Professional Development Intensives


EdTA’s Professional Development Intensives (PDIs) are interactive workshops where theatre educators can develop their professional skills on specific topics and advance a graduate degree or earn credit required for continuing education. Open to member educators only; additional registration fees required.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
Unearthing Our Bias: Embracing Culture and Inclusivity in Educational Theatre

Come join the dialogue as we workshop methods to dismantle bias in educational theatre. You'll get to take an honest look at where our preferences and biases live within our personal experience and how they influence our teaching methodology, casting, and rehearsal process. Then you can use this knowledge to examine racial and intersectional representation in curricula and share best practices for fostering equitable spaces for your students. You'll have an opportunity to roleplay culturally inclusive methods in various scenarios utilizing pedagogy from Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed.

Lilliangina QuinonesSpeaker: Lilliangina Quinoñes

Lilliangina Quiñones is the IB Theatre and Film Teacher and International Thespian Society Troupe Leader for Troupe #5422 at North Atlanta High School. An alumni of the National Association of Independent Schools’ Diversity Leadership Institute, she has facilitated conversations on anti-bias education both at the local and national levels. She has served as Co-Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Trinity School in Atlanta; Latinx Affinity Group Facilitator for the National People of Color Conference; and is currently a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for Georgia Thespians.


2:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
The Art of Sidecoaching: Getting the Most Out of Students

Learn how to improve students’ skills by employing targeted neutral feedback, a technique Viola Spolin dubbed sidecoaching. Learn how pioneer educator Spolin created her Theater Games. Discover Spolin’s best practices from her drama classroom. Explore her sidecoaching techniques that strengthen an ensemble, explore characters, and make your physical space come to life.

Ed ReggiSpeaker: Ed Reggi

Ed Reggi hails from the Big Apple but calls the Midwest home. He teaches improvisation at the Center of Creative Arts and Southern Illinois University, both outside St. Louis. He founded Paper Slip Theatre; the longest-running devised ensemble in the Heartland. Reggi trained at The Second City and with its founder Paul Sills. He entertains (now virtually) corporate audiences coast to coast. And when not on stage, he uses Viola Spolin’s Theater Games to teach empathy. His clients include Microsoft, SONY, Nestle Purina, Southwest, and Amazon. He’s enrolled in the acclaimed MFA Theatre-Ed program at Mississippi University for Women.


FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
Puppetry Playshop for Teachers & Directors

Join Aretta Baumgartner, Education Director of Atlanta’s renowned Center for Puppetry Arts, and learn how to open new doors to creativity and inclusivity through puppetry! Puppetry can expand your cast, overcome casting challenges, support your aesthetic and, in this virtual era, transform small screens into big stages. It’s an art form for all artists: designers, builders, writers, directors, technicians and performers can find a home in it. Participants will have a blast working (and playing!) together as we unpack WHY and WHEN to use puppetry, build an effective-but-simple puppet with stuff you have on hand, and explore puppetry basics.

Aretta BaumgartneSpeaker: Aretta Baumgartner

Aretta Baumgartner is a performer/teaching artist specializing in puppetry, mask and movement. She's been a professional puppeteer since 1992, and is proud to be the Education Director of the world-renowned Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA—the largest non-profit dedicated to the art of puppetry in the United States. She’s presented thousands of workshops all over the country, performs nationally as a puppetry artist, and serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Puppeteers of America. Aretta is dedicated to using puppetry as a tool to unlock potential, passion and story in every human she meets.

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