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 2018 URTAs.

NEW YORK Events at the 2018 URTAs

Panelists: TBA

Millennium Hotel, Fri 1/19/18 3:00 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.

Leader: George Contini (University of Georgia)

Millennium Hotel, Sat 1/20/18 3:00 pm

Monologue need a tune-up? Need to re-up the stakes? Feeling disconnected? This workshop will focus on the actor deepening their psycho-physical connection to a monologue using techniques of Michael Chekhov. This is an active workshop that will involve strong physical movement and vocal work. Using a memorized monologue, the participants will be taken through a series of practical exercises to help them more fully inhabit the character’s circumstances. Participants will leave with a few new tricks to develop richer performances and a stronger sense of objective and purpose when you have just a few seconds to show it.

Panelists: TBA

Millennium Hotel, Sun 1/21/18 3:00 pm

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

Leader: Flora Stamatiades (National Director, Organizing & Special Projects, Actors’ Equity Association)

Millennium Hotel, Mon 1/22/18 3:00 pm

What does it mean to be an Equity member? As the union for professional actors and stage managers, Actors’ Equity Association protects and secures the rights of members working in live theater throughout the United States. This workshop will discuss joining and the benefits of membership. It will also offer pragmatic insight into balancing artistic and business mindsets. The session is Q & A driven.

CHICAGO Events at the 2018 URTAs

Panelists: TBA

Westin Michigan Avenue, THU 1/25/18 9:00 am

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 have already decided to shop for the right graduate school. But you may still have questions about what is 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 imagined?” The panel of recruiters and professionals are here to tell you about their experiences and answer your questions!

Leader: Steve Roudebush (BMI Supply)

Westin Michigan Avenue, FRI 1/26/18 9:00 am

Join Steve Roudebush, Director of Marketing and Development at BMI Supply as he discusses employment opportunities for MFA students after graduation, both at BMI and other major employers in the design/technology field, sharing career paths to consider beyond traditional theatre roles.

Leader: Tracy Nunnally (Northern Illinois University)

Westin Michigan Avenue FRI 1/26/18 8:00 pm

What does a TD do? What do I need to know about training programs? What type of graduate program is right for me? The multi-faceted job of the Technical Director can be one of the most rewarding roles in the entertainment industry, and choosing a program that matches your style is a critical step in your development as a young professional. Join professional Technical Director, Tracy Nunnally, and TDs from other URTA schools for a discussion of the role of the Technical Director in today’s theatrical setting.

Leader: Helene Siebrits (Ohio University)

Westin Michigan Avenue SUN 1/28/18 9:00 am

It is important to understand the different elements of design used in all areas of a production. This makes for a holistic approach to design. In this seminar we will discuss the importance of incorporating all design elements into the creative process. This information will aid you in making decisions about future academic endeavours and career goals. Designers in all fields are encouraged to attend.

Leaders: Connie de Veer (Illinois State University) & Jan Elfman (Master Certified Coach and trainer)

Westin Michigan Avenue MON 1/29/18 3:00 pm

Learn practical strategies to unlock motivation and confidence, and drive away self-limiting habits. Authors Connie de Veer and Jan Elfline offer exercises from their book: Actor for Life: How to have an amazing career without all the drama, Smith & Kraus, January 2018. This session asks, how can actors and acting students prepare for the internal challenges that accompany a creative life — things like self-doubt, fear and procrastination? Participants will learn to: gain a sense of self-agency; shore up flagging motivation; handle criticism and feedback in a balanced and positive way.

Leader: George Contini (University of Georgia)

Westin Michigan Avenue TUE 1/30/18 3:00 pm

Monologue need a tune-up? Need to re-up the stakes? Feeling disconnected? This workshop will focus on the actor deepening their psycho-physical connection to a monologue using techniques of Michael Chekhov. This is an active workshop that will involve strong physical movement and vocal work. Using a memorized monologue, the participants will be taken through a series of practical exercises to help them more fully inhabit the character’s circumstances. Participants will leave with a few new tricks to develop richer performances and a stronger sense of objective and purpose when you have just a few seconds to show it.

Panelists: TBA

Westin Michigan Avenue WED 1/31/18 3:00 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.

Panelists: TBA

Westin Michigan Avenue THUR 2/1/18 3:00 pm

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!

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