Teachers’ Conference Schedule

Exploring Efficiency in Theatre Education

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at The Brown Palace Hotel

Evening Events
6:15 p.m. Cocktails
7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Awards
Outstanding High School Educator: Brittany Wallis
Outstanding Administrator Award: Michael Weaver
Outstanding Contribution by a Professional: Karol Gates
Outstanding Thescon Artist and Contributor: Brian McManus

Friday, September 22, 2017 at Newman Center for Education
Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 3rd floor

Registration opens at 8:30 am with Vendors and Refreshments

9:00 am
Presenter Room
Opening Remarks: State of Affairs Colorado Thespians, Tami LoSasso, Facilitator Studio 12
Session One
9:30 a.m.
Presenter Room
Option A Theatre 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 B Macbeth 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
10:45 am
Presenter Room
Curriculum: Leveraging Curriculum to Maximize Efficiency David Peterson, Chaparral High School Studio 1
Show Business: How to Efficiently Run your Theatre Program like a Business Laurilea McDaniel, Mountain Ridge Middle School Studio 2
Building a Community of Inclusion: Unified Theatre Jace Smykil, Lakewood High School Studio 8
The Efficient Scene Shop: Lighting, Painting, Props Taylor Dykstra Grandview High School Studio 9
Classroom Pedagogy: Working Smarter, Not Harder Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Studio 11
12:00 pm Box Lunch and Roundtable

Facilitators: Stephanie Morris, Horizon High School; Andre Rodriguez, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Studio 12
Session Three
1:15 pm
Presenter Room
Curriculum: Leveraging Curriculum to Maximize Efficiency David Peterson, Chaparral High School Studio 1
The Efficient Scene Shop Stuart Barr, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Studio 2
Administration Panel Discussion: Building Support in Your Building Facilitated 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 Growth Beau Augustin Denver Public Schools


Studio 9
Mindfulness=Efficiency: A Self-Care Guide for the Theatre Educator Alfred Smith, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Studio 11
2:35 pm Closing

Minute to Win-it with Lanny Boyer, Fairview High School

Studio 12

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