Friday, January 22, 2016

TheatreFest 2016 is Almost Here!

HEY TETA!!!!

THEATREFEST  ’16 – DREAM BIG! MAKE MAGIC! MAKE A DIFFERENCE – IS ALMOST HERE!

YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS, CONVENTION DIRECTORS AND THEIR STAFFS ARE IN THE FINAL DAYS OF MAKING THE MAGIC HAPPEN AS NEXT WEEK’S CONFERENCE BLOSSOMS!  WE HOPE YOU ARE AS EXCITED ABOUT ATTENDING AS WE ARE ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT IS PLANNED FOR YOU.

GUIDEBOOK IS UP!  ADD THE APP TO YOUR SMARTPHONE OR TABLET IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO AND SET UP YOUR OWN SCHEDULE OF WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS TO ATTEND FOR EACH DAY!

WE ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO ATTEND OUR OPENING-DAY CONVOCATION AT 2:00 PM IN THE LANDMARK BALLROOM.  GREAT ENTERTAINMENT IS PLANNED THAT WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED BY TALENTS OF POET AND AWARD-WINNING TEACHER JOAQUIN ZIHUATANEJO, WHILE MIKE DOOCY OF FOX 4 NEWS IN DALLAS WILL SERVE AS OUR MASTER OF CEREMONY.

BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, YOU NEED TO ATTEND BECAUSE CONVOCATION GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME TOGETHER AS ONE IN THE THEATRE WORLD OF TEXAS.  IT IS IN THIS WORLD WHERE WE CELEBRATE THE ART THAT IS OUR PASSION AND CONGREGATE AS A UNIFIED COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS AND TECHNICIANS. 

AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONVOCATION, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO STAY FOR TETA’S ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING.  IN ADDITION TO ELECTIONS THAT WILL BE CONDUCTED FOR THE OFFICES OF AT-LARGE 2 POSITION, SECRETARY AND HISTORIAN, BOARD MEMBERS WILL SHARE REPORTS THAT WILL HIGHLIGHT THE STATE OF YOUR ORGANIZATION.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING ALL OF YOU.  SAFE TRAVELS. 


TETA ROCKS!

TRAVIS POE
PRESIDENT, TETA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Monday, January 18, 2016

Curriculum is NOT a Dirty Word

Curriculum is not a dirty word. In our present day schools, many teachers may feel that way because we are usually talking about it and its relationship to the dreaded “state assessments.” Thankfully, Texas theatre teachers and directors are still given a great deal of freedom to develop their own curriculum with the guidance of the new TEKS. We are free to set our own learning goals and define our own criteria for student achievement. We are free!!

But with freedom comes responsibility and I would caution teachers to work with the other teachers within your district. The TEKS are created to give us building blocks toward developing and maturing theatre artists in all fields as well as enriching the lives of students through the attributes of a quality theatre education. Attributes such as self-discipline, cultivated imaginations, collaborative skills, and insightful creativity give students educated in theatre an advantage in whatever field of study they choose beyond high school. As theatre educators, our job is to provide them with the opportunities to develop those attributes.

With that in mind, there are ideas we can borrow from the broader world of curriculum, instruction and assessment. First of all, I would encourage all districts to develop a vertically aligned curriculum outlining specific content and concepts for each grade level, K-12. Creating a common theatre vocabulary for the district aids students in continuing to internalize the artistic theatrical processes. Bundling the TEKS and creating long-term units of study are particularly beneficial to a process/concept-oriented subject like theatre arts. Finally, the core subjects stole an idea from us when they introduced the idea of rubrics some twenty years ago. We have always benefited from creating and teaching scoring guides for performance in our theatre arts classroom. Developing those rubrics enhance our teaching by clarifying for the students and us what it means to produce quality theatre.

In conclusion, I hope all theatre educators will revisit the idea of teaching and working within a curriculum developed with their colleagues and vertically aligned from K-12. It is crucial to maintain our freedom to create the Magic and enhance the Dreams of our students. Many of these ideas will be discussed during the TETA Curriculum Workshop on Unit Building at TheatreFest 2016. Hope to see you there. If you cannot make the convention or the workshop, you can contact me at curriculum@tetatx.com.

