey, and Charlotte d’Amboise. Favorite performing credits include Drama Desk Nominated Cut to the Chase (Little Angela), The Gregory Hines Tribute, How to Succeed… (Hedy La Rue), Cinderella (Anastasia), Nunsense (Sr. Robert Ann), Wizard of Oz (Toto puppeteer), Snoopy (Woodstock), and Peter Pan (Tinkerbell). Directing and choreography credits include Broadway Comes To Denver, Seussical, Dear Edwina, All Shook Up, Bye Bye Birdie, and many more. Andrea trains professional voice teachers to coach acting for songs, is a college audition coach, teaches dance and acting in private lessons and classes, and has taught in many universities, theatre programs, dance studios, and public and private schools across the country.

Andrea's Workshops


    Acting Your Song: Take It to the Next Level

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Performers need more than a just good voice in order to really bring songs to life. Learn how to make movement easy and natural, layer your songs with an array of emotions and intentions that create depth of character, and tell a compelling story. The skills taught in this workshop allow singers to be in-the-moment, confident, and fresh for every audition and performance. Wherever you are, we'll take your performance to the next level. There will be opportunities for some students to be coached! Please bring recorded accompaniment and a copy of your sheet music.

    Monologues: Learn How Tony Winners Do It

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    This master class is the foundation of the Broadway Training Intensive’s acting curriculum. The skills taught in this workshop allow actors to be in-the-moment, confident, and fresh for every audition and performance — they learn tried and tested techniques that give them a polished and professional edge. The workshop introduces concepts utilized by Tony Award winning directors and performers, top musical theatre colleges and universities, and NYC acting studios frequented by working professionals to keep themselves fresh eight shows a week. Wherever you are, we'll take you to the next level. There will be opportunities for some students to be coached on a monologue! Please bring a copy of monologue text if available.

Andrea Moon

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Andrea Moon is an Associate Professor of Theatre and the head of Theatre Studies at the University of Northern Colorado where she teaches movement and dramatic literature. Andrea is a playwright, performer, poet and teacher. Her theatrical work has been produced at theatres and Universities across the country as well as in Italy and China. Most recently her newest full length play was workshopped by the Apprentice Company at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Her written work has been published by Dramatic Publishing and Applause Books. She has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Andrea's Workshops


    Movement for the Actor

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    This workshop will use a rigorous and practical movement training to lead students through supporting emotional and psychological choices with their full physical selves. Students should come to the workshop with a short monologue they would like to work on.

    The Dramatic Self

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    The most honest art is the art that comes from what we know. At the same time we don't want to put only ourselves onstage again and again. This workshop guides the student through molding their own personal experience into art. Students will re-imagine the stories and people of their life into scenes and monologues using short writing exercises that focus on myth and alternative points of view. Bring something to write with and something to write on.

Andre Rodriguez

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Andre Rodriguez–Teaching Artist–Andre is a Teaching Artist at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. After receiving his B.A. in Theatre Education at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), Andre returned to UNC to earn his M.A. in Theatre Education. Past directing credits include Tarzan: The Musical, Peter and the Starcatcher, Just Like Us (chosen for True West Award), RENT (Bobby G. Award for Best Direction), Avenue Q, Eurydice, In The Heights, Almost, Maine, Xanadu, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and The Laramie Project (selected best play and direction by the Greeley Tribune).

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    Storytelling Through Hand-to-Hand Combat

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, , , ,

    Connect safe best-practice approaches to physical storytelling and experience the tenants of hand-to-hand stage combat. Punch, slap, fall, and more! Isolate each move then combine these into a movement sequence with a focus on strong partnership. These moments on stage move each story forward and this class will do just the same for the students involved!

Anne Toewe

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Dr. ANNE M TOEWE is a Professor of Theatre Arts with her specialty in Costume Design. Dr. Toewe joined the faculty in the School of Theatre Arts and Dance in 2003 where she serves as the Resident Costume Designer and the Head of Design and Technology, as well as the Production Manager for UNC’s Little Theatre of the Rockies in the summers.  Since her arrival at UNC Dr. Toewe has enjoyed the opportunity to design costumes for a broad variety of productions, including Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Jekyll and Hyde, Titanic, My Fair Lady, and The Elephant Man, to name a few.  In 2009, Dr. Toewe made her directorial debut at UNC with STAD’s production of Eclipsed.  Prior to her arrival in Colorado, Dr. Toewe designed and taught in a variety of venues on the east coast, including theatre, opera, film, print, and television.  While designing in Miami, FL, Dr. Toewe received a Carbonelle award for Best Costume Design for GableStage’s production of The Dead. Prior to her residence in Florida Dr. Toewe worked as a project manager at the notable Broadway costume build house Parsons-Mears.  Dr. Toewe holds her bachelor’s degree in Biology from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, her MFA in Costume Design from Tulane University in New Orleans, and her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Additionally, in 2014, she published her first book, “Flowers in the Desert”: Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas 1998-2012. She is also a member of United Scenic Artist local #829.

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Annika Merkel

Guest Artist

Annika is a graduate of UNC's Acting Program and of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. While living in New York City, she earned her SAG card and sang with some of broadways finest in the Stars of Broadway Chorus for the Drama League. Her return to Denver resulted in her being cast in the Denver Premiere of the musical 'Bonnie and Clyde' as Bonnie Parker herself. She has since been cast in the Regional Premiere  of 'The Toxic Avenger' and has fronted cover bands performing at weddings, festivals and corporate events around Colorado. She has also adjudicated for the Bobby G program for the last three years. She has a passion for coaching high school musical theatre and is thrilled to be back with the Thespians!

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Autumn Morgenstern

Guest Artist

Autumn grew up in Orlando, FL where she performed with Orlando Ballet's The Nutcracker on tour at the young age of 12 and danced at Walt Disney World. She then performed with the Radio City Rockettes for 7 years, negotiated contracts as their union representative and was one of the main Rockettes chosen to give interviews for radio, newspapers and television. Autumn has also danced for Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, Holland America Cruise Lines, Perichoresis Dance Company in NYC, the Olympic Game Opening Ceremony and internationally in Kenya and Romania. Her other appearances include: musical group Outkast, The Today Show, CNN, Waterboy, Rosewood, The Division, America's Health Network, Dance Studio Life, Dance Teacher and First Women Magazines. Along with her dance career, Autumn graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Telecommunications and a Minor in Theatre. She then continued her education in NYC at The Kane School for Pilates, Stella Adler Studio of Acting and The School for Film and Television. She is also a commercial voice over artist for radio. Autumn has 22 years of experience teaching ages 4 through adult and has taught at The Joffery School of Ballet, The Orlando Ballet, The Rockette Dance Intensive, Project Dance NYC, Dance Masters of America, Fox Theatre’s Rising Stars, The Atlanta Ballet, New York Backstage, Boulder Jazz Workshop and at the Texas Dance Educators Association. Some of her students’ credits include: Anastasia the Musical on Broadway, Mamma Mia on Tour, Industry Dance Awards, Alvin Ailey’s Pre-Professional Program, Young Arts National Arts Finalist, Joffrey & Juilliard Summer Intensives, So You Think You Can Dance, The Juilliard School, AMDA and Point Park University. Autumn has also enjoyed being a convention teacher with Celebration Talent and Beyond the Stars, high school dance team coach, adjunct professor at Brenau University and the producer of Project Dance Atlanta for 4 years. Her favorite musical is The Drowsy Chaperone. Autumn was thrilled to choreograph this production in Georgia where she won numerous choreography awards, including receiving first place at the Shuler Awards. Around the country Autumn currently guest teaches and choreographs, judges competitions and is a director with Project Dance. In Colorado she adjudicates for the Bobby G Awards, teaches at Broadway Training Intensive and dance studios around the state. AutumnMorgenstern.com

Autumn's Workshops


    How to Survive in the Entertainment Business

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    So you want to be a professional performer....but do you have what it takes to survive in the entertainment business? In this workshop we will discuss the following topics: auditions, jobs, how to pay the bills, marketing yourself, how to handle rejection and how to live in the major entertainment cities (NYC, LA, Chicago, Las Vegas & Orlando). There will be plenty of time for Q&A to help you best prepare for your future. So bring all your questions, pen & paper and let's talk shop.

    Rhythm Tap for Int/Adv Tappers

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,

    Calling all Intermediate & Advanced Tappers! Are you comfortable with your broadway tap skills and ready to improve upon your rhythm tap skills? This workshop will teach you more intricate, fast tap work and use them in a combination. Get ready to move your feet!

Becca Postma

Guest Artist, Arapahoe Libraries

Becca is a Programming Specialist with Arapahoe Libraries where she leads monthly theater workshops.  During her time in the Denver area, she has guest taught with Curious Theatre Company, Englewood Summer Drama Program, Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, and the Actors Academy for the Performing Arts in both Denver and Boulder.  After graduating from CU Boulder with degrees in English, Theatre Performance, and Secondary Education, she taught Drama at Abraham Lincoln High School for several years.  During that time, she was a founding member of the Colorado Alliance of Technical Theatre Educators (CATTE). She holds a Masters in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management from Colorado State University. 

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    Shakespeare Crash Course

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Tromping the boards with the Bard can be intimidating. In this crash course, learn basic Shakespearean acting techniques from movement to breaking down the language. We'll have some fun with Shakespearean insults, interpret lines for their modern meanings, and perform a Shakespeare scene with ease! With presenters Becca Postma and Natalie Kuypers from Arapahoe Libraries.

    Step Up for Step In Time! Learning Tap

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,

    Come join us for an introduction to some basic tap dance steps! We will talk about DIY alternatives to tap shoes and a bit about how tap can be integrated with Musical Theater and Broadway style dance. Put your stepping to the test by learning a routine for a dance break in the song "Step In Time" from Broadway hit "Mary Poppins." All skill levels welcome.

Benjamin Reigel

Guest Artist, Colorado Mesa University

Benjamin Reigel is a professional actor, director, and fight choreographer, as well as a member of the performance faculty at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Originally from Wisconsin, Ben has lived and worked all over the country, and has scores of credits at theatres from coast to coast including Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, DE’s Resident Ensemble Players, Mill Mountain Theatre, Maine Shakespeare Festival/Penobscot Theatre Company, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and many others. Recently credits include Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Karl/Steve in Clybourne Park, and Caleb in The Whipping Man (Farmers Alley), Marlowe in She Stoops to Conquer, Antonio in 12th Night, and Salisbury in King John (Michigan Shakespeare Festival), the title role in Hamlet (Backbone Ensemble), as well as directing Cyrano de Bergerac for the Texas Shakespeare Festival, and The Christians for the Aspen Fringe Festival.

 

Before coming to Colorado, Ben taught for 5 years at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and before that for 3 years at Shorter University in Rome, GA.

 

As an actor, director, and teacher, Ben is deeply committed to the works of Shakespeare. He has performed, directed, or choreographed over 50 productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Both in the classroom and in his professional work, Ben continues to test the teaching and performance opportunities made possible through a study of the First Folio texts, and an exploration of original Shakespearean practices.

 

Ben earned his B.A. from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and his M.F.A. from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program. Ben is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. 

Benjamin's Workshops


    Shakespeare…now what?

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Have you ever picked up a Shakespearean text and wondered, “now what"?
    Have you struggled to bring that text to life?
    Have you wished you could ask Shakespeare what he wanted you to do?
    Good news! Shakespeare was an actor himself, and his writing is full of very specific and practical directions for actors. These clues and directions are hidden in plain sight—you just have to learn how to spot them. In this workshop, students will learn to recognize and apply the clues laid out in the script and apply them for immediate results.

Beth Osnes

Guest Artist, Unviersity of Colorado Boulder

Beth Osnes PhD, is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado. She recently toured an original musical Shine to select cities throughout the world to engage youth voices in resilience planning (see trailer for show). She has developed a method towards vocal empowerment for young women that she is researching in Guatemala, Tanzania and the USA. Her most recent book is Theatre for Women’s Participation in Sustainable Development. She is featured in the award-winning documentary Mother: Caring for 7 Billion (www.motherthefilm.com). 

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Blake Babbitt

Guest Artist, 383 Productions

Blake is a graduate of Denver School of the Arts and the University of Northern Colorado’s Acting programs. Blake is currently the Associate Director of Recruitment for the New York Film Academy. Additionally, Blake is the founder of 383 Productions, an independent film production company headquartered in Brooklyn, NY. Recent projects include an indie short Sunday 1287 and a feature length documentary I Heart Jenny. Blake also occasionally directs plays. In his New York directorial debut Blake won a ‘best play’ award for his direction of emerging playwright Josh Billig’s Benefit of Friends at the American Globe Theatre. Blake’s Off-Broadway acting credits include Baylis in Blackbird, Berowne from Love’s Labors Lost in the 45th Street Theatre’s annual Shakespeare Festival, and Joe/Syrup in the premiere Dan Savage’s of Seeking Savage Love at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.  Blake has also worked closely with Oscar and Tony Award Nominee Murray Schisgal (Tootsie) on a reading of his new play Wallstreet Fandango.  Other past theatre credits include roles in Flags, A Servant of Two Masters, SuburbiaLover’s and Other Strangers, and The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare.  TV and Film credits include Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX), Mr. Wiskers (web series), Bottom Feeders (web series), and Passed Over (web series).

Blake's Workshops


    Improv and Acting-From Stage to Screen

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    Improv and Acting-From Stage to Screen: is a workshop emphasizing acting in theatre, improv, film, television, and commercials. Participants will begin the workshop by being guided through a variety of techniques and exercises aimed at relaxing and concentrating the actor. From there, participants will have the opportunity improv both for the theatre and on-camera. Additionally, participants with be guided through a variety of on-camera exercises and scenes- including given circumstances and close-up exercises. Through the use of a digital camera and television, attendees will have the opportunity to view on-camera performances live. The workshop will also go over the tools of the acting and filmmaking industry necessary to becoming a working actor. The intended audience is for High School and College students who are interested in developing on-camera techniques.

Brian Curl

Guest Artist

Brian Curl is a NYC based actor/choreographer.  He has performed in 49 of the 50 states and across Canada.  As a performer he has worked off-broadway, off-off-broadway, national tours, regional, theme park, and summer stock.  He's been a choreographer and workshop presenter at the International Thespian Festival, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, New Jersey, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee, and New England.  A big kid at heart, Brian enjoys working with the future of the theatre industry.  briancurl.com

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Brian Hapcic

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Brian Hapcic is a Professor of lighting and sound design at the University of Northern Colorado.  He has worked in the entertainment industry for over twenty-five years, with nearly 250 design credits in multiple performance genres.  Brian has a BA in English from Ohio University, and an MFA in Design and Technology from the University of Montana. He is a member of USITT and I.A.T.S.E. local #339.  In 2004 he was awarded the KCACTF faculty fellowship for meritorious achievement as a professor of lighting design, and in 2015, his scenography for the UNCO production of Medea was selected for presentation at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Space and Design.  His current research interests focus on the use of projected media as light source in performance, as well as the use of projection and sound in performance installations. 

Brian's Workshops


    Intro to Qlab – How to build a cue stack

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,

    An introduction to the software program Q-lab. This workshop will demonstrate the basic functions for building a cue stack of audio and/or video cues for use in live productions.

    LED Lighting Integration 101

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,

    This is a workshop for Teachers who are looking for ways to integrate LED Lighting Technology into their current lighting infrastructure. We will discuss the basics of legacy lighting systems, resources for identifying information about your home spaces, and how LED technology works and fits into your current systems.

Brian McManus

Guest Artist, Improv YA(Y)

rian received a BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Colorado. He has studied and performed the art of improvisation for more than 20 years, including five years spent in New York with the Upright Citizens Brigade, The People’s Improv Theater, the renowned Armando Diaz and more. He performed locally with Impulse Theater for five years, and as a cast member for several seasons of the Denver Center’s Off-Center show Cult Following. He is currently a founding cast member of the new Comedy Sportz Denver at the Avenue Theater. Brian teaches improv classes for teens and adults at the Denver Center Academy, presents workshops annually at the Colorado High School Thespian Conference and Jeffco Improv Festival and acts as a guest teacher at many schools in the region including Lakewood High School, Smoky Hill High School, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Castle Pines/American Academy, Discovery Canyon, and more. Brian is the recipient of the Colorado Thespian’s 2017 Distinguished Service to Educational Theater Award.

Brian's Workshops


    Improv Boot Camp

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Come learn the basics of improv and/or strengthen your foundation. Through a number of short form games and long form structures we will work out the three major tenets of improv - Yes, and..., avoid questions, and don't try to be funny. Be ready to get up and play.

    Improv Firestarter

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    The beginning of any improvised scene is the most crucial part. A strong choice can launch the scene whereas "kinda" offers can be confusing and slow things down too much. Through different exercises and short form improv games. we will try a number of different ways to ignite scenes like with solid characters, dynamic relationships, engaging in the environment and more. Be ready to get up and play.

    Keeping it Real with Improv

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Sure, part of improv is making silly, zany choices and working with your scene partner to help justify and make sense of The Weird. But portraying real characters that are grounded in reality can often take your scenes to greater heights and result in bigger laughs. Bring your long form skills and come see how real-life characters can take your improv to the next level.

    Long Form Improv –Harold

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Heard of Harold and want to meet it? Or maybe your team has been working on Harold and you’re ready to take it to the next level. This workshop will focus on following patterns, building and heightening, and supporting your fellow players while delving into the components and mechanics of Harold.

    Middle School Improv Roundup

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    This workshop will focus on the three main rules in improve through various improve exercises, short form games and long form structures. We will also explore the idea of using a strong who/what/where to launch any improvised scene into greatness.

    Short Form Improv Skill Check

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Short form games like those seen on TV’s Whose Line is it Anyway? have built-in structures and gimmicks that help elevate the quality of the improv. But there are many tools improvisers can employ to take the scene to the next level. We will play as many short form improv games as possible while developing skills that will boost any improvised scene. Come ready to play.

Bud Coleman

Guest Artist, University of Colorado Boulder

Bud Coleman is the Roe Green Professor of Theatre at the University of Colorado at Boulder. A professional actor, director, teacher, and choreographer, he has worked in the U.S., Canada, Holland, Japan, Thailand, and Russia. Recent publications include Back Stage Pass: A Survey of American Musical Theatre (Kendall/Hunt), The Oxford Handbook to Sondheim StudiesWomen in American Musical Theatre (McFarland and Company, Inc.), and The Cambridge Companion to the Musical.

Bud's Workshops


    Groove On! Musical Theatre Dance Workshop

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    No dance experience necessary; come prepared to move, sweat, and have fun.  Learn the choreography to a musical number from a Broadway musical!

Bud Coleman

Guest Artist, University of Colorado at Boulder

Bud Colemanis the Roe Green Professor of Theatre at the University of Colorado Boulder and former Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance.  A former dancer with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Fort Worth Ballet, Kinesis, and Ballet Austin, he has directed and choreographed many musicals.  In 2008, he directed and choreographed the musical Companyin Vladivostok, Russia, was selected to be a 2009-10 Fulbright Lecturer in Japan, and directed the Thai premiere of Fiddler on the Roof at Mahidol University in 2017. 

With co-editor Judith Sebesta, they published Women in American Musical Theatre:  Essays on Lyricists, Writers, Arrangers, Choreographers, Designers, Producers, and Performance Artistsin 2008.  Coleman and Pamyla Stiehl co-wrote Backstage Pass, A Survey of American Musical Theatre(2013).  

Bud's Workshops


    Musical Theatre Dance workshop

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    No dance experience necessary; come prepared to move, sweat, and have fun. During this workshop you'll learn the choreography to a musical number from a Broadway musical.

Cara Lipford

Guest Artist, Rainbow Alley

Cara Lipford is a Bachelor level Social Work student at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is currently interning at Rainbow Alley working to provide an inclusive space for LGBTQ+ youth of Colorado. 

Cara's Workshops


    Rainbow Alley – LGBTQ Resources

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,

    Join Rainbow Alley for introductions, LGBTQ+ discussions, and a character runway! Rainbow Alley is a safe and brave space for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies to express themselves and make their voices heard.

Carmel Alston

Guest Artist

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    LED – Before you Buy, How to Install

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    The challenge in selecting and buying LED fixtures for your school program can be overwhelming. With this workshop we will go through the features you must have and the ones you can wait for. We will go through installation process, to make sure you do it right the first time. Join us for some practical ins and outs.

Cherity Koepke

Guest Artist, Cherity Koepke

Cherity Koepke:   Director of the Opera Colorado Artist in Residence Program

 

Ms. Koepke, a full lyric soprano, began singing at the age of 15 and has performed such iconic roles as Eponine and Fantine (Les Misérables), Guinevere (Camelot), Maria (The Sound of Music) and The Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods). In 2004, Ms. Koepke won the prestigious Thespian Tribute award for her performance of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. She attended the University of New Mexico, where she earned a double Masters in Vocal Performance and Child Psychology & Behavioral Studies. Ms. Koepke also minored in theater, receiving additional training in directing and improvisation. In 2001, Ms. Koepke began working as a behavior specialist with the Albuquerque Public School System where she incorporated her training in music and theater into her student’s curriculum. She continued to study theatre, becoming a Shakespearian trained actor through the Addison program in Houston, TX. She has performed such roles as Katherine (Taming of the Shrew), Ophelia (Hamlet) and Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing). In 2002, she joined the Santa Fe Opera as an artist-in-residence where she performed roles including Norma (Norma), Liu (Turandot), Musetta (La bohème) and Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel). In 2006, Ms. Koepke began to focus her career in stage directing. Well-versed in the genres of opera, musicals and theater, Ms. Koepke has directed productions such as The Cunning Little Vixen, Madama Butterfly, A Little Night Music, The Pirates of Penzance, Inherit the Wind, The Tempest and A Lion in Winter.

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ms. Koepke joined Opera Colorado in 2007, where she serves as the Director of Education & Community Engagement and the Director of the Opera Colorado Artist in Residence Program. In addition to abridging and designing productions for the company’s Opera on Tour program, she has served as stage director for Opera Colorado’s touring productions of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliette, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Cinderella, Bizet’s Carmen and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love. In 2012, Koepke directed the student matinee production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. In February of 2015, Koepke directed the world premiere concert reading of Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter and in 2016, Ms. Koepke helped produce the 10th Anniversary Gala concert of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.  In the summer of 2017, she made her debut with Opera Steamboat as the stage director for Jonathan Dove’s, The Enchanted Pig.

Cherity's Workshops


    The Singing Actor

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Have you ever wanted to audition for a musical but you don’t think you can sing? Some of the best performers aren’t necessarily the best singers. Sometimes it’s the performance that counts. There’s an art to selling a song and you can learn how. Come and learn tips and tricks to help you make the most of your voice and give a great performance. No singing experience is required.

    Vocal Boot Camp

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    How do you keep your voice healthy? What are the best ways to warm up? How do you extend your range or keep your voice from cracking? How do you prepare to speak or sing for a performance? These and many other questions will be answered through this interactive workshop. Participants will learn professional technique in everything from breath control to dynamics, singing and speaking with emotion and beyond. No singing experience is required.

Chip Persons

Guest Artist, University of Colorado Boulder

Chip Persons appeared in: Švejk and Andorra with Theatre for a New Audience; Hell: Paradise Found at 59E59; Foodstable at HERE; Cold at Bank Street Theatre; Richard III at La MaMa ETC; and Godard at the Ohio Theatre.  Credits elsewhere include: the title roles in Richard II and Richard II, Angelo in Measure for Measure, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, and Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival; Lee Blessing’s solo play, Chesapeake; Oscar Wilde in Gross Indecency; Richard Rich in A Man for All Seasons at the Arvada Center; the Old Globe Theatre; Lamb’s Players Theatre; Stories On Stage; and Write Out Loud.  Chip was an expatriate in Prague during the 1990s and continues to perform there, where credits include: HoME Theatre; Misery Loves Co. (including the Eastern European premiere of Angels in America); Kašpar Theatre; and Theatre on the Balustrade.  His screen credits include Law & Order and network commercials.  Chip’s on the Advisory Board of Culture Current in Helsinki, the Artistic Ensemble of Boulder Ensemble Theatre Co., and the faculty of the University of Colorado.  He holds an MFA from Columbia University and BFA from UC Santa Barbara.  

Chip's Workshops


    ‘Ello Guv’nr! Applying the IPA in Dialect Work

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,

    We will work with the International Phonetic Alphabet and use it to learn the beginnings of a Standard British Dialect. Come prepared to have fun!

Chris Cheline

Guest Artist, Douglas County School District

I have been in the video business since 2000. Much of my experience has come from working daily in television news and in school districts as a Photojournalist – telling people's stories through video every day.

I spent 2000 – 2008 working as a Photojournalist in Colorado Springs and then Denver. Every day was a new story. My job was to make it interesting. I took a break from the news business for four years to learn the production side of things. I produced commercials and promotional videos. 

My love of storytelling eventually drew me back into the news business at KUSA in Denver. I worked alongside some of the most talented people in the industry. I have won three Emmys, three Edward R. Murrow awards, Colorado Broadcaster's Association awards, and several Nation Press Photographer Association (nationally and regionally) awards through the years.

These days I am telling the stories of the amazing students in the Douglas County School District. It's a perfect fit having three boys with my wife that are or will be in the district.

