While the week is predominantly geared toward the developing theatre student, Festival also features Professional Development Intensives. PDIs are two-day interactive, hands-on opportunities for theatre educators to develop their arsenal of professional skills on topics ranging from directing, to costuming, to stage lighting design. PDIs can even allow attendees to advance a graduate degree or earn credit required for continuing education. For an additional fee, teachers can reserve a spot in a PDI when registering for Festival.
Confirmed PDIs for the 2018 International Thespian Festival:
Directing the action: Taking your artistic leadership skills to the next level
Registration cost: $225. Twenty-Five student limit. Six instructional hours.
High school teachers and directors can up their game by adding new skills in coaching student actors, bringing script analysis into composition, and staging ideas that tell stories effectively and dynamically. Perfect for plays and musicals. This workshop is ideal for both new directors and those with more experience. Leave with new strategies and classroom activities for student directors.
Instructor: Joe Deer is a Broadway veteran actor, dancer, and stage manager who is now chair of Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures. He is an internationally known director and master teacher. His two books have been translated into five languages. Acting in Musical Theatre is the most used book in the world on the subject. Joe’s former students appear on and Off-Broadway, in national tours, and around the world — from London to the high seas. He is a former Thespian troupe president (Troupe 2217, King High School, Tampa, Fla.) and loves working with young theatre artists.