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Thursday, March 8
 

10:30am CST

Creating Cabaret: Bringing Songs and Ideas Passionately Alive
A post-modern cabaret artist who has performed across the U.S. and sold-out theatres from Paris to Moscow discusses the history of cabaret and his personal approach to creating a powerful mix of passion, ideas and song.

Presenters
avatar for Bremner Duthie

Bremner Duthie

Bremner was born in New York. He started singing with Punk Rock bands, moved on to studying and performing Opera, and trained in contemporary vocal music. Bremner has performed across North America and Europe in theatre and in concert, working with chamber ensembles, orchestras and... Read More →


Thursday March 8, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Mobile Convention Center - 106 A

1:00pm CST

Acting as a Profession: Kickstart Your Acting Career
Want to work professionally in film, television and theatre? Get the insider's guide to help kickstart your career.

Presenters
avatar for Gabrielle Berberich

Gabrielle Berberich

Owner, Michael Howard Studios
Gabrielle Berberich, is an award-winning casting director, writer/producer, and the Owner of Michael Howard Studios in New York. She's worked with actors on shows such as: The Americans, Billions, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire, Bull, Californication, Downton Abbey... Read More →
avatar for Greg Chwerchak

Greg Chwerchak

Greg Chwerchak is an award-winning director, and has created hundreds of music videos for artists such as Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, Counting Crows, System of a Down, and Nelly. He has also created commercials for Gatorade, McDonald's, and ESPN. His two award-winning shorts... Read More →
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Brett Goldstein

Brett Goldstein is an Emmy Award-Winning Casting Director as well as a talent manager (Brett is the owner of Brett Goldstein Talent Management), director, acting teacher, and private acting coach.  He won an Emmy Award for the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street, as well as three... Read More →


Thursday March 8, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CST
Mobile Convention Center - 106 A

1:00pm CST

Legal Issues for the Theatre
An overview and update of legal topics including copyright, contracts, censorship, discrimination, tax law, personal injury, estates, non-profit law, right of publicity and employment law. Bring your questions.

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Ellison

Daniel Ellison

Professor/Attorney, Duke University & Daniel Ellison, Attorney at Law
Daniel Ellison is an arts-law attorney in private practice in Durham, NC. He has been working with theaters, playwrights, artists, non-profit arts organizations, and for-profit arts entrepreneurs for over twenty years. He teaches “Legal Issues for the Performing Arts,” in the... Read More →


Thursday March 8, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CST
Riverview - Commodore Suite

4:00pm CST

Booking Film and TV: Auditioning on Camera
Want to work in film and TV? Industry experts will give you the secrets for success, with tips to booking professional on-camera work.

Presenters
avatar for Gabrielle Berberich

Gabrielle Berberich

Owner, Michael Howard Studios
Gabrielle Berberich, is an award-winning casting director, writer/producer, and the Owner of Michael Howard Studios in New York. She's worked with actors on shows such as: The Americans, Billions, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire, Bull, Californication, Downton Abbey... Read More →
avatar for Greg Chwerchak

Greg Chwerchak

Greg Chwerchak is an award-winning director, and has created hundreds of music videos for artists such as Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, Counting Crows, System of a Down, and Nelly. He has also created commercials for Gatorade, McDonald's, and ESPN. His two award-winning shorts... Read More →
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Brett Goldstein

Brett Goldstein is an Emmy Award-Winning Casting Director as well as a talent manager (Brett is the owner of Brett Goldstein Talent Management), director, acting teacher, and private acting coach.  He won an Emmy Award for the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street, as well as three... Read More →


Thursday March 8, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm CST
Riverview - Admiral Suite
 
Friday, March 9
 

9:00am CST

Acting in Your Own Short Film
Take control of your career, and act in your own short film. Specially tailored to actors, learn how to shoot your own ideas from start to finish.

