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Wednesday, March 7
 

5:30pm CST

Movement Playground: Teachers Teaching Teachers (and Everyone Else!)
Open to all, this is an opportunity to play with diverse approaches to teaching movement for performers. Come prepared to learn, interact and — if you like — share. Come play!

Presenters
avatar for Matthew R. Wilson

Matthew R. Wilson

Professor and Actor/Director, George Washington University
Matthew R. Wilson serves as SETC Chair of Movement & Physical Theatre and works as a professional actor, director, fight director, and Commedia specialist. Matt has toured the world with his THE GREAT ONE-MAN COMMEDIA EPIC since 2004 (including playing SETC in 2005 and 2016). His... Read More →


Wednesday March 7, 2018 5:30pm - 6:45pm CST
Riverview - Riverboat
 
Thursday, March 8
 

9:00am CST

Introduction to the Ecole Jacques Lecoq Approach
Lecoq training focuses actors on the connection between their body and their emotional state, connecting the world of stimulus around them (space, situation, acting partners) to the world inside them (character and internal emotional journey).

Presenters
avatar for David Gaines

David Gaines

Performer, Teacher, David Gaines Performance
David Gaines studied and later taught mime, mask, and movement at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France, and was a founding member of Moving Picture Mime Show – a London-based movement theatre company that toured Europe and the world for 10 years. He has taught at the graduate school of the University of Missouri (Kansas City), and now teaches at George Mason University, in Fairfax, VA. He also works as a professional clown at Children's... Read More →


Thursday March 8, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CST
Mobile Convention Center - 204 A/B

9:00am CST

New Walk, New Talk
Using Michael Chekhov techniques as our inspiration, let's explore imaginative and powerful ways to create, embody and express new characters.

Presenters
avatar for Paul Bawek

Paul Bawek

Associate Professor of Acting & Directing and Head of Performance, Florida Southern College
Paul D. Bawek (AEA) is an award winning actor, director, playwright, fight choreographer, and acting coach. For twenty-five years heâs taught acting, auditioning, playwriting, and directing courses at theatreâs and educational institutions across the nation and abroad. He holds... Read More →


Thursday March 8, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CST
Riverview - Grand Bay Ballroom

9:00am CST

The Balanced Performer: Voice and Movement Through Alexander Technique
Join two Alexander Technique teachers as we explore your full potential as a performer. Come prepared with a monologue or song and dressed in non-restrictive movement clothes.

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Hillmer

Rachel Hillmer

Rachel Hillmer is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech at The University of Louisville, where she teaches voice, speech, Alexander Technique, IPA, dialects and textwork. She earned her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy: Voice and Speech from the Virginia Commonwealth University, and has... Read More →
avatar for Kelley Schoger

Kelley Schoger

Assistant Professor of Acting and Movement, University of Alabama
Kelley Schoger is Assistant Professor of Acting and Movement in the undergraduate and graduate theatre programs at University of Alabama. She is an actor, movement specialist and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Kelley worked professionally in New York City as an actor... Read More →


Thursday March 8, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CST
Battle House - Tree House

10:30am CST

CANCELLED: Finding the Life of Your Character
This workshop has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this change in scheduling may cause. 

Thursday March 8, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
NA

10:30am CST

Kapow! The Art of Stage Combat
Keep your scene partner and yourself in one piece as you give your audience an adrenaline rush! Safe and effective hand-to-hand combat for the stage.

Presenters
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Don Stallings

Atlanta Workshop Players
Don has had an active career as a Stand-Up Comedian, Improv Artist & a commercial, television & film actor. He is an experienced stage combat choreographer who trained with the Society Of American Fight Directors. He produces, tapes & edits independent & corporate projects each year... Read More →


Thursday March 8, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Mobile Convention Center - 202 A/B
  Workshop, Stage Movement

10:30am CST

Partner Characterization: A Text-Free Approach to Character Building
Bring a friend to work with, or show up and make new ones! In this on-your-feet workshop, we'll use movement, improvisation and structured activities to illuminate how building a character doesn't have to start with a script ... or even use one at all. Be prepared to move, play and collaborate!