Chris's Workshops


    How To Write A Memorable Video Story

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,

    Video is a unique medium. It has moving pictures. It has captivating sound. It can be narrated by a presenter, through interviews, or both. How do you take the elements from a shoot to craft a memorable story?

    We'll discuss the following:

    • What to look for while logging video?
    • Building stories around compelling moments
    • What makes a good transition?
    • Maintaining a focus throughout the story
    • How can narration enhance a story?

    We'll look at some examples and go through practical exercises.

Chris Parr

Guest Artist, St Vrain Theatre Company

Chris Parr, is the Executive Director of the St Vrain Theatre Company. He has worked with dance companies, high school theatre companies, and community theatres all over the state. Helping them with everything from set design and stage management to ticket sales and social media promotion. He is also an accomplished actor and director.

Chris's Workshops


    Cost Effective Marketing & Fundraising

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    Workshop participants will be shown several ways to manage their marketing budgets. How to get the biggest bang for your buck. As well as unique ways to fundraising during the time of the show. How to monopolize your time when you are in the limelight. As well as way to look for and find free marketing tools both in the public, on social media and online.

    Making Social Media Work For You & Your Show

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,

    Workshop participants will learn how to market and publicize their show both in the community and with in their school. As so not to rely on newspapers. How to use FB and other social media to their advantage and how to create unique posters and photos for use within their community both in and out of the school. As well as how to make YouTube work for you and the rules within to show off the show. How to make FB, Instagram, Twitter, Apps and hashtags work for you. The workshop will cover the basics of social media and marketing as well as online ticket sales.

    Next Level Marketing

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    Workshop participants will learn how to take their marketing and publicity of shows from 'Ho Hum' to 'OMG'. You will learn everything from how to use Facebook Live well, how to manage your page and connect it to your Instagram page and make it all work together and get your potential audience member to your online ticket site. As well as how to take your basics posters, programs and headshots to the next level. As well as how to tie it all together so it has one theme and look. Their will also be time at the end to ask questions on how to promote your upcoming show or program as a whole.

    Social Media and the Teacher (Teacher Workshop)

    , , Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    TEACHERS & PARENTS ONLY! This workshop is for teachers and parents. Have you wondered how you can do all of the things on social media to promote your show without being 'FB friends' with your students? We will show you tips and tricks at how to make it work. As well as how to promote your show, understand the difference between a profile, page and a group. As well as how to use the dreaded online ticket system that sends shivers up your spine. The workshop will presented and then a large portion of time will be devoted to ask questions and show you how to work with in your districts social media (or lack off) policies.

    Theatre In Strange Places (Guerrilla Theatre)

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , Tech, ,

    Workshop participants will learn how to perform and rehearse theatre in odd places. How you can take your show on the road. How you could actually do the show in a coffeeshop, even on a street corner, in an amphitheater, even in a remote corner of your school or in 24 hours. As well as the newest concept of Theatre on the Move. Chris Parr and members of the St Vrain Theatre Company have become experts in the idea of theatre in strange places or GUERRILLA Theatre.

Christopher Blackwell

Guest Artist

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CJ Greer

Guest Artist, University of Nevada, Reno

CJ Greer is thrilled to have joined the Music and Music Theatre faculty at UNR to build a Musical Theatre degree program!  She carries an MFA and MM in Musical Theatre and Classical Performance & Pedagogy from Penn State University. CJ has performed around the world from theme park to Broadway. She is a singer, actor, teacher, and conductor with an undying love for storytelling, and inspiring others to find their unique voice in the music. CJ frequently presents at conferences, including ‘Bel Canto Can Belto’ – an experiential weekend workshop introducing voice teachers to musical theatre vocal pedagogy. She also teaches high school and collegiate workshops, and is the vocal instructor for The Broadway Artist Intensive – a summer MT training program. Broadway/National Tour credits: Sister Act, Les MisérablesThe Producers, Ragtime, I Love A Piano, The Buddy Holly Story; Regional Credits: Mamma Mia (Casa Mañana), Annie* (Olney), Chess (NC Raleigh), The Happy Time* (Signature Theatre), She Loves Me, The Addams Family, Into the WoodsSecret Garden, and more. 

CJ's Workshops


    Sing Out, Louise!! – Musical Theatre Voice Techniques

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Students will explore various vocal exercises for building excellent musical theatre style singing, including awareness of head voice/falsetto, speech level vocalization and belt resonance. Volunteers will then have the opportunity to put these skills into practice. Interested students should prepare a 16-32 bar cut of a musical theatre selection. Please bring a recording of your accompaniment and/or sheet music for the accompanist. CJ Greer, University of Nevada, Voice/Music Theatre – MFA in Musical Theatre Vocal Perf &Ped, MM Classical Perf&Ped - Penn State University.

Claudia Carson

Guest Artist, DCPA

Claudia Carson has been at the DCPA for 16 years in a variety of roles: Stage Manager at the Galleria Theater, Production Manager for Girls Only, and Executive Assistant to President Randy Weeks. Claudia took over the reins of the Bobby G program in 2014. She has Directed, Choreographed and Stage Managed the Bobby G Ceremony since the program started.  In 2016, Claudia began coordinating the High School One Act Playwriting Workshops and Competition. She loves working with Colorado’s High School educators and students on both of these programs and is in awe of the talent she sees daily in her work.  Claudia was the K-9 Theatre teacher at Graland County Day School and directed and choreographed the 4th and 9th grade musicals as well as performances in all grades throughout the year. She has choreographed and acted at the Arvada Center, The Aurora Fox, and The DCPA.  She has been a teaching artist at The Arvada Center, The Mizel Center and the Aurora Fox Summer Theatre. Claudia is excited to get back to her roots as an educator/teaching artist and is honored to be part of the amazing team here in the Education department. 

 

Claudia's Workshops


    Stage Management: Tips and Effective Leadership

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    This workshop will empower Stage Managers with interactive tools and activities to bring the ensemble and crew together to have a fun and focused process while reaching for a high level of product.

Colorado State Thespians

Guest Artist, Educational Theatre Association

Colorado State Thespian Board is excited to offer workshops that advance the students knowledge about the Individual Events Process, and the University Scholarship process. Students will hear from the adjudicators and organizers of these events, and be provided with useful advice to support their participation in the conference experience.

Colorado State's Workshops


    Adult Breakfast and Keynote

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,

    Join Colorado State Thespian Board members for an exciting gathering with updates from the field, announcements for the future and a delicious breakfast hosted by Center Plate Catering. As always, Colorado Thespians will have their famous raffle opportunities for the attendees - our way of saying thank you for the work you do daily.

    Each year Colorado State Thespians brings in a stimulating guest speaker to encourage the passionate work that each of you are contributing to the field. Make room in your Thescon schedule to attend this event. Special introduction by the president of the Educational Theatre Association, Mrs. Debby Corbin, from Branson, MO.

    Perfecting you Individual Event: Musical Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Perfecting you Individual Event: Musical Theatre
    The adjudicators for this event will present key mistakes that students make in and out of the Musical Theatre Individual Event. Learn from your judges what makes a Superior performance. There is always time to refine your performance, don't miss this opportunity to get tips from the professionals.

    Perfecting you Individual Event: Tech Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    Perfecting you Individual Event: Tech Theatre
    The adjudicators for this event will present key mistakes that students make in and out of the Tech Theatre Individual Event. Learn from your judges what makes a Superior performance. There is always time to refine your performance, don't miss this opportunity to get tips from the professionals.

    Perfecting your Individual Event: Acting

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Perfecting you Individual Event: Acting
    The adjudicators for this event will present key mistakes that students make in and out of the Acting Individual Event. Learn from your judges what makes a Superior performance. There is always time to refine your performance, don't miss this opportunity to get tips from the professionals.

    Senior Thespian Officers – Act up and Move with Purpose.

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    This workshop will introduce you to what an STO is and how you can be one in the future. The senior STO's will take you through some of their favorite theatre exercises and share with you the ropes of what the high school experience is like. Come join the fun and activities, to learn more about yourself and the role you can play in the future.

    Short Film Screening

    , Intermediate, / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,

    Each Colorado State Thespians receives some outstanding film in the Individual Event Short Film category. This is our opportunity to share the films that were submitted, and share some oral conversations to support the directors and young filmmakers. Observers are welcome to attend, and enjoy the creativity that Colorado's film students have submitted. Your hosts for the session will be Lanny Boyer and Jeremy Goldson.

    So you want to be an STO? Information Meeting.

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,

    You have seen them on stage, and you have seen them working conferences - now you think you want to make that big leap and apply? This session will gather together the current STO's to share what the position is like, and what they do during the course of the year. The group will give you hints to the application process, and suggestions on how to make your application stand out. Please note, you do not have to attend this session in order to apply to be an STO.

    Tech Challenge

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    Get ready for a fast, furious, and fun Tech Challenge experience! Register online for one of the two sessions taking place on Saturday morning, for the chance to compete in the following events: Ground Plan Tape down, Light Hang and Focus, Props Strike and Set, Knot a Rigging problem, and Costume dresser.
    Prizes will be given at the Closing Ceremonies for each event and also for the best time and accuracy overall. Any school can participate in the Technical Challenge, but you can only sign up for one of the two sessions.

    Tech Theatre Boot Camp – Lighting 103

    , , Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    Programming Moving Lights and LED’s. Setting up your control console to make programming easier for movers and LED’s. Tips, Tricks and basic use of Palettes. This workshop is for the serious lighting technician who wants to excel at programming. Multiple presenters. This course is designed to work consecutively with Tech Theatre: Lighting 101 and Tech Theatre: Lighting 102. This workshop is two sessions long.

    Tech Theatre Lighting 101

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,

    The very basics – cables, gels, lamps, conventional fixtures, hanging, focusing, how a lighting system works. A ton of basic information to get the new lighting technician up to speed! Safety is stressed. Presented by Carmel Alston of Oasis. Designed to work consecutively with Tech Theatre: Lighting 102 and Tech Theatre: Lighting 103 and is two sessions long.

    Tech Theatre Lighting 102

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,

    LED ‘s and Movers! How DMX data systems work and how to install, use and trouble shoot them. The Intermediate lighting technician will learn how LED’s and moving lights work, how they are controlled, and how to troubleshoot issues using them. This course is designed to work with Tech Theatre: Lighting 101 and Tech Theatre: Lighting 103. This workshop is two sessions long.

    Tech Theatre Sound 102

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,

    Wireless systems. How wireless works, how to set up a system and how to control and adjust it. System troubleshooting and tips and tricks. Presented by Ben Bridgewater of D.L. Adams Associates. Designed to work with Tech Theatre: Sound 101 and Tech Theatre Sound: 103. This workshop is two sessions long.

    Tech Theatre Sound 103

    , , Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    The professionals from Shure Sound will present this workshop. 103 will cover system operation, using wired and wireless. Mixing, Equalization and Effects. Troubleshooting issues, and creative and efficient use of your sound system. Designed to be the most advanced course, followed by Tech Theatre Sound: 101 and Tech Theatre Sound: 102. This workshop is two sessions long.

    Tech Theatre: Sound 101

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,

    The very basics of how a sound system works, Microphone types, control signal path, interconnecting equipment and operating a basic sound system. Presented by Steve Stevens, professional sound designer and instructor. Equipment provided compliments of Shure Sound Manufacturing. Designed to work consecutively with Tech Theatre: Sound 102 and Tech Theatre: Sound 103. This workshop is two sessions long.

    Theatre Games for Actors

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,

    Nothing beats a great theatre game, which includes fun and a lesson to help support the onstage and offstage presence of theatre professionals. Join us for this exciting workshop lead by the Colorado State Thespian Officers. Learn what it means to be an officer and how you can start planning your leadership role with Colorado State Thespians. Be prepared to move around the room, and create your space in theatre.

    Tour: Denver Center for the Performing Arts

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,

    Receive a back stage look into the magic world of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Your guide will be Jill Schwager, as you take a look at the back stage areas of The Stage Theatre and the Space Theatre within the Denver Center Performing Arts Complex. Please arrive early for this tour, lines form outside of the registration room 101. Limited to 25 participants per tour.

    University Scholarship Auditions: Q & A

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,

    Scholarship Auditions can be a scary moment for any participating senior, this session will reveal the details of your journey. Students will be able to ask everything they ever wanted to know, before entering into the Audition setting this weekend. Hosted by the Colorado Thespian Audition Coordinator, students will be walked through proper slating and audition etiquette. If you are auditioning, make sure you attend this risk free opportunity to get your questions answered. Remember, there are no stupid questions.

Courtney Kochuba

Guest Artist, Samuel French

Originally from Pittsburgh, Courtney has been part of the New York theatre scene for the past decade. In addition to local and regional acting, she has worked in marketing and development roles at several Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters, including Circle in the Square and Atlantic Theater Company. Joining the Samuel French team in 2013, Courtney serves as the Marketing Manager for Social Media and Community, managing social media engagement (@SamuelFrenchNYC), editing Breaking Character Magazine (breakingcharactermagazine.com), and producing community events. Proud alum of Carnegie Mellon University. Twitter and Instagram:  @courtkochuba.

 

MORE ABOUT SAMUEL FRENCH
Samuel French is the world’s leading publisher and licensor of plays and musicals. The company’s catalog features some of the most acclaimed work ever written for the stage and titles by writers at the forefront of contemporary drama. Samuel French is proud to have served as a leader in theatrical publishing and licensing for over 180 years and is committed to the future by championing for playwrights, innovating the industry, and celebrating all those who make theatre around the world.

Courtney's Workshops


    Identity in Theatre: Proposing Relevant Radical Shows at your School

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, Tech, ,

    The issues of identity, inclusion and representation onstage are ongoing issues within our theatre community. What is the best way for a high school to approach these topics, while still being appropriate to their audiences? Join Samuel French for a discussion about what topics need to be seen onstage, recommended shows to achieve that goal, marketing tips, and more.

Dan Hays

Guest Artist, Midland University

Dan P. Hays is an educator, actor, director, music director, choreographer and highly sought-after clinician. He is currently serving as the Director of Theatre Activities at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. 

Mr. Hays serves as an Associate Director for The Young Americans, a professional performing group that comes from California and performs all over the world. He has served as a clinician for many theatre and music festivals, including a Regional All-State Chorus in Pennsylvania.  Dan also serves as the director of the All State Musical for the Nebraska Choral Directors.

Before his career in education, Dan spent many years in the professional world of performing as an actor/dancer/director/singer/choreographer. Dan is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association, the professional actor's union.  

Dan has received many awards including: Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Nebraska Kearney, Show Choir Camps of America Teacher Of The Year, Nebraska Choral Director Outstanding Director Of The Year, Nebraska Music Educator Of The Year, Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education and the Sertoma Club Man Of The Year Award.

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Danial Hiester

Guest Artist, Teaching Artist

Dan Hiester is a professional theatre artist and educator who has been working in Colorado theatre for the past four decades. He worked as a director and casting director at the Denver Center Theatre Company, founded and was the Artistic Director of CityStage Ensemble, is the chief resident director for Shakespeare-in-the-Sangres and L'Alliance & Co, and has worked as a director, actor, writer, producer, and designer at venues all over Colorado and on the East Coast. He has presented and directed over 300 theatre workshops in over 50 venues, is a working teaching artist, and regularly teaches at UCD. 

Danial's Workshops


    Character Study for Actors

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    The workshop will start with a detailed presentation giving insight to a thorough and profound process in developing a character for performance in a production. Students will have the chance to discover and explore a wide range of the theatrical approaches and choices available to them for bringing a character to life and to performance level. This will be followed by an inter-active discussion allowing students to share their experience and ask questions and seek advice for their own work.

    Moliere in Movement

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    Moliere is perhaps the most produced classical author besides Shakespeare. His plays require a very unique style of movement and posture. This workshop will teach the basics of that style and inoperative approach to performing Moliere.
    This workshop is good for movement skills in general and also for English, classical and Restoration plays. Great fun... Its almost like learning a whole new dance style.

    Romeo And Juliet — Fate and Feud

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    This play is one of the best known and most loved in the world and one of the most frequently produced, especially in high schools and colleges. This workshop gives an exciting and entertaining insight to this important work. We will explore the background and context of its writing, the important issues, images, and themes, the amazing story, and the rich and fascinating characters. A must for all who want to know how to read and understand Shakespeare's plays.

    Scene Study for Actors

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,

    Working from a short scene from the beginning of a complex modern drama (“Biederman and the Firebugs” by Max Frisch), we will explore how to interpret that scene as a basis for the development of an interpretation for the play. We'll further make connections to how this process works for understanding and working with any scene from any play. This workshop is highly inter-active.

Daniel Hall

Guest Artist

Recently moved to Colorado, and am looking for opportunities within the Colorado Thespian Festival.

 

I had been involved with Florida State Thespians for the last 15 years as both a judge of IE's, Scholarships and presented workshops.

 

I was actively involved with the Vero Beach Theatre Guild of Vero Beach Florida from 1989 – 2014.  During that time I played many lead roles in musicals and plays.  Most noted performances were: Curly in Oklahoma!, The King in The King and I, Marco in Carnival, Billy Bigelow in Carousel.  My directorial endeavor of Mame during the 1999 – 2000 Season, garnered 10 Genie Awards (a local acting award), including Best Show.

I know it is late in the game, but if you have need of a judge, or a presenter, even perhaps on an on call emergency basis, I would love to be of service.

I have presented the following workshops:

It's a Musical – Keep Singing, Keep Smiling –  Ever found yourself as a member of the chorus in a musical, or playing swing roles?  What you can do to stand out to your director and audiences, without blatantly stealing the show.

Audition Tips – Professional Audition tips – What's the director looking for, deciding what role you are suited for (not one that just  suits you) – picking the right music,  Preparation for auditions.

Character Development – A tool for you to develop full characters that are not just one dimensional.  Interactive workshop, using printed materials, improv, and show resources.

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Darrell Wagner

Guest Artist, Casper College

Darrell has a degree in Costume Design with a minor in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  His work in professional theater has taken him on 20 national tours to 49 states and 6 countries on two continents as Wardrobe Supervisor for the tours of ANNIE, Cats, West Side Story, Rent, The Sound of Music, and Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life.  He was the Star Dresser for the First National Tour of Jersey Boys (completing 648 performances).  Darrell toured as a hair and make-up assistant on the second First National Tour of The Producers for two-and-a-half years.  Darrell has been lucky enough to work with Chita Rivera and Ann-Margaret.

Darrell has designed costumes for the University of Wyoming, UNC at Greely, and St Norbert College (De Pere, WI). He designed the costumes for Jim Olm’s The Magdalene, which ran Off Broadway.  Darrell was commissioned to design the costumes at Casper College for the world premiere of Arthur Giron’s St. Francis in Egypt.  His work as a costume designer includes Music Man, West Side Story, Godspell, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

In his “off time,” he climbed Mt Fuji and learned to scuba dive off the coast of Hong Kong.  He is blessed with a very patient and understanding family and several special friends that have allowed him to “run away and join the circus” as each opportunity presents itself.

He is currently pursuing an MFA in Costume Design from the University of Idaho.

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David Saphier

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

David is in his 17th year as a DCPA Education teaching artist. Before moving to Denver, he interned in education departments at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and The Coterie Theatre. He was last seen on the stage as Polonius in Nirvamlet for the Band of Toughs. This summer, he directed The Jedi Doth Return for the Middle School Performance Program. David received his BA at The Colorado College and his MFA in Theatre for Youth at Arizona State University.

David's Workshops


    Character Biography

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , Tech, ,

    Expand your knowledge about your character by combining improvisation, writing and dramaturgy to create a character biography. Take the information you know from the script or the monologue you are working on and use it to write a short biography about your character.

Dee Covington

Guest Artist, Curious Theatre Company

Dee Covington is a founder of Curious Theatre Company, now celebrating its 21st Season.  As an artist at Curious, Dee serves as an actress, director and the Education Director of the innovative high school/college playwriting program, Curious New Voices.  Curious Theatre Company produces regional and world premieres with social and political relevance, illuminating community concerns and providing avenues to insight and deeper discussion.  As an artist, Dee brings this goal of mission-driven theatre-making into all aspects of the creative process.  Other theatre work includes Artistic Director of Break the Cycle; a touring teen theatre company creating devised work to address community concerns and Artistic Director of Synergy's On The Ball Players; a touring teen theatre company housed in a homeless and runaway youth shelter in Kansas City, MO.  Now at Curious Theatre Company Dee is committed to making Curious an artistic home for young artists as they expand their knowledge of the field and develop their own creative voices.

Dee's Workshops


    Playwriting Your Revolution

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    In this playwriting workshop we will provide exercises and opportunities for writers to deepen their creative process and create material that takes risks and sheds light. Ultimately, if it matters deeply to you it will resonate with the world. Together we will explore ways to keep ourselves honest as writers, even if our characters may be slightly deceptive. Bring paper. Come ready to write your own.

    Theatre Speaking to the Transgender Experience

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,

    In Transit
    by Holden Thomas
    "You could try to help me understand it." When Oliver's older brother drives the pair to Chicago to pick up testosterone to aid in Oliver's transition, the siblings get into a weighty discussion on identity. Through open dialogue and family banter, we explore the challenges facing this transgender teen, both physically and emotionally. In Transit answers some of the most sensitive questions on transgender transition, while also challenging the audience to consider the deeply personal questions of identity that many take for granted.

    Written during the 2018 Curious New Voices National Collective, a playwriting intensive, In Transit allows an entry point to conversation around LGBTQ+ issues, providing a platform and vocabulary for robust and open dialogue.

Devon Glover

Guest Artist, The Sonnet Man

Devon Glover is a teacher, rapper, poet, playwright and actor from Brooklyn New York. He performs Shakespeare's Sonnets in a dynamic way through Hip-Hop in schools, universities, and theaters to young audiences nationally and abroad.  As The Sonnet Man, Devon has appeared on NBC, MSNBC, BBC, and Educational Conferences and Shakespeare Festivals throughout the world, including Oregon, Stratford, Ontario, and Stratford-upon-Avon.  The release of his debut video “Hip-Hop Hamlet” was selected for the Shakespeare Short Film Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon.  In April 2016,  Devon went on a #SonnetMarathon tour through the US, UK, and Morocco—where he rapped all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets in succession on April 24th. Some of the notable roles Devon has played is Touchstone in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” (Southern Shakespeare Company), Flute/Thisbe in ”A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Yosemite Shakes), Lyons in “Fences” (Canopy Roads), and Clarence/Tyrell in “Richard III” (Salty Shakespeare). In the fall 2017, Devon co-wrote “A Town Divided”, an adaption of “Romeo and Juliet” that was based on the racial divide in Tallahassee, FL. For more information, visit www.SonnetMan.com.

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Donna Mejia

Guest Artist, University of Colorado Boulder

Donna Mejia is an international touring artist and Assistant Professor of dance at CU-Boulder specializing in transnational fusion and traditions of the Arab/African Diaspora, ethnic studies, gender studies, pedagogy and ethics. Donna served as Artist in Residence for fifteen universities, and completed her graduate studies on full fellowship. She has headlined over 50 international festivals since 2012, received the Fulbright Association’s 2011 Selma Jeanne Cohen honor for International Dance Scholarship, and performed her solos at the Kennedy Center, The Apollo Theatre, and the venerable La MaMa Theatre in NYC. For more information please visit her at donnainthedance.com

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Ed Reggi

Guest Artist, Paper Slip Theater

Ed Reggi coaches Viola Spolin Theater Games internationally. He got his start studying at Second City and with its founder Paul Sills. Today, Reggi performs with Paper Slip Theater, his professional improv company and is an acting coach for the Oprah Winfrey Television Network.

Ed's Workshops


    Decoding Viola Spolin’s Theater Games!

    , , Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Viola Spolin’s writings and philosophy influenced not only American theatre, television, and film, but the American theatre classroom. But few students and teachers understand how to decode her theatre games. In this workshop, participants will decode the key principles behind Spolin’s theatre games and the critical role the side-coach plays in teaching theatre. Experiencing Yes...And, Give and Take, Emerging Who, and other Spolin theatre games, participants become better acquainted with the most overlooked parts of Spolin’s pedagogy. This workshop is geared for the advanced improv student and/or educator who wants to take a deeper dive into Viola Spolin's theater games.

    Improv a Musical

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Did you know Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals like [title of show], Urinetown, and Forbidden Broadway were all originally generated from improvised short scenes in front of a live audience? Learn the skills and techniques that can allow an ensemble to make up their own musical performance on the fly—a terrific opportunity for singers and non-singers. Excellent opportunity for those students interested in playwriting, composing and/or creating lyrics for new musicals. Gain more confidence for musical auditions!

    Improv a Play

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    A two-person show is one of the most powerful forms of good theatre and television. Perform like Key and Peele or Nichols and May! Learn how to improvise an original two-person play in front of a live audience. Discover the skills and techniques for telling a story without telling jokes or creating punchlines. Stories start and end with powerful and interesting relationships between characters. This workshop will certainly challenge both the novice and master improv actor.

    Improv This!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Improv is all about being totally 100% in the moment! In this workshop, we will learn new techniques and new games that will directly help us become more present on stage to our fellow scene partners and improv ensemble. We will learn newly created improv games, quickly and in a way that fosters more energy and urgency. The results will help your improv skills and increase your stage confidence.

