URTA | Continuing Education

WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

URTA Continuing Education sessions are led by distinguished faculty from member and non-member schools, industry professionals, and artistic leaders in all areas of theatre. Sessions are offered for students, emerging artists, and professional faculty and range from hands-on workshops, to seminars, and panel discussions. 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 major metro areas to conduct a workshop for your students, or coordinating a professional panel on particular topics for your theatre conference, URTA’s network of professional resources is unmatched.

What’s on tap—upcoming Continuing Education events from URTA

Events at the 2021 Live-Virtual URTAs

More events to be added as confirmed!

Presenter: Michael Warner (Pace University)

Thurs. 1/14/21 4:00 pm –  5:00pm (eastern time)

Description:
In this workshop led by Michael Warner, Professor of Acting at Pace University, we’ll explore how to solve the dilemma an actor faces when working on a monologue: How do we activate our circumstance when we have no other actor to work off of. In addition, we’ll strategize about how to approach your Callback Interviews.

Session Zoom Information: The Zoom link will be available here in the Whova agenda 1 day before the session.

Continuing Education sessions are free and open to all interested URTA Candidates. No prior registration is required, but attendance is limited so please join the Zoom early.
A recording of this session will be available in the Whova app for those who are unable to attend live.

Panelists: Ashley Bellet (Purdue University)

Date/Time: Wednesday, Jan 20 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern Time

Description:
This workshop is geared toward new graduate students who will Be teaching as part of their Assistantships. Participants will learn how to build Course Plans, Learning Objectives, and the beginnings of how to build a syllabus for Introductory theatre classes. The workshop will introduce basic pedagogical concepts and offer resources for new teachers.

Session Zoom Information: The Zoom link will be available here in the Whova agenda 1 day before the session.
Continuing Education sessions are free and open to all interested URTA Candidates. No prior registration is required, but attendance is limited so please join the Zoom early.

Panelists: Oscar Camacho (MFA, Calarts), Francesca Chilcote (MFA, Accademia dell’Arte), KeiLyn Durrel Jones (MFA, NYU), Bethany Kay (MFA, New School for Drama)

Date/Time: Thursday, Jan 21 3:00pm – 3:45pm eastern time

A panel of MFA graduates discuss the realities of graduate school, from choosing the best program for you, to navigating the busy schedule of a grad student, as well as transitioning out into the profession. This panel is discussion-based with plenty of time for Q&A. Candidates are encouraged to bring their questions.

Session Zoom Information: The Zoom link will be available here in the Whova agenda 1 day before the session.
Continuing Education sessions are free and open to all interested URTA Candidates. No prior registration is required, but attendance is limited so please join the Zoom early.

Presenter: Andrea Heilman

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 26, 2:30 – 3:15 pm (Eastern Time)

Description: This workshop will introduce the concept of trauma-informed practices that you can build into your work practice. These can be used anytime you are creating work, teaching, or engaging with your collaborators. In this time of large-scale trauma, we want to be prepared to take care of ourselves and facilitate spaces where brave work is possible. This workshop will explore some of the proven tools and look at how you might apply them in different situations, talk about the importance of boundaries, and touch on self-care.

Andrea Heilman is a Los Angles based educator and Designer (Scenic and Lighting) who has an accomplished freelance career that spans over 15 years. As a designer, she loves working on a wide range of projects, from art directing independent films and web series to designing site-specific theater and more traditional work. TD&T’s Design Issue, Summer 2018, featured Andrea’s set design for Anna in the Tropics at the Jungle Theater. Andrea has sought to engage with trauma-informed practices with student populations for many years, bringing this work into the arts and theater practices specifically. She recently gave the keynote for a series of workshops with the OISTAT Education Commission focusing on Wellbeing in Academia and was part of the Tbilisi Biennale of Stage Design 2020. She has taught at East Carolina University, The American University in Cairo, Susquehanna University, and is now serving as the Head of Design and Production at California Lutheran University.

Session Zoom Information: The Zoom link will be available here in the Whova agenda 1 day before the session.

Continuing Education sessions are free and open to all interested URTA Candidates. No prior registration is required, but attendance is limited so please join the Zoom early.

Panelists: Ashley Bellet (Purdue University)

Date/Time: Tuesday, Jan 26 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm Eastern Time

Description: This session will guide designers through the process of building a design statement that connects clearly and artistically to their aesthetic research and collaborative conversations. Design Statements are not just about choosing what to say, but how to say it effectively, creatively, and concisely. This workshop will offer a basic outline for short and long design statements, a method for linking visual research to the written word, and recommendations for linking your design statement to the core through-line of the broader production. Attendees are encouraged to have a recent design process in mind that may be used for revision.

Session Zoom Information: The Zoom link will be available here in the Whova agenda 1 day before the session.

Continuing Education sessions are free and open to all interested URTA Candidates. No prior registration is required, but attendance is limited so please join the Zoom early.

Presenter: Bill Digneit (LDI Conference), Panelists: Jon Shimon (University of Buffalo), Jennifer Dasher (University of Florida), Herman Montero (Dir. of Project Management, Bombshell)

Wed. 1/127/21 4:00 pm – 5:00pm Eastern Time

Description:
Students and Faculty are invited to join a discussion with the current production manager for the LDI Conference Program, William “Bill” Digneit (Northern Michigan University), Assistant Professor of Theatre Technology at the University of Buffalo, Jon Shimon, Assistant Professor of Costume Design at the University of Florida, Jennifer Dasher, and Director of Project Management at Bombshell and Lighting Designer, Herman Montero. They will focus on how to apply your theater skill sets to other employment opportunities. The session will encourage participants to think outside of the box, looking beyond theater, when it comes to technical career choices after graduation. The session will be one hour with plenty of question and answer time.

Session Zoom Information: The Zoom link will be available here in the Whova agenda 1 day before the session.
Continuing Education sessions are free and open to all interested URTA Candidates. No prior registration is required, but attendance is limited so please join the Zoom early.

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