Yesterday we spent the day at the NCTAE (North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators) conference. It’s what we consider to be the start of our conference season and it’s great for unpacking everything that’s been sitting in weeks of storage and figuring out what needs to be changed or fixed for the coming year.
Is NCTAE the biggest conference we go to? No. Is it the most lucrative place in the world? Heck, no. So why do we love it so much? This is as energized and impassioned a group you’ll ever meet. The arts are a core subject in North Carolina and these teachers want to keep it that way.
The two-day conference (we only exhibited on Saturday) featured meetings, workshops, and exhibitors. Due to space limitations the exhibitors were in the same space as the meetings and workshops. There are good and bad things about this.
The good is that we get to eavesdrop on the workshop sessions and learn a new trick or two. It’s also good because we’re right there in the middle of things and people can’t help but notice us there. The bad is that, because there are sessions going on around us, we have to be (a la Elmer Fudd) vewy vewy quiet. If you’ve met us in person then you probably know how non-quiet we can be!
Student playwriting is very well-represented here. North Carolina has a student playwriting contest that attracts some very strong talent. The winning students get a cash prize and publication.
We learned a great variation/extension of the classic mirror game from an improv workshop. Lindsay will be telling you all about it right here on Tuesday!