TNT Annual Conference 2017 Workshops

Time
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
9:00 - 9:50 AM
Class 1
Master Auditions:
Lisa Dalton
Social Media-Your Marketing Strategy: Dennis Yslas
The 1, 2, 3's of Stage Lighting: Chris Rich
9:00 - 9:50 AM
Class 2
Properties Design:
Jo Anne Hull
Protecting Your Nonprofit:
Mark Dyer
Dynamics Directing:
Lisa Dalton 
10:00 - 10:50 AM
Class 1
Preparing for the Ask:
David O. Russell
Preparing for the Ask:
John Drake
Preparing for the Ask:
Kristi Quinn
10:00 - 10:50 AM
Class 2
Properties Design:
Jo Anne Hull
Protecting Your Nonprofit:
Mark Dyer
Dynamics Directing (cont)
Lisa Dalton
11:00 - 11:50 AM
Class 1
OSHA - dammit!:
Tracy Alexander
The 1, 2, 3's of Stage Lighting: Chris Rich
Theatre Games/ Improvisation: Cran Dodds
11:00 - 11:50 AM
Class 2
Stage Management Isn't for Sissies: Cathy O'Neal
Stage Management Isn't for Sissies: Cathy O'Neal
Dynamics Directing (cont)
Lisa Dalton

Workshop Presenters and Descriptions

Master Auditions

Dynamic Directing

Lisa Dalton

Lisa Dalton has acted in over fifty plays in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Moscow, UK and Texas, including at Lincoln Center, La mama, ETC, national tours and regional theatres. Some favorites include the Fairy Godmother in R & M’s Cinderella, Katie the Irish cook in Meet Me in St. Louis. Her credits as an actor/stuntwoman include The Last Dragon, The Highlander, ER, Carnivale, Splash, The Sensei, Ghostbusters, Money Pit, F/X, Saturday Night Live, Melrose Place and Dr. Quinn plus over 100 commercials. She is a DramaLogue Award winner for Outstanding Achievement in Acting, with filmmaker awards at the Houston Worldfest, American Film Institute. Her documentary From Russia to Hollywood: The 100 year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff, a Hollywood Film Fest finalist, aired on PBS and at festivals across the globe. She is president of the National Michael Chekhov Association, president of The Live Theatre League, SAG/AFTRA DFW Board, co-founder of the International Michael Chekhov Association (www.chekhov.net), and author of the Michael Chekhov Playbook. She is also the author of two recently released books – both Amazon #1 Best Sellers - Falling for the Stars: A Stunt Gal’s Tattle Tales and Murder of Talent: How Pop Culture is Killing “IT” - available on Amazon.com. Visit her at www.lisadalton.com
Master Auditions - using Michael Chekhov Techniques - Fun and freeing, wear clothes and shoes to move in freely.
Dynamic Directing - with Michael Chekhov Techniques. Great tools to help form the ensemble, understand the script dynamics and impact the audience in a deep and powerful way.

Protecting Your Nonprofit

Mark Dyer

Mark is a board certified trial attorney who has a significant experience representing clients state wide in tort, employment and commercial litigation disputes.  He is an equity owner in the law firm of Martin Disiere Jefferson and Wisdome, LLP and has practice law for over 27 years.  Mark was named to “Super Lawyers List” by Texas Monthly Magazine and has been awarded an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale Hubbell®. Mark’s community and non-profit involvement gives him unique insight and experience for handling his client’s litigation matters.  Mark has served as Chairman of the Board for Baylor Medical Center of Irving and the Irving Hospital Authority.  He is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of a national missions organizations involved in disaster relief and also serves on the Board of Trinity Christian Academy.  Mark has also served as Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Irving and has served on the Operating Board of the Baylor Healthcare System.  These experiences have provided great insight on representing non-profit organizations.
Protecting Your Nonprofit Organization and will address the following issues:
* Litigation Avoidance: discussion of the importance of avoiding litigation and identifying measures to avoid litigation;
* Working with Children: steps to take to protect your organization and the children participating in your organization;
* Premises Liability Issues:  avoiding trips, slips and falls litigation;
* Employment Liability issues:  identifying employment liablity issues before it is too late; and
* Insurance Coverages to Protect Non-Profits:  finding the right insurance coverages for your organization.

