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Wednesday, February 6
 

9:00am

Intimacy by Design
This Intimacy by Design workshop develops languaging and rehearsal and performance methods to stage authentic and safe interactions and physical contact responsibly and respectfully. When the context of the play is seen in light of contemporary theatrical standards, directors, stage managers, and actors can co-create moment-to-moment relationships in a replicable manner. By choreographing the details like dance or fight choreography, authentic interactions comes into focus through professional storytelling.

Moderators
AP

Artemis Presshl

Artemis Preeshl has directed 75 plays and 75 dancers. Having performed as a dancer for more than 30 years, Dr. Preeshl has choreographed scenes such as DeFlores’s seduction of Beatrice in The Changling, Dan and Alice’s break-up in Closer, and Melchior and Wendla’s... Read More →

Wednesday February 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Converse College - Studio 2 - Montgomery Hall 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

9:00am

Production Planning: Methods to Plan and Prepare for a Successful Production
This session focuses on different methods to develop a process to production estimate budgets for scenery, props, electrics and costumes. A discussion about how to take designer information and turn it into a realistic estimate for labor and materials that fits into the given resources. Good estimates are essential to the entire production process. They help ensure that each area has enough time and money to successfully finish on time and on budget.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Lile

Jim Lile

KCACTF Region IV -Technical Director, Florida state University
Jim Lile has spent the last 30 years working live theatre. He is currently an Assistant Professor of technical production at Florida State University. Most recently he served as director of production for Des Moines Metro Opera 45th season and Technical Director for Nashville Opera... Read More →


Wednesday February 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Upstate Campus- HEC 2039

9:00am

Two-Year College Theatre Faculty Round Table Discussion
An informal opportunity for faculty and staff at two-year college theatre programs to network with one another to discuss issues, trends, and ideas unique to two-year programs and their students.

Speakers
avatar for Grechen Lynne Wingerter

Grechen Lynne Wingerter

KCACTF Region IV - Next Steps Coordinator, Pellissippi State Community College
Grechen Lynne Wingerter (Region IV Next Steps Coordinator) is Associate Professor of Theatre at Pellissippi State Community College. Grechen has directed and stage managed for such theatres as Sandusky State Repertory Theatre, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Illinois... Read More →


Wednesday February 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Upstate Campus-URC 219

10:30am

Authentic Liberated Expression: A Somatic Approach to Bringing the Body and Dreams into Acting
Based on the work of Marion Woodman, Gabrielle Roth, and Bobby Bosnak, this workshop is designed to introduce embodied somatic approaches and techniques into the acting studio that include authentic movement, ecstatic dance, and dream work. Participants should wear comfortable clothing. If time allows, student monologues will be worked.

Moderators
BP

Bess Park

Bess Park (MA/MFA) is completing her doctoral work at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she is studying Depth Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Studies. Her research focuses on the intersectionality of Somatics, Performance Studies, and Depth Psychology. Bess has been a university... Read More →

Wednesday February 6, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Upstate Campus -HPAC Black Box Humanities and Performing Arts Center, 170 Gramling Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303

10:30am

Writing with Women in Mind: The Bechdel Test and Beyond
This discussion and workshop examines and discusses the ways in which women are portrayed onstage, looking at the Bechdel Test, the Floor Lamp Test, the Jane Test, and others. Participants write and share a short scene, using the discussion as inspiration.

Moderators
GG

Gina Grandi

Dr. Gina L. Grandi is currently a lecturer in the Theatre and Dance Department at Appalachian State University. She come to App State by way of New York University, where she taught theatre education and pre-certification courses and worked as a professional development consultant... Read More →

Wednesday February 6, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Upstate Campus - HEC 2024 Health Education Center, 300 North Campus Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC 29303

1:00pm

Design - It's more than a pretty picture
This workshop will explore the importance of the Design Statement and how to write one.

Speakers
avatar for Alice Bristow

Alice Bristow

KCACTF Region IV - Response Coordinator, Georgia, Berry College Theatre
Alice Bristow received her MFA in Costume Design from Indiana University. She has produced costumes for various theatres including La Jolla Playhouse, Indiana Repertory Theatre, University of Michigan, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Indianapolis Opera, the University of Colorado at Boulder... Read More →



Wednesday February 6, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Upstate Campus - CLC 319 (Campus Life Center) 180 Gramling Dr, Spartanburg, SC 29303, USA

