Schedule and Guest Artists

Acting – Carr

Impulses Through Viewpoints – Level I
During this workshop we will explore the Viewpoints theory and its influence on characterization. We will start with the basics of Viewpoints – specifically kinesthetic response, spatial relationship, and tempo – to discover the body’s natural impulses, both internal and external. We will combine Viewpoints with the exploration of levels and body centers while working on an open scene.

Impulses Through Viewpoints – Level II
During this workshop we will use the basics of Viewpoints to develop characters, relationships and scenes. You will be given the tools to develop your own work through movement. We will use shape and topography to create characters, spatial relationship and tempo to create relationships and kinesthetic response and duration to develop original work, focused on social change.

Presenter – Erin Carr is currently working as a professional actor and traveling teaching artist. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at the Experimental Theatre Wing and received her BFA in drama. She teaches Viewpoints, Grotowski, Contact Improv and other advanced physical theatre techniques around the U.S. to all ages. She is also the Co-Artistic Director/Co-Founder of the feminist-centric theatre company, ReVamp Collective. For more information:

Costumes – Goodman

Cosplay in the Classroom! – Level I
Incorporating elements of design through relative renderings. Pencil required.
Creating Cosplay Costumes – Level II
Lesson on how to find creative solutions to costuming. Appilicable to any production. Includes Swap Shop on ideas and processes. Pencil required.
Presenter – BK Goodman is an 9th year theatre teacher in Katy, Tx. He specializes in directing, theatrical design, and production management. BK also serves as a Board of Directors for Texas Thespians!

Curriculum – Jones

Creating a Collaborative Classroom Facilitation for Reflective and Creative Inquiry with Ensemble Experiences – Level I
This participatory workshop provides Ensemble Experiences which ask for the student actor’s reflective and creative inquiries. Course content will be shared with the participants in the workshop.

Best Practices in Classroom, with Casts, and Thespian Troupe – Level II
Gai Jones will facilitate a lively discussion about what we do and can do in many phases of our jobs. Participants will teach, demonstrate, learn, and leave with several new ideas.

Presenter – Gai Jones has a theater named after her at El Dorado H.S. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at CSU East Bay, writes Theatre Ed books, directs, produces educational Theatre productions, and is a SAG/AFTRA commercial actress.


Dramaturgy – Harms

Dramaturgy – Level I
Take your productions to the next level with dramaturgy.   Learn how to use dramaturgy to create and build a deeper, more believable world of the play (or musical!).  Explore the role a production dramaturg plays in developing productions through research, text analysis, and educational outreach.

Dramaturgy – Level II
Take your program to the next level with dramaturgy.  Learn how to use dramaturgy to develop and grow your audience, to advocate for your program, and to build stronger relationships with administration.

Presenter – Jessica Harms is currently the theatre director and teacher at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, MA. In 2014, she established the Massachusetts Thespians Chapter where she currently serves as state chapter director. She received her Masters in Theatre Education from Emerson College.

Marketing – Goldstein

Getting Butts In The Seats: Promoting and Selling Out School Theater – Level I
Learn professional marketing strategies to increase attendance for your shows.  Explore the ins and outs of generating publicity, advertising, digital and social media to create a communications plan that will bring you success. Level one will introduce basic marketing concepts and use introductory examples for demonstration.

Getting Butts In The Seats: Promoting and Selling Out School Theater – Level II
Learn professional marketing strategies to increase attendance for your shows.  Explore the ins and outs of generating publicity, advertising, digital and social media to create a communications plan that will bring you success. Level two is geared towards savvy individuals and will present more advanced marketing concepts and examples.

Presenter – Jason Goldstein has been an active performing arts and entertainment producer and entrepreneur for over twenty years. He has founded theater companies and produced, written and/or directed professional, amateur and educational theater productions in New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. He is a sought after consultant on theatrical marketing for the educational performing arts. Jason’s passion for education, technology and the arts is evident through his company BookTix, which he started to help school theater programs increase ticket sales. He has lectured on musical theater history, theater appreciation, leadership and entrepreneurship and is dedicated to weaving creativity with technology and business. He is the recipient of the 2014 New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education for Distinguished Service to Theatre Education.

Set –  Manuel

Basic Scene Painting, Basic Construction – Level I
Learn to paint basic scenic textures. Learn basic construction, platforms and flats.

Advanced Painting and Construction – Level II
More detailed painting shadows/highlights and construction steps/turntables/caster wagons.

