December 1, 2021

Starting a new Play Festival

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STARTING A NEW PLAY FESTIVAL – November 11 – AACT Fall 2021 Webinar Series


Trinity Bird, Executive Director at The Sauk in Jonesville, Michigan, explains how The Sauk established their annual Plays-in-Development series in 2015. Each season, three-four unpublished plays are workshopped with the help of local actors, who collaborate with a director and the playwright. The process ends with a public, staged reading, followed by an audience talkback session. Playwrights leave the process with feedback from a director, actors, and audience.
Trinity Bird
CLICK HERE for a video of Trinity Bird’s insights on New Play Festival: How to Begin

Presenter: Trinity Bird serves as Executive Director at The Sauk in Jonesville, Michigan. Trinity studied theatre at Grand Valley State University, where he was a four-year Shakespeare Scholar, and received the University’s highest artistic honor, The Alexander Calder Scholarship. He created, directed, and produced the company’s Living Room Monologues during the 2020 stay-at-home mandate. 
The series can be found at AACT Fall 2021 Webinar Series provides enrichment courses for actors, directors, theatre educators, and administrators, with an emphasis on enhancing skills and expanding perspectives. These affordable sessions are designed to deliver superior professional/vocational development with no travel costs. As an attendee, you can enhance your expertise and knowledge in all aspects of theatre-making, by interacting directly with artists, practitioners, educators, and consultants. Each session offers 1 to 1.5 hours of streaming webcast that includes a live discussion with the presenter, video demonstrations, and presentation materials.
Per-session registration: AACT members, $15; non-members, $
Fall 2021 Webinar Series also includes:
Using Artistic Collaboration to Enhance Cultural Understanding
Presenters: Katy Merriman and Tiffany Johnson
December 2, 2:00 pm (Eastern)
Insight and advice for creating new bridges to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Psychological Dramaturgy  
Presenters: Kathy Pingel and Dr. Caitlin A. J. Powell
December 9, 2021, 2:00 pm (Eastern)
Explore a method of research that assists actors in understanding why and how they may make decisions based on psychological principles.
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