Thescon Workshops

  • 2-Person Improv (Advanced)

    Acting

    Improvising an entire show with only one other person can be the most terrifying and rewarding experience you can have on stage. With no one else to turn to and no one to save you besides your scene partner, we’ll examine ways to rely on each other to endure some of improv’s most challenging moments. Presented by Brian McManus

  • 2D and 3D Makeup

    Tech

    This workshop will demonstrate various products and ways to achieve 3-dimensional gore makeup effects. Both pre-made and custom prosthetic wounds will be incorporated into the presentation. Co-Presented with Anne Murphy, Markas Henry, University of Colorado Boulder

  • A.P. Improv

    Advanced - Acting/Musical Theatre

    You are an experienced improvisor who wants to challenge your skills and improve your technique. Emphasis on keeping things simple, connecting to your fellow improviser, create characters instantly, being patient and discovering the scene. Be real and the comedy will find you. Presented by Mike Rock.

  • Accent Acquisition – Ireland

    Acting

    In this workshop, students will have the chance to learn the tools of the trade for acquiring and perfecting a stage accent or dialect.  Focusing on the accents of Ireland this workshop will give insight into cutting-edge accent resources and Knight-Thompson Speechwork. Come prepared to play! Presented by Jeffrey Parker

  • Accent Acquisition — Great Britain

    Acting

    In this workshop, students will have the chance to learn the tools of the trade for acquiring and perfecting a stage accent or dialect.  Focusing on the accents of Great Britain, this workshop will give insight into cutting-edge accent resources and Knight-Thompson Speechwork. Come prepared to play! Presented by Jeffrey Parker

  • Act with Power

    Intermediate - Acting

    Act with Power! – Don’t be trapped by passive choices! Students will explore “power-release” exercises to open full voice and body expressiveness; then, using short bits of text transform the inner life of the character into outer decisive action.   This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience.  Teachers are invited to participate. Presented by Richard Burk

  • Act with Power!

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Act with Power! – Don’t be trapped by passive choices! Students will explore “power-release” exercises to open full voice and body expressiveness; then, using short bits of text transform the inner life of the character into outer decisive action.   This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience.  Teachers are invited to participate. Presented by Professor Richard Burk.

  • Acting and Improv: From Stage to Screen

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    What is ‘good’ acting?  Acting and Improv: From Stage to Screen is a workshop aimed at answering this question. Blake Babbitt, Director of Performing Arts Admissions for the New York Film Academy, will conduct an exciting and well-rounded acting workshop, emphasizing acting in theatre, improv, film, television, and commercials.  Workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn honest on camera performance while Blake guides them through a variety of techniques and exercises aimed at relaxing and concentrating the actor.  After the actor is relaxed and concentrated, they will have the opportunity to improvise on live camera.  Blake will guide participants through a variety of on camera techniques.  Through the use of a digital camera and television, participants will have the opportunity to view their on camera performance live.  Blake will also go over the tools and terms of the acting and filmmaking industry necessary to becoming a working actor.

  • Acting for Camera

    Acting

    What makes acting for camera different than acting in the theatre?  We will explore adapting voice and movement to the frame size, while building the inner life of the actor to create a performance that the camera will love! Presented by Felicia Lansbury Meyer

  • Acting for the Camera

    Acting

    This workshop will breakdown common tricks that actors need to be aware of before stepping on set. We will break down walking on camera, Common Terms used in the industry and the art of being real on the screen. This workshop will help any students looking to go the film route. Presented by Alex Dean

  • Acting Physical Conflict

    Acting

    Open to all meaning anyone willing to take their work and their partner (and safety) seriously! Acting a scene of physical conflict is a challenge in balancing the technical and the artistic, but both are necessary to tell the right story. When looking at scenes of violence, there’s a whole separate box of tools for scene-scoring choices that many actors are unaware of, but that are needed to create a compelling narrative of high-stakes physical and emotional confrontation. Come ready to move, and to play, and to learn! Presented by Kevin Inouye

  • Acting Shakespeare: Fundamentals of Scansion

    Acting

    This class is taught by Master Teacher Jennifer McCray Rincon, Founding Artistic Director of DADA@Visionbox Studio, graduate of the Yale School of Drama Directing Program, and former Repertory Director of The Acting Company associated with Juilliard. Ms. Rincon has worked extensively with Shakespeare production and classes, including work with the celebrate Shakespeare scholar and director, John Barton. This workshop will begin with a presentation of a Shakespeare Scene with Visionbox Ensemble actors and/or a Solo Shakespeare Project followed by interactive discussion and direction of the scene by Ms. Rincon. Presented by Jennifer McCray Rincon

  • Acting the Song: The Tool Kit

    Acting

    You’ve got your song, and you want to be brilliant singing it, right?  To get there, we’ll look at the specific elements a composer and lyricist put into their music and words to help you connect with your songs for dynamic, meaningful performances.  Students who wish to participate should bring a prepared song from musical theater along with the sheet music.  (Accompanist required for this workshop.) Presented by Mark Kaufmann

  • Acting: From Stage to Screen!  

    Acting

    This workshop teaches advanced Acting for Film skills necessary for creating a fully realized performance.   In this workshop you will have the opportunity to actually act on camera.  You will learn all aspects of the professional acting world- from stage to screen.  Using both improv techniques and scripts from plays and movies, you will have the opportunity to take direction as you would in on set.  Students will also learn audition etiquette, and how to make a lasting impression on casting directors, agents, and managers and directors.  Presented by Blake Babbitt

  • Acting: The Active Process

    Acting

    A 20-year thespian tradition: Tom McNally’s hands-on, fast-paced, lively workshop includes demonstrations and participation in learning acting techniques of purpose, obstacle, tactics, circumstances, relationships, character and orchestration. A special segment of the class is devoted to psychological gesture of the character. Presented by Tom McNally, University of Northern Colorado

  • Acting: With Heart and Mind

    Acting

    This workshop will be about action and story, in a highly interactive way, about building rapport with other actors, using language in unexpected ways and enjoying the challenge of the unknown – and hearing just where language may happen to take us. My focus is on an essential aspect of all good acting – the artist’s ability to harness mind (thinking) with heart (feeling) and to channel the process as an innermost strength. How to play for truth in other words. Anyone who wants to act or enjoys acting – you’re most welcome. Presented by Eric Prince, Colorado State University

  • Actor’s Mind/Character’s Mind

    Acting

    We are told to put our selves in the character’s shoes, but what if we put ourselves into the character’s mind?  How does the character perceive the world, what motivates them, and where do their weaknesses lie?   Utilizing Jungian Psychology and Myers-Briggs Theory, an incredible world of character analysis is illuminated.  Presented by Tim Grant

  • Actor’s Tookit

    Acting

    The exercises in this workshop are the same ones used by Meryl Streep, Christopher Durang, Sigourney Weaver and countless other successful theatre artists when they studied at the Yale School of Drama. These are the tools that will help you really connect with another character, find something specific to play even when the words don’t make it clear and stretch your imagination way past the obvious. This workshop is geared to students at all levels who want to explore exercises that make acting easier and more fun.

  • Actor/Director Relationship and Tablework

    Acting

    We will explore the actor/director relationship and how to craft specific, efficient and positive choices to unlock the door to an organic process that begins with script, works with listening and impulses to shape and stumble upon the right choices, guide blocking, and ultimately results in a grounded, meaningful, active, and driven performance. Learn how to utilize Meisner’s repetition exercise to get students connected inside the circumstances of the play; Stanislavsky’s objectives and actions to refine choices and get the work active and ready for blocking; alternative exercises to explore subtext and meaning; and great communication tips to develop and rethink your rehearsal process. Presented by Amy Feinberg, University of the Arts (intended for students and teachers)

  • Advance Makeup: GORE

    Tech

    Emma Dehner of the St Vrain Theatre Company will teach and show students how to make realistic looking wounds, gashes, sores, bruises and even how to look like a zombie. Not just your normal Halloween makeup but how to make a person look like they are dead or well on way. Explain to students on what makeup is best and where to get it these days. She will also show students how to make bruises in various levels of healing from recently caused to a few days or weeks old. She will do this through a series of photos as well as hands on demos. Presented by Christopher Parr

  • Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop

    Musical Theatre

    Fosse!  Fosse!  Fosse!  This session will focus on learning Bob Fosse’s choreography to an ensemble number from a Broadway musical.  Prior dance experience not required, but a willingness to try is paramount.  Please wear appropriate clothing and be prepared to move! Presented by Ted Stark

  • Advanced Playwriting II

    Advanced - Playwriting

    We’ll talk about how to create complex characters, how to keep your plot working, and what is the single most important word for the playwright to know. Attending the Basic Playwriting workshop first is recommended, but not required. For students and teachers, intermediate to advanced levels. Presented by Stephen Gregg, Guest Artist

  • Ask a Tech Question

    Intermediate - Tech

    Tech Director Steven McDonald returns for a Thespian Conference tradition. Bring your questions about scenery, lighting, sound, facilities, and stage management. Steven answers questions, and many times we learn new ideas from the attendees. Open to all students and teachers interested in tech.

