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2016 Conference

Our 71st year!

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The CETA Conference always has an impressive roster of professional workshops. Sample workshops of this year’s conference include:

Musical Improvisation • James Thomas Bailey
Need to clear your head and do something for yourself? Then come sing!  Beautiful voices are not a pre-requisite–in fact, if you’re afraid of musical improv, this is the class for you. A truly unique workshop that finds the fun in improv singing. Participants will learn tools for improvising songs, including song structure, rhyming, harmony and style. In addition, players will gain genuine confidence while discovering their own voices. Taught in a supportive atmosphere that nurtures both the beginner and more experienced singer.

James Thomas Bailey is Artistic Director of CSz Los Angeles,  producers of ComedySportz, the longest running show in Los Angeles. He also founded and runs the largest teen improv program in the United States. In addition to ComedySportz, he has produced more than fifty shows in Los Angeles. He has appeared on television, in many national commercials and in more than forty stage productions. Mr. Bailey has served as a creative consultant/trainer for Universal Studios, Walt Disney, ABC and Coca-Cola, among others. He is a cultural specialist for the US State Department and recently taught in Cyprus for the American embassy. Mr. Bailey is also the recipient of the California Educational Theatre Association Medallion and inducted in the California Thespian Hall of Fame.

The Art of Teaching Acting • Stuart Rogers

This workshop is an exploration of the teaching of acting, and can be applied to any technique. Certification for every aspect of theatre techniques, except for acting–why? This class explores the possibilities in teaching.Stuart Rogers‘ students have gone from unemployed to winning Golden Globes, Emmys, Tonys and Academy Awards. The Stuart Rogers’ Studios has trained actors and directors for almost two decades with his unique style of instruction, guiding them to artistic freedom and performance excellence.

Running a Successful Middle School Program • Marcia Barryte
This workshop will begin with some basics in class routines and sharing out of some solid lesson plans that not only work at the Middle School level, but can be easily modified to suit high school. Discussion will focus on finding and implementing guest speakers, competitions, supportive theatre organization programs for Middle School and developing parent support groups. Special attention will be given to finding FREE buses, and FREE tickets and working within a limited budget.

Marcia Barryte has been teaching theatre since 1984. Marcia received her B.A. From Brandeis University in Music and an M.A from S.U.N.Y. Binghamton in Ethnomusicology and a second M. A. in Dance Ethnology from U.C.L. A.   Marcia taught Middle School theatre at Dodson Middle School for 25 years. She developed a program that included DTASC festivals, a Thespian Troupe, an active Stage Crew class that worked intensively with parent volunteers, and workshops of all types including Vocal and Dance which culminated each year in a musical, double cast featuring over 100 students. She developed a program that worked intensively with the other Academic Teachers at her school developing Common Core Lessons and with a Parent support group that not only assisted with fund-raising, but with supervision and team builiding with the student body of the drama program. Marcia began teaching at Carson High School the Fall of 2014 in their small learning communtity called PAMA (Performing Arts and Media Academy). Teaching theatre is the reason she wakes up in the morning and she loves sharing ideas and constantly learning from other Theatre Educators.

The Myth of The Good Idea: Breaking Through Creative Blocks • Samantha Bennett

Motivating the creative process for all of your student artists. 

Samantha Bennett – Originally from Chicago, Samantha Bennett is a writer, speaker, actor, teacher and creativity/productivity specialist and the author of the bestselling, “Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day” (New World Library). Her latest book is, “Start Right Where You Are: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Overwhelmed Procrastinators, Frustrated Overachievers and Recovering Perfectionists” to be published in November 2016 by New World Library. She is also the creator of, dedicated to helping creative people get unstuck, especially by helping them focus and move forward on their goals. Now based in a tiny beach town outside of Los Angeles, CA, Bennett offers workshops, keynotes and private consulting. She also makes a heck of a roast chicken.

Athlete of the Emotions: Rasaboxes in the Theatre Classroom • Arcadia Conrad
Rasaboxes, based on tenets of Classical Indian Theatre, is a powerful series of activities which explore the relationship between emotion, action and dialogue. In this workshop you will learn a sequence which is easily adaptable to students K-College to build community in your classroom and connect text to action and emotion.

Arcadia Conrad
is the Program Director of Cupertino Actors Theatre, an award-winning theatre program at Cupertino High School. She is a founder of Bay Area Drama teachers, a Facebook resource and support group for drama teachers in the Bay Area, and blogs about best practices in theatre on

Integrating Viewpoints in the Classroom • Violette Kjeldgaard
Viewpoints is a technique of composition that provides a vocabulary for thinking about and acting upon movement and gesture. Originally developed in the 1970s by choreographer Mary Overlie as a method of movement improvisation, the Viewpoints theory was adapted for stage acting by directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau.

Violette Kjeldgaard holds an MA in Actor Training and Coaching from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She is a freelance actor and acting coach, and currently teaches voice and movement courses at New York Film Academy.

