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

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Chip Persons

    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!

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

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Heather Curran

    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.

  • “50 Shades of Blue” Presented By ETC

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Clearwing Denver

    Fifty Shades of Blue continues the discussion of how stage lighting is changing with the advent of LED-powered fixtures. Additive color mixing gives designers the power to subtly manipulate color on a real-time basis. This session delves deeper into the nuances of color and presents examples of innovative control features that allow lighting designers to better handle the wonderfully variable — but sometimes non-intuitive — color capabilities of LED-powered stage lighting. Fifty Shades of
    Blue is not simply a lecture with PowerPoint. It includes demonstration cues to clearly illustrate the concepts presented in the lecture.

    Presented By: Erin Giblin, Field Project Coordinator at ETC

  • “Alexander Hamilton”

    Beginning, , / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kyle Thomas

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

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

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Michael Bowerman

    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

  • “I Hope I Get It” – A Chorus Line

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kyle Thomas

    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.

  • “Not Another Network Class” Presented By ETC

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Clearwing Denver

    Not Another Networking Class is a new way of explaining network protocols, how network protocols are used in an
    architectural control system, and when to use them. In this interactive and audience driven session, we will review the
    common networks you find in lighting and building management systems. In it we take a fresh look at not only how
    devices interconnect, but toss in some best practices for designing efficient and effective network infrastructure. As a
    class, we will assemble a working architectural control system using the given information and products, then each
    student will sketch a control riser based on the joint activity. At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able
    to identify and determine what network protocol they would need to use to construct a working architectural control
    system. We guarantee that while we will use a lot of acronyms, this is not another boring network class.

    Presented By: Erin Giblin, Field Project Coordinator at ETC

  • “The Digital Realm” Presented By Pro Tech Marketing

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Clearwing Denver

    Are you tired of lugging that heavy dinosaur you call an “audio console” up and down from the booth? Worried your EQ will be off because someone turned that knob again? Join digital console manufacturer Allen and Heath and Pro Tech Marketing to discuss what digital consoles can do for you. Scene control, show recall, moving faders, channel expandability, dynamics on every channel, visual EQ, wireless remote control capabilities, and reliability are just a few things to think about. Discuss how learning to operate digital audio consoles will set you up for future career opportunities. Digital audio consoles make life and show running easier for everyone involved, including administration!

    Presented By: Travis Stefl, Outside Sales & Support at Pro Tech Marketing

  • “From Now On”

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kyle Thomas

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

  • “Wireless Voodoo Magic” Presented by Pro Tech Marketing and SHURE

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Clearwing Denver

    Ever wanted to pull your hair out when using wireless mics? Ever wondered why they work one night and not the next? Tired of playing the game of "Who gets the good mic tonight?" Concerned about T-Mobile buying up all of your frequencies? Join industry leading microphone manufacturer Shure and Pro Tech Marketing to explore the deep dark secrets of wireless mics. Discussion topics include antenna distribution and placement, inter-modulation, analog versus digital technology, frequency coordination, and much more! Learn how proper wireless setup will enhance your show and understand the science behind it.

    Presented By: Travis Stefl, Outside Sales & Support at Pro Tech Marketing

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

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kate Schwindt

    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!

  • Act With Power and Presence!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Richard Burk

    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.

  • Acting Fun and Games: Imagination, Ensemble, and Character Tools

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Rebecca Rich Joy

    We will learn acting technique (Michael Chekhov based), build ensemble and individual characters through imagination games and exercises, using both mind and body. Super fun stuff! 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).

  • Acting is in Your BODY!!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by William Goldyn

    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!

  • Acting Shakespeare

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Jennifer Rincon

    This class will focus on scansion, text analysis, acting poetry and character in Shakespeare. Students should bring a soliloquy or speech to work with Ms. Rincon on. This class will help students not only with acting Shakespeare in production, but also with auditioning.

  • Acting Your Song: Take It to the Next Level

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Andrea Kehler

    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.

  • Acting: The Active Process

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Tom McNally

    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.

  • Activate Your Spontaneity through Improv

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Allison Watrous

    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

  • Adult Breakfast and Keynote

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Colorado State Thespians

    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.

  • Advanced Lighting for the Entertainment Industry

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Ryan Dohoney

    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.

  • Advanced Special Effects: Introducing SPFX to Theatre

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Zackery Klassen

    Special Effects can be the talk of the show! Your audience will remember that blast of CO2 from a cannon or the Bubbles from The Little Mermaid or the Snow in The Nutcracker. I could go on forever. In this workshop we will go over how to integrate the many different special effects available into the stage. We will discuss new Cold Spark Technology, Sparkular Units, a non-pyrotechnic alternative as well as older, traditional effects such as Ground Fog and how they have changed in recent years to operate more efficiently. We will teach how to use the different effects as well as discuss safety and techniques.

    Zack Klassen is the owner and Lead Designer of Rythm EFX in Fort Collins, CO. Zack has over 18 years experience in Lighting Design and Theatre and began working in Theatre as a teen and has since has taken it to whole new level. He has become well rounded in all aspects of Theatre and Production and has worked in all types of the Event Business. Zack is also the mastermind behind Rythm EFX’s Scenic Prop Shop working on some of the most custom pieces for our clients. Zack has the creative eye to turn something great into something amazing with just a few small tweaks.
    Come meet Zack and the rest of the RFX Crew!