  • Audition Acting

    Acting

    This workshop is meant to prepare students for auditions in performing arts high schools, colleges, graduate schools, conservatories, repertory companies and local theatre and film projects. Actors will focus on how to apply The Actor’s 5 Questions and specific acting technique to monologue work. In particular, actors will be asked to move away from product oriented approach to auditions, in favor of a deeper, more authentic connection to character and objective in their audition material. Jennifer McCray Rincon (DADA@Visionbox Founding Artistic Director) is the instructor for this class and has auditioned thousands of actors for admission to NYC productions, The Acting Company, the National Theatre Conservatory, and Visionbox Studio. Ms. Rincon also directed 18 years of Acting Showcases in Los Angeles and New York for the National Theatre Conservatory.  Students should bring a Shakespearean verse monologue and contemporary monologue not to exceed 3 minutes. Presented by Jennifer McCray Rincon

  • Audition Anatomy

    Beginning - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Perfect every last little detail of that important audition from entrance to exit! Everyone knows how important finding the right material is, but did you know that your slate, your transitions between pieces and your energy and attitude as you leave the room are also crucial elements in landing that call back? We will dissect the process of successful auditioning and put it all back together to create a polished and unforgettable package!

  • Audition Bootcamp

    Acting

    Are you preparing for college auditions?  Are you perfecting your next IE? This interactive workshop will inject your next audition with authenticity, creativity, and vitality.  Transform your audition from great to dynamic.  Auditioning might be the hardest job an actor has to do, so find the power to tackle it. Presented by Allison Watrous, Denver Centrer Theatre Teaching Artist

  • Auditioning for Musical Theatre

    Musical Theatre

    This workshop covers every area of auditioning for musical theatre, including: type, proper audition material, attire, working with the accompanist, and the other dos and don’ts. Presented by Pat Payne, Guest Artist

  • Auditioning for the Real World: “It’s Not That We Don’t Care, We REALLY Don’t Care”

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    I give a REAL world look at what it is like to audition for top professional Broadway Shows in NY.  I tell the Students and the Teachers what it is REALLY like.  I discuss audition prep and what they should be expecting at a real audition.  I answer all questions from my perspective. Presented by Mitch Samu

  • Backstage Magic: Wardrobe and Quick Changes

    Tech

    Sometimes it takes an army to dress one actor.   Come discover some of the secrets to quick changes and the possibilities for employment in wardrobe! Presented by D. Lance Marsh

  • Basic Armor and Prop Building

    Tech

    Basic methods for patterning, cutting, shaping and creating armor and weaponry from easy-to-find materials.  This workshop will explore where to find and how to use materials such as: EVA, Thermoplastics and others. There will also be discussion about the pros and cons of using one material over another when making costume armor, costume weapons and other custom props. Presented by Kristina Johnson

  • Basic Color Theory

    Tech

    This workshop will be a demonstration of basic color theory for lighting design, focusing on the sight mechanism and the physics behind our perception of color. Presented by Brian Hapcic

  • Beginning Steps – The Dance Audition for the Non-Dancer

    Dance

    Many musical theatre auditions have two separate dance calls: one for dancers and one for actor/singers. This workshop explores the core repertoire of steps that any actor/singer/dancer should know in order to survive the non-dancerdance audition. Dress for the part – this class is full-on participation of the dancin kind. Presented by Monte Black

  • Beginning Steps: Beginning Steps: The Dance Audition for the Singer/Actor

    Intermediate - Dance

    Many musical theatre auditions have two separate dance calls: one for dancers and one for actor/singers.  This workshop explores the core repertoire of steps that any actor/singer/dancer should know in order to survive the “non-dancer” movement audition.  Dress for the part – this class is full-on participation – of the dancin’ kind. Presented by Monte Black

  • Belting 101

    Musical Theatre

    Everyone can belt! You were born to do it. And you must in today’s Musical Theatre world. Let me show you how!!! ALL LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE ARE WELCOME. In a group masterclass/lesson, we will explore how to healthily use your natural Belt/Mix voice in Musical Theatre and Pop/Rock singing, through a variety of techniques and approaches. Presented by Matthew Herrick

  • Beyond Theatre – The Live Event Industry

    Beginning - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Expand your understanding of what it means to work in technical theatre! Technicians, stage managers and designers will uncover new ways to leverage their skills and increase employment opportunities. Topics to be covered include: An overview of the live event industry, why theatre people are well-suited to work in this industry, how to find jobs and internships, unions and relevant credentials, as well as major players in the industry. Presented by Leah Springman

  • Broadway Belt: Training Vocal Athletes

    Musical Theatre

    Do you want to learn to belt or does your belt need to be stronger? Does your voice crack or break between chest voice and head voice? Is it breathy on higher notes? Does your voice have the stamina to sing eight shows a week? In this workshop, you will learn exercises that will help you sing from the bottom to the top of your vocal register without breaking or cracking. (This is known as mixing.) You’ll learn how to move from mix into belt and how to do it in a healthy way. This is the technique used by Broadway Training Intensive. All levels of singing experience are welcome! Presented by Mary Ann Kehler

  • Broadway Dance

    Dance

    Come learn some simple but fun dances to Broadway songs!! The steps that make it on and off the stage, but through the Broadway door. Presented by Stephanie McGill

  • But I’m a Theatre Technician

    Tech

    In this workshop we will discuss how an education in theatre design and technology can benefit the individual and in what other exciting industries can we find jobs. From game shows to primetime television, to even convention booth design, our skills in theatre can open a wide variety of doors. Preseented by Nicholas Graves

  • Casting for Scale Models & Full Sized Props

    Tech

    This workshop will present a variety of ways to duplicate items large and small for theatre productions and scale models, using techniques we’ve employed at Colorado State University as well as working on regional and Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Students will leave with (cast copies) of their severed fingers. This workshop will be co-taught by Lauren Couglan, the Props Director and Adjunct Faculty at Colorado State University, who has worked regionally and had a film at Cannes Film Festival this May.

  • Casting for Scale Models and Full-Sized Props

    Intermediate - Tech

    This workshop will present a variety of ways to duplicate items large and small for theatre productions and scale models, using techniques employed at Colorado State University and used in staging regional and Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
    Students will leave with (cast copies) of their severed fingers.

    Roger Hanna is Head of Design and Assistant Professor of Set Design at CSU; in New York City he has received three Drama Desk nominations, three Henry Hewes Design Award nominations, and a Lucille Lortel Award.

  • Character Biography

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Expand your knowledge about your character by combining improvisation, writing and dramaturgy to create a character biography. Take the information you know from the script or the monologue you are working on and use it to write a short biography about your character. Presented by David Saphier

  • Choosing the Right School the First Time

    Acting

    Choosing the right college is a difficult and important decision. With hundreds of options across the country, it can feel overwhelming to try to pick the right one, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for. This panel will discuss every aspect of selecting your college from location to major requirements to campus life and beyond. Featuring two recent graduates who didn’t get it right the first time, this workshop will offer a new depth of insight into your college selection process. Presented by Tara Wolfe

  • Commedia del Arte: Masked Physical Comedy

    Acting

    Explore physical comedic theatre at its peak on your feet! This Workshop will introduce the style of classic Italian physical acting and shape basic skills in improvisation. The workshop will include brief history on the style, exploring mask work, a walkthrough of the basic character stock types, and an introduction to the Commedia Lazzi.

  • Commercial Auditions

    Acting

    This workshop will give insight on how to best connect with the product, camera and casting directors. Commercial auditions are very different from auditioning for theatre or a film. This workshop will help students understand the common connection between commercial auditions. Presented by Alex Dean

  • Confidence in Improv

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Confidence is your best friend in any improvised situation. This workshop will focus on teaching students professional techniques that will elevate their improv through confident performance. Learn how to take things in stride and continue to move scenes forward. Presented by SARAH KIRWIN

  • Contemporary Dance Class

    Dance

    This class with be filled with a very outgoing body experience in warm up which will also come to a very fulfilling combination that will work with contact improv with other dancers in the room. It will be an experience that could inspire you!  Presented by Cole McMechen

  • Costume Metamorphosis

    Intermediate - Tech

    Costume Metamorphosis, presented by Darrel Wagner

  • Creating Beautiful Worlds: Scenic Design

    Tech

    An essential component to making a memorable theatrical show is creating exciting and beautiful worlds that transport the audience and elevate the experience for students.

    In this interactive workshop, teachers and other attendees will receive the foundational tools they need to make scenic projection a reality in their current space; even with a smaller budget. They will learn how to continue to build their toolset for the future, utilize projections in new and interesting ways, and involve students in a way that is both creative and technical. This workshop also has a focus on theatrical storytelling and ways to use art and animations within the framework of a play.

