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ATHE MTD 2016 Pre-Conference 0 R. Donovan Dear MTD members,    MTD is exploring the option of sponsoring a pre-conference before next year’s ATHE conference in Chicago. This would be an exciting new offering for MTD members and would offer the chance to connect and collaborate with other MTD colleagues apart from the regular conference.    At this year’s conference in Montreal, Kathryn Edney, Bryan Vandevender and I met with colleagues from ATME (Assoc. of Theatre Movement Educators) to discuss the possibility of a joint pre-conference that would be largely focused on issues of concern to early career scholars and graduate students.    Before we get too far into planning, we felt it important to survey the MTD membership to gauge your interest. We’ve created a brief survey to that end. Please click here to complete the survey, which should take you less than 5 minutes. The link will remain active for ten days so please complete this by the 23rd.    We’d love to hear from as many of you as possible. Thanks in advance for your participation!   Best, Ryan Donovan PhD student, The Graduate Center/CUNY MTD Graduate Student Focus Group Representative, 2016-17   PS- In case you missed the news yesterday, here is yet another amazing reason to come to ATHE/Chicago next summer (and the pre-conference).
by R. Donovan
Friday, November 13, 2015
Seeking Proposals For “Adjudicated Acting Exercises Debut Panel" 0 F. Polanco Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference, 2016 WHEN: Aug. 11-14, 2016 WHERE: Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. SUBJECT: Acting Focus Group Seeking Proposals For “Adjudicated Acting Exercises Debut Panel” The Acting Focus Group of the ATHE seeks submissions for it’s adjudicated double session panel. The session will offer an opportunity for Acting Teachers to impart exercises that they have created or adapted from their original style. All submitted exercises for presentation will be peer reviewed. In addition, the selected presenters will be able to obtain direct responses from their ATHE colleagues to refine and expand their pedagogical research. We seek submissions from members who have not presented at ATHE and experienced presenters. Please send submissions to Lesley-Ann Timlick at timlickl@fiu.edu. Due Date: Oct. 20, 2015. Please send a MS word doc. that includes the following information:  Name and contact information (Cell Phone and email):   The exercise name:   Brief description of the exercise with outcomes (no more than one page please) Exercise should be no longer than 15 minutes in length.   Have you ever presented at ATHE before, if so how many times?   How does the exercise meet the requirements of “new” or adapted?   Will it require any materials to present (i.e. projector, boom box, white board etc.)?
by F. Polanco
Friday, August 21, 2015
Kurt Weill Foundation Grants for College/University Performances - June 1 0 K. Chisholm KURT WEILL FOUNDATION GRANT PROGRAM Upcoming deadline: June 1, 2015. This grant application deadline is restricted exclusively to College/University Performance Grants and Kurt Weill Mentors for productions and mentorships taking place in the 2015 fall semester only. College/University Performance Grants: Grants are awarded to colleges and universities in support of general production expenses for performances of Kurt Weill's and/or Marc Blitzstein's stage works, and to cover musical expenses in connection with performances of Weill's or Blitzstein's concert works. Kurt Weill Mentors: Performing arts organizations and educational institutions may request support to engage conductors, directors, performers, and scholars who have been designated "Kurt Weill Mentors" by the Kurt Weill Foundation. Kurt Weill Mentors might aid in preparation of Weill or Blitzstein stage or concert performances, present workshops or lectures, or participate in scholarly symposia. Such requests may be considered even when the relevant performances would not otherwise be eligible for support under the Foundation's grant program. Applicants should contact the Foundation for further information, and the Foundation will recommend appropriate Weill Mentors for specific projects. Each year the Kurt Weill Foundation Grant Program awards financial support to not-for-profit organizations for performances of musical works by Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein, to individuals and not-for-profit organizations for scholarly research pertaining to Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Blitzstein, and to not-for-profit organizations for relevant educational initiatives. The deadline for the 2016 round is November 2, 2015. More information, guidelines, and application are available at:  http://www.kwf.org/kwf/grants-a-prizes/grant-program
by K. Chisholm
Monday, May 4, 2015
Are you working on a production? 7 B. Gelles, The Graduate Center, CUNY Hi Barrie,my name is Hillary Haft Bucs. I am directing CURTAINS at Western New England University. The show runs March 27 and 28. This is my fourth musical. I received some great advice from one of the MTD panels a few years ago, which was to surround yourself with professionals. I am working with two professionals, a musical director and a choreographer. I am learning so much from them, and they make me look good.