Presenters
avatar for Bob Shryock

Bob Shryock

Faculty & Director of Communications & Recruiting, Accademia dell'Arte
Bob is faculty at the Accademia dell'Arte in Tuscany, Italy where he teaches various topics in Physical Theatre and Devising. Originally from Manila, Philippines, Bob is a SF Bay Area based actor-creator, director and teaching artist. He's currently directing Naomi Iizuka's "Anon(ymous... Read More →


Thursday March 8, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Battle House - Tree House

10:30am CST

Voice Through Movement: Suit the Word to the Action
Explore the sound made when our full body is engaged. Using various movement methods (from Laban to Psychological Gesture) and classic voice techniques (from Linklater to Fitzmaurice), we'll discover how to free our voice and truly make our actions suit our words.

Presenters
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Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller is the Director of Theatre Arts at Virginia Episcopal School. He earned his BFA in Musical Theater from Mars Hill University, and has traveled the country as an Actor, Director, and Educator. His ongoing research is in voice and movement synthesis. As an educator, he... Read More →


Thursday March 8, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Mobile Convention Center - 203 A/B

1:00pm CST

Directing: Using Movement to Tell Stories
Evolve truthful blocking that supports the text, enhances the work of actors, and works for different theatrical configurations.

Presenters
avatar for Stuart Brown

Stuart Brown

Professor of Theatre, Floirda Southwestern State College
Stuart Brown holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Texas at Austin and more than 25 years of experience in Film, Television and Theatre.


Thursday March 8, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CST
Battle House - Tree House

1:00pm CST

Droznin: An Introduction to Russian Movement
Access your physical freedom and truthfully respond to impulses with the Russian movement technique founded by Andrei Droznin. Wear movement clothes!

Presenters
avatar for Violet Saylor

Violet Saylor

Program Representative/Teaching Artist, National Theater Institute
Violet Saylor serves as a Program Representative and Teaching Artist for the National Theater Institute at the Eugene OâNeill Theater Center. Violet holds a BFA in Directing with an emphasis in Musical Theatre from Drake University, and is an NTI program alum. In 2011, Violet co-founded... Read More →


Thursday March 8, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CST
Mobile Convention Center - 202 A/B

1:00pm CST

Violent Delights: Spectacle on Stage
Theatre professionals and scholars from different disciplines will discuss representations of violence on stage. The presenters will offer a series of short papers that productively engage with the roundtable theme of Violence as Spectacle.

Presenters
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Geoffrey Douglas

Dr. Geoffrey Aaron Douglas is an artist and an educator. He works as a professor at Armstrong State University, where he teaches classes in playwriting and arts management. He directs university and independent productions and has served as dramaturg for productions in Austin, New... Read More →
avatar for Zackary Ross

Zackary Ross

Assistant Professor of Theatre, Bellarmine University


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

4:00pm CST

Creative Landscapes: Physical Improv, Movement and Sound
Develop a physical vocabulary between bodies through the exploration of improvisational movement and sound. Focus on developing group connections, specifically working on how individuals understand their body in space, and how the bodies of an ensemble create meaning.

Presenters
avatar for John Paul Staszel

John Paul Staszel

Professor, California University of Pennsylvcania
Dr. John Paul "JP" Staszel teaches theatre at California University of Pennsylvania. He completed his doctoral work at Bowling Green State University in the field of theatre and performance studies, and recently participated in the Northwestern Summer Institute fellowship program... Read More →


Thursday March 8, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm CST
Mobile Convention Center - 204 A/B

4:00pm CST

Four Elements for Character Development: Earth, Air, Fire and Water
Go through four basic exercises to isolate the use of Earth, Air, Fire and Water in the body and enrich character development.

Presenters
avatar for Neil David Seibel

Neil David Seibel

Associate Professor of Theatre, Director of Performance, Auburn University Montgomery
Neil David Seibel has acting/directing credits including Off Broadway, Denver Center Theatre Company, Theatre Aspen, Arvada Center, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Alley Theatre-Houston, Theatre Under The Stars, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Montgomery... Read More →


Thursday March 8, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm CST
Battle House - Tree House

5:30pm CST

A Well-Balanced Actor: Acting Technique and Mindfulness
Uncover emotional blocks or habitual tendencies that prevent you from unleashing the truthfulness in your acting, as well as your personal life.