    The workshop will end with a highly interactive Q and A/conversation that will leave all participants dreaming big for their future shows! Presented by Mitch Stark

  • Creating Character Through Movement

    Acting

    Physical technique and movement specialist, Tammy Meneghini will share several ways to approach creating character through utilization of the physical body. Before there is a play there is only play.  Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move freely.  Students will be lead through a series of physical explorations created to expose elements of character and aimed to articulate the composition of a role through the imagination, body, and voice.  Presented by Tamara Meneghini

  • CSI Cold Reading

    Acting

    (C)elebrating (S)pontenaity and (I)nstinct: No reason for the case to go cold just because the audition is. Follow the leads to solving the common challenges of delivering a cold reading: choices based in stakes, collaborating with another actor, making sense out of text, and not upstaging your choices as you present. The session is designed to provide a safe, honest environment to explore and ask questions of a skillset always in demand but rarely trained. Presented by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski

  • Dance Fosse

    Intermediate - Dance/Musical Theatre

    Take a look at Fosse movement, why it moves like it does, but most of all MOVE LIKE A FOSSE DANCER!! This workshop will explore the basics of Fosse Movement and will culminate in learning some Fosse choreography. This is a high energy, pedal to the metal type of workshop. Come in ready to step high, flick your wrists, and have fun! No experience is required, just a will to MOVE LIKE FOSSE!!! Presented by Jodi Youmans-Jones

  • Designing a Rep Light Plot for your School

    Tech

    This workshop explores the benefits of a repertory light plot in terms of those teachers who struggle with technology, labor, or training issues in their schools.  It investigates strategies for implementation based on the specific resources of a school, and how to identify those resources in the facility.  It is also a generally informative workshop for those of both introductory and intermediate levels of technical understanding.  Presented by Brian Hapic

  • Devising Heavy Metal Shakespeare

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Can Slipknot be on the soundtrack for a production of Julius Caesar? Does Romeo need to be costumed in puffy pants and wield a dagger? Does Hamlet have to be a boy? As theatre artists, we are always striving to bring scripts to audiences in the most direct, impactful way. So how do we take scripts with 400 years of baggage and focus on the characters and stories? We will examine how modern media and theatre techniques can make classical scripts as fresh and relevant as anything written today! Actors, techies, designers, and directors are invited to release preconceived notions and imagine how they would produce Shakespeare with their voice. Presented by Alex Avert

  • Devising Scenarios from Gobbledegook

    Advanced - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Practical directing workshop for actors and directors, using problem-solving compositions to explore the development of structure from very short nonsense texts.

    Walt Jones teaches acting and directing at Colorado State University.  A 1975 graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Walt has served on the faculty at Yale, UC San Diego, and USF.   He has directed on- and off- Broadway, and internationally, in Russia and Japan, in addition to over 60 plays in more than 20 regional theatres.  He is the author of The 1940s Radio Hour and The 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, both published by Samuel French, Inc.

  • Dialects for Actors

    Acting

    Introduction to speaking dialects by applying the International Phonetic Alphabet Presented by Chip Persons

  • Dialects: A Quick Approach!

    Acting

    Dialects: A Quick Approach! This workshop will cover the use of dialects in creating characters for stage and film.  We will address resonance, pitch, and the sound changes needed to create real dialects quickly!  Get ready to breathe, learn the tools needed to do dialect work, and have fun learning the most popular dialects of English:  British, Cockney, New York and a few surprises! Presented by Linda Brennan

  • Directing: Putting a Play on its Feet

    Intermediate - Acting

    A well-told story onstage depends as much upon the physical movement of the piece as the words. Besides the stage directions written by a playwright, the dialogue itself can inform and reveal relevant blocking ideas.  We’ll discuss the basics of stage positions, picturization and reading between the lines of a script to make your direction come alive. For students and teachers. Presented by Mark D. Kaufmann.

  • Discovering the Moment

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    This workshop will explore the art of ‘jumping’–stepping into the light with absolutely nothing in your mind but readiness.  We’ll examine this as a method for moving scenes forward organically, without planning or writing out the scene in your head beforehand. You’ll leave with a greater trust in yourself and some techniques to expand this unnerving moment into a comfortable work space.  Don’t think about it.  Jump. Presented by Brian McManus

  • Dramaturgy For All What is dramaturgy?

    Tech

    How can dramaturgs revolutionize the rehearsal process? How do dramaturgs help open up the world of the play for audience members? This workshop will introduce the art of dramaturgy and it’s growing role in the American theatre. We will also practice how to research, create actor packets and lobby displays, write program notes and give feedback. Going beyond the traditional research role of the dramaturg, we will also generate creative ideas on how to engage with our actors, directors, designers and audiences. Taught by Sarah Johnson, MFA in Dramaturgy from the University of Iowa Playwright’s Workshop, current PhD student at The University of Colorado Boulder. Presented by Sarah Johnson

  • Dramaturgy for All!

    Beginning - Acting/Musical Theatre

    What in the world IS a dramaturg? This workshop will dive into the art of dramaturgy including definitions, best practice and creative ideas. We’ll create a theoretical casebook for a production and do a little bit of new play development dramaturgy with a short play. We’ll also brainstorm how dramaturgy could make an appearance in high school theatre departments. This workshop will not only explain what dramaturgy is but give everyone a chance to practice being a dramaturg themselves.

  • Effective Acting: Affecting Others

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    The most satisfying performances make the audience believe your characters and empathize with them. You’ve seen those magical performances, and envied those actors. The truth is, you can make the magic happen, too. Through a combination of observations, activities, and exercises, Dr. Pearl guides you to a discovery of keys that unlock the mysteries of effective acting, the kind that welcomes and involves an audience. Presented by Dr. Mike Pearl

  • Enter and Slate: Audition Entrance and Introduction

    Acting

    Enter and Slate: Audition Entrance and Introduction
    Much of casting is done even before you begin your contrasting pieces or cold reading. This workshop is designed to provide a safe environment to make the most of entering an audition room. Be confident without being cocky; prepared without being robotic; genuine not cheesy. This session is particularly helpful for actors confident in presenting their audition pieces and less so with the before and after of doing so. Presented by Rachel Taylor

  • Everything About Monologue Auditions

    Acting

    Find out the techniques to building a strong audition and choosing the materials that are right for you. Presented by D. Lance Marsh

  • Ewwww!  You Got So Old!

    Tech

    This workshop will demonstrate how to achieve various stages of age makeup from approx. 40 Y.O. to over 100 Y.O. Presented by Ted Stark

  • Exploration of Neutral Mask

    Acting

    This workshop will provide theater educators with the theory and concepts of basic neutral mask work and explore fun and creative exercises to utilize in their classrooms.  These exercises and games can inform and enhance standard acting practices and methods to give students an opportunity to delve into the power of purely physical characterization and communication. These exercises work to explore the playing field behind the mask. Presented by Rachel Taylor

  • Fabric Painting and Dyeing

    Tech

    Fabric Techniques manipulation adds texture and detail to costume.  Learn about techniques costume technicians use like tie-dye, batik, screen printing, silk painting and more! Presented by D. Lance Marsh

  • Fighting on Camera  

    Acting

    Selling physical conflict on camera requires many of the same skills as stage combat and theatrical acting, but with a higher level of specificity, technical awareness, and raised expectations for realism. We’ll cover some basic techniques and then learn how to really make them work on the flat wide screen where our audiences spend most of their entertainment time and money. Presented by Kevin Inouye

  • Finding Funny (Improv)

    Acting

    In every improvised scene there is a moment early on that can serve as the key to a simple and fun scene. We will explore ways to identify this moment when you are in a scene and work to build and heighten the ideas/concepts around it once the moment has been identified.

  • Finding Funny (Improv)

    Acting

    In every improvised scene there is a moment early on that can serve as the key to a simple and fun scene. We will explore ways to identify this moment when you are in a scene and work to build and heighten the ideas/concepts around it once the moment has been identified. Presented by Brian McManus

  • Finding Your Authentic Story

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Every piece of music has its own story, especially in musical theatre. As actors and performers, it is our job to discover those stories. In this class, we will discover these stories in a master class setting. Together, we’ll discover the personal meaning of the piece, explore alternate melody options (riffs, trills, and other embellishments), and get to know and connect with the character. The best performers are expert storytellers. This class will explore those stories and help a performer find themselves in each piece. Presented by St Vrain Theatre Company

  • Five Ways to Punch up Your Playwriting

    Playwriting

    This workshop is for students who already have some experience with playwriting and now want to take their plays to the next level. By following the steps outlined, students will learn how to make their stories pop. The workshop includes a couple of writing exercises.

    The steps are:
    1) Give it a hook – Making your play stand out from the crowd starts with the premise. Make sure yours is compelling and unique.
    2) Exploit the concept – Whether your play is about drug addiction or robots, see that you fully explore that idea.
    3) Individualize your characters – Character worksheets are great, but to really make a character come alive, you need to focus on two things: a personality and a goal.
    4) Add hidden agendas – For greater complexity, give each of your characters a secondary goal that only they’re aware of. This is the key to that holy grail of writing: subtext.
    5) Keep the tension high – Conflict is the engine that drives your story. Don’t ever let it flag. Presented by Mitch Stark

  • Focus and Move with Purpose

    Acting

    This is an on your feet workshop where students are led through specifically designed exercises that train young actors to concentrate on their scene partners, ensemble, and their surroundings.  This workshop reveals just how much we can create by listening. Presented by Tim Grant

  • From Gore to Gandalf to Grunge: Hands-On Projection Design

    Beginning - Tech

    Learn projection mapping and video show control as your session creates a projection design set to music. The session will put you the student, “in charge” as you program, animate and map video content for a unique immersive experience into the world of projection design. Presented by Price Johnston and Jason Banks

  • From Gore to Gotham to Grunge: Hands-On Projection Design

    Beginning - Tech

    Learn projection mapping and video show control as your session creates a projection design set to music.  The workshop will put you, the student, “in charge” as you program, animate and map video content through a unique immersive experience into the world of projection design.

