September 14-17, Sheraton Music City, Nashville.

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The Educational Theatre Association’s National Conference is held each year to provide educators with the opportunity to meet and network with their peers during an event featuring a wide range of professional development content. In 2017, we’ll explore one of the most important new trends in education in recent years: the integration of the sciences, math, and the arts subject areas to help prepare students for college, career, and life readiness. Join us for The Rise of STEAM—Real World Theatre Education for the 21st Century, as we explore the impact of STEAM on middle and high school theatre education through workshops, keynotes, and information sharing opportunities.

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Patricia RaunPatricia Raun is a professional actor and director of the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech where she shares the powerful tools of theatre to support skills of connection and communication in scientists, technology professionals, and scholars–helping them become more direct, personal, spontaneous, and responsive. She is a fellow at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in Arlington, Virginia, where she teaches leadership skills distilled from actor training.

From 2002 through 2016 Raun served as the founding director of the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech. As a theatre voice specialist, her personal and professional mission is to promote transformation by developing healthy and varied voices—both literal and figurative—in individuals, institutions, and communities.

Raun has acted in over 150 theatre productions across the country and around the world, appeared in over 75 television and film productions, and served as a voice and dialect coach for more than 50 productions.

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Bob Root-Bernstein is a scientist, humanist, and artist at Michigan State University. He earned his A.B. and Ph. D. from Princeton University and then did his post-doctoral research with Jonas Salk at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. A MacArthur Fellowship (1981-1986) encouraged his multidisciplinary activities. He is currently a professor of physiology at Michigan State University where he studies the evolution of metabolic control systems, autoimmune diseases, drug development, and the creative process in the sciences and arts. He exhibits his artwork both in group and solo shows and collaborates with the transmedia artist Adam Brown.

In addition to serving on the editorial boards of several other scientific journals, Bob is an editor for LEONARDO, the journal of The International Society for Science, Technology and the Arts, for whom he edits a regular section on ArtScience. He also writes a blog on creativity in art and science with his wife Michele Root-Bernstein called “Imagine That!” on the Psychology Today website.

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Marcy Heisler and Zina GoldrichAuthor and lyricist Marcy Heisler and composer Zina Goldrich have been collaborating since 1993. They were the first women ever honored with the Fred Ebb Award for musical theatre songwriting, and Heisler was honored with the 2012 Kleban Prize for outstanding lyrics.

Their current projects include Ever After at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, and Hollywood Romance (Scott Sanders Productions).

In 2012, Goodspeed Opera House premiered The Great American Mousical, featuring lyrics by Heisler and music by Goldrich, and based on the bestselling book by author and director Julie Andrews. In 2016, Goldrich and Heisler continued their collaboration with Andrews, contributing songs to her Netflix series Julie’s Greenroom

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