All workshops are on a first-come-first-served basis until full, except the Trapeze Class (sign-up sheet at information table in lobby) and the Vocal Master Class with Joan Hazel (sign-up sheet on Media Room door).

Listen! Act! Interact!

Presenter: Dr. Albert Harris, Professor Emeritus, University of Louisville

Bert Harris works all week with a select number of performers, Tuesday-Friday, on acting through listening and non-verbal response. Open to all participants, recommended for American and international performers.
Tuesday – Friday beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tues. 8:30-10; Wed. 8:30-9:30; Thurs. 8:30-9:45; Fri. 8:30-9:30. Participants should attend all four sessions.

Audition a la Shurtleff

Presenter: Peter Ivanov, Florida free-lance director

Based on the 12 Guideposts established by Bob Fosse casting director Michael Shurtleff. Performers will work on a cold audition, using the Guideposts.
Thursday, 8:30-9:45 a.m.; Friday, 9:45-10-:45 a.m.

Techniques of Commedia dell’Arte

Presenters: Andrea Lattari and Cinzia Grande of Maner Manush, Rome

A participatory workshop demonstrating and practicing the basics of commedia dell’arte: the stock characters, mask and costume work, and stock physicality.
Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 12:30; Thursday, 10-11 a.m.

Techniques of Chinese Opera

Presenter: Dr. Chua Soo Pong, director, Chinese Opera Institute

A participatory workshop demonstrating and practicing the basics of Beijing Opera: movement and physicality, makeup significance, weapon work, and history.
Wednesday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – noon

Basics of Trapeze

Presenter: Tito Gaona, Ringling Brothers trapeze artist

A participatory and/or observers workshop on trapeze techniques. Relevant to today’s theatre as circus skills are in demand (Pippin revival and Cirque du Soleil). Conducted at Venice Trapeze School. Enrollment limited. Participation recommended only for those in excellent physical condition.
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – noon. Participants enroll early. Enrollment limited to five participants and five observers per session. Attendance limited to once session per person. Sign up at information desk in lobby.

Dance for Non-Dancers

Presenter: Jared Walker, Florida director/choreographer and AEA actor.

Learn a dance routine in one session.
Wednesday, 9:45-10:45 a.m.; Friday, 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Building Blocks From Which To Jump

Presenter: Kathy Pingel, education director, Des Moines Playhouse

Recommended for performers, directors, and teachers. Beginning with Spolin games, Ms. Pingel demonstrates the next steps beyond the games and how they lay the foundation for future learning.
Wednesday, 11 a.m.-noon; Saturday, 8:30-10 a.m.

Vocal Master Classes

Presenter: Joan Hazel, Troy University

Recommended for all musical performers. Individual short sessions with a vocal diagnostician. Find the “one” thing, different for everyone, that helps performers reach the next vocal level.
Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon. Participants register for one private, 20-minute session. Sign up on media room door.

Puppet Making for Theatre

Presenter: Steve Dawson, professional puppetmaker and puppeteer (designer of Avenue Q puppets for Costume World)

Hands-on workshop on designing and building puppets.
Thursday, 8:30-9:45 a.m.; Thursday, 10-11 a.m.

Fancy Sound on a Shoestring Budget

Presenter: Dorian Boyd, resident sound designer, Venice Theatre

Demonstration and discussion of reliable but economic hardware, innovative software, and ways to keep up with industry trends.
Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Amateur Directing Around the World

Moderator: Thomas Hauger, theatre professor, Copenhagen

A roundtable discussion of tips, techniques, and obstacles involving directors of troupes from around the globe. This workshop will also focus on mounting productions for international consumption.
Wednesday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Train, Track, and Steam Ahead! Growing and Nurturing a Volunteer Force

Presenter: Kim Kollar, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Venice Theatre

The co-ordinator of one of the country’s largest community theatre volunteer forces discusses recruiting, training, tracking, and rewarding volunteers. Key Venice Theatre volunteers will also contribute.
Thursday, 8:30-9:45 a.m.

Diversifying for the Future

Presenters: Tim Bixler, Executive Director of Delta Center Stage, Greenville, MS; Kristofer Geddie, Director of Diversity, Venice Theatre; and key volunteers from both theatres.

Adapting programming to reflect area demographics is necessary and desirable for long-term survival, but sometimes difficult to achieve. Discussion and Q&A, moderated by two theatres in the southeast.
Wednesday, 9:45-10:45 a.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-noon

Theatre for Social Change

Presenter: Professor Jimmie Perry, South Africa

Identifying ways to affect social change directly through theatre programs. Discussion of benefits, methods, and obstacles.
Friday, 11 a.m.-noon; Saturday, 8:30-10 a.m.

Developing and Evolving Senior Theatre Programs

Presenter: Brad Wages, Director of Senior Theatre, Venice Theatre.

Discussion and demonstration of 22-year senior program, including material choices, obstacles, benefits, physical limitations (or lack thereof), and more. Includes separate demonstration.
Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; PERFORMANCE on Thursday from 4:45-5:30 p.m.

Meet the Publishers

Presenters: Music Theatre International, Dramatic Publishing, Stage Rights.

Roundtable and Q&A about new material, licensing issues, customer relations, and more.
Wednesday, 11 a.m.-noon

Making Things Easier: New Technologies From MTI

Presenter: John Prignano, Senior Operations Officer, MTI

New technologies for musical rehearsal and production, including forums, rehearsal software, and stage management programs.
Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Using Dreams to Enhance Creativity

Presenter: Dr. Gai Jones, Founder of California Youth in Theatre, author of Raising the Curtain and other books

For actors, directors, playwrights.

This is a participatory workshop for the actor, playwright, or director to realize another dimension about him/herself in the journey of creative potentials. The purpose of dream work is to share a creative part of you, to get feedback from others, and to unlock your creativity. This is Dream Awareness Work. It helps an actor/director to get into the place of freeing emotions and imagination with passion and creativity. Bring pen and paper.
Wednesday, 9:45-10:45 a.m.; Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Long-form Improvisation.

Presented by Jerome Cousins and members of Improsaurus from New Zealand.

Thursday, 10-11 a.m.