Presenters
avatar for Gabrielle Berberich

Gabrielle Berberich

Owner, Michael Howard Studios
Gabrielle Berberich, is an award-winning casting director, writer/producer, and the Owner of Michael Howard Studios in New York. She's worked with actors on shows such as: The Americans, Billions, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire, Bull, Californication, Downton Abbey... Read More →
avatar for Greg Chwerchak

Greg Chwerchak

Greg Chwerchak is an award-winning director, and has created hundreds of music videos for artists such as Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, Counting Crows, System of a Down, and Nelly. He has also created commercials for Gatorade, McDonald's, and ESPN. His two award-winning shorts... Read More →
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Brett Goldstein

Brett Goldstein is an Emmy Award-Winning Casting Director as well as a talent manager (Brett is the owner of Brett Goldstein Talent Management), director, acting teacher, and private acting coach.  He won an Emmy Award for the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street, as well as three... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CST
Mobile Convention Center - 106 A

10:30am CST

Fill Your Seats: An Introduction to Marketing for Theatre
Theatre fuses culture and capital together like no other community. In this complicated industry, what are the key components you need to market in a way that inspires, entertains, and fills your seats?

Presenters

Friday March 9, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Riverview - Commodore Suite

1:00pm CST

Professional Audition Round Table: Thoughts From Behind the Table
This is a chance for auditionees to hear directly from the people behind the table on what they're looking for in audition material, dress, callbacks and communication.

Presenters
avatar for Valerie Accetta

Valerie Accetta

Head of Musical Theatre, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Valerie Accetta is the Head of Musical Theatre at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. An Equity actress, she played Margy Frake in the First National Tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair, starring John Davidson. Other performance credits include Cinderella, The Sound... Read More →
avatar for Matt Davenport

Matt Davenport

Matt Davenport Productions
Ex Producer & Creative Director of Matt Davenport Productions, Matt has been producing, writing & directing for over twenty years. Matt’s career includes writing & directing national tours including On Broadway!, Birth of the Beat, I Get a Kick Out of Cole & American Rhapsody (official theatrical production of the Gershwin Centennial Celebration). Matt produces, writes & directes award-winning shows for numerous t... Read More →
avatar for Ginger Poole

Ginger Poole

Producing Artistic Director, Mill Mountain Theatre
Ginger Poole is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and an Associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Union. She has studied, taught, choreographed, and performed throughout the U.S. Originally from Atlanta, she has worked with the N.F.L. and The Atlanta... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CST
Riverview - Jubilee Suite

4:30pm CST

Southern Voices on the Global Stage
Join us for a panel discussion on Southern theatre's evolving voice and identity. Using the work of Tennessee Willliams as inspiration, we'll focus on professional and educational initiatives that place our Southern legacy within a contemporary world and on a global stage.

Presenters
avatar for Deborah Bell

Deborah Bell

Deborah Bell is a professor of costume design at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her book "Mask Makers and Their Craft: An Illustrated Worldwide Study" (2010) is based on interviews with mask makers in ten countries and was reprinted in paperback in 2014. She recently... Read More →
avatar for Denise Gabriel

Denise Gabriel

U of North Carolina Greensboro
Denise Gabriel is a member of UNCGreensboro Performance Faculty and Resident Movement Director with Triad Stage. She is a Founding Board Member of ATME and Sensory Awareness Leader with the Sensory Awareness Foundation. Ms. Gabriel has thirty years of experience in the professional... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Keith

Thomas Keith

Thomas Keith is the Literary Director for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival where he runs the annual seminar known as TWI, The Tennessee Williams Institute. Consulting Editor for New Directions Publishing, Keith has edited the Tennessee Williams titles for New Directions... Read More →
avatar for Preston Lane

Preston Lane

Producing Artistic Director, Triad Stage
Preston is Founding Artistic Director of Triad Stage, where in 19 seasons he has produced over 120 productions and directed over 60. Before coming to Greensboro, Preston was Artistic Associate at Dallas Theater Center. As a playwright, Preston’s plays and adaptations have been produced... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CST
Riverview - Jubilee Suite

6:00pm CST

Actor for Life: Amazing Career Without the Drama
Ideal for teachers, professional actors and student actors, this session offers tools and exercises to help you prepare for the internal challenges that accompany a creative life — including self-doubt, fear and procrastination.

