Executive Producer, Self Express Productions
Choreography Magic: Everybody Can Dance
Friday, November 1 - 3:50 p.m. - Dance Studio (1901)
Every community theatre has those special actors with two left feet. In this practical workshop, learn techniques for creating impressive choreography that even the most clumsy can execute while allowing the most talented to shine.
Casey Kauffman has studied all forms of dance from ballet to ballroom. She runs Song and Dance Studio in Winfield, which offers instruction in ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, and hip-hop, for ages 2 to adult. She has choreographed professionally in theatres from Atlanta to New York and now employs her skills in Winfield helping make every member of her community theatre troupe shine in musicals like Annie, Aladdin, and Mary Poppins.
Theatre Program Coordinator, Shelton State Community College
Drama Menu: Theatre Games in Three Courses
Friday, November 1 - 4:50 p.m. - Dance Studio (1901)
Taking inspiration from a culinary menu, Drama Menu combines games and exercises into three distinct courses: Appetiser, Starter and Main Course - combined together, they are a ready-made hour of activities designed to engage and inspire any hungry actor. Bon Appetit!
Michael was born and raised in England and moved to the U.S. when he was 17. In 1996, he earned an M.F.A. in directing from The University of Alabama. Since then, Michael has dedicated his career to theatre education, serving as a teacher, director, actor, and in any other capacity as needed.
Tina Turley, Executive Producer, Theatre Tuscaloosa
What I REALLY Want to Do is Direct
Saturday, November 2 - 9:05 a.m. - Recital Hall (1920)
Through a brief overview and open discussion about the process of directing for the theatre, participants will gain a better understanding of the role of the director in the production process and the skills it takes to be a director.
Tina Turley has over 35 years experience as a director, actor, producer, educator, and writer in theatre. She has been the Executive Producer of Theatre Tuscaloosa since 2006. She received the 2018 Theatre Hall of Fame Award from the Alabama Conference of Theatre.
Matthew H. von Redlich
Stage Combat - Keep it Safe & Repeatable
Saturday, November 2 - 10:05 a.m. - Dance Studio (1901)
This will be a brief overview of many of the techniques used to create the appearance of violence and injury onstage. Demonstrated will be some of the "tricks" used to fool an audience, as well as some light discussion of the proper use of violence to tell a story in a contemporary environment.
Matthew has worked in theatre for decades in a number of capacities, including acting, stage management, fight arranging and directing. He has an MFA in Theatre from the University of Alabama and training in stage combat from the SAFD (Society of American Fight Directors). He works with schools and professional companies to create safe and creative violence for the stage.
Professor of Drama, Costume Designer
Jacksonville State University
Basic Theatrical Make-Up
Saturday, November 2 - 11:05 a.m. - Green Room (2913)
Learn the ins and outs of basic stage make-up that every performer should know from one of the top professionals in the field! From basic corrective, to highlights and shadows, to aging and character make-up, you'll learn a variety of skills through this hands-on workshop. If you have your own stage make-up kit, bring it along!
Freddy Clements is Professor of Drama and Faculty Costume Designer at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. He has been instrumental in the mentorship of many young designers as they continue along the paths to professional careers. He has designed costumes for various theaters, including Wayside Theatre in Middletown, VA; CPCC in Charlotte, NC; Converse College Department of Music in Spartenburg, SC; Barter Theatre in Abington, VA; and Theatre In The Square in Marietta, GA. At the university level, he has taught courses in costume design, costume construction, stage make-up, and advanced stage make-up.