    Theater Games for the Classroom

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,

    Come learn how it all started--Viola Spolin Theater Games! Learn improv games that build an ensemble, explore characters, and investigate invisible locations on stage. We will also explore how we can always adapt and perform existing stories using Spolin's Theater Games. This workshop allows students to stretch their acting muscles using Viola Spolin's Theater Games while they begin to discover the art of storytelling and improvisation.

    Using Theatre Skills in Careers Outside Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,

    Needing acting skills is not just for actors. Actors have a special unique experience and skill set that benefit many other professions, trades, and industries. In this active and fun hands-on workshop, discover the wonderful world of Applied Theatre skills that can have you employed for the rest of your life. Discover how actors are shaping the fields of Medicine, Business, Education and Social Work.

Elise Kulovany

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Elise Kulovany serves as the resident costume shop manager in the CSU costume shop as well as teaching Costume Technology and designing productions for the School of Theatre, Music and Dance. Elise is a Fort Collins native. After graduating from Rocky Mountain High School, Elise went on to get her B.S. in Theatre Education from the University of Evansville where she served as hair and makeup designer for Front Page. She also taught theatre classes at various high schools and middle schools in the Evansville Area. Elise graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2011. Elise earned her M.F.A in Costume Design from Southern Illinois University in 2014. While at SIU Elise worked as a draper, stitcher and craftsperson in the costume shop. She also designed Ragtime, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Radio Golf and RENT in addition to teaching Introduction to Costume Construction and Makeup for the Theatre. After earning her MFA, Elise served as a costume shop apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera for two seasons. She worked as the draper and costume shop manager at The Arkansas Repertory Theater for two years before joining the faculty and staff at Los Rios Community College where she taught scenic construction and designed sets for Raisin in the Sun and The Velveteen Rabbit. Selected credits include: The Little Mermaid, Macbeth, Bridges of Madison County (Regional Premiere), Mary Poppins, Elf the Musical, and Memphis the Musical. Her passion lies in creating art and working with students. Elise thoroughly enjoys working at CSU and sharing her knowledge of patternmaking, dyeing, tailoring and more with anyone wanting to learn. You can view Elise’s work at www.elisekulovany.com

Elise's Workshops


    Casting for Scale Models and Full-Sized Props

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    This workshop will present a variety of ways to duplicate items large and small for theatre productions and scale models, using techniques we’ve employed at Colorado State University as well as working on regional and Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

    Students will leave with (cast copies) of their severed fingers.

    Mini Me: Intro Draping Costumes on a Small Scale

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    Participants will create a costume for a character on a small scale, on 1/2-size dress forms. They will be first introduced to basic principles of draping used in both regional and Broadway theater costume shops, and then make their ideas come to life on a half scale dress form. All levels of students welcome.

Elizabeth Rand

Guest Artist, PRESETT

Beth Rand is a high school theatre Operations and Safety Coach and a Lighting Designer.  She recently moved to the area from Seattle and is now based in Westminster. Beth began her technical theatre career at her own high school theatre and has worked in educational and professional technical theatre for over 30 years.  Most recently Beth served as a High School Theatre Manager for the past 7 years, and has been designing lights for school plays and musicals for over 20 years. She has also consulted on the construction and/or equipment upgrades of several school theatres. Beth now teaches an online course for Drama teachers on High School Theatre Management, and offers other services to high school theatres through her company PRESETT.  Beth’s bachelor’s degree is in Stage Lighting and her master’s degree is in Entertainment Business.  She has teaching certification in Theatre Arts and also is available to sub for area Drama teachers.  Beth can be contacted through www.PRESETT.org.

Elizabeth's Workshops


    CYA (Cover Your Actors-and-techies): Safety Policies and Practics for School Theatres

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    Nobody knows more than a Drama teacher that a high school theatre is one of the most dangerous places in a school that students have access to, and that safety is the most fundamental concern. As such it is important to be able to evidence that you have provided the safest possible environment; complete with policies, procedures, trainings, notices, and documentation. This presentation will address fall protection, counterweight system operations, scene shop safety and other hazards found in school theatres. You will discover what policies and procedures you should have in place in your school theatre - regardless of the size and state of your facility - that safeguard personal safety, protect property, and mitigate liability, and most importantly perhaps prevent what could have been a more serious accident from happening.

Emma Dehner

Guest Artist, St Vrain Theatre Company

Emma Dehner is an accomplished make up artist. She has worked with several companies all over the state but works primarily with the Longmont Theatre Company and the St Vrain Theatre Company. She is elementary teacher in the St Vrain Valley School District. She most recently taught her makeup skills at the Colorado Community Theatre Collation Festival as well as to the local theatre communities. 

Emma's Workshops


    Gore & Special Effect Makeup

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , Tech, ,

    Workshop participants will be shown how to do all levels of gore makeup. Everything from bruises, cuts, gashes, and even blood dripping. After the opening presentation live demonstrations will be performed on willing workshop participants. A question and answer time will be offered at the end where members can even ask what type of makeup would be best.

Eric Hernandez

Guest Artist

Eric Hernandez is a local filmmaker, currently working as a Producer, Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Drone Operator and Editor for Rocky Mountain PBS. His passion for storytelling began when he was nine-years-old and continues to grow. Since then, Eric has written/directed a variety of short films, documentaries, music videos, and commercial content.

After graduating from Elon University with a BFA in Cinema & Television Arts, Eric was selected as one of three people across the nation to Write & Direct a commercial for Coca-Cola & Regal Cinemas as a part of their Coca-Cola Regal Films Challenge. Since then, Eric has had a lead role in producing Colorado Experience; an Emmy-Award Winning documentary series dedicated to preserving and celebrating Colorado History. 

The stories we tell, and the films we make have the power to educate, inform and inspire. They are representations of who we are, and the larger questions we strive to answer. They can be shared with the world, and, they are lots of fun to make! But most importantly, they bring people together. So, let's make something!

Eric's Workshops


    Crafting a Cinematic Scene

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    What makes a scene "cinematic?" What does "cinematic" mean?
    The adventure of taking words on a page, and bring them to life demands that the filmmaker successfully juggles every aspect of filmmaking. The decisions he or she makes can greatly impact the quality and power of a scene.

    You have your script, you have your actors, and you have your camera. But now what? Staging a scene requires an understanding, both technical and dramatic, that acts as the foundation for all creative decisions.

    Dive into the world of filmmaking through engaging exercises that will teach the fundamentals of bringing a scene to life. Learn to recognize the beats of a scene, blocking your actors, and see how the camera becomes a character of its own.

    After completing this workshop, participants will have the learned the necessary techniques to increase the cinematic quality of even the most basic of scenes.

Eric Prince

Guest Artist, COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Dr. Eric Prince, Professor of Theatre, Colorado State University, Director of CSU’s Center for Studies in Beckett and Performance, is a writer and scholar who specializes in the theatre of Samuel Beckett as well as teaching acting, directing, and playwriting. Prince has directed his own highly experimental plays in venues as diverse as London, Edinburgh, Leeds, York, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Berlin, San Diego, and Enniskillen, Northern Ireland as well as directing six of his own plays for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe including Kafka's Last Request and Wildsea Wildsea for the British National Student Theatre Company. Both these plays were awarded the prestigious London Sunday Times Playwriting Award. Prince worked for many years in association with the distinguished playwright and director Sir Alan Ayckbourn. Two plays by Prince Red Roses and Love Is In The Air were commissioned by Ayckbourn and produced professionally by the acclaimed Stephen Joseph Theatre. Prince has now directed more than thirty productions for Colorado State University and the Bas Bleu Theatre of Fort Collins including such works as The Importance of Being Earnest, Oh What A Lovely War, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Mother Courage, Private Lives, The Birthday Party, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, Waiting For Godot, Endgame, Noises Off

Comic Potential and is currently at work on Charles Mee’s postmodern ancient Greek craziness called Big Love.

 

Eric's Workshops


    Faking It – Or Acting Fast/Acting Slow

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Faking It – Or Acting Fast/Acting Slow

    This performance workshop will be about loosening up, getting involved, playing together in a highly interactive way, about building rapport with other actors, using language in unexpected ways and hearing just how quickly language can take us into truth or lies. We’ll also explore an essential aspect of good acting – the artist’s ability to harness mind (thinking) with heart (feeling) and to channel the process as an innermost strength. How to play for integrated truth in other words. And how the speed at which we play shapes and determines different kinds of truth and feeling. Anyone who enjoys acting is welcome.

    Eric Prince – Professor of Theatre (Acting/Directing/Playwriting) Colorado State University

Estee Dechtman

Guest Artist, Colorado State Thespian Officer and International Thespian Officer Alumn

Estee Dechtman is a former International Thespian Officer and Colorado State Thespian Officer. She is currently studying at Barnard College of Columbia University, double majoring in theatre and human rights. She is former member of Troupe #5869 and could not be more excited to be here, in her home town, with the incredible Colorado Thespians! Come find Estee during festival if you have any questions about thespians, leadership, arts advocacy, or Barbra Streisand- she will be happy to talk about all three! 

Estee's Workshops


    The AdvoCATe in the Hat

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Do you want to learn to advocate?
    Come on in to find out how!
    Don’t know what that is? That’s great!
    Its super easy to learn now!
    With the help of Doctor Seuss,
    Put your advocacy skills to use!

    Come join International Thespian Officer Estee Dechtman and learn how to advocate for your schools theatre program!

Gail Gober

Guest Artist, Red Rock Community College

Gail has been in the Denver area for 32 years as a Lighting Designer.  Gail have won while being Denver area five Best Lighting Design awards including two Henry Awards.  Gail is currently Lighting Design Instructor and Technical Director for The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Red Rocks Community College.

Gail's Workshops


    LED Color Lighting – The Future is Here

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,

    LED lighting colors have created a new way the lighting designer must need to think about color with their designs. This Work Shop includes discussion and demonstration of incandescence lighting gel colors next to LED Created Colors from Colors Pickers on most boards. Will we lose colors we know from gel in incandescence lighting forever?

Garrett Ayers

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Garrett Ayers has worked for over a decade as a professional director, acting coach, and memory expert, and has trained or collaborated with some of the world’s foremost theatre companies, including The Wooster Group, The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski & Thomas Richards, SITI, and others. He is the founder of New York-based Project: Theatre, where from 2004-2006 he directed The Great American DesertLanguage of AngelsSomething I’ll Tell You Tuesday, and The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year. In addition to his work as a freelance director, Garrett is also a special assistant professor of Acting and Directing at Colorado State University. University directing credits include: Spring AwakeningThe Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)The Glass Menagerie, and, in spring 2016, Reefer Madness (The Musical). He is the founder of The Actor’s Dream, an online memory training program for actors and theatre educators. His essays related to memory training have been featured in Howlround, American Theatre, and TCG Circle, and he has taught workshops at theatres across the country, including Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, Denver Center Theatre Company, and the Utah Theatre Festival. Garrett also hosts a weekly podcast called Stage Directions, composed of interviews with theatre artists, educators, and thinkers. Currently, Garrett is developing a mobile app aimed at helping theatre directors take rehearsal notes more efficiently. He is an alumnus of the 2009 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and was the Charles Evans Fellow (Directing) at the Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J. for their 2010-2011 Season. He lives in Fort Collins with his wife and three children. His degrees include a B.A. from Western Michigan University, and an M.F.A. from Naropa University.

Garrett's Workshops


    Mastering Memorization

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Do you want to learn your lines faster? Reduce your stress and anxiety? Memorize more confidently? Save tons of time? If so, then this is the workshop for you! Throughout this session, you'll be taught simple exercises and techniques that you can apply to your acting craft TODAY! Memorization is the fundamental skill all actors must learn, yet none are taught! Until now...

    Sign up today!

    Garrett Ayers is Special Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing at Colorado State University who has worked as an actor and director with some of the world’s foremost theatre companies including The Wooster Group (New York), The Workcenter of Jerzy Growtowski, and Thomas Richards (Pontedera, Italy) and The McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ). His work with memory training has been featured in American Theatre Magazine and he has taught memory workshops across the country at Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Utah Theatre Festival, and Denver Center Theatre, among others.

Gavin Mayer

Guest Artist, University of Nevada, Reno

Originally from Colorado, Gavin Mayer is an award winning professional theatre director and veteran teacher. Gavin is a resident director at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, a regional LORT B theatre, where he has directed the world premiere and regional premieres of numerous musicals.  Some of his directing credits include: I’ll be Home for Christmas(Henry Nomination for Best New Musical) The Mountaintop(Henry Nomination for Best Director of a Play), White Christmas(Henry Nomination for Best Director of a Musical), Disney’s Tarzan, She Loves Me, The Great Gatsby, A Christmas Carol the Musical, Curtains(Henry Nomination for Best Director of a Musical and Best Musical),Miracle on 34th Street andLegally Blonde(True West Award winner for Best Musical and nomination for Best Director of a Musical.)  Other professional credits include Baby Dance4000 Miles, Over the River and Through the Woods(Cherry Creek Theatre), Guys and Dolls: in Concert (Lone Tree Arts Center) and Forever Plaid (Post Playhouse). Other favorite directing experiences include Company, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar, Bus Stop, Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Urinetown, Run for Your Wife, West Side Storyand the high school world premiere of The Laramie Project. Gavin also served as the Founding Co-Artistic Director for the Historic Elitch Theatre New Works Festival at the 125-year-old Elitch Theatre.  Gavin currently serves as the Director of Musical Theatre at the University of Nevada in Reno.

Gavin's Workshops


    Here’s a Concept!

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, Tech, ,

    How does a director come up with a concept for a play or a musical? In this workshop, we will explore how a production approach is developed through exploring the themes, imagery and text of a script. Students will have the opportunity to put their imaginations to the test as they work with a short script to create a concept of their own.

Gene Flaharty

Guest Artist, Mehron Inc

Gene Flaharty, Makeup Artist/Instructor, has been doing professional makeup for TV, film, print and theater for over 35 years.  He enjoys teaching at a local college and doing makeup on celebrities like Martin Short, Dee Wallace Stone and David Ogden Stiers.  He has designed over 200 different theater productions.  He enjoys makeup education as he does lecture/demonstrations across the country in his full time position as Sales Manager/Makeup artist for Mehron Inc in New York.  He has been published with articles “Stretching Your Makeup”, “How Safe is Your Makeup” and has contributed to several articles relating to makeup application and safety.  He is hired to do makeup, wigs and costumes on regional and national tours

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Gillian McNally

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Gillian McNally serves as Professor of Theatre Education at the University of Northern Colorado, where she teaches current and future theatre teachers. She serves as the producer for the yearly Theatre for Young Audiences production at UNC. Additionally, she serves as the Vice President of Professional Development for Theatre for Young Audiences/USA. Gillian is the recipient of the Alliance for Colorado Theatre’s 2011 Higher Education Theatre Educator of the Year Award.

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Gillian McNally

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Gillian currently serves as Professor of Theatre Education at the University of Northern Colorado where she teaches K-12 pre-service teachers, graduate level students, and produces TYA plays for the local community. She is the recipient of the Alliance for Colorado Theatre’s 2011 Higher Education Theatre Educator of the Year Award. Her writing has been published in Youth Theatre Journal, Stage of the Art, Incite/Insight, and Theatre for Young AudiencesToday. She serves as Vice President of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA. 

Gillian's Workshops


    Creating Original Work

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Learn how to harness the skills of improvisation, spontaneity, and creativity into generating an original play with young people. Participants will be guided through a workshop of the basic steps of the devising process including: Discover, Define, Develop, and Deliver. Walk away inspired to tap into your creativity to work collaboratively to create original work!

    Shakespeare Alive

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Shakespeare can be confusing and alienating for many actors, but with some helpful physical, vocal, and text-based activities, the meaning and joy of the words can be unlocked. Come to this session to work with other students to make the text come alive in engaging, fun ways.

Heather Curran

Guest Artist

Heather earned her Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and has served in various roles in public education over 14 years, including bilingual classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, instructional coach, and facilitator.  She loves working with students of all ages and is passionate about fostering the love of learning, critical thinking, mindfulness, and fun inside and outside the classroom.

She is a Teaching Artist at the Denver Center for Performing Arts and a guest teaching artist at local schools. She performs with ComedySportz Denver at the Avenue Theater and is the co-founder of the comedy dance troupe, At the Barre. Heather is Board Chair of the GroupMind Foundation (GMF), a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission it is to accept and heighten the Denver community through improv education, performance, and outreach. GMF produces the annual Denver Improv Festival in November.
 

Heather's Workshops


    ‘Start in the Middle!’ Strong Initiations in Improvised Scenework

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    In this workshop, participants will practice strong initiations that jump to the heart of the relationship, circumstance, or idea. Cut out the unnecessary and hone your ability to connect to your scene partner immediately in any scene. Find the interesting and funny aspects of scenes faster and avoid becoming a 'talking head' on stage by using your environment, physicality, and emotions while you improvise.

James Arthur Ray

Guest Artist, Harmonic Wealth Global

James Arthur Ray is considered one of the world’s foremost leadership and performance advisors, coaches and consultants.  

He began his career consulting with C-Level Executives at the AT&T School of Business.  It was here that he realized his purpose for helping others find their unique gifts, and then leveraging them to take their life and business to new levels.  

His extensive study of behavioral sciences, experience as an entrepreneur, and tireless quest for spiritual knowledge gives him a unique and powerful ability to address issues in both life and business from an integrated level; much deeper and more fulfilling than most can accomplish.

His company hit The Inc. 500 in 2009 as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. James was featured in the film documentary “The Secret,” a ground-breaking feature-length film, and New York Times bestseller.  

James has been interviewed in numerous national media outlets including a full-feature article in Fortune Magazine, People Magazine, Larry King Live, Piers Morgan, the Today Show, CNN and Oprah.  

He is the author of the New York Times Bestseller Harmonic Wealth:  The Secret to Attracting the Life You Want which focuses on his principle of Going Three For Three: how to effectively bring your thoughts, feelings and actions into harmony with bold application. James states vision without bold action is a total waste of time.

James’ new book Redemption: The Price of Leadership in Both Life and Business is scheduled to be released in 2018.

In 2009, after rising to the top of the industry, James was involved in a terrible incident that claimed the lives of three of his clients who he cared about deeply.

True to his own teachings, James maintained an attitude of Absolute Responsibility coupled with resilience, mental toughness, and emotional strength to get back up and climb back up. 

James has been exposed to extensive studies of great philosophers, psychology, physics, spirituality, physiology and business, coupled with a never-ending in-depth self-analysis and self-awareness.   

As a result, he has defined a new approach to radically disrupt traditional thinking and present a fresh and dynamic approach to being successful in both life and business. 

In 2016 a CNN documentary film Enlighten Us a story on his life, debuted at Tribeca Film Festival as well as Mountain Films in Telluride, Colorado. The film is now being shown worldwide on Netflix.

He describes himself as a Catalyst to help you create action both at work and in life. Through James’ instruction, his clients learn how to powerfully lead both their life and business.

James has coached and consulted hundreds of thousands of people and companies, from 145 different countries around the world to master a more successful series of strategies and results in both their life and work.  

James’ personal and business experiences have caused him to be considered an expert in leadership, entrepreneurship, mental toughness, resilience and emotional strength. 

His experience proves time and time again…that it’s the challenges, adversity, and often crisis, that present the ultimate opportunity for growth and greatness if we’re only willing to utilize and leverage them in that way.

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James Olm

Guest Artist, Casper College Dept of Theatre and Dance

James Olm is Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, and the coordinator of the Musical Theatre program at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. He has directed over seventy dramas and musicals, from professional theatre to high school. He is also a composer/playwright, having written four musicals, with one, The Magdalene, that opened Off-Broadway, with Richard Maltby, Jr. as overseeing director in 2011.

James's Workshops


    Nailing a Musical Theatre Audition!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Learn one major technique that will make a huge difference on your Musical Theatre audition, and then perform your audition in this workshop, singing it a cappella!

    Sweeney Todd – The Importance of a Chorus!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    We will learn a chorus number from Sweeney Todd, develop individual characters within that chorus, and then perform it!

Janine West

Guest Artist, Retired

Janine earned her Communications and Theatre degree from CU Boulder and taught a total of 28 years at Wray High School and Boulder High School, respectively.  With 96 productions under her belt, she also managed to fit in time to extend her love of theatre education. Janine was an original board member for Colorado Thespians and served as State Director for six of the 18 years on the board.  She also expanded her leadership duties by serving as a Territorial Director for EdTa for three years and a Leadership Coach for six years.  She is an inductee of both the Colorado State Thespian Hall of Fame and th EdTA Hall of Fame.

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Jared Januschka

Guest Artist

Jared Januschka graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2011, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance and in early 2012 began to produce and direct internet commercials. Within his first year of work, he'd helmed over 30 different ads and won international competitions. Some of his clients included Chevrolet, Coca Cola, Campbell's Soup and Caeser's Palace in Las Vegas. Over the next 2 years he created five short films (The Men of Santa Muerte, See How They Run, Cleveland's Cookie, The Sure Shot and Gostando Dela), while continuing to make commercials. He recently completed his first feature film, Shooting in Vain, that won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film at the Dances with Films festival located in Hollywood, California.

Jared's Workshops


    Commanding Sides to Win Film Auditions

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Understanding how to read film scripts for auditions, including tricks of the trade.

    Incorporating an extensive background in auditioning, winning, and casting for film auditions, I intend to share my tricks with students to give them an edge when auditioning for academic and professional films alike. This workshop will combine lecture, discussion, and an "on their feet" approach to internalizing my methods.

    Cut It Out! Adapting Stage Plays for Short Films

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Adapt a modern play into a screenplay. Learn what the camera cuts from your favorite play.

    In this workshop, I intend to share my tricks for adapting material to create short films. We will talk about short story form, structure, and how to recognize stage material that can work for the screen. By understanding the differences within the two mediums, we can champion both! This workshop will include lecture, discussion, and the practice of learned skills presented within the session.

Jason Watkins

Guest Artist, CATTE

Jason Watkins has been teaching Technical Theatre and Fine Arts courses at Niwot High School since 1997.  During this time, he has earned a Master’s Degree in Education, licensure in Administration and a CTE Stagecraft certification.  Jason is married to the best of wife’s and the best of women, Kim. Jason and Kim are the proud parents of their beautiful son, Daniel.

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Jeffrey Parker

Guest Artist, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Jeffrey Parker is a Certified Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork® and a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.  An actor, director, vocal coach, and educator of national renown, Jeffrey currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at MSU Denver, and a Teaching Artist at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  MFA – University of California, Irvine  BA – UCLA.

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Jenna Moll Reyes

Guest Artist

Jenna Moll Reyes is an Equity Actor, Teaching Artist, and An Aspiring Director, based in Denver.  Jenna was last seen performing the Denver Center Performing Arts’ production of Wild Party at the Stanley Hanger. You may also recognize her as Elma in Bus Stop (Arvada Center).  

Other Credits include: Jessica/ Jolene – Hand to God, Orangutan – Water by the Spoonful (Curious Theatre Company), Grandma in Sweet and Lucky (Denver Center of Performing Arts), Shakespeare in the Parking Lot (DCPA; Education), Serena – Legally Blonde the Musical, Dee Lee – Smokey Joe’s Café (Town Hall Arts Center), Amanda/Lily – 4000 Miles (Miners Alley Playhouse, *Westword’s “Best of Denver” for Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy), Elizabeth Cursa/Connie – Saturday Night Fever (Arvada Center), Tilly Evans – She Kills Monsters (Aurora Fox Theatre), Mimi Marquez – Rent (Ignite Theatre) and Nina Rosario – In The Heights (Vintage Theatre). She is also a proud former Colorado Thespian Student State Officer (2006-2008). Jenna Moll Reyes graduated high school from Denver School of the Arts, received her B.A. in Musical Theater from the University of Northern Colorado, and is currently being represented by Radical Artists Agency. Feel Free to go to jennamollreyes.com for more info on her and upcoming projects.

 

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Jennifer Johnson-Lowe

Guest Artist, Guest Artist

Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from Barat College and the Barat Conservatory of Dance in Lake Forrest, IL. She has danced and taught throughout the Denver Metro area and has contributed to the Denver Arts community for over 18 years. Jennifer is a former Denver Broncos Cheerleader and her passion for the promotion of dance is demonstrated by her commitment to share her talent with youth. Jennifer also serves on the Board of Directors of Dance Arts Studio. She has choreographed over 15 shows for different colorado high schools, and currently instructs a movement class for people afflicted with parkinson disease. 

Jennifer's Workshops


    Broadway Dance – All the Moves

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,

    Join me in learning fun multi-styled Broadway dance. This workshop will develop skills in dance technique, performance, and musicality. All levels are welcomed. Presented by Jennifer Johnson Lowe, Guest Artist.

    Classical Broadway dance

    Beginning, , / , Dance, , , ,

    Classical broadway musicals have timeless beauty. Join me as we dance down memory lane. Kick, Tap, turn and leap to the classic musicals. All levels are welcomed.

    Hip Hop “HAMILTON” Style

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,

    Picture a group of dancers who can do it all. Place them in an unlikely musical about America’s first treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton—think city streets pulsing with revolution, battlefields and ballrooms, political intrigue and scandal—and watch them go. In one moment, their hands look almost Fosse-like; in another, they’re soldiers in full battle regalia, all whirling physicality and sharp movements; in still another, they sweep across the floor in formal gowns, the style aptly reminiscent of an 18th-century courtship dance.

