Friday, September 21, 2018

The AWTE conference is for theatre teachers, directors, technical directors, college students, university professors and/or performing arts center (PAC) managers.

Here is a letter from DPI, endorsing the value of fine arts professional development.

AWTE also sponsors professional development sessions at the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival in November.


8:00-9:00am Registration, Vendor Expo, Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:45 Keynote Address

9:45-10:00 AWTE Membership Meeting

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:15 Workshop Session #1

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-12:30 Workshop Session #2

12:30-2:00 Lunch and Networking

1:30 Theatre Department Tour (Optional)

2:00-3:00 Workshop Session #3

End of Day

Vendor Tables will be available during the entire conference!

Workshop Topics

  • Keynote Speaker (9 am), George Tzougros of the Wisconsin Arts Board
  • Intimacy Direction - Kara Penrose
  • Stage Combat - Ron Parker
  • The Book, The Staff and the Spell: Unleashing the Power of Shakespeare's Verse by Understanding the Connections in an Actor's Brain - Ken Hill
  • Proud Theater - Devising from Life Experiences - Lindsey Hoel-Neds and Dana Gordon Rowe
  • Teaching Theatre with Technology - John Dalziel
  • New DPI K-12 Theatre Standards - Julie Palkowski of the Wisconsin DPI
  • Career Opportunities in Wisconsin Theatre - Brian Clausen
  • Staying Legal - Sound Advice for Educational Theaters - Terry Goodermuth
  • Lunch roundtable topics: Creating Safe Spaces, Auditions, How to Network to Get your Needs Met, Managing the High School PAC
  • And much more!

Registration & Fees

If your school requires you to share in substitute teacher costs, the AWTE may be able to assist. Contact Lindsey Hoel-Neds with the stated need by Friday, September 7. The board will determine if registrations can qualify for a scholarship fee/reduction.


All conference registrations include annual membership, conference fees, and meals.

First-Time Attendee • $65

Individual Attendee • $95

Note: University Professors of pre-service theatre teachers can bring up to 3 students, free of charge. Please contact secretary Lindsey Hoel-Neds to register your students.

School/Organization: 2 Colleagues = $125; 3 = $160; 4 = $200

Student Attendee • $25

Vendor Fee: 8 am-3 pm. Prices below include one table and conference registrations/meals for up to two staff people. Please indicate the number/names of vendors in attendance. For Profit = $75; Nonprofit = $40

First three nonprofits who present a session get free vendor tables and up to two free conference registrations.


Donation to be listed as a sponsor = $45


If NOT using PayPal above, use this Google Form and send check made out to AWTE to:

John Dalziel

Ripon College Theater Department

300 W. Seward Street

Ripon, WI 54971