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Conference Coordinators

Steven L. Barker
Valerie Baugh-Schlossberg

Conference Sponsors

Conference Host

2013 TIOS Mini-Conference

Theatre VCU ~ Shafer Street Playhouse
February 23, 2012

Fostering a Culture of


Welcome to our second Central Virginia Theatre In Our Schools co-
sponsored by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and the
Virginia Theatre Association and graciously hosted by Theatre VCU!

Our theme this year is Fostering a Culture of Creativity. As teachers
charged with educating to 21
century skills, it is important that we
take time for creativity. Our students will be stronger, more able
citizens when we not only give them the creative project, but also
when we build into them a fearless spirit to approach every academic
and life challenge with those problem solving skills inherent to the

Our goal this year is to provide you the theatre educators and teaching
artists with usable, take away lessons, strategies and best practices, to
engage, enhance, and enliven your classrooms and students with
STEAM, arts integration, and arts excellence.

We are excited to have a broad and eclectic mix of fantastic presenters.
We hope you garner as much from them as possible.

Thank you to our co-sponsors for providing the programming. Thank
you to our host for providing our space, surrounding us with art in
process for inspiration. Thank you to our presenters who bring their
experience to our day of professional development. Lastly, thank you
to you, our participants, for choosing to attend our celebration of
Theatre In Our Schools month.

Steve & Valerie

Presenter Biographies Continued
Featured Presenters
A Successful and Practical Approach to Staging a Dynamic and Exciting Play

Presented by Carol Cadby

Learn how to create dynamic staging by applying practical and simple directing
concepts. You will learn the application of visual pauses, body positions, levels,
psychological areas, stage positions, stage patterns, focus and visual progression. Your
productions will energize both players and audience!

Carol Cadby has been directing and teaching acting for more than 25 years and
currently teaches at George Mason University, Signature Theatre, Synetic Theatre,
The Theatre Lab School of Dramatic Arts and Arlington Public Schools. She also
lectures and coaches across the country through her company, Cadby Production,
LLC. Along with a B.A. from Grinnell College and an M.A.I.S. from George Mason
University with a focus on Self-development through Arts Education, she studied with
renowned acting teachers, Uta Hagen and Herbert Bergof and is trained in
Viewpoints, Laban Movement, Linklater voice and Meisner Acting Technique. She
was also a professional stage and film actor (S.A.G., A.F.T.R.A., S.E.G., A.E.A.
eligible) for ten years based in Miami, Florida. Her professional activities include Arts
Commissioner for Arlington County, board member of Educational Theatre Company,
Leadership Coach for Ola Consulting and the Theatre Arts Lead Teacher and a
Mentor Teacher for Arlington Public Schools.

I nterpersonal Communication Skills for Collaborative Problem Solving
or Mr. Stanislavski, Tear Down That Fourth Wall!
Presented by Becki Jones
This 80 minute workshop will introduce participants to a variety of activities and
games aimed at creating a cooperative and comfortable atmosphere in the small group
setting. The focus is on the interpersonal communication and awareness that arise
when communicators are in a shared space, just as actors and audience are physically
present in the same space in a live theatre performance.

Becki Jones worked for a year as a Research Assistant at Shakespeare's Globe
Theatre, London, UK. Her experiences there led her to Shakespeare performance and
education courses at the Globe, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford, UK, and
the Folger Shakespeare Company, Washington, DC. Becki holds both a Master of
Fine Arts degree in Theatre Pedagogy and a Master of Arts degree in English
Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has presented on "Instant
Shakespeare!" in middle school, high school, and university settings, and at the
Virginia Thespian and American Shakespeare Center conferences. She teaches theatre
full time at the Thomas Dale Specialty Center for the Arts in Chesterfield County.

Based in Bethesda, MD, the American Alliance for Theatre and
Education (AATE) connects and inspires a growing collective of
theatre artists, educators, and scholars committed to transforming
young people and communities through the theatre arts. We believe
that the worth of a civilization is measured by its ability to meet the
needs of its youth. Through membership benefits and a variety of
professional development and outreach programs, AATE directly
supports the artists and educators who work with these children every
day. Theatre educators involved in our programming are able to apply
knowledge and practices directly to the thousands of students they
engage throughout the country. By providing avenues for collaboration
and education, AATE strives to see the full spectrum of the theatre arts
as a pervasive part of our landscape.

American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE)
4908 Auburn Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

Phone: 301-200-1944
Fax: 301-280-1682
Web: www.aate.com

Featured Presenters
NCCAS Feedback Session Presented by Linda Krakaur

The philosophical grounding for the new National Standards in the Arts, currently
being devised by over seventy arts educators across the nation, states that "The central
purpose of education standards is to identify the learning that we want for all of our
students and to drive improvement in the system that delivers that learning. Yet, in a
field as diverse as theatre arts, many questions have been raised regarding the
processes, products, and essential understandings unique to our discipline. In this
session, Linda Krakaur, member of the Theatre Arts writing team, will share her
insights on the writing process and listen to your priorities. You are invited to
participate in this dialogue as writing team members continue refining their work,
including the shaping of cornerstone assessments to measure achievement in the
performance standards.