  • All Aboard the Leader-Ship Featuring the STOs

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Colorado State Thespians

    Join your STOs and leaders across the state to learn what being a leader means to you, as well as developing ways to lead your troupe more efficiently and effectively. Learn how to take your leadership skills beyond the stage, and take them with you on your life-long journey of shaping the world of tomorrow. Join us in inclusive, collaborative, and open discussion!

  • And, Action!: Dialects: A Quick Approach

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Linda Brennan

    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!

  • Applied Theatre: Rehearsal for Reality

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Maya Osterman-Van Grack

    Explore the powerful work of applied theatre - a style of theatre used in non-traditional spaces as a tool to engage in meaningful dialogue and inspire action around social justice issues.

    This workshop demo's an interactive class used by Mirror Image Arts in schools, recreation centers, libraries, and juvenile detention centers.

  • Arts Management

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Kyle Thomas

    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.

  • Ask a Tech Question

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Steven McDonald

    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.

  • Audition Acting

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Jennifer Rincon

    Students should prepare two monologues, one contemporary and one Shakespeare verse, to work on with Jennifer Rincon. The workshop will focus on selection of material and how to make an audition authentic acting. Text analysis and the Five Questions will be the foundation for this workshop. Students may also speak with Ms. Rincon about applying for colleges, conservatories and professional companies nationwide. Ms. Rincon is a graduate of Yale University and the Yale School of Drama Directing Program and was the Head of Acting at the National Theatre Conservatory from 1991 - 2008. She is currently the Co-Artistic Director with theatre and film actor Bill Pullman at Visionbox Studio in Denver.

  • Audition Anatomy

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Rachel Taylor

    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!

  • Auditioning for the REAL World not Theoretical

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Mitch Samu

    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

  • Auditioning with Shakespeare

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Kevin Rich

    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!

  • Beauty and the Beast Masterclass

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Keith Warren

    Bonjour! Come be our guest as we celebrate the tale as old as time! Filled with enchantment and fun, this workshop will involve casting characters, exciting choreography, Gaston combat, and more! This beloved Disney musical is produced all over the world many times a year and is certainly celebrated in high school theater programs. This masterclass will give students and teachers a glimpse into the shows history and how it may apply to any future student or professional productions.

  • Become the Character

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Keith Warren

    Explore the physical nature of your character! Walk, jump, crawl, run… how do they do it? Are they fast or slow? Come and have fun learning how you can put more into your character than just lines and costumes. You can’t understand your character until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Be prepared to move! This workshop will involve improv, physical characterization, and energy!

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

    Beginning, , Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Mitch Samu

    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

  • Broadway Belt: Training Vocal Athletes

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Mary Ann Kehler

    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.

  • Broadway Dance – All the Moves

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Jennifer Johnson-Lowe

    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.

  • Broadway Dance Ensemble

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Joe DeMers & Shauna Marble

    Experience Broadway ensemble dance with choreography from Hadestown, The Prom, Heathers the Musical, and Moulin Rouge.

  • CASTING CALL: THE CHORUS

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski

    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.

  • Casting for Scale Models and Full-Sized Props

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Roger Hanna

    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.

  • Character Biography

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , Tech, ,
    Presented by David Saphier

    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.

  • Character Creations!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Heather Curran

    Do you fall back on the same types of characters in scenes? Get out of the predictable and create new and interesting characters for your audiences. In this workshop, participants will learn several tools and techniques for establishing fresh, engaging characters to use in scenes. Character gauntlets, character chains, and character interviews are just a few of the strategies we will use. Get ready to expand your character repertoire!

  • Character Study for Actors

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Danial Hiester

    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.

  • Charleston and 1920’s Dancing

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Joe DeMers & Shauna Marble

    The Charleston is a Swing-era movement that is important in so many musical productions! Learn different variations and a routine for the stage to Hot Honey Rag from Chicago.

  • Chekhov Technique – Building Character

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Rebecca Rich Joy

    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).

  • Choosing the Right College the First Time

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Tara Wolfe

    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.

  • Classical Broadway dance

    Beginning, , / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Jennifer Johnson-Lowe

    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.

  • Commanding Sides to Win Film Auditions

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Jared Januschka

    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.

  • Consent in the Theater

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Tara Wolfe

    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.

  • Cost Effective Marketing & Fundraising

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Chris Parr

    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.

  • Costuming as a Method of Story Telling

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Kristina Johnson

    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.

  • Create The Change – Broadway Cares

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Michael Di Bianco

    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!

  • Create Your Own Adventure (devised work beginning toolbox)

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Saffron Henke

    There is continual, growing interest in devised work, and particularly how to expand the "toolbox" for both educators and students in this area. A hands on workshop, participants are taken through an ensemble based process including Tadashi Suzuki/Viewpoints based moment techniques, Liz Lerman and Viola Spolin based improvisation, and prompted writing exercises. The participants can explore using these techniques to create a movement based ensemble piece, a new character based solo work, or a more personal, reflective process. These exercises will culminate in participants sharing a short devised sketch. This workshop is accessible to those looking to explore techniques in devising to aid in creating both solo and ensemble new work.

