Convention Workshops

We are pleased to announce the following workshops for Connecting the Dots to Creating Theater!

More workshops will be added in the coming weeks, check back for updates!

Theatrical Swordplay - Chris Cardoni, Stage Combat Choreographer

Stage combat (fight choreography) is the art of using carefully planned, safely executed cooperative physical energy to create the illusion of violent action in a dramatic context. This workshop will help participants understand how a fight choreographer “connects the dots” to bring depictions of swordplay from page to stage. It will introduce participants to stage combat fundamentals and give a very basic introduction to theatrical sword-fighting. No experience required. Participants must be dressed to move – athletic clothing and footwear is preferred. Participants will work with a variety of partners. This is a physical workshop and involves contact with the instructor and between participants appropriate to the discipline. Stage combat weapons will be provided by the presenter.

Theatre Planning - Creating a Theatre in Found Space - Don Hirsch, Don Hirsch Design Studio, LLC

The session will explore design considerations when creating a new theatre in an old space or renovating an existing space. These design elements include program spaces and their characteristics, functions, number, size, and their relationships to the manner of presentation your theatre company desires.

Navigating a Life in the Arts - Julie Hennrikus, Founder & CEO of Your Ladders

When you are getting ready to leave school or your training program, you've learned a lot about your craft. But how do you navigate making a life in the arts? This workshop will talk about portfolio careers, the importance of understanding your options, the super powers of artists and more.

It's Called Show BUSINESS! - Julie Hennrikus, Founder & CEO of Your Ladders

Most artists learn a lot about their craft, but not a lot about the business side of the arts. Your Ladders was created to fill that knowledge gap, teaching the business skills that empower artists and let them reclaim the joy of their artistic journey. This workshop will teach the Your Ladders 5-Step System, drilling down on the business skills needed, but taught for the artistic lens.

Social Engagement, Critical Content & the Power of Video - Chad Fillion, Owner/Founder of Phlume MEDIA, Leani Lopez - Senior Marketing Coordinator, and Joseph Mitchell - Production Assistant

Keeping your personal and organizational brand relevant, engaging, and meaningful in the ever changing and expanding social media landscape. Best practices, Self auditing exercises, and case examples reviewed in this hands on, interactive workshop. Phones/Tables/Devices are encouraged.

There's Too Much To Choose From/ Choosing a Play Season- Matt Cahoon, Artistic Director, theatre KAPOW

How to navigate the huge amount of repertoire available to be performed.  Items to consider: Budget, Cast Size, knowing your audience, etc. 

It's Cold In Here - Richard Alvin White

All auditions can be stressful, but those that involve the dreaded cold reading can be the most stressful of all. This workshop will help set student participants on the path to better cold readings by providing techniques for dealing with them effectively. Work will include some practice of actual cold readings of dialogue.

Dialogue & Perspective - Richard Alvin White

Many workshops focus on the monologue, but, as the saying goes, "acting is reacting." This workshop will engage student participants, through the cold reading of dramatic dialogues, in the necessary process of "being present," expanding their perspective, and reacting to fellow performers.

Moment to Moment - Matt Cahoon, Artistic Director theatre KAPOW and Josh Chenard, Associate Professor of Theatre at Dean College

Matt Cahoon and Josh Chenard,will lead students through a workshop on Moment Work, a process of devising new work created by the Tectonic Theater Project (the company that created The Laramie Project).  Moment work is a devising process that explores and utilizes all the Elements of the Stage on an equal footing with the words (text). Participants will make “Moments” using gesture, props and text. The workshop will conclude by sequencing a few Moments, to glimpse how the method can be used to create a play from individual theatrical Moments.

Unarmed Stage Combat - Chris Cardoni, Stage Combat Choreographer

Stage combat (fight choreography) is the art of using carefully planned, safely executed cooperative physical energy to create the illusion of violent action in a dramatic context. This workshop will help participants understand how a fight choreographer “connects the dots” to bring depictions of violence from page to stage. It will introduce participants to stage combat fundamentals and commonly-encountered unarmed techniques. No experience required. Participants must be dressed to move – athletic clothing and footwear is preferred. Participants will work with a variety of partners. This is a physical workshop and involves contact with the instructor and between participants appropriate to the discipline. 

I Want to Write Theatre that People Want to See - Edmund Chibeau, Ph.D., Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University

Like to write?  Writing your own plays?  These playwrighting tools can help hone your skills and develop your scripts.  Also good for teachers who want to support young playwrights but do not have a playwrighting program.  Writing a play that will reach the audience in your community.  A play that can be produced with reasonable production requirements. How to get started, create and expand a plot, find a through line for each character, understand motivation. You will learn how to Conceptualize and create a script for your available actors, production requirements & limitations, appropriate audience, and how to fit the story to the voice for each character