FIU Theatre Hosts High School Theatre Teachers for “Arts Day at FIU”


FIU Theatre hosted high school theatre teachers from Miami-Dade Public Schools for a day of professional development. Arts Day at FIU is an annual event that provides teachers in all areas of the arts with exciting sessions and collaborative activities led by university faculty, special guests, and outstanding area leaders. This year, close to 600 teachers attended the sessions across all of the arts disciplines.

FIU Theatre faculty led eight different workshops in all aspects of theatre. The workshops were designed to expose teachers to new exercises and activities, approaches to teaching theatre, and technical support for productions.

“We always look forward to Arts Day at FIU,” says Joel Murray, Chair of FIU Theatre. “It’s a great opportunity to connect with our high school theatre teachers and share some of the things we do in the classroom that might be useful to them.”

Teachers gather in the Wertheim Performing Arts Center rotunda before beginning a full day of professional development workshops.
Professor Lesley-Ann Timlick looks on as one of the workshop participants explores moving in a larval mask.
In Danny Mitan’s Stage Combat workshop, teachers explored some stage combat techniques to safely create believable fights on stage that are grounded in the story being told.
Professor Jennifer Ivey’s Sketching workshop gave teachers new techniques for approaching sketches and drawings in theatre design.
Chris Goslin’s workshop centered around setting up wireless microphones for theatre productions.
Professor Wayne E. Robinson’s session reviewed helpful guidelines and tips for students picking monologues for college auditions.
Professor Phillip M. Church led a workshop about theatre for social change that explored how high schools can tackle important social issues through the arts.
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