Come as an individual or a team: Select the track below that best suits your individual needs. Get even more out of the conference by putting together a group--the four tracks will be held simultaneously, so participants can share rides and rooms. The insights you gain will pay for the conference registration many times over.
|Educational Programing Directors Track
Boost your theatre’s education program, exchange ideas and experiences, and learn skills to better manage your programs. The Educational Programing Directors track will give you skills to tackle theatre education issues, a renewed enthusiasm to build your educational programs, and provide you with a network of colleagues from all over the country. The Educational Programing Directors track is for anyone, whatever his or her title, who is responsible for their theatre’s education program.
Cindy Honeycutt from Fort Worth, Texas will facilitate the Educational Programing Directors track. She is currently the Education Director at Theatre Arlington, and has excelled as a teaching artist specializing in acting, musical theatre, and creative dramatics. Cindy has years of experience in theatre instruction having held the position of Education Director at Casa Manana in Fort Worth, and at Texas Creative Arts Theatre and School (CATS) in Arlington Texas, where she directed productions including the TOPCATS touring group. In addition, Cindy has taught in public schools, Montessori academies, private schools, and after-school enrichment programs. Cindy holds a BA in Theatre Arts from St. Edwards University.
|Directing the Theatre’s Artistic Vision Track
Choose the right plays for your next season; learn solutions for choosing directors, recruiting actors, and solving technical problems; and examine long-range planning. Discover and re-envision exciting ways to produce high quality theatre as you exchange ideas and experiences with fellow producers and artistic directors. Directing the Theatre’s Artistic Vision track is for anyone, whatever his or her title, who is responsible for the overall artistic direction of their theatre.Dennis Yslas
from Fort Worth, Texas will facilitate Directing the Theatre’s Artistic Vision track. Dennis is the Administrator for MainStage Irving-Las Colinas in Irving, Texas and has worked in artistic administration for over 15 years - as an Artistic Director, stage director, and Vice President of Administration for The Column Awards, a theatre awards organization. He is Vice President of Strategic Planning on the Board of Governors for Texas Nonprofit Theatres He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and serves as the North Texas Liaison Committee Chair.
|Development/Marketing Skills Track
Discover strategies and tactics to increase your fundraising and marketing abilities, and learn ways to create loyalty to your organization and its place in your community. The Development/Marketing Skills track will help you understand methods for small, medium, and large sized arts groups to enlist donors and sponsors, build audiences, and to use marketing and branding in today’s changing social media world. The Development/Marketing Skills track is for anyone from board members to staff who raises funds or promotes their theatre.
Nancy Brozek from New Era, Michigan will facilitate the Development/Marketing Skills track. Nancy has served as the Director of Development and Community Relations for Grand Rapids Civic Theatre since 2010. She is responsible for the management and integration of development and marketing strategies promoting Civic Theatre’s brand. She specializes in developing relationships; media support; individual, corporate, and community partnerships that result in increased general public ticket sales, season ticket subscriptions, and contributions. Prior to Civic Theatre, she was the Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan, the Development Director of the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, and the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Michigan. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Leadership and a Masters Degree in Marketing from Baker College School of Graduate Studies.
|Technical Theatre Skills Track
The Technical Theatre Skills track is for those who work behind the scenes. Learn to master the challenges you face as you work within the amenities of your theatre, from stage size, lighting systems, and scenery to costumes. Experts will give hands-on training in several areas of technical theatre. This track will help you find resources and supplies you can utilize in your theatre, increase your excitement in the magic of technical theatre, and provide you with a nationwide network of fellow techies! A team of technicians will facilitate this track. No technical theatre training is required, but even experienced techies will benefit.
Jared Land currently teaches lighting and sound design at the University of Texas at Arlington, and is the department’s resident lighting/sound designer and production manager. In the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Jared’s work has been featured with Shakespeare Dallas, WaterTower Theatre, McKinney Repertory Theatre, Switch Lighting, Stage 2, Theatre Three, The Festival of Independent Theatres, Church Mouse Productions, and the University of North Texas. Outside of this region he has worked with Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts (PCPA) Theatrefest, Voices of the South, Theatre Memphis, Stagedoor Manor, Galveston Summer Musicals, and Project Motion. Jared received his MFA in Theatrical Design from the University of Memphis.
Michelle Harvey is the resident scenic design faculty member for The University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Theatre Arts and Maverick Theatre Company. She teaches scenic design, scenic painting, and properties and oversees these areas for departmental productions. In the Dallas/Fort Worth area Michelle regularly designs for the Maverick Theatre Company and the Turtle Creek Chorale, and has designed for Theatre Three, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Theatre Arlington, Uptown Players, Mainstage Irving – Las Colinas, and The Spectacular Senior Follies. Michelle is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 and received her MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
AACTEd Hours: AACT will provide you with documentation of your participation in quality educational activities through AACT.
Full participation in a track earns 17 AACTEd Hours
By July 10 - Early Bird Discount!
Member - $235
Non-member - $310
After July 10
Member - $260
Non-member - $335
After August 7
Member - $290
Non-member - $365
AACT 2017 TEAM Conference Schedule:
Thursday, August 17, 2017
5 – 6 pm Opening Meet and Greet and Tour of Theatre Arlington
6:30 – 9:30 pm Session 1
Friday, August 18, 2017
8:30 am – 12:30 pm Session 2
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch provided onsite
1:30 – 5:30 pm Session 3
Optional Evening Activities: see a show, etc.
Saturday August 19, 2017
8:30 – 12:30 Session 4
Sessions will be held at Theatre Arlington
305 W Main St
Arlington, Texas 76010
and the University of Texas at Arlington
701 S Neddermann Dr
Arlington, Texas 76019
For general information contact the AACT Office: 817-732-3177, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.