Accessibility, Theatre Workshops 

by Jessica Stolen
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Seven workshops coming up, now through August 3, cover accessibility and/or theatre topics. They are presented by the Minnesota Association of Community Theatres, through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to the voters of Minnesota and a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Workshop topics and registration details are available at https://mn-act.net/index.php/2024/05/31/upcoming-mact-workshops/ .

Workshops include:

Saturday, June 22 at Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis:

10:00-12:00 —  Using the Public Domain to Search for Shows – Presenter Steven LaVigne

10:00-12:00 —  Devise Your Own Short Play – Presenter Dan Reiva

1:30-3:30 — Storytelling and Community Theatre – Presenter Amy Salloway

1:30-3:30 — Life After College Theatre – Presenter Mike Ricci

Saturday, June 29, at Rondo Community Library, Room C, 461 N. Dale St., St. Paul:

10:00-Noon — 20 Tips to Be More Accessibility-Friendly

A how-to guide of best practices to make your board, building, programs and communications more accessible to people with disabilities.  Presenter Jon Skaalen of MACT and MNAA boards.

1:00-3:00 —  A Conversation with the Guthrie

Guthrie Theater Managing Director Trisha Kirk will address challenges across the theatre field and at the Guthrie, changes at the theatre since its move 18 years ago, how the Guthrie serves and supports Minnesotans, and responding to your questions.

Saturday, August 3 Brooklyn Park Library, 8500 W. Broadway:

2:00-4:00  Could the Penguin Project Be Part of Your Season? Northern Starz Theater of Ramsey will discuss and demonstrate how performers with and without disabilities work together in their shows. Northern Starz is the only Minnesota theatre currently using the Penguin Project’s nationally-recognized techniques. Attendees can also take in a 7:00 show of “Guys and Dolls” by the Penguin Project at North Hennepin Community College Theatre, 7411 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park. Show price is $20 ($15 for workshop attendees with code). Presenters are Laura Anderson and Rachel Bohnsack

There is a modest fee for each workshop (except the Conversation with the Guthrie, which is free). To register, request accessibility accommodations, or for more information, go to https://mn-act.net/index.php/about-us/training-workshops/, or contact Jon at 612-819-0949 or mactfactor@icloud.com.

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