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Pre-Conferences: Start Your Dreaming at ATHE 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014  
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Start dreaming early at ATHE 2014 with a series of pre-conferences hosted by various committees and focus groups.

Assessment Strategies and Pedagogical Applications Working Pre-Conference

Need or want to develop or fine-tune assessment tools? The ATHE Professional Development Committee invites you to participate in a working pre-conference on Wednesday, July 23 from 3 - 9 p.m. Participants will engage with assessment professionals both inside and outside of the discipline and will work together to meet assessment challenges with the support of a wider community.

The culture of assessment is upon higher education. While the idea of trying to make a subjective artistic discipline fit easily within the benchmarks and parameters of learning outcomes has challenged our discipline, the very act of assessing our discipline presents tremendous opportunities to validate theatre’s value in higher education. The Professional Development Committee is offering a working pre-conference for those who are interested in exploring the ways that ATHE members might steer the conversation on assessment rather than being driven by it.

We seek participants who will actively engage with the working pre-conference by developing or fine tuning assessment tools used for assessing theatre courses and/or programs. These tools have the opportunity to strengthen not only theatre programs but also theatre throughout higher education.

The $25 participation fee can be paid as part of the conference registration process. If you've already registered and want to add the pre-conference, you can visit the ATHE membership and conference registration payment site (hosted by Johns Hopkins University Press).  Please register by July 1.

Creating and Sustaining Interactive and Socially Engaged Theatre

The Theatre and Social Change Focus Group (TASC) and the Interactive Theatre Program (ITP) Sub-Committee of the Advocacy Committee present this pre-conference on July 22 and July 23. Artists, educators, and activists from the southwest, the U.S., and beyond will come together to explore how to develop lasting initiatives for interactive and socially engaged theatre. Sessions will address partnership development, developing missions, theatrical approaches to building consensus and solving problems, creative approaches to assessment, and topics of the presenters’ choice. Participants will leave with new strategies for their own projects, and refreshed approaches, inspiration, and community.

A talented and internationally recognized group of presenters lead the event. Presenters include Daniel Banks of DNAWORKS and the CUNY SPS M.A. in Applied Theatre, Petra Kuppers of the University of Michigan and The Olimpias, Stephani Woodson of Arizona State University, Curtis Acosta, Milta Ortiz, and Marc Pinate of Borderlands Theatre, Katie Dawson of UT Austin and the Drama For Schools Program, Reid Davis and his students of Saint Mary’s College of California, Margarita Espada of Stonybrook University and Teatro Yerbabruja, Michael Wilson of the CUNY SPS M.A. in Applied Theatre and Man Question, and mime and educator Bill Bowers. Michael Rohd will frame and facilitate the experience and will also present on his work with Sojourn Theatre and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice.

Register for this pre-conference on the page at this link.

Arizona State University Tour of Innovative Theatre Programs

ATHE Leadership Institute ® Alumni and all ATHE Conference attendees are invited to participate in the Arizona State University Tour of Innovative Programs and lunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 24. Registration includes bus transportation to and from the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel to Arizona State University and the Leadership Institute® luncheon. Registration cost for this special offer is $50.

ASU, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and the School of Film, Dance and Theatre are known for their innovation and push to break new ground. This interactive tour will include multiple stops, with opportunities at each for demonstrations and question/answer sessions with representatives of each program. Attendees will rotate through each program in small groups.

For full details, view the .pdf at this link. You can visit the ATHE membership and conference registration payment site (hosted by Johns Hopkins University Press) to register or add this tour to your registration.

Focus Group Hosted Pre- and Post-Conferences

12 focus groups are hosting pre- or post-conferences. For all the details, view the .pdf at this link or visit the focus groups in the Groups area of the ATHE website.

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