  • Create Your Own Play

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Gillian McNally

    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!

  • Create Your Own Play!

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Gillian McNally

    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!

  • Creating Character Through Movement

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Tamara Meneghini

    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

  • Creating Special FX Makeup and Props with Latex

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Melanie Aksamit

    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.

  • Cut It Out! Adapting Stage Plays for Short Films

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Jared Januschka

    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.

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

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Elizabeth Rand

    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.

  • Dance Improvisation

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Aaron Wood

    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.

  • Dancing as Animals – CATS

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Joe DeMers & Shauna Marble

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

  • Decoding Viola Spolin’s Theater Games!

    , , Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Ed Reggi

    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.

  • Develop Distinctive Character Voices

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Michael Gilboe

    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.

  • Devising

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Francesca Mintowt-Czyz

    We are entering a world where performers all around the world are becoming more and more creative and developing original productions of their own to support other commercial performance opportunities. How do they do it?

    Join me for this Devising workshop, where we will learn how to collaborate with other actors, dancers, writers, technicians, and artists to create original compositions. We will be writing, creating, and sharing short scenes developed in a short span of time. This workshop will challenge your imagination like it has never been challenged before. Learn to trust your gut as a creative spirit, and see what happens when we collaborate!

  • Did You See What I Said?

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Richard Burk

    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!

  • DISASTER!: Choreography from the Broadway Show

    , Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Travis Kent

    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!

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

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Tyrick Wiltez Jones

    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!

  • Effective Acting: Affecting Others

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Michael Pearl

    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

  • Emotional Flexibility

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Tim Grant

    “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.

  • Everybody Dance

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Jake Mendes

    Everyone can dance ... it might just take a little bit of practice. And... maybe a different way of learning. During this workshop, you'll learn a dance combination, via different communication styles. You'll connect to one of the teaching styles, and be able to let the choreography get into your brain and body more successfully!

  • Exploring Design with Digital Media

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Rick Reeves

    I might want to use digital media in my show, how do I decide whether or not to? And if I do, what do I use and how do I do it?

    Attendees will be introduced to a vocabulary to use with their creative team that will allow them to understand how digital media will effect their production.

    Attendees will then be introduced to the projection software, Isadora, some basics of what it does, and how they can gain information to use it in the creation of their shows.

  • Facing Our Inner Demons: Identifying and Reframing Internalized Oppression

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Syah Taylor

    Syah Taylor, Manager of Rainbow Alley, will define internalized oppression and identify the damaging effects it has on the mental health of LGBTQ+ individuals through an intersectional lens in this workshop. Through dialogue, participants will identify internalized oppression in their lives. Participants will learn tools and strategies from a strengths-based approach rooted in positive psychology that can be implemented in their careers, school life, and personal development. Disrupting these unhealthy beliefs and behaviors can lead to increased self-motivation, productivity and overall life satisfaction.

  • Faking It – Or Acting Fast/Acting Slow

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Eric Prince

    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

  • Film: Crafting a Cinematic Scene

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Eric Hernandez

    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.

  • Film: Lighting natural, practical or fabricated

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Michael Hartzog

    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.

  • Filmmaking: Tools to Create your own Content

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Blake Babbitt

    This is a well-rounded filmmaking workshop that emphasizes the tools necessary to create your own content: proper storytelling, equipment overview, set hierarchy, and cinematography. Recent changes in the filmmaking industry have made it an incredibly exciting time for budding filmmakers. This workshop will go over what it takes to be successful in the new age of filmmaking.

  • Five Questions: Yale Advanced Acting Technique

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Jennifer McCray Rincon

    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.

  • Focus – and Move With Purpose

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Tim Grant

    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”.

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

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Price Johnston

    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.

  • From Raves to the Stage: Hands On Projection Mapping

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Price Johnston

    Explore the world of Projection Design for the stage, as this hands-on workshop showcases 3 different projection show-control programs. Create with your 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. Attendees will walk out with a video they can showcase of their work.

  • Gathering Sound for Television and Film Production

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Nate Jones

    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.

  • Gore & Special Effect Makeup

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Emma Dehner

    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.

  • Groove On! Musical Theatre Dance Workshop

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Bud Coleman

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

  • Grotowski Physical Acting Worskhop

    , , Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Stacey DAngelo

    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

  • Grounding Your Monologue, Physical Theatre Workshop

    , , Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Francesca Mintowt-Czyz

    Grounding ourselves, and using our entire vessel to communicate with our imaginary "other" during the sharing of a monologue is no easy task. Let us actors get out of our heads and start to get to know our bodies, and the real potential they have for expression. Join me for this workshop intensive and come armed with a fully memorized monologue - a piece we can sink our teeth into and explore with our minds, hearts, and most importantly, our bodies.

  • Hairspray: Dance from Stage to Screen!

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Tyrick Wiltez Jones

    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.

  • Hamilton is Shakespeare

    Beginning, , / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kevin Rich

    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.

  • Hand to Hand Stage Combat

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Peter Bernstein

    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.