Terri L. Castleberry
TETA Curriculum Chair, 2015-2017

Guidebook Online!


We are still adding some final touches to this year's TheatreFest Guidebook but it is online and ready to be downloaded.  You can use the link below to go to our download page for the guidebook app.  EVERY attendee should download the guidebook app and load the TheatreFest 2016 guide!  Only those with this app on their device will have the most recent workshop schedule.  Also included in this year's app is a list of exhibitors, a who's who of TETA, maps, notifications, photo album and an on-site scavenger hunt game where winners will be entered in a drawing to win prizes donated by our exhibitors!  We will also use this app to send any important announcements to attendees during the event.  Please download at your earliest convenience.

https://guidebook.com/g/tetatf2016/

Once you have the Guidebook app on your device, you can tap the QR code link, 
shown here...

and scan the code below or just search for TETA TheatreFest.

then tap "Get this Guide" to add it to your device.

We will have staff at the registration area to help you with Guidebook if you need any assistance with installing or using this online program.

If you notice any errors in our guide or have a feature you would like to see added to the guide, please let us know by using the feedback feature in the app.  You can also use the feedback form throughout the event to send comments or suggestions.

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Once you have the TheatreFest 2016 Guidebook on your phone or tablet, you can still view the TheatreFest 2016 Guidebook on your computer.  This link will NOT add it to your device but is a good way to get a quick look at the schedule.

https://guidebook.com/guide/44295/

and...

If you want a hard copy of the schedule...
TheatreFest 2016 Schedule of Events (rev.1/16/2016) linked here. This pdf form of the schedule will not be updated but will give you a good idea of the final schedule and you can print it if you like to have a hard copy. We will be using Guidebook again this year and will not have printed programs.

See you in Dallas!

Friday, January 15, 2016

TETA Board of Directors Nominations

Greetings fellow Theatre Artists, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that you are able to embrace the New Year with the kind of inspired work ethic that drives meaningful Theatre Education and memorable productions. I, myself, am deep into rehearsals for Horrid Massacre in Boston, by Don Nigro and am enriched by the material and my dedicated cast and production team.

This past summer, it was my pleasure as President-Elect of TETA to put together a committee made up of a diverse group of members charged with providing a slate of nominees for the Board of Directors. We had representatives from the College/University area, the public school sector, the private school realm, and fine arts administration. While few in number, I believe the list of nominees is vast in experience and expertise and each is eager to serve, if elected.

To begin with, as a point of information only, Perry Crafton has been elected to serve the board as the Chair of the College/University interest group, succeeding Mike Burnett. Perry should be no stranger to the TETA membership. He is an Associate Professor of Drama at Austin Community College. Prior to ACC, he was the Director of the Theatre Program at West Texas A&M University from 1998-2010. He is a Past-Chair of Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials for which he has been a member and a UIL One-Act Play Adjudicator since 1996 and has had the honor of judging the State One-Act Play Contest on six occasions, most recently for conference AA in 2015. He holds a BFA from Sam Houston State and an MFA from the University of Arizona.

We have three nominees for the Board of Directors to present to the membership at the annual Business Meeting at TheatreFest. The first is Ronald Watson. Ronnie was elected last year to serve a one year term as one of two Members-at-Large on the board. His dedication, enthusiasm, and contributions to the activities of the board, and the fact that he only served a one year term and is eligible for re-election, made him a logical and desirable nominee. Ronnie is a tenured Instructor of Theatre at San Antonio College. He earned a B.F.A. in acting from Texas State University and an M.A. in directing and design from Baylor University. He has participated in the One-Act Play contest for 34 years as a student, site-crew member, director, contest manager and adjudicator. He also has been the State Contest Director for the Theatrical Design Contest since its inception.

