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2019 Playhouse Institute Conferences for Educators

Enrollment is Now Open!

Learn Skills and Techniques You Can Apply to Your Teaching and School Productions Right Away . . .

Taught by award-winning professional theater artists currently working on Broadway and at some of the best regional theaters in the country. Playhouse Institute Conferences for Educators offer 1 and 3 day workshops, master classes, performances and panel discussions. Playhouse Institute Conferences are designed to inspire teachers and directors of middle school, high school and college theater with innovative teaching methods, production skills and an opportunity to connect with peers and Playhouse artists.
(Playhouse Institute is an Act 48 approved provider for continuing education training.)

1 Day Conferences
May 18, June 29 and August 10
Receive more than 8 hours of professional development credit . . .
Our 1 day intensive conference for educators includes 4 workshops and master classes with Playhouse performers, creative teams and production staff. Tuition includes breakfast and lunch and a ticket to an opening night performance and opening night party. During select conferences, additional days may be added to attend technical dress rehearsals, note sessions with creative team and cast and special events designed for educators to interact with production teams.

(Special discount rate available for conference attendees at the New Hope Clarion and EdTA members. Call for more details.)

May 18 Conference: “Directing for the Theater” (Dial “M” For Murder)
Includes . . .
• Breakfast and Lunch
• Workshop/Master Class #1: “The Producers: Roundtable Discussion About The Art of Producing a Show”
(with the Playhouse producing team including, Alex Fraser, Robyn Goodman and Josh Fiedler)
• Workshop/Master Class #2: “Directing Part 1: Developing a Concept”
• Workshop/Master Class #3: “Directing Part 2: Staging a Scene”
• Workshop/Master Class #4: “Directing Part 3: Working with Actors”
• Opening Night Performance and Party: Dial ‘M’ for Murder

May 18 conference instructors include Mike Donahue, Hunter Foster, Gordon Greenberg, Sheryl Kaller.

June 29 Conference: “Musical Theater” (Mamma Mia)
Includes . . .
• Breakfast and Lunch
• Workshop/Master Class #1: “Song Interpretation”
• Workshop/Master Class #2: “Musical Direction”
• Workshop/Master Class #3: “Choreography”
• Workshop/Master Class #4: “Staging for Musical Theater”
• Opening Night Performance and Party: Mamma Mia

June 29 conference instructors include Bruce Barnes, Penny Fuller, Anna Louizos, Patrice Soriero, John Tartaglia

August 10 Conference: “Technical Theater” (Always, Patsy Cline)
Includes . . .
• Breakfast and Lunch
• Workshop/Master Class #1: “Technical Production”
• Workshop/Master Class #2: “Costume Design”
• Workshop/Master Class #3: “Lighting Design”
• Workshop/Master Class #4: “Design Thinking”
• Opening Night Performance and Party: Always, Patsy Cline

August 10 conference instructors include Jeff Croiter, Brian Strachan, Jeff Rudell, Matthew Given and members of the BCP production team.

3 Day Conference
November 7 – 9
(Early Bird Discount! Enroll by October 1 and receive 10% off. Use Code: EarlyBird)
Receive more than 24 hours of professional development credit . . .
Our 3 day conference focuses on the collaborative art of theater to bring a play into production. Drawing on the expertise of professional Playhouse theater artists, this hands-on and immersive 3 day program offers participants master classes, panel discussions and a front row seat during technical rehearsals through opening night of the Playhouse’s production of the musical Once. Using analysis of both libretto and score, conference attendees learn from Playhouse artists, directors and producers how script analysis is applied towards developing a cohesive concept, design and direction of a full stage production. The conference culminates in a presentation of theatrical concepts, created by attendees during workshops, to a panel of guest artists for feedback, guidance and support. Come, join us, take your skill-set up a notch and experience new ways of combining the elements of theater (set, costumes, direction, staging, lights and sound) to translate a story into production.
(Special discount rate available for conference attendees at the New Hope Clarion and EdTA members. Call for more details.)

November 7 – 9 Conference: “Order, Tension, Harmony:
The Elements of Production Design” (Once) . . . CLICK TO ENROLL!

Includes . . .
• Welcome Reception
• Breakfast and Lunch
• Workshop/Master Class #1: “Script Analysis”
• Workshop/Master Class #2: “Scenic Design”
• Workshop/Master Class #3: “Costume Design”
• Workshop/Master Class #4: “Stage Direction”
• Workshop/Master Class #5: “Stage Management”
• Workshop/Master Class #6: “Production Design”
• Workshop/Master Class #7: “Production Design Workshop”
• Workshop/Master Class #8: “Design Presentation”
• Technical/Dress Rehearsal for Once
• Opening Night Performance and Party: Once

Meet Our Professional Theater Artists

 

Playhouse Institute Advisory Council
Lou Volpe (Retired Drama Teacher, Harry S. Truman High School, PA)
Cory Wilkerson, EdTA (Educational Theater Association) (Home of the International Thespian Society)
Julie Ellen Prusinowski (Former Director, NJ State Council on the Arts)
Larry Capo (Former President and CEO, Young Audiences of NJ)
Jason Harris (Superintendent of Schools, Morrisville, PA)
Gina Chiolan (Drama Teacher, Neshaminy High School)
Marlene Thornton (Drama Teacher, Springfield Township High School)
Mark Zortman (PA Thespian Society Chapter Director)
Bill Harner (Superintendent, Quakertown Schools)
Clinton Ambs (Drama Teacher, Delaware Valley High School)
Andrea Rooney (Drama Teacher, North Penn High School and President of PA Thespian Society)
Christopher Nagy (Superintendent Burlington County Schools, NJ)
Sam Lee (Superintendent Bensalem School District, PA)
Debbie Thompson (Drama Teacher, Upper Dublin High School)

Thank you to Michael and Alison Dalewitz, Happy and Sam Shipley, David R. McShane, and Jeffrey Seller for their generous support of the 2019 Playhouse Institute Conferences for Educators.

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