Professional Development

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While ITF is primarily focused on developing the abilities of theatre students, teachers also can hone their professional skills by taking advantage of several Professional Development Intensives. PDIs are two-day interactive, hands-on learning opportunities on topics ranging from directing to costuming to lighting design.

PDIs even allow you to advance a graduate degree or earn credit toward continuing education. For an additional fee, reserve your PDI when registering for ITF.

All PDIs will take place on Wednesday, June 24, and Thursday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Unlocking Your Next Show’s Full Potential - Directing/Dramaturgy


Lindsay Kujawa

Make this the year you carve out time to create a production with lasting impact that is the talk of the town. In this workshop, we will walk you through the process of using dramaturgy to unlock your production’s (and program’s) hidden potential. By the end of this workshop, you’ll be ready to tackle your next production with a well-constructed artistic statement, production defense, dramaturgical protocol, community engagement action plan, and marketing outline.


Ability-Focused Theatre: Using Inclusion to Create Brave Spaces - Diversity and Inclusion

Christine Hopkins

Christine Hopkins

Focusing on ability, this workshop will open minds, expand opportunities, and encourage new voices to build an equitable theatre experience. In this hands-on session, participants will learn strategies for creating more truthful, inclusive, and diverse art. Through a wide range of exercises, games, theatre-making activities, and discussions, participants will learn ways to build ensemble, promote inclusion, enhance equity, and encourage productive, accountable talk while creating accessible art.


Applying Viola Spolin’s Theatre Games in 2020 - Curriculum/Teaching Techniques

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Ed Reggi

Viola Spolin’s writings and philosophy influenced American theatre, television, film, and the American classroom. Her book Improvisation for the Theater — hailed as the theatre teacher’s bible — is, unfortunately, confusing to almost everyone. Essential problem-solving gems for the young adult are locked inside the text. The confusion leads students (and teachers) to underestimate the value of her theatre games and abandon her work. In this workshop, participants explore the lost concepts inside Spolin’s book. These lessons will forever change the way you teach improvisation in 2020 and beyond.