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  • “Cut Loose” Footloose Choreography

    , Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Kiera Sweeney

    Loose your blues and kick off your Sunday shoes with music and dance from Footloose the Musical!

  • “Get Down” Six The Musical – Storytelling Through Advance Musical Theater Contemporary Hip Hop

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kayleigh Schadwinkel-Hickman

    Get your groove on this fun, upbeat and sassy "Six The Musical" workshop to an all-time favorite "Get Down" where dancers of all skill levels and musical theater backgrounds are welcome to come move and groove! Dancers will learn beginner thru advanced hip hop techniques and choreography being taught in the industry including popping, locking, body isolations, and the importance of layering, levels, and more to create intricate pictures to dress the stage along with learn how to incorporate storytelling into their movements to further the plot along! Trust me, you don't want to miss this musical theater hip hop workshop!

  • “I Wanna Rock” Rock of Ages Choreography

    , Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Kiera Sweeney

    What happens when the Broadway Dance and Rock worlds combine? It's not just shreddin' air guitar (don't get me wrong, there will be some of that too). Come head bang your way to rockstar status with electric and energetic choreography from the hit-musical Rock of Ages.

  • “It’s Too Darn Hot” – 1940’s Jazz Swing Fusion Musical Theater Dance Workshop

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kayleigh Schadwinkel-Hickman

    Get your dancing shoes on and jump on into this fun, upbeat "Too Darn Hot" from Kiss Me, Kate 1940's jazz swing fusion musical theater dance workshop with Professional Traveling Choreographer, Kayleigh Schadwinkel-Hickman! You will be in for a good ole time within this workshop where dancers will learn 1940's swing dancing and classical jazz in this fun fusion workshop! Dancers will train to pick up choreography quickly in this audition style setting choreo workshop along with learn key tips and tricks to improve their choreography memorization for auditions, what directing teams are looking for in key dance ensemble members and ways to get consistently casted in shows! Trust me, you don't want to miss it! Get your swing shoes ready and join us for "Too Darn Hot" - 1940's Jazz Swing Fusion Musical Theater Dance Workshop!

  • “You are a Dancing Queen!” Mamma Mia Choreography

    , Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Kiera Sweeney

    Come dance, jive, and have the time of your life while learning a groovy combo from the musical Mamma Mia!

  • “Don’t Wait For It – Instead Take Hold Of Your Dance Auditions” – Musical Theater Hip Hop & Freestyle Creative Movement Workshop

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kayleigh Schadwinkel-Hickman

    We’ve all been in auditions that require improv, in which lack of experience or fear factor may have inhibited us from putting our best foot forward and expressing our true artistic self. Don’t we all wish we knew how to overcome that fear and awkwardness so we can sell out our dance improv every time and stand out from the crowd? We have the answer for you! In this workshop, dancers of all skill levels and musical theater backgrounds will learn the 3 key fundamental factors to have a successful improv session. Dancers will learn how to express and evoke emotion through their body language, presence, and stance to convey a message and use movement to further the plot of “Wait For It” from Hamilton. Dancers will learn beginner thru advanced hip hop techniques and choreography being taught in the industry including popping, locking, body isolations, and the importance of layering, levels, and more to create intricate pictures to dress the stage and to rock their dance auditions.

  • 1920’s Flapper Charleston

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

    Out of the roaring 20’s came the fantastic style of Swing, called Flapper Charleston! Flapper Charleston is perhaps the most common ‘old-style’ Jazz dance performed on stage. We'll teach you a super fun dance routine that you can take back to your school!

  • 40 Feet of Blood!

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Jay Duckworth

    There are only two important things one does on stage, fall in love & die. Since the beginning of the Greek tragedies people have used special effects on stage. This workshop will talk about how to do safely do blood effects from easy to more complicated. We will also talk about what materials can be put together to make different blood for different uses. You can't put a soap based blood in a persons mouth or eyes. Plus some of the blood special effects used throughout history.
    40 min presentation with a 15 min Q & A.

  • 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 On Stage, Acting On Film: What’s the Difference?

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Christopher Smith

    “The camera doesn’t have to be wooed. It already loves you very deeply.” – Michael Caine

    This workshop offers a short training for students about the difference between acting for film and acting on stage in live productions. Students learn the principles of acting for a camera and the benefits and drawbacks of capturing performances using modern technology. This workshop is informed by Trinidad State faculty’s recent experience in directing and producing an original play, Beyond the Door by Douglas Farr, specifically for production as a short film.

    Facilitators: Christopher Smith and Joe Reorda II, Trinidad State College faculty

  • Acting With Archetypes

    , Intermediate, / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Josh Chenard

    Ever-present in classic mythology, legend, literature, psychology, and art, archetypes exist as energies and characters that have spanned time and culture. Utilizing breath, movement, voice, and imagination, we will explore several archetypes... including the Ruler and the Warrior, that will enhance character development, heighten intuition, and deepen the connection between thought and action. Pulling from Patsy Rodenburg, Carol Pearson, Frankie Armstrong, and Michael Chekhov, Acting with Archetypes will feed your creative spirit and become a valuable asset to your "acting tool box."

  • Activate Your Spontaneity through Improv

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

    How may improvisation continue to inform, develop, and shape your work as an actor? This workshop, conducted by educator, director, and Executive Director of DCPA’s Education and Community Engagement, Allison Watrous, moves beyond games-for-games sake and into deeper opportunities to ignite your presence, activate your entire body, tap into your instincts, and drop into the moment. Discover how to move beyond middle ground choices and into the heights of bolder ones that empower your colleagues on stage while sharpening your personal technique.

  • Aging Made Easy

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Gene Flaharty

    Aging Made Easy
    The hardest makeup to do is Old Age. Learning to blend shadows and highlights to create a three-dimensional wrinkle. This demonstration will cover the different stages of aging and show how to accomplish the look using new techniques, on an actor of any age, on any stage. The workshop is minutes long, but you could walk out fifty years older! For students and teachers, all levels.