Presenters
avatar for Dawn Souza

Dawn Souza

Dawn Souza is a Rhode Island native and a certified theatre educator (K-12), thrilled to be presenting at SETC. She earned her BAS in Theatre and Secondary Education from Salve Regina University in RI, and then her MA from Emerson College in Boston, Ma. She is also an MFA candidate... Read More →


Thursday March 8, 2018 5:30pm - 6:45pm CST
Mobile Convention Center - 203 A/B

5:30pm CST

Breaking Down Classical Text for Auditions: A Simple Checklist
By following a simple checklist, young performers will gain the confidence and skills to ace a classical audition. Focus on how to select a classical monologue/soliloquy, rehearse properly, and let it all go and actually have fun in the audition.

Presenters
avatar for Andrew Schwartz

Andrew Schwartz

Assistant Professor, Coker University
Professor Andrew Schwartz has worked in theaters internationally, Broadway and Off Broadway in NYC, and regionally including Classic Stage Company (NYC), The New Victory Theatre (NYC), Lincoln Center Institute (NYC), The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Denver Center, La Jolla Playhouse... Read More →


Thursday March 8, 2018 5:30pm - 6:45pm CST
Riverview - Schooner
 
Friday, March 9
 

8:00am CST

Acting the Fight: Body NRGs, Text and Motion
Utilizing basic unarmed combat and a short section of classical text, participants will start to understand stage violence as a method of physical communication that springs from the script.

Presenters
avatar for Bart Williams

Bart Williams

Ass't Prof Acting/Stage Combat, Southeast Missouri State University
Bart Williams, former Managing Director of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, is an Artistic Associate of UK based Sell-A-Door Theatre, and an honorary member of the Chicago Associates of The Stratford Festival of Ontario. Bart holds an MFA from Wayne State University’s Hilberry... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am CST
Battle House - Crystal Ballroom

8:00am CST

The Masks of Commedia dell'Arte
Create vibrant, unique and highly physical characters through the use of traditional Commedia dell'Arte masks! The session will culminate in short, improvised scenarios featuring the characters we've created.

Presenters
avatar for Kevin Kern

Kevin Kern

University of Mount Union
Kevin P. Kern is the Chair of Theatre at the University of Mount Union, and served previously at the University of West Florida. He is the founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare At The Castle in northeastern Ohio for which he directed the inaugural production of A Midsummer Ni... Read More →
avatar for Jon Liebetrau

Jon Liebetrau

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director of Theatre, Wilkes University
Jon Liebetrau has been a professional theatre artist for over thirty years. He has performed on stage and directed for theaters from NY to California and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am CST
Mobile Convention Center - 203 A/B

9:00am CST

CrossFit Clown
Put down that pie and flex your funny bone during this crash course of clown techniques. Condition your character and strengthen your pantomime skills in a series of fast-paced exercises, complete with a makeup demonstration.

Presenters
avatar for Matthew Belopavlovich

Matthew Belopavlovich

Lead Theater Teacher, Patel Conservatory
Matthew Belopavlovich was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His career highlights include performance work with Orlando Repertory Theatre, Walt Disney World, Broadway Dinner Theatre in the Dells, Skylight Music... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CST
Riverview - Mobile Bay Ballroom

9:00am CST

Sound and Motion: Combined Techniques for Fierce Song Performance
Combining Vocal Process Methodology with Rudolf Laban's concept of Effort Shapes, this amalgam of vocal anatomy and psycho-physical movement will create a new process for musical theatre performance.

Presenters
avatar for Adam Howard

Adam Howard

Texas Tech University
Adam D. Howard is an American born and British trained actor, singer, playwright, composer, director and music director. He is currently the only American certified teacher in Vocal Process Methodology, developed by Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher. Those familiar with the text 'Singing... Read More →


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

10:30am CST

Joining Forces: Contact Improvisation for Everyone
This movement form is based around transferring energy through physical touch and presence. Focus on partnering skills, and increase your physical awareness through guided exercises in a safe, fun atmosphere. Bring movement clothes!

