AACTFest 2017: Youth Leadership Conference

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The AACT Youth Leadership Conference will focus on cultivating youth who aspire to be leaders in their communities.  The conference is open to ages 14-18 and will consist of round-table discussions, youth activities, educational workshops, and enlightening sessions. The goal of this exciting conference is to instill confidence, knowledge, and team building skills in an exhilarating and stimulating experience.

At the 2017 AACT Youth Leadership Conference:
             June 27 - 30
  • Meet someone new, learn something new
  • See amazing theatre from around the country
  • Share your theatre experiences with other Youth Leaders from around the country
  • Chat about each day’s performances, create our own lists of winners, and see how they line up with the awards on Saturday
  • Team up and participate in a special AACT Scavenger Hunt, then present your team's findings at one of our workshops
  • Learn from a panel of experienced AACT theatre professionals
  • Brainstorm!  Give us your perspective. We want to know how you experience AACT as a Youth Leader and what you see for future AACT Youth Leadership Conferences
  • Plus more...
It is going to be a great Conference!  Come join us!

the agenda includes:
Tuesday, June 27
4:00 PM – McDonnell Foyer - Meet and Greet- At the meet and greet, we are going to split up into teams so you can work with some other youth leaders from different theatres on a Scavenger Hunt.  Teams will present their answers at Thursday’s workshop. 
After dinner discussion of Tuesday’s shows- 8:00– 9:00 - Room 109
Wednesday, June 28
Youth Leadership Conference Session  - 10:30 – 11:45 AM -– Room 109  -  Getting to Know You-  Plan to share a little about your home theatre and yourself.  
After dinner discussion of Wednesday’s shows - 8:00 - 9:00 - Room 109
Thursday, June 29
Youth Leadership Conference Session -  10:30 – 11:45 AM – Room 109 -All about AACT! - Get ready to present your answers to the Scavenger Hunt.
After dinner discussion of Thursday’s shows– 8:00 – 9:00 - Room 109
Friday, June 30
Youth Leadership Conference Session -10:30 – 11:45 - Room 109 - Panel Q & A - Please check out the ‘panel insert’ in your packet so you come up with some thoughtful questions for our panel of experts!
After dinner discussion – 8:00 – 9:00 - Room 109 - Pick your winners! - Don’t miss this chance to talk about who each of your picks for the awards show Saturday night.
Saturday, July 1
Youth Leadership Conference Session – 10:30 – 11:45 – Room 109 – Workshop feedback- Here is a chance for us to discuss your experience at AACTfest 2017 and what you would like to see for future Festivals.
Saturday night – See you next time! Let’s meet up after the awards ceremony and talk about our lists.  I will have a little something for you to take on your trip home.  

Jennifer HamiltonJennifer Hamilton will facilitate this conference. Jennifer served as the Education Director for Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy from 2002 to 2014. During her time there, she directed over 50 fully produced Youth and Theatre for Young Audiences productions, created curriculum for after school theatre classes, created and managed summer camps, and provided theatre-based outreach programming to area schools. She received her Masters Degree in Theatre from the University of Kansas in 2003 where she taught Improvisation, Introduction to Theatre, and directed for the University Theatre.

Jennifer has been an active member of AACT for many years. She facilitated the AACT Education Directors conference in Kansas City in 2008, presented a workshop at the national AACTFest in 2009, served on the Education and Workshops committees, contributed to Spotlight, and even enjoyed singing for the awards shows in 2009 and 2011. She is thrilled to see old friends and meet new ones at AACT 2017!

Register for AACTFest 2017 Youth Leadership Conference by registering for AACTFest 2017.  Youth receive a discount for AACTFest 2017 registration.

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