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Thursday, March 6
 

8:00am

Cultural Diversity Roundtable Discussions I: Gay-Lesbian Issues
The roundtable discussions are opportunities for special interest groups to meet and discuss their expanding roles in theatre.

Speakers
avatar for Adanma Barton

Adanma Barton

Assoc. Prof. of Theatre, Berea College
Adanma Onyedike Barton is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Berea College. Founded in 1855, Berea College is the first interracial and coeducational college in the South where ALL students attend tuition free! Professor Barton was the first African American female President of... Read More →


Thursday March 6, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
RV Commodore Suite

9:00am

Tales from the Trenches; Women Mentoring Women
What challenges do emergent female directors face? This workshop will provide support, perspective, and advice, as we collectively investigate ways to build an inclusive rehearsal culture.

Speakers
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Kathi E.B. Ellis

Theatre Director
avatar for Alana Ghent

Alana Ghent

Program Director, Eastern Kentucky University


Thursday March 6, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
RV Jubilee Suite

10:30am

Approaching the Roles of August Wilson's Women
This workshop will examine the performance of a few monologues, followed by a panel discussion on how to approach the limited women's roles in the works of the American playwright August Wilson.

Speakers
avatar for Annette Grevious

Annette Grevious

Assoc. Professor of Speech & Drama, Claflin University
Annette Grevious is an associate professor of Speech and Drama at Claflin University, a private HBCU with a theater minor, located in Orangeburg, SC. She received training with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and at the University of Louisville, home of the internationally-recognized... Read More →


Thursday March 6, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
RV Commodore Suite

12:00pm

Blurred Lines: Defacing Stereotypes of Gender and Sexuality
Move beyond the social construction of stereotyping to explore and discuss the ideology that by blurring the lines on gender and sexuality, we can create a new normal through our work in the theatre.

Speakers
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Susan Reese Cato

Florida Atlantic University
Susan Reece Cato is currently an Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL, where she teaches Acting and Movement for the Actor. She received her BA in Drama from The University of North Carolina at Asheville and her MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University... Read More →


Thursday March 6, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
RV Commodore Suite

1:00pm

Theatre Accessibility for All: How to Include Deaf Artists
A discussion of past and current trends in providing accessibility for deaf audience members and deaf theatre artists. The session will introduce strategies for accessibility.

Speakers
avatar for Harry Culpepper, Jr.

Harry Culpepper, Jr.

Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts
Harry Culpepper, Jr. graduated from Shenandoah University with a BFA in Music Theatre. He began teaching by starting the drama program at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg, SC and then spent time as the Education Specialist at the Peace Center for the Performing... Read More →


Thursday March 6, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
RV Commodore Suite

4:30pm

Avignon Festival, Experiencing an International Theatre Festival Tour
An in-depth overview of the Festival Avignon, a month long theatre festival in Avignon, France; what it is, what the performance/audience opportunities are, and advice on how to tour internationally.

Speakers
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John Burgess

James Madison University
John Burgess is an Assistant Professor and Director of Technical Production at James Madison University. John received an MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Arizona, and worked for ten years as an Art Director and Production Designer in Los Angeles, working on a wide variety... Read More →
avatar for Wolf Sherrill

Wolf Sherrill

Associate Professor, James Madison University
Wolf J. Sherrill is an Associate Professor of Acting at James Madison University, a freelance director, and an award winning equity actor. Wolf has worked in numerous regional theatres including the Indiana Repertory Theater, The Contemporary American Theater Company, and The Arvada... Read More →


Thursday March 6, 2014 4:30pm - 5:20pm
RV Riverboat Suite

5:30pm

Cultural Diversity Interest Group Meeting
A meeting of all persons interested in cultural diversity

Speakers
avatar for Annette Grevious

Annette Grevious

Assoc. Professor of Speech & Drama, Claflin University
Annette Grevious is an associate professor of Speech and Drama at Claflin University, a private HBCU with a theater minor, located in Orangeburg, SC. She received training with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance and at the University of Louisville, home of the internationally-recognized... Read More →


Thursday March 6, 2014 5:30pm - 6:45pm
RV Commodore Suite

7:00pm

Sensory Awareness: Application to Theatre and Disabled Communities
Beginning with a performance of "Flying with Wheels," the discussion moves to why and how the performance was created and taken into disabled communities.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Gabriel

Denise Gabriel

U of North Carolina Greensboro
Denise Gabriel is a member of UNCGreensboro Performance Faculty and Resident Movement Director with Triad Stage. She is a Founding Board Member of ATME and Sensory Awareness Leader with the Sensory Awareness Foundation. Ms. Gabriel has thirty years of experience in the professional... Read More →


Thursday March 6, 2014 7:00pm - 8:15pm
RV Commodore Suite
 
Friday, March 7
 

8:00am

Cultural Diversity Roundtable Discussions II: Ethnic Diversity in Theatre
The roundtable discussions are opportunities for special interest groups to meet and discuss their expanding roles in theatre.

