aactWorldFest 2018: Youth Leadership Conference

2018 AACT Youth Leadership Conference
Building the Next Generation of Leaders through the Power of Theatre!

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The 2018 AACT Youth Leadership Conference will take place in conjunction with aactWorldFest 2018 at Venice (FL) Theatre, June 19 - 23, 2018.  

The focus is on cultivating youth who aspire to be leaders within their communities and teaching leadership skills through the power of theatre. Participants will be exposed to a line-up of powerful theatre performances from around the world and engage in educational lessons and activities that foster critical-thinking, leadership skills, and relationship-building with other youth from around the country.

The conference is open to ages 14-18 and will consist of theatre performances, 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 2018 AACT Youth Leadership Conference:          

  • Meet someone new, learn something new
  • See amazing theatre from around the world
  • Share your theatre experiences with other Youth Leaders from around the country
  • Chat about each day’s performances, create your own list of favorites, and see how they line up
  • Team up and participate in a special AACT Scavenger Hunt, then present your team's findings at one of the 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 envision for future AACT Youth Leadership Conferences
  • Plus more...

It is going to be a great Conference!  Come join us!

Scott KeysThe conference will be facilitated by Educator, Director and Choreographer Scott Keys. Scott holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre Performance from Syracuse University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he was awarded the Oscar Hammerstein Fellowship for Distinguished Writing. Scott holds a degree in Secondary Education from Eckerd College and recently completed his certification as a teacher of The Meisner Technique under the renown Larry Silverberg. He has been a theatre educator in Florida for 19 years and has been part of the theatre faculty at Booker Visual & Performing Arts High School in Sarasota since 2000. He was named 2008-2009 Teacher of the Year at Booker. He has directed over 200 plays and musicals in professional and educational theatres in Florida, New York, and across the Midwest. He is on The Board of Directors for The Florida Theatre Conference and has served as an adjudicator for FTC and International Thespian Society.  He acted as Artistic Director of Weathervane Playhouse in Ohio for 7 years.  A published composer, playwright and lyricist, Scott served as an Artistic Associate at Playwright’s Horizons in New York and has had his work produced professionally in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, L.A., Seattle, St. Petersburg and Madrid, Spain.

Theatre Builds Character. That has remained the keystone of my teaching philosophy. Theatre fundamentals and experiences, as well as coping with the “drama” of daily life are students’ building blocks to becoming better people, and life-long learners. Theatre students develop courage, confidence and curiosity.   They learn to celebrate all aspects of the human experience, They learn to try, fail, and try again by asking questions, taking action and making a difference. Theatre to me is as much about social-emotional learning, as it is about performing.”

Registration Fee is only $35. The 2018 AACT Youth Leadership Conference is an add-on event of aactWorldfest.  Click the button below to register.

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