1:00pm

Ronald Rand's "Art of Transformation" Master Acting Workshop
Ronald Rand's "ART OF TRANSFORMATION" Master Workshop, is the only workshop in the world bringing to participants the unique opportunity of learning the 40 tools on Stanislavsky's acting chart, "The Method of Physical Actions." Together we explore through improvisation, poetry, and physical exercises, ways to unleash creativity, dealing with the "inner critic," bringing greater insight towards characterization, simplicity, revealing one's authentic voice - leading to successful auditions and truthful characterizations. The acting workshop is useful for those with experience or beginners. The great Russian Master teacher and director, Stanislavsky developed his "Method of Physical Actions" chart after 40 years of experimentation. He gave this chart personally to Stella Adler when he worked with her in 1934 in Paris. She is the only American teacher to have studied with Stanislavsky for five weeks. She brought the chart back to The Group Theatre. Ronald Rand was taught by Stella Adler for over 5 years, and his mentors include Harold Clurman, Jerzy Grotowski, Joseph Chaikin and Bobby Lewis.

Moderators
avatar for Ronald Rand

Ronald Rand

Performing Artist & International Goodwill Ambassador, Ronald Rand is currently an Adjunct Professor of Theatre in the Theatre Program at the University of North Alabama. He has been a Visiting Guest Professor at over 75 universities, and colleges across America and around the world... Read More →

Wednesday February 6, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Upstate Campus -HPAC Black Box Humanities and Performing Arts Center, 170 Gramling Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303

2:30pm

Instant Playwriting-- What it is and how to do it well
This fast paced workshop hands you the nuts and bolts of playwriting from inspiration to submitting your properly formatted manuscript. Please bring a laptop or something to write with and to write on!

Moderators
TR

Todd Ristau

Todd Ristau is the founder and director of the Playwright's Lab at Hollins University, and recently received the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for excellence in theatre education. He is a distinguished graduate of the Iowa Playwright's Workshop and his plays have been performed in... Read More →

Wednesday February 6, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Upstate Campus - HEC 2030 Health Education Center, 300 North Campus Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC 29303

2:30pm

Sustainability in Theatre
Tips for Professionals, Educators and Students (in performance, management and design/tech) for teaching and producing environmentally sustainable theatre.

Speakers
avatar for Vandy Scoates

Vandy Scoates

Limestone College
Vandy Scoates has worked all over the country in professional theatre as an actor, designer, and technician for the past 18 years. Her interests in research led her to an MA in Theatre Arts at Villanova University and finally to an MFA in Design from University of North Carolina Greensboro.Vandy... Read More →


Wednesday February 6, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Upstate Campus - HEC 2028 Health Education Center, 300 North Campus Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC 29303

3:00pm

Costume Design and Cultural Responsibility: Inspiration vs. Appropriation
Limited Capacity full

A conversation on the cultural responsibilty of Costume Designers in an ever growing global society. Within the workshop we will discuss:

-Our own cultural backgrounds and how that can inform our work.
-Methods of research/incorporation/expression of design outside of our immediate cultural experience.
-The line between inspiration and appropriation.
-The intersections of cultures and how that can embolden and elevate a design.


Speakers
SJ

Samantha Jones

Samantha C. Jones is a Costume Designer and sometimes educator who has spent her life obsessed with what clothing tells us about the person wearing it. She holds a B.F.A. from Howard University and an M.F.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Working largely in and around... Read More →


Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Upstate Campus - CLC 319 (Campus Life Center) 180 Gramling Dr, Spartanburg, SC 29303, USA

3:00pm

Broadway Bootcamp: Dance
Work with Broadway's James Gray (The Producers, Bullets Over Broadway) and learn tips and techniques to booking the gig on Broadway. Learn a dance combination from a Broadway show. All Levels welcome.

Moderators
JG

James Gray

James Gray (director/choreographer)TV: Mel Brooks' AFI Lifetime Achievement TV Special (Emmy Award). BROADWAY: Prince Of Broadway, Bullets Over Broadway, The Producers, A Christmas Story, Carousel and The Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, Young Frankenstein. LONDON... Read More →

Wednesday February 6, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Converse College - Studio 1 Montgomery Hall 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302
 
Thursday, February 7
 

10:30am

Finding your Presence in Breath and Voice
What does it mean to be truly present with someone? Or present with yourself? Rooted in the Second Circle work developed by Patsy Rodenburg, this workshop will focus on being present and vulnerable with yourself and others. We will then utilize these skills to connect with a supported breath and promote a free speaking voice.

