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Virtual Conference
January 14, 2021

Note for teachers: We understand that there are a variety of classrooms models in this school year. While some may be entirely in classrooms, others may be entirely virtual or using some kind of  hybrid. We are fortunate enough to be able to put an entire class together in one workshop, or if students are interested in attending a variety of workshops, we can accommodate that as well. Please view our Frequently Asked Questions before you register.

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Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre); Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is also the TONY nominated book writer on the new Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial Theatre). She most recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless” (3 seasons). Additional awards include: OBIE Award (2), Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18, and a recent MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow.

Conference Schedule

11:30 - 12:00Welcome and Performances

Stage the Change Executive Director, Ruthie Pincus and New York State Regent, Roger Tilles welcome you to our first virtual conference and introduce student-created performances based on the theme "Take a stand. Be heard. UNIFY!"

12:00 - 1:00Distinguished Panel

A panel of industry professionals discusses Staging a Change on Racism within the Arts, followed by a Q&A session.

1:00 - 1:10Break

1:10 - 2:00Workshops

Attend your chosen workshop.

2:00 - 2:10Break

2:10 - 3:15Keynote Speaker

A talk by award-Winning Playwright Dominique Morisseau, followed by a Q&A session.

3:15-3:30Closing Remarks

Early Bird Pricing: Adults $30 Students $10
Regular Pricing: Adults $35 Students $12

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Important information for teachers registering groups of students:

  • Please make sure you are prepared to enter your workshop selections. A printable version of the workshop descriptions  and a form for collecting student choices can be found  here.
  • Please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions  here.
  • We have found in the past that, during times of high volume, large orders can have errors. To protect you from losing too much work, we are limiting the attendees you can enter on one order to 15. You can enter as many orders as you like, but will have to enter the payment info on each order. Please enter the adult contact as the first entry on the first order. If you do enter more than one order, please make sure the School/Organization name matches on all orders.


  • You will receive a separate access code for this adult that can be used to connect to the conference from a separate device.

  • You will receive a separate access code for this student that can be used to connect to the conference from a separate device.

      Workshops (Choose one)*

      • #ENOUGH and Writing the 10-Minute Play (Theatre)

        #ENOUGH and Writing the 10-Minute Play (Theatre) [135 remaining]

        Idris Goodwin
        Practice the fundamentals of building a short play centered on a social justice theme in this crash course by acclaimed playwright and Break Beat poet Idris Goodwin. Idris will guide participants (and observers) through the process of starting to write their own play for #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence, a 10-min play competition that calls on teens to write stories for the stage confronting gun violence-work that young writers can later build on and submit to the competition.

      • Protest Poetry: Art-Making & Activism in Online Spaces (Theatre)

        Protest Poetry: Art-Making & Activism in Online Spaces (Theatre) [126 remaining]

        Katie Rainey and Javan Howard
        Students now make up one of the most active and outspoken generations of our time, but many are unable to participate in protests on the street. We hope to empower students to speak out and make your voices heard through your art-making. In this experiential workshop. participants will explore activism through creative writing and how they can translate that work into taking action.

      • Staging Activism with Interviews and Moment Work (Theatre)

        Staging Activism with Interviews and Moment Work (Theatre) [148 remaining]

        Barbara McAdams - Tectonic Theater Project
        Using the monologues from interviews with teen activists, participants will learn the basics of Moment Work and devise theatrical moments.

      • Dance for Every Body (Dance)

        Dance for Every Body (Dance) [145 remaining]

        Urban Bush Women
        This movement jam/dance class embraces the ideas that each individual has a unique and powerful contribution to make, and that our bodies are a powerful source of agency. The goal is for "every body" to find their level of challenge and comfort and partake according to their abilities, and to appreciate the group's diversity as an attribute to their community. This is a movement class designed for the community so no prior dance experience is needed. Participants explore UBW's technique with close attention to the use of breath, weight, call and response and polyrhythm.

      • Dancing to Connect (Dance)

        Dancing to Connect (Dance) [146 remaining]

        Clement Mensah
        Tikro Concept - In this exploratory dance workshop, students will discover how to build community and bridge different cultures through games, self-expression and creativity.

      • Embodying Social Justice through Dance (Dance)

        Embodying Social Justice through Dance (Dance) [147 remaining]

        Theara J. Ward and Paige Fraser
        "Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Do not become bitter or hostile. Be hopeful, Be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble."
        ~Congressman John Lewis

        In this dance workshop, professional dancer, actress and creator-of-change artist Theara Ward will guide students through an exploration of the similarities and differences between Black Lives Matter and the Civil Rights era. The Workshop will culminate in a dance set to spoken word, written and choreographed by the group.

      • Writing for the Stage: Screen With a Social Voice (Film)

        Writing for the Stage: Screen With a Social Voice (Film) [132 remaining]

        Jim Hoare, Lysna Marzani and Peter Hoare - Theatrical Rights Worldwide
        Aspiring playwrights, screenwriters, and composer/lyricists will explore the process of creating an original work that might stage a change.
        Topics will include:
        Finding a story to tell
        Clearing source material
        Structuring your story
        Assembling a creative team

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