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Focus Groups Announce Virtual Guest Artist Program

Wednesday, March 18, 2020   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Shaun Franklin-Sewell
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In response to universities and colleges moving to online coursework for the remainder of the academic year, ATHE’s performance-based focus groups announce a “virtual guest artist” program to help provide content for performance-based classes..

This program has been designed for this emergency situation where instructors in the performance areas of theatre (whose courses do not translate well to an online format) are searching for alternative ways to provide quality lessons and/or content to augment their online courses. ATHE’s performance-based focus groups are spearheading this effort that will connect instructors with volunteer presenters (in and out of the academy) willing to offer an online session in their area of expertise. Under these unprecedented circumstances, a virtual platform may provide students with an opportunity to learn from outstanding artists/teachers nationally and internationally. 

For those willing to volunteer as a virtual guest artist:

For those seeking to host a virtual guest artist:

  • We will collect all submitted forms from our guest artist volunteers and then they will be made accessible for review via the ATHE website.
  • Once possible sessions/workshops are listed on the ATHE website, instructors can contact volunteer presenters directly via email to establish a date and time for a session. All sessions must be privately hosted through either the instructor’s or presenter’s institution or organization. Most universities and colleges have access to live conferencing cloud software such as ZOOM, GotoMeeting, and the like. At this time, ATHE cannot provide video conferencing software.
  • Once a date and time has been established, that class will be added to a calendar accessible through the ATHE website with video conferencing invite link provided by the presenter. Thus, the workshop/lesson could be available to more classrooms than just the interested instructor. If the volunteering educator allows it, the session will be recorded and the recorded class can be made available through the ATHE YouTube Channel.

If you have further questions, reach out to ATHE's Focus Group Representatives.

A list of guest artists who have signed up is available.

Be well during these difficult times!


University of New Hampshire says...
Posted Sunday, March 22, 2020
We just hit 30 Volunteer Virtual Guests artist offering a range of workshop/classes! If you would like to bring a VGA to your on-line class: 1. Go to to see the list of presenters and the session(s) they are offering to teach. 2. Contact the VGA through email and make your request to have them preset at your class. (First come, first serve). 3. If you are able to secure a date and time: Set up the session using your institution’s cloud conferencing software. 4. If you are willing to have this session open for students from other institutions to join this class as well, Send the name of the presenter, the title of the session, the date, time and cloud conference invite link to Sean Franklin-Sewell (ATHE Web Manager) at The session will then be listed on the ATHE calendar.

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