MAKEspeare • Jane McEneaney
MAKEspeare puts Shakespeare on its feet and in the hands of middle school children. From the ShakesPAIRS original interactive game board to puppetry and character study through costume, from upcycled Elizabethan garb crafted from old t-shirts and coffee filters to silent films and Shakespearean Cupcake Wars, MAKEspeare uses all the senses to introduce the Bard to early teens. Hands-on workshop with written curriculum handout.

Jane McEneaney is the Performing Arts Facilitator at Turning Point School.  Teaching teenagers in courses from vocal arts and world music to playwriting and production, Jane forges a theatre community centered on the Ubuntu ethic:  I am because we are.  Students explore World Mythology, Shakespeare, Apartheid, the Holocaust, Hurricane Katrina, Japanese Internment, and the African orphan crisis, all through performing arts.  Jane is a 2010 recipient of the Center Theatre Group Fellowship for Theatre Educators. She is a former CETA Board Member and was a 2009 finalist for the Bravo Award. Jane founded the M.Y.E. theatre company and has taught at Sage Hill School, the Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, and Camp Bravo.  She is the former Director of Education for The Pasadena POPS Orchestra and has written/directed for the L.A. Philharmonic’s Toyota Symphonies for Youth.  Jane holds a B.A. in Theatre and Asian Studies from Connecticut College, a Master’s of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan, and a certificate in Social Emotional Arts and Healing from UCLA. 

Commedia dell’arte: Creating Stock Characters for Stage • Ron Milts
Come and learn about those crazy, zanni characters from the 15th century.  This workshop will get you on your feet and introduce you to a half-dozen of the goofiest stock characters you’ve ever met.  You’ll have the opportunity to try masked comedy, improvisation, and learn a few new theatre exercises. Closed toed shoes and comfortable clothing is a must.

Ron Milts is a Director, Actor, Lighting Designer, and a former Theatre educator.  He completed his Bachelors Degree at the University of California Riverside with a dual degree in History and Theater.  Ron started working as an Actor in 2001 performing as comedian in short film and commercial work.  He also toured the country with the comedy improv groups Marlowe’s Shadowe and The Lords of Laughter for 10 years. In 2007, Ron entered into the world of Theatre production and since that time has worked as an award-winning Director/Producer/Lighting designer having worked on over 100 shows at a variety of venues from LA to Scotland.  In 2009, Ron began teaching acting workshops that have been taken by thousands of students, adults and professionals at colleges, festivals, theatre camps, and corporate events.

Encouraging the Student Playwright • Lindsay Price
Drama Teachers! Do you want to include a playwriting unit, but don’t know where to start? Have you tried a playwriting unit and are unhappy with the results? How do you encourage the student playwright?  How do you move them beyond their insecurities and toward a finished product? Playwright Lindsay Price will take you through 5 key steps to student playwright success. Exercises included. Your students can write plays!

Lindsay Price is the resident playwright for THEATREFOLK, a publisher of play scripts and educational resources, and co-creator of THE DRAMA TEACHER ACADEMY. She has over 60 published plays and averages 700 productions a year around the world. She is an accomplished dramaturg and workshop presenter. In 2016/2017 she is the pre-festival adjudicator for the Western Ontario Drama League.

Making Movies with IPADs •  Deborah Raphael
Making Movies with IPADs introduces the participant to simple movie making using the IPAD, or smart phone. The workshops goes through the basic steps to making a movie with iMovie. The student will practice, shooting, editing, adding titles and posting and sharing their movie creation. The workshop will focus on movie making in the theatre, English or history class. Lots of useful examples and tips will be shared. **Participants should bring an IPAD or IPhone to the session with iMovie downloaded.

Deborah Raphael – A 17-year veteran teacher with LAUSD, Deborah has a bachelor degree in theatre, a  multiple subject teaching credential, a Master’s degree in educational technology and a supplemental arts certificate. She has taught numerous workshops on movie making and has produced over a 100 films in LAUSD theatre classes.

Teaching Accents: Bringing the Fun Adam • Michael Rose
Accents and dialects are a crucial part of the actor’s tool kit, and to most of us, they can be terrifying and overwhelming. From a student’s perspective, learning them can be boring and tedious. Teaching Accents will help you strip away any of your fears, and show you how to teach accents in ways that are fun and engaging for your students! In this 90 minute workshop, you’ll learn how to break down an accent into key elements (mouth placement, melody, and major sound changes), how to communicate accent ideas to your students, and how to structure a fun and engaging practice/rehearsal program. You might even learn a new accent yourself!

Adam Michael Rose is a Los Angeles-based dialect coach and teaching artist. He’s worked with actors from Game of Thrones, Orange Is the New Black, The Americans, and has coached productions at schools and theater companies throughout the country (Mary Poppins, The 39 Steps, Noises Off, Pride and Prejudice, Guys and Dolls). He’s been a guest artist at state festivals all over the country (CA, TX, GA, NV), and International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE). Adam is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied with teachers from the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and Playwrights Horizons Theater. He has also trained in voice and speech with British American Drama Academy (BADA), Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, and the Theater Lab of Washington, DC. Adam is a member of VASTA, EdTA, CETA, AEA, and SAG-AFTRA.

