Teachers’ Conference Schedule

Teacher Conference Schedule, September 12-13

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at The Brown Palace, 321 17th St, Denver, CO 80202

Evening Events
6:00 p.m.Reception
7:00 p.m.Award Dinner

Friday, September 13, 2019 at Newman Educational Center,
Denver Center for the Performing Arts 1101 13th St, Denver, CO 80204

Registration opens at 8:00 am with Vendors and Refreshments

8:30 am
Opening Remarks: State of AffairsColorado Thespians, Tami LoSasso, FacilitatorStudio 11
Session 1
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Option ATheatre for Young Audiences
The Snowy Day and Other Stories By Ezra Jack Keats
Follow the adventures of young Peter as he explores the world around him in a play inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ acclaimed children’s books The Snowy Day, Goggles, A Letter to Amy and Whistle for Willie. The delightful moments of childhood are perfectly captured in this medley of simple, sweet stories that kick off the new Theatre for Young Audiences program, which focuses on performances especially tailored to Pre-K through 3rd grade audiences. Bring your students to their first theatre experience and spark their interest in the arts.
DCPA Theater
Option BMacbeth Workshop, with Director Robert O’Hare
To get what he wants, Macbeth will let nothing stand in his way – not the lives of others, the people of Scotland or his own well-being. As his obsession takes command of his humanity and his sanity, the death toll rises and his suspicions mount. Shakespeare’s compact, brutal tragedy kicks off the grand reopening of our theatre-in-the-round in a visceral re-imagining from director Robert O’Hara. This ambitious reinvention of the classic tale reminds us that no matter what fate is foretold, the man that chooses the dagger must suffer the consequences.
Known for his audacious artistic vision, Director Robert O’Hara is “shaking up the world, one audience at a time” (The New York Times). He has won the 2010 NAACP Award for Best Director, two Obie Awards, an Oppenheimer Award and the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Drama. This is his first production at the DCPA.
Producing Partners: Isabelle Clark, Keith & Kathie Finger and Diana & Mike Kinsey
Studio 8
Session Two
10:10 – 11:10 am
Curriculum: Leveraging Curriculum to Maximize EfficiencyDavid Peterson, Chaparral High SchoolStudio 1
Show Business: How to Efficiently Run your Theatre Program like a BusinessLaurilea McDaniel, Mountain Ridge Middle SchoolStudio 2
Building a Community of Inclusion: Unified TheatreJace Smykil, Lakewood High SchoolStudio 8
The Efficient Scene Shop: Lighting, Painting, PropsTaylor Dykstra Grandview High SchoolStudio 9
Classroom Pedagogy: Working Smarter, Not HarderPatrick Elkins-Zeglarski, Denver Center for the Performing ArtsStudio 11
11:25 am Lunch at Tamayo, 1400 Larimer Street, Denver, COStudio 11
Session Three
12:40 – 1:40 pm
Curriculum: Leveraging Curriculum to Maximize EfficiencyDavid Peterson, Chaparral High SchoolStudio 1
The Efficient Scene ShopStuart Barr, Denver Center for the Performing ArtsStudio 2
Administration Panel Discussion: Building Support in Your BuildingFacilitated by: Tami LoSasso, Chapter Director;
Glenda Bates, Administrator at Prairie View High School;
Ron Castagna, Former Administrator at Lakewood High School
Studio 8
Critical Response Process: Using Student Feedback to Maximize GrowthBeau Augustin Denver Public Schools


Studio 9
Mindfulness=Efficiency: A Self-Care Guide for the Theatre EducatorAlfred Smith, Denver Center for the Performing ArtsStudio 11
2:00 – 2:30 pmClosing & wrap-upStudio 11

Conference participants are able to sign up for graduate credit. To register for THEA 513 credit from the University of Northern Colorado, please read the directions for online registration on the downloadable syllabus. Participants who plan to attend both the Teacher’s Conference and the December Thespian Conference may sign up for 2 credits.  If you plan to attend both conferences and want 2 credits, please sign up for both at the same time. Graduate Credit