  • All State Rehearsals – Closed Rehearsal

    , , / , , , , ,
    Presented by Colorado State Thespians

    Closed rehearsal for the cast of the All State opening number

  • Alligators to Bananas

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

    Learn to use improv skills to improve your overall acting! Learn the basics and try them out in games!

  • AMA: An NYC/LA Actor

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

    Ask me anything! What’s it like to live in NYC and LA? Should I go to a conservatory or a liberal arts school? What makes a good headshot? Does type really matter? Do people really line up at 5 am for auditions? Is it important to be in the actor’s union? Is it true that someone pooped in the holding room at the Magic Mike EPA in 2018? Ask me these and any other questions you can think of in this Q&A session!

  • Audio for Beginners and Beyond

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Ryan Unangst

    When putting microphones and instruments through a sound system, knowing the ins and outs of your gear will save you time, and result in a better experience for everyone. In this session, we'll dive into the basics of running sound so your next program can really pop! This crash course will cover how to choose microphones, how to physically set up your system, and how to achieve a nice, natural sound through sound check.

  • Audition with authority!

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

    Audition! one of the most daunting words we hear as actors. This workshop is meant to empower you to take control of your work, after all, this is your job interview, your request for scholarship, and your chance to demonstrate that you are capable, qualified, and deserving of the role. It's all a matter of knowing the ground rules and having a powerful plan. You have the talent. You have the passion. Put together a winning audition that will keep their eyes and ears on you! This workshop is for all levels, and especially for teachers! I hope to see you there!

  • AUDITIONING FOR TV/FILM ON CAMERA

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Felicia Lansbury Meyer

    This fun workshop will cover great information on acting for camera as we work on a commercial audition. Learn key questions for preparing your audition, script analysis, and the basics of creating and submitting self-tape auditions.

  • Bass Baritones and Contemporary Musical Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Tim Evanicki

    Those darn tenors seem to get all the roles, but what does that leave for us thicker-voiced dudes? Tim will share tips, tricks, and vocal technique to help you successfully navigate an industry full of Jeremy Jordans when you sound like Norm Lewis. Please bring a 60-90 cut of a belty musical theatre song, with an accompaniment track.

  • Beginning Tap!

    Beginning, , / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Sierra La Rue

    This tap class is an exciting and fun entry into the world of tap dance! We will warm up, learn some basic tap steps and learn a fun combination to a Broadway favorite! Come tap with us!

  • Being Bad – Playing and Writing Villains

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Jason Lemire

    In this workshop for both actors and playwrights, award-winning theatre teacher Jason Lemire invites thespians to explore the depths of the human psyche to unearth the unnervingly familiar. Through scene work, monologues, writing and improvisation, thespians will be given license and language to explore the motivations of those who do wrong. Thespians will be challenged to move past simple dynamics of good and evil, and instead strive to grapple with the humanity of even the most challenging characters.

  • Belting for Non-Belters

    Beginning, , / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Tim Evanicki

    A vocal master class for singers who sound like Sierra Boggess in Phantom, but want to sound like Sierra Boggess in Mermaid. This class is for singers who were assigned female at birth. Please bring a 60-90 cut of a belty musical theatre song, with an accompaniment track.

  • Broadway Ensemble Dance

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

    Experience Broadway ensemble dance with choreography from three different Broadway Musicals.

  • CAREERS IN THEATRE ROUNDTABLE HOSTED BY IATSE LOCAL #7

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Maximillian Peterson

    Come ask every question you have about a career in the entertainment industry. We will discuss how we balance a passion for Live Events and the Entertainment Industry with the economic realities of living in an ever more expensive world. We promise, you can make it work!!

  • CHARACTER BIOGRAPHY: CRAFTING BACKSTORY

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

    Who is the who behind the character that you have been cast as? What can be done to create your character if the script seems to reveal no obvious answer to this question? This workshop’s tools and activities will expand your knowledge about creating a character biography (or backstory) by combining improvisation, writing, and dramaturgy. Led by educator and actor, David Saphier, whose deep understanding of combining dramaturgy and improvisation has furthered the work of numerous students and performers, the workshop activates strategies for you to delve into script analysis as well as creating through improvisatory play. Not a sit-and-get, the workshop combines thinking with doing and is especially empowering if you are in the process of creating a role or working audition pieces.

  • Character Voices: Voiceover at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Ann Marie Pollard

    Join Ann Marie Pollard for a fun vocal warm up and an exploration of character voices based on your unique vocal range and quality. Unlock the potential for developing a variety of sounds based on what you have right at your fingertips - or, more appropriately, at the tip of your tongue! This voiceover workshop is great for high school students considering studying acting at the University or Conservatory level.

  • Collaboration between Scenic and Lighting Designers

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Jon Young

    The focus of the session will explore the collaborative relationship between a scenic and lighting designer. The session will concentrate on the impact of collaboration on the creative process and the realized design. Presenters will focus on the shared experience from early stages of design development through opening night. Through open discussion presenters will explore aspects of mentorship, communication, technology, and the value of a collaborative process.

  • Colorado Thespian Business Meeting – For Troupe Directors

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

    Join Chapter Director Tami LoSasso in a presentation of the ins and outs of organizing and executing the Colorado Thespian Conference and Colorado Educator Conference. This session will give transparency to the whys and hows of setting up and running the conference and allow for participant Q&A. If you've ever wondered why things happen the way they do or have a question you've always wanted the answer to, this is the session for you!

