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Session Title:

(3609) Acting Pre-Conference: “Best Practices” In Applying Acting Pedagogy for the Non-Actor in the Acting Classroom

Focus Group:

Acting Program

Description

Emerging actors often conflate emoting with acting. Students seek the “emotion” of a scene pursuantly losing sight of the play’s dramatic action. While important, emotion is merely a by-product of how successful a character is in achieving their objective. A character’s strategy in fighting for their objective is marked by their tactics, which in turn are identified as an actionable, evocative, verbs. Although a critical weapon in the actor’s arsenal, the focus on action can be a challenging concept for novice actors who are used to direction such as: be happy, be angry etc. This, then, begs the question: how do you get students to understand and practice such an essential skill

This year’s Acting Focus Group Pre-Conference will target in on the pedagogy of actions. Our aim is providing new and innovative ways of getting students to realize how invaluable playable verbs are to the actor and incorporating the technique of actioning the text into their artistic process. We will offer three workshops with this aim in mind and invite proposals for other sessions. Jeff Wax will present on Narrative and Action, Elizabeth Parks will present Generation Z and Action, and Carlos Cruz Casas will present Circus and Action.

Finally, we welcome workshop proposals from members of the ATHE community that address the pedagogy of playable actions. Questions to consider include: What exercises, games, readings, and/or discussions do you use to help students realize the importance of verbs that can be actualized? How do you move your students beyond simply playing “happy" or "sad"? How might you address a student that is resistant to this way of working? How do you prove the effectiveness, if not necessity, of analyzing a character’s behavior by way of provocative, actionable maneuvers? Please submit proposals no later than June 15, 2017. We look forward to your proposals and hope you will join us in Las Vegas in (re)exploring the praxis of the acting instructor through action.

Questions and proposals can be sent to: elizabeth.parks100@gmail.com and jeff.lethalapathy@gmail.com


Wednesday, August 2

Times:

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM — Opening discussion and workshop presentations by Jeff Wax, Elizabeth Parks, and Carlos Cruz

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM — Bread and Circuses I: Wine and cheese mixer


Location:

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino


Thursday, August 3

Times:

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Vetted Workshops (TBD)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM — Bread and Circuses II: The Last Supper/ Final Discussion and Debrief


Location:

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Contact:

Elizabeth Parks eparks@austincollege.edu

 


Session Title:

(303 A, B, C, D) Association for Asian Performance Pre-Conference

Focus Group:

Association for Asian Pre-Conference

Description:

An annual event showcasing diverse scholarship on Asian theatre and performance that features papers, workshops, round tables, an emerging scholars panel, graduate student networking, and schmoozefest.

 

Agenda:
Wednesday August 2, 2017


Times:


8:00 AM

Registration

8:15 AM

Welcome

8:30AM -12:45PM

Panel Sessions

12:45-2:00 PM

Graduate Student Professional Development Lunch

2:00-5:00 PM

Panel Sessions

5:00 – 7:00 PM

Play Reading Workshop

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Schmoozefest (pre-conference dinner)

Location:

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

 

Thursday August 3, 2017

Times:

8:00am-1:00pm Panel Sessions

Location:

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Contact:

Tarryn Chun tlchun@umich.edu

 

 


Session Title:

(204) ATDS Pre-Conference

Focus Group:

American Theatre and Drama Society

Description

Strategic planning meeting of the officers and board of the American Theatre and Drama Society.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Times:

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location:

UNLV


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Times:

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:

UNLV

Contact:

Jonathan Chambers jonathc@bgsu.edu

 


Session Title:

(708) Directing Program Pre-Conference - Staging Spectacle via Spectacular Collaborations

Focus Group:

Directing Program

Description

It takes many minds to create spectacle on stage - whether that be spectacle with an unlimited budget or spectacle of the imagination. This Pre-Conference, sponsored by the Directing Program, encourages conversations between directors, designers, and other collaborators about working methods of collaboration, specifically related to staging the spectacular world of the play. In addition to discussing these "spectacular collaborations," participants will dive deeply into issues related to collaborating to create such spectacles. What are best practices for coming together to create spectacle on stage? What issues face us as directors and collaborators when staging spectacle? For the agenda click here


Thursday August 3, 2017

Times:

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location:

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Contact:

Emily Rollie erollie@gmail.com

 


Session Title:

(1108 A) Opening Doors: Developing a Career in Musical Theatre and Dance in Higher Education

Focus Group:

Music Theatre/Dance

Description

The inaugural Music Theatre/Dance Pre-Conference will offer graduate student and early career MTD members a range of professional development sessions addressing interdisciplinarity in research and practice for musical theatre specialists in higher education. A state of the field plenary will launch the pre-conference on Wednesday afternoon, at which senior scholars and practitioners will reflect on musical theatre and dance as fields of research and pedagogy as well as on the realities of the profession for musical theatre scholars and educators. A performance excursion will make Las Vegas matter as the site of the pre-conference, and will also provide an anchor for our discussions. Participants will have a choice of sessions Thursday morning, including article development, practice for non-practitioners, CV critiques, strategies for the academic and altac job markets, and for preparing tenure files. The pre-conference will conclude with a discussion of next steps for pre-conference participants in the further development of their careers. Work from practical sessions will also be showcased at the Music Theatre/Dance cabaret.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Times:

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location:

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Times:

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location:

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Contact:

Laura MacDonald laura.macdonald@port.ac.uk

 


Session Title:

(1206 A) Performance Studies Focus Group Pre-Conference

Focus Group:

Performance Studies

Description

The Performance Studies Focus Group 2017 Pre-Conference, will engage the theories, methodologies, and practices of performance.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Times:

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Location:

UNLV


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Times:

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location:

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Contact:

 


Session Title:

(2009) Theory & Criticism Pre-Conference

Focus Group:

Theory and Criticism

Description

We invite you to join us in meditation and basic yoga, with the goal of creating space for contemplation to carry through the conference itself.

Location:

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino


Thursday, August 3

Times:

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM — Coffee service, provided by ATHE

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM — Meditation and yoga with Gwendolyn Alker

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM — Discussion of Reading

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM — Break

10:10 AM - 11:30 AM — Meditation and yoga with Gwendolyn Alker

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Final reflection / Adjourn to join the ATHE Conference


Contact:

Jane Barnette jane@ku.edu


 


Session Title:

(2306) Women and Theatre Pre-Conference: Spectacles of Sex/ualities

Focus Group:

Women and Theatre Program

Description

Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Click here to register or register on-site the morning of the pre conference. Contact me with any questions.

Registration will start at the Student Union at 8.30a. Our event starts at 9a and features a panel about women's bodies in performance and workshops on using theatre to prevent sexual assault on campus, and using improv to heal trauma. Highlights of the day will include a reading of the Student Jane Chambers Award-winning play, Flush, by Rachel Calnek-Sugin; a lecture by Dr. Victoria Hartmann, Executive Director of the Erotic Heritage Museum of Las Vegas; and an artist talk by Chicana performance artist Nao Bustamante. We are also joining forces with the LGBTQ Focus Group for a queer cabaret featuring local performers and ATHE members. All of these events will be held in the Student Union, times are TBD, but the event will conclude at 8:00 PM or 8:30 PM.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Times:

8:30 AM - 8:30 PM

Location:

Student Union at UNLV


Contact:

Jessica Del Vecchio jdelvecchio@gradcenter.cuny.edu

 



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