MAINE THESPIAN FESTIVAL
Registration Due Date Friday, Oct. 11
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2016 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
2016 WORKSHOP PRESENTERS
WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS: Shakespeare Teaching Toolbox
(Carmen-maria Mandley, Theater at Monmouth)
Teachers will gain a toolbox to help make Shakespeare more accessible, fun, and active. Shakespeare will leave the desks and move into big empty rooms where it can be PLAYED, not just read. Teachers will be invited to look at the more human aspects of Shakespeare that can form deep connections within their student populations.
WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS: Hamilton: An American Musical
Join Jason and learn about this groundbreaking musical, the author Lin-Manuel Miranda, and how you can teach it in your classroom. Bring your laptop to participate in this hands-on workshop. We'll explore Garageband and making our own raps.
WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS: Assessment and Feedback for a Theatre Classroom
We’ll take a look at standards-based practices, assignments and rubrics for a performance project and a stagecraft design project, and introduce some great ways to use Google Drive for standards-based feedback to students. All participants will go home with a handout of standards-based assignments and rubrics for the two projects.
Roll With It
There is often a lot out of your hands and up to a roll of the dice in making theatre. But you can learn how to make the most of it. This workshop dives into how to handle and navigate conflicts, challenges, and confrontation. How can you utilize these skills when it comes to leading a group or dealing with tricky situations in creating theatre? Some of it is up to chance, but you always have the power to create a winning hand from what you’ve been dealt.
N.A.P.S. (National Advocacy, Plain and Simple)
Have you ever considered how NAPS can change your life? In this workshop you’ll learn about how powerful a NAP can actually be. NAPS can help you improve your fundraising efforts, gain more audience members, or even attain administrative support for your school theatre program. Learn how to make your NAPS even more powerful!
Participants will learn the fundamentals of using video projection in theater through both examples and hands-on work with computer, projector, software, and artwork. You’ll also work together to mask scenery around an organic shape using projection technology.
Objects of Playwriting Desire
This writing workshop will focus on how to use objects to create dramatic scenes for any occasion: short plays, full-lengths, or whatever you want to write.
Hip Hop Choreography
Come break it down! The tempo and complexity of each class will be tailored to the participants involved, so all are welcome to join the crew! You'll learn not just a basic hip hop routine, but also to not be too timid to try new things or to ask questions.
Want to see more of the University’s campus in Orono and learn about academics, opportunities, and student life at UMO? Admissions Office tours are a chance to see the campus while you’re here for the conference. NOTE: tours leave from the Hauck Lobby where registration was.
Suit the Action to the Word: Auditioning
Looking to polish your two contrasting monologues for upcoming school auditions, the local community theatre, or for admission into the college or conservatory program of your dreams? Want to get a better understanding of how to connect body, voice, and intention? Come with pieces ready to work (or learn by watching others work) and get immediate feedback.
Slaps, Punches and Slashes: The First Steps of Sensible Stage Violence
An interactive theater fight workshop in which we’ll learn and discuss the idea of stage combat and stage violence and take the first steps towards both hand to hand and sword work.
Speak the Speech: A Workshop on Speaking Verse
If you have ever been afraid of speaking Shakespeare this is the workshop for you. In this session you learn the basics of scansion and gain insight into the acting secrets hidden in the verse. Be intimidated no more!
Design Basics: How to Get Started
In this workshop each participant will create a unique visual design for a micro-play using the basic techniques of visual storytelling and design. This fast-paced, hands on workshop will get you designing in no time.
Teams of four or five students compete together to complete several technical tasks and earn the top score. Sample tech tasks include: drop folding, knot tying, quick costume change, prop table setup, light focusing
Costume Design vs. Fashion Design
(Kevin Jacob Koski)
The costume world and fashion industry are very different, but are sometimes cut from the same cloth. Learn how to distinguish between the two, and do some practical designs for both a theatre and a client.
"Don't just sing your 16 bars!"
In this workshop, we will explore the musical parts of a musical theatre audition. We'll spend some time picking apart audition music and looking closely at the clues and direction that is written for you on the page by the composer to help you go beyond just singing, but truly performing. NOTE: please bring sheet music in your key as well as a pencil!
Ready, Set, IMPROVISE!
Learn the art of spontaneous theatre! This on-your-feet exploration of short form improvisation and improv fundamentals will introduce newcomers to improv, and also a chance to learn new skills for experienced improv-ers.
Movement: Character vs Caricature
(Jessica Johnson Frohling)
Keeping our characters real. Finding the truth in our character choices and making them as believable as possible. How do you as a young actor believably play a baby, an old person, someone with a disability or addiction you’ve never experienced? Some movement tricks to help you become someone else.
Grace Alt (Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Unafraid / N.A.P.S.)
Grace is from Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, Thespian Troupe 1154, and is the current International Thespian Officer Chair. She has served as an STO in Pennsylvania and ITO for the past two years. At state conferences, she teaches leadership and advocacy workshops, and encourages student Thespians to connect with her at any time throughout the Festival! (Facebook: The International Thespian Officers; Instagram: @internationalthespianofficers; Snapchat: @ITOOfficial; Twitter: @ITOChair; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Carmen-maria Mandley, (Teaching Shakespeare)
Community Engagement Manager, Theater at Monmouth
Carmen previously was the Education Director and Literary Manager for Portland Stage and a teacher, actor, and director for Shakespeare & Company for 14 years. She is a company member of Bare Portland, Founding Artistic Director of the Nickel Shakespeare Girls (National touring), Founding Artistic Director of Bare Theatre (Raleigh, NC) and a produced playwright. She has taught for Acorn Acting Academy, USM, Colby, ETSU, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, and the National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare. Carmen also serves on the board of the Educational Theater Association for the State of Maine.