Presenters
avatar for Todd Fisher

Todd Fisher

Executive Director, The Drama Center of City Arts
Todd Fisher is a Theater Artist, Husband, Beer Brewer and, if it’s your birthday, Singer. A graduate of UNCG Theater and Dance, trainee of the SITI Company and member of the John Gamble Dance Theater, he has taught Contact Improv for over 20 years. He currently serves as the director... Read More →
avatar for Christine Fisher

Christine Fisher

Dance educator, Guilford County Schools
Christine Kiernan Fisher holds a BFA in ballet from Columbia College and an MFA in performance and choreography from UNC Greensboro. A choreographer, performer, sometimes-lighting designer and stage manager… Christine co-founded Random Dance Company, and has performed with 2B Tribe... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Riverview - Grand Bay Ballroom

10:30am CST

Juggling 101
Learn the foundation to the art of the three ball cascade. Equipment is provided, but space is limited due to falling objects. Juglito ergo sum: I juggle, therefore I am.

Presenters
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Michael Williams

Director of Theatre, Southern Union State Community College
Michael Williams, Jr. is the director of theatre at Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, Alabama. He has served as the director since 2009. In addition to directing shows and teaching courses in theatre appreciation and acting methods, Mr. Williams has worked with the... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Mobile Convention Center - 203 A/B
  Workshop, Stage Movement

12:00pm CST

Create the Space: Controlling Actor's Space Through Biomechanics
Through the use of theatrical biomechanics, participants will examine the physical body as it travels through the theatrical space.

Presenters
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David Reed

Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida
David Reed is a director, educator, and stage movement professional currently serving as an Assistant Professor at UCF. He received his MFA in Theatre Directing from Baylor University in 2012. He also holds an MA in Speech/Theatre from Louisiana Tech University. David has directed... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Battle House - Crystal Ballroom

12:00pm CST

Faculty Move and Groove
This is a dance/movement class for faculty members (and grad assistants!) who would like to get acquainted or reacquainted with modern dance technique and theory. Come dressed to move. Techniques will include Limon and Bartenieff Fundamentals.

Presenters
avatar for Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University

DARRYL KENT CLARK, BA, Columbia College Chicago, MFA SUNY College at Brockport, has danced, acted, sang and choreographed a lot! He is currently in his second year on faculty at SIU-Carbondale, department of Theater.


Friday March 9, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Battle House - Bienville Square

12:00pm CST

Lecoq Improvisation: A Space, an Event
80% of human interaction is about body language and spatial dynamics. Through playful exercises and improvisation, you'll notice and use your innate sense of body language and space to interact on stage in a way that tells a clear and believable story.

Presenters
avatar for David Gaines

David Gaines

Performer, Teacher, David Gaines Performance
David Gaines studied and later taught mime, mask, and movement at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France, and was a founding member of Moving Picture Mime Show – a London-based movement theatre company that toured Europe and the world for 10 years. He has taught at the graduate school of the University of Missouri (Kansas City), and now teaches at George Mason University, in Fairfax, VA. He also works as a professional clown at Children's... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Mobile Convention Center - 203 A/B

12:00pm CST

Tango Technique
Anyone with a dance background or simply a passion for dance is welcome to join in as we work through the elements of basic tango dancing: paying attention to partner connection, lead and follow, simple choreography and technique. No flip flops/sandals.

Presenters
avatar for Nathan Allen

Nathan Allen

Associate Professor, Campbellsville U
Nathan John-Paul Allen is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Campbellsville University and the Artistic Director of Town Hall Productions. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, an MA in Theatre Practice from University College Dublin and... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Mobile Convention Center - 202 A/B

1:00pm CST

CANCELLED: Don't Think! Do! Clown Technique for Actors
This workshop has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this change in scheduling may cause.

Friday March 9, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CST
NA

1:00pm CST

Motion Capture Performance
What's expected of a motion capture actor? Learn about a fast-growing industry and what you need to know if you find yourself in a motion capture studio.

Presenters
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Andrew Ray

Certified Stage Combat Instructor, Society of American Fight Directors
Andrew is an actor, fight director and educator who works from coast to coast. He is a certified stage combat instructor with the Society of American Fight Directors that holds a BA in Theatre from The University of Kentucky and an MA in Theatre from Louisiana Tech University where... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CST
Mobile Convention Center - 204 A/B

1:00pm CST

Suzuki Express: Harnessing the Power of Suzuki Principles
Apply basic principles of Suzuki techniques in a "fast food," express style, geared toward conditioning and harnessing the actor's emotional and physical power while heightening awareness, focus and strength.

