Teachers’ Conference Schedule

Teacher Conference Schedule, September 12-13

Newman Center for Theatre Education

Address: 1101 13th Street, Denver, CO 80204

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8:30 a.m.Welcome Comments and UpdatesStudio 11
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
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Too Dope TeachersGerardo Munoz, Educator
Kevin Adams, Educator
Denver Public Schools
Studio 1
Creating Stunning Student FilmsLanny Boyer, Film Coordinator, CO ThespiansStudio 8
Visual Art and the Theatrical ProcessesRachel Taylor, DCPA Teaching ArtistStudio 9
Journey to ThesCon and Thespian OpportunitiesTami LoSasso, Chapter Director Beau Augustin, IT Director, CO ThespiansStudio 10
TimeEventRoom
10:10-11:10 a.m.
TitlePresenterRoom
Too Dope TeachersGerardo Munoz, Educator
Kevin Adams, Educator
Denver Public Schools
Studio 1
Stella Adler: Imagination, Given Circumstances, and ActionsSam Wood, DCPA Teaching ArtistStudio 8
Begin with the End in MindDavid Peterson, Educator, Chaparral High SchoolStudio 9
Liz Lerman’s Critical Response ProcessBeau Augustin, IT Director, CO ThespiansStudio 10
TimeEventRoom
LUNCH @ TAMAYO: 11:30 – 12:451400 Larimer Street, Denver, CO
Optional Round Table Discussion on adding TheatreWorks to Thescon.
1:00 – 2:00
TitlePresenterRoom
Tech TheatreCATTEStudio 1
Teaching Choreography to Non DancersJake Mendes, Equity ActorStudio 8
Improv Structures for Empowering the Director/Actor RelationshipPatrick Elkins-Zeglarski, DCPA Teaching ArtistStudio 9
Butts in SeatsKatie Maltais, Managing
Director, Curious Theatre
Jeremy Goldson, Past Chapter Director, CO Thespians
Studio 10
TimeEventRoom
2:05-2:30 a.m.Wrap UpStudio 11

Descriptions
Begin with the End in Mind: This workshop with take you through development of a theatre classroom curriculum to best align with your after-school program and the new state standards. We will approach different acting levels and technical theatre lessons for the benefit of all.

David Peterson is a veteran teacher at Chaparral High School in the Douglas County School district. His school was awarded the EdTA Outstanding High School Award in 2017, and he was honored as the Colorado Thespian High School Teacher of the Year in 2014. David loves to read and create stories on stage.
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Butts in Seats: Theatre educators are already expected to do it all – lights! acting! sound! directing! mentorship! teaching! construction! – and now you want me to sell tickets too?! Join us for a nuts and bolts session with tangible ways to create community engagement and implement marketing tactics to put butts in the seats of your theatre. Merging together best practices from the professional theatre community and the unique sales opportunities and challenges that exist in high schools, this session is designed to provide you with the tools you need to empower and lead your students to marketing success.

A theatre nerd all her life, presenter Katie Maltais discovered a passion and knack for arts administration while still in high school and she’s been following that path ever since. Currently the Managing Director at Denver’s Curious Theatre Company, Katie developed THE LOYALTY TARGET, a disruptive administration model that promotes patron loyalty as the organization’s top priority and breaks down organization divides between marketing, community engagement, fundraising, and patron services. Prior to her work at Curious, Katie served as the Manager of Client Services for the international consulting firm TRG Arts and as the Marketing Director at the Lone Tree Arts Center in Colorado.

Jeremy Goldson earned his master’s degree in Directing from Roosevelt University. He also holds degrees from Oberlin College and UNC. He has been a member of the Colorado Thespians State Board for eighteen years, and the theatre director at Mountain Vista HS since 2002, where has taken part in over 60 productions. He is a passionate and intellectual sports (and books, movies, philosophy, art, music, and more) fan who enjoys talking with anyone else equally intrigued.
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Improv Structures for Empowering the Director/Actor Relationship: This workshop takes beloved short form improvisation structures and offers examples of how they can be used to inform blocking, character choices, and reflective response within the rehearsal process.

