Open Forum

Professional Development

  • 1.  Professional Development

    Posted 04-17-2020 14:13
    Anyone have any good theatre-related PD opportunities that are happening remotely? Anything happening between now and mid June?

    Christopher Hamilton
    Drama Teacher
    Kennewick WA

  • 2.  RE: Professional Development

    Posted 04-17-2020 14:18
    Have you looked at Theatrefolk and their Drama Teacher Academy.  They have lots of PD opportunities.

    Tim Buchheit, Director
    Department of Theatre and Speech
    St. Francis Borgia Regional High School
    Washington, Mo.

  • 3.  RE: Professional Development

    Posted 04-17-2020 21:28
    EdTa has webinars on-demand that allow you to get PD at your own pace.  See the link below:

    Scott F. Cooney
    "Lover of Life"
    NJ State Thespian State Board
    CTE Acting/Theatre Instructor
    BCIT Medford Academy of Performing Arts
    Medford, NJ

  • 4.  RE: Professional Development

    Posted 04-25-2020 18:46
    The Tennessee Arts Academy has just announced that their classes this summer will be virtual. The Academy offers a dedicated theatre track for high school teachers and a separate track for elementary theatre/arts integration teachers. There are also divisions for music, visual art, and arts leadership. Here is the press release on the changes for 2020. The dates are July 12-17. The website is

    E. Frank Bluestein
    Executive Director
    Tennessee Arts Academy
    Nashville, Tennessee

  • 5.  RE: Professional Development

    Posted 06-30-2020 11:13
    Mr. Bluestein,
    Is the pricing still the same for the Virtual academy this year?

    Cassy Maxton-Whitacre
    Theatre Department Coordinator
    Fishersville VA

  • 6.  RE: Professional Development

    Posted 07-02-2020 13:36
    This is from one of my favorite professional development instructors, and I'm so excited about these topics. They're free and available to any teachers.

    Secondary Theatre Institute – Teaching Virtually in Times of Change

    This series of workshops will be offered for free by the JMU Theatre Education Program, facilitated by Joshua Rashon Streeter. Each workshop will be one-hour long and delivered in real-time via Zoom. The workshops are hands on, so please come ready to engage with us! To run the workshops, a minimum of twelve teachers need to enroll by August 1st. You can enroll in one, two, or all three workshops (links below)! 

    Digital Storytelling – August 3, 2020, 7:00 pm EST

    This workshop will explore how to create digital stories to bring personal narratives into the classroom. This form connects to a study of performance, design, directing, and dramaturgy. Click here to register for this workshop!


    Culturally Responsive Theatre Education – August 4, 2020, 7:00 pm EST

    This workshop will investigate culturally responsive education and provide applications for the secondary classroom. Together, we will identify steps a teacher can take to unpack their own practice and re-think their curriculum and methods. Then, we will explore ways to develop a classroom community (virtually or face-to-face) rooted in culturally responsive practice. Click here to register for this workshop!


    Teaching Theatre Remotely – August 5, 2020, 7:00 pm EST

    This workshop will highlight drama and theatre strategies that can be successfully facilitated through Zoom (or another video conferencing tool) for use in the theatre classroom to deepen skill development. Also, this workshop will identify already existing resources that can support teachers to create interactive lessons for students to complete asynchronously. Click here to register for this workshop!


    Any questions, please reach out to Joshua at




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    Joshua Rashon Streeter 

    Associate Director, School of Theatre and Dance

    Assistant Professor of Theatre Education

    Head of Theatre Education Licensure Program and Teaching Artist Concentration

    Center for Faculty Innovation (CFI) Faculty Associate



    Cassy Maxton-Whitacre
    Theatre Department Coordinator
    Fishersville VA