Moderators
MT

Mary Trotter

Mary Trotter is a member of the performance faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Central Missouri. She has acted and directed professionally in the pacific northwest, Chicago, and New York City, where she had the pleasure of studying with Patsy Rodenburg... Read More →

Thursday February 7, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Upstate campus - ETV Studio Media Center - 375 Hodge Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303

11:30am

Stanislavsky Says - Focus and Ensemble Exercises from the Moscow Art Theatre
According to the Moscow Art Theatre School, there three main elements of acting are focus, ensemble, and imagination. This workshop focuses on the first two in that list. The exercises in this session are designed to develop focus skills and foster a sense of ensemble that is often difficult to achieve in early stages of actor training or in a short rehearsal period. Actors and instructors of all levels are invited to attend.

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Goff

Jennifer Goff

Assistant Professor of Dramatic Arts, Centre College
Dr. Goff is in her second year at Centre College, having arrived there via Wayne State University, Frostburg State University, and Virginia Tech. She holds degrees from University of Portland (BA), University of South Carolina (MA), and Wayne State University (PhD). She also studied... Read More →

Thursday February 7, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Upstate Campus - URC Great Room University Readiness Center 301 North Campus Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC 29303

11:30am

Upcycling and recycling to make interesting costume and prop items
In a world where recycling is critical and problematic and budgets are at an all time low, upcycling has become an interesting, creative and important part of design. Finding a creative alternative can be cost effective and much more accessible than the more expensive alternative. In this workshop, the discussion about budgets will be explored as well as thinking of alternatives that are readily accessible.

Moderators
LD

Leni Dyer

Leni is an Associate Professor and Costume Designer in the Department of Theatre & Danceat Austin Peay State University. She received her BA from Kennesaw State University and her MFA from the University of Alabama. Her professional career has taken her all over the United States... Read More →

Thursday February 7, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Upstate Campus-URC 219

1:00pm

DTM Resume Workshop
DTM bring your resume to get feedback. Hands on workshop.

Moderators
EM

Eric Marsh

Eric Marsh is a Professor at Sam Houston State University where he teaches Lighting and Sound Design. Eric is the KC-ACTF co-chair for DTM Region 6.

Thursday February 7, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Upstate Campus - CLC 319 (Campus Life Center) 180 Gramling Dr, Spartanburg, SC 29303, USA

1:00pm

Next Steps Round Table Forum
A forum for anyone looking to take the "Next Step" in their academic/professional career.

Speakers
avatar for Grechen Lynne Wingerter

Grechen Lynne Wingerter

KCACTF Region IV - Next Steps Coordinator, Pellissippi State Community College
Grechen Lynne Wingerter (Region IV Next Steps Coordinator) is Associate Professor of Theatre at Pellissippi State Community College. Grechen has directed and stage managed for such theatres as Sandusky State Repertory Theatre, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Illinois... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Upstate Campus-URC 219

1:00pm

Theatrical Intimacy Education
Theatrical Intimacy Education imparts directors, performers, production designers/crew/management and teaching artists/educators with the knowledge and tools for approaching sensitive material (for stage, film, and television) safely and ethically. In this workshop, participants will learn best practices for discussing and staging intimate content in class, rehearsal, and coaching without sacrificing creative vision and maintaining the joy of the creative process. All participants will be provided with the clear, specific vocabulary necessary to stage sensitive content, and will learn how to resolve potential moments of conflict in a positive, productive, and collaborative manner.
No photography, audio recording, or video recording. Notes must be taken by hand and not on an electronic devices.

Moderators
LR

Laura Rikard

Laura (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) is a director, actor, stage movement specialist, intimacy choreographer, Assistant Professor of Theatre at USC Upstate, and a founding member of Theatre Intimacy Education. She has taught workshops and presented on Staging Intimacy at the ATHE Conference, the... Read More →

Thursday February 7, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Upstate Campus - URC Great Room University Readiness Center 301 North Campus Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC 29303

1:30pm

Broadway Bootcamp: Dance
Work with Broadway's James Gray (The Producers, Bullets Over Broadway) and learn tips and techniques to booking the gig on Broadway. Learn a dance combination from a Broadway show. All Levels welcome.

Speakers
JG

James Gray

James Gray (director/choreographer)TV: Mel Brooks' AFI Lifetime Achievement TV Special (Emmy Award). BROADWAY: Prince Of Broadway, Bullets Over Broadway, The Producers, A Christmas Story, Carousel and The Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, Young Frankenstein. LONDON... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Converse College - Studio 1 Montgomery Hall 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

2:30pm

Designing with Images from Your Dreams
This workshop focuses on the dream life of the designer. Tess Castleman writes that the art of creating and manipulating images is both ancient and universal. "It is the art of capturing a psychological aspect in physical form (Sacred Dream Circles, 2009, p. 99). Participants will bring in dream images from which to work with and begin to dialogue with those images as a designer would begin to analyze a script. Working from and with these images opens the imagination to new opportunities of engagement with dramatic material, both scripted and devised.