    Price Johnston is Director of Theatre at Colorado State University, where he teaches lighting, sound, and projection design.  Price has designed over 220 productions nationally and internationally, including the 2015 Drama Desk Nominated:  Donogoo and The Peewee Herman Show on Broadway.

    Jason  Banks is the Instructor of Lighting, Projection, and Design for Theatre & Dance at the University of Wyoming. Additionally, he has designed freelance regionally and exhibited at the 2007 Prague Quadrennial.

  • Game On!

    Acting

    In this workshop specifically for teachers, we will focus on playing games to waken up your classroom and your curriculum. Games will focus on building ritual, ensemble development, character development and improvisation skills. Presented by Gillian McNally

  • Get ACCEPTED!

    Acting

    How to get into the best University theatre programs and ultimately make it as an actor in today’s Musical Theatre industry.

    Learn how to research and get into the best University programs for Musical Theatre and Acting, and how to ultimately make it in the rigorous industry of today’s Musical Theatre world. We will discuss and work on the necessary skills in auditioning, singing techniques, acting, and self-marketing, that are essential to begin preparing for successful college acceptance and a career beyond. Presented by Matthew Herrick

  • Getting Cast (The Right Way)

    Beginning - Acting/Musical Theatre

    20 tips to make a casting director happy in the audition room and advice on getting noticed and marketing yourself correctly in the entertainment industry. Presented by Brian Hughes

  • Getting Cast!

    Acting

    Getting Cast! 20 tips to make a casting director happy in the audition room and advice on getting noticed and marketing yourself correctly in the entertainment industry. Presented by Brian Hughes

  • Here’s A Concept

    Acting

    Have you ever wondered how a director develops their concept and vision for a production?  This hands-on workshop takes participants through a process of understanding how a director reinforces the themes and messages of a play while developing the frame through which the audience will watch the play. Presented by Gavin Mayer

  • Hip Hop for Triple Threats

    Dance

    Come see how this style can broaden your range as an actor, singer and dancer. Participants will  learn hype new hip hop choreography. All are welcome.

  • Hip Hop for Triple Threats

    Dance

    Come see how this style can broaden your range as an actor, singer and dancer. Participants will  learn hype new hip hop choreography. All are welcome.  Presented by Laurence Curry

  • Hip Hop Hamilton Style

    Intermediate - Dance/Musical Theatre

    Picture a group of dancers who can do it all. Place them in an unlikely musical about America’s first treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton—think city streets pulsing with revolution, battlefields and ballrooms, political intrigue and scandal—and watch them go. In one moment, their hands look almost Fosse-like; in another, they’re soldiers in full battle regalia, all whirling physicality and sharp movements; in still another, they sweep across the floor in formal gowns, the style aptly reminiscent of an 18th-century courtship dance.

    This is the world of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, where cabinet meetings are rap battles, bullets are personified through movement and an ensemble of triple threats weaves seamlessly through it all, tracing and shaping our understanding of the action. Learn the moves that make it happen in this workshop. Presented by Jennifer Johnson Lowe, Think 360 Artist

  • Hit the Mark

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    You only get one chance to make that first impression. This workshop will help students walk into the audition room with confidence. They will learn how to prepare and present their music to an accompanist, take their space and have a successful audition…mistakes and all!  The class will also teach young performers how to take and apply direction quickly and efficiently in what is often a stressful situation. Other topics discussed are how to choose appropriate audition material as well as proper attire. Students will leave the workshop with a new sense of confidence and self empowerment.  Students attending workshop – please aim to bring a song (and music on a CD or android) or a monologue that you’re working on. Presented by Billy johnstone

  • Hollywood 101 & The Art of Screen Acting

    Intermediate - Film and Television

    In this workshop students will get the download on what it takes to make it in Hollywood. Students will learn the basics of auditioning, preparing to shoot, and performing for the camera. Workshop attendees will get the kind of advice to help grow them as screen performers and get them prepared for the industry as a whole. Presented by Neil Truglio

  • How to Memorize Lines Faster!

    Beginning - Acting/Musical Theatre

    A fast-paced interactive workshop teaching tricks and techniques to spend less time memorizing and get on with the acting!

    Garrett Ayers is Special Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing at Colorado State University who has worked as an actor and director with some of the world’s foremost theatre companies including The Wooster Group, The Workcenter of Jerzy Growtowski, and Thomas Richards in Pontedera, Italy.

  • IE Short Films Screening

    Film and Television

    Everyone is welcome as we screen this year’s student-made films. Join folks from throughout the state who share the love and passion of filmmaking. As a courtesy, we ask that you plan on remaining for the screening of all films. It’s tempting to just watch your friend’s film but why risk missing a film, from another school, that…well…just might change your life. Last year’s were the best ever-so this year’s can only raise the bar higher….or….well let’s not go there. Presented by Jeff Slaga

  • Improv – Building and Heightening

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Building and Heightening Knowing how to quickly identify and intensify the essence of an improvised scene can make scene work easy for both you and your scene partner.  We’ll work on developing ideas already present in a scene to relieve pressure on the performers and create more space to play. Presented by Brian McManus

  • Improv – The Unique Edits

    Intermediate - Acting

    Everyone knows sweeps/swipes or tap/tag outs.  Take your performances to the next Level with interesting and unique edits that not only add interest from an audience standpoint, but can help the pacing and energy of your improvisational piece.  We’ll work unique edits to add to your repertoire so you and your team can rock your next show. Presented by Kent Welborn

  • Improv a Musical

    Musical Theatre

    Did you know Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals like Urinetown, and Forbidden Broadway were all originally generated from improvised short scenes in front of live audience? Learn the skills and techniques that can allow an ensemble to make up their own musical performance on the fly–a terrific opportunity for singers and non-singers. Excellent opportunity for those students interested in playwriting, composing and/or creating lyrics for new musicals. Gain more confidence for musical auditions!

  • Improv a Musical

    Musical Theatre

    Did you know Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals like [title of show], Urinetown, and Forbidden Broadway were all originally generated from improvised short scenes in front of live audience? Learn the skills and techniques that can allow an ensemble to make up their own musical performance on the fly–a terrific opportunity for singers and non-singers. Excellent opportunity for those students interested in playwriting, composing and/or creating lyrics for new musicals. Gain more confidence for musical auditions! Presented by Ed Reggi

  • Improv a Play

    Acting

    A two-person show is one of the most powerful forms of good theatre and television. Perform like Key and Peele or Nichols and May! Learn how to improvise an original two-person play in front of a live audience. Discover the skills and techniques for telling a story without telling jokes or creating punchlines. Stories start and end with powerful and interesting relationships between characters.  This workshop will certainly challenge both the novice and master improv actor. Presented by Ed Reggi

  • Improving your Work through Improv

    Acting

    We often find ourselves as performers tied in knots before, during, and after performances when in reality our goal is to give ourselves permission to speak. This workshop will lead attendees through a series of improv exercises in the hope of finding a stronger, more specific performative impulse.

    This workshop explores the growing demand for Improvisation in all media. Film, Television, and Theater. No longer is improv reserved for Who’s Line is it Anyway? It’s becoming an industry standard. Learn tool necessary to think on your feet and book that commercial, that role in a feature film, or simply hone your skills to think fast. Presented by Anthony McMurray

  • Intro to Improv (Middle School Improv)

    Acting

    In this introduction to the art of improvisational comedy, you will learn 3 basic rules of improv while performing various exercises. We will then apply those rules to the two main types of improvisational theater – long form and short form. Presented by Brian McManus

  • Introduction to Neutral Mask

    Beginning - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Come explore the playing field behind the mask! This workshop will provide a brief history behind the theory and concepts of basic neutral mask work. Through fun exercises and games we will delve into the power of physical nuance and physical communication. These are fantastic tools to utilize when developing and creating memorable characters.

  • Japanese Traditional Performing Arts Workshop

    Beginning - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Learn the basic forms of the big three Japanese Traditional Performing Arts: noh, kabuki and bunraku. We’ll learn a little bit about each art form’s history and style and then dive into trying them out. We’ll explore the art of walking, play with masks, strike dramatic poses, find grounded stances and tell stories with puppets. Presented by Sarah Johnson

  • Jazz Dance Class

    Dance

    This class will be filled with an advanced/Intermediate warm-up which includes technique within the warm-up. We will also work with across the floor learning and/or improving legs, turns, jumps, with more of a break down of a "How To" technique. This class will be filled with high energy and lots of sweat! Presented by Cole McMechen

  • Jazz Funk Dance Class

    Dance

    This class with be full of high energy, sweat, and so much fun! We will learn a combo to a high energy song and learn how to work with other dancers in the room in improv with the Jazz Funk style. Open to ALL, but the combination might be to hard for people who never taken a dance class before. Presented by Cole McMechen

  • Learning Dialects

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    In this workshop students will learn the basic building blocks required of correct dialect training. Students in this workshop will look at RP (Standard British), Irish, Scottish and regional American dialects. Workshop attendees will walk away from this workshop with the ability and resources to learn dialects properly on their own and apply them to their own practice. Presented by Neil Truglio

  • Let’s Get You A Job!

