Presenter Profile

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.

    Master Class with Andy Kelso

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

    Rare opportunity for Colorado Thespians to participate in a Master Class with Broadway actor Andy Kelso. Participants are asked to come with prepared audition material to work through with Mr. Kelso.
    Andy Kelso is an Actor/Singer based in New York City. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Andy studied Acting at the University of Northern Colorado and performed in various shows in the Denver area including Big River, Footloose, and The Drawer Boy before moving to NYC in the fall of 2003. Since then, Andy made his Broadway debut as ‘Sky’ in Mamma Mia and played ‘Fiyero’ in the 1st National tour of Wicked. Andy also originated the role of ‘Harry” in Kinky Boots on Broadway and recently played the role of ‘Charlie Price’ in the 2013 Tony Award winning musical. He can be seen in the new Amazon Video original series, Good Girls Revolt, playing the role of "Lenny". In addition, his resume includes numerous other roles, check out his Facebook page or IMDB.

    Perfecting your Acting Individual Event

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

    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.

    Perfecting your Musical Theatre Individual Event

    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 your Tech Theatre Individual Event

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

    Scholarship Auditions, Question and Answer

    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.

    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, , / 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.

    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, , / Regular

    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.