    This is the world of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, where cabinet meetings are rap battles, bullets are personified through movement and an ensemble of triple threats weaves seamlessly through it all, tracing and shaping our understanding of the action. Learn the moves that make it happen in this workshop. Presented by Jennifer Johnson Lowe

Jennifer McCray Rincon

Guest Artist, Ms.

Jennifer McCray Rincón received her BA in Theatre Studies from Yale University and an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. She was recipient of an NEA Directing Fellowship at Playwright’s Horizons in NYC and a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Bogota, Colombia. After many years in New York, Ms. Rincón came to Denver as the Head of Acting at the National Theatre Conservatory, where she remained from 1991 through 2008. At the DCPA Ms. Rincón taught acting in the 3-year MFA Acting program and directed over 100 productions including Equus, Othello, The Laramie Project, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The 365 Project, Monte Carlo, and Expedition 6 by Bill Pullman. Locally, Ms. Rincon has directed for El Centro Su Teatro, Shadow Theatre, The Historic Old Elitches Theatre, and was Founding Artistic Director of the Lizard Head Theatre Company in Telluride.

Since founding Visionbox Studio in 2010 Jennifer McCray Rincon has taught acting to Denver student and professional actors in five week sequences culminating in  performances at The University Club of Denver. She has also developed and directed a number of workshops and productions for Visionbox including: The Wild Hunt by Bill Pullman, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley, Lydie Breeze by John Guare, After the Fall by Arthur Miller, 2xTENN by Tennessee Williams, A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas with William Youmans, The Othello Project, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello and My Two Sisters, an adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters.

Jennifer's Workshops


    Five Questions: Yale Advanced Acting Technique

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Five Questions will be presented in a brief lecture format followed by a scene performed by two Visionbox Studio ensemble members. Students will answer questions and critique material. Ms. Rincon will then direct the scene using the Five Questions demonstrating how technique informs and alters the material. All levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. This is a highly interactive workshop.

Jenny Stafford

Guest Artist, Guest Artist

Jenny Stafford is a bookwriter, lyricist, and playwright.  Her lyrics have been heard on Broadway (Cirque du Soliel’s Paramour, Original Broadway Cast Album available), and she holds an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Her works include The Artist and the Scientist (with Brandon Anderson, produced Off-Off-Broadway at CAP21), Prodigy (workshop productions through Collaborative Development Project, Two Rivers Theatre Company, and Indiana University), To Have and to Hold (produced by Prospect Theatre Company and Barrington Stage), Cinderella (commissioned and produced by the Spotlight Youth Theatre), Two Bugs are Better Than One (commissioned and produced Off-Broadway by the New York City Children’s Theatre, all with Willem Oosthuysen), The Star Child (with Sarah Underwood and Josh Freilich, produced at French Woods), Awakening (with Joel B. New and J. Oconer Navarro) and Beating a Dead Horse (winner of the 2017 Reva Shiner Comedy Award, produced at the Bloomington Playwrights Project).  Her work has been featured at the Lincoln Center Songbook Series (The Lyrics of Jennifer Stafford), Prospect Theatre Company, The National Alliance for Musical Theatre Songwriter Salon, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, 54 Below, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, and numerous other NYC venues, including multiple inclusions in William Finn’s Ridiculously Talented concert series. Awards include the Reva Shiner Comedy Award, finalist status for the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, and the Ronald M. Ruble New Play Competition, as well as second prize in the McLean Drama Company Playwriting Competition, and the Paulette Goddard Award.  She’s been an Artist in Residence at Goodspeed Musicals, CAP 21, the Village Theatre, the Ross Ragland Theatre and the Berkshire Playwrights Theatre.  Dramatists Guild member.Jenny is also a prolific teaching artist, teaching with the Metropolitan Opera Guild (where she was awarded the title of “Master Teaching Artist”), the New York City Children’s Theatre, Trinity Music NYC, and Colorado Christian University.  She has been a guest lecturer at New York University, Baruch College, Indiana University, and Santa Clara University.

Jenny's Workshops


    Page to Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , Tech, ,

    In this session, students will fully stage a small piece of theatre. Choosing to be part of a team (actor, costume designer, set designer, lighting designer, musician, director, etc.), students will collaboratively go through the process of staging a show, from first production meeting to opening night.

    Playwriting

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    In this interactive workshop, students will explore the basics of plot, character, setting, and dramatic arc in the craft of playwriting, and learn how to use their own lives as source material for a play.

    Rock Your Sixteen Bars: The SAVI Technique

    , Intermediate, / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Most auditions only allow sixteen bars (about 30 seconds!) to show who you are and get the part. In this group class, students will explore a sixteen bar cut through the SAVI technique of putting a musical theatre audition together. Learn how to make an exciting, dynamic, and authentic sixteen bar audition. Jenny was "in the room" for the auditions for Prince of Broadway, Rocky, and Anastasia on Broadway, and can tell you what they're looking for...and what they aren't.

    Theatre From Scratch

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    A devised theatre workshop: In this session, students will collaboratively create a piece of devised theatre. Exploration includes mining source material, using found objects, and breaking barriers. Discover how you, the people around you, and your immediate surroundings have everything you need to create a dynamic piece of theatre.

    Writing Musical Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Students will learn the basics of bookwriting, lyric writing, and composition to collaboratively create new musical theatre scenes. Jenny's lyric work has been heard on Broadway, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Dancing with the Stars, to name a few. She holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Jeremy Kent Jackson

Guest Artist, Studio School-Los Angeles

Jeremy Kent Jackson, originally from Colorado, graduated with a BFA in Acting from the University of Oklahoma School of Drama and completed a six level improvisation program at Minneapolis’ Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop where he then performed as an improviser in over one hundred shows. He has also performed professionally in over sixty plays in six states and has Guest Starred and Recurred on Network Television Shows including ER, CSI, Las Vegas, CSI:Miami, American Dreams, Happy Family,Drake and Josh, Without a Trace, and Friends With Benefits. For three seasons he regularly recurred as Douglas Davenport on Disney XD’s Lab Rats and continued the character for another year in the spinoff series, Lab Rats: Elite Force. In addition to his stage and television credits, Jackson has been seen in nearly fifty national commercials including major campaigns for Pizza Hutand Burger King, served a two year term as Best Buy’s in-house spokesperson, performed in several feature films including one with master-director, David Lynch, and lent his voice to dozens of video games, most notably as the lead character, Joker, in the motion capture project Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Alongside his career as a professional actor, Mr. Jackson has made a consistent commitment to the classroom. He has taught acting, improvisation, voice & speech, stage-combat, stage-movement, playwriting, audition technique, and acting for the camera for arts organizations in Oklahoma, Ohio, Minnesota, and California. Additionally, Mr. Jackson has helped to develop theatre education curriculum for Silva’s Fine Arts, The Columbus Junior Theatre, Homeward Bound Theatre, Stages Theatre, and The Glendale Center Theatre. In 2006 Mr. Jackson co-founded DiscoveryOnstage, an arts education consulting company now in long-term residency at Providence High School in Burbank. He continues to serve as DiscoveryOnstage’s Co-Creator/Creative Director helping to create, develop, promote, and maintain unique arts education programming on behalf of schools, business, and communities area wide.

Jeremy Kent's Workshops


    The Industry Audition | Film + Television

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    This workshop will familiarize students with the professionalism and protocol of auditioning for film and television productions in the contemporary marketplace. Students will utilize their performance skills to bring personal truth and engagement to audition sides and cold reads, while honing their ability to quickly and specifically analyze and immerse in text. Students will learn how to prepare adequately, perform with presence, and follow through respectfully for all professional audition environments in film and television.

Jesse Manno

Guest Artist, University of Colorado Boulder

Jesse Manno is Music Director of the University of Colorado, Boulder Dance Program, He began his association there playing live music for Dance Classes at age 17. He is also a frequent accompanist/composer in residence with The Bates Dance Festival, ACDA conferences, and the Florida Dance Festival. He has composed over 200 dance/theatre scores from Off-Broadway to abroad for Lazer Vaudeville, David Dorfman, David Taylor, Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance, Turning The Wheel, Inc. and many others.

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Jodi Youmans-Jones

Guest Artist, Casper College Dept. of Theatre & Dance

Jodi Youmans-Jones is the Coordinator of the Dance Program and Resident Choreographer for Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance, and from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana with her Master in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Performance and  Choreography. She has performed, choreographed and taught Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre and African. She was a member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company and did many freelance performances with additional companies. Her choreographic credits include theatre productions such as The Tempest, and musical theatre productions such as Oklahoma, Chicago, Peter Pan, West Side Story, Singin' in the Rain, Footloose, Legally Blonde, How To Succeed, and most recently Mary Poppins. Jodi has been awarded the Judith Bailey Scully Award for Teaching Excellence, Who's Who in Collegiate Teaching, and has been awarded for the Rosenthal Teaching Excellence Award 2018 at Casper College. Jodi also serves as the institutional coordinator for the National Association of Schools of Dance, which granted national accreditation to Casper College in Dance in 2013 under her guidance. 

Jodi's Workshops


    Move Like Fosse!!

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,

    Take a look at Fosse movement, why it moves like it does, but most of all MOVE LIKE A FOSSE DANCER!! This workshop will explore the basics of Fosse Movement and will culminate in learning some original Fosse choreography. This is a high energy, pedal to the metal type of workshop. Everyone is welcome! Come in ready to step high, flick your wrists, and have fun! No experience is required, just a will to MOVE LIKE FOSSE!!

    Musical Theatre Dance-Survive!

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,

    Come experience Musical Theatre Dance in an active and historical way. You will learn a bit about the history of movement in Musical Theatre while moving through the styles of Broadway. This class will challenge your multi-tasking skills and bring the Musical Theatre Divas out of the shyest performer. Don't miss out on discovering an attitude in dance while singing, acting, learning choreography from hit shows like Hairspray and Footloose. Bring your feet, your voice, your smile, and plan to SURVIVE!

Joe DeMers & Shauna Marble

Guest Artist

Joe DeMers is an international champion Swing Dance instructor from Denver, CO. He has toured the world teaching and performing from South Korea to France, Australia, Canada, Israel and all over the US. He has choreographed for and performed in many theater productions, including SWING! the Musical, In the Heights, and Hairspray. Joe is the 2015 National Dance Teacher of the Year, teaching high school dance in Denver Public Schools as his day job.

 

Shauna Marble is a world-renowned swing dancer, recently celebrating her 22nd year doing Lindy Hop (2017). Also a world champion dancer, she is also creator of the only existing complete curriculum for Lindy Hop, which she offers for free on the web. Her curriculum is used all around the world for both students and teachers (China, Egypt, Spain, Korea, and more!). Outside of her vast dance experience, she is known for her professionalism, humor, playfulness, musicality, approachability, and especially for her ease at breaking down difficult concepts. 

 

Reach them at http://www.ShaunaAndJoe.com, ShaunaJoeDance@gmail.com, or (303) 931-1246.

Joe DeMers's Workshops


    1920’s Flapper Charleston

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,

    In this class, we'll learn about the Charleston, a Swing-era movement important in many stage productions.

    Broadway Dance Ensemble

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,

    Experience Broadway dance with multiple dance combinations in different styles and techniques. We'll survey popular musicals from My Fair Lady, Be More Chill, and Hadestown.

    Dancing as Animals – CATS

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,

    Cats is the fourth longest-running Broadway show. Explore the space of animal pantomime and learn a dance number from Cats the musical!

    Old School Hip Hop for the Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,

    Learn a Hip Hop dance routine to a number from Hamilton! This class will teach Old School Hip Hop moves and Break Dancing. You'll also get a chance to add your own flare to the choreography!

    Old School Hip Hop for the Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,

    Learn a Hip Hop dance routine to a number from Hamilton! This class will teach Old School Hip Hop moves and Break Dancing. You'll also get a chance to add your own flare to the choreography!

    Salsa 101

    Beginning, , / , Dance, , , ,

    Let's Salsa! Learn the basics of Salsa, as well as flares and turns. Salsa is danced in musicals, such as In the Heights!

    Salsa Dance for Beginners

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,

    Let's Salsa! Learn the basics of Salsa, as well as flares and turns. Salsa is danced in musicals, such as In the Heights!

    Salsa Dance Performance for the Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,

    Get ready for a fast paced, high energy class! We're going to teaching you a super fun Salsa dance routine that you can take back to your school! Salsa is danced in musicals, such as In the Heights!

    Singing and Dancing in Musical Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    This workshop will give students tips for staying in character, singing, and dancing! We'll sing a number from a popular musical and learn a choreography to bring it to life.

    Swing Dance 1

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,

    One of the most popular classes at ThesCon, learn to dance with high flying energy, rhythm, and fun! Swing Dancing is often choreographed for the stage and includes partner dance moves and tricks.

    Swing Dance 2

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,

    Presenting different material than Swing Dance 1, learn more moves for high flying energy, rhythm, and fun on the stage! Swing Dancing is often choreographed for the stage and includes partner dance moves and tricks.

    Swing Dance Aerials and Tricks

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,

    Aerials and tricks are when one partner's feet leave the floor. Choreographers often expect dancers to be able to perform 2-3 aerials in a choreography. We'll learn the Kick in the Pants, Lindy Throw Out, Frankie Flip, the Spit, and Around the Back.

    Swing Dance Performance for the Stage

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,

    Get ready for a fast paced, high energy class! We're going to teaching you a super fun Swing dance routine that you can take back to your school!

    Tap Dance 101

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,

    Let's learn some Tap Dancing!! We'll cover the basics and dance soft-shoe to a popular Broadway dance number.

    Tap Dance 101

    Beginning, , / , Dance, , , ,

    Learn the basics of Tap Dance and a routine to a popular Broadway musical!

    The Charleston! for the Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,

    The Charleston is a Swing-era movement that is important in so many musical productions! Learn different variations and a routine for the stage!

Julie Heaton

Guest Artist, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Julie is a Professor of Theatre Arts at Nebraska Wesleyan University, where she teaches Musical Theatre, Acting for the Camera, Voice Over, Voice and Movement, and Film Studies courses.  She received her MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has been a working actor for more than 20 years, in musicals, voice overs, commercials and film. 

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Justin Walvoord

Guest Artist, Denver Center For the Performing Arts Education

JUSTIN WALVOORD is a Teaching Artist & Education Program Coordinator, Teacher Professional Development with the Denver Center for The Performing Arts Education Team. He has worked as a professional actor coast to coast in theatre, television, film, commercials, voice over work and as atmosphere talent. Over the last 35 years Justin has performed with various companies including: DCPA Theatre Company, Curious Theatre, Boulder Ensemble Theatre, Aurora Fox, TheatreWorks (Colorado Springs), Frequent Flyers, Queens Theatre in the Park, Algonquin Theatre, Magic Theatre, Kennedy Center, Baltimore Theater Project, Vermont Stage Company, South Coast Repertory, Smithsonian Institute- Discovery Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, and Disneyland Resort-CA and more. Television/Film credits: “Law and Order: CI” and Looking for Sunday. Recent directing credits include: Technical Difficulties (HS Playwriting Finalist DCPA Education) Judevine, The Man of Mode (Denver School of the Arts) He has taught acting, improvisation, movement and physical comedy at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Education Department, the Professional Performing Arts School (NYC) as well as Denver School of the Arts. He received his BA from California State University, Fullerton and his MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory.

Justin's Workshops


    Physical Storytelling – Clowning

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    Get ready to learn some classic clowning routines in this fast passed Physical storytelling workshop. Students will explore some of the ins and outs of basic clowning through a variety of activities, exercises, routines and small projects. Red noses and large shoes are only a small part of clowning and this workshop will examine the various types of clowns and they’re vast comical opportunities. Get ready to move and create because it's time to invite your own inner clown to come out and play!

    Stock Characters of Commedia Dell Arte

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Get ready to laugh, cry, fall over and throw tantrums in this fast passed Commedia workshop. Discover the origins of character by delving into Commedia Dell Arte’s Stock Characters. This fast passed physical workshop will have everyone interacting with one another and moving about the space. Improvisation is the base of Commedia and will be our playground.

Kate Schwindt

Guest Artist, Kate Schwindt Photography

I am a professional photographer in Highlands Ranch CO, originally from the Philadelphia area. I have my undergraduate degree in Theatre from Temple University and my masters from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, in Theatre Performance and Directing. I am a mentor to high school and middle school students as well. I have been a photographer since 2001, but officially opened my own business, Kate Schwindt Photography (KSP) in 2012.

A good bit of my time is spent donating my photography services for the high schools, and through my interactions with the teachers and students, I began writing this class in order to provide information, tools and resources and hope to the high school students who want to continue performing after high school. I can’t wait to help you Be Seen & Market You!

Kate's Workshops


    30 Seconds of YOU! (Auditioning Exercises) with Kate Schwindt

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    With 12 years of auditions under my belt, I’ve made many entrances and some fantastically memorable exits, some better than others but all to benefit you.

    We will get up and be moving to develop a more authentic you for when you walk into your next audition. We will break down those few precious seconds you have and show your auditioners the wonderful and amazing person YOU are, BEFORE you wow them with your talent. We’ll be playing some games to help loosen us up…so be ready to work, but have oh so much fun!

    Headshot Tips with Kate Schwindt

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    What to wear, and what NOT to wear…there are SO many the question! Practicing posing in the mirror is fine. But a million selfies and this mirror time will not prepare you for taking a great headshot.

    We will talk about the yes’ and the no’s of planning your headshot session. I will get you up and posing, providing you with tips for the most flattering angles. At the end of our time, you will be ready to take a headshot that actually REALLY looks like you!

    Bring your best you to this class. Dress but nothing too trendy, nothing too dressy. Comb your hair please cause I will get you up and in front of the camera!

Kathy Morath

Guest Artist, AMDA College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts

Kathy Morath is a Broadway actor, director and educator, specializing in Musical Theatre Performance and Musical Theatre History.  She is currently a faculty member at AMDA in New York City.  A 25-year veteran of Broadway, off-Broadway and Regional Theatre, Ms. Morath has also directed for the stage and served as Dialogue Coach for PBS-TV’s Peaboy Award winning series, WISHBONE.  Ms. Morath also teaches American Musical Theatre abroad, through her company Sing Smart Act Smart, most recently in Los Cabos, Mexico and Buenos Aires, Argentina.  A former Peer Reviewer for The National Endowment for the Arts and member of the ASCAP/BMI Workshop and The Dramatist’s Guild, Ms. Morath is a Colorado native and Brown University Graduate

 

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Kerry Cripe

Guest Artist, University of Colorado Boulder

Kerry Cripe is currently a faculty Technical Director and Lighting Designer at the University of Colorado Boulder. His professional credits extend over twenty years and include Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, The New Harmony Theatre, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and The Central City Opera.

Kerry's Workshops


    You spin Me Right Round: Turntable Design and Construction

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,

    This workshop will discuss different approaches to turntable design and construction including a variety of technical approaches and construction techniques.

Kevin Inouye

Guest Artist, University of Wyoming

Kevin Inouye teaches acting, movement, and stage combat at the University of Wyoming. He is a Certified Teacher with the National Michael Chekhov Association, Certified Teacher/Theatrical Firearms Instructor/Rocky Mountain Regional Rep for the Society of American Fight Directors, and a CO Local SAG-AFTRA member and elected delegate. He hosts the UWYO Stage Combat Workshop every year, has published journal articles, a chapter, and a full book, and is a freelance Actor, Fight Choreographer, Armorer, and more.

Kevin's Workshops


    Physical Subtext

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    So you have an objective picked... but what would that really look like? What would it feel like? Turn your desires into playable actions and inspiration for powerful performances as we explore Michael Chekhov's most popular tool, the Psychological Gesture. Come ready to move, to play, to sweat, and to be effected/effective!

    Stage Combat as Actor Training

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    While learning and playing with some basic technique, you'll also be discovering how the physical dialogue of a fight scene can be a great way to hone those universal acting fundamentals. SAFD Certified Teacher and Regional Rep Kevin Inouye will also be able to answer your questions about training and careers in performative violence. Come ready to move!

Kevin Rich

Guest Artist, University of Colorado Boulder

Kevin Rich is Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Kevin’s focus as a professional actor and director is on the intersection of Shakespeare and new work. He was Artistic Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival for five years, where he recently commissioned and directed the world premiere of I Heart Juliet, a Hip Hop adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by the Q Brothers Collective. He is a member of Actors Equity & SAG-AFTRA and holds an MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama.

Kevin's Workshops


    Auditioning with Shakespeare

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Are you interested in learning more about Shakespeare? As you look into programs, internships and summer work, you'll find many auditions require a classical monologue. CU Boulder faculty member Kevin Rich has worked as a Shakespearean actor and director for over a decade, and served as Artistic Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival from 2012-2017. Having seen thousands of Shakespeare auditions in that time, he'll share some thoughts about choosing the right piece, some suggestions of plays and monologues for your age range, and guidance for unlocking the power of Shakespeare's language. As time permits, Kevin will also offer feedback for those of you who already have a Shakespeare monologue memorized and would like to perform it!

    Hamilton is Shakespeare

    Beginning, , / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    You'll leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of Shakespeare's history plays through the lens of Lin Manuel Miranda's Hamilton: An American Musical! We'll talk Hamilton, we'll talk Shakespeare (Henry VI pt 1) and make some surprising connections that might help you bring new energy to not-so-new classics.

    Taking the Reins: Creating Your Own Opportunities in the Theatre

    Beginning, , / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    If you're interested in being a theatre artist for life, it's always a good idea to put yourself in the driver's seat of your career, rather than waiting for the phone to ring! This workshop is centered on providing ideas and motivation for students who are interested in creating original work as part of pursuing theatre as a career. CU Boulder theatre professor Kevin Rich will introduce you to many possible avenues for creating original work, including playwriting, improvisation, devised and interview-based work, one-person shows and theatre for young audiences. The workshop will include some fun improvisation exercises and brainstorming sessions to help generate ideas for future projects, and you'll leave with a list of Ten Things To Do Before You Graduate to help you launch yourself into the career of your dreams!

Kevin Wolfgang

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Kevin Wolfgang is a professional Lighting and Costume Designer. He is currently the Master Electrician and guest Lighting Designer for the University of Northern Colorado. Previously, Kevin managed the TechStyleLAB, a digital fabrication maker space, for Kent State University. His research includes maker communities, entrepreneurship and digital reproduction methods for historical textiles. He has produced the Fashion/Tech Hackathon, the Stage Technology Hackathon and the Kent State Maker Faire.

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Kristina Johnson

Guest Artist, Red Rocks Community College Theatre Arts and Dance

Kris Johnson has spent the major portion of her life recreating historical costume with an anachronistic twist as well the comic book characters that captivated her. She has been a part of the cosplay community for nearly 20 years, and currently spends her holidays as a member of a small story telling troupe sharing the adventures of the Nordic gods and heroes. 

Kristina attended and graduated from Emily Griffith Technical College for Professional Sewing and Fashion Design before moving on Red Rocks Community College where she received her AAS is Theatre Technologies before joining their staff as an instructor. 

As the Resident Costume Designer and Instructor for Red Rocks Community College she shares her passion for textiles, sewing, millinery, and design with her students.

Kristina's Workshops


    Costuming as a Method of Story Telling

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    Join Kris Johnson for an in depth discussion on the importance of costuming as an element of theatre and storytelling. We will explore different elements in the development of costume designs such as recreating the historical versus the fantastic, sumptuary laws, aspects of color theory, and character development from a designer point of view.

    Plastics: Armor building for Theatre and Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    In this workshop we will explore materials and mediums commonly used in cosplay armor and how they translate to the stage. We will discuss friendly plastics such as Worbla, Wonderflex, and Fosshape (their uses, advantages, and disadvantages) as well as finishing techniques, painting methods, sealing for the stage. We will also discuss the modifications required to bridge the gap between cosplay and the stage.

Kyle Thomas

Guest Artist, Midland University

Kyle Thomas is the Assistant Director of Performing Arts at Midland University in Fremont, NE. Before moving to Nebraska, Kyle worked as a professional director, music director, and choreographer in Minneapolis for organizations such as Tyrol Hills Music, Young Artists Initiative, Artistry MN, and Freshwater Theatre. A Kansas City native, Kyle has also worked with MTKC, Starlight Theatre, and Chesnut Fine Arts. He holds an M.Ed in Secondary Education and a B.F.A. in Theatre Direction.

Kyle's Workshops


    “Alexander Hamilton”

    Beginning, , / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Learn the opening number from "Hamilton." This workshop takes a closer look at how combining rap, vocals, and staging affects musical theatre story telling.

    “I Hope I Get It” – A Chorus Line

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    Learn the choreography from the iconic opening number from "A Chorus Line." This workshop provides a fun way to practice not only your dance skills, but also learn about dance call auditions and improve memory techniques.

    “From Now On”

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Learn the vocals and dance combo from “The Greatest Showman” song, “From Now On”

    Arts Management

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,

    Have you ever dreamed of running your own theatre? This unique class takes a look at the skills and tools necessary to run a performing arts organization. Students will create simulated theatre companies, concert venues, arts education facilities, and performing arts centers, to look at the performing and business skills necessary to bring the arts into their communities.