  • Contemporary Acting Technique – The 5 Questions

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

    Students will be given a copy of "The 5 Questions" Acting Technique, originally taught by Earle Gister at the Yale School of Drama from 1980 to 1999. This is a Stanislavsky-based technique that focuses on the playing of objectives and actions, moving actors away from the playing of emotions and conditions. After some initial lecture and interactive discussion, two members of the Visionbox Professional Ensemble will perform a scene that will then be directed by Jennifer Rincon in an interactive discussion format. Finally, at least 2 students from the workshop will have the opportunity to cold read a scene and work on it with Ms. Rincon. Jennifer McCray Rincon, Founding Artistic Director of Visionbox Studio is a graduate of Yale University and the Yale School of Drama Directing program. She was the Head of Acting at the NTC at the DCPA from 1991-2008. She founded Visionbox in 2010 to provide student and professional actors in Denver with graduate-level training.

  • Creating a Culture of Consent in Youth Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Holly Haverkorn

    As actors, artists, and arts educators we are keenly aware of the pressures on young actors and dancers to say "yes". It is built into the foundations of the art; the "yes and" in improv, the "yes" to impossible movement, the "yes" to pushing past injury. Ours is a discipline that falls into gray areas of physical/psychological contact and therefore requires clear guidelines and systems to provide safe environments.
    We believe the first step in preventing the victimization of youth in arts communities is by providing education to kids, mentors, and educators around consent and bodily autonomy throughout the performance and training process. Our workshops focus on the importance of clear communication in rehearsal and performance to create healthy boundaries in a touch centered discipline. Workshops utilize lecture and movement based activities to help students (and educators) understand how to create a culture of consent in a competitive enviornment of excellence.

  • Creating Character through Movement

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

    Explore the "way in" to character through the physical body. We will play with different ways to experience choices towards the creation of character through movement and specifically physical choices. Utilizing pedagogical ideas of Laban, Chekhov, and Lecoq. Discover what it means to truly PLAY and embody presence when striving towards clear characters.

  • Dance Vocabulary ALL Thespians Should Know

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

    Shy about dancing? Need to learn your dance basics for your school performances? Then this class if for you! We'll learn some of the most commonly used dance steps in Theatre and put it together in to a routine. You can take it back to your school and show your friends!

  • Denver Center for the Performing Arts Tour

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Stuart Barr

    Spend an hour exploring the backstage spaces of the Denver Center of the Performing Arts, a major force in American theatre, here, in your backyard! As the DCPA Education Technical Director, Stuart Barr, who leads the tour can make the connections between the work in your theatre department and the work within this major regional theatre. This offering is an insightful opportunity to understand the diversity of positions and skills necessary to create the theatre of today and into the future. Tours will begin and end at the workshop’s assigned conference room. The Tours will be limited to 25 people. Tour tickets will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.

  • Devising: Moment Work

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Landin Melendez

    This workshop is geared toward theatre makers interested in creating their own work. Participants will create a short theatrical work within the workshop while collaborating with fellow theatre makers.

  • Digital Costume in Augment Reality

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Alyssa Ridder

    Explore western 19th century costume history through augmented reality! In this workshop we will interact with 3D scans of garments from museum collections using Instagram filters on your phone. We will learn about the materials, history, and context of each piece and discuss the applications of 3D design in the theatre industry.

  • Discover the Magic of ETC Eos Family Magic Sheets

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Nick Saiki

    Let's make some magic with a graphic display for your Eos Family console. You can use them to layout channels in a custom way, build tools to make your programming faster, or make it easier to operate with no prior knowledge. We will go over the basic building blocks of a Magic Sheet. You will learn the basics of how to set it up and will see some advanced layouts to give you ideas of how to make your next show magical.

  • DIY Film Lighting & Camera Techniques

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, , Film
    Presented by Eric Hernandez

    Take your films to the next level as we explore some simple tricks that you can do to improve the lighting and cinematography of your films. Learn to make the most of what you have to help tell your stories!

  • Enjoy The Moment! – Just Singin & Dancin In The Rain! – Musical Theater Tap Fundamentals Workshop to Singing in The Rain The Musical

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kayleigh Schadwinkel-Hickman

    Join us for this fun, joyful and uplifting tap workshop with Professional Traveling Choreographer, Kayleigh Schadwinkel-Hickman in this interactive tap workshop to one of the most iconic tap routines of all time,”Singing In The Rain”! In this workshop, dancers will learn basic tap fundamentals and immediately incorporate what they learn into the storytelling and prop work of this iconic tap routine. Dancers will also learn tips and tricks on ways to improve their choreography memorization, increase their dance technique and terminology, along with how to incorporate props into their dancing!

  • ETC Hands on Workshop

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Nick Saiki

    Get the chance to see the latest offerings from ETC. We will have our newest fixtures featuring Deep Red and NFC configuration. All fixtures will be controlled from the Eos Family software with Augment3d. The special guest will be our newly released ColorSource Spot V. Come hang out, see some gear, and ask those ETC questions you've always wondered about.

  • Express Yourself! – “Waving Through A Window” from Dear Evan Hansen – Musical Theater Contemporary Fusion Dance Workshop

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kayleigh Schadwinkel-Hickman

    Dancers will learn how to express and evoke emotion through their body language, presence, and stance to convey a message and use movement to further the plot of “Waving Through A Window” from Dear Evan Hansen. Dancers will learn beginner thru advanced musical theater contemporary fused with modern hip hop techniques, Broadway jazz, and ensemble storytelling to create intricate and meaningful pictures to dress the stage to be storytelling ensemble members. Dancers will learn to incorporate these movements and improv techniques, which are being seen in the industry by some of the top and most modern theater productions to one of the most popular modern-day musicals of today!

  • Fast and Effective Old Age Makeup

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

    Old age makeup – we need it in every show, but it never works! There is a fast and easy way for beginners to effectively portray old age!