Speakers
BP

Bess Park

Bess Park (MA/MFA) is completing her doctoral work at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she is studying Depth Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Studies. Her research focuses on the intersectionality of Somatics, Performance Studies, and Depth Psychology. Bess has been a university... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Upstate Campus - CLC 319 (Campus Life Center) 180 Gramling Dr, Spartanburg, SC 29303, USA

3:30pm

Raise Your Voice!
Interested in having your voice heard regarding programming, opportunities, and vision for your regional and national KCACTF? We want to make a place for you at the table with your participation in Student Councils organized by focus: (Latinx, African-American, Asian, LGBTQ+, Disabilities, Women, and more)you can help direct the future of the organization. Come and meet with National Leadership of KCACTF if you would be interested in participating.

Moderators
MB

Michelle Bombe

KCACTF National Chairperson

Speakers
GH

Gregg Henry

Artistic Director Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival


Thursday February 7, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Upstate Campus - Tukey Theatre USC Upstate Library, Gramling Drive, Spartanburg, SC, USA

4:30pm

Broadway Bootcamp: Dance
Work with Broadway's James Gray (The Producers, Bullets Over Broadway) and learn tips and techniques to booking the gig on Broadway. Learn a dance combination from a Broadway show. All Levels welcome.

Speakers
JG

James Gray

James Gray (director/choreographer)TV: Mel Brooks' AFI Lifetime Achievement TV Special (Emmy Award). BROADWAY: Prince Of Broadway, Bullets Over Broadway, The Producers, A Christmas Story, Carousel and The Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, Young Frankenstein. LONDON... Read More →


Thursday February 7, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Converse College - Studio 1 Montgomery Hall 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302
 
Friday, February 8
 

9:00am

Digital Rendering with Free Programs: 3d Modeling in Sketch-up
In this workshop we explore the practical applications of working with Trimble Sketch-Up 2018. This versatile 3d-modeling program can be used for everything from perspective sketching guides to full drafting. We will explore the possibilities as a modeling program, rendering tool, sketching tool and sometimes even a basic drafting program. All are welcome, but if you have your computer, download this free program and follow along in the demo sections!

Moderators
JI

Jennifer Ivey

Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Florida International University, Jennifer Rose Ivey is a dedicated educator and who has worked in the field as a designer, scenic artist, prop master, and educator in a variety of venues across the country, including the Atlanta Lyric Theatre... Read More →

Friday February 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
The George-Rm 180

9:00am

Get to know the Black Theatre Network (BTN)
Chris Berry will introduce you to the Black Theatre Network!
Dedicated to the Exploration and Preservation of the Theatrical Visions of the African Diaspora. The Black Theatre Network is comprised of artists, educators, scholars, students and theatre lovers who are dedicated to the exploration and preservation of the theatrical visions of the African Diaspora. For over 30 years, the Black Theatre Network has collected, processed and distributed information that supports the professional and personal development of its membership (comprised of individuals engaged in the full range of theatre professions, professional and community theatres and organizations, and academic institutions).

Speakers
avatar for Chris Berry

Chris Berry

KCACTF Region IV Irene Ryan Deputy Coordinator


Friday February 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Upstate Campus- HPAC 122

9:00am

Safety in the Theatre, playing it safe
Limited Capacity filling up

An overview of safety strategies, guidance, best practices for live events. Our industry is amazing and innovative, but sometimes our "show must go on" motto can lead to short cuts and hazards. Discussions will include recognizing issues, communicating with performers and audiences, and how to have an awesome show, where everyone goes home better than they arrived.

Moderators
DH

Danielle Hernadez

Danielle Hernandez was in the chorus of the school musical her sophomore year of high school. Her performance was quite terrible. Fortunately, junior year she joined the technical theatre crew and found her calling, which led to BA in Theatre. For more than 25 years, Danielle has... Read More →

Friday February 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
USC Upstate-HPAC Scene Shop

9:00am

Snap, Clap, Stomp: A Shakespearean Cold Read
There have been many tools to master Shakespeare. What do you do when you are asked to read him with very little prep? Here is a tool that focuses on how to use his punctuation and help you in your next Shakespeare audition.