    Singing Sondheim

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    This workshop focuses on the techniques and tools unique to performing works from the man himself, Stephen Sondheim. Presented in a masterclass form, students are encouraged to bring a prepared 32-Bar Sondheim piece to work in front of the group.

Lanny Boyer

Guest Artist, This is a Test

I do things. Stuff happens. Sometimes the things I do make the stuff occur. 

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Leah Watson

Guest Artist

Originally from Denver Colorado, Leah started acting, moving, and creating as soon as she could walk. In the last decade she has had the opportunity to cultivate her artistic craft at Denver School of the Arts, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, The School at Steppenwolf, Denver Center of Performing Arts, and The University of Colorado.

 

7 years ago she began to investigate aerial arts, first with pole and most recently with low dance and static trapeze. While living in Los Angeles she had the great pleasure of training, teaching, and performing various apparatus at The Choreography House under the instruction of Kelly Yvonne. Her current passion is integrating the worlds of movement, theatre, and aerial arts.

 

Her favorite author is J.K Rowling, her favorite food is sushi, and her primary passion is storytelling.

Leah's Workshops


    Kinesthetic Character

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, , , ,

    2/3 Hr Movement Workshop
    Coed Ages 17+

    Underneath the mind of every great character is a living, breathing, feeling body. Drawing vocabulary from yoga, foundational ballet, modern dance, aerial arts, and movement composition, this workshop aims to quiet the mind, engage the body, and create space for the actor to cultivate a present, authentic character from the ground up.

    Class Objective: To step back from the heady work of scene study and hold space for the body to craft character.

    Power Pose

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    2/3 Hr Movement Workshop
    Coed Ages 14-18

    Embody your most confident you. Whether your goal is to audition with poise, embody complex characters, or simply connect to your personal power- your body holds the key. Drawing vocabulary from yoga, modern dance, aerial arts, and movement composition, this workshop provides practical skills for cultivating presence, confidence, and calm on and off the stage.

    Class Objective: To provide useable skills for cultivating presence, confidence, and calm in and out of the theatre.

Linda Brennan

Guest Artist, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Linda is on the faculty of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, (Voice and Speech Department Chair), South Coast Repertory, and Theatricum Botanicum, where she teaches voice, speech and dialects. At The Academy, production coaching includes Anna K, Arcadia, Dancing at Lughnasa, Kentucky Cycle, Major Barbara, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and numerous others.  Film and TV credits include American Pie, The Scorpion King, Sonny, That’s Life (CBS), The Hughleys (UPN), For the People (Lifetime). Besides extensive individual coaching, Linda has coached Streetcar Named Desire (South Coast Rep), The Crimson Thread (Pasadena Playhouse), Arms and the Man (A Noise Within), Old Times (El Portal Center for the Arts) and The Nibroc Trilogy (Actor’s Co-Op).  Directing credits include Bus Stop, Picnic, Getting Out, and The Philadelphia Story. Linda has an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University, an MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, and a PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute.  She has presented at ATHE (The American Theatre in Higher Education) on various topics, including Take the Valley Out of the Girl! and is a voice and speech consultant for Braintracks Audio in Los Angeles.  Linda is a member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association). Her article, T’s and Sympathy: Adventures in the Hollywood Dialect’s Trade appears in the VASTA Journal, “Essays on Voice and Speech”. 

Linda's Workshops


    And, Action!: Dialects: A Quick Approach

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    Think of characters you know and love. There is a good chance a dialect or accent was involved! From “My Fair Lady” to “Harry Potter”, dialect work helps create, shape, and realize our characters. We will address some fundamental rules to get you up and on your feet with dialects quickly, accurately, and joyfully!

Maile Speetjens

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Maile Speetjens serves as Costume Shop Manager and Costume Designer for the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State. She teaches courses in Costume Design, Costume Construction and Makeup Design, and acts as advisor to student Costume and Hair/Makeup Designers.

Originally hailing from Kauai, HI, Maile Speetjens attended Emerson College in Boston, MA where she received a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and worked as a stitcher in the Emerson Costume Shop. After College, Maile worked as Wardrobe Manager/ Costume Designer for Boston’s Actors Shakespeare Project (The Tempest, Coriolanus, Much Ado About Nothing), and continued as a cutter/draper at Emerson College, working on theatre, dance, and films such as Disney’s The Game Plan.

Maile received her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Georgia, Athens, where she taught courses in Costume Design and worked as lead draper. While at UGA, Maile’s Design work included The Dance of Hands (UGA), The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild and Hidden Man (7 Stages, Atlanta). While studying at UGA, Maile had the opportunity to explore skills such as Patternmaking, Draping, Millinery, Corsetry, Tailoring, various fabric modification techniques, wig styling and life drawing.

Maile has also worked as Costume Designer and educator for Hawaii Children’s Theatre (The Little Mermaid, Once On This Island, Mulan Jr, Rent, 25th Annual…Spelling Bee, Avenue Q).

Maile continues to design locally, including productions at OpenStage Theatre (August Osage County, La Bete, True West) and Bas Bleu (Elephant’s Graveyard). During the summers, Maile serves as the director of KDIA, a Children’s Theatre Camp at CSU that focuses on devised, original pieces of Musical Theatre created 1 week at a time.

Maile is honored to work with such creative, kind, and enthusiastic staff members and students.

You can view Maile’s work at: www.mailespeetjens.com

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Mark Kaufmann

Guest Artist, Guest Artist

Mark D. Kaufmann is the author of the plays that have been produced around the world. “The Labors of Hercules Fitch” and “The End Of Civilization As We Know It”, and “Betsy’s Inconvenient Garden” were originally published in Dramatics magazine.  His play “Evil Little Thoughts” won the Denver Drama Critics Circle award for Best New Play.  His novel, “Sour Notes”, is being adapted into a play.  Most recently, he co-authored and directed a new musical, “Painting The Clouds With Sunshine”, with the 42nd St. Moon company in San Francisco; an award-winning production.  Other directing assignments include the York Theatre in New York. Mark has taught at USC, AMDA, and is the co-owner of Los Angeles Musical Theater Studio, (www.lamts.com), instructing professionals and students in performance technique. He has worked with the International Thespian Society for the last 16 years.  @MarkDKaufmann   www.MarkDKaufmann.com

Mark's Workshops


    Directing: Putting a Play on its Feet

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , Tech, ,

    A well-told story onstage depends as much upon the physical movement of the piece as the words. Besides the stage directions written by a playwright, the dialogue itself can inform and reveal relevant blocking ideas. We’ll discuss the basics of stage positions, picturization and reading between the lines of a script to make your direction come alive. For students and teachers.

    Musical Characters On Their Feet

    Beginning, , / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    The music a character sings gives an actor great clues as to how they should behave. We’ll listen to a variety of songs and discover how to physicalize what the composers have created.

    The Director’s Prep

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , Tech, ,

    You’ve got your play and look forward to day one of rehearsals. But even before auditions, there’s preparation every director should do to get ready to dive in with confidence. We’ll walk through a nuts and bolts checklist, including breaking down the script, scene analysis, creating a good ground plan, developing ideas for staging, and assembling a rehearsal schedule. For students and teachers.

    Writing the Musical Libretto

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Great musicals are remembered for their songs. And meaningful songs rise from strong story and characters. From the first note played to the final curtain, the book provides the necessary structure upon which every moment hangs. We’ll discuss structure, how characters are developed through songs, and thematic motifs that pull shows together. For writers, composers and lyricists.

Mary Ann Kehler

Guest Artist, Broadway Training Intensive

Mary Ann Kehler is a best-selling author whose work on training performing artists — both musical theatre and contemporary music — was featured in Success Mastery with Jack Canfield. She is a musical theatre director with 65 shows to her credit, Executive Producer of Broadway Training Intensive, a college audition coach whose students are in top colleges and conservatories all over the country, and is co-author of a book on auditioning for college programs.  Mary Ann is serving a three-year term as President of International Voice Teachers of Mix and is a mentor for other teachers in that organization.  She successfully trains singers ranging from working professionals to those other teachers have labeled “tone deaf.”  Her students include musical theatre professionals, pop recording artists, lead singers for rock and R&B bands, classical choral soloists, music educators, voice teachers, worship leaders, and singer/songwriters. Mary Ann’s studio is in the Denver Technological Center; she teaches worldwide via internet and has presented at four international voice conferences recently, in Austria, Poland and the U.S.  She is happy to be traveling the world, training teachers and singers.

Mary Ann's Workshops


    Broadway Belt: Training Vocal Athletes

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Do you want to learn to belt or does your belt need to be stronger? Does your voice crack or break between chest voice and head voice? Is it breathy on higher notes? Does your voice have the stamina to sing eight shows a week? In this workshop, you will learn exercises to help you sing from the bottom to the top of your vocal register without breaking, flipping, or cracking. You'll learn how to move from mix into belt and how to do it in a healthy way. All levels of singing experience are welcome, as are actors who haven't yet learned to sing.

Matthew Polis

Guest Artist, Fairview

Matthew Polis, recently returned to Boulder after 20 years in New York City.  He is the founder of boutique sound house, SoundSpace with the newest location in Bouder CO, and has been sound designing and mixing films for nearly 20 years.  His combined story driven approach to sound design and technical mastery in the mix room has earned him respect amongst his peers in the indie film world with over 150 credits.  Matthew's works include Appropriate Behavior (Sundance, BAM), Growing Up Coy (ITVS, Denver Film Festival), I Believe in Unicorns (SXSW), Peter and Vandy (Sundance) David Blaine: Beautiful Struggle & What is Magic, Evolution of a Criminal (SXSW, Full Frame, ITVS), Liyana (LA Film Festival), ACORN (TriBeCa) Food Chains (Berlin), Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon, Seymour: An Introduction (Telluride, Toronto, NYFF). And he is the head of post audio for TED Conferences.
Matthew also served as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, NYU Tisch School Of The Arts for post audio and mixing.
 

Matthew's Workshops


    Sound Design for Film

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,

    We will look at both "halves" of sound for film. Field recording during production and post production sound design and mix. We talk about the impact of sound for film from both technical and creative perspectives and discuss how directors are involved in the process. There will be a combination of lecture, demonstrations, hands-on with equipment and Q/A. No technical experience is required.

Melanie Aksamit

Guest Artist, Make-up Artist

Melanie Aksamit is a special fx makeup artist in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Colorado and attended many thespian conferences herself. After graduating High School from Horizon in Thornton, CO, Melanie pursued a degree in broadcasting and worked as a Production Assistant and Videographer for many years before her passion for makeup and horror led her to California. She attended the Makeup Designory in Burbank where she received a certificate in their Masters Program.  Since graduating she has worked on such television productions as Stranger Things, American Horror Story and WestWorld.  She has also worked on films such as The Conjuring: 2 and The Last Witch Hunter.  Besides film and television fx makeup, Melanie is also a beauty makeup artist and hair stylist for commercial and print as well as a Halloween prop maker.  In her spare time she enjoys working on personal art projects and screenplay writing.  

Melanie's Workshops


    Creating Special FX Makeup and Props with Latex

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    Students will learn how to achieve old age characters, zombies, wounds, prop making and more for film, television and theater using the very inexpensive and accessible material liquid latex. They will also learn a brief history of the use of latex in famous creatures and monsters on screen.

    Introduction to Prosthetic Makeup

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,

    In this workshop you’ll learn what a prosaide transfer is, as well as how to make and apply them for an extremely easy and realistic looking wound.

Michael Bowerman

Guest Artist, Up with People

Michael Bowerman is the Music Director for Up with People, the international education program that has a focus on performing arts.  He traveled as a participant in the program right after high school and now has the honor to be one of the primary songwriters, producers and music instructors for the program.  Up with People tours internationally with a diverse cast of young adults from all over the world.  Up with People has performed at a record 4 Super Bowl halftimes, at multiple Olympic Games, and this past summer, they performed alongside Andrea Bocelli in Italy.  Later this year, Up with People will again perform for the Pope at the Vatican.

Michael is also involved in local Denver theatre.  He is a Henry Award nominee for Musical Direction and has directed, music directed and performed for many different companies throughout the Denver metro area.  

 

 

Michael's Workshops


    “Don’t sing the song . . . tell a story”

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    There is a fine line between singing the correct lyrics and notes and actually telling the story that the song sometimes hides behind its melody. This workshop helps the singer analyze a character thru-line, how to sift through all of a songs notes and lyrics to find the "core" of what it's trying to say. Presented by Michael Bowerman

Michael Di Bianco

Guest Artist, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Michael Di Bianco is the Education and Outreach Coordinator at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the nation's leading industry-based HIV/AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. We fund the social service work of The Actors Fund and award grants to AIDS service organizations nationwide. With your help, what we do together makes a difference.

Michael's Workshops


    Create The Change – Broadway Cares

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    Are you an artist who wants to change the world? Are you interested in using your passion for performing to change people’s lives? Then we need YOU in our theatre community! Come explore how your talents can impact those in need across the street and across the world! Join Michael Di Bianco from Broadway Cares to sing, move, laugh, inspire and CREATE THE CHANGE we want to see in our world. Bring an open mind, a generous heart, and clothes you can move in!

Michael Ehrecke

Guest Artist, Midland University

Michael Ehrecke is an actor, writer, mover, shaker, and educator from Davenport, IA. After graduating from Luther College in 2015, he moved to the Twin Cities and toured with CLIMB Theatre as part of their Teaching Company, where he developed and facilitated immersive plays for K-12 students regarding social justice issues. Michael then spent a summer in New York as a playwriting apprentice with Powerhouse Theater Training Program. The past few years, Michael has traveled between Minneapolis and New York performing, teaching, and writing in various capacities. He is also a proud AmeriCorps alum, having completed a term of service with College Possible Minnesota. He is now an Admissions Counselor at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, and the go-to arts recruiter.

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Michael Gilboe

Guest Artist, University of Providence

Michael Gilboe is a playwright, director, musician, composer, teacher, producer, and audiobook narrator. He is Director of Performing Arts and Assistant Professor for the Theatre and Business Arts major and program he created at the University of Providence. A Great Falls, MT native, he spent 12 years in New York City where he ran his own recording studio and production company in Times Square, producing albums for independent musicians and Tony, Emmy and Oscar winning clients. He also founded and hosted the Broadway Bullet theatre podcast where he meets and conducts in-depth interviews with many of the top theatre innovators of our time. As a composer/playwright, he has written and produced several full-length musicals and over 20 children's musicals. Lost Legend of Camelot, for which he wrote music and lyrics has been presented in five locations, including the Player’s Theatre in NYC. His musical, The Dead Legend was presented at the New York Musical Theater Festival in July, 2013. A Tribulation in Goats Corner, a play with music was presented at UGF in the fall of 2014. He has directed everything from intimate plays to large musicals and has also narrated over 200 audiobook titles. Michael Gilboe holds his BA in Theatre from the University of Montana and MFA in Playwriting with an emphasis in Plays with Music from the Playwright's Lab at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.  

Michael's Workshops


    Develop Distinctive Character Voices

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Every actor has the capacity to develop hundreds of unique voices. In this workshop, students will participate in exercises design to open up their vocal possibilities while still grounding even the most extreme voices with honesty in their delivery.

    Using Characters to Develop Strong Stories – For Writers

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    Story is character. Character is story. In this workshop, students will learn elements for creating strong characters, and how to develop story from those choices. Students participate in a brainstorming session; developing a story from their ideas.

    Using Movement to Create Meaning – For Actors and Directors

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Film uses camera angles to create meaning. On stage, actors create meaning through their actions. Every movement should tell a story. Participate in activities helping you make meaningful choices & learn how audiences interpret those actions.

Michael Gunst

Guest Artist, Gunstwork Puppet Mask Theatre

Michael Gunst

Michael is an actor, director, creator of theatre, and mask-maker He tours his award winning show Four Wishes adapted from Gluskabe and the Four Wishes by, Joseph Bruchac both locally and nationally.  Locally Michael has performed at the Germinal Stage, Nomad Theater, Denver Civic Theater, with Band of Toughs an (Associate Member), Theatre 13, DragonFly Productions, Now or Never Theatre and with Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s “Living Shakespeare” art in education program, and through Think 360 Arts. Michael has been a member of Faustwork Mask Theatre, touring “The Mask Messenger” throughout North America. He has performed with the International Pantomime Company of New England in Mexico and toured with the Pocket Mime Theater Company. For 8 years Michael co-created 6 new movement theater shows with the collective Studebaker Movement Theatre of Boston. They toured, taught and performed both internationally and nationally across North America and in Scotland, England, Switzerland, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Michael has a MFA in Acting from Brandeis University’s Professional Actor Training Program, and has performed in New York City in Off & Off Off Broadway, regionally at the Asolo Theatre, FL, Castle Hill Festival, MA, and with Circus Flora, MO. For booking of Workshops, Residencies or Four Wishes please visit: www.gunstwork.com

Michael's Workshops


    Mask Movement Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    This workshop revolves around theater, mask, mime, character development, theater/movement improvisation and the creation of short sketches.

    Mask Movement Theatre for Teachers

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    This workshop is participatory and teaches the fundamentals of Mask work. The goal of the workshop is to nurture a cognizance of the value of movement in mask .

Michael Hartzog

Guest Artist, Filmmaker

I grew up an artist; drawing, painting, sculpting, and anything I could get my hands on. Being the youngest of three, I was extremely shy and found solace in art. I was introduced to video as an art medium when Video 8 camcorders hit the market. From there I was completely consumed by everything filmmaking. Lighting, shooting, directing and writing. I’ve now been in the film/video field for over 20 years. I have of course upgraded my camera and gear since then. Most of my experience and knowledge is hands on. I’ve worked on features, shorts, docs, commercials, by way of freelance, corporate, and startup companies. I have held many positions in the film world, but my current position is “Video Specialist” in the creative department at Sphero. That means anything and everything film/video related. Shooting, editing, commercials, tutorials, social media, etc. It’s a great big world out there and I crave to record it!

Michael's Workshops


    Film Lighting: Natural, practical, or fabricated

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,

    So you shot a film. Acting was great, camera was great, audio was amazing, but the lighting... Well... We should talk.

    Sometimes lighting seems like a necessary "evil" you have to contend with. Many small film crews would rather not have to deal with it; "Just open the iris and let's go!" The funny thing is, it doesn't have to take long, it doesn't have to be complicated, and it doesn't have to be expensive. BUT, like every other aspect of your film, IT IS IMPORTANT. For many filmmakers, lighting becomes a major signature.

    In this workshop we'll explore the wonderful world of cinematic lighting. We'll go through big budgets, small budgets, lighting terms, techniques, crew titles... We'll go through tips on lighting quickly for small budgets and little time, as well as bigger budgets with more time. My hope is to give you the tools you need to confidently light, stylize and create a look for your film.

Michael J. Duran

Guest Artist, BDT Stage

Michael J. Duran came back to BDT after a 23-year stint in NYC. He got his start as Joseph in BDT’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1977. He was awarded a Top of the Rocky honor for Best Director in 2005 and the 2007 Best Director Henry Award and Ovation Award for Ragtime. His many Broadway credits include The Music Man, Crazy for You,Me and My Girl and Into the Light. He has toured nationally and in London with Jerry Lewis in Damn Yankees, Petula Clark in Sunset Blvd., Tommy Tune and Anne Reinking in Bye Bye Birdie, Carol Channing in Hello! Dolly and On Your Toes directed by the legendary George Abbott. He has made television guest appearances on Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Irving Berlin’s 100th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall on CBS and An Evening with Alan Jay Lerner for PBS Great Performances. Michael has received the DDCC awards for Best Director for Damn Yankees, Best Choreographer for Bye Bye Birdie, Top of the Rocky honor for Best Director 2005 and the 2007 Best Director Henry Award and Ovation Award for RAGTIME. Michael was a recipient of the 2015 Dairy Center Honors for his contribution to Boulder culture through the arts.

Michael J.'s Workshops


    Musical Theatre: Singing and Acting your Song

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Connecting with your material as a musical theatre artist and translating it into a strong, believable interpretation can be a great challenge. Learn from one of our region’s finest musical theatre directors how to approach your song material, be it for an audition or actually within a show itself. Learn ways to utilize lyrics as well as the dynamics of the score to find the key to performing your piece in an authentic way! Volunteers will be taken to workshop their songs in front of the class.

Michael Pearl

Guest Artist, Guest Artist

Dr. Michael Pearl (Presenter). Doc recently retired from the Cherry Creek School District, having taught theatre and directed plays at Smoky Hill High School and Grandview High School. He is a recipient of Cherry Creek Teacher of the Year, Colorado Theatre Educator of the Year, and Colorado Thespian Hall of Fame Honors. Now “Doc” practices what he taught! Acting credits include “Mort” What’s Wrong with This Picture?, “Norman,” On Golden Pond, Vintage Theatre; “Hugo,” God’s Man in Texas, Aurora Fox; “Scrooge,” A Christmas Twist, Firehouse Theater; and “Rev. Hooker,” Dearly Departed, Spotlight Theatre. He has also performed with Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, and Miner’s Alley Playhouse. Doc narrates audio books for Brook Forest Voices. He is represented by Maximum Talent. Look for him as Mr. Furtado at http://en.springtelecomgroup.com/

Michael's Workshops


    Effective Acting: Affecting Others

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    The most satisfying performances make the audience believe your characters and empathize with them. You’ve seen those magical performances, and envied those actors. The truth is, you can make the magic happen, too. Through a combination of observations, activities, and exercises, Dr. Pearl guides you to a discovery of keys that unlock the mysteries of effective acting, the kind that welcomes and involves an audience. Presented by Dr. Mike Pearl

    It’s All in the Timing

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    Timing is everything, we’re told. But what is dramatic timing in performance? How does it work? Can you manipulate timing to alter an effect? With activities and exercises, Dr. Pearl shows you a technique that tantalizes an audience with anticipation and intensifies your performance. Presented by Dr. Mike Pearl.

Mike Rock

Guest Artist

Biography
Mike Rock is an actor & improviser based in Los Angeles. TV credits include Black-ish, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, After Lately, The Mentalist, Monk, Conan O'Brien & many commercials. Voice of NFL Replay and Chelsea Lately on E!   He improvises full-length plays on stage with Impro L.A: Shakespeare, Chekhov, Jane Austen, Dorothy Parker, Nancy Drew, George S. Kauffman & TV's The Twilight Zone. He served as president of the national ComedySportz improv chain. Co-created, produced & performed sketch comedy in NYC, L.A. Montreal, Edinburgh, Aspen, Austin and on MTV, VH-1 & Comedy Central. He has been performing & teaching improv at ITS / EdTA & high school theater festivals since before your parents met. Find him online @itsmikerock 

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Mitch Samu

Guest Artist, Guest Artist

MITCH SAMU BIO 
Mitch Samu is a professional Music Director, Conductor, Composer, and Accompanist. He has over 300 productions as Music Director to his credit during his career.  Mitch is the Music Director at Columbine United Church. 
He is the composer of several major choral works & musicals.   Some of the titles are: 
“Jesus , the last mile…” – A 15-Movement Oratorio
“We’ll Beat the Odds” – A Musical about marriage, 
“A Kiss For My Daughter / A Kiss for My Father” – A musical around Alzheimer’s Disease
“Motherhood: The Agony and the Ecstasy”
“Jesus , the last mile… – A Passion Musical” – A musical exploring the life of Jesus
“The Story of Whisp. Everybody’s Angel”
Former Vocal Coach for Tony Award Winning Actress Annaleigh Ashford.
Mitch has had the blessing of playing on Broadway as well as playing & conducting several national tours.  Some of his Broadway credits include Saturday Night Fever, The Lion King, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Mitch is the creator of THE 5-MINUTE PIANO LESSON and “3 STEPS BACK”, a 30-minute touring musical for children 5 –11 years old around the issue of abduction awareness.
Mitch is a Motivational Speaker with tremendous talks to inspire you to live the life you were meant to live.  His most requested talk is titled: “110 Billion people & You”.
He has over 400 “Mitch Talks” on Facebook.
Visit his website is www.wolosfa.com for more information.
Mostly, Mitch is the proud father of Willow & Orion and proud husband of Kristen.

Mitch's Workshops


    Auditioning for the REAL World not Theoretical

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Auditioning for the Real World

    Intermediate –

    Acting/Musical Theatre

    I give a REAL world look at what it is like to audition for top professional Broadway Shows in NY. I tell the Students and the Teachers what it is REALLY like. I discuss audition prep and what they should be expecting at a real audition. I answer all questions from my perspective. Presented by Mitch Samu

    BLIND AUDITIONS. What is everyone so afraid of? Let the talent SPEAK AND SING for itself.

    Beginning, , Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    We have prejudices. You may not like me saying that and it's true. I have been doing blind auditions for years and they are wonderfully freeing. Casting people have got to start thinking outside the box and allowing the talent to speak and sing for itself. And Yes I have answers to the questions Directors and Choreographers ask all the time about Blind Auditions. Presented by Mitch Samu

    Musical Directing- Better and realistic for your Talent (Teacher Workshop)

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Mitch has directed well over 300 productions in his career including National Tours and Broadway Acts. Let Mitch share with you some ideas to get the most out of your students and out of your productions.

