DPS Dance and Theatre PD 2016-2017

Login into Schoolnet to register for these sessions.

Role Drama:

Utilizing Teacher in Role

Schoolnet (roledrama1)

Tuesday  8/16 1:00 - 2:30pm @ DU

Teachers will place themselves in first person scenarios as they become both students and participants in theatre lessons that transport each individual to a different place and time.  In addition to collaboratively making connections and planning for how role drama's can be effectively used in the theatre education setting with facilitator Gillian McNally.

DCPA Playwriting

Schoolnet (playwrite1)

Tuesday  8/16 1:00 - 2:30pm @ DU

Denver Center teaching Artist Steven Cole Hughes joins the HS Theatre Arts cohort to launch the DCPA’s High School Playwriting Competition.  This workshop covers strategies to make playwriting easily accessible to all classrooms and gets participants creating story, dialogue, and even individual monologues all connected to content that is collaboratively developed.  

Shakespeare Bootcamp

Schoolnet (shakeboot)

Tuesday  8/16 1:00 - 2:30pm @ DU

Denver Center teaching artist and Shakespeare Coordinator Jessica Austgen breaks down the logistics of the DPS Shakespeare Festival from a teacher's perspective of planning and implementing a rigorous and engaging experience for students.  

Dance Instruction via Peer Observation

Schoolnet (peerdance)  

Tuesday  8/16 1:00 - 2:30pm @ DU

This 90 minute workshop allow participants to experience a dance lesson that is centered around a mid course task while investigating components of the LEAP framework and the multiple ways to demonstrate effective and distinguished instruction.  

Characterization Activities

Schoolnet (characteract)  

Wednesday 10/19 5:00 - 6:30 pm @ DCPA

Denver Center teaching artist Napoleon Douglas takes DPS Dance and Theatre Teachers through a 90 minute workshop that will explore characterization exercises for students of all ages as an engaging way to access techniques to physicalize nuances in characterization.  

Short Form Improv

Schoolnet (shortimprov)  

Thurs. 10/27  10:40 - 11:55am  @ East HS

Denver Center teaching artist Nanna Thompson joins DPS teachers to explore the best practices for short form improvisational theatre within the middle school setting. Focusing on student engagement, honesty, and authenticity.  

Lighting 101:

Working Smarter not Harder

Schoolnet (lighting)

Thurs. 10/27  10:40 - 11:55am  @ East HS

Set your lighting plot once and forget about it.  Participants will explore the philosophy of working with a rep plot for lighting productions and student projects.  Covering the lightings basics of McCandless Method, and adding some very versatile other options to create tension, texture, and color in order to not need to climb a ladder 20 times for each production.  

Leading From the Heart of Artistry

Schoolnet (heart)  

Thurs. 10/27  10:40 - 11:55am  @ East HS

Providing a service to an individual’s growth and development involves leading from within your own wisdom and is expressed through your unique artistry. This session will provide practical tips to lead and listen from the heart in order to deepen collaborative relationships that are in service to kids.


Staging the Scene

Schoolnet (shakestage)

Thurs. 10/27 @ East HS

10:40 - 11:55 (Elem)

1:00 - 2:30 (MS/HS)

This workshop will focus on creating dynamic stage pictures, choreographing crisp movement and setting your young performers up for success on stage!

Dance Styles and Instruction

Schoolnet (dancestyles)  

Thurs. 10/27 @ East HS

Friday 1/6 @ East HS

1:00 - 2:30

DPS Dance Educators share their individual areas passion  and instructional expertise with peers. These 90 minute workshops are designed to give participants an engaging experience along with some concrete activities to instantly use with students across multiple genres and styles of dance.  

Playwriting On Your Feet:   w/ Curious Theatre Company

Schoolnet (playwritecurious)

Thursday 10/27 1:00 - 2:30 @ East High School

Curious Theatre Company member John Jurcheck will engage teachers in an interactive class in which all will be invited to explore improvisational theatre techniques that can be applied to the creative and playwriting process.  Exercises will focus on getting your students up on their feet and engaged in all aspects of storytelling.  Discussion will center on how to feel empowered to modify the work to your specific needs in the classroom.

Long Form Improv: The Harold

Schoolnet (longimprov)

Thursday 10/27 1:00 - 2:30 @ East High School

Long Form Improv in your classroom or as a performance component could be the key to unlock every student culture intangible within your program.  Beau Augustin brings training and experience from both the Denver improv community as well as iO in Chicago.  This workshop will focus on foundational rules of improv to ground students in as well as a crash course in exploring the most common long form structure...The Harold.  

Dance Mixology

Schoolnet (dancemix)

Wednesday 11/2 5:45 - 7:15 @ Wonderbound

Become part of the collective ensemble as we explore themes, texture, and music in word based movement creation that dabbles in poetry through motion.  All in a 90 minute experience in the Wonderbound Studio @ junction box, called by many an incubator for creativity and innovation in Denver.  This 90 minute workshop is designed specifically for DPS K-12 dance teachers to open up avenues to creative and ensemble dance by embracing group thought while honoring the lens of each individual.