Moderators
JW

Jordan Wolfe

Jordan Wolfe is Head of Theatre at Coastal Carolina Community College, has performed all across the United States including First Folio in Chicago, Guthrie in Minneapolis, and Repertory theatres throughout the midwest. He is also the Head of Dram Tree Shakespeare in Wilmington, N... Read More →

Friday February 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Converse College - Studio 2 - Montgomery Hall 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

9:00am

The Physical Actor: WAY beyond the psychological! Aware, Available, Responsive!
Join us for this very physical exploration of the work of the actor/creator, from the perspectives of the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Improvisation, movement, ferocious play, embodiment, and total availability will be the territories we encounter! Come prepared to move, play, see, and laugh.

Speakers
PM

Pratik Motwani

Originally from Mumbai, Pratik Motwani is a resident artist/faculty/company member with Dell' Arte International in California. As a self producing actor/creator Pratik creates, produces and tours original works of devised physical theatre. More info on his self produced shows: w... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Converse College - Studio 1 Montgomery Hall 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

9:00am

WYSIWYG Design
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop will explore the different modes of WYSIWYG Design.

CAD Mode: working in three-dimensional spaces, drawing venues, set pieces, pipes, inserting hanging structures, hanging and focusing fixtures.

Data Mode: working with spreadsheets, create and edit a patch, monitor data.

Design Mode: visualization of lighting looks, experimenting with moving lights and scenery, creating color renderings.

Presentation Mode: Create printouts, reports, pipe tapes.

Speakers
BW

Barry Whitfield

Barry received a MFA-IA from Goddard College. He is a scenographer, set, lighting and costume designer. He is currently the Theatre Manager and Technical Director for the Performing Arts Center at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg.Barry received meritorious design... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Upstate- HPAC 123 WYSISWYG Lab

10:30am

Digital Rendering with Free Programs: Painting in Krita
In this workshop we explore the practical applications of working with Krita, a free painting program that can allow you to create professional pieces of art and rendering without the hefty price tag. This easy to pick up, powerful drawing program can be used for everything from renderings, to painter’s elevations. All are welcome, but if you have your computer and a digitizer pen tablet, download this free program and follow along in the demos!

Speakers
JI

Jennifer Ivey

Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Florida International University, Jennifer Rose Ivey is a dedicated educator and who has worked in the field as a designer, scenic artist, prop master, and educator in a variety of venues across the country, including the Atlanta Lyric Theatre... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
The George-Rm 180

11:00am

In Search of Character, Finding Self
The In Search of Character and Finding Self workshop introduces Drama-for-Life and how the process of creating a character for the stage can also help create a stronger, happier self in life. The hands-on event looks at the actor’s approach (and what the brain is doing) when bringing a character to life. The seminar will offer tips on how to remain sane, healthy and productive in a business that can encourage the abuse of self.

Moderators
avatar for Kathryn Ballou

Kathryn Ballou

Drama Specialist (Retired), Fine Arts Center
Drama-for-life, a practice of using theatre and drama as a rehearsal for life. | How to maintain your theatrical art as an active force within your life and how searching for a character can help the actor find themselves.

Friday February 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Upstate Campus-URC 219

12:30pm

URTA - Gateway to Grad School: Graduate School Audition Workshop:
This presentation will address the process of choosing and preparing to audition or interview for graduate (MFA) training programs through URTA. Topics will include interview and audition techniques, researching grad training programs, locating a mentor/advisor, getting recommendations, understanding your strengths, conducting follow-up and other helpful suggestions.

Moderators
Friday February 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The George Rm 150 George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, 160 E. Saint John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303

1:00pm

Improvisation Foundations
Moderators
BS

Brad Stephenson

Dr. Brad Stephenson is Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC where he teaches Improvisation, Playwriting, Theater History, Script Analysis, Dramatic Literature, and interdisciplinary honors courses. His new play, Sister of the Stars, received is premiere... Read More →

Friday February 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Upstate Campus - URC Great Room University Readiness Center 301 North Campus Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC 29303

1:00pm

That's Absurd!: Exploring Beckett Through Movement
Using scripts by Samuel Beckett, we will explore how story is shaped through movement in absurdist theatre. Actors and Directors will be guided through hands on exercises to remove the intimidation factor from absurdism and discover how to work within Beckett's staging to create visceral storytelling. No previous experience necessary.

Moderators
avatar for Molly Claassen

Molly Claassen

Assistant Professor of Theatre, Directing, Columbus State U
Molly Claassen is currently the Assistant Professor of Directing at Columbus State University. She has an MFA in directing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a BA in theatre and teaching certification from Baldwin-Wallace University. She is a member of Actor's Equity Association... Read More →

Friday February 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Upstate Campus - URC 251 University Readiness Center 301 North Campus Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC 29303

1:30pm

I Have 17 Roommates: Pro-tips for Surviving Your First Year Out of College
Limited Capacity filling up

You know how to look for work, but how do you handle things like student loan payments and trying to stay healthy on no money? Part presentation, part open forum for questions, this workshop will focus on making it through post-undergrad life as a freelancer or an apprentice/intern.