    Acting

    This session will introduce student designers to the idea of creating and maintaining a portfolio for their work, both in a physical and digital format. This session will cover essentials of photo formatting, digitizing physical work, how to get the most impact out of your portfolio and do’s and don’ts of portfolio construction and presentation. Intended for young artists and professionals who are either creating a portfolio for the first time or are looking to spruce up their portfolio. Presented by Ted Stark

  • Light it Up! – Stage Lighting

    Intermediate - Tech

    Learn about stage lighting and special effects. Do you know how to focus an ellipsoidal, add a gobo (upside down and backwards) or drop gel color? This is an introductory class of all the things you want to know about lighting before you participate in a light hang and focus call. Presented by Stuart Barr

  • Light It Up! Stage Lighting

    Tech

    Learn about stage lighting and special effects.  Do you know how to focus an ellipsoidal, add a gobo  (upside down and backwards) or drop gel color? This is an introductory class of all the things you want to know about lighting before you participate in a light hang and focus call. Presented by Stuart Barr

  • Lighting Design with LEDs

    Intermediate - Tech

    This work shop will have lecture about the use of LED in Theatre right now and what to look for in the future.  A demonstration of the difference between an incandescence fixture and a LED fixture. Presented by Gail Gober.

  • Machine Design…Making Theatre Magic

    Acting

    Creating theatre magic…the nuts and bolts (or motors and pistons, gears and pulleys) behind the scenes.  Discussion will include choosing the right technology: electric motors, pneumatic, hydraulic, or just simple machines and biological motors.  Bring your technical challenge and see if you can stump the presenter! Presented by Ted Stark

  • Makeup 101

    Tech

    Emma Cavcey of the St Vrain Theatre Company will show workshop participants how to apply basic stage make up. How to follow the contours of a person or their own far and make it look natural. As well as how to make it work within a lighting designers lights. She will also show them how to apply age lines as so to age any person to the proper age. Presented by Christopher Parr

  • Making Films That Don’t Suck…too much

    Film and Television

    Ever wonder why some movies shake you and most just leave you feeling like you wasted your time?  I will show numerous Hollywood film clips and emphasize “visual storytelling” techniques which they employ.  I will also give you at least 10 practical tips for making your movies better and not just better for inducing coma’s. Presented by Jeff Slaga

  • Making Social Media work for you and your show

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Chris Parr and members of the St Vrain Theatre Company will show workshop participants how to market and publicize their show both in the community and with in their school. As so not to rely on newspapers. How to use FB and other social media to their advantage and how to create unique posters and photos for use within their community both in and out of the school. As well as how to make YouTube work for you and they rules within to show off the show. How to make FB, Instagram, Twitter, Apps and hashtags work for you. Presented by Chris Parr

  • Making the Most of your Auditions

    Acting

    You’re not connected! You look stuck! You’re in your head! You’re indicating! Who are you talking to? What just happened? These notes are thrown at us by teachers, coaches, and directors all the time, but what do they mean?  Learn to decipher their tips to make the most of your audition.  This class focuses on de-mystifying feedback and getting you to understand what a successful audition looks like.  Presented by Anthony McMurray

  • Managing the Act of Voice Over

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Voiceover (also known as off-camera or off-stage commentary) is a production technique where a voice—that is not part of the narrative is used in a radio, television production, filmmaking, theatre, or other presentations. Learn the tricks of the trade. Presented by Mike Rock

  • Marketing & Publicity 101: Using Social Media

    Tech

    Chris Parr and members of the St Vrain Theatre Company will show workshop participants how to market and publicize their show both in the community and with in their school. As so not to rely on newspapers. How to use FB and other social media to their advantage and how to create unique posters and photos for use within their community both in and out of the school. As well as how to make youtube work for you and they rules within to show off the show. How to make FB, Instagram, Twitter and hashtags for for you. Presented by Christopher Parr

  • Marrying Acting with Singing

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Marrying Acting with Singing

    This workshop is designed to elevate acting within a musical theatre song. Students will learn to make vocal and acting choices based on circumstances of their chosen songs. Vocal technique will be addressed for each student as well as character analysis and given circumstances of their songs.  Please come prepared with a musical theatre song accompaniment recorded on a cd or hand-held device. Lyrics preferably memorized but printed out is acceptable.  Presented by Annika Merkel

  • Millinery on a Shoestring Budget

    Intermediate - Tech

    This workshop will explore the process of hat making from a number of different price and time levels, including construction of one’s own hat block, using modern thermoplastics to mold hats, and hat decoration techniques.  A variety of materials and techniques will be introduced using lecture/powerpoint and visual demonstration.

    Maile Speetjens is the Costume Shop Manager and Adjunct Professor of Costume Design at Colorado State University, where she also designs. She received her MFA from the University of Georgia, Athens, and has designed and built for Actor’s Shakespeare Project (Boston), Seven Stages (Atlanta), and Emerson College (Boston).

  • Mime & Illusion

    Acting

    What do sleight of hand, puppetry, prat-falls and Fushigi balls have in common? …the skills of a mime. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to (and practice) basic techniques such as muscle isolations, freezing, balance, misdirection, and making the invisible seen – all with the purpose of creating illusion. Presented by Paul Belden

  • Modeling Workshop

    Acting

    Kids interested in the world of Fashion and Advertising can take a workshop with an internationally published Celebrity Photographer, Alex Dean. He has photographed the stars of Pretty Little Liars, Fresh Off the Boat, and Faking it. The modeling and acting world are very similar. Students will learn how to prepare for a photoshoot, who to hire when deciding who will take their headshots, their and see Alex photograph a Denver Model and the differences behind each photo. Presented by Alex Dean

  • Modern Projection Design Techniques

    Tech

    Explore the world of modern Theatrical Projection Design. This session will include brief overview of the history of projections and film use in theatre, dance and live performance. It will examine prominent designers working today, what they use, and about their process. It will also include basic introduction to playback systems and how they are used, picking the proper projector and projection surfaces for your projects, and tips on content creation.

    The Session will be taught by professional Lighting & Projection Designers Price Johnston (Colorado State University) and Jason Banks (The University of Colorado).

  • Modern Projection Design Techniques: From Gore to Gandalf

    Tech

    Explore the world of modern Theatrical Projection Design. This session will include brief overview of the history of projections and film use in theatre, dance and live performance. It will examine prominent designers working today, what they use, and about their process. It will also include basic introduction to playback systems and how they are used, picking the proper projector and projection surfaces for your projects, and tips on content creation.

    The Session will be taught by professional Lighting & Projection Designers Price Johnston (Colorado State University) and Jason Banks (The University of Colorado).

  • Monologues: How the TONY Award winners do it

    Acting

    This workshop is the foundation of the Broadway Training Intensive curriculum. Students will learn tried and tested techniques to give their performances a polished and professional edge. The workshop introduces concepts utilized by Tony Award winning directors and performers, top musical theatre colleges, and NYC acting studios frequented by working professionals who need to be fresh eight shows a week. There will be opportunities for some students to be coached on a monologue! Please bring a copy of monologue text if available. Presented by Andrea Kehler

  • Music and Character

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    The complexities of music and lyric inform the internal and external life of musical theatre characters. Through working examples of selections from beloved musicals, this workshop will give you insight and tips in how best to approach, then deliver, a song based on analyzing the song’s lyric and musical structure. Presented by Robyn Yamada

  • Musical Theatre Dance

    Intermediate - Dance/Musical Theatre

    Come experience Musical Theatre Dance in an active and historical way. You will learn a bit about the history of movement in Musical Theatre while moving through the styles of Broadway. This class will challenge your multi-tasking skills and bring the Musical Theatre Divas out the shyest performer! Don’t miss out on discovering an attitude in dance while singing and acting and learning choreography from Legally Blonde and Hairspray. Bring your feet, your voice, your interest, and your smile! Presented by Jodi Youmans-Jones

  • Musical Theatre Dance: “Raise You Up”

    Intermediate - Dance

    Come prepared to move!  Rock out with Cyndi Lauper’s score to KINKY BOOTS and learn the choreography to “Raise You Up / Just Be.” Presented by Bud Coleman.

  • Musical Theatre Dance: All That Jazz

    Beginning - Dance

    Come prepared to move!  If you love all things Bob Fosse, then this session is for you.  Learn the iconic choreography to “All That Jazz” from CHICAGO. Presented by Bud Coleman.

