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. Webinars are presented live, then recorded for those who could not attend, or who would like to review the content presented.     .    


Friday, August 14
Square yellow box to mark each workshop title Stage Management & COVID-19

Photo of a stage manager at workJoin us for an in-depth conversation on issues and changes that stage managers are facing, due to Covid-19. Ask our panel questions and get advice on reopening and preparing your stage crew backstage. Moderator: Mary Jo Denolf, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Panelists: Amber Bielinski, Head of BFA Stage Management. University of Utah; Nena Curley, Tacoma Little Theatre; Chantel Ficklin, Hale Centre Theatre; Rhonda Lehan, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre; Andrew Schneider, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre; Melissa Sparks, Theatre Tulsa.

Date: Friday, August 14
Time: 2-3 pm (Eastern), 1-2 pm (Central), noon-1 pm (Mountain), 11 am-noon (Pacific)

>> Register on Zoom (webinar is free)

Special Training Session

Thursday, August 20
Square yellow box to mark each workshop title Fostering an Inclusive Theatre

Photo of Kelli McLoud-Schingen This dynamic and interactive training session offers practical learning and tools for laying the groundwork for creating an inclusive culture within your unique community theatre. The training session is designed to expand the awareness of the participants and introduce intercultural knowledge and skills, to create intentionally inclusive theatres. This will ensure that play selection, casting, directing, production management, community engagement, marketing, etc. are all done mindfully, authentically, and purposefully. The session will be facilitated by Kelli McLoud-Schingen, President of KMS Intercultural Consulting. Kelli (photo at right) is a Global Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, specializing in cultural competence, storytelling, inclusive leadership and healing racism. She has over 30 years’ experience--and is also the Artistic Director for the World Stage Theatre Company, a community theatre in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Date: Thursday,  August 20
Time: 2 - 3:30 pm (Eastern), 1 - 2:30 pm (Central), Noon - 1:30 pm (Mountain), 11 am - 12:30 pm (Pacific)
Cost: $20 AACT members; $30 non-members
Length: 1.5 hours

>> Click here for more information and a registration link
>> A limited number of scholarships are available for this training session
>> Training session will only be avialable live

Friday, August 28
Square yellow box to mark each workshop title Creating Food Props with Silicone Clay

Photo of silicone clay sandwich propJoin us for a fun, "out of your head and into your art" webinar on food prop creation. Prop Master Michael Wilson, from Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, will demonstrate how to make and create faux food items from very versatile and inexpensive silicone clay that looks very realistic on stage.  Using the faux sub sandwiches he made for the lunch lady in the production Junie B Jones, Wilson will take participants through all the steps of how to prep, use, and craft with this medium. 

Presenter Michael Wilson has been creating props for stage productions for over 25 years. Not only is he Prop Master for Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, he also has created props for Opera Grand Rapids, Circle Theatre, Grand Valley University, Aquinas College and Mason Street Warehouse. Over the years, Michael has developed a special focus on the creation of specialty and faux food stage props.

Date: Friday, August 28
Time: 2-3 pm (Eastern), 1-2 pm (Central), noon-1 pm (Mountain), 11 am-noon (Pacific)

>> Register on Zoom, coming soon (webinar is free)


AACT-Member Roundtables

AACT members have access to exclusive online Roundtables, for inspiration, ideas and expertise on a wide range of topics.   

Button reading "View, member sign-in required"Any member who has signed in will be able to view more information and register for any upcoming Roundtable. 
(Not yet an AACT member?  Click here for more information on how to join.)

  • Tuesday, August 18 - All-Volunteer Theatres: Marketing & Communications
  • Tuesday, August 25 - Paid-Staff Theatres: Open Topic
  • Tuesday, September 8 - All-Volunteer Theatres: Reopening Strategies

All at 2-3 pm (Eastern), 1-2 pm (Central), noon-1 pm (Mountain), 11 am-noon (Pacific)

Recent & Recorded

The most recently recorded videos are described below, plus a link to earlier recorded sessions.

