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2020 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 Conference
May 30

May 30 Conference: I’m Not Rappaport . . . CLICK HERE TO ENROLL
This will focus on creative solutions including best practices to adapt technical production elements for relaxed performances, a tech clinic to trouble shoot technical challenges, obstacles and limitations and rehearsal techniques designed for the social and emotional learning platform.

Includes . . .
• Breakfast and Lunch
• Workshop/Master Class #1 (TBA)
• Workshop/Master Class #2 (TBA)
• Workshop/Master Class #3 (TBA)
• Workshop/Master Class #4 (TBA)
• Ticket to I’m Not Rappaport performance

Instructors: TBA

3 Day Conference
October 1 – 3

October 1 – 3 Conference: Avenue Q . . . CLICK HERE TO ENROLL
The producing and creative teams that brought Avenue Q to Broadway offer a backwards glance before the show that made history became an unconventional hit. Workshops will focus on the innovative approaches to puppetry, marketing and storytelling.

Includes . . .
• Welcome Reception
• Breakfast and Lunch
• Workshop/Master Class #1 (TBA)
• Workshop/Master Class #2 (TBA)
• Workshop/Master Class #3 (TBA)
• Workshop/Master Class #4 (TBA)
• Workshop/Master Class #5 (TBA)
• Workshop/Master Class #6 (TBA)
• Workshop/Master Class #7 (TBA)
• Technical/Dress Rehearsal for Avenue Q
• Opening Night Performance and Party: Avenue Q

Instructors: TBA

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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