  • My Imaginary Friend In Musical Auditions

    Musical Theatre

    Learn how to prepare your singing audition for maximum energy impact.  Then some of you willing students, without accompaniment, will perform your music audition piece in front of the group for creative input. Presented by James Olm

  • Neutral Mask

    Acting

    Heighten your physical awareness, spatial awareness, and actor presence while discovering the fluidity of the body to create theatrical movement. Masks will be used in this workshop. Presented by Brenton Daviau

  • No Small Parts

    Acting

    So you’ve been cast in the chorus or a small role. Now what? This workshop will give you techniques to create vivid characters, strong relationships and be an active part of the show… Even without a lot of lines. Presented by Jessica Austgen

  • One Act Roundtable: Questions Answered

    Acting

    Members of the St Vrain Theatre Company will show workshop participants how to pick a one act, choose a cast, design a set, block it, and final create a great production. They will also show how to make the one act travel and still be the best production possible. By using the skills they already have as well as the items already at there disposal. As well as answer any questions student directors or future student directors have about the process or even teachers for that matter. Presented by Christopher Parr

  • Online Marketing to Increase Ticket Sales

    Tech

    Learn how to create an online presence to sell more tickets to your shows. This workshop covers the best resources to create a website, grow site traffic, create newsletters, run giveaways, find and edit free high-quality stock images for promotional material, and how to use your box office to build repeat patrons. This workshop is packed with resources and is full of actionable advice that art organizations can start using immediately. The full presentation will be made available to attendees. Presented by William Rader

  • Physical Character Palette

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    In this workshop we will explore a number of tools for creating characters based in physical choices. Presented by Royce Roeswood.

  • Physical Comedy and Red Nose Clown

    Beginning - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Workshop description: Generosity, innocence, and truth with a good dose of the ridiculous. Discover clown logic as we improvise with classic routines (lazzi).  Be dressed and prepared to move and laugh in this high-energy, playful workshop.

  • PLAY!!

    Beginning - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Play is at the heart of what we do as actors! In this workshop, dive into exercises that promote spontaneity, creative choices, instant connection, support of your scene partners, fun freedom and, most importantly, play! Presented by Allison Watrous

  • Playing the Enemy

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    How to play the character designed to be disliked. Go deeper with your acting process, get beyond judgment, and discover authentic ways to connect with the Big, Bad and Beyond. Develop a well rounded portrait of a human being from the inside out, not a caricature.

  • Playwriting

    Playwriting

    We’ll focus on the difference between playwriting and other forms of writing you might be more familiar with, like fiction. The best way to learn it is to try it, so bring something with ink or with pixels to write with. Presented by Stephen Gregg

  • Playwriting 2

    Playwriting

    We’ll focus on the two types of scenes, character development, and the most important word in playwriting which is– well, you’ll have to attend to find out. Presented by Stephen Gregg

  • Playwriting: Getting Started

    Playwriting

    As a group, students will participate in a workshop that will inspire the most creative ideas to start a new play. The instructor will guide the students through questions that investigate a new, imagined world where drama, comedy and endless possibilities could occur. As a small group, you will invent this new place and begin to imagine a story that could occur there.  Presented by Gillian McNally

  • Power Full Silence: Physical Improv

    Acting

    Without words, discover the strength of your use of silence, beat, object and ensemble in creating short yet complex moments of improvisational theatre. This session is designed for dancers as well as actors and is especially engaging for performers looking to use the whole of their bodies in communicating character and stakes. Presented by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski

  • Power Full Silence: Physical Improv

    Beginning - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Without words, discover the strength of your use of silence, beat, object and ensemble in creating short yet complex moments of improvisational theatre. This session is designed for dancers as well as actors and is especially engaging for performers looking to use the whole of their bodies in communicating character and stakes.

  • Prepping For College

    Acting

    Prepping for College What’s the difference between a B.A. and a B.F.A?  What’s a conservatory?  What do I need to do to get into college?  All of these questions will be addressed in this workshop that focuses on understanding how college programs work and what you need to do to get in.  This session is perfect for any student thinking they want to pursue theatre post high school. Presented by Gavin Mayer

  • Prepping for your Technical IE

    Tech

    A workshop intended to assist the student in his or her final thoughts before participating in IE tech events. The workshop is taught to give pointers and tips to help alleviate the fear before presenting and to help the student better understand what the IE adjudicators are looking at and looking for. Time is also allotted for specific questions.  All student who are participating in tech IE’s are encouraged to attend and those who are planning on participating in further years will also find the session informative.  Presented by Anne Toewe

  • Propping a Show

    Tech

    Come discover the secrets to successfully dressing a set and propping a show.  We will discuss script analysis, preparing the prop list. Presented by Beki Pineda

  • Puppetry: Bringing Inanimate Objects to Life

    Acting

    Design your own puppets and bring them to life on the stage! The workshop will include basics in puppet construction, exploration with basic movements, and storytelling.

  • Puppetry: Bringing Inanimate Objects to Life

    Tech

    Design your own puppets and bring them to life on the stage! The workshop will include basics in puppet construction, exploration with basic movements, and storytelling. Presented by Brenton Daviau

  • Salsa 101

    Dance

    Salsa is a super popular and fun dance, and is a great addition to any performers repertoire. Mix up your dance styles with a little Latin flare! Presented by Joseph DeMers

  • Self-Scripting Workshop

    Tech

    Self-scripting is an approach to creating original material by using physical impulses, inner-dialogue, and spontaneous character explorations. Performers will confront their own histories, identifying their personal strengths and weaknesses, habits, blocks, quirks, vices, doubts, fears, nightmares, preoccupations, and latent talents that they may have pushed aside. By identifying all of their behavioral components and incorporating them evenly into original work, embodying them fully, performers have access to a wide variety of characters within themselves, each individual and iconic, each driven in their own ways, each alive, surprisingly truthful, raw, relenting, and emotionally resonant. Using fictive truth author-performers will channel these characters into short solo performance pieces that are idiosyncratic and sincere, performing their lives as multi-character pieces and as autobiographical solo performance art,  dialogues; spoken directly into the eyes of strangers. Presented by Walton Jones

  • Shakespeare Alive!

    Acting

    How can you take the fear out of Shakespeare?  These interactive, improvisation-based activities will help unlock the text to help with understanding and confidence. Presented by Gillian McNally

  • Shakespeare: A Users Manual

    Acting

    Ideally suited to performers with a basic acting foundation in place, but no Shakespeare experience is necessary. We’ll look at a few notable excerpts from the Bard’s play, and see how he gives us stage directions, acting tips, and more all hidden within his text, whether verse or prose. Come prepared to use mind, body, and voice! Presewnted by Kevin Inouye

  • Singing for Actors – How to Sell the Song

    Musical Theatre

    Have you ever wanted to audition for a musical but you don’t think you can sing? Some of the best performers aren’t necessarily the best singers. Sometimes it’s the performance that counts. There’s an art to selling a song and you can learn how. Come and learn tips and tricks to help you make the most of your voice and give a great performance. No singing experience is required. Presented by Cherity Koepke, Opera Colorado

  • Sketch Comedy

    Acting

    Sketch Comedy is the best way to get seen by industry leaders in Los Angeles. This workshop will help students learn the ABC’s of Sketch writing. They will learn about the idea, how to write it and how to execute a successful sketch. Alex Dean has had multiple viral video sketches and for years ran one of the top Sketch shows in Hollywood, Second Hand Smog. Presented by Alex Dean

  • Sound and Fury Signifying… Everything!

    Acting

    This workshop helps both beginning and intermediate actors of classical texts develop tools they can use to quickly dive deeply into Shakespeare’s words.  The workshops covers scansion and verse basics, down-and-dirty rhetoric, the map of language and the humors. Presented by D. Lance Marsh

  • Sound Sculpture for Theatre

    Tech

    Self-scripting is an approach to creating original material by using physical impulses, inner-dialogue, and spontaneous character explorations. Performers will confront their own histories, identifying their personal strengths and weaknesses, habits, blocks, quirks, vices, doubts, fears, nightmares, preoccupations, and latent talents that they may have pushed aside. By identifying all of their behavioral components and incorporating them evenly into original work, embodying them fully, performers have access to a wide variety of characters within themselves, each individual and iconic, each driven in their own ways, each alive, surprisingly truthful, raw, relenting, and emotionally resonant. Using fictive truth author-performers will channel these characters into short solo performance pieces that are idiosyncratic and sincere, performing their lives as multi-character pieces and as autobiographical solo performance art,  dialogues; spoken directly into the eyes of strangers. Presented by Steve Stevens

  • Sound System 101

    Tech

    A workshop for teachers who want to learn more about the basic set up and use of their sound reinforcement systems.  We will look set up, signal flow, and possibly playback if time permits. Presented by Brian Hapcic

  • Speak the Speech: Learning how to act with your voice for maximum impact

    Acting

    Ever wonder how those famous can make you shiver using just their voice? How they can make you believe their character is real just by saying a line a certain way? It’s called voice-acting and it’s something you have to know how to do to be successful in any kind of theater. In this workshop you’ll learn everything from how to create a character vocally to how to keep your voice healthy. Come learn the tips, tricks and techniques to Speak the Speech Presented by Cherity Koepke

  • Speak To Your Audience Without Words!  

