The 23' Thespian Educator Intensive

August 8-9, 2023

End Summer & Start Fall with us!

As summer winds down, join us to gain resources to grow your programs, pedagogy, and more. We will be holding a 2 day PD festival in the Richmond, VA area for all formal and informal theatre educators. You do not need to be a professional member, active troupe director, or any official connection to Thespians in order to come. If you are an active member, you will get a $30 discount for registration. Registration includes up to 15 PD points worth of sessions, one night hotel stay, lunch included, and two raffle tickets for our teacher giveaway prizes & swag.

FOR REGISTRATION- If you are an official good standing member, you may register using code: MEMBER/MEMBER2 (if you came last year) for the discount. If you are staying overnight choose the Full Conference (FCON) ticket type. If you are commuting in without the hotel stay, choose the Basic Conference (BCON) ticket type. Go to, select the Thespian Teacher PD event, select the ticket type, add it to the cart, and then add the promo code for the discount to apply.

If you are in need of financial assistance, apply here! We would love to try to help you find a way there is possible!

Please register by Fri Aug 4th COB!

Thespian Teacher PD

Tuesday, Aug. 8th, 10am-4pm

11049 West Broad Street

Glen Allen, VA

Come participate in up to 5 sessions, from over 10 to choose from, for up to 15 accreditation points for $190 Non-members & $160 for Thespian Members (including lunch for two days and hotel night stay. There is also a modified ticket and price without hotel)!


Aug 7th 5:30 pm (optional to come early), $150 for another night "EXTENDED STAY"

-Optional Evening Welcome during cocktail hour

-Optional dinner outing around town

Aug 8th 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

-Sessions & lunch all day (pick up to 3)

-Networking & Happy Hour 5:30 pm

-Optional evening outing

Aug 9th 10 am-4:30 pm

-Sessions, lunch, closing activity (pick up to 2)

-Networking & Happy Hour 5:30 pm

-6:30 pm departure, planning team dinner around town

The 2023 topics include (you pick up to 5 across the two days):

  1. Consent Based Intimacy Direction: Learn how to help students work through intimacy on stage. It is hard to fabricate relationships with two students who barely know each other. Learn how to navigate that for various shows and scenes.

  2. Thespy Crash Course: Come learn how to prepare your students for Thespys, what to expect, what is an eligible piece or not, and more!

  3. The Art Behind Puppetry: Take part in a unit plan showcasing the movement behind puppetry. We will participate in warm-ups and activities to bring life into ordinary objects. Play with hand puppets, stick puppets and transition to group puppets similar to Japanese Bunraku. Walk away with a full set of lessons to bring to your class!

  4. Classroom Crash Course: Technical Theatre 101: This session will focus on Set Design & Construction, Stage Lighting, & Sound in the theatre. We will cover safety for each area along with fun activities and projects that the students can execute throughout the school year. A google drive will be shared with the following: slides, documents, and project layouts that you can use throughout the school year. This session will encompass how your students can drive these projects while you can guide them.

  5. Everyday SEL for Building Community & Confidence: Learn strategies for social-emotional wellness for yourself, your students and your troupe. This will include some light movement activities.

  6. Theatre for Diverse Learners: Our theatre classes can sometimes feel like a "dumping ground" for kids with a variety of needs we don't always know how to meet. Join me for a workshop on how to differentiate theatre lessons for a variety of diverse learners to make your theatre class a more inclusive space! Teachers: bring a lesson you would like to work on modifying for various learning types.

  7. Elevating Your Next Show: Directing & Empowering Your Students: Learn how to elevate your next show through precise planning and student empowerment. Participants will explore communication techniques, how to lead student exploration, and how to grant space as well as guidance to student leaders. Students today can be lost and emotional. Learn how to boost their confidence and leadership skills in this collaborative workshop.

  8. Writing & Applying for Grants: Learn about grants accessible to you for class projects, your after school programs, for PD, and more. You will have time to share resources and respond to application prompts to help you break down and tackle applications together.

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Complete this form and register below to join us!

Register for our event here!



Arrive in the evening for check in and join us for a welcome happy hour in the lobby restaurant from 5:30-6:30 pm

Day 1: Tuesday Aug 8th

10:00 am Room set up

10:30-11:00 am Check in, Answer icebreaker questions

11-12:30 pm SESSION 1 time- pick 1 of 3 offered sessions

12:30-1:30 pm lunch -Apple Spice Catering

1:30-4:00 pm SESSION 2 time- pick 1 of 3 offered sessions

4:00-5:30 pm SESSION 3 time- pick 1 of 3 offered sessions

5:30-6:30 pm Networking Hour/ Sharing Hour : Hors d'oeuvres + group sharing

7:00 pm OPTIONAL Richmond show? Or Cheesecake Factory group dinner

Day 2: Wednesday Aug 9th

8-9:30 am Continental Breakfast, Brief planning committee mtg 8:30-9:30 am

9:30-11:00 am SESSION 4 time- pick 1 of 3 offered sessions, check out of room

11:30-1:00 pm SESSION 5 time- pick 1 of 3 offered sessions

1-2 pm lunch -Apple Spice Catering

2-3:30 pm Closing Activities & Sharing

3:30-5:30 pm - Free time/ Open Time to leave

5:30-6:30 pm Networking Hour/ Sharing Hour : Hors d'oeuvres + group sharing (for those who want to stay longer)

6:30 pm Departure

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