Friday February 8, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
The George Rm 150 George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, 160 E. Saint John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303

2:30pm

Give My Regards to Broadway!
Are you interesting in working on Broadway? Whether you are a Performer, Designer, Technician, Manager, or want to explore all of the myriad professional possibilities on Broadway - come join Claudia Lynch for an Information/ Question and Answer Session!

Moderators
CL

Claudia Lynch

KCACoordinator BFA in Stage Management, University of Central Florida
Claudia Lynch (Broadway: Rock of Ages, A Catered Affair, Company, Little Shop of Horrors; The Light in the Piazza, The Rivals, Dinner at Eight, Contact (at Lincoln Center Theater). NY City Center: A Bed and A Chair, Irma La Douce, Tick, tick…BOOM!, Pump Boys and Dinettes, A... Read More →

Friday February 8, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Upstate Campus- HPAC 120

3:00pm

Playwriting: The Building Blocks of Action
How do you as a playwright develop your plot? How do you select and create an order of events that provide meaning? What is the importance of a "scenario"? Does your plot have to follow a formula? What are the outcomes you are seeking? And ultimately, how do you tell your story? These are some of the questions we will explore in this workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Richard

Richard "Buzz" Herman

University of Central Missouri
Richard “Buzz” Herman is Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Dance at the University of Central Missouri.  Buzz currently serves as the NPP National Chair for KCACTF. He is past Region V Chair of NPP, has served a member of the Region V Selection Team.  He has received three KCACTF... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The George - Rm 160 George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, 160 E. Saint John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303

3:00pm

Responding 101 and more
Limited Capacity seats available

For Faculty - if you are interested in being a respondent or have been but want some pointers - please come to this informal discussion of respondent responsibilities and some how to guidelines.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa L. Abbott

Lisa L. Abbott

KCACTF Region IV Vice Chair, Georgia Southern University
Lisa L. Abbott, MFA, SDC,  (KCACTF Region IV Vice Chair) is a professor at Georgia Southern University. Ms. Abbott teaches acting, directing and playwrighting at Georgia Southern. Prior to entering academia, she worked as an Equity Stage Manger and freelance director throughout the... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The George-Rm 180

3:00pm

Scarf Puppetry: Makeshift Marionettes.
Come to this workshop and explore the creation of easy and elegant scarf puppets. We will use a few basic materials to explore basic marionette principals, then create a simple puppet for us to practice with and explore methods of bringing fabric and string to life.

Speakers
JI

Jennifer Ivey

Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Florida International University, Jennifer Rose Ivey is a dedicated educator and who has worked in the field as a designer, scenic artist, prop master, and educator in a variety of venues across the country, including the Atlanta Lyric Theatre... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Upstate Campus- HPAC 122

3:00pm

Telling our Story: Claiming Space for Marginalized Populations (National Playwriting Program)
While theatre for social justice is on the rise, the stories of many marginalized communities are either often crafted by individuals outside the community or are the results of brief, unrelated partnerships. How do theatre practitioners avoid "tokenism"? As artists navigate a changing societal landscape that challenges equity, diversity must lead innovation and artistic creation. Learn current practices for cultivating narratives grounded in ethnographic drama and the difference between empowering marginalized communities and appropriation.

Speakers
avatar for Elena Velasco

Elena Velasco

Elena Velasco is a theatre artist whose work encompasses many aspects of performance, production, activism and education. She firmly believes that through a redefined actor-audience relationship and a “multilingual” approach to performance, theatre can be the catalyst for change... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The George Rm 150 George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, 160 E. Saint John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303

4:30pm

Modern Theatre Lighting
A demonstration of the current technology in theatre lighting today. Conducted by Productions Unlimited, this workshop will include theatrical LED fixtures, modern moving LED lights, networked lighting control, unified show control, and practical lighting effects with LED tape. A Q and A will follow.

Sponsors
avatar for Productions Unlimited Inc

Productions Unlimited Inc

Productions Unlimited, Inc. is a family-owned business founded in 1997. They specialize in the design, installation, and maintenance of theatrical equipment for a variety of performance spaces. As a Theatrical Systems Integrator, their staff of professionals has over 70 years of combined... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Upstate Campus -HPAC - Mainstage Humanities and Performing Arts Center 170 Gramling Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303
 
Saturday, February 9
 

9:00am

Character Creation through Voice
Participants will explore a variety of dynamic vocal/physical exercises and techniques that will help them make clear, interesting, and healthy acting choices. Strong character creation requires an actor to work both "inside out" and "outside in", and this workshop will investigate pathways to repeatable character work that feels genuine to the actor and engages the audience in the story.