    Tell the Story, really simple, Actors and Singers

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    The basic concepts of Musical Theater and Acting practice are really quite simple. Just tell the story. It is just that simple. Yet so many performers and teachers are not telling the story. This is a great workshop for both students and teachers, wanting to accomplish the goals of theatrical training in telling your story.

    Truth on Making a Living in Show Business

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    This is the workshop where I tell you the truth about making a living in the show business and what you can expect from the point of view of a professional Music Director director, Writer, Composer and Producer. This might not be the most fun workshop AND this is the one that can change the way you look at the future of you in our business. You want fun and craziness, THIS IS NOT THE WORKSHOP TO COME TO. You wanna walk out changed, this is the one for you. Presented by Mitch Samu

    You Only Live Once STOP FOOLING AROUND – MITCH SAMU

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    You've heard the Mitch Talks. Some of you have seen me live. You may ask what the heck does this have to do with theater or musical theater? EVERYTHING! It has to do with changing the way you look at your life. I promise you will be changed at the end of this workshop. Presented by Mitch Samu

Monte Black

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Mr. Black carries with him an array of choreographic and directing credits ranging from the musical theatre stage to the concert dance arena. While at UNC, he has choreographed 42nd Street, West Side Story, Brigadoon and Carousel for the Musical Theatre Department and directed and choreographed Footloose: The Musical. He has also choreographed The Music Man, Chicago, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, Damn Yankees, Annie, and AIDA for the Little Theatre of the Rockies; as well as Directed and Choreographed The Full Monty and SWING! for their summer season. Mr. Black also is the director/choreographer of an annual fall dance/theatre production based on the holidays of Dia de los Muertos and Halloween entitled Miranda's Nightmare. He has also choreographed numerous pieces for the annual CPVA Gala and for main stage dance concerts. His latest works include a full-length modern ballet entitled Dierdre of the Sorrows, based off of Irish mythology, and a one act Dance Theatre project set to the music of the Airborne Toxic Event entitled Punks: A Love Story. His interests in jazz, modern, dance technology, collaborations with other artists and his vast performance history make him a vital and inspiring artist and teacher.

Monte's Workshops


    Musical Theatre Jazz

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    A high energy up-tempo jazz dance class culminating in a musical theater style combination. Prepare for a fun warm-up that includes body isolations and working/learning steps coming across the floor.

Nadine Bridges

Guest Artist, The LGBTQ Center – Rainbow Alley

Nadine Bridges has dedicated herself to working with and advocating for under-served youth and marginalized communities for the past 19 years. She is passionate about empowerment, social justice, and inclusiveness work. Previously, she worked as a youth and family engagement manager/clinical case manager for Denver Urban Scholars. Nadine volunteered in Nicaragua with the Peace Corps in the youth development sector; started her own mentor program during her undergraduate years at the College of Charleston; and taught Spanish at a charter school in Charleston, South Carolina.  Currently, Nadine works as an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. Nadine earned her BS in Biology from the College of Charleston and her Master of Social Work from the University of Denver along with a Certificate for Social Work with Latinos/as.

“I am honored to become a part of The Center,” Nadine said. “My passion is, and always will be, to understand youth, diversity, the world we live in, and how these factors affect each and every one of us. I am impressed by the support that Rainbow Alley has offered LGBTQ youth and look forward to forming and collaborating with new community partners; building capacity; as well as advocating for and working with the youth we serve.”

Nadine's Workshops


    LGBTQ Resources and Connections

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,

    Nadine Bridges, Director of Rainbow Alley at The LGBTQ Center in Denver, will share resources that are available to youth in Colorado. This session will be an informal discussion which will support LGBTQ youth where you are at. Straight friends are welcome to attend to support and learn with their LGBTQ neighbors. No questions will be turned down, and support for what you are living with on a daily basis will be the focus of this workshop. “Love is love, is love, is love.” - Lin-Manuel Miranda

Natalie Kuypers

Guest Artist, Arapahoe Libraries

Natalie is a Programming Specialist with Arapahoe Libraries where she leads monthly theater workshops. Natalie graduated from the University of Nebraska Kearney with her degree in Theater with an emphasis in performance. She has performed in several productions, some of her favorite roles include Becca in Rabbit Hole, Janet in Rocky Horror, and Gloria in Boeing Boeing. She also has a love of improvisational comedy and has performed in various improv shows throughout the Denver area.

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Nate Jones

Guest Artist, Douglas County School District

Nate Jones is a Community Relations Specialist for the Douglas County School District. Before arriving in Douglas County in 2015, he spent nine years as a public affairs specialist and combat documentarian for the U.S. Army, covering the story of soldiers in Germany, Iraq, and the Pentagon through television and radio. He is the proud father of 3 amazing kids, 3 crazy dogs, and 2 mischievous cats.

Nate's Workshops


    Gathering Sound for Television and Film Production

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,

    In this workshop, you will learn the importance of audio, best practices for collecting sound in the field, and how to edit sound into your film or video.

Neil Truglio

Guest Artist, Modest Arts / Denver Film Society

Neil Truglio has been an artist and educator in the Denver community for over 20 years. His work has been seen on stages all over Denver, including the Bellco Theatre, Curious Theatre, Benchmark Theatre, University of Colorado-Denver, and RedLine Community Art Center—as well as in film festivals around the world, including the Dallas International Film Festival and the American Film Festival in Poland. After teaching at both the university and high school levels, Neil created the arts organization Modest Arts to enhance the theatre and film training of young artists in Denver. Neil currently serves as a teaching artist at the DCPA, a director for Curious New Voices, the Education Director for the Denver Film Festival, SeriesFest, and Benchmark Theatre, acting instructor with the Young Filmmakers Workshops, and a member of the adjunct faculty at the Colorado Film School.

Neil's Workshops


    Hollywood 101 and the Art of Screen Acting

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    In this workshop students will get the download on what it takes to make it in Hollywood. Students will learn the basics of auditioning, preparing to shoot, and performing for the camera. Workshop attendees will get advice and lessons to help grow them as screen performers and get them prepared for the industry as a whole. Presented by Neil Truglio.

Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Mr. Elkins-Zeglarski’s theatre teaching credits include Central Washington University, University of Northern Iowa, University of Queensland, and community colleges in California, Arizona, Maryland and Iowa. Directing credits include theatre company and university productions. Acting credits include performance and training with diverse theatre practitioners. Patrick currently works nationally as a freelance dramaturg and is on the DCPA Education staff as Curriculum Manager. Patrick bridges his interests in theatre and education as national faculty for Lesley University’s School of Education.

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Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski

Denver Center for the Performing Arts 

Associate Director of Education and Curriculum Management

Patrick’s work in theatre and education has long been informed by his interest in the duality of arts integrated curriculum and cognitive/creative response. The power of inquiry and curiosity are central to his work in developing tools and strategies for educators and Teaching Artists that bridge the relationships between effective curriculum design, empowered critical pedagogy, and engaged student-centered learning environments. A frequent provider of professional development within the university/educational and non-profit sectors, Patrick’s work also serves law enforcement, medical, and customer service professionals. Patrick maintains his theatre work within the practices of teaching, directing, and dramaturgy.

Patrick's Workshops


    CASTING CALL: THE CHORUS

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    CASTING CALL: THE CHORUS
    Congratulations! You've just been cast in the Chorus of your school's musical! You are now part of the most powerful convention of the musical theatre form. In addition to your Triple Threat skills, the Chorus demands your focus, active listening, responding and, often, your versatility in portraying different characters within one show. This sixty-minute session will empower your ability as an actor to find, sustain, and deliver to the challenge of Chorus work. Be ready to move, take direction, and make active and engaging choices. This session is a workout. Note - we will not be learning any music or choreography but you will be staging parts of various musical numbers which you can sing along with if you know the show(s) we'll be working on.

Patrick Newell

Guest Artist, Western Nebraska Community College

Dr. Patrick Newell, Director of Vocal Studies at Western Nebraska Community College, is a proud teacher of the Sweetland Belt Technique. Holding a Doctor of Music from Indiana University, Dr. Newell has performed throughout the U.S. in Opera and Musical Theatre. He founded the BFA Concentration in Musical Theatre at the University of Wyoming, and filled the program beyond capacity. Currently the Artistic Director and Music Director at Theatre West in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, he travels frequently to give Workshops, Music Direct, and to teach singing in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Tuscany, and other locations. He presents regularly on the subjects of Opera Production, Musical Theatre Performance, and Belt Singing at Regional and National Conferences. His students have performed on National Tours, Off-Broadway, in Regional LORT Theatres, cruise lines, Disney, and in regional Opera houses. At WNCC, Dr. Newell is excited to expand his skills into the area of Choral Conducting, while founding a new AFA in Musical Theatre.

Patrick's Workshops


    The Principles of Belt

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    The Principles of Belt
    In the 1960s, Lee Sweetland discovered a technique of Belt Singing that transformed his students. Singers who have studied and use the technique include Barbra Streisand, Kay Cole (original Maggie in A Chorus Line), Faith Hill, Donny Osmond, Jenn Gambatese (original Rosalie in School of Rock), Kenny Loggins, and numerous others. The technique allows anyone to Belt, and extends the Belt range much higher than typical techniques. Come learn the basic principles and begin to apply them today!

Patty Goble

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

As a professional singer and actress, Patty was last seen on Broadway as Miss Jones in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Laroquette. She has been a member of six original Broadway companies that include the critically acclaimed Ragtime with Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald, Curtains starring David Hyde Pierce, The Woman in WhiteBye, Bye Birdie with John Stamos and the Tony Award winning musical revivals of La Cage aux Folles and Kiss Me, Kate.

Throughout her career, she has joined the companies of Toronto, Broadway and The Music Box Tour of The Phantom of the Opera having performed the roles of both Christine and Carlotta. She has toured the United States and Canada in the productions of Kiss Me, Kate, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Music of the Night and Cats (Jellylorum/Griddlebone). Carnegie Hall appearances have included South Pacific (PBS), Show BoatThe Sound of Music and the N.Y. premiere of the controversial hit opera Jerry Springer, the Opera. She performed with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall in the PBS production of Candide.

Regional credits have earned her rave reviews as Anna in The King and I, Meg in Damn Yankees, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music and Mrs. Sneed Hill in The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Original cast recordings include Kiss Me, KateRagtimeCurtains and South Pacific (at Carnegie Hall). She had the distinct pleasure of recording Songs of Love and Life, for voice and wind ensemble by Frank Ticheli with the University of North Texas Wind Ensemble with Eugene Migliaro-Corporon conducting.

She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory, a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado and is a distinguished alum from Casper College in Casper, Wyoming.

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Paul Belden

Guest Artist, Guest Artist

Paul has performed professionally for children since 1978. Beginning with the Storytellers resident company of the Denver Children's Museum, he went on with his Children's Theater/Elementary Education degree to become one of the founders and owners of KIDSKITS, Inc. This renowned local theatrical company included a performing troupe of 6-16 year olds, a conservatory, talent agency, and summer camp in the Rocky Mountains.  “Mr. Paul” has performed over 500  of his Story PlayTime show for young children in the Timbuk Toys stores in Denver.  Mime, puppetry, magic, juggling, songs, stories and amazing balloon critters.

Paul's Workshops


    Mime and Illusion

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,

    What do sleight of hand, puppetry, slapstick, and contact juggling have in common? …the skills of a mime. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to (and practice) basic techniques such as muscle isolations, freezing, balance, misdirection, and making the invisible seen – all with the purpose of creating illusion. Presented by Paul Belden

Peter Bernstein

Guest Artist, Guest Artist

Mr. Bernstein is pleased to be a return guest artist at the Colorado State Thespian Conference. Mr. Bernstein is a graduate of the National Theatre Conservatory at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and was a member of the Society of American Fight Directors. Some of his favorite roles include Morris in Blood Knot. He studied theatre at Webster University. He continues to work as a guest artist and fight choreographer with high schools in the metro area.

Peter's Workshops


    Hand to Hand Stage Combat

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    In this session, participants will work on the basics of realistic hand to hand combat including slaps, punches, kicks, hair pulling and wall slamming. Learn how to create basic fight combinations and finish by choreographing your own mini fight scene with a partner. Instructor stresses safety and trust in this session, and special attention is paid to who is in control of the struggle in any scene.

Peter Davison

Guest Artist, Think 360 Arts

Peter Davison was raised in Santa Monica, California. His boyhood idols were Alexander Calder and Batman. He began his professional career at age 16, as a juggling street performer in Los Angeles. Peter is the 1982 National Juggling Champion, and a founder of the trio Airjazz which toured the world during the 1980’s with a unique mix of juggling, dance and theater. As a member of the trio Airjazz, he appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and at prestigious live venues such as the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. Since the 1990’s, Peter has performed primarily solo, performing on stages throughout the United States and Europe, and on TV shows on the CBS, BBC and Fox networks, including the variety special Harry Anderson – The Tricks of His Trade. Peter has been presented by the Carmel/California Performing Arts Festival, Utah State Arts Tour, Cincinnati Playhouse, Seattle’s Moisture Festival, 5-3-1 Festival of New Juggling and Object Theatre in Helsinki, Finland, Boulder International Fringe Festival, and the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, among others. Peter’s multi-disciplinary movement art has earned him numerous awards including the 1997 Arts Innovation Award from the Colorado Federation of the Arts, 1997 Colorado Arts Council Fellowship, and his ballet-with-objects Cirque D’Amour won the 2009 Ballet Builders Award from New Choreographers on Pointe in New York City. For further information visit www.poetofmotion.com.

Peter's Workshops


    Physical Theater

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, , , ,

    Explore the purely physical aspect of acting through group improvisations, mime illusions, and work with actual objects. This workshop will add to your "toolbox" of skills and will be loads of fun!

Phillip Church

Guest Artist, What if Works Inc.

Phillip M. Church Associate Professor of Theater / Artistic Director of What if Works Inc.Trained at the London of Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, worked in repertory theater, for BBC and Yorkshire television and as an Assistant Director at Glyndbourne Opera. He received an MFA in Directing at UC Irvine. A member of Actors Equity Association Church has been with the Department of Theater at Florida International University for thirty-eight years, during which time he directed numerous classical and contemporary plays, major musicals and community engaged docudramas. He established the widely popular “Introduction to Acting & Directing for TV & Film” for both theater majors and non-majors. The course explores the complementary techniques that exist between stage and screen. In 1997 Church established the FIU Shakespeare in Stratford & London Study Abroad program, an annual six-week course focused on text and performance of productions the productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Globe Theater in London. In 2010 he inaugurated What if Works Inc. a 501c community-engaged, post-graduate company dedicated to bringing about social change through theater, music and film. What if Works’ most current production is “The R+J Effect: Denver” an updated version of Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet” exploring gun violence in our communities and on school campuses. The production is presented in collaboration with Denver Public Schools, the Denver Police Department, the Metropolitan State University, Denver and the Denver Center for International Studies High School. The Miami Capulets face off the Denver Montagues on stage! This Miami-Denver joint partnership encourages audience involvement during the play’s action, bringing the voices of students, parents, law enforcement, educators and civic leaders together into one conversation. “The R+J Effect: Denver” will be staged as part of the Colorado Thespians Conference at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

 

What if Works proposes to offer a workshop in "Theater for Social Change & High Schools" 

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Price Johnston

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Price Johnston – Lighting and Projection Designer. Over 300 productions include: World Premiere of Lavender Lizards Lilac Landmines: Layla’s Dream by Ntozake Shange (14th Street Playhouse – Atlanta, GA),Two Rooms (Trilogy Theatre – Off-Broadway – New York, NY), Arena Theatre Productions Guys & Dolls (UK Tour – 2000), Shapiro and Smith’s Never Enough (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Washington DC), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Moscow Cosmos Theatre/St. Petersburg Music Hall – Russia), Janis Brenner’s Dance Company’s Lost/Found/Lost (Isadora Duncan International Dance Festival – Kransnoyarsk, Russia), Chicago Jeff Award Winning Production of 1776 (Chopin Theatre – Chicago), Passiones (Athenaeum Theatre – Chicago, IL),  2015 Drama Desk Award Nominee: Best Projections – Donogoo (The Mint Theatre – Off-Broadway – New York, NY) and The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway (Stephen Sondheim Theatre – Broadway – New York, NY). Price is Chair of Colorado State University Theatre.

Price's Workshops


    From Gore to Gandalf to Nightclubs: Hands-On Projection Design

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,

    Learn projection mapping and video show control as your session creates a projection design set to music. The session will put you the student, “in charge” as you program, animate and map video content for a uniquely immersive experience into the world of projection design.

    Price Johnston is Director of Theatre at Colorado State University, where he teaches lighting, sound, and projection design. Price has designed over 200+ productions Nationally and Internationally, including the 2015 Drama Desk Nominated: Donogoo (The Mint Theatre - New York, NY), 1776 (Chopin Theatre – Chicago) and the Pee Wee Herman Show on Broadway (Stephen Sondheim Theatre - New York, NY).

    Jason Banks is the Instructor of Lighting, Projection, and Design for Theatre & Dance at the University of Wyoming. Jason has served as lighting director for festival headliners such as Candlebox, Boys II Men, and Smashmouth, and has served as designer for Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

Price Johnston

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Price Johnston’s career in design has spanned theatre, dance, opera, entertainment design and corporate events in both the U.S. and abroad. With work in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Moscow, Athens (Greece), London, Atlanta, St. Petersburg (Russia), and Denver, he has designed over 300 productions. His credits include: the world premiere of Jomandi Productions’ Lavender Lizards Lilac Landmines: Layla’s Dream by Tony nominated playwright Ntozake Shange (14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta, Ga. and the National Black Theatre Festival – Winston Salem, NC), the Off-Broadway production of Two Rooms (Trilogy Theatre, New York), Guys and Dolls (2000 British Tour), and the world premieres of Huckleberry Finn: The Musical, and A Southern Christmas Carol (Cotton Hall Theatre – Colquitt, GA), written by award-winning playwright/director Rob Lauer.

Other design credits include American Buffalo, Oh What a Lovely War, Assassins, The World Goes Round, and Never Enough, choreographed by Shapiro and Smith (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.), Company, Art, The Complete History of America Abridged (Greenshoe Theatre Company), Swamp Gravy: Down at the Depot “Georgia’s Official Folk Life Play” (Cotton Hall Theatre), Colquitt, GA ), Clue: The Musical, The Miracle Worker, Lighting Director for Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, Maine), Sabrina Fair, Hamlet (1990 American College Theatre Festival Nominee), Janis Brenner’s Lost/Found/Lost (Isadora Duncan International Dance Festival – Kransnoyarsk, Russia), The 2008 Jeff Award-Winning Production of 1776 (Chopin Theatre – Chicago), Passiones (Athenaeum Theatre – Chicago), Lighting/Sound/Video supervisor for the international touring dance company David Dorfman Dance: Underground, The Pee-Wee Herman Show (Club Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Moscow Cosmos Theatre/St. Petersburg Music Hall, Russia), and the Chicago premiere of I Sing! (Chicago Playwright Theatre). Price has also served as Production Manager for Live Design International (LDI), the LDI Conference – LDInstitute and Live Design Broadway Training and Masters Classes (Lighting, Concert Sound and Projection Design).

His recent work includes the 2015 Drama Desk Award Nominated – Best Projection Design – Donogoo (The Mint Theatre, Off-Broadway – New York), Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Union Colony Civic Center Theatre – Greeley, CO), the World Premieres of Eh Joe and Beckett’s Women (Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival – Enniskillen, Ireland) and The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway (Stephen Sondheim Theatre – New York).

Price holds a M.F.A in Lighting/Media Design from the University of Florida, and a Bachelors Degree in Theatrical Design from Colorado Mesa University. He is a member of USITT and the iDMAA.

Price's Workshops


    Projections: A Hands-on & Head to Head Battle

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,

    Explore the world of Projection Design for the stage, as this hands-on workshop showcases 3 different projection show-control programs in a head to head battle. Compete against fellow attendees as you learn to program, pixel map and create a unique projection production. The workshop will introduce attendees to projection programs used by industry professionals for Theatre, Club Design and Music Production.

Rachel Taylor

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Ms. Taylor is a Teaching Artist and the Program Manager for Literacy Engagement and Resiliency Programming for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. As a professional actor Rachel has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Ohio and in many productions with the Denver Center Theatre Company.  She has taught everything from Shakespeare to sequins and toured with the education program for many years. She has also had the privilege of being an Artist in Residence in many Colorado schools. She holds Bachelor of Art degrees in both theater and fine arts with a sculpture emphasis from the University of Colorado and a Masters of Fine Arts in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory.

Rachel's Workshops


    Audition Anatomy

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Perfect every last little detail of that important audition from entrance to exit! Everyone knows how important finding the right material is, but did you know that your slate, your transitions between pieces and your energy and attitude as you leave the room are also crucial elements in landing that call back? We will dissect the process of successful auditioning and put it all back together to create a polished and unforgettable package!

Rand Harmon

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Dr. Rand Harmon, Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, is a theatre director, producer, educator, and a creative entrepreneur.  Rand Harmon holds a PhD in Theatre Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing from The University of Texas at Austin.  For the Theatre Studies program, Dr. Harmon teaches courses in Directing, Play Analysis and Dramatic Literature, Acting, Theatre Management/Theatre Entrepreneurshipand Arts Entrepreneurship for students from all disciplines in the College of Performing and Visual Arts, as well as mentoring aspiring student directors, producers and managers.

 

Dr. Harmon’s doctoral dissertation, “Site-based Theatre of 21stCentury Great Britain: Conceptualizing Audience Experience,” identifies and investigates conceptual methods employed by seven leading creators of noted site-based theatre works in England, Scotland and Wales over the past twenty years.  He is the co-editor of a special section of essays on site-based theatre in the upcoming 2019 edition of Theatre History Journal. His article “Hamlet on Alcatraz:  A Journey Into the Power of Sacred Space” was featured in the Winter 2013 issue of Ecumenica Journal.  Dr. Harmon’s review, “Red Earth’s CHALK:  Exploring Heritage and Myth through Ritual Performance of Place” was featured in Unstructured.5 Extra, a British on-line Art journal.  He co-authored a one-act play with his wife Barb Harmon, “InterLifeChangeCycle (a play for site-specific performance)”, published in the 2010 issue of Palimpsest; A Creative Journal of the Humanities.  

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Rebecca Rich Joy

Guest Artist, University of Northern Colorado

Rebecca is an Assistant Professor-Acting Specialist in the School of Theatre Arts and Dance at The University of Northern Colorado.  She moved to Colorado in 2017 from Philadelphia, PA; in Philadelphia, she taught college acting, musical theatre, voice and movement, speech and dialect performance courses for the past eight years. In addition to course teaching, Rebecca directed college level production musicals, cabarets and special performances, worked as a dialect/voice coach and in casting. She gives private Michael Chekhov Technique workshops for groups and individuals, and coaches students privately for auditions. Prior to joining academia, Rebecca called New York City home for almost 15 years and enjoyed an extensive performance career, crossing the country in a National Tour of Guys and Dolls, originating roles in Off-Broadway musicals, such as Zombie Prom (original CD cast recording), and appearing in numerous productions for LORT/regional stages all around the country. She has worked with leading industry professionals, including: Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris and Bob Balaban (on the Comedy Central-TV Show “Strangers with Candy”), with Kristen Chenoweth and Mary-Mitchell Campbell in a live concert event, the workshop of Zombie Prom, and through ASTEP.org, and with scads more phenomenal creative artists. Recently, she played The Countess De Lage in EgoPo's The Women in Philadelphia, and Mrs. Carol Strong in Little Theatre of the Rockies production of Catch Me If You Can. Rebecca is a 20+ year member of AEA, and an active member of MICHA-The Michael Chekhov Association since 2012; she currently serves as MICHA’s Production Manager for International Workshops and regularly trains with MICHA faculty.

Rebecca's Workshops


    Chekhov Acting Technique – Imagination and Three Sister Sensations

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    Our psychology and bodies are intertwined. The Michael Chekhov Technique is a psycho-physical technique that engages both the body and the mind in developing character through imagination and movement. The workshop is open to any level of experience, from young student to seasoned educator. Any short bit of memorized text (from a monologue, or a poem, or almost any few sentences+) is helpful in applying the technique, but not required. Bare feet, socks or soft-soled shoes and clothing that gives one the ability to move are preferred (but not required).

    Chekhov Technique – Building Character

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    Our psychology and bodies are intertwined. The Michael Chekhov Technique is a psycho- physical technique that engages both the body and the mind in developing character through imagination and movement. The workshop is open to any level of experience, from young student to seasoned educator. Any short bit of memorized text (from a monologue, or a poem, or almost any few sentences+) is helpful in applying the technique, but not required. Bare feet, socks or soft-soled shoes and clothing that gives one the ability to move are preferred (but not required).

Richard Burk

Guest Artist, Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance

Richard Burk, Workshop Presenter- Richard is the Coordinator of the Theatre Performance degree at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming.  He holds degrees from the University of Illinois (M.F.A. in Acting) and Simpson College (B.A. in Theatre Arts), Richard directed the Off-Broadway production of The Magdalene by James Olm  which opened at the Theatre at St. Clements  on 46th St. in New York.  He is a member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers, part of the Actors Center in New York City.  Richard has worked in theatre film and television, focusing on truth in acting. 

