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ITF is overflowing with opportunities to enhance your theatrical toolkit! 

Two students practice stage combat at an ITF workshop.
Students participate in a stage combat workshop at ITF 2022.

One of the highlights of attending ITF is being able to hone your theatre-making skills in almost every area. Whether you’re a teacher or a student, no matter what you’re interested in learning about, there’s likely a workshop dedicated to it! From technical theatre and design to acting, singing, and dance to marketing and producing, ITF has got you covered. Explore a new aspect of the theatre industry or sharpen the skills you already have! 

Workshop Information

Sessions & Schedule

Over the course of the week, more than 200 workshops will be offered. And with literally dozens of workshops to choose from, your schedule will fill up quickly! Workshops are offered in nearly 30 categories!

  • Acting
  • Advocacy & Student Leadership
  • American Sign Language in Theatre
  • Audition Techniques
  • Choreography
  • College Auditions
  • Costume Design & Construction
  • Dance (African, Hip-Hop, Jazz, KPOP, Lift/Tricks, Musical Theatre, Tap, and more!)
  • Dialects & Accents
  • Directing
  • Film & TV / Camera Work
  • Hair & Makeup Design / Styling
  • Improv
  • Lighting Design / Electrician Work
  • Musicality
  • Playwriting
  • Producing
  • Projections
  • Props Design & Construction
  • Puppetry
  • Rigging & Drops
  • Scenic Design & Construction
  • Sound Design & Mixing
  • Stage Combat
  • Stage Management
  • Stage Movement
  • Technical Theatre
  • Theatre Business
  • Theatre Education

Check out the Workshop Schedule for the most up-to-date listing of all the courses you can take.


ITF's workshop presenters represent the best and brightest professors, teaching artists, and professionals working in the theatre idustry today. Find out who you'll be learning from!


Advance registration is not required to attend regular workshops at ITF. However, some sessions will have a set capacity, which will be noted in the workshop schedule. We recommend a timely arrival to each session in order to guarantee availability. 

What to Bring 

Some workshops might require you to prepare in advance. For example, an acting workshop might require you to bring in a prepared monologue to work on in real time with a coach, or dance workshops might require clothing that allows freedom of movement. Check the Workshop Schedule often as the festival approaches for a complete listing of our workshop sessions. Requirements for each workshop will be noted in each session description. 

SOLD OUT! Tech Intensives for Students

At ITF, students have the opportunity to take specialized training in various areas of technical theatre. These courses are each six hours (with breaks and lunch included) and require advance registration and an additional fee. Availability is limited offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students may only choose one of the two Tech Intensive courses, as they occur at the same time.

SOLD OUT! Rigging Training

If you are thinking about a career in technical theatre or are looking for some solid safety training to bring to your backstage experience at schools, this workshop is not to be missed! Come learn skills that will last a lifetime in this day-long, hands-on, student-only training in counterweight rigging taught by industry professionals and internationally recognized experts on rigging. Lunch is provided. The student professional development course will set you apart and help you grow as a technician! Capacity is limited to 20 students.

SOLD OUT! Lighting and Sound Training

This intensive workshop provides digital tools and hands-on instruction to explore life as a light and sound technician. Capacity is limited to 20 students. The course includes the following sections:

  • Audio for the Absolute Beginner: Learn how to set up a basic sound system for theatrical use, follow the signal flow, identify commonly found components, and know what all those knobs and sliders do. No prior knowledge or expereinece required.
  • Spotlight Operation for Musicals: Running a follow spot looks simple, but there are specific techniques and an artistry required for a musical that aren't always needed to spot other kinds of live events. You'll learn unique terminology and how to run a spotlight for a musical theatre performance in this hands-on session.

Professional Development Intensives for Teachers

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. Three PDI workshops will be offered during the week of ITF and are open to EdTA member educators only; additional registration fees required. College credit is available.

Journalistic Theatre: A Culturally Responsive Teaching Tool

In this 3-hour intensive, Corey Mitchell addresses issues of theatre for social change and culturally responsive teaching techniques that will help your program more fully represent your school's community by recruiting and retaining students of color. Participants will learn how to create opportunities through materials selection, casting, advertising, and setting expectations, then apply these ideas to a teaching model based on newspaper theatre. Journalistic theatre can be one of your most powerful weapons for facilitating conversations about topics on your students' minds. Make your class an incubator for social change!

Empowered Leadership Through Play

How might one integrate Play into one's leadership to further collaboration and bolster creativity for an authentic community? B4TheOther believes Play is the process of becoming. This is an on-your-feet somatic exploration into the unknown work of Play. In this workshop, players will be guided through light theatre/clowning games, written exercises, and discussion that blends observation, reflection, and bubble-popping questions. B4 will also introduce their innovative six "Buoys & Anchors" system that navigates the feelings inside of Play. Please bring a journal with an open mind and heart. Be prepared to gain a new sense of community!

Intimacy Directing 101: Tools for Consent-Based Classrooms and Rehearsals

How can we encourage others to take risks, learn, and grow without causing them harm? The relatively new field of intimacy direction can offer teachers clear tools and language for bringing out the best in their students while encouraging their self agency and autonomy. In this lecture/demonstration and hands-on workshop, teachers will learn how to apply the five pillars of intimacy direction to their classrooms and rehearsals, encourage a culture of consent, choreograph simple moments of intimacy like hand-holding, and respect student boundaries by creating effective non-physical and/or less intense choreography in place of staged intimacy when necessary.

Interested in Presenting a Workshop? 

The window for submitting workshop proposals for ITF 2023 closed on November 1, 2022. Please email Education Director Cory Wilkerson with any questions.

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