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Citywide PD Series

ALL-IN THEATER: No Young Artist Left Behind

Eligibility: Assigned teachers of dance, grades PreK-12

Dates: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | Monday, January 29, 2018 | Thursday, June 7, 2018

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, 100 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY

Cost: FREE!

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Theater thrives when all students participate, fully investing their minds, bodies, voices, and their prior experiences. With a lens to the inclusive and collaborative nature of theater, this series explores how we:

  • Each and empower students in active learning about and making theater
  • Strive to be culturally responsive to our students' abilities and needs through an expansive approach to repertoire, pedagogy and rehearsal practice

In addition to exploring theater approaches and techniques, theater educators consider how their core values and choice of content inform their teaching, and thus student learning. Participants deepen their understanding of how context and the learning environment affect students' ownership of learning, creative risk taking, personal voice, and ultimately artistic achievement. Teachers collaborate throughout the year to develop opportunities that encourage students to infuse the rich cultural and social backgrounds of their community in their arts learning.

Click the links below to watch short films showcasing previous Citywide Professional Development for Theater Teachers:

Theater Teacher Winter PD: All-In Theater
Theater Teacher Spring PD: The Art of Teaching Theater

Short Courses

Defying Gravity: Directing Music Theater

Location: Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue, New York, NY

Eligibility: All assigned teachers of Theater, Grades PreK-12

Dates: December 5 and 12, 2017

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cost: FREE!

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A workshop series for teachers looking to further develop their strategies and techniques for teaching, directing producing musical theater. Led by different professional artists, sessions will focus on serving the story and your student artists. Beyond methods for maximizing rehearsal and directorial approaches, teachers will explore the impact and opportunities of culturally responsive education on repertoire and the rehearsal process.

This course is recommended for teachers already comfortable directing musicals.

Theater Production Crash Course: PD Training for Non Theater Licensed Teachers who Teach/Direct Theater

Location: Carnegie Hall Education Wing, 154 West 57th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY

Eligibility: All assigned teachers of Theater, Grades PreK-12

Dates: April 10 and 17, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cost: FREE!

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Enhance your theater teaching direction, and production as well as learn how to better engage students in the process of theater. Back by popular demand, participate in a professional development for non-theater licensed teachers who seek more direct developmental training to better produce a show and/or incorporate more theater in your classes and school program. Join us for an innovative, inspiring and quite pragmatic series featuring two days of workshops and sessions professional theater companies. Master teaching artists will facilitate the PD, provide context and also lead sessions on effective approaches to producing a play or musical, to structuring a rehearsal or class. The rehearsal process is a dynamic forum for teaching and learning beyond working on a show. Non-theater teachers explore all aspects of working to produce a play or musical.

Whether preparing how to best use limited rehearsal time, working on individual performer's ability to act, or staging scenes with large ensembles, this workshop will focus on theatre production from planning to curtain. Our process will include ongoing focused reflection on the implications for individual as well as collaborative instruction. Workshop sessions will include adaptable and practical directing exercises.

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