  • Fearless Playwriting

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Jason Lemire

    Discover what happens to your creativity when you remove self-doubt. Discover what happens to your storytelling when you start removing blinders you didn't even realize you had in place! This workshop with playwright and screenwriter Jason Lemire is designed to explode many pre-conceived notions about the limits of narrative and creativity. The session starts with a variety of rapid-fire games to build collective confidence in the creative process, then flows into guided writing prompts and the sharing of original works.

  • 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”.

  • Get Your Groove On! – “Voulez Vou” from Mamma Mia! – Jazz Funk Musical Theater Dance Workshop

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kayleigh Schadwinkel-Hickman

    Get your groove on this fun, upbeat, and groovy Mamma Mia! workshop where dancers of all skill levels and musical theater backgrounds are welcome! Dancers will learn beginner thru advanced hip hop techniques and choreography being taught in the industry including popping, locking, body isolations, and the importance of layering, levels, and more to create intricate pictures to dress the stage and to rock their dance auditions in this “Voulez Vou” hip hop and creative movement workshop!

  • 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.

  • 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 and in your audition. All levels welcome! Be ready to sweat and be ready to SLAY! Instructor: Santana Trujillo, AMDA

  • 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 start a lighting design

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Mandy Heath

    Way before you even start the plot, or touching lights, you have to start making choices. Where should you start?
    The process of beginning a lighting design.

  • Improv for Dramatic Actors

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Jason Lemire

    While theatre programs frequently offer opportunities to explore improv comedy, improvisation also offers a thrilling opportunity for young thespians to grow as dramatic actors. Award-winning playwright and theatre educator Jason Lemire invites students to explore their creative limits in a workshop that encourages discovery and positive risk taking. In this workshop, scripted scenes and monologues serve as a jumping off point for improvised discovery. Lemire pulls from a variety of established and avant-garde acting techniques to offer an approach to acting and improv that is both rigorous and accessible. Prepare to impress yourself with the work you create!

  • IMPROV ROAD MAP: CREATE FUN SCENES WITH SIMPLE TOOLS

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

    Do you ever find yourself stuck in an improv scene going nowhere fast? Have you ever wished you could exit a scene as soon as it started? You need an improv road map! In this workshop, participants will learn simple, effective tools to find the fun in a scene and keeping it driving towards engaging places. Create characters with strong points of view, develop relationships with interesting dynamics, and build situations that grab the attention of you, your scene partners, and the audience.

  • IMPROV SINGING: ECLECTIC STYLES AND GENRES

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Emily Doherty

    Music educator, Emily Doherty, brings you into understanding the multifaceted ways that song can be used to further enhance your improvisation and character development work. With her own background as performer and musician, Emily welcomes all types of performers (and technicians) who are curious – be they shy or bold singers – to discover how singing can give a different voice to thoughts and emotions while also lifting improv skills to the next level! This engaging, supportive workshop (come prepared to sing . . . all the better if you do not see yourself as a singer) will explore musical styles and genres, joyfully creating songs “on the spot.” The workshop, incorporating exercises in group dynamics, support, and movement, will offer you tools to turn every song, improvised or written, into a full-blown musical number!

  • Improvised Shakespeare Company Workshop

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , Improv,
    Presented by Colorado State Thespians

    So you enjoyed the work of Blaine, Joey and Ross with the Improvised Shakespeare Company? Join them in this high energy workshop detailing their process and get involved in the work! Masks are required for this session.

  • Industry 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

  • Intermediate Musical Theatre Dance

    , Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Sierra La Rue

    This fun, jazzy Musical Theatre Dance workshop is for those comfortable with moving and learning choreography at a decent pace. We will enjoy a fairly quick stretch, progressions across the floor, and finish with a combination.

  • L.E.A.D.E.R

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

    Learn how to be an active leader in your troupe, school, and greater community

  • Lighting Color Theory

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Mandy Heath

    I will bring in lighting devices and demonstrate lighting color theory on Pictures and painted blocks. This will be a lesson in the science of how we see color and how we can manipulate that on stage.

  • Like a Turkey Thrown Out of an Airplane into a Warzone – Metaphors in Storytelling

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Jason Lemire

    Sometimes the most powerful way to explore a theme or subject matter is through metaphor. Indeed, it can be a particularly impactful way of grappling with difficult or emotionally charged material. In this workshop, thespians will be invited to engage with metaphors both as they are found in scripted works and by attempting to discover their own. Metaphor can allow for a safe degree of distance, and even be a vehicle for comedy, all while offering actors and playwrights the opportunity to produce truly meaningful work. This workshop is run by educator and playwright Jason Lemire, whose experience as a writer-in-residence with the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity informs his approach to tackling social justice themes in storytelling.

  • Look At Me…I’m The King Of New York! – Newsies Musical Theater Tap Workshop

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kayleigh Schadwinkel-Hickman

    Join us for this fun, storytelling tap workshop with Professional Traveling Choreographer, Kayleigh Schadwinkel-Hickman in this interactive tap workshop to one of the most iconic dance shows of recent times, Newsies! Come be a king (or queen ;)) for an hour in this interactive and joyful tap workshop! Dancers will learn beginner thru advanced tap technique that is consistently seen throughout choreography along with learning tips and tricks on what casting directors in UPTA and competitive college auditions are seeking that you know. Dancers will learn tips and tricks on ways to improve their choreography memorization, increase their dance technique and terminology, and storytelling through dance! Trust me, you definitely want to seize the day and join us for this "King of New York" Musical Theater Tap Workshop!

  • Makeup 101

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

    Workshop participants will be shown the basics of makeup for the theatre, everything from basic makeup, the basics of gore, animal, and special effects. Then participants will be given a chance to see actual live demonstration on how to do make on a real person or two. A question and answer section will be provided at the end of the session allow participants a chance to ask questions that pertain to them.

