Masterclasses give Spotlight Education schools the opportunity to supplement and enhance their own musical theater curriculum by gaining insights and inspiration from local and touring theater professionals. Topics include audition technique, singing technique, movement, orchestra, technical theater, dance and more.
Community Conversations provide educators and students from all backgrounds a safe space to discuss, explore and reflect on topics and issues high school theatre communities face across the state of Minnesota.
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Theatre Director and Educator Conference
We are excited to announce that we are opening up this year’s Theater Director and Educator Conference, presented in partnership with Perpich Center for Arts Education, to your ideas! The conference is planned for July 28-29, 2021, and the modality (in-person, hybrid, or virtual) is still TBD, based upon ever evolving MDH recommendations and your preferences.
The theme this year is “Making Space for Joy,” and we are focusing on a few key ideas under that broad umbrella:
- Ideas that energize and inspire your teaching/artistry
- Anti-racist practices that build communities of belonging
- Strategies for taking care of ourselves and our students
We also welcome you to submit a conference session proposal, to bring your experience, expertise, ideas, and questions to the broader field. Registration information coming soon.
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9 – Second Saturday Coffee Conversation for Directors and Educators, Topic: Show selection and process
13 – Hair, Make-up and Costumes Technical Theater masterclass
22 – Spotlight 15 on Instagram Live
4 – Movement masterclass
8 – Student Community Conversation, Topic: Your voice – your story
13 – Second Saturday Coffee Conversation for Directors and Educators, Topic: Black History Month
19 – Spotlight 15 on Instagram Live
24 – Building Successful Paperwork Technical Theater masterclass
1 – Triple Threat, Technical Theater Excellence, Student Publicist, Community Engagement and Theater Educator submissions open
7 – Orchestra masterclass
13 – Second Saturday Coffee Conversation for Directors and Educators, Topic: Writing new works, in partnership with Trademark Theater
19 – Spotlight 15 on Instagram Live
24 – Triple Threat Auditions masterclass
7 – Triple Threat, Technical Theater Excellence and Student Publicist submissions close
10 – Second Saturday Coffee Conversation for Directors and Educators, Topic: More than just Pronouns: Working with Trans & Nonbinary Students in Theater
19 – Student Community Conversation, Topic: Intersection and identity
20 – Student Publicist interviews
24 – Technical Theater Excellence interviews
26 – Triple Threat Live Audition Round 2 materials due
30 – Spotlight 15 on Instagram Live
8 – Second Saturday Coffee Conversation for Directors and Educators, Topic: Alumni speak – things I wish I would have said
8 – Triple Threat callbacks/virtual interviews
14 – Community Engagement and Theater Educator submissions close
TBD – Featured Dance masterclass and Choreography Day
TBD – Pre-Spotlight Showcase orchestra rehearsals
Broadway masterclass series (touring cast/productions)
The Broadway masterclass series gives students the opportunity to engage with and learn from current Broadway touring performers.
Spotlight masterclasses (tech, orchestra, local artists)
The Spotlight masterclass series gives students the opportunity to engage with and learn from local Twin Cities theater professionals a wide variety of areas. Some examples include:
- Audition techniques masterclass
- Theater resume and reel building masterclass
- Triple Threat masterclass
- Technical student masterclass
- Orchestra student masterclass
Theater partnership series (Latte Da, Theatre La Homme’ Dieu)
The Spotlight theatre partnership masterclass series gives students the opportunity to engage with local theater companies across the state of Minnesota. Currently, Spotlight Education partners with the following organizations:
- Theater Latté Da
- Mill City Summer Opera
- Theatre L’Homme Dieu
NEWS masterclass series
The NEWS masterclass series brings educational skill building opportunities to students and programs in Greater Minnesota where access to professional theater is experiences is limited. Spotlight Education brings masterclasses in areas of performance, technical, and/or educational theater to schools outside of the Twin Cities Metro area. Spotlight Education chooses a “host school” to bring the masterclasses and then invites students from surrounding Spotlight schools to the event. Spotlight works with the host school to decide specific masterclass topics, and then brings professional teaching artists to lead the sessions. If your school is interested in hosting a NEWS masterclass for the 2019-2020 school year, please contact Spotlight Education at SpotlightEducation@HennepinTheatreTrust.org.
Beyond Broadway series (touring musicians, comedians, etc.)
The beyond Broadway masterclass series gives students the opportunity to engage with and learn from current touring performers in areas other than Broadway, including comedy, concerts and more.