Presenters
avatar for Keone Fuqua

Keone Fuqua

Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Communication, William Carey U
Keone Kaukawele Fuqua is a professional actor, director, producer, stage manager and production manager. As Assistant Professor of Theatre & Communication and Department Chair, Mr. Fuqua heads the Theatre program, supervises the Theatre and Communication faculty, teaches various acting... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CST
Mobile Convention Center - 203 A/B

4:30pm CST

ACTORbatics: Introduction to Droznin Russian Movement
Through a series of physical exercises and partner acrobatics, students slowly unlock the body, freeing them up for the work they will need to do on stage. Wear comfortable clothing.

Presenters
avatar for Carrigan O'Brian

Carrigan O'Brian

Lead Program Representative & Teaching Artist, National Theater Institute
The National Theater Institute: Founded in 1970, The National Theater Institute (NTI) is the leading theater training program at the two-time Tony Award-winning  Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut and the Moscow Art Theater School in Moscow, Russia. With a singular schedule and an unmatched breadth of training, NTI’s credit-earning training programs offer students a springboard to the professional theater world. These programs include a two-week residency in London or NYC, tickets to 20+ shows, and classes... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CST
Mobile Convention Center - 202 A/B

4:30pm CST

Fundamentals of Unarmed Stage Combat
Through demonstrations and drills, we'll cover basic techniques in unarmed stage combat — including the back fall, push/pull, slap, punch, kick, hair/ear pull, and front and rear choke — with a focus on safety and good partnering. We'll end with a short choreographic phrase.

Presenters
avatar for Steven Schwall

Steven Schwall

Founder and Lead Instructor, Academy of Combat and Movement Education
Steven Schwall has been staging fights professionally since 2006. He is a Certified Teacher of Stage Combat with the Society of American Fight Directors. In addition, he is a Level 2 professor of the Margolis Method of Dynamic Movement. He is also a practitioner of Historic European... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CST
Battle House - Bienville Square

6:00pm CST

Action + Quality = Character
Explore the use of Archetypes and Actions as a way to tap into your natural impulses on stage. All you need is one line of memorized text, and this fun and improvisational workshop will encourage your body to talk you into any character you can imagine!

Presenters
avatar for Jesse Graham

Jesse Graham

Lecturer, Troy University
Jesse Graham is a Lecturer at Troy University where she teaches Movement, Acting, Oral Interpretation, Audition and Portfolio Techniques and the Theatre Professional. NYC-based for many years, she has toured the country with both Guys and Dolls (General Cartwright) and My Fair Lady... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm CST
Mobile Convention Center - 204 A/B

6:00pm CST

Knife Stage Combat: Reach out and Cut Someone
Expand the limits of safety and distance to examine how untrained characters use our most accessible weapon (the knife) and how we as actors can make the fight feel compelling and dangerous.

Presenters
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David Reed

Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida
David Reed is a director, educator, and stage movement professional currently serving as an Assistant Professor at UCF. He received his MFA in Theatre Directing from Baylor University in 2012. He also holds an MA in Speech/Theatre from Louisiana Tech University. David has directed... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm CST
Mobile Convention Center - 203 A/B

6:00pm CST

Pirate Fighting: Sword Fight Like a Pirate
Learn basic stances, blocks and attacks for the single sword.

Presenters
avatar for Stewart Hawley

Stewart Hawley

Stewart Hawley teaches at Reinhardt University in Georgia. He has worked on several films and TV projects as well as live theatre across the country


Friday March 9, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm CST
Mobile Convention Center - 202 A/B
  Workshop, Stage Movement

6:00pm CST

Staging Intimacy in Education: Classroom/Rehearsal Etiquette
Founders of Theatre Intimacy Education will discuss methodologies and guidelines for dealing with scenes of intimacy, nudity and sexual violence in the academic arena. Panelists will offer pedagogical practices for classroom scene work and tips for creating a safe, consensual environment.