Richard's Workshops


    Act With Power and Presence!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Act with Power and Presence! – Don’t be trapped by passive choices! Students will explore “power-release” exercises to open full voice and body expressiveness; then, using short bits of text transform the inner life of the character into outer decisive action. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience. Teachers are invited to participate.

    Did You See What I Said?

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    Mime. Pantomime. Acting without words. Call it what you will, it's darned fun! The art of engaging the observers imagination so that they create in their minds what your body suggests on stage is incredibly satisfying. Students will learn to be specific in their attention, in the isolation of body parts to create illusions that have been part of the physical lexicon for centuries, and capitalized on most recently by performers Marcel Marceau, and Claude Kipnis. This will serve any actor or teacher who is interested in performing at any level, including children's theatre. Teachers are invited to play along!

Robert Laconi

Guest Artist, Independent Theatre Artist

Robert Laconi has worked in theater, film, radio, television, and children’s theater, as actor, director, manager, adjudicator, and producer with credits ranging from Broadway to Community Theatre.  In NYC he created Theatre Arts Center NY where hundreds of talented students have learned and performed and where he collaborated with over 55 Broadway Artists.  Directing credits include 15 years of productions in NYC and many shows and plays at several theatres in Bucks County PA.  On Broadway, he was Director of Development at Circle in the Square and was Associate to the Producer on the Tony nominated play, Enchanted April.  He has recently adjudicated and/or been a Guest Teaching Artist at several state Thespian Festivals, including Florida, Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and the International Festival in Nebraska  As an actor, Robert has worked at several Off-Broadway theaters, including the internationally acclaimed LaMama Theatre, Playwrights Horizon, Odyssey Theater, All Souls Players, Theatre for a New City, Circle in the Square, and others.  In Regional Theatre, he has appeared in roles musical, comedic, and dramatic at Tibbits Opera House, Porthouse Summer Theater, Pennsylvania Stage, Weathervane Playhouse, Bear Creek Dinner Theatre, and Gateway Playhouse.  While living in Italy, Robert worked with the American Theatre Company of Rome.  Screen appearances include Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfella’s, Night of the Zombies, & a singer/dancer in Annie.  He holds a BFA in Theater and Acting from Kent State University with post graduate work at Fordham University School of Education.  Robert has also trained at HB Studios, Playwrights Horizons (directing), American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the National Theatre of Great Britain, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and privately with Julie Bovasso, Rina Yerulshalmi, Jane Hoffman, and Karen Kohlhaas.  He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild / AFTRA and Actors Equity. 

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Roger Hanna

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Roger Hanna has designed sets for theater, opera, and dance in Japan, Israel, and across the United States, including over 150 productions in New York City. Before joining CSU, Mr. Hanna’s teaching experience included NYU, Rutgers, SUNY, and the University of Miami. He has designed for universities including University of Minnesota, The New School, NYU, Point Park, Ramapo, Temple, and Yale, and served as resident designer for the Mannes Opera since 2004. He has also served as resident designer for Playwrights Theater of New York (2000-2004), the Gilgamesh Theater Group (1994-2002), and four discrete NYU Programs (1991-2001). Projects of note include repeated collaborations with Laura Alley, Jack Allison, Jonathan Bank, Trazana Beverly, Tracy Bersley, Joseph Colaneri, Nilo Cruz, Jackson Gay, Robin Guarino, Ron Jenkins, Susan Marshall, Eleanor Reissa, Jody Sperling, and Tommy Tune, at venues including Dance Theater Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow, The Mint Theater, Provincetown Playhouse, Sarasota Opera, Tennessee Shakespeare, and Yiddishpiel (Israel). Awards include the 2009 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Scenic design, as well as three Drama Desk nominations (2006, 2012, 2015), three Henry Hewes Design Award nominations (2011, 2012, 2015), and a Denver Center for the Performing ArtsTrue West Award for Scenic Design in 2017.  Mr. Hanna is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and holds a BA in Theater from UCLA, and an MFA in Set and Lighting Design from NYU, and has  been on the Theatre faculty at Colorado State University since 2013.

Roger's Workshops


    Casting for Scale Models and Full-Sized Props

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,

    This workshop will present a variety of ways to duplicate items large and small for theatre productions and scale models, using techniques we’ve employed at Colorado State University as well as working on regional and Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

    Students will leave with (cast copies) of their severed fingers.

Royce Roeswood

Guest Artist

 

ROYCE ROESWOOD's past stage credits include Hir (Miner's Alley); The FlickSoul in Turmoil (Curious Theatre); Buried Childboom (Edge Theater); Indiscretions (Germinal Stage); Twelfth Night (Off Center, WY); and Barefoot in the Park (Triumvirate Theatre, AK). He is currently performing with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's touring productions of The Comedy of Errors and Julius Caesar. Producing credits include An Interactive Theatre Experience Set in a Dystopian Future and Custom-Made One Act Play. Playwriting credits include Romeo and Juliet: Werewolves vs. Vampires and God Finds Religion. Improvisational credits include ComedySportz Denver, Makeshift Shakespeare, The Heirs of Hogwarts, and Denver's Next Improv Star. He is a teaching artist for Denver Center for the Performing Arts Education, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and the Bovine Metropolis Theater. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. He is also an audiobook narrator and mascot performer. Follow him on Twitter at @royceroeswood and on his website at www.roeswood.com.

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Ruben Van Kempen

Guest Artist, Free Lance Presenter

Ruben Van Kempen is a Seattle-based freelance director and the recent director of theatre at Roosevelt High School, Seattle where he taught and directed for  38 years. He is proud of his many students who have gone on to work professionally on Broadway (Tony winner Memphis); in London, Europe, and Japan; and in the opera, music, film and television industries. His directing work has been seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Gates Performing Arts Center in Hawaii, The Village Theatre, Seattle Civic Light Opera, the Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska, University of Evansville, Western Washington University, Seattle Pacific University, Intiman Theatre/Seattle Children’s Museum,  the International Thespian Festival in the Leid Theatre, Nebraska, as well as in several industrial shows. 

           

Ruben received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Washing University. He was inducted into the Educational Theatre Association National Hall of Fame in September 2012, is a 2011 inductee into WA State Thespians and a 2008 inductee into the WIAA Hall of Fame. He received the 2007 Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award, which honors an individual who has devoted time, energy and talent to Seattle’s theatre community over the course of their career, influencing theatre locally and beyond. He was also honored with the first annual Ruben Van Kempen Arts Educator from the Intiman Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre Educator of the Year 2013. He was named a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe 2000 teaching award, and in 2013 received the Phi Beta Kappa Pathfinder Award.

Ruben's Workshops


    Orange is the New Black – Devising

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Devising with Color
    Bring character and story to life in this hands-on workshop devising character and a scene by using colors. Perform these devised scenes during the workshop.

    ROCK YOUR AUDITION!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    A great, hands-on workshop for audition prep, college auditions and for Individual Events. Get secret tips from a veteran director on how to make your audition get the attention it needs. For students and teachers; all levels.

    Screw it Up!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    This hands on devising workshop will bring objects to life through character and story. Find out how a simple screw can turn into a world of wacky characters and scenes. Perform these devised scenes in this workshop.

    SING AND MOVE IT!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Put it all together! In this exciting, active workshop, you will learn the vocals to FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREVER FROM FROZEN , stage it, rehearse it, and then perform it. Please have the words memorized. (You might want to look up the song on YouTube to brush up the words and melody.) See you there! For students and teachers; all levels.

    WILD THANG!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Devising - Performance Art.
    Release your inner wild thang as you slither, slide, morph into the wacky world of performance art. You bring the story to life. You use your wild creative power to conquer artistically and perform in this hands-on, feet-to-the-floor or in-the-air workshop. It’ll be groovalicious! For students and teachers; all levels.

Robyn Yamada

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

 Robyn attended the University of Northern Colorado as a piano performance major. A seasoned performer, she has appeared in multiple theatre productions including Guys and Dolls, She Loves Me, Grease, West Side Story, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Singin’ In The Rain. Robyn’s musical performances were featured in the 2014 Bobby G Award winner Joseph, and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In addition to teaching and performing at the DCPA, she is the staff pianist for the Grammy Away-winning Cherry Creek High School vocal music department. She has been an accompanist, performer, instructor and arranger for more than 20 years. Robyn is a voice, piano, music theory and composition instructor. Her vocal arrangements have been featured in many performances including the Bobby G Awards ceremony. She has been the Musical Director for numerous shows with DCPA Education’s Teen Company and has provided musical direction for DCPA Education’s Master Class Projects.

Robyn's Workshops


    Music and Character

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    The complexities of music and lyric inform the internal and external life of musical theatre characters. Through working examples of selections from beloved musicals, this workshop will give you insight and tips in how best to approach, then deliver, a song based on analyzing the song’s lyric and musical structure.

Ryan Dohoney

Guest Artist, St Vrain Theatre Company/Envision Production Group

Ryan is the owner of Envision Production Group and has been working as a theatrical and corporate designer for ten years. Recent credits in design include lighting for the Off-Broadway production of Wildcards in NYC & The Last Five Years (19K Productions Boulder) as well as audio design for Spamalot the musical, and full production design for Airborne Dance. He has been awarded several awards for design at the Colorado Community Theatre Collation with the St Vrain Theatre Company. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He also enjoys  being a wedding DJ in his spare time.

Ryan's Workshops


    Advanced Lighting for the Entertainment Industry

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,

    Take your knowledge of lighting design and theory to the next level with this immersive workshop. there are many styles of lighting design as well as many types of events in the entertainment industry, from theatre, to music, to corporate. How can we become universal designers and understand the core principles of lighting design to become proficient at designing every style of event? Find out in this hands on industry oriented workshop.

    Tech On A Dime

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    Workshop participants will learn how to design and build a full set for the least amount of money as possible. Everything from using what is in their theatre to what is in the community and by using contacts they might have as well as contacts the cast have. Also using tricks of the trade to make things simple and easy to build without over complicating them. As well as learn about sound effects, props and LED lighting effects.

Santana Trujillo

Guest Artist, AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts

Santana Trujillo is a recent graduate of the American Musical Dramatic Academy with her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Theatre. She has performed for several Royal Caribbean cruise ships, Denver Nuggets Halftimes, and for the Harlem Globetrotters. She recently worked on the promo for FX American Horror Story Season 7 and modeled for this year's International Fashion Week in Los Angeles. She has choreographed for several high school dance teams and musical theatre programs. Denver born and raised, Santana loves returning to Colorado to share all the knowledge she has acquired in LA and NYC.

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    Hip Hop Dance for Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,

    Come learn the hottest dance moves straight from LA! Step up your grooves and feel more comfortable on the dance floor. All levels welcome! Be ready to sweat and be ready to SLAY! Instructor: Santana Trujillo, AMDA

    Hip Hop on Broadway

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    Step up your game and learn the new style that is taking over Broadway! Participants will learn a hip hop routine and awesome grooves to take with them. All levels are welcome! Instructor: Santana Trujillo, AMDA

    Hip Hop Stage Performance

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,

    Learn the hottest dance moves to "live your best life!" We will work on stage performance, getting hype, and having confidence while dancing. Step by step instruction of the Hip Hop dance style straight from LA!

Sarah Jane Arnegger

Guest Artist, Playbill, Inc

Sarah Jane began working for Playbill, Inc. in 2011 and is currently the Director of Education. Sarah Jane oversees the day to day operations for Playbill’s main educational websites PLAYBILLder and all special educational initiatives for the company. Playbill's educational initiatives include: BroadwayCon, Junior Theatre Festival, International Thespian Festival, Broadway Teachers Workshop and partnerships with the NYC DOE, iTheatrics, Educational Theatre Association and NEA. Sarah Jane is a former opera singer and received her M.M. from NYU, B.A. from Marymount Manhattan College and is a member of the Educational Theatre Association’s Alumni Counsel. 

 

Sarah Jane's Workshops


    Playbill 101: Successful Fundraising Through Social & Print Media (JUST FOR TEACHERS)

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,

    Join Playbill as we explore and create new strategies to build fundraising opportunities for your school or arts organization. We will take platforms such as social media, program development through PLAYBILLder, advertising, sponsorship deals, and other opportunities to engage your community and help build sustainability within your arts program.

Sasha Fisher

Guest Artist, The Arvada Center

Sasha Fisher trained at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) in her native London and is an Associate and Licentiate of LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). She has twice earned London's Time Out Critics's Choice award for her work in classical theatre. In addition to her work on stage and screen, she has taught and directed theatre for over 30 years.

Sasha's Workshops


    Playing the Enemy

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    How to play the character designed to be disliked. Go deeper with your acting process, get beyond judgement, and discover authentic ways to connect with the Big, Bad and Beyond. Develop a well rounded portrait of a human being from the inside out, not a caricature.

Sean Samuels

Guest Artist, AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts

Sean Samuels, Alum of AMDA has had success on Broadway performing in Tarzan the musical, Curtains, and Spiderman Turn off the dark.  He now resides in Los Angeles and has recently been seen in episodes of The Goldbergs, Jane the Virgin and Bosch.  He can also be seen as a series regular on Issa Rae’s Youtube hit scripted  series “Giants”.

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Sondra Blanchard

Guest Artist, Public Works Theatre Company

Sondra Blanchard is artistic director of the award-winning Public Works Theatre Company, based in Lafayette, CO. She has been performing, teaching, and making new theatre for 30 years. She is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz,  the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, and holds an MFA in Theatre: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University. Sondra has worked in regional theatre, toured nationally and worked internationally as a choreographer and acting coach. Locally, Sondra has performed with Band of Toughs, the Catamounts, Zen Cabaret, Theatre V, and at the Civic Theatre. She has taught at CU Boulder, the Arvada Center, Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, The Art Underground, Arts Hub, Mountain Vista High School, Community College of Aurora, and was adjunct faculty at Naropa University and UNC Greeley. Sondra was a Fulbright Fellow – Greece in 2014, teaching collaborative playwriting at Aristotle University. Please visit her Website at www.publicworkstheatre.com.

Sondra's Workshops


    Viewpoints – Improvisation

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,

    The Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the post-modern dance world. Originated by Mary Overlie, it has been adapted by Anne Bogart and the SITI Company for actors. In the Viewpoints, the dominant issues performers deal with-time and space-are broken down into nine categories. The Viewpoints allows a group of actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively and to generate dynamic theatrical work quickly. In this workshop we'll get on our feet to explore the nine categories in an embodied, playful way!

Stacey DAngelo

Guest Artist, Community College of Aurora

Stacey D’Angelo currently serves as director of theatre at the Community College of Aurora and has been with the college since 2008.  She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College and an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University where she studied the unique techniques of Moment Work with Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski and Tectonic Theatre Project; Viewpoints; Roy Hart Vocal Technique and Grotowski Physical Acting.  She is active in the Denver theatre community and works in original ensemble theatre creation. Stacey is passionate about leading the CCA Theatre program in creating exciting and relevant new theatre. “All my classes and productions are geared towards exploring possibilities on stage through utilizing the student’s voice and perspective on the issues they face in our society today. Each production pushes the envelope and explores a post modern approach to theatre – always asking –  how can we tell story in ways it hasn’t been done before and how can we make theatre relevant to who we are as a community?

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    Grotowski Physical Acting Worskhop

    , , Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Polish theatre practitioner Jerzy Grotowski is best known for his intense actor training processes in the 1960s and 70s. Grotowski and his actors experimented with the physical, spiritual and ritualistic aspects of theatre, the nature of role, and the relationship between actor and spectator.

    This workshop is designed to break free of limitations and realise your full potential as an actor on stage. Students will explore physical and vocal exercises designed to express what we think and feel through movement, spoken text and stillness. The work will give actors physical skills for fully expressing their imaginations and their personalities.

    Please bring:
    -A memorized monologue/text
    -Clothing you can move in
    -Water

    Roy Hart Vocal Work

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    “The voice is the muscle of the soul.” - Roy Hart

    In the "Roy-Hart-work" we explore the voice in all its forms of expression. We will examine the relationship between voice and body as well as explore varying ways into text, character, emotional connection to language, and performance power. This workshop is beneficial for acting and musical theatre students alike. We will explore the deep connection between the voice and body:

    • To become aware of your breathing and develop the breath-body-voice connection
    • To connect to your body
    • To expand the possibilities of your voice: timbres, colors, resonance, registers…
    • To play and improvise with your voice, imagination and emotions

    Please bring:
    -A memorized monologue/text
    -Clothing you can move in
    -Water

Stephen Gregg

Guest Artist, Guest Playwright

Stephen Gregg’s play, This is a Test, helped define a genre of large-cast one-acts when it appeared in 1988.  Since then, he’s published over twenty plays for schools to perform, including Small Actors, One Lane Bridge, The New Margo, S.P.A.R., Twitch, Wake-Up Call, Sex Lives of Superheroes and Crush, which was produced on the mainstage of the International Thespian Festival in 2016. His new one-act is called Why We Like Love Stories.

He’s been the recipient of a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright’s Center of Minneapolis; the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award for best ten-minute play (A Private Moment) and the International Thespian Society’s Founders’ Award for Service to youth and theatre. Crush was developed during a residency at the William Inge Center for the Arts.

Gregg teaches himself to write plays, one tweet at a time, at @playwrightnow. 

Stephen's Workshops


    Playwriting, the Types of Scenes

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    PLAYWRITING. We’re going to learn the two main types of scenes and the two most important words in playwriting, which are ... well, you’ll just have to show up to find out. We’ll touch on plot and character. We’re going to move fast. Caffeinate.

    The Real Story – the plot

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    THE REAL STORY. Story is the key element of plays, TV and movies. It’s what audiences crave. But crafting a plot is neither easy nor intuitive. The good news is that, like most skills, it can be learned. We’ll do exercises, break down plot types and build stories together.

Steven McDonald

Guest Artist, University of Denver

Steven is an Associate Professor at the University of Denver, where he serves as the Technical Director/Production Manager for the Department of Theatre. At DU, Steven teaches Stage Management, Sound Design, Properties, Lighting and Stage Technology. Recent design work includes Sound and Lighting Designs for the CU New Opera Workshop, Spamalot at PACE, Evita  at Phamaly, and The Wave That Set The Fire for Athena Project, as well as designs for Little Theatre of the Rockies, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Systryst Theatre, and Edge Theatre Company, Steven has worked for a variety of performing arts organizations, including the Seattle Rep, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Curious Theatre Company, the Colorado Dance Festival, Rocky Mountain Revels, and 22 seasons with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Steven earned his MFA in Theatre Design & Production from the University of California, Irvine.

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    Ask a Tech Question

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,

    Tech Director Steven McDonald returns for a Thespian Conference tradition. Bring your questions about scenery, lighting, sound, facilities, and stage management. Steven answers questions, and many times we learn new ideas from the attendees. Open to all students and teachers interested in tech.

Steven Workman

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Steven Workman holds an M.F.A. from Indiana University in Theatre Technology, and a B.F.A. from the University of South Dakota in Theatre Design and Technology. Before coming to CSU, Steven worked as technical eirector for the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Brown County Playhouse, and The University of South Dakota Playhouse. Other positions include shop foreman for The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, as well as multiple summers with the Black Hills Playhouse.

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Steve Stevens

Guest Artist, Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood CO

Steve Stevens has worked in Musical Direction and Sound Sculpture for theatres in Colorado and New York. Some of his notable works include Arvada’s Les Misérables, The Crucible, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, and Ragtime; Albany Capital Repertory’s To Kill A Mockingbird and The Taming Of The Shrew; and CSF's Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream. His work has garnered numerous award nominations. His musical, Little Women, The Musical, was awarded Best New Play in 1998, and he was awarded the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 Henry Award for Outstanding Sound Design.

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Stuart Barr

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Stuart is the Technical Director for DCPA Education. He was the Technical Director and Associate Producer for the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center from 1999 through 2007. He has been involved in the entertainment world since 1985 with a career that has spanned technical directing, producing, set design, lighting design, acting, directing, stage managing, and radio broadcasting. Colorado theatres where Stuart has designed or built sets include: Town Hall Arts Center, The Arvada Center, Country Dinner Playhouse, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, PHAMALY, The Aurora Fox, Imagination Makers, and Colorado Stage Company. Stuart has taught set construction at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Arapahoe Community College. He has directed for Coal Creek Community Theatre and Lafayette Community Theatre. Stuart has also performed for television, film, outdoor drama, theme parks, regional and community theatres and is a member of Actor’s Equity. His broadcasting credits include radio stations WSIF and WKBC. He has done pre-show announcements for Horn in the West Outdoor Drama, Town Hall Arts Center, and the Conservatory Theatre.

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Stuart Stone

Guest Artist, Casting Director/ Stuart Stone Casting

Stuart Stone has been casting for over 20 years and has cast Hundreds of commercials and cast thousands of actors for domestic and worldwide television media. He has built a reputation on drive, creativity, passion and innovation in supplying the Commercial, Television, Film & new media.  Stuart is a Clio and Emmy award winning casting director and is best known for many of his unique, high profile campaigns for Apple, Purina, Kellogg's, Pizza Hut, Jeep, Home Depot, Sony, and Subway, to name a few. Stuart has cast Union, Non-Union and real people around the country and his steadfast commitment to finding what the client is looking for has enabled him to work with many established production companies, directors and advertising agencies. While casting Stuart has created workshops and classes utilizing his knowledge from behind the camera to teach actors what works in front of the camera to give memorable auditions and book the job. Stuart is also the author of the top selling book "The Keys to Commercial Acting". He is often invited to guest speak and teach around the country His passion in casting and teaching is why he is a go to casting director and acting coach.

Stuart's Workshops


    How to be a working actor in Hollywood

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Heading out to work in a place like Hollywood can be overwhelming ,confusing as well as very costly. In this workshop I will give all participants a personal plan on how to head out to a Major market like Hollywood or New York .We will cover many of the ideas I talk about in my book so you will have a clear understanding of how to time your move, land an agent, Find a place to live, Budget your money, Workshops, Photographers and avoiding Scams . We will take out the stress, fear and worry. You will also learn how to make sure that before you pick up and move that you have been signed by an agent and have the proper representation so when you arrive you can start auditioning. If you have thought about making the move to work in TV Film or Theater you will not want to miss this workshop. I guarantee you will save time money and be hugely informed and give you a clear understanding of the process. I want to make sure that you are well prepared and am looking forward to helping you.

    TV and Film Acting for the Camera

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    This workshop is designed for any actor that wants to be On TV or in Film. I will teach actors the some of the key techniques and skills for working in front of the camera. Participants will gain the understanding and gain the basic of working in TV and Film as well as how to audition for these roles. We will video everyone to help them better understand the process in reading for principle roles as a co-star, Guest-Star and Star of a TV show or Movie. Students will leave in-Powered and more confident as an actor.

    Where do I go from here? OR Working in Hollywood/New York

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Heading out to work in a place like Hollywood can be overwhelming ,confusing as well as very costly. In this workshop I will give all participants a personal plan on how to head out to a Major market like Hollywood or New York .We will cover many of the ideas I talk about in my book so you will have a clear understanding of how to time your move, land an agent, Find a place to live, Budget your money, Workshops, Photographers and avoiding Scams . We will take out the stress, fear and worry. You will also learn how to make sure that before you pick up and move that you have been signed by an agent and have the proper representation so when you arrive you can start auditioning. If you have thought about making the move to work in TV Film or Theater you will not want to miss this workshop. I guarantee you will save time money and be hugely informed and give you a clear understanding of the process. I want to make sure that you are well prepared and am looking forward to helping you.

    Working in Television Commercials

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Commercial Acting is a very lucrative business. Many actors work in commercials to make money (some thousands a year) as they work towards a profitable career in TV and Film. In this workshop we will cover what it takes to be a working commercial actor. We will cover everything from Agents, Managers, to booking the job and working on set. We will also cover What is the best way to slate? Crafting memroble auditions, Who are the "clients", We will also do some activities to find your 'Type" and cover some techniques that I have learned or created to from working behind the camera as a casting director that I will share with you during our workshop together.

Susan Pilar

Guest Artist, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Susan Pilar has performed in New York with Lincoln Center (Broadway), Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theatre (NYSF), Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Raw Space (Actor's Studio). Her regional credits include; the Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, The Shakespeare Theatre (The Folger), Passage Theatre and the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Her TV and Film credits include: Law & Order, The Cosby Show, One Life to Live, Guiding Light and the independent movie, The Waiting Room. Susan moved to New York where she continues to work and live. When not performing, Susan is busy teaching, directing and coaching privately. She is also proud to be a core faculty instructor at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she has been teaching and directing for the past 14 years. Susan also teaches acting and audition technique at the T. Schreiber studio. Currently she co-created The FUSE with casting director Scott Wojcik, which is in its 7th successful year.

