URTA | Continuing Education

WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

URTA member universities boast a vast resource of distinguished, professionally active faculty in all areas of theatre. They lead our Continuing Education programs which range from hands-on workshops for students, seminars for fellow faculty, and panel discussions at conferences and conventions. You’ll find URTA Continuing Education at the URTA Auditions and Interviews, as well as many other national and regional events and conferences.

URTA can also develop programming specific to your needs. Whether it’s identifying agents or casting directors from New York City, Los Angeles, or Chicago to conduct a workshop for your students, or coordinating a professional panel on any number timely topics for your theatre conference, URTA’s network of professional resources is unmatched.

What’s on tap—upcoming Continuing Education events from URTA. Continuing Education workshops and seminar registration will be included in Candidate Registration for The 2017 URTAs (which will open in September 2016).

NEW YORK Events at the 2017 URTAs

Leader: Leigh Wilson Smiley (University of Maryland)

Crowne Plaza, FRI 1/20/17 2:00 pm

This workshop will provide actors with an experience of embodying and freeing the natural voice through a progression of tools designed by Kristin Linklater to integrate thought, breath, imagination, and the physical and vocal impulse to share. Beginning with physical awareness and breath awareness, the actors will engage in releasing their text from a deep source of inspiration and a desire to speak. Taught by Designated Linklater Voice Teacher and Director of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland.

Leader: Julia Gibson (UNC Chapel Hill)

Crowne Plaza, SAT 1/21/17 2:00 pm

Description:
This workshop focuses on the importance of play to the art of acting – using theatre games and improvisational exercises designed to strengthen imagination and spontaneity and energize the space between actors. In the URTA setting, it also serves as a fun way to transform stress and nerves into useful, creative energy.

Leader: Ari Teplitz

Crowne Plaza, SAT 1/21/17 4:00 pm

Life as an artist is complicated. Dedication to your craft sometimes means making sacrifices that others don’t understand. It can also mean fighting against stereotypes that either aren’t true or don’t need to be. For example, the notion that being an artist means accepting a life of poverty. That shouldn’t be the case, and it doesn’t have to be. Creating a nest egg for yourself has nothing to do with how much money you make and everything to do with the good habits you create. In this interactive workshop, Ari Teplitz, an arts administrator turned financial advisor, will explore the different ways you can help yourself get out of the starving artist trap with easy, straightforward tips for living a more full financial life.

Leader: Tony Hagopian (URTA)

Crowne Plaza, SUN 1/22/17 2:00 pm

An opportunity to hear from working actors and agents about what it means to work in New York. There will be time for you to ask questions as well! Panel participants TBA.

Leader: Dale Edwards

Crowne Plaza, SUN 1/22/17 4:00 pm

Description TBA

Leader: Tom Miller (AEA)

Crowne Plaza, MON 1/23/17 2:00 pm

Equity protects and secures the rights of actors and stage managers. This workshop explains how and when to join, and the benefits of membership. It will offer pragmatic insight into balancing artistic and business mindsets and provide tips on negotiating, record keeping, networking, and more. The session is Q & A driven.

CHICAGO Events at the 2017 URTAs

Panelists:
Holly Durbin (UC Irvine)
Claudia Stevens (Southern Methodist University)
Lauren Lowell (Illinois State)

Westin Michigan Avenue, THU 1/26/17 1:30 pm

Description: Costume Design is a diverse and exciting field that encompasses everything from film to theatre, large opera, and ice shows. If you are at URTA you’ve already decided to shop for the right graduate school. But you may still have questions about what comes next, such as “How will graduate school help me focus on the career path I want?” or “Will graduate school help me get a job, and are there jobs I have not even imaged?” The panel of recruiters and professionals are here to tell you about their experiences and answer your questions!

Panelists: Matt Walters, Central Region Business Representative of USA Local 829

West Michigan Avenue, FRI 1/27/17 9:00 am

Matt Walters, Central Region Business Representative of United Scenic Artists Local USA829 (the Union for Scenic Artists and Designers) will lead an hour-long presentation discussing the vital role of a labor union in the 21st century performing arts industry. He will also lead a Q&A about the costs of joining USA829, the benefits the organization provides to its members, and how to identify when it’s the right time to consider making application.

Panelists:
Robert Coleman (Florida State University)
Steve Woods (Southern Methodist University)
Brandon Wardell (Northern Illinois University)

Westin Michigan Avenue FRI 1/27/17 1:30 pm

Description: Come hear about different careers in design and technology outside of traditional theatre spaces. Our panel of professionals have worked on everything from cruises to the Olympics. We will also talk about storefront theatres in Chicago and in other areas of the country.

Leader: Tracy Nunnally (Northern Illinois University)

Westin Michigan Avenue FRI 1/27/17 8:00 pm

What does a Technical Director do? Am I cut out for it? What do I need to know? Is grad school the right way to go? The multi-faceted job of the Technical Director can be one of the most rewarding roles in modern theatre. Join professional Technical Director, Tracy Nunnally for a discussion of the role of the Technical Director in today’s theatrical settings.

Leaders: Tracy Nunnally and Carl Nadig

Westin Michigan Avenue, SUN 1/29/17 1:30 pm

From giant flying bugs to rotating pickup trucks to Mary Poppins, special rigging effects bring an added dimension to your production. Join Mr. Tracy Nunnally for a discussion of how to plan and execute these special effects. Mr. Nunnally has been a professional rigger since the 1980s, is the head of the Design and Technology Area at the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance, and is the owner and system designer at Vertigo. He is an ETCP Certified Rigger in both theatre and arena rigging, an ETCP Recognized Trainer, and and ETCP Recognized Employer, and a long term member of IATSE, USITT, ESTA, and the EdTA. He has designed and executed rigging installations at major venues around the world.

Leader: John Patrick (UNC Chapel Hill)

Chicago Hilton MON 1/30/17 2:00 pm

Description: Miller Voice Method – An introduction to how your breath can unleash your talent and preparation. We will move through some core principles of the miller voice method which explore the repeatable physical elements that create compelling performances and ultimately hold the audience’s attention. The workshop will be athletic and demand that you come ready to explore with a deep sense of curiosity.

Leader: TBA

West Michigan Avenue, TUE 1/31/17 2:00 pm

A panel of URTA recruiters will discuss what schools are looking for, what to expect after the auditions/interviews, how the process works, and what graduate school is really like. They may also discuss alternatives to graduate school and other professional training opportunities. There will also be time for questions from attendees.

Facilitated by: Tony Hagopian, guest actor and agents will be announced soon!

Chicago Hilton WED 2/1/17 2:00 pm

Description:An opportunity to hear from working actors and agents about what it means to work in Chicago. There will be time for you to ask questions as well!

Leaders: Connie de Veer and Jan Elfline

Westin Michigan Avenue, THU 2/2/17 2:00 pm

Learn practical strategies drawn from the latest findings in neuroscience and personal coaching to help actors unlock motivation and confidence, and drive away self-limiting habits.

SAN FRANCISCO Events at the 2016 URTAs

Panelists: TBA

Academy of Art University, SAT 2/4/17 2:00 pm

A panel of URTA recruiters will discuss what schools are looking for, what to expect after the auditions/interviews, how the process works, and what graduate school is really like. They may also discuss alternatives to graduate school and other professional training opportunities. There will also be time for questions from attendees.

OUR SPONSORS