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One Tongue, Two Ears

How much voice or opinion should your students have in a theatre company? • Should students have a choice in selecting play titles? • Should students have a say in casting? • Should students be selecting technicians? • Should students have a say in whether they like their costume? • Should student’s input be considered in how you direct? (Note…

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Preparation: Key Element to Contest Season

As I write this, I am listening to my students singing Bohemian Rhapsody in the dressing rooms down the hall.   They just closed the curtain to the matinee performance and will begin preparing for the evening performance after a short break.  Apparently, this is one of their traditions at the close of a show; although a student just informed me…

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Beyond Shocktober- Confronting Stress for Improvement

“It’s that time of year.”  Every teacher knows that the school year has a predictability, a cycle of excitement, stress, anticipation and reflection.  Sometimes we attribute behaviors and energies in the classroom to the phases of the moon, the weather or the anticipation of holidays but we all know that certain times of the year bring unique challenges. The last…

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An October Treat

Happy October!  It’s hard to believe that most schools have already completed the first quarter of the school year.  Time flies when you’re busy with your students!  I do have great news that may help you to save time and get organized as you head into the remainder of your school year.  I am pleased to announce the newest teacher…

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Introducing The Maestro Arts Project

  I would like to share the not-so-well-known origins for creating Maestro and introduce our plans for the next phase, The Maestro Arts Project (the MAP). Maestro Theatre officially began in 1991.   The founding members were a group of Texas educators, Leyla Cohlmia, Austin High School chemistry teacher, Larry Preas, Austin High School Theatre Director, Lisa Hale, Plano East Theatre…

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