Presenter – David Manuel has been the Technical Director for the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts at the University of West Georgia for over 20 years. He has designed Set, Lights and have TD productions at the University of West Georgia, Tulane University, Texas Wesleyan and Georgia Ensemble Theatre . He has a BA in Art and a MFA in Technical Theatre and Design.

Sound – Johnston

The Basics of Sound Design For The Stage – Level I

Sound Design For The Stage – Level II

Presenter – Bobby Johnston is an Atlanta based theatrical designer has been designing and mixing sound for 20 years. He spent years touring as an audio crew chief and mixing engineer on the national level with bands like The Eagles, and Rascal Flatts, and has worked on dozens of theatrical shows regionally and on many special projects around the country; Designing world premiers of musicals on stages from Las Vegas to New York, and with directors like Hunter Foster, Jasmine Guy, and Kenny Leon. He is a partner in Wolfman Productions, Inc.; an Atlanta based full service Production Company specializing in serving the dance, theatre, and educational community.

Stage Combat –  Aronowitz

Contemporary Combat Techniques – Level I
We all hate when stage combat looks bad and boy…can it look bad. Brush off the rust or learn for the first time some of the more contemporary combat techniques that are simple, effective, and still safe.

Violent Stories – Level II
This workshop will be an exploration on using violence as a way to enhance the story. Teachers will take basic combat techniques (either known or learned from Level I) and insert them into short given scenes.

Presenter – Robert Aronowitz is a Certified Teacher, Actor, Director, and Fight Coordinator located in New York City currently teaching at the New York Film Academy, Hollywood Stunts NYC, and private SAFD certification classes with Neutral Chaos, LLC. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and has been studying Stage and Screen Combat since 2006. His studies have taken him all over the world and he is a proud member of both the Society of American Fight Directors and the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat.  Robert is the Co-Founder of Neutral Chaos, LLC with fellow CT Jason Paul Tate; the two run the movement and stunt company as a way to provide affordable training opportunities to actors in the NYC area. The company also coordinates “The Tourist Trap” which is a 3 day stunt and stage combat workshop held annually at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fl. (

Keynote Speakers

Julie Cohen Theobald

Julie Cohen Theobald is the Executive Director of the Educational Theatre Association. She has a lifelong involvement in theatre and twenty years of business, marketing, and management experience. She ranked in the Top 50 Marketers in the US awarded by Advertising Age in 2005. In 1997, Julie started at Procter & Gamble in the new business development group on the national launch of Febreze. Febreze grew to $150 million sales in its first year, ranking it in the top 10 new products of the 1990s. She spent six years in the laundry category where she was brand manager for Tide detergent comprising over $2 billion in sales. She led Tide to the fastest growth in its 60-year history, launching two new products that ranked in the top 10 launches of the year. ‘

At the Educational Theatre Association, Julie serves over 5,000 theatre educators and 100,000 student members of the International Thespian Society with programs that strengthen theatre in the school setting. She has grown the organization over 50% since taking the helm in 2011 and forged key partnerships with the theatre industry in New York City and advocacy leaders in Washington, DC.

Julie holds an MBA from the University of Chicago in business economics and marketing, and a BA from Duke University in public policy. She is a wife and mother, is active in Cincinnati community theatre as an actor, director, and producer, and serves on the board of trustees of the Cincinnati Arts Association.


Robin Hines

Robin began his tenure as GHSA Executive Director in June, 2017.  As the Executive Director, his responsibilities include the day-to-day administration of the GHSA, by-law interpretations, student eligibility, hardships, and the Coach’s Education Program. He also serves as Georgia’s Commissioner for the Military Interstate Compact Council for Children (MIC3) which serves to remove barriers for military dependent children and their families as they transition in and out of Georgia.

Robin  holds a B.S.Ed. and M.Ed. from Valdosta State University and an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University.  He previously served in the Houston County School System as principal of Northside High School, Assistant Superintendent for School Operations and Superintendent of Schools. He also served as high school principal in Jackson and Charlton Counties. During his career in education Dr. Hines has served as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent.

Robin is from Thomasville, GA and is married to his college sweetheart, the former Kim Dilling of Warner Robins. Kim is a retired Kindergarten teacher. They have three children, Melissa, Ashley and Bobby.

Robin is a motorcycle enthusiast, musician and enjoys golf.


*All workshops and guest artists are subject to change.