Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 1:15 PM CST
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9:00 - 9:35am  
Welcome & Mini-Storytelling Performance

by Lucia 

9:45 -10:45am

Making Shakespeare Accessible

11:00 - 12:00pm                                                 

Games & Activities to Keep them Engaged

12:15 - 1:15pm   

Process Theatre in a Virtual Classroom

1:20 - 1:30pm
Closing Celebration

1:30p - 2:30p BONUS 
Luncheon Panel Discussion:
Creating an Online Production
(ITA Members only - for more info see decription to the right under members only bonus)


This is an online event and will be offered via Zoom. 


Cassandra Quinn

This is the first of a series of PD and Practical Support Workshops targeting different grades & special interests for the 2020/2021 school year. 

Upcoming virtual events with the Creative Drama and TYA Divisions of the Illinois Theatre Association:

  • Jan 2021:
    Cultivating and Inclusive & Accessible Classroom Workshop

  • March 2021:
    Theatre in our Schools Online Conference 

  • TBD:
    K - 5th Grade Educator Event

This event is supported in part by a grant from:




Invitation to Innovate: Ride teh wave Smoothly from Zoom to Classroom

Creating Online Performances: Speaking from Experience Lunch Panel (Members-only) -

there is an option on registration page to choose panel only

Register Now!

Both members and non-members interested may register for the Iessons,
regardless of ability to pay, through our access-for-all registration. You may register to attend just the workshops or just the panel or BOTH!

Middle School and High School Theatre Educators,

Are you still feeling overwhelmed creating new teaching methods in the age of COVID for your students?

Are you seeking additional support but are feeling “zoomed out” from online tips and tricks discussions and theoretical how-to lectures?


Join us for three unique online immersive professional development workshops where we’ll equip you
with lessons and activities to utilize, regardless of where you find yourself teaching: 

  • Making Shakespeare Accessible Led by Beth Wolf

  • Games & Activities to Keep them Engaged Led by Jamie Macpherson

  • Process Theatre in a Virtual Classroom! Led by Elisabeth Westphal

Get to know more about the Workshops and our Workshop Leaders here.

No need to wonder how these lessons will work in a virtual classroom because you’ll experience them first-hand as session leaders guide participants through simulated demonstrations as students! Following each simulation, you’re invited to innovate with fellow participants by exploring how you envision customizing the lesson for your students.

Leave the sessions empowered to implement with your toolbox full of:

  • Lessons and activities to make your own

  • New teaching methods and styles borrowed from session leader simulations

  • Ideas and insights from innovation discussions

 Additional Bonus:
Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) are available for Illinois teachers
Letters of Participation upon request for non-IL participants who can receive PD credit in their home state)

Additional Bonus for ITA members Only: 

A seat at the Event Lunch Panel Discussion - Creating Performances Online: Speaking from Experience

Join us as representatives of the Professional, Community, and College Theatre Worlds who have already produced online share their experiences, insights, victories, and what-not-to-dos for virtual shows in the age of Covid. Build your confidence, resources, and bank of ideas for your own online productions and performances for your students! 

Limited Membership Bonus: The first five ITA members who register will also receive a “guest seat” to invite a non-member to join the Lunch Panel Discussion

Join the ITA for only $60 to gain access to the members-only event benefits
and receive other great resources and discounts on future events for an entire year!

Our panelists are: AC Rakatoniania, Alka Sharma, Steven House, Deena Cassady, and Kareem Badr. 

Get to know our Panelists here.


Pay What You Can!
(Suggested Registration: $25 -- less than $8.50 a workshop!) 

Register Now!

Both members and non-members interested may register for the Iessons,
regardless of ability to pay, through our access-for-all registration.