Degrees and Studies
MFA, American Conservatory Theatre; BFA, University of Southern California; Fellowship, The Shakespeare Theatre–The Folger: Performance credits include Lincoln Center–Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public–NYSF, The Guthrie, Ensemble Studio Theatre; Founder of Reel Intentions, a production company that creates actor demo reels

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Tamara Meneghini

Guest Artist, University of Colorado Boulder

Tamara Meneghini is a professional actor, voice/movement coach, and teaching artist.; She belongs to the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), the Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder where she teaches courses in acting, movement, voice, Shakespeare, Period Styles, and Musical Theatre. Most recently she completed the international training program, Arscomica Scuola Internazionale dell’Attore Comico with Antonio Fava in Italy in the style of Commedia Dell’Arte with artists from all over the globe.  Most recently she has been touring two productions, THE TESTAMENT OF MARY (as Mary) and ELIZABETH I – In Her Own Words (as Elizabeth), with her own theatre company, Goddess Here Productions and is currently developing a new work with collaborator, Ami Dayan to be part of the upcoming Theatre – Made in Boulder festival in early 2018.  As an actor, director, and teaching artist she has received many awards and grants to continue to develop and share her passion for the fusion of body, voice and the actor poet.  www.goddesshere.com

Tamara's Workshops


    Creating Character Through Movement

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    Physical technique and movement specialist, Tammy Meneghini will share several ways to approach creating character through utilization of the physical body. Before there is a play there is only play. Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move freely. Students will be lead through a series of physical explorations created to expose elements of character and aimed to articulate the composition of a role through the imagination, body, and voice. Presented by Tamara Meneghini

    Voice for the Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    This workshop will explore the fundamentals of breath, projection, articulation, and energy necessary for stage work. A specific focus will be towards the muscularity of language and sounding. Please bring a short piece of classical text to play with. Presented Tamara Meneghini

Tami LoSasso

Guest Artist, LAKEWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

Tami is awesome. Just ask her. She'll tell you. Her workshops are terrific. Really superb. Don't believe her? Too bad for you. 

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Tandy Versyp

Guest Artist, New York Film Academy – LA

Tandy Versyp is a Seattle-based screenwriter, who has written pilots for IFC Channel and co-produced Sudden Owl, the web-adaptation of NPR's The Moth Storytelling Hour. In addition to recruiting for New York Film Academy, he has been known to perform comedy and help children overcome illiteracy. 

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Tara Wolfe

Guest Artist, Human, Kind Theater Project

Tara Wolfe is the President and Producing Artistic Director of Human, Kind Theater Project. A seasoned improviser, director, producer, and educator, Tara earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Dual Honors in Directing, Playwriting, and Production from the University of the Arts, and her Master of Arts in Professional Creative Writing from the University of Denver. Dedicated to supporting her community with kindness and artistic excellence, Tara co-founded Human, Kind in 2016. Her work has also been seen at theaters around Colorado such as Curious Theatre Company, Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, and Evergreen Players. www.hktheaterproject.com

Tara's Workshops


    Choosing the Right College the First Time

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,

    Selecting a college can seem like a daunting task. From location to program to cost of tuition, there are a lot of factors that go into making this important decision. So how do you choose where to spend the next four years of your life? This session will explore all the do's and don'ts of choosing the right college the first time around, from someone who wasn't so lucky. All students and questions are welcome.

    Consent in the Theater

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,

    Consent is an essential element in theater. With effective communication, clear boundaries, and mutual respect, artists can find the freedom and vulnerability they need to create their best work. But for some, consent can sometimes pose tricky questions: What if you state your boundaries and people think you're a diva? What if you're in an improv situation where you have to say yes? What happens if you agree to do an intimate scene but later feel uncomfortable with what is being asked of you? Following in the wake of Me Too, this workshop will explore these questions and more to equip artists with the tools they need to feel safe and and respected in the theater.

    Mid-Form Improv

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    What is mid-form improv and how is it different from short and long form? In this workshop we will explore the newest edition to the improv universe, using your past improv experience to deepen your understanding and enhance your skills. If you love improv and are ready for something new, this is the workshop for you!

Ted Stark

Guest Artist, University of Colorado at Boulder

Ted Stark began working in theatrical costume construction in 1987 with The Virginia Shakespeare Festival and The Juilliard School. Over the years he has made costumes for numerous organizations and productions including 17 seasons at The Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Washington Opera, Alley Theatre, Huntington Theatre and a number of Broadway productions including The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, The Sound of Music and, most recently, A Christmas Story, The Musical. Ted is a Senior Instructor and Costume Production Manager, and heads the BFA Design/Tech/Management program at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Ted's Workshops


    Inside The Groove: Rhythm-Based Performance Enhancement Techniques

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    To be taught by Jesse Manno

    Participants will simultaneously enhance their internal sense of rhythm and their sense of community by holding their own groove while interlocking in rhythmic patterns with each other.  Come learn how rhythmic tricks can make live theatre more engaging!

    Jesse Manno is Music Director of the University of Colorado, Boulder Dance Program, He began his association there playing live music for Dance Classes at age 17.  He is also a frequent accompanist/composer in residence with The Bates Dance Festival, ACDA conferences, and the Florida Dance Festival. He has composed over 200 dance/theatre scores from Off Broadway to abroad for Lazer Vaudeville, David Dorfman, David Taylor, Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance, Turning The Wheel, Inc. and many others.

    Speak Without Words!

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,

    Did you know that there is a language that we've all known, no matter who we are, since we were toddlers? Whether you are an actor, dancer, singer, director, designer or technician, we can all learn to harness this language and communicate with our audience.

    The Makeup Circus

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,

    Want to learn how to do specialty makeup? Style and put on wigs? Join us for the Makeup Circus! We will discuss prepping your face to maintain healthy skin, and then dive into a whole series of different wig and makeup styles.

    Transnational Fusion Funk

    Beginning, , / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    To be taught by Donna Mejia

    We will focus on Transnational fusion dance using expressiveness, hardcore rhythms, hip work, athletic challenge, and attentive body work. Beginning with yoga and somatic science-based warm up, we will then upgrade to ballistic beats and spirited movement, featuring North African and Dances of the Arab world with underground Hip Hop and Electronic Music. This class will feature the best underground funk, international hip hop and electronica in the known universe.

    Donna Mejia is an international touring artist and Assistant Professor of dance at CU-Boulder specializing in transnational fusion and traditions of the Arab/African Diaspora, ethnic studies, gender studies, pedagogy and ethics. Donna served as Artist in Residence for fifteen universities, and completed her graduate studies on full fellowship. She has headlined over 50 international festivals since 2012, received the Fulbright Association's 2011 Selma Jeanne Cohen honor for International Dance

    You spin Me Right Round: Turntable Design and Construction

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,

    To be taught by Kerry Cripe

    This workshop will discuss different approaches to turntable design and construction including a variety of technical approaches and construction techniques.

    Kerry Cripe is currently a faculty Technical Director and Lighting Designer at the University of Colorado Boulder.  His professional credits extend over twenty years and include Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, The New Harmony Theatre, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and The Central City Opera.

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to his teaching schedule, Kerry can only teach Friday afternoon.

Thomas Schultheis

Guest Artist, Teaching Artist

THOMAS SCHULTHEIS has served as a Teaching Artist for numerous Academies, Competitions, Festivals, Intensives, Invitationals, and Showcases. Additionally, Thomas has performed on Broadway in the revival of Grease! as well as tours of Grease!, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Chicago and South Pacific. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University in Virginia. Thomas has also worked for The Walt Disney Company for 13 years and is the Sales Manager for Disney Performing Arts at the Disneyland® Resort. Under his award winning leadership he created Disney Performing Arts presents: An Educators Summit: Inspiring Brilliance, a 2 day Summit which brings leading educators together from around the world. He also developed the first individual workshop opportunity for students at The Walt Disney Company called Disney Performing Arts Open Enrollment as well as the first Disney Performing Arts ConservatoryThomas has also worked as a choreographer for over 20 years, his credits include Off-Broadway productions of original work with the cast of the Broadway’s [title of show], and productions for over a dozen High Schools & Colleges. Thomas is a member of the Concordia University, Irvine’s School of Education Advisory Council and he continues to write his blog myweeklyfascination for 5 years. The blog motto speaks to his own philosophy: “life has much to offer, find inspiration.”

Thomas's Workshops


    Inspiration Workshop

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    In this interactive workshop we act, sing, dance, and utilize improvisation to discover our own inspirations. We will explore ways to discover passions in our pursuit of the arts and build upon our capacity for creative thinking.

    Let Me Try That Again

    , , Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    In this workshop we will learn a way to process failure. We will explore how we can transform failure / shame / embarrassment / loss / mortification into something new and useful, learn from it, create from it, and celebrate it.

    Musical Theatre Exploration Clinic

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,

    Music, Movement, and Storytelling come together in this fun, focused clinic. Thomas will work with students with the goal of emphasizing individual strengths and talents, improving connection to material, exploring context, authenticity, technique, purposeful movement, and improved performance. Using, at times, unconventional methods, he will customize his approach according to each performer.

    Each student should come prepared with 1 song and the ability to play accompaniment on the music player provided by the event. However, A Cappella is also welcomed.

Tim Evanicki

Guest Artist, The College Audition

Mr. Evanicki is a celebrated Juilliard-educated voice teacher and singer, who has traveled extensively, singing on some of the world’s most prestigious stages.

 

With 14 years experience as a vocal coach, Mr. Evanicki has prepared his students go on to follow in his footsteps, attending some of the nation’s leading music schools and musical theater programs. His students have been seen on the stages of Broadway, Regional Theatre, National Tours, London’s West End, and in Feature Films.

 

His clients have been accepted to NYU Tisch, NYU Steinhardt, Carnegie Mellon, Point Park, Baldwin Wallace, CCM, Boston Conservatory, Syracuse, Pace, and other top musical theatre programs across the country. He is author of the book “The College Audition: A Guide for High School Students Pursuing a Degree in Theatre.”

 

He has worked extensively as a master class clinician and adjudicator, working with soloists and choirs for the Florida State Thespian Conference, The Florida Vocal Association, The Miss America Organization, The Cinderella International Scholarship Pageant, The Florida Theatre Conference, Edgewater High School’s "Flying High" ensemble, and the Lake Highland Preparatory School Choirs. As a musical director, Tim has worked with Oviedo High School, Winter Springs High School, Winter Park High School, The Winter Park Playhouse, The Master Class Academy, In the Limelight, The Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester, NY, and Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp in New Milford, CT. In addition to teaching at his private voice studio, “The Vocal Technician,” he is currently a contracted voice teacher at Edgewater High School, University High School and Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, FL.

 

“The College Audition” is available on his website www.thecollegeaudition.com, as well as on Amazon.com in paperback and on Kindle. For more information, please visit www.timevanicki.com, and his studio website www.thevocaltechnician.com.

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Tim Grant

Guest Artist, Freelance Artist/ DCTA, Denver School of the Arts, Wolf Theatre Academy

A native of the D.C. Metro area, and graduate of Catawba College North Carolina, Tim has called Denver, Colorado home for 14 years.   He has been in the Theatre Industry over 30 years. When he isn’t presenting workshops across the country, he works at The Denver Center Theatre Academy, Denver School of the Arts, and The Wolf Theatre Academy.  Some of Tim’s directing credits include A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Scapino!, Bridge to Terabithia, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,  Comedy of Errors, The Moon is Down, Blythe Spirit, The Good Doctor, On the Verge, The Dining Room, and House and GardenHe has appeared in Oleana (John), The Glass Menagerie (Jim), Amadeus (Mozart & Emperor Joseph), True West (Austin), Measure for Measure (Lucio & Duke), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius), Macbeth (Malcolm), and Henry IV / Richard III (King Edward).  Along with his work on the stage, Tim can be seen in film and TV productions of Three Pages, Chasing the Dragon, Shift, The Closest Thing to Heaven, and Dawson's Creek.  You can find his article "Sharper Contrast" in the January 2013 issue of Dramatic's Magazine.

Tim's Workshops


    Actor’s Mind / Character’s Mind

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    We are told to "put our selves in the character's shoes", but what if we put ourselves into the character's mind? How does the character perceive the world, what motivates them, and where do their weaknesses lie? Utilizing Jungian Psychology and Myers-Briggs Theory, an incredible world of character analysis is illuminated.

    Emotional Flexibility

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    “With great emotions comes great responsibility”. How can a character be an emotional wreck, while the actor is in control? Why can’t I cry on stage? How can I feel the emotion, instead of just showing it? Come learn how to “stretch your emotional range” in this workshop. Duet scene partners are encouraged to attend together and make new discoveries within their scenes.

    Focus – and Move With Purpose

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    This is an “on your feet” workshop where students are led through specifically designed exercises that train young actors to concentrate on their scene partners, ensemble, and their surroundings. This workshop reveals just how much we can create by “listening”.

    Stan the Man – Method Acting

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    120 years ago, Stanislavski revolutionized acting as we know it and his “method” is still used by most actors in one form or another. Join in on this workshop to experience a deeper understanding of some of Stan’s greatest hits. Relaxation, Concentration, Sense Memory, Endowment, and The Magic If. “When we are on stage, we are in the here and now.”-Constantin Stanislavski

Timothy McCracken

Guest Artist, DCPA

Mr. McCracken is the Head of Acting for the Adult Program at the DCPA – Education Department. He is a professional actor, director, teacher and playwright, having performed in theatre, television and film for over 25 years. He has appeared in numerous theatre productions in New York City, including with the New York Shakespeare Festival and New York Theatre Workshop, and in regional theatres around the country. He has performed locally in numerous productions with the DCPA Theatre Company including the upcoming production of Anna Karenina, Curious Theatre Co., the Arvada Center, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, BETC, Local Theatre Co., and Stories on Stage. He has appeared in film, television, and numerous national commercials over the years. Timothy has taught at many universities nationally. He has an MFA in Theatre from the DCPA’s National Theatre Conservatory, and a BA in Theatre from Whitman College.

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Tom McNally

Guest Artist, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Tom McNally is currently a Teaching Artist at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He is also a Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor at the University of Northern Colorado. With over 40 years of experience, Tom also taught at Penn State and Loretto Heights College. He has presented over 300 workshops in 16 states. Tom’s book, Acting: The Active Process (Kendall Hunt), is being used throughout the United States. He holds the National Educational Hall of Fame Award and is a Colorado “Henry” Lifetime Achievement Award-Winner. 

Tom's Workshops


    Acting: The Active Process

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    A hands-on lively workshop with emphasis on how to create character in a fun and active way. Connected materials include: Purpose, Obstacle, Tactics, Circumstances, Relationship, and Orchestra. Come ready to learn - Come ready to have fun! Note: Teachers strongly urged to participate.

Travis Kent

Guest Artist, Chatfield High School/NYU

TRAVIS KENT is a proud Colorado native. Broadway: Disaster! (Workman/Chef, understudy for Adam Pascal; Nederlander Theater). Other New York: Paris Through the Window (Marc Chagall; Abingdon Theater Co.), The Last Word (Neil; The Duke Theater), Pyre Cantata (Polyneices; HERE Arts Center), Travis Kent: My First Time (54 Below), From Rodgers to Heart directed by Sutton Foster (Joe’s Pub). Regional: Hair (Claude; Lake Dillon Theatre Co.), Next to Normal (Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine; Tantrum Theater). Film: The One (Bearded Man; independent short). Proud graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, where he had the honor of playing Jean Paul Marat in the Liz Swados directed Marat/Sade. Travis is currently developing his original television series Plain Jane starring Jane Willingham.

Additionally, Travis is a graduate of Chatfield High School in Littleton and won the Critic’s Choice Award at the Colorado State Thespian Conference. He is a champion formerly competitive Irish dancer as well as a studio artist. He recently taught the workshops “It’s a Disaster!: Choreography from the Broadway Show” and “So You Think You Can Riverdance?” at the Florida State Thespian Conference.

For more information, please visit traviskent.co.

Travis's Workshops


    DISASTER!: Choreography from the Broadway Show

    , Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,

    Earthquakes, tidal waves, and killer rats, oh my! Get your groove thing on with Original Broadway Cast member and Chatfield High School alum Travis Kent!

Trevor Strahan

Guest Artist

Trevor Strahan is an actor, director, designer, producer, and teaching artist originally from Houston, Texas. After graduating with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts in Acting from the Oklahoma City University School of Theatre he moved to Chicago to officially begin his artistic career in the Midwest. Trevor is also a proud and active member of The Academy of Fight Director's Canada where he is an Intermediate Actor Combatant. On top of his role as an actor combatant and violence designer Trevor is also the Executive Director of Chicago's newest  Theatre Company: Theatre Evolve. Trevor has worked as an artistic professional in Houston and Dallas, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Birmingham, Alabama and most notably Chicago, Illinois. Favorite projects include most recently providing a staff development class centered around building safe violence choreography for the third largest public school district in the state of Texas and working as the Associate Fight Choreographer for The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's most successful and wifely attended production of Macbeth. 

Trevor's Workshops


    The Prince of Cats vs. That Scurvy Knave!

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    The artist will be given a short scene from Shakespeare's crowd favorite: Romeo and Juliet. The artist will first pair off and break down their scene using specific techniques Violence Design Professionals use in the industry to decide how each character fights the way they do. Then the artists will learn specific fight choreography used in a fully produced version of Romeo and Juliet and apply their own flair to each character they are fighting as. The artist will then pair off and work their scenes with a partner ready to return at the end of class to present their scenes for the class.

Tyrick Wiltez Jones

Guest Artist, Broadway Artists Alliance

Tyrick Wiltez Jones has appeared in the Broadway productions of Finian’s Rainbow (Howard) and Hairspray. National Tours: Seussical, Fosse, Show Boat. NY/Regional credits: A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, Chicago, Soup Soap & Salvation, and the New York City Center ‘ENCORES!’ production of Finian’s Rainbow (Henry). Concert credits: PHISH 2011 New Year’s Eve concert at Madison Square Garden (featured singer/dancer), Mary Wilson of the Supremes Motown/Rock and Roll North America Tour (featured background singer), US Premiere of Sacred Ellington starring Jessye Norman with the Carnegie Hall ‘HONOR’ Series. Tyrick received 2015 Detroit Broadway World awards for Best Actor in Once on This Island and Best Choreographer for his work on The Bikinis. He has been featured in many readings/workshops in NYC and has made numerous film and TV appearances throughout the U.S. and Europe. Back to Me, an Independent Short he starred in, traveled the Film Festival Circuits. He choreographed Shimmer and Shine on Nickelodeon and he also worked as Assistant Choreographer for the film Joyful Noise with Queen Latifah & Dolly Parton. Tyrick’s voice was heard singing background off-Broadway in John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean. A popular NYC Triple Threat Arts Educator, Tyrick teaches Master Classes all across the US and particularly enjoys working with young, up-and-coming performers through programs like Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC, where he has been on the faculty for the past 12 years. www.BroadwayArtistsAlliance.org,  www.tyrickwiltezjones.com

Tyrick Wiltez's Workshops


    Don’t Throw Away your Shot – Broadway Confidence In Auditions

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,

    In this hands on workshop, we will discuss and work on the audition skills you need to help you shine in "the room". Whether you have a monologue or song, the tips and skills you'll gain in this class will help you have more successful auditions whether they are for Broadway or for your school show. Taught by Tyrick Wiltez Jones, Broadway performer and faculty member of Broadway Artists Alliance, New York's elite program for connecting young artists with Broadway Guest Instructors and Industry. Bring along your monologue and/or song. Walk away with a renewed confidence!

    Hairspray: Dance from Stage to Screen!

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    Learn Choreography from the show that took Broadway, TV and FILM by storm. If you can count to 8, then Welcome To The 60's because you can take this class! Perfect your BROADWAY audition tool box as you work on the skills you need to be onstage on Broadway and on Film while learning some of the original HAIRSPRAY choreography. IT ALL STARTS WITH "Being YOURSELF"! Taught by Tyrick Wiltez Jones (HAIRSPRAY Broadway cast member for over 3 years & Hairspray's Asst. Choreographer at Papermill Playhouse), faculty member of Broadway Artists Alliance, New York's elite program for connecting young artists with Broadway Guest Instructors and Industry. Book that show, whether it's at your School, on Broadway, or on TV.

Walt Jones

Guest Artist, CSU Theatre

Walt Jones, who joined the CSU Theatre program in 2006, is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. As a teacher of acting, directing, and playwriting, he has served on the faculty at Yale School of Drama, and University of California, San Diego. He has directed twice on Broadway, six plays off-Broadway, including the American premiere of Howard Barker's No End of Blame at Manhattan Theatre Club, and over sixty plays in more than twenty regional theatres from Cambridge to Fairbanks and productions in Soviet Russia and in Tokyo. He directed world premiere productions of plays by Thomas Babe, Lanford Wilson, Naomi Iizuka, Jos Rivera, Arthur Kopit, Jim Yoshimura, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Sam Shepard and David Mamet, John Pielmeier, Derek Walcott and Christopher Durang. Among the many actors Walt has directed are Meryl Streep, Roc Dutton, John Turturro, Tony Shaloub, Nathan Lane, Liev Schreiber, Angie Bassett, Christopher Walken, Jason Alexander, Michael Gross, Lindsey Crouse, Linda Hunt, Sigourney Weaver, Peter MacNicol, Frances Conroy, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Lewis Black, Mariel Hemingway, John Goodman, Christopher Lloyd, Kevin Kline, Paul Guilfoyle, Bill Sadler, Athol Fugard, Max Wright, William H. Macy, Ed O'Neill, and Tony Award-winning stage actor, Jefferson Mays. Mr. Jones was a staff director at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference from 1980-1990, and directed regularly for the Yale Rep, Arena Stage, and the American Repertory Theatre. He is the author of The 1940s Radio Hour and A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, both published by Samuel French, Inc.

Walt's Workshops


    Self-Scripting

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,

    Self-scripting is an approach to devising original material by using
    their own histories, identifying their strengths and weaknesses,
    habits, blocks, quirks, vices, doubts, fears, nightmares,
    preoccupations, and latent talents that they may have pushed aside,
    and then "improving them" with an eye to storytelling. By identifying
    their own history, performers have access to a wide variety of
    "characters" within themselves, each individual and iconic, each
    driven in their own ways, each alive, surprisingly truthful, raw,
    relenting, and emotionally resonant. By using "fictive truth" the
    result is original and crafted, not tethered to the truth of the
    story. The author-performers will craft these characters into short
    performance pieces that are idiosyncratic and sincere, monologues and
    dialogues spoken directly into the eyes of strangers.

Walt Jones

Guest Artist, Colorado State University

Walt Jones, who joined the CSU Theatre program in 2006, is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. As a teacher of acting and directing, he has served on the faculty at Yale School of Drama, and University of California, San Diego.

He has directed twice on Broadway, six plays off-Broadway, including the American premiere of Howard Barker's No End of Blame at Manhattan Theatre Club, and over sixty plays in more than twenty regional theatres from Cambridge to Fairbanks and productions in Soviet Russia and in Tokyo. He directed world premiere productions of plays by Thomas Babe, Lanford Wilson, Naomi Iizuka, Jos Rivera, Arthur Kopit, Jim Yoshimura, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Sam Shepard and David Mamet, John Pielmeier, Derek Walcott and Christopher Durang. Among the many actors Walt has directed are Meryl Streep, Roc Dutton, John Turturro, Tony Shaloub, Nathan Lane, Liev Schreiber, Angie Bassett, Christopher Walken, Jason Alexander, Michael Gross, Lindsey Crouse, Linda Hunt, Sigourney Weaver, Peter MacNicol, Frances Conroy, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Lewis Black, Mariel Hemingway, John Goodman, Christopher Lloyd, Kevin Kline, Paul Guilfoyle, Bill Sadler, Athol Fugard, Max Wright, William H. Macy, Ed O'Neill, and Tony Award-winning stage actor, Jefferson Mays. Mr. Jones was a staff director at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference from 1980-1990, and directed regularly for the Yale Rep, Arena Stage, and the American Repertory Theatre. He is the author of The 1940s Radio Hour and A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, both published by Samuel French, Inc.

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William Goldyn

Guest Artist

William Goldyn was nominated by his students and was further honored by the Fulfillment Fund organization as one of the top twenty-five educators in Los Angeles. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and a Center Theatre Group Bravo award recipient who has directed over 45 high school productions, including the California Educational Theatre Association’s award-winning productions of Noises Off, Steel Magnolias, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone as well as the Jerry Herman’s Best Musical nominee In The Heights.  His MA thesis production of The Crucible was selected to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the largest arts festival in the world.  Besides receiving an MA in Theatre Education from the University of Northern Colorado, Mr. Goldyn was also educated in Prague and Vienna, being one of only fifteen teachers in the United States for an NEH Scholarship.  He currently teaches all levels of acting, theatre directing, advanced speech and is the proud sponsor of Troupe #7573.  Through the incredible International Thespian Send-a-Troupe opportunity, Mr. Goldyn and his students were selected just a few years ago to receive a grant and attend the annual International Thespian National Conference in Lincoln, NE.   

William's Workshops


    Acting is in Your BODY!!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,

    Too many actors focus on line readings, blocking and analysis alone! While these are certainly important, much of acting and subtext is in the actor's body, so come on over and discover how to emBODY dynamic, truthful, and emotionally alive characters. Learn how to put your character into your body in this exciting movement/physical theatre workshop! Get ready to move and please dress appropriately!

    So…What Game Are We Playing Tonight?

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,

    Using Michael Shurtleff's "Twelve Guidebooks" developed within his famous book, AUDITION, this scene study class immerses itself in the world of games as the basis of scene study and acting techniques proven to make any scene even stronger. At the heart of any great scene is a game of tension, of strategies, of careful manipulation, of struggles for power, and of ultimate winners and losers. In this workshop we will explore scene study through the lens of games and role playing. The root of most theatre, in its simplest form, is a PLAY and so we must learn how to "play the game" and enjoy ourselves in the process!