Preparing for the ASK:

Three Session

Learn what corporations and foundations look for when a nonprofit makes a request for support, then learn how your team can prepare for the ASK. Recommended for organizational fundraisers who can attend ALL three workshop sessions. Only 2 representatives per organization please.

David O. Russell

An Insider's View of Seeking Corporate Donations.
David O. Russell created his management consulting company for charitable giving - called Philanthropology - soon after he retired from Verizon Corporation in 2015 as Vice President – External Affairs, following a distinguished career of more than 33 years. He was responsible for all of the company’s community relations and charitable giving across the Midwest, the Southwest and most of the Southern states. When he finally retired, he was the most experienced corporate philanthropist in his company, having strategically invested millions of dollars with thousands of nonprofits across a broad spectrum of needs.

Kristi Quinn

How to prepare your team for the ASK
Kristi Quinn has been active in community theatre for over twenty years. Formerly the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) Vice President of Festivals,Kristi served for six years as the Region V Representative on the AACT Board. She serves as a member of the Finance and Advocacy Committees of AACT as well as the Festival Taskforce. She serves as artistic director for the Pioneer Valley Players in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. She leads the theatre program at the Sergeant Bluff-Luton Community Schools as well as the speech program. She served as a board member of the Nebraska Association of Community Theatre. Kristi participated as a core committee member and chair of several state and regional festivals, which were held at the Sioux City Community Theatre. Her theatre experience includes acting, directing, set decoration, and costume design as well as public relations, grant writing, and development. She has been employed as executive director of the Sioux City Community Theatre and development director of the Sioux City Art Center. Kristi resides in Dakota City, Nebraska and is the executive director of Susan G. Komen Siouxland. Kristi is eagerly anticipating the day she will be cast in a musical that will highlight her ability to sing a song in several keys (except the one in which it was written).

John Drake

Psychology of Giving
John Drake, since the turn of the current millennium, has worked as president at the Irving Healthcare Foundation where he and his team have raised and granted more than $28 million to help meet the medical and health-maintenance needs of the people of Irving, Coppell and Grand Prairie. In the last millennium, Drake worked for nearly 18 years as a development officer for Baylor Health Care System Foundation (15 years), Dallas Theological Seminary (two years) and (the balance of time at) Baptist Health System Foundation in San Antonio. Since 2012, he has served on the volunteer faculty and as Dean of the “Fundamentals  of Healthcare Philanthropy” learning track at the annual Madison Institute-hosted Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. This session draws on more than three decades of experience—and is Drake’s favorite presentation to make. Psychology of Giving  - Why do donors give? In this highly participative session, John Drake will discuss some of the key motivators that fuel the joy and gratitude that result in giving. The goal of this session will be to help you understand differing approaches to donors based on cues they provide—and to discuss types of stewardship that are effective.

Theatre Games & Improvisation

Cran Dodds

Cranston Dodds received a BA
in Theatre from the University of North Texas and has managed the Denton Community Theatre, was Artistic Director of the Warehouse Theatre, a company member of Casa Mañana Theatre in Fort Worth, and Artistic Director of Bravvo Productions National Touring Company. Cranston is Past President of Texas Nonprofit Theatres and currently serves as a Board Member. He has also served as a Theatre Review Panelist with the Texas Commission of the Arts. Cran is an adjudicator for AACT and the Texas Youth Festival. Currently Cranston is Member Engagement Director of American Association of Community Theatre. Cranston has had the pleasure of adjudicating both the Secondary and Community Theatre Festivals for MTA as well as the State Festivals for Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and the Southeast Theatre Conference Regional Festival. He has also had the honor of directing over 250 shows. Most recently, Cran taught theatre at one of the highest ranking International Schools in Cairo, Egypt for two years. Cran is married to playwright/teacher Frances Seidensticker and proud father of one son and two daughters.
Theatre Games/Improvisation - Learn to connect with others on stage while solving the problems presented by the ensemble as well as the text. We will do this through a series of fun (and sometimes silly) theatre games. Come prepared to move, laugh and connect.