  • Makeup Above & Beyond

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

    Have you ever wondered what it would take to do more than the basic makeup? Well this workshop is for you. Workshop participants will learn to do the outlandish makeup that directors only dream of.
    You will see the basics of how to use latex, fake blood, gore and the unrealistic. From zombies to crazy animals and beyond.
    A in person demo will be given as well as a question and answer section at the end.

  • Making Cinderella’s Transformation Dresses!

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

    A draper's treat and challenge -- how to make Cinderella magically transform from her peasant look to her ball gown while on stage! In this workshop, I will walk you through my process of discovery as I met this challenge for a holiday production of Cinderella!

  • MASKS: THE POWER OF MOVEMENT, THE POWER OF MOMENT

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Rachel Taylor

    Limited to the first 35 actors to arrive. With their mysterious and freeing power at the foundation of Western theatrical tradition, actors in mask may have lost their central presence in contemporary theatrical work – with some exceptions, think The Lion King – but the mask’s ability to release a performer into physical storytelling and character remains current and empowering. This active workshop (come prepared to move) incorporates modes of neutral mask’s physicality expressing meaning very simply, clearly, and naturally. The workshop also links the beneficial discoveries you will make in mask to your choices, out of mask, when cast in a role and required to make specific and intentional physical and emotional acting choices. Join master educator and artist, Rachel Taylor, in this unique training opportunity.

  • Mic and Mix Tips on a Digital Console

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Ryan Unangst

    Digital mixers offer a massive level of control, and features that can make running sound or recording any ensemble a breeze, but offer no shortage of challenges for new or inexperienced users. In this session, we'll be exploring the workflow of several popular digital mixers, and detailing some hidden tips and tricks that can bring your performances to the next level!

  • 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

  • Mindfulness for the Actor

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Chip Killingsworth

    Get nervous? Have trouble with ruminating thoughts that get in the way of your performance? This workshop will help you develop tools for concentration, moment to moment presence and mindful awareness as you prepare your mind/body instrument to bring a character to life.

  • Mindfulness Movement

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

    Ever wondered how Yoga, Meditation, and Movement can help with creativity and 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 with these questions by practicing Somatic Movement, Viewpoints, and Meditation in the performing arts community. Lauren Sagendorph is a certified Yoga Instructor (RYT 200HR) with a Masters's Degree from Naropa University who teaches from a place of compassion, body positivity, and inclusiveness. She is employed with Mirror Image Arts.

  • 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!!

  • MS 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.

  • Musical Theatre Audition Crash Course

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Michael McKelvey

    "What song should I sing?" "I don't know my vocal range?" "What are they looking for?" The answers to all these questions and more can be found in this "crash course" workshop. We
    will cover song choice and cuts, audition notices, cold readings, resumes, show analysis, and much much more. Participants are encouraged to bring in songs with background tracks to serve as volunteer auditioners.

  • Non-Theatre jobs I do with a Theatre degree

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Mark Drum

    Getting a degree in theatre and unsure what jobs you're qualified for that are not in theatre? Come join this open forum to discuss how to apply, pitch and work in a field not in theatre with your theatre degree. We'll go over resumes, finding opportunities and financial planning. There are many tools at your fingertips that you may not be aware of, until now!

  • Physical Storytelling – Clowning

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

    Red noses and large shoes are only a small part of clowning, and this workshop will examine the various types of clowns and the resulting variety of both comedic and dramatic of their physicality. The workshop is led by gifted and experienced, physical theatre artist, Justin Walvoord, who is well-versed in classic clowning routines, bringing you into fast paced, story-based scenarios. Clowning, like dance, activates even more of the actor’s instrument, placing an emphasis on the physical rather than intellectual needs of performance. This workshop is designed for all levels . . . all the better if you do not see yourself as physical or coordinated. Get ready to move and create because it is time to invite your own inner clown to come out and 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.

  • Powerhouse Song Interpretation

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

    Make your audition song grab their attention, and hold it! Powerful interpretation is the backbone of your audition, so why do so many auditions suffer from a lack of connecting to that backbone? The answer is because that connection doesn't start where you think it might. Work with CSU's head of Musical Theatre, and 30 year veteran of New York and Broadway, Noah Racey, to zero in on where and how your characters can ignite an audition room. This will be a master class atmosphere, I will work with artists on a first come - first served basis, so sign up early!

  • Practical Lighting: An Introduction

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

    In this workshop we will discuss the basics of practical lighting effects. We will look at various ways to achieve different practical lighting effects (glowing windows, light up signs, desk lamps, fire effects, etc.) and discuss things like wireless lighting and battery needs, the famous 'West Virginia' formula, LED and Pixel tape, and how to scale these effects up.

  • Production Boot Camp

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Chris Parr

    So you've decided to put on a show (musical, play, one act or One Act Festival) or maybe you want to learn a few tricks to make it easier for you and your school to produce and perform a show. This workshop is open to teacher, parent, & student alike. Because we work as team to ge the show on stage.
    Workshop participants will work with the presenter on a interactive presentation on what to do in order to get your show running and getting parents involved in your show. How to get over the mid show hump. To what do I do now that the show is over.
    Once the presentation is done a roundtable discussion will occur to allow a question and answer session and a free exchange of ideas that have worked for them and what hasn't worked for them.

  • Promoting On Social Media

    Beginning, , / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Mark Drum

    Trying to navigate through Social Media can be a challenge but it can also help you in your career. In this open forum we'll discuss ways how your online presence can help and hinder you when getting hired. Whether you're an Actor or a business person or teacher we’ll discuss social media and how you can promote yourself in the best light!

  • ProTip!: Projection Mapping, Masking, and Matting Fundamentals

    , Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Jason Banks

    This workshop will provide attendees with approaches and tips for taking your projection designs to the next level. For technical instructors, directors, and projection design novices looking to advance their knowledge beyond the screen. We will explore mapping techniques using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, with practical approaches that can use almost any graphic design software. We will also give methods for masking and shaping projections to fit non-letterbox surfaces.

