Webinars

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. 

AACT also offers the following live programs online. 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.
  • 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 were related to COVID-19 issues. 

.Banner reading "Fall 2020 Webinar Series"AACT offers a new series of online courses for actors, directors, theatre educators, and administrators, with an emphasis on enhancing skills and expanding perspective.  

These affordable webinars deliver 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.

  • 12 curated workshops (course descriptions below) cover an amazing variety of topics. Each webinar includes 1 hour to 1.5 hours of streaming webcast, including live discussion with the presenter, video demonstrations, presentation materials, and access to archived recordings.
  • Enjoy a user-friendly, convenient format and the opportunity to gather 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. Viewing is restricted to paid participants only. Videos are available by request to winston@aact.org
How to Register

Per-session registration is $15 for AACT members and $20 for non-members. See course listings below.
Member "Pick-N-Choose" Registration  |  Non-Member "Pick-N-Choose" Registration
Payment must be received before session starts. 

To keep pace with the growing demand and quality of presenters, a small per-session fee is included.
Subscription does not include access to future online conferences or specialty training programs.

Scholarship Opportunities
AACT has a limited number of scholarship opportunities for some webinars. See descriptions below for those with an application link.

Refund Policy
Single Webinar registrations fees are refundable if submitted no later than 24 hours before the scheduled webinar date/start time minus an 10% admin fee. Webinar registrations purchased the day of the webinar are non-refundable. In the case of a webinar, cancellation must be received no later than 24 hours before the first scheduled webinar date/start time.

Webinar Subscriptions are non-refundable after the first scheduled webinar of the series. 

Our Fall Offerings

Friday, October 9
Shining Star Theatre Inclusion: Actors with Autism

Photo of Annie Mielke & Joseph ParrishPresenters:  Annie Mielke and Joe Parrish, co-founders of Adventures in Social Drama, will explain the impact of drama on individuals with social needs. Attendees will learn how to cultivate structured play techniques through practice/rehearsal and recognize the need to rephrase and redirect concretely. Meilke and Parrish will also discuss how to select and recruit neurotypical peers for assistance. Participants will come away with a toolkit of techniques and resources to implement at their theatre.


Friday, October 16
Shining Star  Stage Combat Without Fear: A Safe Approach

Photo of Tiza GarlandPresenter & Content:  Tiza Garland, Professional Fight & Movement Director and Educator explains dynamic fight scenes done safely. A 2-hour workshop in keeping yourself and your cast safe when staging and performing violence, if you are not working with a stage combat and theatrical violence specialist. Practical information for safe and effective stage combat. This is a 2-hour session.

 


Thursday, October 22
Shining Star  The Inside Story:  Successful Playwriting

Photo of Paul ElliotPresenter & Content:  Paul Elliott, award-winning playwright and former television writer, will take you through the steps and mistakes he has made getting multiple plays to the stage. Identify if you have a viable story and who the audience will be to determine the best market. Develop a creative support group in your community. Create professional affiliations. Learn how to rewrite, edit and rewrite. Then Paul will help with tactics on how to get your play noticed and more.

 


Friday, October 30
Shining Star  Traffic Secrets That Will Grow Your Theatre’s List & Following

Photo of Chris MurphyPresenter:  Chris Murphy, digital marketer, founder of Community Theater Heroes podcast, in which he has interviewed theatre companies, directors, actors, casting directors, playwrights, and other theatre artists from all over the country. By the end of this webinar, your theatre company will have (1) an understanding of traffic “secrets” marketing experts are using in 2020, (2) the best strategies to use on social media and email marketing, (3) how to set up your website to get more people on your list, and (4) how to create a content and publishing strategy that will stay consistent and not leave you or your team overworked and burnt out.

Date: Friday, October 30
Time: 4-5 pm (Eastern), 3-4 pm (Central), 2-3 pm (Mountain), 1-2 pm (Pacific)
 
Registration:
Member Registration Form - $15 for AACT members  
Non-Member Registration Form - $20 for Non-members

AACT has a limited number of Scholarship Opportunities for single webinar events.  Click here to apply


Friday, November 6
Shining Star  Senior Theatre: Cool Stuff Older Adults Can Do Theatrically--on stage, backstage, and in the community

Photo of Bonnie VorenbergPresenter & Content:  Bonnie Vorenberg , Executive Director, the ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center, will help you learn how to start or maintain a Senior Theatre, give you the tools for success as you learn the benefits for both the organization and the participants. She’ll also address the costs, how to adapt the program to our new ‘normal,’ and share tips and tricks. Bonnie has a B.A. and M.S. in theatre, and has been called “The Guru of Senior Theatre” for her groundbreaking work as a nationally recognized expert and pioneer in the field. An educator, director, speaker, and author, she founded and directed an arts academy for seniors and a professional touring company that received prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Arts plus state and local sources.

Date: Friday, November 6
Time: 4-5 pm (Eastern), 3-4 pm (Central), 2-3 pm (Mountain), 1-2 pm (Pacific)
 
Registration:
Member Registration Form - $15 for AACT members  
Non-Member Registration Form - $20 for Non-members

AACT has a limited number of Scholarship Opportunities for single webinar events.  Click here to apply


Thursday, November 12
Shining Star  How to Begin a Preschool Participatory Theatre Performance Series

Photos of April Cochran & Robin SpahrPresenters & Content:  April Cochran, Theatre Teaching Artist, Market House Theatre, Paducah, Kentucky; Robin Spahr, Education Director, Des Moines Playhouse, Des Moines, Iowa. Engage young children and build your audiences of tomorrow through this webinar giving you the tools to start your own interactive, story-based performance program specifically targeting youngsters ages 2-6 and their caregivers. Learn how to turn a public domain fairy tale or folk tale into a dynamic, participatory experience unique to your theatre, all on a limited budget. Two successful programs will be highlighted (Friday Funday from The Des Moines Community Playhouse in Des Moines, Iowa and PlayTime from Market House Theatre in Paducah, Kentucky), clips will be shown and two sample scripts will be given to participants.

