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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!

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • 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.

  • Actor’s Mind / Character’s Mind

    Intermediate, Advanced / Acting
    Presented by Tim Grant

    We are told to "put our selves in the character's shoes", but what if we put ourselves into the character's mind? How does the character perceive the world, what motivates them, and where do their weaknesses lie? Utilizing Jungian Psychology and Myers-Briggs Theory, an incredible world of character analysis is illuminated.

  • 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.

  • Auditiong for the REAL World not some theory you hear about

    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

  • BLACK. a new short play by young writer Lamaria Aminah

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting
    Presented by Dee Covington

    After one more young black man dies at the hands of police, a community is shaken. A conversation evolves between two mothers at the vigil- one white and one black. Through their interaction, BLACK. gets to the heart of the matter on communication between races.
    Following the performance there will be a post-show conversation that includes us all. Come ready to witness the work of a young artist using her voice for social change, and then participate in a conversation that is equal parts talking and listening.

  • 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 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 Joseph DeMers

    Experience Broadway dance with multiple dance combinations in different styles and techniques. We'll survey popular musicals from An American in Paris to Hamilton to Kinky Boots.

  • Casting for Scale Models and Full-Sized Props

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Tech
    Presented by Elise Kulovany

    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.

  • Choosing the Right College the First Time

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

    Choosing the right college is a difficult and important decision. With hundreds of options across the country, it can feel overwhelming to try to pick the right one, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for. This panel will discuss every aspect of selecting your college from location to major requirements to campus life and beyond. Featuring two graduates who didn’t get it right the first time, this workshop will offer a new depth of insight into your college selection process.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dancing as Animals – CATS

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Dance
    Presented by Joseph DeMers

    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.

  • Directing: Putting a Play on its Feet

    Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Tech
    Presented by Mark Kaufmann

    A well-told story onstage depends as much upon the physical movement of the piece as the words. Besides the stage directions written by a playwright, the dialogue itself can inform and reveal relevant blocking ideas. We’ll discuss the basics of stage positions, picturization and reading between the lines of a script to make your direction come alive. For students and teachers.

  • Don’t Be THAT Person: Professionalism in Theater

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

    How do you avoid becoming THAT person? This seminar will explore the do's and don'ts of working in the theater. Using hilarious, real-life examples of what not to do, Tara Wolfe will discuss the qualities, tools, and habits of a professional artist from auditions to rehearsals and beyond.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Get Your 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!

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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 begin the workshop by being guided through a variety of techniques and exercises aimed at relaxing and concentrating the actor. From there, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 .

  • 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!

  • Mime & Illusion

    Beginning / Acting
    Presented by Paul Belden

    What do sleight of hand, puppetry, prat-falls and Fushigi balls 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

  • 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!!

  • Musical Characters On Their Feet

    Beginning / Musical Theatre
    Presented by Mark Kaufmann

    The music a character sings gives an actor great clues as to how they should behave. We’ll listen to a variety of songs and discover how to physicalize what the composers have created.

  • 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-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!

  • 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 Joseph DeMers

    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 Joseph DeMers

    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!

  • Orange is the New Black – Devising

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

    Devising with Color
    Bring character and story to life in this hands-on workshop devising character and a scene by using colors. Perform these devised scenes during the workshop.

  • Page to Stage

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

    In this session, students will fully stage a small piece of theatre. Choosing to be part of a team (actor, costume designer, set designer, lighting designer, musician, director, etc.), students will collaboratively go through the process of staging a show, from first production meeting to opening night.

  • Perfecting you Individual Event: Musical Theatre

    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 you Individual Event: Tech Theatre

    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.

  • Perfecting your Individual Event: Acting

    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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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 your own.

  • 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.

  • Salsa 101

    Beginning / Dance
    Presented by Joseph DeMers

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

  • Salsa Dance for Beginners

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Dance
    Presented by Joseph DeMers

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

  • Salsa Dance Performance for the Stage

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Dance
    Presented by Joseph DeMers

    Get ready for a fast paced, high energy class! We're going to teaching you a super fun Salsa dance routine that you can take back to your school! Salsa is danced in musicals, such as In the Heights!