by H. Bucs, Western New England University
Saturday, January 24, 2015
2015 Lotte Lenya Competition 0 K. Chisholm 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition The Lotte Lenya Competition seeks exceptionally talented young singer/actors who excel in a wide range of musical theater styles for the 2015 contest. A program of The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, the Lotte Lenya Competition is a unique international theater singing contest that emphasizes wide-ranging repertoire and the acting of songs and arias within a dramatic context. The competition recognizes talented young singer/actors who are dramatically and musically convincing in repertoire ranging from opera/operetta to contemporary Broadway scores, including the works of Kurt Weill.   PRIZES Top prizes of $15,000, $10,000 and $7,500. Total prizes awarded will exceed $50,000.   ELIGIBILITY The 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition is open to singer/actors of all nationalities, ages 19-32, who were born after December 31, 1982 and before January 1, 1996.  REPERTOIRE Contestants are required to prepare a program of four selections, which must include: one theatrical selection by Kurt Weill (any genre);one songs from the “Golden Age” (pre-1968) American musical theater repertoireone song from the American musical theater repertoire of 1968 or later; one aria from the opera or operetta repertoire. Contestants will be judged not only on their vocal talent, but on their ability to create believable characters in a variety of dramatic situations.   APPLICATION Contestants must submit an online application by 5 January 2015.   AUDITIONS Preliminaries Preliminary auditions may be by video and submitted electronically or performed live in an audition in New York City. Both types of audition will be weighed equally. In-person auditions will take place on 24 January 2015; appointments are limited and will be assigned on a rolling basis. Video auditions must be submitted by 2 February 2015. Guidelines, application forms, and instructions are available at www.kwf.org/LLC.   Semi-Finals Semi-finalists will be invited to audition in New York City on 13 or 14 March 2015. Travel stipends are available.   Finals Finals will be held on 18 April 2015 at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. Finalists will each receive an award of $1,000 and compete for top prizes. Travel stipends are available.   MORE INFO Guidelines, application forms, and details: www.kwf.org/LLC
by K. Chisholm
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
International film musicals? 0 L. MacDonald, University of Portsmouth Hey MTDers,A colleague just alerted me to the new Japanese hiphop film musical, Tokyo Tribe. Has anyone see, or heard of this? I'd love to know more, if anyoen has any thoughts? Here's a decent film review: http://twitchfilm.com/2014/09/toronto-2014-review-sonos-tokyo-tribe-is-the-best-musical-of-the-new-decade.htmlLaura
by L. MacDonald, University of Portsmouth
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Pedagogy Support 0 V. Hoskins, University of Pittsburgh Hello MT/D Members! Do you currently teach, or have you ever taught, a course on Musical Theatre? If so, we want to know what pedagogy resources and techniques you utilize in the classroom! What textbooks do you use? Any unique techniques that you bring into the classroom? What do you know now that you wish you'd known before? Please leave your tips, comments, and suggestions and look for an upcoming blog entry about Musical Theatre pedagogy in the near future!Thanks!
by V. Hoskins, University of Pittsburgh
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
MTD Social Event at ATHE 2014 1 L. MacDonald, University of Portsmouth UPDATE: Join us tonight (Friday!) at 8:30pm in the Plaza bar!
by L. MacDonald, University of Portsmouth
Friday, July 25, 2014
MTD Panels at ATHE 2014 0 L. MacDonald, University of Portsmouth If you haven't already started using SCHED to organise your ATHE experience, this link brings you to the full MTD schedule in Scottsdale: http://athe2014.sched.org/company/Music+Theatre-Dance+%28MT-D%29#.U86aa4BdVy9
by L. MacDonald, University of Portsmouth
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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