Travis G. Baker (Objects of Playwriting Desire)
Baker is the award winning author of One Blue Tarp and Hair Frenzy both of which premiered at the Penobscot Theatre Company. Other works include God & Mr. Smith, The Weatherbox, Cold, and Sex & Violence all of which were produced in New York City. He is a past recipient of a Berrilla Kerr Award for American Playwrights and an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow.
Rick Osann (Assessment and Feedback for a Theatre Classroom)
Rick earned his MFA in Design for Theatre from Brandeis University a long time ago, and is thrilled to have been teaching at Bonny Eagle HS for ten years. Rick is currently the State Director for Maine EdTA and is serving as a Phase 6 Teacher Leader for the Maine Arts Leadership Institute. Last spring, Rick piloted a stagecraft design project in the classroom for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), the proposed new national arts standards.
Mark Drum (Hip Hop Choreography)
Mark is a NYC-based artist and graduate from the University of Northern Colorado, with a BA in Theatre. Mark is the State Thespian Officer (STO) Coordinator for New York Thespians, an EdTA professional member, proud Thespian alum from Thespian troupe 6513 and Junior Thespian troupe 88331. Mark is managed by The Talent Express, a member of the Actor's Project NYC, dancer at Ailey Extension and a freelance blogger for CBS Detroit.
Jason Bannister (Hamilton: An American Musical)
Jason teaches performing arts at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.
Arthur Morison (Slaps, Punches, and Slashes)
Arthur is an actor, writer and teacher who has been living in the great Downeast for 11 years. He is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory of Music with a degree in theatre. For many years he toured the country working the Renaissance Faire circuit as an actor/combatant with action comedy troupes; The Revelers of Kent and Mad Dogs and Englishmen. He has worked in live action stunt shows at theme parks all over America and even spent seven months in Italy working at Miribilandia in a car/stunt show.
Dawn McAndrews (Suit the Action to the Word)
Dawn is the producing artistic director at Theater at Monmouth, and has worked as director, producer, playwright, and educator at theatres across the country including Shakespeare Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre, Arena Stage, Portland Stage, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and VSA—the international organization on arts and disability. She served as arts education consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, the Shakespeare Theatre Association. Dawn geeks-out about Shakespeare and classic theatre.
Marcia Douglas (Speak the Speech)
Prof. Douglas is an actor, director, and choreographer who joined the faculty of the University of Maine in 1999. She has an MA in Directing from the University of Washington and an MFA from Southern Methodist University. In addition to directing, choreographing, or acting, she has taught workshops and performed her one-woman improvisational show, Story Soup/Myth Pie, around the U.S. and abroad. She has also collaborated with Native playwrights Donna Loring and William Yellow Robe Jr. doing intertribal theatre performances in Maine and Massachusetts.
Dan Bilodeau (Design Basics)
Prof. Bilodeau is a professional scenic designer based in Bangor, Maine. A lifelong Mainer, Dan graduated from Edward Little High School, and then went on to get a BA in theatre from Clark University, and an MFA in Scenic Design from Brandeis University. He is an associate professor, and chair of the theatre department at the University of Maine, and is the resident scenic designer at the Theater at Monmouth.
Kevin Jacob Koski (Costume Design vs. Fashion Design)
Kevin is a professional Costume Shop Manager and Costume Designer. He graduated in 2011 from the University of Maine where he concentrated in costume design and construction. In 2012, Koski launched his own design firm and tailoring shop, The House of Koski, which designs and creates garments for a variety of clients as well as producing costumes and designs for theatres and universities.
Ben McNaboe ("Don't just sing your 16 bars!")
Ben is a graduate teaching assistant and resident theatre music director at the University of Maine School of Performing Arts. He has also appeared as a music director and teaching artist at numerous educational theaters, Waterville Opera House, Penobscot Theatre Company and is an associate music director at Maine State Music Theatre. Ben has played and conducted over fifty musicals throughout New England including The Last Five Years, Urinetown, and Young Frankenstein to name a few.
Amy Roeder (Ready, Set, Improvise!)
Amy is the Director of Education at Penobscot Theatre Company. An AEA and SAG-AFTRA actor, she has also been a professional improvisor for eighteen years. Amy has taught and performed with The Second City, Improv Asylum Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Penobscot Theatre Company, and has been a company member of Bar Harbor’s Improv Acadia. She holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Evansville and an MFA in Theatre from the University of Georgia.
Jessica Johnson Frohling (Movement: Character vs Caricature)
Jessica grew up in Machias and after earning her BA at New England College, she went on to work regional and educational theater on the East Coast and in Minneapolis, MN. She is a director, actor, teacher, and stage manager who has taught children, adults, and college students, and loves the different challenges that each present. She holds an MFA in Theatre-Directing from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
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