Speakers
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Kathi E.B. Ellis

Theatre Director


Friday March 7, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
RV Commodore Suite

9:00am

How Early 20th Century Black Theatre Was Used for Social Change
Explore how Angelina Weld Grimke used theatre for social change which inspired more early 20th century African American playwrights to develop the genre known as Lynching Plays.

Speakers
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Billicia Hines

Elizabeth City State U
Billicia obtained her BFA in Professional Theatre from NC Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, NC and her MFA in Acting from University of Missouri at Kansas City. Billicia is currently Director of the Theatre Program and tenured Associate Professor of Theatre... Read More →
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Shalisa Spence

North Carolina A&T State U


Friday March 7, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
RV Commodore Suite

9:00am

Transcending the Arts Barriers: Students w/ Disabilities
Creating arts workshops and camps for children and youth with intellectual and physical disabilities. Discussion of staffing, funding and obstacles. Curriculum examples for camps and workshops.

Speakers
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Olivia Finnegan

Stage Door Productions, Inc.
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Kimberly Kemp

Stage Door Productions, Inc.
Kimberly Kemp,founder and Executive Director of Stage Door Productions, Inc. in Fredericksburg, VA. Stage Door's programs include main stage shows, theatre for youth educational programs and productions, original playwriting festival and arts camps and workshops for children with... Read More →


Friday March 7, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
CC 202 A/B

10:30am

Got Diversity? Building Cultural Diversity in Theatre Programs
Develop and implement an inclusive and comprehensive multicultural high school theatre program, track, session or unit.

Speakers
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Erica Sutherlin

Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs HS
Erica is a theatrical director, filmmaker, actress, producer and teacher who has performed and taught nationally and internationally. She received her BA in Theater Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Ms. Sutherlin is the 1st African American performance teacher... Read More →


Friday March 7, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
RV Commodore Suite

12:00pm

Theatre of the Oppressed and the Examination of Power Struggles
This workshop will delve into a general introduction of Image Theatre from Theatre of the Oppressed and games for the high school drama classroom to engage in conversation of power struggles today.

Speakers
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Elise Bragard

Emerson College
avatar for Rachel Meggs

Rachel Meggs

Emerson College
Rachel All Meggs received her Bachelor's in Spanish Education with a minor in Theatre from Western Carolina University in 2008. There, she worked with Glenda Hensley and Claire Eye in the Theatre in Education (TIE) class and created the connection between that course and a program... Read More →


Friday March 7, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
RV Jubilee Suite

12:00pm

International Festivals - How You Can Participate
Learn how to go international. Advice and strategies for your theatre group to attend international festival events. Challenges in the areas of application, budgeting, and publicity will be addressed.

Speakers
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Kent State University

Kent State University, 1022


Friday March 7, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
RV Commodore Suite

1:00pm

She Did What?! Female Contributions to Theatre History
A discussion on the contributions to technology and performance in theatre; concentrating primarily on the discoveries, techniques and practices created and implemented by women in theatre history.

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Eileen Devany

U of Memphis
Eileen Devany is a Graduate Student at the University of Memphis with specialization in lighting design. Being a female rising theatre professional, her heritage in the arts as a woman is very important to her.
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Mandy Heath

U of Memphis
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Sarah Matzke

U of Memphis
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Meredith Melville

U of Memphis


Friday March 7, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
RV Commodore Suite

1:00pm

What You Lookin at Me For? Theatre for Young People with Disabilities
As they explore techniques for providing performance opportunities for persons with disabilities, participants will have hands-on experiences through simulation and play.

Speakers

Friday March 7, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
BH Oakleigh Garden

4:00pm

Stone Soup for the Theatre Soul
We know how important theatre is to our communities. In today's economy, how do we make it important to non-theatre people? By everyone contributing something with theatre as the main ingredient.

Speakers
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kathryn lewis

MS Gulf Coast Community College
Kathryn Lewis and Althea Jerome have been Teaching Artists for the last 30+ years. Jerome is a musician/retired public music teacher and taught graduate and undergraduate college classes. Lewis has a background in theatre, arts integration, and taught and directed college theatre... Read More →
avatar for Daisha Walker

Daisha Walker

MS Gulf Coast Community College
Daisha is an instructor of Speech and director of Theatre at MGCCC-Perkinston Campus for the past 23 years. Within that time she has directed ten musicals, twelve Children's Theatre shows [six based on her original scripts; six of these were awarded Best Overall Production for Youth... Read More →


Friday March 7, 2014 4:00pm - 5:15pm
RV Bay Pointe Suite

5:30pm

Breaking Down the Barriers and Connecting Cultures
Through their work on Black and 25 in America, playwright/actor Jeremy Gillett and Director Tim Davis discovered the importance of breaking down cultural barriers to get truth and to embrace differences in order to reach their artistic goals.