Moderators
EH

Erica Hughes

Erica Hughes teaches Voice and Speech at Virginia Commonwealth University and works as a voice, dialect, and text coach for theaters and individuals nationwide. She is a member of ATHE and VASTA, and has presented workshops and papers at VASTA/PAVA, SETC and the CDC. She holds an... Read More →

Saturday February 9, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Converse College - Studio 1 Montgomery Hall 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

9:00am

How to Incorporate Practices and Make Policy for Theatrical Intimacy in Your Program
This panel presentation, and question/answer discussion will offer tool for incorporating best practices for Theatrical Intimacy Education in the classroom, in rehearsal, and production. This program will also focus on helping faculty develop policy for various training programs, and offer a question/answer discussion around the pedagogy of Theatrical Intimacy Education.


Speakers
LR

Laura Rikard

Laura (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) is a director, actor, stage movement specialist, intimacy choreographer, Assistant Professor of Theatre at USC Upstate, and a founding member of Theatre Intimacy Education. She has taught workshops and presented on Staging Intimacy at the ATHE Conference, the... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Upstate Campus- HPAC 120

9:00am

Sketching for Beginners:
Sketching a learned skill, not a natural born talent. This means that anyone can learn, but it also means that you need to practice regularly and it is a muscle that you have to exercise. Join this workshop for a low pressure sketching exploration of space, form and learn some tips for self-correct. We will discuss the basics of sketching and explore objects we see together in practice.

Speakers
JI

Jennifer Ivey

Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Florida International University, Jennifer Rose Ivey is a dedicated educator and who has worked in the field as a designer, scenic artist, prop master, and educator in a variety of venues across the country, including the Atlanta Lyric Theatre... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Upstate Campus- HPAC 122

9:00am

Making Your Research Work For You- AND For Your Craftspeople
This workshop will explore the us of research and how you can use it to effectively communicate and collaborate with the team.

Speakers
CB

Campbell Baird

Associate Arts Professor at NYU-Tisch School of the Arts
Campbell Baird designs scenery and costumes for live theatre, dance, and opera. He also works as a scenic artist, in addition to being an Associate Arts Professor at NYU-Tisch School of the Arts for over twenty-five years. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 as a Scenic... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Upstate Campus- HPAC 234

11:00am

Tools for Beating out 89,00 people for your job: Improving First Impression Tools
You and your resume and your experience and who you know are your job tools. Hands-on and work-in-progress conversation looking at alternative viewpoints and tweaks to your approach and to your resume work to head you for success and not for the round file. Attendees bring 2 copies of their resume, business cards, laptop if possible, and an open mind.

Moderators
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Jane Childs

Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, SILV
Best known as half of the team of "Don and Jane" and continuing The Legacy of Don at SILV developing better ways to train students on cutting edge technology and to be the best humans they can be. In addition to being Don's partner in all life brought, Jane has done simultaneous translation... Read More →

Saturday February 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Upstate Campus - CLC 319 (Campus Life Center) 180 Gramling Dr, Spartanburg, SC 29303, USA
  • about Best known as half of the team of "Don and Jane" and continuing The Legacy of Don at SILV developing better ways to train students on cutting edge technology and to be the best humans they can be. In addition to being Don's partner in all life brought, Jane has done simultaneous translation for Ladislav Vychodil and swam competitively (individual medley), studied at Indiana University, La Sorbonne, University of Iowa. Shares Don's demand "Integrity is all we have: an artist without integrity has nothing" and that each day is a new beginning.

11:00am

From the Classroom to the Stage: Working with student stage managers
From the Classroom to the Stage: working with Student Stage Managers.

How do you teach Stage Management in a classroom? What techniques can be used to help undergraduate students succeed in Stage Managing a University production? What will best prepare your students to succeed as a Stage Manager post graduation?

This session will explore the techniques, skills, and questions to use with student stage managers to foster a more successful collaboration within your school environment, and prepare them for the professional world.