    Acting

    We will look at the basic elements of design and how all performance artists — actors, designers, choreographers, and directors — use them to help create the world of the play as well as underscore the subject and theme. Presented by Ted Stark

  • Spectrum of Spontaneity

    Acting

    This workshop will explore the importance and power of true spontaneity in the moment. Train and stretch your spectrum of spontaneity for improv and beyond.  Get ready to roll of your actor sleeves and think on your feet. Using group activities and improvised scene work, students will create a rich, supportive environment for making bold choices. Presented by Allison Watrous

  • Stage Combat

    Acting

    How to fight-  Making the fight look realistic and KEEPING IT SAFE!  This class will teach you movements and techniques to really stun your audience.  It also teaches how a stage fight can be used as a rehearsal technique to increase your connection to your work.  This class is open to all levels.  Bring your scene partner with you if you can, but not necessary. Presented by Peter Bernstein

  • Stage Combat: Stupid Ninja Tricks

    Acting

    This workshop will focus on the basics of unarmed stage combat through using adaptations of the techniques of the Japanese ninja.  Come prepared to move. Presented by Timothy Pinnow

  • Stage Combat!

    Acting

    Everyone likes to learn how to make combat look real on stage! This workshop will cover the basics of falling, punches, slaps, kicks and sword fighting. Presented by Alex Dean

  • Stage Gore 101

    Intermediate - Tech

    Using basic special FX supplies as well as a myriad of household items, you can learn to easily create oozing wounds, blood, and gory stage effects. Learn how to make cuts and scrapes without the use of prosthetics, easy bullet holes and stitches, oozing burn wounds, washable blood recipes, and more! Learn what you need to buy at a makeup store and what cheap, effective alternatives you can find in your neighborhood store.

    Siobhan Gleason is a costume and makeup designer currently working as the Costume Crafts Artisan at Colorado State University. Siobhan specializes in special effects makeup, costume craft design, props, and hair design. She has designed makeup for shows such as Evil Dead: The Musical, The Hobbit, Turn of the Screw, and Night of the Iguana.

  • Stage Management for Opera and Theatre

    Beginning -

    This workshop discusses the basics of Stage Management: how it works in academia, how it works in industry, and how to start building a career in college so that you move into the profession prior to completing your four-year degree.

    Hally Albers is the Production Manager and Instructor of Stage Management at Colorado State University. National credits include Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, the Spoleto Festival, Los Angeles Opera, and San Francisco Opera, and productions across Colorado including CU Boulder, CSU, UNC, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, and Curious Theatre. Molly Langeberg is a Senior at CSU whose emphasis is Stage Management.

  • Stage Management: Advocating for the Absent

    Tech

    Stage Managers Role in Maintaining the Show: Advocating for the Absent

    Maintaining a show is a function stage managers don’t often learn in school, but it requires finely-tuned skills. As advocate for director, producer, designers, actors, and sustainability of production, the stage manager is integral in maintaining the artistic product. How can one begin to learn those skills in the educational environment? How can one successfully note peers those who are older? How does one balance advocating for all individuals involved?

  • Stage Management: Communication – Paperwork

    Tech

    Although great paperwork does not necessarily make great theatre (Lawrence Stern), it is one of the stage manager’s best communication tools!  Contact Sheet, Production Worksheet, Rehearsal Report, Performance Report, House Management Info Sheet, Run Time Tracking, Backstage Run Sheet….and the Prompt Book.  Come discover different ways of doing all of these basic stage management practices! Presented by Jonathan D Allsup

  • Storytelling

    Acting

    A well-choreographed musical number does much more than entertain, it serves to move the plot forward through music and movement. But how does one go about the process of turning words into dance steps? In this workshop, you will walk through the process of choreographing a musical number, from brainstorming phrases and sequences to blocking out formations and pathways, in order to tell the story of the music through movement. Presented by Kada Willy

  • Swing Dance 1

    Dance

    This workshop is designed to introduce you to the basic moves and footwork for performing swing dancing on stage. You’ll learn the high-energy, fun moves of swing, plus the figures and combinations essential to all swing dancers. This class is perfect for those who have never danced before, as well as those looking for some new moves. Presented by Joseph DeMeers

  • Swing Dance 2

    Dance

    This workshop will focus on the high-energy moves and footwork that make swing dancing so much fun to watch and do. (Please attend Swing Dancing 1 before this class, even if you have taken a Swing class before) Presented by Joseph DeMers

  • Swing Dance Aerials

    Dance

    * Partner Required * Everything you need to know to prepare you for flight. We’ll work from the ground up, focusing on Team Work, Timing & Technique to give you safe and fun aerials to spice up your dancing. Presented by Joseph DeMeers

  • Swing Dance Performance Routine

    Dance

    We’ll use what you learn in Swing Dancing 1 and will teach a routine comprised of lead-able moves geared toward entertaining the audience. Improve your stage presence, self-esteem, coordination, creativity, attentiveness, and communication skills. Presented by Joseph DeMers

  • Taking the Mystery out of Auditioning

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Taking the Mystery out of Auditioning-the student will have a clearer idea on all of the different types of auditions and a achieve a confidence that will propel them into their next audition. Also, learning the many differences between theatre and film acting for auditions.

  • Taking your Show to the Next Level

    Tech

    Ryan Dohoney & Chris Parr will show workshop participants how to take their show to the next level by using special effects, LED lighting effects, props and sound effects. They will show you how to use basic and inexpensive special effects that will make your audience think you broke the bank. How to make the most out of your LED lights and special lights. How to make that one set piece and props been the best thing that they ever could be. And finally how to use sound effects to take your show all the way over the top. Because its all in the details. Presented by Christopher Parr

  • Taking Your Show to The Next Level

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Ryan Dohoney & Chris Parr will show workshop participants how to take their show to the next level by using special effects, LED lighting effects, props and sound effects. They will show you how to use basic and inexpensive special effects that will make your audience think you broke the bank. How to make the most out of your LED lights and special lights. How to make that one set piece and props been the best thing that they ever could be. And finally how to use sound effects to take your show all the way over the top. Because it’s all in the details.

  • Teacher Only: What can CATTE do for You?

    Tech

    Colorado Association of Technical Theatre Educators has been formed to help create a safe, efficient, & effective environment for students of theatre. Our mission is to provide advocacy, safety, networking, and resources in the field of Technical Theatre to help Colorado public high school teachers. Stop by our workshop and meet members of the Board. After a brief introduction of CATTE and what we can do for you, we will then have a discussion for teachers needing advice on technical issues. So bring your stagecraft concerns and try to stump the panel! Presented by Jason Watkins

  • Teacher’s Only: Teaching Beginning Directing

    Acting

    This session will cover the challenges of teaching directing concepts to the high school student.  Basic directing exercises and techniques teachers can take back to their classroom will be explored.  A Q&A about directing and teaching directing in the high school setting will also be offered. Presented by Gavin Mayer

  • Teachers Only: Practical Tips for HS Film/TV programs

    Film and Television

    I will demo equipment and bring recommended books.  I will demo setting up different scene settings and the sound/lighting tech that’s involved.  I will have drop-in time scheduled so you can speak w/ me for 15 minutes to address your unique concerns. Presented by Jeff Slaga

  • Teachers Only: Shakespeare Alive!

    Acting

    In this hands-on workshop, teachers will explore how to use movement, games and improvisation as ways to unlock Shakespeare’s text to make it enticing for all learning styles. Presented by Gillian McNally

  • Teachers Only: Teaching Asian Performance Traditions

    Acting

    Many curriculum’s in Theatre History, including IB Theatre, require inclusion of Asian performance traditions. This can be a challenge for many teachers, who may not have specialized knowledge in these diverse art forms. This workshop will go over the basics of some of the major Asian performance traditions and breakdown strategies for teaching these art forms to high school students who do not necessarily have a background of cultural knowledge to guide their learning. How can we teach the diverse and fascinating performance traditions of Asia with respect and depth? Presented by Sarah Johnson

  • Teaching Asian Performance

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    TEACHERS ONLY: This workshop will explore best practices for teaching Asian performance traditions in Colorado high schools. We’ll go over ideas for activities, resources, and ways to frame the conversation. Teaching performance traditions from other cultures ethically can be challenging, but can generate valuable educational and artistic rewards. We’ll share resources, brainstorm and learn about a few performance traditions that have been successfully covered in high school classrooms across Colorado.

  • Tech on A Dime

    Tech

    Ryan Dohoney & Emma Cavcey of the St Vrain Theatre Company will show workshop participants how to design and build a full set for the least amount of money as possible. Everything from using what is in their theatre to what is in the community and by using contacts they might have as well as contacts the cast have. Also using tricks of the trade to make things simple and easy to build without over complicating them. Presented by Christopher Parr

  • Tech on a Dime

    Intermediate - Tech

    Ryan Dohoney of the St Vrain Theatre Company will show workshop participants how to design and build a full set for the least amount of money as possible. Everything from using what is in their theatre to what is in the community and by using contacts they might have as well as contacts the cast have. Also using tricks of the trade to make things simple and easy to build without over complicating them. Presented by Ryan Dohoney

  • Technical Theatre: A Collaboration

    Tech

    Technical Theatre: A Collaboration This workshop will guide you through the process of coming to a completed production addressing how each person from the director to the stage manager to the design team to the technical staff are a necessary part of the process as a whole. We will discuss the nature of each job and how the failure of one is the failure of all. We will play some collaboration games to help hit the points home as we stage our own CO Thespian production from the script through opening as a paper project. Presented by Anne Toewe

  • The 3 Rules of Improv

    Beginning - Acting/Musical Theatre

    In this workshop we will play short form games and exercises to explore the 3 main rules for improv. Students should be prepared to act a bit silly and laugh a lot. Feel free to bring imaginary friends.

