12th Annual SETC Teachers Institute

When: Wed., March 1, 2017 | 8:45am – 4:30pm
Where: Lexington Children’s Theatre | 418 W Short St | Lexington, KY
On-Site Registration: 8:15am – 8:45am | $85 | Includes Lunch

About the SETC Teachers Institute: The SETC Teachers Institute is an all-day seminar designed for middle and high school teachers who use or integrate theatre techniques into their classroom, directors of theatre arts programs, teaching artists, and students studying to be theatre educators.

It’s All About the Tech

Stress-Free Tech Techniques and the Speed Theatre Experience

… whether you’re teaching theatre, directing, or instructing across the curriculum!

Start the day by learning easy tech solutions from a panel of theatre technology experts in props, lighting, costuming, special effects and scenic design. In the afternoon, we will jump into the Speed Theatre Experience and teaching techniques for the classroom. The day will also include lunch and a talk-back session with Teachers Institute Chair Elaine Malone. For a detailed description of the program see program highlights below.

Program Highlights

Design Technology Demonstrations

Expert theatre artists start the day by teaching and demonstrating stress-free tech solutions on “shoestring” budgets.

  • Props on a Shoestring, presented by Shannon Robert and Matt Leckenbusch of Clemson University
  • Scenic Design on a Dime, presented by Shannon Robert
  • Thrift Store Costuming, presented by Maura Cravey of Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Stress-free Sound, presented by Michael Smith of Elon University
  • Low-budget Lighting, presented by Matt Leckenbusch

Lunch and Talk-Back With Elaine Malone

K-12 Drama Teachers! Be Your Own Champion 

Do you find that you need to justify what you do to administrators, parents and colleagues? In this time of eliminating arts from education, how do you bolster support for your drama program? In this workshop, Elaine will share many of the ideas she has used over 36 years of teaching high school, middle and elementary grades. You will learn concepts that will help to strengthen your goals in your community and help you sustain and promote the work you do with your students.

Speed Theatre Experience With Robert Kallos

After lunch, jump into the Speed Theatre experience with Dallas-based Technical Theatre Teacher Robert Kallos. Sometimes called Figurative Theatre or Toy Theatre, participants in this workshop will write scripts based on fairy or folk tales, create story boards, and then design the sets, lights and costumes. The groups construct the figures, scenery and costumes, then rehearse and perform their plays — all in 90 minutes! Are you up to the challenge? Bring your energy and enthusiasm to this fun and fast-paced workshop!

Robert Kallos has used Toy Theatre in the classroom, across curriculums, and to engage students early in developing a production. Kallos knows from his own teaching experience in high schools in Georgia and Texas how important it is to engage students from the “get go.”

Professional Development Credits

Contact SETC Central Office for more information on continuing education units and/or professional development documentation. Contact your local education agency or fine arts coordinator in your county to find out what you need to qualify for Professional Development Credits. SETC will provide documentation on your participation.