  • Handling Mature Content on Stage and in Rehearsal

    Beginning, , / Acting, , Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Alexander Evert

    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 an intense scene in a safe environment? How do you protect yourself when doing vulnerable work? Bring questions and mature IE’s!

  • Headshot Tips with Kate Schwindt

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kate Schwindt

    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!

  • Headshots, Resumes, Websites…oh my!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Autumn Morgenstern

    Headshots, resume and websites are three of the most important things each performer must have to book a job. Come learn the latest styles and templates to best market yourself in the entertainment industry. (Students are encouraged to bring theirs for feedback if they have them but not a class requirement.)

  • Heavy Metal Shakespeare

    Beginning, , / Acting, , Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Alexander Evert

    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.

  • Here’s a Concept!

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Gavin Mayer

    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.

  • Hip Hop “HAMILTON” Style

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Jennifer Johnson-Lowe

    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

  • Hip Hop Dance for Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Santana Trujillo

    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, , ,
    Presented by Santana Trujillo

    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, , , ,
    Presented by Santana Trujillo

    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!

  • Hollywood 101 and the Art of Screen Acting

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Neil Truglio

    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.

  • How to be a working actor in Hollywood

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Stuart Stone

    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.

  • How To Drape and Pattern Your Own Costumes

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Ted Stark

    Learn to custom make your own costume patterns using the fundamentals of draping and flat patterning. Who knew it could be this easy?!

  • How to Survive in the Entertainment Business

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Autumn Morgenstern

    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.

  • How To Write A Memorable Video Story

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Chris Cheline

    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.

  • Identity in Theatre: Proposing Relevant Radical Shows at your School

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Courtney Kochuba

    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.

  • Improv – Making Clear, Badass Choices

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Brian McManus

    Ever been in a scene that starts with “What’s that?” or “What are you doing?” It makes for a bumpy beginning. Instead, making a beefy choice at the top of an improvised scene helps you and your scene partner launch into play. In this workshop, we will experiment with making bold choices, see how they affect the rest of the scene, and learn what to do when your big choice clashes with choices made by your scene partner. Through a mixture of short and long form games, students will explore the power in making badass choices.

  • Improv – Navigating Relationships On Stage – Seek, Build and Heighten

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Brian McManus

    In improv, defining the relationship with your scene partner will always boost a scene. But establishing that you are siblings, or co-workers, or a couple out on a date simply isn’t enough. In this workshop we will work to identify systems of behavior/patterns between characters, then build and heighten unique aspects of each relationship from there.

  • Improv a Musical

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Ed Reggi

    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, , , , ,
    Presented by Ed Reggi

    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 and Acting-From Stage to Screen

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Blake Babbitt

    Improv and Acting-From Stage to Screen: is a workshop emphasizing acting in theatre, improv, film, television, and commercials. 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.

  • Improv This!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Ed Reggi

    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.

  • Inheritance: Performance in Action

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Dee Covington

    Inheritance
    by Norma Johnson

    It’s 1925 and Denver is abuzz with excitement as 100,000 gather for the event of a lifetime. As preparations are made to celebrate God and country, it becomes clear that the festivities are only jubilant for the white residents of Denver. Three women’s lives intersect in a moment from which there is no return. A choice must be made – a choice that will be passed down through generations.

    This new play was developed to address a critical community need: we need to look honestly at our past in order to move forward. Using theater to address social concerns and accelerate necessary conversations is at the heart of Curious Theatre Company's mission. This play will prove both historically insightful and theatrically compelling. Come explore how your art can be used to impact the world.

  • Inside The Groove: Rhythm-Based Performance Enhancement Techniques

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Ted Stark

    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.

  • Intro to Qlab – How to build a cue stack

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Brian Hapcic

    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.

  • Introduction to Prosthetic Makeup

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Melanie Aksamit

    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.

  • It’s All in the Timing

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Michael Pearl

    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.

  • Jedi Training for Leaders

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Abby Stuckrath

    This is a Star-Wars themed leadership workshop, it is to teach/illustrate the importance of servant leadership through Jedi motifs.

    When leading as a Jedi it is necessary to build a positive atmosphere to grow. It is important that we as Jedi’s pull people in with our force, not out. You must lead with the intention of benefiting others, not yourself. We practice this concept in the workshop by playing a Star Wars version of Heads Up. In the game, the students must learn about how to adapt to others learning styles while upholding a positive atmosphere.

    Throughout the workshop, I also discuss the importance of failure and being able to accept and encourage failure as a leader. This is put to work through a blindfolded exercise.

    Finally, the workshop showcases the importance of individuality and that there is no one to lead, leadership comes in many different forms.

    Overall, the workshop teaches students that their voice as a leader is important and valuable.

  • Jr Tech Challenge

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Colorado State Thespians

    Join STOs and technical theatre leaders as they conduct obstacle course type events in technical theatre. For the student interested in telling the story BEHIND the story. Teams will be comprised of students present in the room and may or may not be students from the same school. You don't have to already have a team to participate! All students are welcome.

  • Kinesthetic Character

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Leah Watson

    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.