  • 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.

  • Salsa and Latin Dance 1

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

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

  • Salsa and Latin Dance for the Stage

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

    Get ready for a fast paced, high energy class! We'll teach you Latin and Salsa dance movements to a routine that you can take back to your school!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Shakespeare & Autism: The Hunter Heartbeat

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Ben Raanan

    The Hunter Heartbeat method is a Shakespearean based form of performance and dramatherapy for individuals with autism, developed by renowned Shakespearian actress and director, Kelly Hunter. During this workshop, participants will explore the connection between the rhythm of Shakespeare’s Iambic Pentameter and students with cognitive disabilities through a series of drama games. Participants can expect to gain both an understanding of disability and the bard while also being taught practical exercises and games. This course is taught by Ben Raanan: a certified Hunter Heartbeat teacher, an ensemble member of Flute Theatre, and the Artistic Director of SpectrumShakes.

  • Sharpening up your Slate

    Beginning, , / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Nick Taylor

    The slate of your audition is an oft-overlooked part of the process, but it is one of the most important. You've always heard, "start strong," right? In this workshop you will learn how a strong slate can grab the attention of your audience, impress those who you're auditioning for, and start you off strong, with confidence, and ready to show your best stuff! This is a hands-on workshop.

  • 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.

  • Show, Don’t Tell: Techniques for Building Believable Improv Scenes

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

    Avoid being a talking head in your improv scenes! Get ready to add texture, dimension, and surprise to your character and the world they live in through realistic object work, physicality, and environmental space work. In this workshop, participants will practice using techniques that support and drive character, plot, and setting by showing the audience, not telling them. Walk away with tools to build whatever believable world you want within your scenes!

  • 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.

  • SLAYING the Audition: a boot camp for the SERIOUS performer.

    , Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Natalie Oliver-Atherton

    In this workshop, sharpen and refine your technique so you can slay ANY audition. From college pre-screens, to your school play or musical, to working professionally in the industry, this boot camp provides you with the knowledge and hands on experience to up-level your skills. This mini-intensive comes with an invitation to audition for summer 2023 opportunities with Denver’s best and brightest performers.
    Bring your A+ game and the desire to take it up a notch!

  • So Funny it Hurts: Creating Comic Violence

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

    “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.” --Mel Brooks

    Drama is conflict. Sometimes that conflict is violent, and people get hurt. And sometime (in a play at least) that pain should make us laugh! From slaps, to pratfalls, to bullies and cowards getting what they deserve, physical pain, and the ability to make us laugh at it is absolutely necessary for a stage performer.

    In this workshop, we will be exploring the use of unarmed stage violence in pursuit of comedy. Participants will pair off to learn and work on short comic combat choreographic sequences. We will work on clean techniques, comic timing, and "acting" the fights.

    This is a hands-on physical workshop. Participants should expect that they will be coming in actual physical contact with each other. Please wear appropriate movement clothing, and be willing to remove shoes.

  • So You Think You Can Belt?

    Beginning, , / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Tim Evanicki

    We’ll see about that. This master class is for belters looking to polish up those brass pipes and learn to unlock the full range of those powerhouse notes. Please bring a 60-90 cut of a belty musical theatre song, with an accompaniment track.

  • So You Want to be an STO?

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

    So you want to be an STO? Come join us as we talk about how to apply and tips and tricks to make the best impression and maybe even become an STO! (No magicians involved)

  • Sock Talk

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Alyssa Ridder

    Practice making design choices with SOCKS! Even something as commonplace as a sock can tell us about who a person is, how they relate to other characters, and how they function in the overall structure of a play. This workshop cultivates the skills of story-driven design choices and trusting your instincts as a designer.

  • Special Effects Makeup for the Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Gene Flaharty

    Special Effects Makeup for the Stage
    Come discover the newest makeup products to give you the best special effects on stage. We’ll look at your productions and characters. For students and teacher: all levels. Blood products, latex, flesh gel, collodion, and more. The instructor will demonstrate on audience members and share his experience working with these products in shows and answer questions about

  • Specificity: A Secret to Improv Success

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

    Want in on an improv secret? Specificity is one of the most versatile and effective tools an improviser can use. The ability to contribute specific information verbally and nonverbally to a scene has the potential to transform a situation and its characters from boring to brilliant. It also makes playing the scene a lot more fun. In this workshop, we will work with simple premises and elevate them through details that delight the actors and the audience through the creation of distinct, vivid relationships and worlds.

  • Stage Combat: The Principles Behind Stunning Fight Choreography

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

    Limited to the first 30 actors to arrive. The skills learned in this interactive workshop will help you create compelling theatrical hand to hand fights that are perfect for enhancing staged violence in Shakespeare and other period plays as well as the increasing number of contemporary plays that explore social issues through the lenses of altercations, physicality, and threat. This stage combat workshop is for actors of all experience levels requiring active listening, focus, and a sense of commitment to safety and procedure. Only the first 30 students in the room will actively participate in the workshop. Remaining students can gain much by watching work that explores safe, effective ways to stage conflict and combat theatrically.

  • Stage Machinery

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

    Stage machinery and automation exists to aid in the staging of effects, either visible or invisible to the audience to aid in rapid scene changes and create magical illusions. The tradition of mechanical spectacle through stage machinery has a long history. In this presentation we will explore some of the different systems used in the theatre to create live spectacle, we will discuss fly systems, trap doors, turn tables & revolves, elevators & lifts and all the other systems that have been developed to lift, push, spin, pull, and fly performers and scenery. Additionally, we will learn about the power systems and their controls that make these movements possible, from human powered counterweight systems to hydraulics, pneumatics, and electric winches including the pros and cons of these different power output systems.