Green Leaf Icon Video: Outdoor Performances & Theatre Productions
How theatres are moving their shows and performances outside and on the road. Moderator: Katrina Ploof, Ocala Civic Theatre. Panelists: Trinity Bird, The Sauk; Lynne Brown, Circle Theatre; Michael Cochran, Market House Theatre; Mary Doveton, Theatre Lawrence; Morrie Enders, Lincoln Playhouse; Brandon Smith, Tecumseh Institute of Outdoor Drama; John Tissue, Unto these Hills Mountainside Theatre/Institute of Outdoor Drama.
Recorded  08/07/2020

Green Leaf Icon Video: Board Engagement and Retention During Covid-19
Theatres have been affected in unprecedented ways by the novel coronavirus. Their boards of directors play a critical role in helping navigate this crisis. Join us in a Webinar Q&A discussion on how to keep your Board involved and engaged through these times of uncertainty. Moderator: Michael Fox, Hale Centre Theatre. Panelists: Kris Jackson, Players By The Sea; Jarrod Kopp, Theatre Tulsa; Larry Nielsen, Twin City Players; Seth Spoonhouse, Community Theatre League; Christy Valle, Richland Players; Gary Walker, AACT.
Recorded  07/31/2020

Green Leaf Icon Video: Developing a Digital Playbill for Your Theatre
A presentation by Onstage Publications President Norman Orlowksi on how to develop a digital playbill for your theatre. We all are trying to figure out a solution to replacing printed programs, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. But why are they all so complicated? Learn the benefits, differences, costs and challenges that may be associated with going digital--now and in the future.
Recorded  07/24/2020

Green Leaf Icon Video: Theatre's Future: Conversations with Broadway Producer Ken Davenport
A Q&A Webinar session with Ken Davenport, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and founder of Davenport Theatrical Enterprises. Discussion topics include: What kind of shows people are going to want to see when live theatre returns; how to plan for the future, stay productive, and use this pause to the benefit of your upcoming production/organization; and how nonprofit theatres will lead the return of live theatre. Davenport's credits include Once On This Island (Tony Award), The Play That Goes Wrong, Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), Allegiance, It’s Only a Play, Godspell, Kinky Boots, The Visit (Tony nomination), Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), Chinglish, and many others. 
Recorded  07/17/2020

Green Leaf Icon Video: Online Theatre Instruction: Best Practices
Teaching theatre online presents many challenges, but with some basic best practices, theatre educators and instructors can help their students connect and grow as artists in an inclusive and accessible environment – even online. Presenters: Allyson Paris, Associate Director of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre; Rachel Varley, Curriculum Coordinator, Director, & Teaching Artist at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.
Recorded  07/09/2020

Green Leaf Icon Video: Hytropy's COVID-19 Recovery for Community Theatres Webinar, Round 2
A second webinar with AACT Corporate Partner, Hytropy Disaster Recovery. Topics will cover new developments and data within the disaster relief field and how it will apply to your theatre, including Lobby and Crowd Management, Seating, Will-Call Tickets, Youth Camps, Intermission, Usher PPE and Volunteers, Vulnerable Populations and Scheduling of Shows, and the Disaster Hawk App. Presenter: Patrick Hardy, President, Hytropy Disaster Recovery.
Recorded  06/30/2020

Green Leaf Icon Video: What Will a Post-Pandemic Theatre Season Look Like?
It's a question on everyone's mind, and this presentation will give you important information and resources you'll need in order to chart your course over the next year. Topics include 90-minute (or shorter) concert versions of popular titles (no intermission to avoid crowds at restrooms); social distancing for the audience, cast and crew; royalty adjustments for smaller houses; choosing and promoting small-cast shows; online productions; and much more. Presenters: Jim Hoare, Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), and John Prignano, Music Theatre International. MTI
Recorded  06/26/2020

Green Leaf Icon Video: Online Marketing in the Time of COVID-19
How can community theatres stay relevant and top-of-mind during this summer of social distancing and isolation? By building an online marketing strategy that engages a theatre’s two most important groups:  your volunteers and your patrons. In this webinar, theatre makers will learn: 1) which digital marketing content and channels are winning online right now; 2) ways to structure and manage your digital marketing projects at low to no cost; and 3) a handful of tactics to get your online content seen by both volunteers and patrons. [Training level:  Intermediate] Presenter: Julie Nemtiz, Founder & Chief Content Officer, Playhouse Marketing Group LLC.
Recorded  06/18/2020

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