Properties Design

Jo Anne Hull

Jo Anne Hull  - began working with theatre props for MainStage Irving Las Colinas in 1998. Since that time she has gathered, designed and run props for Uptown Players, Theater Three, Tarrant CCD and local High Schools. She enjoys the “thrill of the hunt” and being able to say “why yes, I have that”. She particularly loves vintage and historical items and that is her specialty. She says that the creative aspect of props design is gratifying, exciting and fun. She enjoyed public speaking and training in her “real job” and that has developed into another props design activity.
Properties Design involves organization (early props list!) and communication with all members of the team (you want WHAT?).  All theatres have budgets and whether large or small, that is where creativity and being able to see something for what it CAN be is vital.  There are many resources (dumpster diving anyone?) available and in this session, we will share our best ideas, tricks of the trade and contacts.

Making
Social Media Your Marketing Strategy

Dennis Yslas

Dennis Yslas  joined Facebook in 2007 - after having been on
Friendster AND MySpace - so he's been on "social media" for a while.
He has helped organizations like OnStage in Bedford, Fort Worth Opera, The Column Awards and MainStage Irving-Las Colinas increase their Social Media presence for almost 10 years. A firm believer that a way to a younger audience is finding where they hangout - and if it's on Social Media - then that is where your company should be. Find him on all social media by searching dennisyslas.
Making Social Media Your Marketing Strategy:
Do you have a limited or NO Marketing budget? Learn how to use Facebook ads to attract people to your shows. Learn why an Instagram and Snapchat presence are KEY to your theatres success.

OSHA . . . dammit!

Tracy Alexander

Tracy Alexander is the Production Manager for Midland Community Theatre. She is a Board Member of Texas Nonprofit Theatres, the President of the Association of Volunteer Professionals in the Permian Basin, a 2003 graduate of Leadership Midland and a Summer Mummer. Tracy has given workshops on theatre volunteerism at the state, regional, and national levels for AACT and AVP. She has been published in the AACT Spotlight newsletter regarding managing theatre spaces and most recently provided information for Stage Directions magazine on the MCT Volunteer Program. Tracy has a BA in Theatre Arts from California State University, Sacramento. She was the Props Designer for TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA for seven years before moving to Texas. Ms. Alexander has worked for the Sacramento Theatre Company as a Properties Manager, the Mason Gross School of the Arts as a Production Secretary, Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre as an Assistant Stage Manager and Props Designer, and Music Circus as a Makeup Artist. Her diversity serves her well in attending to the business of theatre volunteerism.
OSHA - dammit! - OSHA standards apply to community theatres - seriously.  Emergency Contingency Plans are required as well as regular training for your volunteers. This workshop will provide a solid base to build upon and fill-in-the-blank forms to create your very own Safety Guidelines.

The 1 - 2 - 3's of Stage Lighting

Chris Rich

Chris Rich is a designer and the Department's production manager. His work in lighting and sound design has received numerousregional and national recognitions as well as regional recognition for scene design from the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival, including work on Antigone, Two Rooms, Hamlet,and The Women of Lockerbie. A Floridian, Chris received hisundergraduate degree from Troy State University and his M.F.A. from the University of Alabama in lighting design and technical direction. He is a past president of the Alabama Conference of Theatre (ACT) and is involved with Long-Range Planning in the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). Through his work with Troy University, ACT and SETC, he has the wonderful opportunity to mentor theatre students across the Southeast.
The 1, 2, 3's of Stage Lighting - Make your lighting system an easy access system for designers, directors and managers. Memory systems for light plots, cue calls and sound set-ups.

Stage
Management Isn't for Sissies

Cathy O'Neal

Cathy O’Neal is an Actors' Equity Association stage manager and mostly stage manages for Uptown Players in Dallas at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. She is celebrating 20 years in stage managing and has been a stage manager for Theatre 3, Pegasus Theatre, Theatre Arlington, Circle Theatre, Kids Who Care and several DFW Metroplex events, and has been on the stage management team twice on Broadway for New York's Broadway Backwards, a fund raiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Cathy is the communications director for the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, which produces 50 free concerts a year in Arlington.
Stage Management Isn’t for Sissies will explore the challenges and joys of stage managing plus a chance for you to get your stage management questions answered.

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