  • Latin Dance Performance for the Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Joe DeMers & Shauna Marble

    Get ready for a fast paced, high energy class! We're going to teaching you a Latin dance movements to a routine that you can take back to your school! We'll dance to El Tango De Roxanne from Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

  • LED – Before you Buy, How to Install

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Carmel Alston

    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.

  • LED Color Lighting – The Future is Here

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Gail Gober

    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?

  • LED Lighting Integration 101

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Brian Hapcic

    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.

  • Let Me Try That Again

    , , Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Thomas Schultheis

    In this workshop we will learn a way to process our perceived failures. We will explore how we can transform our beliefs about challenges into something new and useful, learn from it, create from it, and celebrate it.

  • Lighting 101 – Basic Fixtures and Accessories

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Carmel Alston

    1- Demonstrations of all common lighting fixtures, training will include safe handling,
    2- Trouble shooting and testing, re-lamping and hang/focus.
    3- Cable types and how to use, test, handle and identify them.
    4- Accessories used on fixtures – Barn doors, gobo’s, Gel, Top Hats, side arms, safety cables.
    5- Basic lighting system lay out and function: Dimming and control systems.
    6- Understanding the DMX data protocol.

  • Lighting 102 – DMX Ins and Outs – LED Lighting Fixtures

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Carmel Alston

    1- DMX operation
    2- Operation of LED’s – how to set up and control – hands on !
    3- Data and Power for LED’s.

  • Lighting 103 – Moving Lights AND ION Programming

    , , Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Carmel Alston

    1- Demonstration of operation.
    2- Tips on mounting fixtures, and routing power and control to them.
    3- Addressing and Mode settings
    4- Control programming – practical exercises to learn basic control set up and functions.

  • Long Form Improv –Harold

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Brian McManus

    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.

  • Luggage Storage

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Colorado State Thespians

    As convenient gesture, Colorado State Thespians will be providing you with luggage storage rooms on Saturday. Making it convenient for you to check-out of your hotel and have your luggage stored for easy access following the conference. Luggage rooms will be locked at the beginning of the first workshop, and then unlocked after the closing ceremonies. Please note you can no longer store your luggage in the Bellco Theatre lobby.

  • Lyrical Jazz

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Aaron Wood

    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.

  • Lyrics are Stories: How to bring the story of a song to life to aid in supporting the vocals

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Claudia Carson

    This workshop will use techniques to focus on the story of the lyrics. How to build a song that gives and teaches the "why" of show stopping notes. Learn how to breakdown the song into a full monologue. Please have a memorized song to use from a Musical, no need for sheet music. This workshop will be done acapella, an accompanist will not be provided.

  • Making Social Media Work For You & Your Show

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Chris Parr

    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.

  • Mask Movement Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Michael Gunst

    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, , , , ,
    Presented by Michael Gunst

    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 .

  • Master Class with Andy Kelso

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Colorado State Thespians

    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.

  • Mastering Memorization

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Garrett Ayers

    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.

  • Mid-Form Improv

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Tara Wolfe

    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!

  • Middle School Improv Roundup

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Brian McManus

    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.

  • Middle School Improv Sampler

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Brian McManus

    The main point of this workshop is to have fun improvising while exploring short form and long form improv, testing out ‘Yes, And…’, and learning how to make big choices at the beginning of every scene. Let’s play!

  • Mime and Illusion

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Paul Belden

    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

  • Mini Me: Intro to Draping Costumes on a Small Scale

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Elise Kulovany

    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.

  • Moliere in Movement

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Danial Hiester

    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.

  • Monologues: Learn How Tony Winners Do It

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Andrea Kehler

    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.

  • Move Like Fosse!!

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Jodi Youmans-Jones

    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!!

  • Movement for the Actor

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Andrea Moon

    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.

  • Music and Character

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Robyn Yamada

    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.

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

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Mitch Samu

    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.

  • Musical Theatre Dance

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Aaron Wood

    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!

  • Musical Theatre Dance workshop

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Bud Coleman

    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.

  • Musical Theatre Dance Workshop

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Bud Coleman

    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.

  • Musical Theatre Dance-Survive!

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Jodi Youmans-Jones

    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!

  • Musical Theatre Exploration Clinic

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Thomas Schultheis

    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 sing a cappella.

  • Musical Theatre Jazz

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Monte Black

    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.

  • Musical Theatre: Singing and Acting your Song

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Michael J. Duran

    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.

  • Nailing a Musical Theatre Audition!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by James Olm

    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!

  • Next Level Marketing

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Chris Parr

    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.

  • Old School Hip Hop for the Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Joe DeMers & Shauna Marble

    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, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Joe DeMers & Shauna Marble

    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!

  • On camera audition for Actors

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Aaron Burns

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

  • Open It Up! “Information Gatherers to Open a Long Form Show”

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Heather Curran

    In long-form improv, many groups use an 'opener' or 'information gatherer' to start a show. In this workshop, participants will learn various long-form improv openers and practice using them to build strong scenes that are interesting and fun. Participants will also work on scenework fundamentals.

  • Perfecting your Acting Individual Event

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Colorado State Thespians

    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, , ,
    Presented by Colorado State Thespians

    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, ,
    Presented by Colorado State Thespians

    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.

