MTEA Professional Development Day

By Maryland Theatre Education Association (other events)

Friday, October 20 2017 7:45 AM 3:00 PM

MTEA (Maryland Theatre Education Association) will be hosting a day of Professional Development workshops for theatre educators and artists on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Center Stage in Baltimore!

Join us for a full day OR a half day, and include lunch if you wish! Please wear or bring clothing for movement work.

Arrival/Registration: 7:45am-8am
Devising Workshop (by Michael Wiggins): 8am-11am
Lunch: 11am-12pm
Stage Combat Workshop (by Jonathan Ezra Rubin): 12pm-3pm

Early Bird Pricing (Before Oct. 1)
1 Workshop: $30
2 Workshops: $45
1 Workshop + Catered Lunch: $42
2 Workshops + Catered Lunch: $57

Regular Pricing (After Oct. 1)
1 Workshop: $35
2 Workshops: $50
1 Workshop + Catered Lunch: $47
2 Workshops + Catered Lunch: $62

Workshop and Guest Artist Information:

8-11am Devising Workshop by Michael Wiggins

In this experiential workshop, teachers will be guided through a process drama. Teachers will gain knowledge of the tactics, and opportunities presented by devised theater approaches. 

Michael Wiggins is a veteran teaching artist, administrator, curriculum writer, and program developer. He joins Baltimore Center Stage as Director of Education after spending five years at New York-based Urban Arts Partnership, where, as Director of Education and Special Projects, he supervised the development and implementation of arts and technology-integrated educational programs designed to close the academic achievement gap. He previously served as Education Program Consultant and Teaching Artist Trainer for The Public Theater in New York, where he designed and led Shakespeare in the Boros, a summer workshop and performance program, and wrote, directed, and co-produced the Shakespeare Shakeup, a day-long festival of performances, workshops, and games for more than 1,000 New York City public school students staged at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. He also spent several years as a Teaching Artist at New Victory Theater, acted as Managing Producer at Continuum Theater Company at the New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, and served as Artistic Director and Producer at The Mud/Bone Collective. He is the author of The Teaching Artist Sutras, and he has taught as an adjunct professor at The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York (CCNY) and The Program in Educational Theatre at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He is an alumnus of the NYU Graduate Acting MFA Program (’98).


12-3pm Stage Combat Workshop with Jonathan Ezra Rubin

In this workshop, we will cover some of the basics of  unarmed stage combat - from throwing a punch or slap, to falling and rolling, from reacting appropriately to the "hit" to when and how to safely make contact. Come with your questions about stage combat and get excited for some cooperative aggressive cuddling!

Jonathan Ezra Rubin (Stage Combat Instructor): A recognized Advanced Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and a Helen Hayes Award Nominated Fight Choreographer, Jonathan freelances as a Fight Director in the Washington, DC-Metro area. His work has been seen at The Studio Theatre, Flying V, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Cohesion Theatre Company, Maryland Shakespeare Company, Quotidian Theatre Company, LiveArt DC, Lumina Studio Theatre, Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Marshall High School, Single Carrot Theatre, Goucher College, and more. Many of Jonathan’s fights have been praised in the press, including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, DC Theatre Scene, and more. Along with assisting at stage combat workshops around the country over the last few years, Jonathan has taught private stage combat lessons. He also works as the Managing Director and resident Fight Director for Flying V, and as the Theatre Manager for the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre. Expect Awesome. Be Awesome. Fight Awesome.