This workshop will be facilitated by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski, DCPA Education and Community Engagement Director of Education and Curriculum Management. DCPA Education and Community Engagement programs and staff of professionals inspire, nurture and empower students of all ages to create their own unforgettable shared experiences through the process, artistry and craft of theatre.

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Journey to ThesCon and Thespian Opportunities: Come explore online curriculum pathways to help your students prepare for ThesCon IEs, auditions and more. In addition, find out where to locate valuable resources Colorado Thespians offers like the Honor Troupe program, mainstage screening rules, and much more. This workshop is designed to help you work smarter, not harder, while guiding you to resources that help market and celebrate the accomplishments of your school program.

Beau Augustin is the IT Director for Colorado Thespians in addition to the Dance and Theatre Arts Curriculum Specialist for Denver Public Schools. Beau holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre education from University of Northern Colorado and master’s degree in Directing from
Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Tami LoSasso is the Chapter Director for Colorado Thespians and a veteran theatre educator at Lakewood High School in Jefferson County. In 2018, LHS was honored as an EdTA Outstanding Theatre School, and honored as the Think 360 Outstanding Arts school in 2017. She loves Italian food and travelling with her family.
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Liz Lerman Critical Response Process: Successfully and authentically integrating Critical Response, standard 3 of the Colorado Academic Content Standards, in theatre arts can be tricky. Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process is a widely recognized feedback process, designed for artistic growth, that nurtures the development of artistic (or any) works-in-progress through a four-step, facilitated dialogue between creators and responders shifting ownership of the feedback to the creator of the work. This allows students to invest in the feedback they receive pushing them to new heights in their artistic development.

Beau Augustin is the IT Director for Colorado Thespians in addition to the Dance and Theatre Arts Curriculum Specialist for Denver Public Schools. Beau holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre education from University of Northern Colorado and master’s degree in Directing from
Roosevelt University in Chicago.
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Stella Adler: Imagination, Given Circumstance and Actions: A leading force in the training methods of American actors, Adler famously split from the Stanislavski-based teaching methods of her Group Theatre colleague, Lee Strasberg and focused her training of actors based on her own training with Stanislavski: not focusing on an emotion (emotional recall) but finding the emotional response within circumstance, gesture, voice and action. This workshop explores the activities and inquiry points associated with the Adler technique.

This workshop will be facilitated by Sam Wood, DCPA Education and Community Engagement Teaching Artist and District Liaison. DCPA Education and Community Engagement programs and staff of professionals inspire, nurture and empower students of all ages to create their own unforgettable shared experiences through the process, artistry and craft of theatre.

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Stunning Student Films: This workshop will dig into what makes student film productions successful within the curriculum and among audience members. You will see examples of class work as it exists throughout all phases of the process and share your own experiences with others in the session. From lessons and next level prompts to equipment and techniques, you will be given a wealth of information to take with you to either supplement your own curriculum or build a film program students will be excited to come to.

Lanny Boyer is a veteran teacher who has led the Theatre and Film programs at Fairview high school for the better part of a decade. Lanny holds both his Master’s in Theatre Education and his Performance degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. He serves on the Colorado Thespians board as the Film Coordinator and the Chapter Select Coordinator.
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Teaching Choreography to Non-Dancers: Not everyone is an amazing dancer, but we want to be able to make the parents say, “Wow, that dancing was incredible!” So, here are a few tips on how to make choreography accessible and successful for the wide array of talents in your high school cast.

Jake Mendes is a Denver native (GMHS 2006) and has been back in the Denver theatre scene since 2015. He’s performed Off-Broadway and regionally and has received several awards for his performances. He can currently be seen in Bright Starat The Arvada Center, and will be a member of the Black Box Repertory Company at The Arvada Center in 2020.

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Too Dope Teachers:

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Visual Art and the Theatrical Process: This workshop will provide easy to make visual art projects that can be used in a variety of ways within the theatre-making environment: help students identify and demonstrate character traits, incorporate dramaturgy, build community, or adapted to serve specific needs of your production.

This workshop will be facilitated by Rachel Taylor, DCPA Education and Community Engagement Teaching Artist and Program Manager – Literary Engagement & Resiliency. DCPA Education and Community Engagement programs and staff of professionals inspire, nurture and empower students of all ages to create their own unforgettable shared experiences through the process, artistry and craft of theatre.