  • Physical Storytelling – Clowning

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Justin Walvoord

    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!

  • Physical Subtext

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Kevin Inouye

    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!

  • Physical Theater

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Peter Davison

    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!

  • Plastics: Armor building for Theatre and Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Kristina Johnson

    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.

  • Play the Moment: The Action Workshop

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Allison Watrous

    Being in the moment is the heartbeat of an actor’s work. Discover new ways to improve your presence, moment to moment work, land action, choose clear objectives, and play the stakes of the given circumstances. Whether performing a monologue from Shakespeare, belting In the Heights or diving into a scene from Noises Off, these tools will activate your work.

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

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Sarah Jane Arnegger

    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.

  • Playing the Enemy

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Sasha Fisher

    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.

  • Playwriting

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Jenny Stafford

    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.

  • Playwriting Your Revolution

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Dee Covington

    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.

  • Playwriting, the Types of Scenes

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Stephen Gregg

    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.

  • Power Pose

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Leah Watson

    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.

  • Producing Your Own Work

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Tara Wolfe

    Have you ever thought about putting on your own show? Do you want to take your theater work into your own hands? Come learn how to get your idea off the ground and turn your vision into a reality! We'll discuss all of the necessities from finding a venue to performer contracts to selling tickets so that you can lend your voice to theater conversation.

  • Rainbow Alley – LGBTQ Resources

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Cara Lipford

    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.

  • Rhythm Tap for Int/Adv Tappers

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Autumn Morgenstern

    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!

  • ROCK YOUR AUDITION!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Ruben Van Kempen

    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.

  • Rock Your Sixteen Bars: The SAVI Technique

    , Intermediate, / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Jenny Stafford

    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.

  • Romeo And Juliet — Fate and Feud

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Danial Hiester

    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.

  • Roy Hart Vocal Work

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Stacey DAngelo

    “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

  • Salsa 101

    Beginning, , / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Joe DeMers & Shauna Marble

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

  • Salsa Dance for Beginners

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Joe DeMers & Shauna Marble

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

  • Scene Study for Actors

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Danial Hiester

    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.

  • Scholarship Auditions, Question and Answer

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Colorado State Thespians

    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.

  • Screw it Up!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Ruben Van Kempen

    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.

  • Self-Scripting

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Walt Jones

    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.

  • Senior Thespian Officers – Act up and Move with Purpose.

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Colorado State Thespians

    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.

  • Shakespeare Alive

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Gillian McNally

    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.

  • Shakespeare Crash Course

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Becca Postma

    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.

  • Shakespeare…now what?

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Benjamin Reigel

    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.

  • Shine On, You Crazy Diamond

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Noah Racey

    How do I get better at dance auditions?
    How do I become a better dancer?
    How do I get out of my own way?

    You dance like your life is on the line. You bring your full intention, your full self to the moment and trust you were meant to be there.

    I've been in New York 26 years; on Broadway; originated roles on Broadway; starred on Broadway; Choreographed on Broadway, I have been doing (and am currently doing) this thing we call Musical Theatre my whole life. I know first hand what the real work is. Come find it with me.

  • Short Film Screening

    , Intermediate, / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Colorado State Thespians

    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.

  • Short Form Improv Skill Check

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Brian McManus

    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.

  • Sight Reading Basics

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Emily Doherty

    In this workshop students will review basic music notation. Students will then put to use knowledge of notation as individuals and as groups to sight read basic songs. This will help students to prepare for auditions as well as advanced rehearsal settings by gaining the audiation (notation to brain) skills to sight sing musical theatre selections.

  • SING AND MOVE IT!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Ruben Van Kempen

    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.

  • Sing Out, Louise!! – Musical Theatre Voice Techniques

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by CJ Greer

    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.

  • Singing Sondheim

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kyle Thomas

    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.

  • So you want to be an STO? Information Meeting.

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Colorado State Thespians

    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.

  • So…What Game Are We Playing Tonight?

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by William Goldyn

    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!

  • Sound 101 – Sound System Parts and Pieces

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Carmel Alston

    1 Types of microphones and cables
    2 Safe handling and use of Mics and cables
    3 Wireless Mics – setting up, using, replacing batteries
    4 Identifying basic parts in a sound system

  • Sound 102 – Sound Console Basics

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Carmel Alston

    1 Start up and Testing console
    2 Patching and set up of console
    3 Standard controls on a sound console
    4 Basic Operation

  • Sound 103 – Mixing Basics/SHURE Sound Mfg.

    , , Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Carmel Alston

    1 Live Mixing
    2 Live and recorded Playback
    3 Balancing and Effects

  • Sound Design for Film

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Matthew Polis

    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.

  • Speak Without Words!

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Ted Stark

    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.

  • Stage Combat as Actor Training

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Kevin Inouye

    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!

  • Stage Combat: Slapstick vs Brutal

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Alexis Black

    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.

  • Stage Management: Tips and Effective Leadership

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Claudia Carson

    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.

  • Stage to Screen: On-Camera Audition Demystified

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Jeremy Kent Jackson

    In this workshop participants will define the difference between acting on the stage and for the camera and learn to apply newfound skills to the all-important task of turning craft into a career via the audition. Participants will gain valuable industry insight while participating in activities designed to prepare them for collegiate and professional next steps.

