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7:30 pm • Welcome to Conference, and to Live Theatre!
(Meet at 7:00 pm outside the theatre and look for CETA sign)

Special Event: Kick off the conference with a ticket to a Quixote Nuevo at South Coast Repertory!  See Special Events for more information on the production.  Talk-back following the production in Nicholas Studio, featuring actors from the production and H Adam Harris, Engagement and Artistic Associate for South Coast Rep.


8:30 am • Welcome Coffee Reception and Registration Check-in

9:30 am • President’s Welcome to Conference

• President Gale Caswell
• Conference Overview
Special Event: A Conversation with Nobuko Miyamoto, Artist/Founder/Great Leap
Special Event:  A Conversation with Danny Feldman, Producing Artistic Director/Pasadena Playhouse

12:00 pm • Luncheon & CETA Business Meeting

Registration continues in the Terrace Pavilion

“CA Educational Theatre Update”

Get the latest update on funding, the Theatre credential and the state of theatre education in California.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm • Workshop #1 (See Workshop page for descriptions and bios)

1 Shining a New Light: Supporting the Social – Emotional & Artistic Needs of Diverse Theatre Learners – Chantrell Lewis

2 Strategic Planning for Your Theatre Program – Krista Carson Elhai

3 Transforming Your Program Through Script Study – Kyle Holmes

4 Let Me Try That Again — Thomas Schultheis

5 Connecting to the World: Using Process Drama in Rehearsals & Our Theatre Classrooms – Martin Rodriguez + Mollie Lief

6 SEGERSTROM Tech Workshop — Rigging

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm • Workshop #2

1 Folk Lore: Knowledge and Wisdom in the language of Black Playwrights – Kathryn Ervin

2 The Work Begins with Us – H Adam Harris

3 Illuminating the Chase – Jeff Bengford

4 New Theatre Teachers: What are their questions and what do they need to know? – Eric Engdahl

5 QLab: One GO Button to Rule them All – Kyle Holmes

6 SEGERSTROM Tech Workshop – Scenic Elements Design

5:00 pm • New Members Welcome!

Join President Gale Caswell and board members in the lobby for an informal orientation and cocktail!

5:30 pm • Dinner on your own • Consult Lodging and Travel page, or on app

7:00 pm • Special Event: Rocky Horror Evening

Every theatre-kid loves The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Join your CETA colleagues, and “Let’s do the Time Warp Again,” on Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for a movie night dedicated to this cult classic.

10:00 pm • Late-night drinks and conversation, lobby bar


8:00 am • Registration opens at Westin in the Terrace Pavilion, until noon.

8:00 – 9:00 am • Exhibits Open! Coffee with Exhibitors, Sponsored by LUDUS. 
Join our wonderful exhibitors, meet other members and share a cup of coffee in CETA Central!

9:00 am – 10:30 am • Workshop #3, plus tour of the Segerstrom Center

1 Rebuilding Community and Social-Emotional Skills in the Theatre Classroom –     Jonas Basom

2 The Student Stage Manager: Collaborating with a young student leader! – J. Jason Daunter

3 Standards-Based Grading in the Arts Classroom – Shaun Klaseus

4 Engagement, Discovery, Fire! – Laurie Kurnick & Raul Herrera

5 Writing Your OWN Darn Play – Michael Ornelas


10:30 am • Workshop session 3 ends >>> Time to Network and to Visit Exhibitors

11:00 am • Workshop #4 and Special Event: PROP 28 SYMPOSIUM

PROP 28 SYMPOSIUM (Public Event) – Michael Despars and guests • Terrace Pavilion

1 Elevating Student Voices in the K-8 Theatre Classroom – Starry Krueger

2 Teaching Tech Theatre for Non-Tech Teachers – Nicole Parsons

3 DEI in your Theatre Programming – Lauren Rosi

4 Folk Lore: Knowledge and Wisdom in the language of Black Playwrights – Kathryn Ervin

12:30 pm • Lunch on your own, Visit Exhibitors
Consult Lodging and Travel page, or on app

2:00- 3:30 pm • Workshop #5

1 Engagement, Discovery, Fire! – Laurie Kurnick & Raul Herrera

2 DEI in your theater programming – Lauren Rosi

3 Feeding In: A Rehearsal Technique for ELL & Inclusion – Emily Stamets

4 I’m Not a Playwright, But I Want to Teach Playwriting – Jonathan Dorf

5 Empowering Learning and Laughter Through Drama – Robin Lithgow

6 Improvisation = Educational Play! – Autumn Browne

4:00 – 5:30 pm • Regional Meet and Greet • Cocktails with the Exhibitors • Exhibitors Raffle • Great Wisdom Swap Raffle

7:00 pm • Special Event: CETA Awards Banquet, Sponsored by SHOWTIX4U
Lido Room, First Floor

10:00 pm • Late night drinks and conversation in lobby bar


9:00 AM – 12:00 PM • FREE All-Conference PDI: Amanda Rose Villareal:  “Building a Consent-Based Space: Intro to Theatrical Intimacy Education”