  • 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 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.

  • 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 “Another Op’nin, Another Show” from Kiss Me, Kate, stage it, rehearse it, and then perform it. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0FOIjsOBmU - 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.

  • Singing and Dancing in Musical Theatre

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Dance, Musical Theatre
    Presented by Joseph DeMers

    This workshop will give students tips for staying in character, singing, and dancing! We'll sing a number from a popular musical and learn a choreography to bring it to life.

  • 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.

  • Social Media and the Teacher

    Advanced / Tech
    Presented by Chris Parr

    TEACHERS & PARENTS ONLY! This workshop is for teachers and parents. Have you wondered how you can do all of the things on social media to promote your show without being 'FB friends' with your students? We will show you tips and tricks at how to make it work. As well as how to promote your show, understand the difference between a profile, page and a group. As well as how to use the dreaded online ticket system that sends shivers up your spine. The workshop will presented and then a large portion of time will be devoted to ask questions and show you how to work with in your districts social media (or lack off) policies.

  • 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!

  • Stan the Man

    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

  • 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.

  • 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 Joseph DeMers

    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 Joseph DeMers

    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 Aerials and Tricks

    Intermediate, Advanced / Dance
    Presented by Joseph DeMers

    Aerials and tricks are when one partner's feet leave the floor. Choreographers often expect dancers to be able to perform 2-3 aerials in a choreography. We'll learn the Kick in the Pants, Lindy Throw Out, Frankie Flip, the Spit, and Around the Back.

  • Swing Dance Performance for the Stage

    Intermediate, Advanced / Dance
    Presented by Joseph DeMers

    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!

  • 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 – just stop!

    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 Business of Acting

    Advanced / Acting, Musical Theatre
    Presented by Andre Rodriguez

    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 Director’s Prep

    Intermediate / Acting, Tech
    Presented by Mark Kaufmann

    You’ve got your play and look forward to day one of rehearsals. But even before auditions, there’s preparation every director should do to get ready to dive in with confidence. We’ll walk through a nuts and bolts checklist, including breaking down the script, scene analysis, creating a good ground plan, developing ideas for staging, and assembling a rehearsal schedule. For students and teachers.

  • 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.

  • 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 From Scratch

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting
    Presented by Jenny Stafford

    A devised theatre workshop: In this session, students will collaboratively create a piece of devised theatre. Exploration includes mining source material, using found objects, and breaking barriers. Discover how you, the people around you, and your immediate surroundings have everything you need to create a dynamic piece of theatre.

  • Theatre Games for Actors

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

    Nothing beats a great theatre game, which includes fun and a lesson to help support the onstage and offstage presence of theatre professionals. Join us for this exciting workshop lead by the Colorado State Thespian Officers. Learn what it means to be an officer and how you can start planning your leadership role with Colorado State Thespians. Be prepared to move around the room, and create your space in theatre.

  • 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.

  • This is NOT the workshop where I teach you a dance or how to put on Make Up for film

    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

  • Tours: Denver Center Performing Arts Center

    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

  • 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.

  • University Scholarship Auditions: Q & A

    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.

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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 Musical Theatre

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

    Students will learn the basics of bookwriting, lyric writing, and composition to collaboratively create new musical theatre scenes. Jenny's lyric work has been heard on Broadway, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Dancing with the Stars, to name a few. She holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

  • Writing the Musical Libretto

    Intermediate, Advanced / Musical Theatre
    Presented by Mark Kaufmann

    Great musicals are remembered for their songs. And meaningful songs rise from strong story and characters. From the first note played to the final curtain, the book provides the necessary structure upon which every moment hangs. We’ll discuss structure, how characters are developed through songs, and thematic motifs that pull shows together. For writers, composers and lyricists.

  • 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.