  • Stan the Man – Method Acting

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Tim Grant

    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

  • Stella Adler: Imagination, Given Circumstance and Actions

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Samuel Wood

    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. The long list of celebrities who have studied Adler’s acting style include Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Candice Bergen, Melanie Griffith, Warren Beatty, Teri Garr, and Harvey Keitel. This workshop explores the activities and inquiry points associated with the Adler technique.

  • Stir Imagination and Inner Life with Michael Chekhov

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Nichole Hamilton

    Have you ever been interested in learning concepts from the Michael Chekhov technique?
    Nichole Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts from New Mexico State University and National Michael Chekhov Association certified teacher, will be offering some of Chekhov's fundamental tools to inspire the inner life of the character and fuel the imagination in this creative workshop. Be prepared to move, play, and create! "If it isn't fun, it isn't Chekhov."

  • Stock Characters of Commedia Dell Arte

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Justin Walvoord

    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.

  • STRUT: The Art Of Literally Just Walking

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Nathaniel Dolquist

    “Ok, now you move that mic stand from stage right to stage left.” Yes, but HOW? Should I shimmy? Slink? Saunter? Somnambulate? Depends on the show, so we’re gonna practice with Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Adele, Fosse, maybe even Mean Girls.

    We’re gonna walk. We’re gonna shimmy. And you had best believe we’re gonna strut. When you’re onstage, the audience can see every move you make. So let’s get from Point A to Point B with intention and give them a real show. No one will ever forget how amazing you were when you moved that mic stand.

  • Sweeney Todd – The Importance of a Chorus!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by James Olm

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

  • Swing Dance 1

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Joe DeMers & Shauna Marble

    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. We'll learn a routine to Too Darn Hot from the Kiss Me Kate 2019 Revival.

  • Swing Dance 2

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Joe DeMers & Shauna Marble

    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. We'll learn a routine to Nobody from Bandstand.

  • Swing Dance Performance for the Stage

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Joe DeMers & Shauna Marble

    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! We'll learn a routine to Swing! the Musical.

  • Taking the Mystery out of Auditioning

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by ADDY GREEN

    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.

  • Taking the Reins: Creating Your Own Opportunities in the Theatre

    Beginning, , / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kevin Rich

    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!

  • Tap Dance 101

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Joe DeMers & Shauna Marble

    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, , , ,
    Presented by Joe DeMers & Shauna Marble

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

  • Tech Challenge

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Colorado State Thespians

    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 On A Dime

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Ryan Dohoney

    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.

  • Tell the Story, really simple, Actors and Singers

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Mitch Samu

    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.

  • The AdvoCATe in the Hat

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Estee Dechtman

    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!

  • The Business of Acting

    , , Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Allison Watrous

    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 Charleston! for the Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Joe DeMers & Shauna Marble

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

  • The Director’s Perspective

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Dee Covington

    The role of the director is central to the entire creative process. In this workshop we will explore the role and responsibilities, from concept and vision, to communication and inspiring others, to opening night. There is an art to this level of leadership. In this workshop we will talk about techniques that empower and pitfalls to avoid. Learn how to take your seat at the head of the table with skill and heart.

  • The Dramatic Self

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Andrea Moon

    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.

  • The Industry Audition | Film + Television

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Jeremy Kent Jackson

    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.

  • The Makeup Circus

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Ted Stark

    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.

  • The Prince of Cats vs. That Scurvy Knave!

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Trevor Strahan

    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.

  • The Principles of Belt

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Patrick Newell

    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!

  • The Real Story – the plot

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Stephen Gregg

    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.

  • The Singing Actor

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Cherity Koepke

    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.

  • The Spark of Inspiration Workshop

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Thomas Schultheis

    In this interactive workshop we will discover, explore, and share our own curiosities. Through movement, writing, and play, we will discover ways to awaken our inspirations.

  • Theater Games for the Classroom

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Ed Reggi

    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.

  • Theatre In Strange Places (Guerrilla Theatre)

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Chris Parr

    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.

  • Theatre Meets Yoga

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Lauren Sagendorph

    Ever wondered how Yoga and Meditation can help with creativity, character development, and help you prep and ground yourself before an audition, tech week, or a job interview? In this workshop, we will discuss and experiment these questions by practicing a Yoga Flow (adaptable for all bodies and experiences) equipped with Somatic Movement and Voice work tailored to the performing arts community. Think of this workshop as a Movement Class mixed with Yoga mixed with Voice! Lauren Sagendorph is a certified Yoga Instructor (RYT 200HR) who teaches from a place of compassion, body positivity, and inclusiveness.

  • Theatrical Design for Actors

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Matthew Schlief

    Theatrical Design for the Actor is an exploration of the elements of design as it relates to performers. What does it mean to find your light? How should you wear your costume to the best of it's ability? What are the things you need to do or know as an actor to get the most from your technical crew? How should you treat your designers and crews, and what is acceptable behavior for technical rehearsals? These questions can be answered and discussed to help performers become more professional and prepare them for University level and professional productions. This workshop is also applicable for technicians and stage managers.

