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AACT Webinars
Convenient, relevant, informative

Computer keyboard with a key marked "Webinar"AACT webinars are presentations or workshops, transmitted over the Web, using a video conferencing app, and featuring knowledgeable experts. In many cases, participants may submit questions to the presenters in advance of the webinar itself. 

These online courses for actors, directors, theatre educators, and administrators, focus on enhancing skills and expanding perspective.  These free or low-cost webinars delivering superior professional/vocational development with no travel costs. Participants interact directly with artists, practitioners, educators, and consultants on crucial topics to enhance expertise and knowledge in all aspects of theatre making.

AACT also offers these online programs. Click links to learn more!

  • Industry Connections - Free, live 30-minute presentations from our theatre resource partners, showcasing services and how they support theatres during this difficult time. Presentations are recorded and available for later viewing. 
  • AACT-Member Roundtables - Exclusive online Roundtables, for inspiration, ideas and expertise on a wide range of topics.
  • Previously Recorded Webinars - Archive of webinars--many of which deal with COVID-19 issues. 

Fall Webinar Series

AACT will once again offer its Fall Webinar Series, beginning in September. Over the past year, members have expressed gratitude and excitement over the expansion of our educational programming, providing members and non-members with access to expert training in theatre.

The AACT Fall 2021 Webinar Series is offering arts enrichment courses for actors, directors, theatre educators, and administrators, with an emphasis on enhancing skills and expanding perspectives. These new, affordable education webinars will deliver superior professional/vocational development with no travel costs. Participants enhance their expertise and knowledge in all aspects of theatre-making, by interacting directly with artists, practitioners, educators, and consultants.

The full series of seven sessions begins in September and ends in December. These curated workshops cover a variety of topics within the industry. Each session offers 1 to 1.5 hours of streaming webcast that includes a live discussion with the presenter, video demonstrations, and presentation materials.

  • Enjoy a user-friendly, convenient format and the opportunity to gather safely as a group, or to participate individually from home
  • AACTEd hours are awarded for the completion of our online courses
  • All sessions are recorded, and attendees will have access to the presentation for 30 days afterward.

Per-session registration is $15 for AACT members, and $20 for non-members. Registration details coming soon!


Square yellow box to mark each workshop title Viewpoints
Presenter: Marina Bergenstock 
September 16, 2021, 2:00 pm (Eastern)

Viewpoints is an improvisational directing technique, created by Mary Overlie and developed and popularized by Anne Bogart. It provides a way to think about movement, gesture and how the body is used to create meaning. 

Square yellow box to mark each workshop title Theatre-Based Programming in Senior Care
Emma Shafer
September 30, 2021, 2:00 pm (Eastern)                     

Emma Shafer is using her theatre background to work with senior citizens in a nursing home.  They are learning about their voices, bodies and imaginations just like all actors, but with a special sensitivity to working around their limitations.  Emma never discounts their ability to grow, and finds she is learning as much as she is teaching.  The exercises and activities she has put together are based in improv, movement, and other skills gathered as a professional actress.

Square yellow box to mark each workshop title Kamishbai
Presenter: April Cochran
October 28, 2021, 3:00 pm (Eastern)

Kamishibai (Japanese Paper Theater), a street-performance art that originated in Japan, has grown in popularity all over the world and has been adapted to a variety of exciting uses.  This workshop explores how the illustrated cards, which are revealed card by card with narration, can be a dynamic way to engage pre-readers and serve as a jumping off point for creative dramatics.

Square yellow box to mark each workshop title New Play Festival: How to Begin
Presenter: Trinity Bird
 November 11, 2021, 2:00 pm (Eastern)

The Sauk, located in Jonesville, Michigan, established their annual Plays-in-Development series in 2015. Trinity Bird explains how, 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.

Square yellow box to mark each workshop title Using Artistic Collaboration to Enhance Cultural Understanding
Presenters: Katy Merriman & Tiffany Johnson
December 2, 2:00 pm (Eastern)

Katy Merriman, Artist Director of the Des Moines Community Playhouse, and Tiffany Johnson, Artist Director of Pyramid Theatre, recently collaborated by pooling talent and resources for their first "CoPro," A Love Offering by Jonathan Norton. This webinar recounts their experience while offering advice for creating new bridges to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Square yellow box to mark each workshop title Psychological Dramaturgy
Kathy Pingel and Dr. Caitlin Powell
December 9, 2021, 2:00 pm (Eastern)

Traditional dramaturgy in community theatre is research to reveal the historical context of a play. What are the manners and dress of the time?  Do words have a different meaning in the play’s timeframe?  What is the political climate?    Dr. Caitlin Powell, Psychology Department Head at St. Thomas More in Covington, Kentucky, has developed a method of research that assists the actors in understanding why they may make decisions based on psychological principles. 


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