Stage Fencing / Stage Combat with Swords  • Greg Schiller
Footwork, hand techniques, distance and movement. Attacks and defense will both be utilized and teachers will create their own stage combat fight scene before they leave the Grade Level: mostly for Middle School and High School students.

Greg Schiller Fencing Coach for over 25 years. Greg has both taught both fencers to compete and actors/actresses to perform stage combat. Fencing Teams includes both Collegiate (UCLA Fencing Coach 2000-2012) and high school (Monroe HS and Cortines HS of Visual and Performing Arts). He coaches epee, saber, and foil as well as referees nationally, and has earned various fencing awards over the years. Stage Combat Credits: Shakespeare in the Park (Santa Clarita) Hamlet vs. Laertes; Pasadena Children’s Theater Peter Pan; Cortines HS of VAPA (Peter Pan, Twelfth Night, Moon Over Buffalo, La Llorona). President of the Southern California Scholastic Fencing League for over 20 years.

Audition Like a Pro! • Erik Stein
This workshop will give teachers techniques to help their students create and execute auditions like a professional actor.  We will discuss material, connection, focus,           trigger, discovery, journey, and much more.  We will help you create auditions that are one person shows that people should pay to see.

Erik Stein is the casting director for PCPA and the recruitment coordinator for Pacific   Conservatory Theatre.  He has performed on Broadway, Tony Award-winning Regional Theatres, and National Tours, and he sees over 2000 auditions a year.

Teaching Mime : Why is it Important? • Judi Garratt
In addition to learning ways to teach basic mime skills, participants will explore the underlying benefits of practicing mime. The workshop will also include creating authentic assessments for the art form. This would be appropriate for ALL levels.

Judi Garratt – “Tireless mime artist, director, teacher, producer, and coordinator” was the California Department of Education’s description of Judi when she received a Professional Artists in Schools prestigious lifetime achievement award in 1998. Judi Garratt, veteran mime performer, has built a career by combining performing, directing, teaching, and organizing which has given her numerous opportunities to work on unique projects.  Currently, she is the K-12 Theatre specialist for Los Angeles Unified School District’s Arts Education Branch.  Previously, she taught in grades K-6 and completed three years as an arts education advisor for the district.

PLUS–Two tech workshops presented by conference partner, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA:

Careers beyond the Theatre for Design and Technical Theatre Students • Trefoni Michael Rizzi
Lead Faculty in the Set and Exhibit Design Program at Art Institute of California Hollywood

This workshop will begin by taking a look at the various careers available to students in Stagecraft classes outside of the traditional theatrical environment. Then, participants will look at the skills students need to be successful in these industries, from hand and physical fabrication skills to digital skills. It will wrap up with a discussion of training options for these students, beyond High School, including Community College, Traditional Universities, Specialized Training Schools and Real-Life Experience.

Trefoni Michael Rizzi recently designed Sex and Education starring Julia Duffy at the Laguna Playhouse, the World Premieres of Two Boys From Brooklyn starring Lainie Kazan at The Palace Theatre in Los Angeles and Scenic, Lighting and Projections for Marilyn, Madness and Me! at The El Portal Theatre in NoHo. Other recent local designs include Scenic and Projection Design for Copenhagen, starring Linda Purl at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, Scenic Design for Parallel Lives at The Falcon Theatre and Scenic Design for Sex and Education starring Stephanie Zimbalist at the Colony Theatre. Off-Broadway work includes Scenic, Projection and Lighting Design for A Woman of Will at the Daryl Roth Theatre. Colorado Shakespeare Festival designs include Scenic, Lighting and Projection Designs for The Little Prince and A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Lighting Design for The Inspector General. Trefoni received the Ovation Award for Scenic Design in a Larger Theatre for Songs for a New World at the Rubicon Theatre. Other award winning designs include Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues, Driving Miss Daisy, and Defying Gravity.

Trefoni is the Lead Faculty member in the Set and Exhibit Design Program at the Art Institute of California – Hollywood, holds a B.A. in Design from UCLA, and a M.F.A. in Theatre and Dance from the University of Hawaii Manoa, with an emphasis in Asian Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences. A member of IATSE/USA Local 829, he was first finalist in the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers.

Video & Social Media • Ben Huff

This workshop will focus on video basics and how social media can be used for promotion, with and without video content. Topics will include shooting and editing fundamentals, uploading video and Facebook & Twitter promotional tactics. We will also discuss how teachers and students can integrate video media into the theater classroom and theatrical production. Please bring your phone & tablet connecting cables.

Ben Huff is an audiophile, musician and documentary filmmaker who teaches audio for film and music.  A lifelong artist, he first began his professional career creating video shorts and sound pieces, before moving to California to study film at CalArts.  After graduating, Ben began freelancing as a professional sound editor/designer and recording engineer, now having worked on hundreds of films and albums.  Ben’s audio work and sound design have been exhibited at numerous venues and festivals, including The Edgemar Center for the Arts, The MAK Center, The Venizia Film Festival, Sundance, SXSW and The Berlinale Film Festival.  Aside from his freelance sound work, Ben continues to produce and direct documentary films, primarily concentrating on social justice topics.