  • The Art of Auditioning 101

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Auditioning is full of firsts: the first impressions, the first time the auditioners see and hear a performer,  and in some cases it is the first time the auditionee meets a character in a performance setting. This class will discuss tips and tricks from writing a proper resume and developing a solid audition book to picking the right song for the audition and attire in a round table setting. They say first impressions are everything and this class will help you make the strongest one possible. Presented by Garret Miles Haggard.

  • The Art of Playwriting

    Playwriting

    In this experiential class we will participate in a writing exercise that allows us time to write and then explore potential development of the material. Taking the time to spin stories and discuss the deepening of story structure will invite many genres and theatrical possibilities into the room. Come prepared to write and ask questions. Presented by Dee Covington

  • The Audition Whisperer

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    I know for a fact that  one of the  most important jobs you need to know to be a success in our business is a part of our business that no one talks about;  becoming “A Professional Auditioner.”

    Having sat in on well over over 20,000 auditions in my career, I have pretty much seen and heard it all.  The good and the woefully bad.  If you can’t audition, it doesn’t really matter how many voice lessons or dance classes you take.

    This is a class not only for Thespians, but also for Directors and Producers.  Learn why I am a HUGE BELIEVER in The Blind Audition. Also find out what  I mean by my catch phrase, “It’s not that I don’t care, I REALLY don’t care.”  And why you’ll be glad that I don’t. Presented by Mitch Samu

    This is is a workshop that is about so much more than just our business. Come and be a part of my talk and I PROMISE you, you will leave a different person than you were when you came in.

  • The Business of Acting

    Beginning - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Moving from the classroom or studio into the professional world of theatre work is better when having a goal, a plan, and the best resources possible toward success. You may not always get the job, but with this workshop, you’ll get insights on strategies and best-practices to keep you energized and focused to do what you love.

  • The Director’s Prep

    Tech

    You have your play and look forward to day one of rehearsals.  But even before auditions, there is preparation every director should do to get ready to dive in with confidence.  We will walk through a nuts and bolts checklist, including breaking down the script, scene analysis, developing ideas for staging, and assembling a rehearsal schedule. Presented by Mark Kaufman

  • The Director’s Prep

    Intermediate - Acting

    You’ve got your play and look forward to day one of rehearsals. But even before auditions, there’s preparation every director should do to get ready to dive in with confidence.  We’ll walk through a nuts and bolts checklist, including breaking down the script, scene analysis, creating a good ground plan, developing ideas for staging, and assembling a rehearsal schedule.  For students and teachers. Presented by Mark D. Kaufmann.

  • The Emotional Journey

    Acting

    We will explore the wild and wooly world of emotions and how to apply that to our scene work. Using a holistic body-centered approach, actors will learn how to tap into the power of their emotional selves to turn characters into realistic, three-dimensional human beings. Presented by Royce Roeswood

  • The Improvised Movie

    Beginning - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Where improvisational games and activities (short form) end, trope-based improvisation begins. Explore plot structure, character development, and timing in this dynamic long form structure that melds improvisational comedy with film genres to create a uniquely theatrical improv experience.

  • The Magic of Theatre: Special Effects

    Tech

    Learn the magic of theatre! This hands-on workshop will explore the world of theatre special effects. Roll up your sleeves and learn the technical tools to give your next production polish! Presented by Stuart Barr

  • The Real Story

    Intermediate - Playwriting

    Story is the key element of plays, TV and movies. It’s what audiences crave. But crafting a plot is neither easy nor intuitive. The good news is that, like most skills, it can be learned. We’ll do exercises, break down plot types, build stories together and learn the difference between story and plot. You’ll leave with the ability to build a story, which is an essential for writers in all disciplines. For students and teachers; all levels. Presented by Stephen Gregg.

  • The Story of your Song

    Musical Theatre

    The magic of any great song is in the story it tells.  Focusing on lyrics and text, this workshop will give you tools to ignite the story behind your song and take your song to the next level.  Activate the truth and power of the character’s story and launch the lyrics beyond the sheet music for your next audition! Presented by Allison Watrous

  • Theatre For Positive Social Change

    Acting

    Explore how theatre can be used as a dynamic tool for positive social change.  Commonly referred to as Applied Theatre, this type of theatre is often process-focused, takes place in non-traditional spaces and includes non-performers.  This workshop will involve students in a theatre project used for vocal empowerment for young Mayan women in Guatemala, to increase access to clean energy for communities in Panama and Namibia, and for youth-led community engagement for city planning for resilience internationally.  This workshop will be fun, participatory and will open your eyes as to how theatre can be used beyond the traditional stage. Presented by Ted Stark

  • Theatre in Strange Places

    Intermediate - Acting

    Chris Parr of the St Vrain Theatre Company will show workshop participants how to perform and rehearse theatre in odd places. How you can take your show on the road. How you could actually do the show in a coffeeshop, even on a street corner, in an amphitheater, even in a remote corner of your school or in 24 hours. Presented by Christopher Parr

  • Things I wish I had Known

    Beginning - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Tips, tricks and practical advice for surviving the first year of an acting career. Information on getting your foot in the door, self-promotion, networking, audition advice, casting, business acumen, unions and what to do after you landed that first job. Presented by Brian Hughes.

  • Things I wish I known.

    Acting

    Tips, tricks and practical advice for surviving the first year of an acting career. Information on getting your foot in the door, self-promotion, networking, audition advice, casting, business acumen, unions and and what to do after you landed that first job. Presented by Brian Hughes

  • Thinking outside the box in Lighting Design

    Tech

    Lecture in using equipment which may not be thought of lighting equipment used in theatre shows.  Also what to do if you do not have enough dimmers. Presented by Gail Gober

  • Tools for Facilitated Discussion

    Beginning - Acting/Musical Theatre

    In this workshop, teachers will explore theatre exercises, tools and teaching structures to activate powerful discussions within middle school classrooms.  Start great conversations and activate critical thinking! Presented by Allison Watrous, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

  • Two-person Improv (Advanced)

    Acting

    Improvising an entire show with only one other person can be the most terrifying and rewarding experience you can have on stage. With no one else to turn to and no one to save you besides your scene partner, we’ll examine ways to rely on each other to endure some of improv’s most challenging moments.

  • Using your Art to Change the World

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    A performance and discussion on culture and compassion in our country

    BLACK. is a new short play by first time playwright Lamaria Aminah in which she uses her own experiences with Black Lives Matter to illustrate the importance of culturally competent dialogue as a way to promote understanding and change.

    When two women, one Black and one White, meet at a candlelight vigil held for another Black life taken by police brutality, an eye opening conversation illuminates the need for sensitivity and awareness as a way to challenge our assumptions about race and privilege.

    First time Curious New Voices playwright Lamaria Aminah has written a candid and timely play about what it means to discuss issues of color and identity in this rapidly changing American culture.

    Workshop led by Dee Covington, Education Director, Curious Theatre Company

  • Verse Hacks

    Intermediate - Acting/Musical Theatre

    Verse-based dramatic form is not only rich in language, it’s also rich in resources for the actor in terms of performance and technique. This workshop will provide ease of tips and tricks to get your verse monologues audition ready! Discover textual clues that aid in interpretation, breath support, and character traits.

  • Vocal Boot Camp

    Musical Theatre

    How do you keep your voice healthy? What are the best ways to warm up? How do you extend your range or keep your voice from cracking? How do you prepare to speak or sing for a performance? These and many other questions will be answered through this interactive workshop. Participants will learn professional technique in everything from breath control to dynamics, singing and speaking with emotion and beyond. No singing experience is required. Presented by Cherity Koepke, Opera Colorado

  • Vocal Boot Camp

    Intermediate - Musical Theatre

    How do you keep your voice healthy? What are the best ways to warm up? How do you extend your range or keep your voice from cracking? How do you prepare to speak or sing for a performance? How do you really use your voice to tell a story? These and many other questions will be answered through this interactive workshop. Participants will learn professional technique in everything from breath control to dynamics, singing and speaking with emotion and beyond. No singing experience is required.

  • Voice for the Stage

    Acting

    This workshop will explore the fundamentals of breath, projection, articulation, and energy necessary for stage work.  A specific focus will be towards the muscularity of language and sounding.  Please bring a short piece of classical text to play with. Presented Tamara Meneghini

  • Writing the Musical Libretto

    Beginning - Musical Theatre

    Great musicals are remembered for their songs. And meaningful songs rise from strong story and characters.  From the first note played to the final curtain, the book provides the necessary structure upon which every moment hangs. We’ll discuss structure, how characters are developed through songs, and thematic motifs that pull shows together. For writers, composers and lyricists. Presented by Mark D. Kaufmann.

  • Your’e Not Jeremy Jordan: Be Your Own Star

    Acting

    You’re not Jeremy Jordan.  You are not Idina Menzel. What sets you apart? What makes you unique?  This workshop will help you discover, strengthen and sustain your own special star power.  It’s time to shine! Presented by Jessica Austgen