Presenters
avatar for Connie deVeer

Connie deVeer

Connie de Veer is a Professor of Acting/Voice & Speech at Illinois State University. She is also a professional actor, coach, director, AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and certified life coach. She has co-authored a book with Jan Elfline, Actor for Life: How to... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm CST
Riverview - Grand Bay Ballroom
 
Saturday, March 10
 

9:00am CST

Dramaturgy and Audience Engagement
How can you promote audience engagement through dramaturgical offerings? Program notes, lobby installations and post-show discussions are just a few effective strategies.

Presenters
avatar for Elissa Sartwell

Elissa Sartwell

Elissa Sartwell teaches theatre history, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, and performance at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi.  Her primary research focuses on the performance of the railroad in nineteenth-century theatre and popular ent... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CST
Riverview - Bay Pointe Suite

9:00am CST

Practical Model-Making for Scenic Design
Our discussion of techniques for producing models for scenic design will feature images and descriptions of various types of professional models, 3D printing, process photos and more.

Presenters
avatar for Thomas Fitch

Thomas Fitch

Andy Fitch (Member-United Scenic Artists) has designed scenery for about 75 equity productions, and over 100 university productions. Since 1996 Andy has taught the MFA program at The University of Alabama. Favorite designs: Whipping Man, & Drawer Boy for the Warehouse Theatre, Hairspray... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CST
Mobile Convention Center - 107 A

10:30am CST

Auditioning: Self-Tape Like a Pro
Take your self-taping to the professional level. Our focus will be on how to build an inexpensive home studio and the self-taping process. We'll cover backdrops, lighting, sound, camera options, tripods, readers, self-taping for theatre vs. TV, and the audition.

Presenters
avatar for Peter Stone

Peter Stone

Mr. Stone has worked professionally in New York on Film/TV, Off-Broadway, Regionally (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival, Portland Stage), and was a casting assistant at Mackey Sandrich in NYC (Green Zone, The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon, and The Proposal with Ryan... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Mobile Convention Center - 107 B

12:00pm CST

Finding Funds: Working With Your Development Officer
Administrators and development officers should be close companions. With funding drying up in virtually all areas, theatre programs will rely more and more on private dollars. Where do you find those dollars and when/how should you make an ask?

Presenters
avatar for David Balthrop

David Balthrop

Dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Murray State University
David Balthrop currently serves as the Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Murray State University in Kentucky. Previous to his current role, he served as the administrator for the Department of Theatre at MSU for 24 years. His specialty area in theatre is scenic and... Read More →
avatar for Lucy Love

Lucy Love

Director of Development, Murray State University
I am a certified nonprofit professional with a decade of experience and a passion for creating strategic vision, developing leadership strengths in others, identifying fundraising opportunities, and acting as a catalyst for change. I currently serve as the major gift officer for the... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Riverview - Windjammer

1:00pm CST

DIG-En: Define-Investigate-Generate-Engage Diversity in Theatre
Diversity is in many theatres' missions. What does it mean and how is it actively present? Investigate tangible ways to honor diversity in theatre.

Presenters
avatar for Shontelle Thrash

Shontelle Thrash

Director of Theatre/Professor of Theatre and Communication, Clayton State University
Shontelle Thrash has over 25 years of experience in professional theatre. She is also the Director of Theatre and professor of theatre and communication at Clayton State University. As an actress, her work has taken her from New York to Shanghai, China. In the Atlanta community, she... Read More →
avatar for Elena Velasco

Elena Velasco

Artistic Director, Convergence Theatre
I am a director and choreographer that has worked out of the DC metro area for over 20 years. I create works that integrate a variety of performance and design languages to address issues of social justice and activist theatre. I'd love to connect with other artists and theatre... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CST
Mobile Convention Center - 203 A/B

4:00pm CST

The Actor's Career: Planning Life and Career
A former CSA Casting Director and Master Acting Teacher will help you find a place for yourself in "The Biz." All levels welcome!

Presenters
avatar for Jane Brody

Jane Brody

Jane Drake Brody: Master Teacher
There can be no more exciting activity than teaching talented young actors to release the joy in them. I am a former actress, singer, agent, director, casting director, and long time teacher. Currently I write books that I hope are helpful to actors, teachers and directors. These... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm CST
Riverview - Jubilee Suite
 


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