  • Top 10 Jazz Steps!

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Autumn Morgenstern

    Do you know how to do a Jazz Square, Battement, Bell Kick or Chasse’? If not, come learn the Top 10 most popular jazz steps used in musicals. If you are new to dance or want to brush up on your basic skills, join me in this jazz crash course and feel more confident in your next dance audition.

  • Tour: Denver Center for the Performing Arts

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Colorado State Thespians

    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.

  • Transnational Fusion Funk

    Beginning, , / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Ted Stark

    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

  • Troupe Director Welcome

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Tami LoSasso

    Join us for Colorado Thespians at a Glance with state Chapter Director Tami LoSasso and Membership Coordinator Andre Rodriguez. We'll help you navigate the conference, answer any questions you may have regarding Thespians, and introduce you to other troupe directors in the state. The session is open to all troupe directors who want to know more about Colorado Thespians whether new or returning.

  • Truth on Making a Living in Show Business

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Mitch Samu

    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

  • TV and Film Acting for the Camera

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Stuart Stone

    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.

  • Using Characters to Develop Strong Stories – For Writers

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Michael Gilboe

    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, , , , ,
    Presented by Michael Gilboe

    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.

  • Using Theatre Skills in Careers Outside Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Ed Reggi

    Acting skills are not just for actors! Actors have a set of skills 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 Healthcare, Business, Education and Social Work.

  • Viewpoints – Improvisation

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Sondra Blanchard

    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!

  • VIEWPOINTS FOR PERFORMERS: Creative physical solutions to staging & text interpretation

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kathy Morath

    VIEWPOINTS FOR PERFORMERS: Creative physical solutions to staging & text interpretation. Using the seven Viewpoints, as codified by theatre artist Anne Bogart, we will explore space, tempo, architecture, duration and other applications for total immersion in physical reality. By utilizing new tools for exploration and “group mind” activity, fresh perspective and process will help young performers find creative solutions to theatrical challenges in acting, singing, and dance applications. Wear loose clothing and comfortable footwear. Disciplines: ALL 3/Interdisciplinary Level: ALL

  • Villains: Good or Evil?

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Keith Warren

    Villains are BAD! We love to hate them. This workshop will explore the perspective of the villain and why they’re so good at being BAD! Theater is full of dynamic characters with something wicked in them. Through theater games and discussion, we’ll find out where the line is between good and evil! This workshop will explore a deeper insight of what it means to play a character generally known as the villain.

  • Vocal Boot Camp

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Cherity Koepke

    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.

  • Voice for the Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Tamara Meneghini

    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

  • What is Stage Presence and How Do I Get It?

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Nathaniel Dolquist

    What even is stage presence? Master performers have it, sure. I know it when I see it. And I definitely want it. But is it a natural talent? Can I develop it in myself?

    You absolutely can develop it. I’ll show you how.

    I’ve been working on these questions with teachers in New York City and at Yale for many years. Through the use of the Alexander Technique and releasing of the fight-or-flight response, I’ll show you how to become truly present as you give your gifts onstage and off.

    People with stage fright or who “clam up” when performing are very much encouraged to attend this workshop. It may be scary, but you’ll leave with some useful tools!

  • What Nightmares are Made Of: Creating Realistic Burns, Gashes, and Wounds.

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Erin Carignan

    Learn how to create realistic burns, cuts, and gashes directly on the skin! No more waiting for materials to dry to create layers and build up scar tissue. These scars and burns are reusable, waterproof, and latex-free! Get your hands on products used by the professional makeup industry and leave with a burn, gash, or cut that will gross-out everyone you meet.

  • What To Be (or not to be): Theatre Jobs for Dummies

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Rick Reeves

    Everyone knows about acting, directing, Stage Management, and Lighting Design, but what else is there?
    A quick, but comprehensive look at the theatre industry, it's many job fields, and a path to get the employment you want.
    Using production photos we will break down who it takes to produce a show and what educational opportunities there are to build a pathway to the jobs that are interesting to you.

  • What’s My Type?

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Keith Warren

    Ever asked yourself, “What type of character am I?” WE ALL HAVE! Come explore the exciting dynamics of casting. This workshop will involve mock casting, character games, and more! Are you Sandy or Rizzo? Are Curly or Judd? Are you BOTH? Can this role be played by either gender? Don’t type yourself out, you might be the type they need! Students will get a professional insight of how character types vary in today's theatre industry. They will also learn about what their student theatre types will teach them in their high school and college years.

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

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Stuart Stone

    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.

  • WILD THANG!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Ruben Van Kempen

    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.

  • Working in Television Commercials

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Stuart Stone

    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.

  • Writing for Actors

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Michael Kary

    The writing process can be as daunting as it is rewarding. The hardest part is always the start. This workshop is designed for both playwrights who want to write for actors and actors who want another outlet for expressing themselves. We will build a complete story from the ground up using the tools actors use when building a character.

  • You Only Live Once STOP FOOLING AROUND – MITCH SAMU

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Mitch Samu

    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

  • You spin Me Right Round: Turntable Design and Construction

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Ted Stark

    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.

  • You spin Me Right Round: Turntable Design and Construction

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Kerry Cripe

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