Linda Krakaur is an arts integration instructor and consultant, specializing in drama
in education. Ms. Krakaurs transformative practice and theoretical insights, based on
culturally responsive pedagogy, authentic instruction, and brain-based learning,
evolved from her twenty years of classroom teaching and graduate studies at the
International School for Drama in Education at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
Recent articles published in Very Special Arts and the Journal on Social Justice and
the Arts highlight the quality and impact of Ms. Krakaurs unique approach,
particularly as it relates to improved motivation and academic performance for urban
students. Ms. Krakaur has presented both at national and international conferences
including the Drama Across the Curriculum and Beyond Conference at New York
University and the International Drama in Education Association conference in Hong
Kong. She feels honored to be a member of the Theatre Arts writing team for the
National Core Arts Standards (NCCAS). Ms. Krakaur is currently a doctoral student
and program assistant for the newly designed Masters in Teacher Leadership with a
Focus in Arts Integration at the University of Maryland.

Puppetry in the Classroom Presented by Matthew Lewis Johnson
Jump in the fun and find ways to use the fundamentals of puppetry to explore
classroom activities to address learning in the core classroom. Puppets have
extraordinary powers to engage all students in active, responsive, and authentic

An actor-director-playwright-puppeteer-designer by trade, Matthew Lewis Johnson
is currently pursuing the MFA in Pedagogy Performance with a focus in Movement
and a secondary focus in Voice here at VCU. After leaving the Center for Puppetry
Arts where he was a resident puppeteer for four seasons. Matthew worked for almost a
decade at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company where he served as Associate Artistic
Director. Matthew is a proud member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Stage
Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), Union Internationale de la Marionette
(UNIMA-USA) and the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). His
favorite role of all time is Daddy to Millie and Ollie.

Schedule of Events

TIME EVENT Presenter A Presenter B LOCATION
9:20am (20)

9:40am (20)
Steve Barker & Valerie Baugh - Opening

DW Gregory
Main Stage
9:45am -
11:05am (80)
Sessions A
DW Gregory

Playwriting: Science
and Technology as a
Basis for Drama
Carol Cadby

New Practical
Approaches to Staging
a Dynamic and
Exciting Play

Classrooms A
& B
12:30pm (80)
Sessions B
Linda Krakaur

NCCAS Feedback

Puppetry in the
Classrooms A
& B
1:10pm (35)


Main Stage
2:35pm (80)
Sessions C

Voicing the
Archetypes of Myth
and Legends
Becki Jones

down this Fourth Wall
Classrooms A
& B
2:55pm (15)
Snacks &

Steve Barker
Valerie Baugh

from VCU
with Talkback

Shout-outs &
Main Stage

Presenter Biographies
Key Note
D.W. Gregory writes in a variety of styles and genres, from historical drama to
screwball comedy, but a recurring theme is the exploration of political issues through
a personal lens. The New York Times called her "a playwright with a talent to
enlighten and provoke for her most produced play, RADIUM GIRLS (Playwrights
Theatre of New Jersey), about dialpainters poisoned on the job in the 1920s. A
resident playwright at New Jersey Rep, she received a Pulitzer nomination for the
Reps production of THE GOOD DAUGHTER, the story of a Missouri farm family
struggling to adapt to rapid social change. Other plays include THE GOOD GIRL IS
GONE (Playwrights Theatre) , a black comedy about maternal indifference;
OCTOBER 1962 (NJ Rep), a Cold War era psychological thriller; and MOLUMBYS
MILLION (Iron Age Theatre Co.), a comedy about the boxer Jack Dempsey, which
was nominated for the 2011 Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play by the
Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia.

Her work has been developed through the support of the National New Play Network,
the Maryland Arts Council, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and has been
presented at the New Harmony Project, ShenanArts, The Playwrights Center, Theatre
of the First Amendment, NYUs HotInk Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the
Lark, Florida Stage, Geva Theatre, the Womens Project, and the Young Vic, among
others. D.W. also writes frequently for youth theatre. Her play SALVATION ROAD,
about a boy whose sister disappears into a fundamentalist church, was developed
through New York University's Steinhardt New Plays for Young Audiences program
and is slated for several productions in 2012-13. A member of the Dramatists Guild, a
former national core member of The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, and a recent
inductee into the League of Professional Theatre Women, Ms. Gregory is also
founding member of the Playwrights Gymnasium, a process oriented workshop based
in metro Washington, D.C.

Featured Presenters
Science and Technology as a Basis for Drama Presented by D.W. Gregory

In this interactive workshop, playwright D.W. Gregory walks you through the basics
of dramatic structure and demonstrates how you and your students can pull a play out
of the kind of narrative typically found in elementary or middle school science texts.

Voicing the Archetypes of Myths and Legend Presented by Steven L. Barker
Call the Hero! Seek the Sage! Find the Trickster! Explore ways to find the essences of
common character that can then engage students in a wide array of discovery. Join us
as we create the fundamentals for create characters for stage and story. Based in work
by Frankie Armstrong and Janet Rodgers, engage in an active pursuit for analysis and