Presenters
avatar for Kate Busselle

Kate Busselle

Research Consultant, Resource Manager, and Founder, Theatrical Intimacy Education
Kate is an Intimacy Choreographer, Violence Designer, and doctoral student at the University of Missouri. Pursuing her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies, Kate researches the performance of violence committed by women on stage, screen, and in other forms of media. She most recently... Read More →
avatar for Laura Rikard

Laura Rikard

Co-Founder, Theatrical Intimacy Education, U of Miami
Laura (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) is a director, actor, stage movement specialist, intimacy choreographer, Assistant Professor of Acting, Directing and Movement at the University of Miami and a founding member of Theatre Intimacy Education. Directing credits include: The Seagull, Dead Manâs... Read More →


Friday March 9, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm CST
Mobile Convention Center - 201 B
 
Saturday, March 10
 

8:00am CST

I Play Therefore I Am
How do we recognize the game? How do we as actors invite play into every area of our work so that "serious" becomes "serious play," and the mundane becomes the jungle gym of the imagination? Come play games old and new to ask the fun question: What kind of player are you?

Presenters
avatar for James Peck

James Peck

Faculty, Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater
James Peck had a conventional career in Theatre, Film and TV in the UK until he discovered the unconventional approach to theatre found only at the physical theatre school Dell’Arte International California. James then continued as Faculty and teaches Play, Mask and Voice at the school... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am CST
Riverview - Riverboat

8:00am CST

Who Am I? Awareness Through Viewpoints
Using aspects of Viewpoints, the Feldenkrais Method and vocal exploration, participants will recognize habitual patterns and develop a greater kinesthetic awareness. Dress in clothing that is comfortable for movement.

Presenters
avatar for Mary Lennon

Mary Lennon

Mary Lennon is a MFA candidate in the Performance/Pedagogy program as well as an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches a class on devising theatre for young audiences. Mary has her MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College, has worked in the education... Read More →
avatar for Janel Miley

Janel Miley

Janel Miley is a second year MFA candidate in the Theatre Pedagogy program with a focus in Voice and Speech. As a theatre educator, she has taught at West Virginia University, the Governor's School in Theater Arts at UVa-Wise, Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, Everyman Theatre... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am CST
Riverview - Grand Bay Ballroom

9:00am CST

Partnering in Extremes: Communication With Dance and Combat
Join us to explore the possibilities for dynamic storytelling through the use of dance and stage combat techniques, focusing on the powerful physical communication between partners.

Presenters
avatar for Brianna Larson

Brianna Larson

Assistant Professor, Arkansas State University
Brianna Lucas Larson is currently an Assistant Professor at Arkansas State University in the Department of Theatre. She teaches dance classes and does movement and choreography work for the department productions. Outside of the usual styles of dance studied for Musical Theatre, Brianna... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CST
Mobile Convention Center - 203 A/B

9:00am CST

Stage Combat/Theatrical Makeup: Cause and Effect
First, students will partner up and learn the basics of safe stage combat. Of course, once you learn how to fake pushes, hair pulls, chokes, slaps and punches…, you'll need the fake bruises to show for it! We'll follow up the basics of trauma simulation makeup.

Presenters
avatar for Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis

Associate Professor, Centenary U
Stephen Michael Davis is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Centenary University and a proud member of the Actors Equity Association. He has a B.F.A. in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, as well as an M.F.A. in directing from USC, where he received the Two... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CST
Riverview - Mobile Bay Ballroom

10:30am CST

Discover the Puppet Within: Transforming the Body to Puppet
Through physical exploration, we'll create unique and expressive characters with just the body and simple props. These newly discovered characters will then interact with others to create short scenes.

Presenters
avatar for Leila Ghaznavi

Leila Ghaznavi

Artistic Director, Pantea Productions
Leila Ghaznavi is founder and creator of Leila and Pantea Productions, a multidisciplinary theater collaborative that combines puppetry, physical theater, arial acrobatics, and animation for unrestricted story telling. She has toured her unique works across the country and around... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Riverview - Mobile Bay Ballroom

10:30am CST

Staging Intimacy: Putting Guidelines Into Practice
This is a three-part, stage movement, guided experience that will offer students, teachers and directors a chance to put best guidelines and positive language into practice when approaching scenes with theatrical intimacy.