The second nominee is for the very important position of the Secretary of the Board of Directors. The committee’s nominee, also a renowned TETA member and contributor is Erin Moore, the Director of Theatre and Fine Arts Coordinator at Sealy High School. Erin has been a Theatre teacher for twenty-four years and was last year’s TETA High School Educator of the Year. She has worked with the Curriculum Committee, the IM School Visit Committee, and has served as the K-12 Chair. She has presented over fifty workshops at TETA conventions. Her one-act productions were state qualifiers in 2010 and 2014, she was the Denius Award winner in 2007, and has served on the Texas Thespians Advisory Board. In addition to training at Wharton Junior College and Stephen F. Austin State University, she holds a BA from the University of Houston, and an MA from Lamar University.

The third nominee is for a new board position. It was determined at the fall BoD meeting that the Secretary/Historian board position would be more effective as two positions. One of the deficiencies identified over the life of TETA is the lack of a consistent and effective method of maintaining the historical record and archives. There are boxes of past annual reports and other important documents stored in a variety of places. In an effort to insure we gather those archives from the different locations before they are lost to time and neglect, and to compile a valid and documented history of the organization, the board voted to separate the two positions and to charge the individual elected as Historian with beginning this recovery and cataloging process. Once the process of reclaiming our history is completed, the Historian position will be charged with maintaining and enriching the archives for future Theatre educators and artists.

The nominee for the newly created board position of Historian is also no stranger to Texas Theatre. We nominate Luis Munoz for this important position. Luis Muñoz has served as the State Theatre Director for Texas' University Interscholastic League since 2002. Since being employed at UIL, he has tried to create opportunities for our children to learn and grow through arts education and competition. During his tenure at UIL the One-Act Play Contest has grown from just over a thousand participants to over 1200. He also introduced the Theatrical Design Contest in 2005, involving six-hundred students each year, and the UIL Young Filmmakers Festival in 2013, involving approximately ten-thousand students in 2015.

Prior to working for the League he taught high school theatre at Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio, Texas where he took his students to the State Meet several times winning three seconds and a first. After that, he worked in film and video production for twelve years. He has served on the boards of the Texas Educational Theatre Association, the Southwest Theatre Association and on many committees and panels for national, regional and state organizations. He served as TETA President from 1991-93 was awarded the TETA Founders Award in 1993 and the Emeritus Award in 2015. He was named to the Texas Thespians Hall of Fame and received the AATE’s Loren Winship Award in Secondary Education in 2014.

In closing, I want to emphasize that with the exception of Perry Crafton, the names listed above are nominees. You, as members of TETA, have the right to nominate others to fill the positions and you will be given that opportunity at the Annual Business meeting Friday afternoon, January29th, following the Convocation at TheatreFest. I encourage you to attend both events and to take an active part in the governance of your organization. I look forward to seeing you there. Dream Big! Make Magic! Make a Difference!

Charlie Hukill
President-Elect
president.elect@tetatx.com

Thursday, January 14, 2016

DesignFest!

Artists & Educators,

We need your help! Please get the word out about TETA’s DesignFest! In 2007, DesignFest had 73 participants! Two years ago, the event only had 5. Last year we were up to 28. This year we want to both encourage our students to participate in DesignFest and we want to celebrate the fantastic theatrical work we are producing around the state.

There are two initial ways to gain information and show your support.
  1. Go to http://www.tetatx.com/home/conventions/theatrefest/designfest for more information
  2. Join the discussion on Facebook by joining the discussion in the DesignFest Group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/946200142127325/

Another way you can be involved is to bring your work to DesignFest and participate in,

Bring and Showcase Your Art! – This will be an area to feature non-DesignFest Competition artwork for those already attending the Convention. Just pack your designs, and bring them with you! Work that can be displayed include:
  • Non-competitive entries:
    • Texas Theatre faculty and professionals. 
    • High School and college students that are already attending the convention may bring their design work with them and display. 
    • Students participating in the TETA Technical Auditions that do not want to enter the DesignFest Competition, may display here, as well.
  • Displays that are not subject to the DesignFest competition. This is a great way for Texas artists to showcase and share their work with other educators. 
  • No need to register for DesignFest, only a simple email to the Co-DesignFest Chair that you want to display is required! John Landon, jlandon@wtamu.edu
  • No DesignFest registration fee required.
  • Deadline to send the email for intent to participate: Jan. 22nd 
I you have any questions, please contact me.

John Landon
West Texas A&M University