Speakers
JD

Joseph Drummond

The Goodman Theatre - Chicago
Joseph Drummond received USITT's 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award in Management. Drummond recently retired as a production stage manager with The Goodman Theatre in Chicago after 42 seasons. Drummond taught stage management at Roosevelt University for 21 years and is the recipient... Read More →
BR

Beth Ribar

Elisabeth Ribar is an AEA stage manager and production coordinator based in the Washington, DC metro area. Elisabeth has worked in stage management for over 40 professional productions in DC at theaters including the Kennedy Center, Olney Theatre Center, Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre... Read More →
CL

Claudia Lynch

KCACoordinator BFA in Stage Management, University of Central Florida
Claudia Lynch (Broadway: Rock of Ages, A Catered Affair, Company, Little Shop of Horrors; The Light in the Piazza, The Rivals, Dinner at Eight, Contact (at Lincoln Center Theater). NY City Center: A Bed and A Chair, Irma La Douce, Tick, tick…BOOM!, Pump Boys and Dinettes, A... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
Upstate Campus- HPAC 120

11:00am

Drawing from Research: Inventing Things on Paper
Sketching drawing and communicating sometimes involves drawing things that you cannot look at. As developing artists, we transition from drawing real life items to ones out of our heads. Join me for a workshop on using research images to help you bridge the gap between your imagination and paper. We will discuss the basics and sketching from your imagination. We will tackle these unknown objects and then practice sketching together.

Speakers
JI

Jennifer Ivey

Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Florida International University, Jennifer Rose Ivey is a dedicated educator and who has worked in the field as a designer, scenic artist, prop master, and educator in a variety of venues across the country, including the Atlanta Lyric Theatre... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 11:00am - 1:30pm
Upstate Campus- HPAC 122

11:00am

Scrappy Shakespeare: Radical Devising with Shakespeare's Text
Scrappy Shakespeare is a company of theatre artists, friends, and weirdos who, have mercy on their souls, love staging Shakespeare's plays. In this workshop, we will use ensemble devising techniques to create athletic, emotionally connected performances. We will build scenes not from what we think Shakespeare is supposed to be like, nor what we've seen before, but from our artistic impulses. We will work as a democratic ensemble to create meaningful, delightful moments of theatre.

Speakers
AA

Anna Abhau Eliot

Scrappy Shakespeare is a collaborative company based in Spartanburg. Our mission is to create free, fun productions of Shakespeare that are based equally in professional technique and radical devising. Now in our fifth year, we have performed in parks, bars, restaurants, homes, colleges... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 11:00am - 1:30pm
Converse College - Studio 1 Montgomery Hall 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

1:00pm

Arts Administration and Leadership
Whether you want to start your career with the intent of becoming an arts administrator, suddenly find yourself in the role, or advising and mentoring future administrators, Horth will share her underlying business principals and examine some of the tools and techniques she's used over the last 20 years as Executive Director of SETC, the country's largest regional theatre association.

Speakers
BH

Betsey Horth

Prior to becoming the Executive Director of SETC 20 years ago, Betsey taught at Buffalo State College for 11 years and worked in marketing and/or development for professional theatres in Wisconsin and New York as well as in the ski and gift industries.She holds a MS in Creativity... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Upstate Campus- HPAC 120

2:30pm

Constructing Meaningful Stories: Exploring Interview Theatre
This workshop will introduce some basic interview theatre skills that will be practiced immediately. Participants will interview each other. The workshop will culminate with a sharing of each other's stories, as actors and playwrights.

Moderators
DS

Dewey Scott-Wiley

KCACTF Region IV - SDC Coordinator
Dewey Scott-Wiley is the coordinator of Directing Initiatives for KCACTF Region IV. She is a Professor of Theatre, and heads up the performance curriculum at University of South Carolina Aiken. As a professional actor and director, Dewey has worked extensively up and down the east... Read More →

Saturday February 9, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Upstate Campus- HPAC 120

2:30pm

Motivated Staging: Using Dramatism to Enable Actor-Directed Blocking
Dramatism is the invitation to “consider the matter of motives in a perspective that, being developed from the analysis of drama, treats language and thought primarily as modes of action.” Using Kenneth Burke's conception of dramatism, this workshop will take scenes from musicals and demonstrate how pentads (Act, Scene, Agent, Agency, Purpose) work in the staging process, a method that any student or director can utilize to motivate action on the stage.

Moderators
KB

Kimberley Beasley

Kimberly Beasley is the Director of Vocal Studies and an Associate Professor of Voice at Jacksonville University. She has directed productions of Into the Woods, Aida, the Musical, Gianni Schicchi, A...My Name is Alice, A Grand Night for Singing, Opera goes Pop!, Children of Eden... Read More →

Saturday February 9, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Converse College - Studio 1 Montgomery Hall 580 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29302