Date: Thursday, November 13
Time: 4-5:30 pm (Eastern), 3-4:30 pm (Central), 2-3:30 pm (Mountain), 1-2:30 pm (Pacific)
 
Registration:

Member Registration Form - $15 for AACT members  
Non-Member Registration Form - $20 for Non-members


Friday, November 20
Shining Star  Singers! Steps to Strengthen Your Vocal Muscles

Photo of Chris PowellPresenter & Content:  Chris Powell, Professional Vocal Performer and Educator will help you learn to train your vocal muscles to adapt to any performance situation! In this course, you’ll be asked to abandon your comfort zone in order to explore the wide range of power, depth, and character your voice can produce. For 90 minutes, you will learn a variety of techniques and exercises from across the theatrical and musical spectrums that are designed to get you in touch with the muscles that create and shape your personal sound. Understanding how to train and control these muscles is the key to developing confidence when approaching new vocal challenges, and to learning the skills necessary to assess the vocal quality of yourself and others. This course will give you a thorough foundation, and will provide resources to help you hone those skills in the future. Join us for a vocal adventure!

Date: Friday, November 20
Time: 4-5 pm (Eastern), 3-4 pm (Central), 2-3 pm (Mountain), 1-2 pm (Pacific)
 
Registration:

Member Registration Form - $15 for AACT members  
Non-Member Registration Form - $20 for Non-members


Tuesday, November 24
Shining Star  “I Really Need This Part”: Preparing for a Musical Audition

Rick KerbyPresenter & Content:  Rick Kerby, Producing Artistic Director, Manatee Performing Arts Center, Bradenton, Florida will connect attendees directly with professional directors, choreographers and musical directors to gain insights and advice regarding the elements needed for a successful musical theatre audition.  We will look at both sides of the casting table and investigate how the practice of auditioning is changing in this era of electronics and pandemics. 
 

Date: Tuesday, November 24
Time: 4-5 pm (Eastern), 3-4 pm (Central), 2-3 pm (Mountain), 1-2 pm (Pacific)

Registration:
Member Registration Form - $15 for AACT members  
Non-Member Registration Form - $20 for Non-members


Thursday, December 3
Shining Star  Upcycling and Reducing Cost of Sets Through Purposeful Design

Photo of Tim WisgerhofPresenter & Content:  Tim Wisgerhof, Set Designer, Venice Theatre, Venice Florida, will show participants how to maximize existing resources by looking at their seasons as a whole. Discover how to consider the theatre’s budget and resources to make the most of them while giving each show a special feel by planning ahead of time and reimagining and re-using materials. Using past designs as examples, Tim will also discuss how one set can serve multiple purposes with few alterations. There will be opportunity to discuss.

Date: Thursday, December 3
Time: 4-5 pm (Eastern), 3-4 pm (Central), 2-3 pm (Mountain), 1-2 pm (Pacific)
 
Registration:

Member Registration Form - $15 for AACT members  
Non-Member Registration Form - $20 for Non-members


Thursday, December 10
Shining Star  Directing: Practical Steps for Coaching Beginning Actors When Meisner Just Won’t Do

Kathy PingelPresenter & Content:  Kathy Pingel, Director, Educator, Dramaturge, and AACT Education Coordinator, knows that community theatre directors have the daunting task of blending new actors with veterans, by giving them enough skill and confidence to hold their own. Even a direction like, “Consider how your character would feel in this moment,” can be intimidating to someone who only feels like a bundle of nerves. Our presenters will show that through learning acting through identifying interpersonal communication tactics, quirks and habits common to all people, anyone can become a better actor, and your veterans will benefit as well.

Date: Thursday, December 10
Time: 4-5 pm (Eastern), 3-4 pm (Central), 2-3 pm (Mountain), 1-2 pm (Pacific)

Registration:
Member Registration Form - $15 for AACT members  
Non-Member Registration Form - $20 for Non-members


Thursday, December 17
Shining Star  Yes, and… (Now What?): Improve Your Improv

Photo of Jessica ElwellPresenter & Content:  Jessica Elwell, Improv Expert and Educator, has designed this course on honing improvisation skills to give students an opportunity to further develop their acting and improvisation skills at a more advanced level. Group activities explore the ability to think and express ideas quickly through the development of basic body and vocal techniques, sensory awareness, pantomime, public speaking and basic tenets of performance. The goal is to develop the student’s concentration, creativity, individuality, and self-expression while gaining a deeper knowledge and appreciation of improv. Students will build upon the skills they already have to gain a better understanding of how to create content spontaneously and express it to a variety of audiences.

Date: Thursday, December 17
Time: 4-5 pm (Eastern), 3-4 pm (Central), 2-3 pm (Mountain), 1-2 pm (Pacific)

Registration:
Member Registration Form - $15 for AACT members  
Non-Member Registration Form - $20 for Non-members


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