  • Stage Management 101

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Lara Maerz

    In this workshop, I'll provide a general overview of what stage managers do. We'll do a couple of fun activities and participants should walk away having a general understanding of what SM's do and also potentially how to parlay those skills into other areas.

  • Stage Management Floor Taping

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Matt Grevan

    Students will learn the fundamentals of using a ground plan and scale rule to tape out a set on a rehearsal room floor like all professional stage managers.

  • Stage Management: Tips and Effective Leadership

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

    STAGE MANAGEMENT AS EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP WITHIN THE CREATIVE SPACE
    (High School)
    This is a valuable opportunity for those considering a path toward stage management as well as directing to understand the skills needed to achieve a high level of theatrical production. Claudia Carson is a deeply experienced and empathetic Union Stage Manager with the ability to introduce the often demanding and always thorough structures necessary to successful stage management in a welcoming and active way. Claudia’s workshop will make the connections between the demands of high school productions and the skills developed by them for professional work. Because stage management is central to the production process, anyone considering work on the creative or design side of theatre will benefit from this workshop’s insights.
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  • Stella Adler: Imagination, Given Circumstance and Actions

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

    A leading force in the training of American actors, Stella Adler - who famously split from the Stanislavski-based teaching methods of her Group Theatre colleague, Lee Strasberg - focused her training of actors based on her personal work with Stanislavski. Adler’s powerful gift to American theatre training was and is her insistence on not playing emotion but discovering an emotional response within the text (circumstance and action) and givens of character (gesture and voice). Considering that many actors who have shaped what you have come to understand as powerful acting - Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Candice Bergen, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Warren Beatty, Teri Garr, and Harvey Keitel – studied with Adler, this workshop explores the very activities and inquiry points associated with their process that, now, can become part of yours. Instructor, Sam Wood, brings his unique and in-demand skills as professional acting coach and director to activate your engagement with the Adler Technique.

  • Storytelling Through Dance – “Cell Block Tango” – Musical Theater Classical Jazz

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Kayleigh Schadwinkel-Hickman

    Get your dancing shoes on and jump on into this sassy, fun, technical "Cell Block Tango" choreo training workshop to an all time Broadway classic - Chicago! Dancers will learn fundamental jazz technique and musical theater ensemble work tips and tricks being taught in the Broadway industry of New York City along with working on key body isolation and storytelling through dance to illustrate the power and strength of this beloved ensemble number, "Cell Block Tango". Dancers will also learn ways to improve their choreography memorization for auditions, increase their dance technique and terminology, along with learn tips and tricks to confidently rock their dance auditions and callbacks! So what are you waiting for? Put On Your Dancing Shoes in “All That Jazz” Musical Theater Broadway Fosse Jazz Workshop!

  • 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 strut like the queens we are... with songs from Broadway shows and pop divas.

    We’re gonna walk. We’re gonna shimmy. And you had best believe we’re gonna strut. This class is high-energy, active, and fabulous. Wear clothes you can move in! You'll learn how to catwalk like a model (from an actual model), how to make everyone stare at you, and how to look and feel confident because, guess what babe, you are VERY good-looking.

    *HEELS NOT REQUIRED... but Nathaniel will be wearing them*

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Swing Dance Performance for the Stage

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

    Get ready for a fast paced, high energy class! Learn a super fun Swing dance routine for the stage that you can take back to your school!

  • Tech as A Scene Partner

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Derek George

    If characters are the subject, tech is the composition. Whether it’s lighting, costume, set, sound, etc, tech is vital to the storytelling of any production. The best part is, you the actor can use these tools to elevate and inform your own performance, and you the technician now have a direct hand in storytelling with actors on the stage. Join us as we discuss how to collaborate and create powerful teamwork and performances.

  • 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.

  • The Prom: Broadway Dance Workshop

    Beginning, Intermediate, / , Dance, , , ,
    Presented by Jack Sippel

    Work with Broadway teaching artist Jack Sippel from the Open Jar Institute. Broadway: The Prom, Film: The Prom, Newsies, National Tours: Newsies, Memphis.
     Learn tips and techniques to booking the gig on Broadway, along with a combination from the “The Prom”. Taught by the dance captain of the Broadway Production and a Creative Team Member of the film version.
     All Levels welcome and encouraged.

  • The Room Where It Happens

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Derek George

    You'll never really know what got discussed if you miss this movement theatre workshop! Learn how to realize ideas, compromise, collaborate, and open doors that were previously closed (Bros!). Movers, Dancers, and Observers are welcome. Perfect for OAP ensemble building! Digital Resources included!

  • The Sonnet Man: Hip-Hop Shakespeare Writing Workshop

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Devon Glover

    Let’s put Shakespeare into our own words. In the Sonnet Man workshop, we will be introduced to the Bard’s sonnets in a modern innovative way: through hip-hop. We will study the structure and make up of a Shakespearean (Elizabethan) sonnet: their components, values, and meaning, as well as write our own. The workshop will conclude with presentations of original sonnets written and performed by the attendees.

  • The World of Viewpoints

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

    This dynamic, active, and improv movement workshop is based on the work of Anne Bogart and Tina Landau. The Viewpoints is designed to empower physical and vocal articulation, intuition, and spontaneity. Through ensemble-based exercises, this workshop activates Viewpoints’ spatial relationship, shape, gesture, tempo, duration, repetition, architecture, kinesthetic response, and topography. Your technique and confidence is sure to grow as you explore the connection between body and space.