Textwork, Vocal, & Physical Prep

Schoolnet (shakeprep)

Thursday 11/3 5:30 -7:30 pm @ DCPA

Verse doesn’t have to be scary! Learn techniques for helping your young actors understand and connect to Shakespeare’s text in addition to tools to help your actors project their voices, speak the text clearly and use their bodies to make bold character choices.


Costuming on a Dime or Less

Schoolnet (shakecostume)

Thursday 11/10 5:30 -7:30 pm @ DCPA

Denver Center Costumer Megan Doyle shows you how you can costume your entire ensemble for the Shakespeare Festival on a next to nothing budget. This hands on workshop will guide you through how to make your own costumes that fit and work for your ensemble.

Thespian Conference

Schoolnet (cothesp16)

Friday December 2nd 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. @ CO Convention Center

Your choice of hundreds of different workshops offered for students and teachers alike.  Up to 6 hours of PD based on what workshops you attend.

Puppet Makers

Schoolnet (puppet)

Friday December 9th 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. @ Curious Theatre Company (Show to Follow)

Curious Theatre Company will host DPS teachers for a 90-minute workshop exploring characterization through the creation of sock puppets.  This professional development is a hands-on workshop where each participant will create their own puppet. All aligned to the regional premiere of Curious Theatre Company’s production of “Hand to God”* after the workshop, participants will be encouraged to stay for the show at a deeply discounted rate.                                                                                    *Show contains adult content

Film Essentials

Schoolnet (filmess)

Friday January 6th 10:40 - 11:55 @ East HS

If you have a film class, program or even jump into a film unit once in awhile.  Tim Boyles will share his recipe for success with film from building an incredible program at JFK.  This workshop will explore common threads that students can explore across genres, as well as solutions to have students create their own films without having the technology become a barrier.  

Unpacking E- Shakespeare

Schoolnet (eshakes)

Friday January 6th 10:40 - 11:55 @ East HS

DCPA’s on-line resource, E-Shakespeare is rich with information and activities designed to support K-12 educators and their students as they prepare for the DPS Shakespeare Festival. This workshop will provide an overview of the site and introduce several activities that bring the works and language of William Shakespeare to life. Workshop facilitated by Denver improvisation maverick, Jessica Austgen

Directing the audience’s Eye and Maintaining the Energy

Schoolnet (audeye)

Friday January 6th 10:40 - 11:55 @ East HS

9 out of 10 Directors agree, that the most common thing to take an audience out of the moment and lose interest in a show is transitions.  This workshop takes participants through an experience of creating transitions that are quick, purposeful, and even stylized to maintain the energy of your next production and keep your audience invested in the story.  In addition to artful transitions this workshop will also dabble in stage picture conventions that will create dynamic visuals on your stage.  

Director or CEO? Musical Production Planning 

Schoolnet (musicprod)

Friday January 6th 1:00 - 2:30 @ East HS

A musical can be the most daunting undertaking for any team, especially if you are the captain of that team.  A production that involves, Acting, Singing, Dancing, Orchestration, as well as Design Elements of Setting, Lighting, Sound, Costume and many more is truly is where all of the arts meet.  Gavin Mayer provides participants with some tools and solutions to navigating this enormous yet worthwhile process.  

Stagecraft: Standard Builds

Schoolnet (stagebuilds)

Friday January 6th 1:00 - 2:30 @ East HS

If you could build a set once and reuse the items over and over again...what would you then do with all of the time, money, and energy saved.  That is the question that Stewart Barr form the Denver Center wants you to explore next year from your construction this spring. This workshop will be a hands on experience in building standard set items that can be used in almost any production, and how to get your students to build them the right way...so that they last.

Early Literacy “Book Stars”

Schoolnet (bookstars)

Friday January 6th 1:00 - 2:30 @ East HS

DCPA’s popular early literacy program, Bookstars, pairs a picture book with simple, creative dramatic activities. In this active workshop, activities and strategies will be provided for enriching reading time and print literacy awareness. Even if you do not consider yourself as either creative or as a performer, you bring a variety of talents – just waiting to be discovered – in reading to your students. This workshop will help you discover and ignite them! Workshop facilitated by Teaching Artist  and PREK enthusiast, Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski

Colorado Ballet Master Class: Modern

Schoolnet (modernballet)

January 25th 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. @ Colorado Ballet

Join the Colorado Ballet Education & Community Engagement department on January 25th for a master class in modern dance.  This class will include a discussion and exploration of the differences and similarities between styles such as contemporary, lyrical, modern, and jazz. The 90-minute workshop starts at 6:00 p.m. with an invitation to sit-in on the conclusion of the Ballet Master Works rehearsal from 5:30 to 6:00 pm.  Colorado Ballet has generously offered to provide snacks for the discussion from 7:00 to 7:30 as the timing of this event may interfere with your dinner plans.