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Annual Conference

The 8th annual conference is right around the corner, y'all! We're back in Little Rock for this event (thank you, The Studio Theatre for being the host facility!). Last year we had a meet and greet the night before the conference and it was a huge success, so we are bringing that back this year.

On Friday, November 6 - come to Studio's Lobby Bar starting at 7 for entertainment, food, a chance to visit with your theater peeps. For the first time at an annual conference, there will be a photo booth set up where Dale Ellis will be printing lab quality photo fun for only $5 per picture! There will also be a cash bar.

Also for the first time at an annual conference, Dale Ellis will be offering a deal on headshots. Interested parties will get one full-color 8x10 print and a web-resolution digital image for only $15! If interested, please let us know in advance so Dale will have his headshot set up at the conference.

In addition to all that fun, we have the following 6 workshops: Directing: A Few Tricks of the Trade (presenter: Mary Handiboe), Making A Lot Out Of A Little - A Guide To Minimalism (presenter: Holly Hearn), Conquering Cold Readings/Auditioning (presenter: Melissa Sonnen), Acting Technique (presenter: David Weatherly), What Did The Five Fingers Say To the Face? Slap! (co-presenters: Shua Miller and Jeff Ward) and Working With Youth In Theatre (presenter: Justin Pike).

Lunch will be from Jimmy Johns.

Registration for members is $30 and non-members are $35. For $50, you get the non-member registration fee and a 2016 ARCTA membership. The deadline to register is October 31. Registration forms received after 10/31 cannot be guaranteed lunch.

We hope to see you at The Studio Theatre on 11/6 and 11/7!

Holly Hearn, Shann Nobles and Justin Pike

Annual Conference Co-Chairs




8:00-9:00             Registration

9:00-10                Business Meeting

10-10:15              Break

10:15-11:00        General Session: Directing: A Few Tricks of the Trade with Mary Handiboe

11:00-11:15        Break

11:15-12:00        Concurrent Sessions: Making a Lot Out of a Little – a Guide to Minimalism with Holly Hearn and Conquering Cold Reading/Auditioning with Melissa Sonnen

12:00-1:00          Lunch (door prizes)

1:00=1:45            General Session: Acting Technique with David Weatherly

1:45-2:00             Break

2:00-2:45             Concurrent Sessions: What Did the Five Fingers Say to the Face? Slap! with Shua Miller & Jeff Ward and Working With Youth In Theatre with Justin Pike

2:45-3:00             Break

3:00-4:00             Closing (door prizes)

4:00-4:30             ARCTA Board Meeting



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