  • THEATRE HISTORY ALIVE: STOCK CHARACTERS OF COMMEDIA DELL ARTE

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

    Ever wonder where today’s actor training using improvisation to develop character and story has its roots? Join gifted and experienced, physical theatre artist, Justin Walvoord, to discover the answer: Commedia Dell Arte! Come ready to embody Commedia’s stock characters as they laugh, cry, swoon, scheme, fall over, and throw tantrums in this fast passed workshop – be ready to move move move! This workshop is an opportunity to explore Theatre History through active embodiment of theory and a strong entry point to the structure and expectations of most college/conservatory movement courses.

  • Theatre of the Oppressed: It Starts With Us

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

    Explore the powerful work of Theatre of the Oppressed - 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 of a devising style created by miARTS inspired by the Theatre of the Oppressed methodology based on personal storytelling.

    Mirror Image Arts works in schools, recreation centers, libraries, and juvenile detention centers with youth 7-21 years old.

    Mirror Image Arts staff Lauren Sagendorph & Maddy Chilese lead this workshop.

  • Theatrical Fight Club

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

    Limited to the first 30 actors to arrive, this stage combat workshop is for actors (and technicians) of all experience levels and will focus on creating compelling theatrical fights that are perfect for enhancing many plays including those by Shakespeare! Master educator, David Saphier, brings a sense of warm humor to the serious business of staging violence. Be prepared to move and follow specific step-by-step direction that releases into a sense of chaos and action!

  • Thescon Sizzle Reel

    Beginning, , / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Eric Hernandez

    Work together with your peers to film the 2022 Thespian Conference! Using your phones we will film the conference and your footage will be edited together and presented at the end of the conference to celebrate all the good times and hard work.

  • Transcending Trans Voices

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Tim Evanicki

    The Musical Theatre is all about being your TRUE self, and this class will help you unlock your TRUE voice. No matter how far along you are in your transition, this master class will help you make your voice be a true representation of who you are, and should be! Please bring a 60-90 cut of a belty musical theatre song, with an accompaniment track.

  • Using “Intelligent lights” Intelligently

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Jonathan Spencer

    Requirements: (2) 15a outlets on separate breakers. A dark room. 45 min setup / 15 min teardown. Lighting equipment will be provided by CU Boulder.

    Multi-parameter lighting fixtures, meaning lights that move and change color are everywhere these days. Many theaters have bought their last incandescent stage light already, whether they know it or not. This change presents both opportunities and pitfalls for young designers and technicians. In this workshop we will discuss both, in a fun and kinetic environment. Students will observe the differences between the most common types of equipment and learn tips and tricks for using them. Most importantly, the session explores that with this powerful technology, it is more critical than ever that we stay true to the story. That we have a clear point of view at the outset of our design. And that the goals of reaching our audience, supporting our performers, and crafting compelling worlds of the play remain.

  • Video Software: You can’t learn ’em all, so what should you learn?

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Michael Bateman

    In this session we will discuss which software a prospective video technician or designer might need when starting their journey, or what new software should be looked at for continuing education. We will go over different software in numerous categories like: modeling, media server, content creation, video editing, LED processor, productivity, streaming, 3D engines, and various others. While these software won't be taught in depth, we will discuss methods to best learn new software and talk about how to remain a perpetual student in the rapidly changing video industry.

  • Visualizing Lighting with ETC Eos Augment3d

    , Intermediate, Advanced / , , , Tech, ,
    Presented by Nick Saiki

    Come discover how this suite of tools can level up your programming in a 3D environment. When the virtual world emulates the real world it will change how you program. With this tool you can bring your virtual lighting rig into your laptop and program on the go. This workshop will show how Eos Augmet3d can be implemented as a tool to help speed up programming and teach basic lighting concepts.

  • Voice in Action

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Rena Cook

    Voice in Action: Play your way to a freer voice uses toys and props to illuminate the essential aspects of voice - breath support, resonance, open vocal tract, optimum pitch, articulation - leading the actor to grounded, authentic acting. The session builds to applying principles to text, demonstrating how voice work underpins all of acting. Cook, a favorite presenter at theatre conferences throughout the US, will bring her dowel rods, balloons, rubber bands, kazoos and Pringles tubes as she takes participants through a journey that is truly “Voice in Action.”

  • 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. You know it when you see it. But is it a natural talent? Can you develop it in yourself?

    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’s A Producer & Why Do I Need It

    Beginning, , Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
    Presented by Chris Parr

    Workshop participants will learn the ins and outs of being a producer for a high school production. The workshop will cover every position that a producer may need to fill in and what to do. We will cover the basics of dramaturgy, marketing, show coordination, house management, box office, and filling in where the director needs you.
    A question and answer section will be offered at the end of the workshops so participants can ask any and all question that may have come up or even ones that they arrived with.

  • What’s your story? Pitch Yourself!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , ,
    Presented by Mark Drum

    Thousands of people apply for reality tv shows, but how does someone stand out in the sea of people? How is reality tv like theatre? In this workshop learn from someone who has interned for someone who's been on reality tv, has had years of experience applying and was finally cast on a show.

  • Why A Theatre Major Matters

    Beginning, , / Acting, , Musical Theatre, Tech, ,
    Presented by Megan Lewis

    In the United States, the arts have historically been viewed as an avocation rather than a vocation. And these questions comes up often in deciding on a degree in the performing arts: Is a theatre major worth it? Especially in tough economic times? What skills do we teach in theatre that can apply to other areas, jobs, and walks of life? Why should anyone major in theatre?

    Drawing on her experience in multiple career paths in both the private and public sectors: in theatre and higher education, PR and advertising, video production, professional writing, leadership and international work, Dr. Megan Lewis answers these questions for you.

    Lewis examines how Theatre training addresses the emerging paradigm of work in the 21st century: the need for creative people in new and creative economies. Offering practical, applicable examples, she argues that theatre prepares us with vital, marketable skills that apply to theatremaking as well as many other fields.

  • Wigs 101

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

    In this workshop we will discuss types of wigs as well as making, styling and the proper ways of putting on wigs!