Held in conjunction with the annual SETC Convention, this half-day seminar is designed for directors of theatre arts programs, teaching artists, middle and high school teachers who use theatre techniques in the classroom, and students studying to be theatre educators.
16th Annual Teachers Institute
March 6, 2021 | 12:00 to 4:00 PM ET
Breakbeat Poetry Story Telling and Story Listening for an Anti-Racist Tomorrow
Story telling is the basis of all theatre. Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval collaborate to provide techniques for active storytelling and active listening to create stories that come from a place of individual and community representation through a combination of lived experiences, spoken word, and hip-hop tradition, all with a goal of building an anti-racist culture in your classroom, theatre, and community.
Warm-Up Session with VASTA
Voice and Speech Trainers Association
(Optional for Attendees)
12:45 to 1:00 PM ET
1:45 to 2:00 PM ET
2:45 to 3:00 PM ET
2021 Institute Presenters
Kevin Coval is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning, best-selling poet and author of Everything Must Go: The Life & Death of an American Neighborhood, A People’s History of Chicago & ten other collections, & anthologies. He is the Creative Director and founding editor of The BreakBeat Poets imprint on Haymarket Books and serves as Creative Director of the MacArthur Award-winning cultural organization, Young Chicago Authors where he founded of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival. He’s shared stages with The Migos & Nelson Mandela & his work’s been featured on The Daily Show, National Pubic Radio, The New York Times, Source Magazine, CNN.com & four seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.
Idris is the newly appointed Director of The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, where he formerly taught in the department of Theatre and Dance and was voted Teacher of the Year in 2015.
His critically acclaimed plays like And In This Corner Cassius Clay, How We Got On, and Hype Man: A Break Beat Play are widely produced across the country at professional theatres, college campuses, and non-traditional spaces alike. He’s been honored to receive developmental support from institutions like The Kennedy Center, The Eugene O’Neill Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, and The Playwrights’ Center.
In addition to the recently released poetry collection Can I Kick It?, he’s had several publications from Haymarket Books including Inauguration co-written with Nico Wilkinson, Human Highlight: Ode To Dominique Wilkins, and the play This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval. He’s appeared on HBO Def Poetry, Sesame Street, NPR, BBC Radio, and the Discovery Channel.
Passionate about cultivating new audiences in the arts, Goodwin served two seasons as Producing Artistic Director at StageOne Family Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. He actively serves on both the advisory boards of Theatre for Young Audiences USA and Children’s Theatre Foundation Association.
A catalyst for culture, Goodwin uses his full creative powers to galvanize people to the community square. He is a creative voice for change, impassioned by art for social good.