Presenters
avatar for Kate Busselle

Kate Busselle

Research Consultant, Resource Manager, and Founder, Theatrical Intimacy Education
Kate is an Intimacy Choreographer, Violence Designer, and doctoral student at the University of Missouri. Pursuing her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies, Kate researches the performance of violence committed by women on stage, screen, and in other forms of media. She most recently... Read More →
avatar for Laura Rikard

Laura Rikard

Co-Founder, Theatrical Intimacy Education, U of Miami
Laura (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) is a director, actor, stage movement specialist, intimacy choreographer, Assistant Professor of Acting, Directing and Movement at the University of Miami and a founding member of Theatre Intimacy Education. Directing credits include: The Seagull, Dead Manâs... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am CST
Mobile Convention Center - 203 A/B

12:00pm CST

Stage Combat Interest Group: SAFD Panel
A panel on the opportunities available for training and working in Stage Combat featuring Certified Teachers, Fight Directors and Fight Masters with the Society of American Fight Directors. Open to all. Come with questions!

Presiders
avatar for Matthew R. Wilson

Matthew R. Wilson

Professor and Actor/Director, George Washington University
Matthew R. Wilson serves as SETC Chair of Movement & Physical Theatre and works as a professional actor, director, fight director, and Commedia specialist. Matt has toured the world with his THE GREAT ONE-MAN COMMEDIA EPIC since 2004 (including playing SETC in 2005 and 2016). His... Read More →

Saturday March 10, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Mobile Convention Center - 202 A/B
  Workshop, Stage Movement

12:00pm CST

Wanna Arm Wrestle? Alexander Technique and Arm Wrestling for Actors
Combining Alexander Technique principles with techniques from professional arm wrestling can forge strong connections between actors in scene work.

Presenters
avatar for Tommy Schoffler

Tommy Schoffler

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Theatre & Dance, WV Wesleyan College
Tommy Schoffler is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (ATI) who is particularly interested in working with performers, but his students have included painters, athletic trainers, corporate executives, shot-put throwers and professional arm wrestlers. He has been invited... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm CST
Riverview - Mobile Bay Ballroom

4:00pm CST

An Actor's Juggling Primer: Three-Ball Juggling
Receive basic, hands-on instruction in physical object manipulation as well as handouts to practice techniques at home. All levels welcome!

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Sam Wallace

Senior Lecturer of Theatre, Auburn University at Montgomery
Sam Wallace is a Senior Lecturer of Theatre for Auburn University at Montgomery. He has been entertaining audiences as a juggler, actor, singer, musician, designer, and director for four decades. Professionally, he has performed for theaters in Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, and Alabama... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm CST
Battle House - Tree House

4:00pm CST

Basic Knife Fighting: Is This a Dagger I See Before Me?
Featuring rubber training daggers, this participatory workshop will expose students to a range of attacks, defenses, safety considerations and story-telling principles.

Presenters
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Michael Hill-Kirkland

Professor, Regent University
Michael Kirkland, Ph.D., MFA, is a senior faculty member in the Department of Media, Performing Arts, and Music at Regent University, in Virginia Beach where he serves as Director of Theater and coordinates the MFA and BFA in Acting degree programs. A member of Actors Equity Association... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm CST
Mobile Convention Center - 203 A/B

4:00pm CST

Meisner, Viewpoints and Impulse: The Mashup Mixtape
This exploration of the techniques of Viewpoints and Meisner will allow the actor to abandon all thought of the audience and react honestly in the moment.

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Talon Beeson

Austin Peay State University, Austin Peay State University
Talon is an Actor/Director that has been seen and heard on stages, screens and radios across the country. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre (Shenandoah U.) and an MFA in Acting (Depaul.) Currently he is an Asst. Prof. of Acting/Directing at Austin Peay State University. Talon has... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm CST
Riverview - Grand Bay Ballroom

4:00pm CST

Soundpainting: Improvisation, Composition and Performance
Performers will learn the gestural compositional language of Soundpainting, which can be used to create improvised performances both in rehearsal and live on stage.

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Saturday March 10, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm CST
Riverview - Mobile Bay Ballroom
 


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