Speakers
avatar for Tim &quotX" Davis

Tim "X" Davis

KCACTF Region IV - Respondent Coordinator (KY and TN), Next Steps Coordinator
Tim "X” Davis is the coordinator and founder of the Theatre program at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, Kentucky. He is an alumnus of the University of Southern Mississippi (MFA 97). Tim has performed and directed all over the southeast and has appeared... Read More →
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Jeremy Gillett

Jeremy Gillett is a featured artist for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region IV (KCACTF).He is a graduate of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (A.A.), the University of Kentucky (BA) and Arizona State University (MFA).He is the author of Black and 25... Read More →


Friday March 7, 2014 5:30pm - 6:45pm
BH Midtown

5:30pm

Theatre and Empathy- Walking in Someone Else's Shoes
The Salvation Army ReCreate Cafe offers creative opportunities to homeless and non-homeless citizens that build bridges and cultivate empathy. Come hear the successes and challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Tenika Dye Burgess

Tenika Dye Burgess

Director, Society for Stone Soup
Tenika Dye Burgess co-founded (with her husband) The Society for Stone Soup, an Arts and Technology Gathering Space dedicated to helping people “be better together” while also expanding her work in Applied Theatre, the practice of theatre in non-traditional settings and/or with marginalized communities. She is the chair of the newly formed SETC Applied Theatre Interest Group. Her work in Theatre as well Ministry has taken her to NY, VA, TX, Ch... Read More →


Friday March 7, 2014 5:30pm - 6:45pm
BH Oakleigh Garden
 
Saturday, March 8
 

8:00am

Cultural Diversity Roundtable Discussions III: Diversity in Community Theatre
The roundtable discussions are opportunities for special interest groups to meet and discuss their expanding roles in theatre.

Speakers
avatar for Kristofer Geddie

Kristofer Geddie

Gen. Mgr/Dir. Diversity, Venice Theatre
Me. . . well there's a lot - - -let me ponder. . . . but not sooooo defined by a lugubrious box .


Saturday March 8, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
RV Riverboat Suite

9:00am

Developing a Physical Performance Style Legible to Deaf & Hearing Audiences
Best suited for upper level college students, professors of performance disciplines, and professionals, participants will explore our approach to adapting text to physical language.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Shryock

Bob Shryock

Director of Communications and Recruiting, Accademia dell'Arte
Bob Shryock is a San Francisco Bay Area based actor-creator, director and teaching artist. He is also the Director of Communications and Recruiting for the Accademia dellâArte, a performing arts school in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy. Bob is currently directing "Gold", a new musical adaptation... Read More →


Saturday March 8, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
RV Clipper Suite

9:00am

The Creation of 'Black Sash,' a Play about the Protest of Apartheid
"Black Sash" is an original play researched and written by students about an organization created by six white women. They fought the injustices and atrocities of Apartheid through non-violent means.

Speakers
avatar for Tonya Hays

Tonya Hays

WINGS Performing Arts Director, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
Tonya Sanders Hays has a MFA in Theatre and a BA in Theatre Eduation. She has been recognized regionally with the Sarah Spencer Award for her work in Theatre for Young Audience by Southeastern Theatre Conference. Hays is the founder and director of the WINGS Performing Arts Program... Read More →
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Kendrell McGravey

WINGS Performing Arts/LMDC
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Emily Overmyer

WINGS Performing Arts/LMDC
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Sarah Pendleton

WINGS Performing Arts/LMDC


Saturday March 8, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
RV Riverboat Suite

10:30am

Devising Diversity with Playback and Theatre of the Oppressed Techniques
Playback theatre and forum theatre techniques create work that fosters discussions about issues of cultural diversity.

Speakers
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Tinizia Bentley

Auburn University
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Tessa Carr

Auburn University
Tessa W. Carr, PhD is the Artistic Director of Auburn University's Mosaic Theatre Company and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre. Carr earned her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and her M.A. at Louisiana State University. Her research interests include devised... Read More →
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Cynthia Sampson

Auburn University
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Richard Trammel

Auburn University
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Anna Claire Walker

Auburn University


Saturday March 8, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
CC 202 A/B

12:00pm

Haute Couture Heroines: African American Women Dressmakers & Designers
From Mrs. Lincoln's custom gowns to the original Playboy Bunny costume, African American women dressmakers and designers have been at the forefront of fashion.

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Ramona Ward

Alabama State University
Ramona Ward earned a Bachelor of Arts from The Pennsylvania State University in Theatre Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from Memphis State University in Theatre Arts, Design and Technical Production. She is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Theatre and Costume Designer at... Read More →


Saturday March 8, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
CC 202 A/B

1:00pm

Defining H-O-P-E: Ole Miss & The Laramie Project
Panel discussion with cast, crew and faculty involved in Ole Miss Theatre's "The Laramie Project," which received national press due to a disruptive audience.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Barnett

Michael Barnett

Chair, Department of Theatre & Film, The University of Mississippi
The Department of Theatre & Film at the University of Mississippi offers great artistic and academic opportunities. Our students receive individualized attention from a faculty with extensive professional experience and we create performance, design and stage management opportunities... Read More →
avatar for Rory Ledbetter

Rory Ledbetter

University of Mississippi
Filmmaker


Saturday March 8, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
CC 107 B