Shakespeare & Company will offer two professional development workshops for educators, teaching artists and youth program directors this August. Led by Shakespeare & Company’s director of education, Kevin G. Coleman, the programs will be a mixture of performative learning as well as discussions about how to help students engage with the material. The first course (Aug. 11-16) will focus on Hamlet, and the second (Aug. 18-23) will focus on Romeo & Juliet.

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The USITT Lighting Design Commission is searching for projects to use in the update to their Practical Projects for Teaching Lighting Design: A Compendium. Projects can range from concept papers to practical design projects and undergraduate to grad student in their difficulty. Deadline for submission of projects is October 15. USITT plans to offer the newly updated Compendium as a hard copy in a three-ring binder at the USITT Bookstore during Annual Convention & Stage Expos and as a print-on-demand/downloadable option throughout the year.

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The Spark! Symposium from USITT takes place Sept. 7-9 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
The Spark! Symposium from USITT takes place Sept. 7-9 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
USITT’s Spark! Symposium this fall will showcase new ways for performers to interact with projection and lights, among other topics. Tupac Martir and Bruno Zamborlin will exhibit the results of their collaboration to use the Mogees app and Pandora’s Box media server to create new forms of performance art. The Spark! Symposium will take place from Sept. 7-9 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and will brings artists and innovators from a broad spectrum of disciplines to interact in both formal presentations and informal brainstorming sessions so participants can explore today’s state of the art ideas and move them into the future. Further topics to be explored at the event include 3D projection, wearable technologies and white space issues, and the ever-expanding roles of social media in live entertainment will all be up for discussion.

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Stage Technologies will provide the training at the automation classes at the Guildhall School.
Stage Technologies will provide the training at the automation classes at the Guildhall School.
The Guildhall School in London and Stage Technologies have teamed up to launch a new five-day Automation CPD Training course covering automation for the entertainment industry. The training, taking place Aug. 18-22, will be delivered by practicing automation specialists from Stage Technologies and comprises a mixture of hands-on practice and theory. The Automation for the Entertainment Industry course is suitable for those pursuing a career in automation as well as technical theatre graduates and professionals in other backstage industries, such as lighting and sound, who are looking to increase their skills and knowledge.

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The Arts Schools Network, the nation's largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools, announced the winners of its 2014-2015 Awards honoring ASN member schools and individuals for their commitment to and demonstration of excellence in arts education. An awards ceremony will take place in October at ASN's 2014 National Conference. A full list of the awards and award-winners, including the Arts Innovation Award, Arts Integration Award and Community Partnership Award after the jump.

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Ben Vereen and the contestants in the 2014 Ben Vereen Awards, presented by Broadway/San Diego
Ben Vereen and the contestants in the 2014 Ben Vereen Awards, presented by Broadway/San Diego
Jonathan Norwood and Aubree Bouche from San Diego were the top winners at the Ben Vereen Awards, and will represent the Southwest Region (San Diego and Tucscon) at the National High School Musical Theater Awards on June 30 in New York City. Norwood is a junior at Classical Academy High School and performed “Bring Him Home” from the Les Mis and “I’m Alive” from Next to Normal. Bouche is a recent graduate from La Costa Canyon High School and performed “Happily Ever After” from Once Upon a Mattress as well as “Pulled” from The Addams Family.

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Arts Schools Network, the nation's largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools, designated 19 Exemplary Schools for 2014-2016. The designation honors member schools' excellence in continuing improvement. A full list of the schools after the jump.

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Thanks to the continued generosity of Tony Award-winning alums Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, the Boston University College of Fine Arts will launch a new musical theatre track within their School of Theatre. The Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Musical Theatre Fund will endow the the curriculum in perpetuity at the College. This track will use elective credits that are required for both programs, offer a musical theatre minor within either major program of study, and add two brand-new course offerings: Musical Theatre Performance Skills I and Musical Theatre Performance Skills II. The fund will support the hiring of an additional adjunct faculty member, and the production of a large-scale musical as part of the School of Theatre’s annual programming. Six-time Tony winner Mr. Lane and three-time Tony winner Ms. Comley have collectively produced more than 40 Broadway productions, and took home the 2014 Tony Award for “Best Musical” for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. BU College of Fine Arts plans to celebrate the Broadway producers and their generous gift with a series of events starting this fall.

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The deadline to apply for the Circle in the Square Summer Workshops is June 23.
The deadline to apply for the Circle in the Square Summer Workshops is June 23.
Circle in the Square Theatre School has launched a $1,000 scholarship to their seven-week intensive summer workshops. The Theodore Mann Scholarship honors Circle in the Square co-founder Theodore Mann, who throughout his directing career was known for discovering and developing new talent. The Scholarship winner will be announced on June 26. The intensives start June 30, and students have to apply (and audition) by June 23. Auditions are still available in New York City June 3-6, or by appointment.

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Pace University has launched their new performing arts school, officially called Pace School of the Performing Arts. The school is born out of Pace’s popular Performing Arts department, which has seen unprecedented growth in applications and enrollment in the last three years. The new Pace School of the Performing Arts’ was conceived with the aim of “meeting the demands of today’s rapidly evolving entertainment industry and long-established, traditional instruction.” This fall the school will also offer three new performing arts majors: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs and Commercials; a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Production and Design for Stage and Film; and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Stage Management.

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